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April 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during April, 2018 include...

Easter Sunday - April 1, 2018

Free Easter Egg Hunts - Saturday, March 31, 2018. There are several free Easter Egg hunts around Reno and up at Lake Tahoe on this day before Easter. Some of these are big productions. Check out my list to find one near you. Note that a few are on April 1, Easter Sunday.

Easter Brunch and Dining - Sunday, April 1, 2018. You don't have to cook up a big meal on this holiday. Enjoy Easter Sunday brunch or dinner at any of several venues around the Reno / Sparks area.

All Fools' Day - Sunday, April 1, 2018. Also known as April Fool's Day. Don't get caught being foolish.

Grow Your Own, Nevada! Gardening Classes - Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Spring 2018 Grow Your Own, Nevada! workshops will be held twice weekly during April, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes are for homeowners and other small scale growers. They concentrate on imparting basic horticultural information and also provides information about new and alternative growing methods. The registration fee for classes is $15 each or $60 for all 8 classes.

Discover Your Parks Free Walks - Thursday, April 5, 2018. The first walk in the 2018 series will be at Damonte Ranch Park and Wetlands. More walks at Reno and Sparks parks will be held every Thursday evening through September. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading these free walks. Each week, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Walks are open to everyone.

Reno Aces Baseball - Thursday, April 5, 2018. The Reno Aces' opening season home game at Greater Nevada Field is vs. the Fresno Grizzlies. First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m. This will be a four-game home stand. Seven more home games will follow later in the month - April 17 through 23.

Art Walk Reno - Thursday, April 5, 2018. Stroll along the Truckee River and throughout the downtown Arts District to the 18 locations showing art. The walk begins at 5:30 p.m. at Metro Gallery, 1 East First Street (Reno City Hall). A portion of ticket sales every month goes to a local nonprofit. Art Walk Reno is part of Art Spot Reno, the main portal for accessing information about what's happening in Reno's dynamic arts scene.

WinterWonderGrass California Music and Brew Festival - Friday through Sunday, April 6 - 8, 2018. This is the 4th annual event at Squaw Valley. It's a winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival featuring over 20 bands, over a dozen breweries, and food and food trucks. This is a family-friendly event with activities for kids. The venue is the Village at Squaw Valley ski resort, south of Truckee off Highway 89.

Spring 2018 Nevada Women's Expo - Friday and Saturday, April 6 - 7, 2018. Billed as the premier consumer show for women of all ages and lifestyles and businesses that market to them. Offering women the best in fashion, style, health, careers, business, lifestyle, entertainment and more. The event is at Firecreek Crossing, 4813 Kietzke Lane in south Reno.

Reno Cannabis Convention - Saturday and Sunday, April 7 - 8, 2018. This event is an industry trade show that encompasses the emerging local cannabis community in Reno. The event serves to foster industry growth through advocacy and education about current and future products/services in the cannabis industry. At this event, every facet of the cannabis industry is represented. Tickets are available online. It will be at the Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia Street (next to the Reno Arch).

April 2018 at the Pioneer Center - April shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts include these...

  • April 7: Radiolab's Jad Abumrad
  • April 10 - 11: Paw Patrol Live!
  • April 13 - 15: Cabaret
  • April 22 - 24: 100 Years of Bernstein

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The General and Pediatrics Clinics provides provides general medical care, including complete physical exams and nutrition counseling, plus medical care for pediatric patients from newborns to teenagers. Patients are seen on a first-come basis. It is free to be seen at the clinics, but certain referrals may not be covered and the cost is the patients' responsibility. Donations are gladly accepted, with the traditional donation being $5. All clinics are held at the Family Medicine Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, located at the corner of 17th St. and East Stadium Way, northeast of Mackay Stadium. (775) 682-8646. Here are upcoming clinics in April, 2018...

Saturday, April 14: Women's Clinic, 8 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, April 24: General and Pediatrics Clinics, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28: Geriatric and Dermatology Clinics, 8 a.m. to 12 noon

Heels & Hounds, a Benefit for Homeless Pets - Sunday, April 8, 2018. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Atlantis Hotel Casino in Reno. Party for the pooches at Nevada Humane Society's Heels & Hounds Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show. The event will feature illustrious personalities and local community leaders as models, escorting fashionably dressed dogs down the runway. There will also be local boutique and dog-centric vendors for shopping, a silent auction, live auction and diamond raffle. Tickets are available online or over the phone at (775) 856-2000 x320. Tables may be purchased at a variety of price levels. Individual tickets are $85. All proceeds benefit homeless pets. For sponsorship, vendor, or more event information, call (775) 856-2000 x320.

Free April Events & Programs at the Washoe County Library - The Washoe County Library System features different programs and events every month. There are those for everyone in the family and some suited to certain age groups. Each library branch hosts certain events that are unique to that branch. All activities are free and open to the public.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Saturday, April 14, 2018. Reno's professional soccer team, Reno 1868 FC, will be hosting the CO Springs Switchbacks FC at Greater Nevada Field. The game starts at 6:45 p.m. Single-game tickets, group tickets and other options are available online. There will be another game on Saturday, April 28 vs. the OKC Energy FC.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, April 14, 2018. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. There is a different theme each month. Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities, storytelling and live performances.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, April 14, 2018. Join the adventure with "Living on Spaceship Earch." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum and free refreshments. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required by approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Reno Rodeo 100 Years 100 Stories - Saturday, April 14, 2018. This is a multi-media project at the Nevada Museum of Art honoring northern Nevada's rich history through the collection and sharing of stories depicting the last centennial of the Reno Rodeo. The fourth installment of the series will explore the theme "Stories of our Ancestors" through short documentary films, audio stories with slides and live storytellers. Doors open at 5 p.m. for social hour and Chez Louie cash bar; stories go from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available online: $12 for general admission, $8 for museum members.

"Hall of Heroes" at the Wilbur D. May Museum - through April 22, 2018. Both grown-ups and kids will enjoy "Hall of Heroes." Superheroes, gadgets, crime-fighters and spies are all featured in the Hall of Heroes exhibit, along with movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts. This entertaining exhibit is at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, 1595 N. Sierra Street. (775) 785-5961.

History of the Reno Chamber of Commerce - Wednesday, April 18, 2018. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society and is one of a series. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. and will at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive.
The next program, on Sunday, April 22, 2018, is titled "Reno's Early Meatpacking Industry." It starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall).

Baby Animal Days at Andelin Family Farm - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 19 - 21 and 26 - 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event features farm babies, including chicks, ducklings, bunnies, piglets, lambs, goat kids and calves along with our other friendly and cute farm animals. Farm visitors will be able to hold and pet chicks, as well as interact with and pet goat kids, lambs and calves. Admission is $7 per person and includes hay ride, cow train ride, fun track, face painting, bunny hop activity, straw bale maze, barn yard activities and all the fun baby animals. Pony and horse rides are $6 per ride. The farm is at 8100 Pyramid Way in Sparks. (775) 530-8032.

Healthy Parks Healthy People 5K - Saturday, April 21, 2018, starting at 9 a.m. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in partnership with Washoe County, presents this family-friendly event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno. Following the 5K will be a free kids obstacle course at the start/finish line. Register online at the website or at the event. (775) 410-1702.

Free Admission to National Parks - Saturday, April 21, 2018. On the first day of National Park Week, it's free admission to all parks and other sites operated by the National Park Service. This includes places around the west like Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic, Death Valley, and Great Basin. Other fees, such as for overnight camping and cabin rentals, will still apply.

Reno Riverwalk Wine Walk - Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit one of the participating merchants selling glasses with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call 775-825-WALK(9255).

Earth Day - Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Reno Earth Day Celebration - Sunday, April 22, 2018. Come to Idlewild Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to enjoy Reno's big annual Earth Day celebration. There will be numerous events, exhibitors, food and drink, live entertainment, and activities for both kids and adults. This great Reno event just gets bigger and better every year. Check my article for more Earth Day events in Reno and up at Tahoe Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

56th Annual Reno Jazz Festival - Thursday to Saturday, April 26 - 28, 2018. The Reno Jazz Festival brings to Reno both talented students and renowned professional artists. There will also be many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. Concerts will be at venues on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. The website has complete information about the concerts. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-325-7328. There is no convenience fee on tickets purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center Box Office.

Teen Art Night at the Nevada Museum of Art - Friday, April 27, 2018, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Nevada Museum of Art and the Holland Project for the annual teen-takeover featuring extended gallery hours, hands-on art stations, live music and a DJ dance party, and bites from the Hug High School culinary program and more. $10 per person.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, April 28, 2018. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dine the District Food Tour - Saturday, April 28, 2018. The merchants of Reno's Riverwalk District have teamed up to provide guests a variety of entertainment, cooking demonstrations and culinary delights with the "Dine the District" self-guided food tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Online tickets are $20 plus fees. Proceeds from the event will support the continued development of the Riverwalk District and help establish a safer, cleaner and more vibrant downtown area.

47th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix - Saturday and Sunday, April 28 - 29, 2018. Experience legendary racing in historic Virginia City where thousands of motocross riders challenge themselves in the surrounding hills. Racing takes place both days. This being Virginia City, there will be lots of related activities and things to do while the motocross racers are zipping through town and around the rugged high desert.

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