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August 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during August, 2018 include...

Reno Aces Baseball - Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The Reno Aces' first home game in August is vs. the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. There will be 14 more home games at Greater Nevada Field during the month. Other opponents will include the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees and Albuquerque Isotopes.

Hot August Nights Kickoff in Virginia City - Friday and Saturday, August 3 - 4, 2018. The kickoff Hot August Nights event is up in Virginia City, with nightly cruises, a celebrity Show-n-Shine, poker run and free live entertainment. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Of course, Virginia City restaurants and bars will keep going into the night after official event hours.

Hot August Nights in Reno and Sparks - Tuesday through Sunday, August 7 - 12, 2018. This is the big one, Reno's huge celebration of classic cars and rock 'n roll. The crowds are big, but so is the fun, and much of it is free. Get to various venues in Reno and Sparks for lots of different things to see and do. Visit the Hot August Nights calendar on the website for details.

Bacon, Bourbon and Brews - Friday, August 3, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada's annual fundraising event is at Wingfield Park in Reno. The event offers samplings of bacon-themed creations, craft bourbons and cocktails from local distilleries, a variety of beers from local and regional breweries, live music and a beautiful venue. General admission tickets are $65 in advance. All proceeds benefit CARE Chest. (775) 829-2273.

Dragon Lights - Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Illuminated - through August 5, 2018. Dragon Lights Reno will bring larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, as well as Chinese cultural performances and authentic handicrafts to the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. There are a variety of tickets available, both online and at the door. The event is at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, August 11, 2018. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. This month's topic is themed around the upcoming Burning Man festival. Enjoy free admission and activities at the Museum. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, August 11, 2018. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Learning to Fly." 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 8 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Raise the River - Thursday, August 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You are invited to the 3rd annual Raise the River fundraising event for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). It will be in the Sensory Garden at Idlewild Park in Reno. The evening offers a sensory experience with local craft drinks and interactive sensory activities, along with a local-focused, sit-down dinner in the garden and great local music. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available online.

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival - Friday through Sunday, August 17 - 19, 2018. The site of this annual event is Bowers Mansion Regional Park, south of Reno in Washoe Valley. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 after August 11. Kids 12 and under are free. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No dogs except service animals.

Reno Greek Festival - Friday through Sunday, August 17 - 19, 2018. Sample authentic Greek cuisine along with traditional Greek dance, music, desserts and imports. It's a fun and family-friendly Mediterranean atmosphere. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 12 noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive in Reno.

Reno Pirate Crawl - Saturday, August 18, 2018. Arrgh! The annual Reno Pirate Crawl begins at 8 p.m. in downtown Reno. Put on your best pirate or wench garb to join this pirate party as it moves among several bars and restaurants. It's only $5 to get on board. You can buy cups online or at the start bar on the night the pirate ship sails. Special features include Pirate Encampments, costume contests and giveaways.

Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free for spectators and will be at Sparks Marina Park. Fun for the entire family. The festival features all-day racing, local vendors, entertainment, Health and Wellness Village, Beer Garden, Food Truck Bazaar, Kids Fun Zone, and more. It benefits Immunize Nevada. (775) 353-2376.

Virginia City Rodeo & Fiesta Del Charro - Saturday and Sunday, August 18 - 19, 2018. Saddle up and ride into Virginia City's Arena & Fairgrounds for a weekend of rough and tough family fun. Get up close and personal with bull riders, wild broncs, kids' mutton bustin', Mexican bullfighting and more. Action begins at 1 p.m. both days. Fiesta Del Charro, a Mexican rodeo, will be on Sunday. Advance tickets are available online.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival - Through Sunday, August 26, 2018. This 46th season of the Festival features two main plays in addition to all of the other shows and activities making up this exceptional event at Sand Harbor, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, August 18, 2018. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants 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).

Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival - Sunday, August 19, 2018, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Duck Race and Festival at Wingfield Park is a benefit event supporting the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) in Reno. In addition to the duck race itself, other family-friendly things to enjoy include live music and entertainment, a carnival, face painting, a photo booth, food and goodie trucks, pet adoptions, and more. Adopt rubber duckies for $5 each (less per duck when you buy more) for a chance at some great prizes, including the grand prize of a 2018 Toyota Corolla. Admission is free.

Last Friday in Sparks - Friday, August 24, 2018. The City of Sparks has teamed up with the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center for a special event the last Friday of the month through September. Visitors can experience the museum, tour the train and Glendale Schoolhouse for free with docents on hand for tours. Free movies are scheduled in the amphitheater starting at 8:15 p.m. Local bands will play on the Great Basin Stage at 7:30 p.m.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, August 25, 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.

Reno Aloha Festival - Saturday and Sunday, August 25 - 26, 2018, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Reno Aloha Festival will be at Reno's Wingfield Park. This free event is a cultural showcase, preserving the unique traditions of the Islands. Experience the Pacific Islands in dance, music and food. Shop the various vendors selling Polynesian merchandise and let the kids enjoy Keiki Village for fun interactive activities such as arts/crafts, hula lessons and Island stories.

Burning Man 2018 - Sunday, August 26 through Monday, September 3, 2018. Burning Man is held in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2018 art theme in Black Rock City is "I, Robot."

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Monday, August 29 to September 3, 2018. Come to Victorian Square in Sparks for family fun and entertainment at America's biggest and best free rib festival.

Wolf Pack Football - Friday, August 31, 2018. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team opens its 2018 season of home games at Mackay Stadium against Portland State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Go Pack!

32nd Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow - Friday through Sunday, August 31 to September 2, 2018. This free, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 25 vendors sell traditional native foods and handcrafted silver work, bead work, baskets and other American Indian art. The event is at Hungry Valley, 266 Loop Road in Sparks. Hungry Valley is 19 miles north of downtown Reno in scenic Eagle Canyon.

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