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August 2019 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Reno Aces Baseball - Thursday, August 1, 2019, 7:05 p.m. The Reno Aces' first home game in August is vs. the Iowa Cubs. There will be 12 more home games at Greater Nevada Field during the month. Other opponents will include the Omaha Storm Chasers, Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees.

Bacon, Bourbon and Brews - Friday, August 2, 2019, 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, dancing, games and a beautiful venue. General admission tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the gate. All proceeds benefit CARE Chest. (775) 829-2273.

Hot August Nights Kickoff in Virginia City - Friday and Saturday, August 2 - 3, 2019. 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 6 - 11, 2019. 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.

Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series at the Brewery Arts Center - Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7 p.m. Featuring Flor de Toloache and Drinking With Clowns. These are all free shows. The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open setting. There will be food trucks, drink vendors and kid's activities at every concert. The Levitt AMP concert series is located at 449 West King Street at the corner of King and Minnesota Streets. More shows this month are Dead Winter Carpenters on August 10, Wicked Tinkers on August 17, and The Brevet on August 24.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, August 10, 2019. 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 10, 2019. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world. 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.

Growing NV - A Local Food Week - Sunday through Saturday, August 11 - 17, 2019. Growing NV is a week-long local food celebration happening around the Reno/Sparks area. All events are free (unless otherwise noted), family-friendly and open to the public. The event features fresh and nourishing Nevada grown fruits and vegetables and the folks who grow, cook, and enjoy eating them. Visit the website for information about locations and times.

Full Moon Hike at Washoe Lake State Park - Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required for this easy one-mile round trip walk around the Wetlands Loop. Participants should bring water, good walking shoes, and a flashlight. Reservations are limited to 30 people and can be made by calling (775) 687-4319 or emailing There is no entrance fee to Washoe Lake State Park for this program, but donations are appreciated. Meet at the Wetlands parking area on the south end of the lake.

Senior Strides: Walking Tours for Seniors - Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Adults 50 and older are invited to participate in the upcoming walking series, "Good Nature! Walking Tours for Seniors" at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This series is designed for seniors in the community to get outdoors and enjoy conversation as they discover the benefits that plants bring to our everyday lives. Additional walks will be on Wednesdays and Fridays through August, all starting at 10:30 a.m. Participation is free, but registration is required and each walk is limited to 15 people. Register by contacting Danielle at (775) 785-4153 or

Raise the River - Thursday, August 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You are invited to the 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 16 - 18, 2019. The site of this annual event is Bowers Mansion Regional Park, south of Reno in Washoe Valley. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 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. Camping available at nearby Davis Creek Campground, but get there early as it's likely to fill up.

Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games - August 16 through August 31, 2019. The Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games is a program of competitions styled after the real Olympic Games and designed for area citizens age 50 and above. The basic registration fee for all participants is $30. There is an additional fee for each sport. Get the details and links to registration at "2019 Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games."

Reno Pirate Crawl - Saturday, August 17, 2019. 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 location on the night the pirate ship sails. Special features include Pirate Encampments, costume contests and giveaways.

Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, August 17, 2019, 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.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, August 17, 2019. 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 18, 2019, 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 2019 Toyota Yaris. Admission is free.

Ready. Set. Explore: "Walk with Washoe" - Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Free guided walking hikes through Washoe County’s parks and trails. This walk is from the Huffaker Hills Trailhead. Others in the series will be on September 17 and October 1. Bring the family and get active together while exploring nature through all the scenic parks and trails Washoe County has to offer.

"The Big Event" by the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Northern Nevada - Friday, August 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m. "The Big Event," an evening of dinner and dance with music from the '50s to the present, will be at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. There will be raffle baskets, cash prizes and a no-host bar. Tickets are $40 and you can register online. Registration closes August 9.

Virginia City Rodeo & Fiesta Del Charro - Saturday and Sunday, August 24 - 25, 2019. 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 2 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 25, 2019. This 47th 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.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, August 24, 2019. 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, August 24, 2019, 10 a.m. to 6 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 2019 - Sunday, August 25 through Monday, September 2, 2019. Burning Man is held in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2019 art theme in Black Rock City is "Metamorphoses."

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Monday, August 28 to September 2, 2019. 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 30, 2019. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team opens its 2019 season at Mackay Stadium against Purdue. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Go Pack!

Reno Jazz Orchestra's Labor Day Weekend Shows in Reno and at Lake Tahoe - Friday and Saturday, August 30 - 31, 2019. GRAMMY award winning jazz vocalist, composer, and recording star Kurt Elling will headline these shows, accompanied by the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra. The Reno show will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Pioneer Center. The Lake Tahoe show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Trepp Amphitheater at Sand Harbor. Visit the website to buy tickets online.

Author Event, picture-book-for-all-ages - "Moyo's Journey" - Saturday, August 31, 2019, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event will include author Miranda Roberts and a Pop Up shop at West Elm in downtown Reno.

Dirty Cello at Mountain Music Parlor - Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Visit the Mountain Music Parlor website for tickets and additional information. 735 S. Center St. in Reno. (775) 843-5500.

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