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July 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during July, 2016 include...

Artown Opening Night Jubilee - Saturday, July 1, 2017. This big free event in Wingfield Park starts the 22nd annual Artown festival in Reno. Come enjoy an evening of free music and other activities, then enjoy Artown events throughout the whole month of July.

Artown - Saturday through Monday, July 1 - 31, 2017. Reno becomes Artown during all of July. Artown 2017 is the 22nd anniversary of this multi-faceted event, bringing Reno residents and visitors a month's worth of music, art, dance and other cultural experiences. There are nearly 500 individual events, exhibits and workshops, with over 70% of the events and performances free. The big Opening Night Jubilee on July 1 begins in Wingfield Park at 5 p.m.

Recreational Marijuana - Starting on Saturday, July 1, 2017, those 21 and over can legally purchase pot for recreational use from existing medical marijuana dispensaries choosing to sell to the general public. This is not a reefer free-for-all. Be sure to learn about the rules for toking up at "Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada."

Biggest Little City Wingfest - Saturday through Monday, July 1 - 2, 2017. Downtown Reno will host the 5th Annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest. This event brings over 80,000 attendees and serves over 20,000 pounds of chicken wings. This year's event will feature finger lickin' chicken wings, live entertainment on outdoor stages, street faire vendors, a VIP Hen House and local celebrity wing judges.

Guided Walking Tours from HRPS - Saturday, July 1, 2017. The first guided walking tour in July from the Historic Reno Preservation Society is titled Truckee River All The Time. Several more walks are scheduled for Tuesdays and Saturdays in July. Join in to learn about many aspects of Reno's colorful history.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Monday, July 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Reno takes on the LA Galaxy II. Come root for Reno's newest pro sports team and enjoy an evening of soccer action at Greater Nevada Field.

4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations - Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Get out and enjoy an Independence Day weekend at any of numerous fireworks shows and other 4th of July activities in Reno, Sparks, Virginia City, and up at Lake Tahoe.

Reno Aces Baseball - Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The Reno Aces' first home game in July is on Independence Day vs. the Tacoma Rainiers. Enjoy a great 4th of July fireworks show after this game. There will be 13 more home games during the month. Other opponents will include the El Paso Chihuahuas, Salt Lake Bees, and Memphis Redbirds.

Discover Your Parks Walks - Thursday, July 6, 2017. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading free walks in different parks located in Washoe County from April through September, 2017. This first July walk will be at Idlewild Park. Others will be on July 13, 20 and 27. Walks start at 7 p.m.

Reno Citizens Institute - sign-up deadline is July 28, 2017. The Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) answers many of the questions you may have about how government works in the City of Reno, Nevada. RCI is a nine week course (plus the graduation ceremony on October 12) covering a variety of Reno city government functions. The program is offered free to Reno citizens.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival - Saturday, July 8, 2017. The 2017 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival runs from July 8 through August 27. This 45th season of the Festival features two main plays ("Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles") in addition to all of the other shows and activities making up this exceptional event at Sand Harbor on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Circus Circus 24-Hour Mural Marathon - Saturday and Sunday, July 15 - 16, 2017. Watch art in action at this unique competition. In just 24 hours, seven artists will create wall-sized murals on the exterior walls of Circus Circus in downtown Reno. Virginia Street will be closed for the event from 5th to 6th street. There will be music, food and art vendors. This event is not just a competition but a show for audiences of all ages. Competition begins at 10 a.m. on July 15 and goes through the night, ending at 10 a.m. July 16.

Reno Superhero Crawl - Saturday, July 15, 2017. Get dressed up like your favorite superhero (or villian) to join this big adult party in downtown Reno. The first and largest superhero crawl in the world starts at 8 p.m. and goes all night. Enjoy drink specials, contests, free entry into the clubs and more.

17th Annual Art Paws - Sunday, July 17, 2016. Art Paws is Artown's only event specially for pets (i.e., dogs) and their people. The event is free, featuring pet contests and demonstrations. More than 80 artists, crafters and animal related vendors and non-profit animal organizations will be present. Silent auctions, raffle prizes, live music, and a beer garden for the humans. All proceeds go to 3 local animal charity groups. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive in Reno.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, July 8, 2017. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Talking to Space." 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 approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Barrio Block Party at the Nevada Museum of Art - Saturday, July 8, 2017. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a blowout summer block party. Enjoy a free day at the Museum, live performances, food and craft vendors and hands-on art projects. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

American Century Championship - Tuesday through Sunday, July 11 - 16, 2017. The 28th annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament will be at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course near South Lake Tahoe and Stateline. See more than 80 entertainment and sports celebrities, including Justin Timberlake. Other players have been Charles Barkley, Larry the Cable Guy, Roger Clemens, John Elway, Andre Iguodala, Heather LeMaster, Bode Miller, Dan Quayle, Bret Saberhagen, Joe Theismann, Michael Waltrip, and many, many more. Discount tickets available at Raley's, Bel-Air, and Nob Hill stores. The event benefits the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Riverwalk Vinegogh Art and Wine Walk - Saturday, July 15, 2017. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. For Artown, it will be the Vinegogh Art and Wine Walk. 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).

Ready. Set. Explore: "Walk with Washoe" - Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Free guided walking hikes through Washoe County’s parks and trails. This walk is 1.5 miles in Sun Valley Regional Park. Others in the series will be on August 1, 15, 29, September 5, 19 and October 3, 17. All walks start at 6:30 p.m. Bring the family and get active together while exploring nature through all the scenic parks and trails Washoe County has to offer.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, July 22, 2017. 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.

Northern Nevada Pride Parade and Festival - Saturday, July 22, 2017. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will travel down California Avenue starting at Humboldt and ending at the festival. The festival will be at Wingfield Park with entertainment on two stages until 6 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit the local LGBT community center.

Midtown Art Walk - Thursday, July 27, 2017, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This annual Artown event showcases the unexpected culture of Reno's midtown district with a night celebrating the arts and community.

Night in the Country Music Festival - Thursday through Saturday, July 27 - 29, 2017. Nevada's longest running country music festival is held in Yerington. This year, the festival will bring in big-name artists with Steve Moakler, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and lots more. The main stage will also feature several acts each night. There is on-site camping and lots of partying at the Full Moon Saloon. (775) 463-5114

Last Friday in Sparks - July 28, 2017. 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.

Arch Rivals Superhero Run 5K - Saturday, July 29, 2017. Be whatever superhero (or villian) you want to be during this 5K fun run along the Truckee River. All ages. Strollers, walkers and dogs welcome. The race begins at 9 a.m. and the start-finish is in Wingfield Park. Online registration is available. The price goes up the longer you wait.

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery - opens Saturday, July 29, 2017. This interactive whodunit exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum guides visitors through Victorian London as they try to solve a murder myster with the help of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. (PG - parental discretion advised). Ongoing through October 29, 2017.

Reno Garlic Fest - Saturday, July 29, 2017, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This first-ever event is free and part of Artown. The RGF is a fun and family-friendly event celebrating local food and local growers. Come to buy organically grown garlic, dance to great music, and learn how you can grow your own garlic. Children can draw garlic and eat garlicky foods, including garlic ice cream. At Pat Baker Park, N. Montello Street in Reno.

ART & Nature at the May Arboretum - Sunday, July 30, 2017. Join the May Arboretum Society for a day of Art at the Arboretum celebrating the union of ART & Nature. Experience the creative process at work while you meander through the gardens observing and speaking with artists at work. Painters, weavers, poetry readings, live acoustic musicians, artist-lead somatic movement and much more. Purchase a piece of art, take part in the silent auction featuring works of art by participating artists, or just enjoy the shady oak grove, peaceful waterfall and beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees that make the Arboretum so special. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a free Artown event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artown Closing Night Celebration - Monday, July 31, 2017. The free closing night party will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Wingfield Park Glenn Little Amphitheater. Join Artown in closing out the month's festivities with A Tribe Called Red, a fresh, modern take on Traditional Native American Pow Wow music and dancing.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, July 12 and 26, 2017, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel including EMT's and paramedics. This discussion group IS NOT formal therapy and is based on the original model of gatherings of Vietnam veterans before PTSD was recognized as a treatable condition by the VA or civilian medical community. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection, adjacent to the baseball fields. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Any questions should be directed to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz at (775) 409-4561.

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