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March 2020 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Coronavirus Update: Just about everything is being shut down due to the coronavirus situation, including the activities and events listed here. For possible individual exceptions, check directly with your activity or event of interest.

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Nevada State Board on Geographic Names—How Do the Mountains Get their Names? - Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names has been in place since 1985, working to advise the U.S. Board on new name suggestions, research current names of features, and weigh in on controversies when presented. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. It is one of a series, with others scheduled in the future. At Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center Street, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consumer Fraud Prevention Fair - Monday, March 2, 2020, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fair, sponsored by Nevada Consumer Affairs, will help you learn about steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. To learn about protecting yourself and what to do if you become a victim, several resource booth vendors will be on hand to impart helpful information, plus there will be panel discussions. The Fair is free and will be at Tamarack Junction Casino, 13101 S. Virginia Street in Reno. (844) 594-2750.

SnowFest! - through March 8, 2020. SnowFest is a multi-day winter carnival based in the north Lake Tahoe area and celebrating life in the High Sierra, with events and activities for all ages. Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater and plenty of wining and dining. Snow events will be at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar California.

Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series - Tuesday, March 3, 2020. This free class is titled "Training and Pruning Fruit Trees," presented by Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik. He will discuss the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and more. Classes are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. Other Tuesday classes this month are on on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Family Health Festival - Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free health services, physical activities, food resources and more provided for the whole family. Plus: No cost vaccines, based on eligibility while supplies last, for ages 2 months - 18 yrs. At the Boys & Girls Club, Donald L. Carano site, 1090 Bresson Ave. in Reno.

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Comprehensive / General Clinic provides general medical care, including complete physical exams and nutrition counseling. The Pediatric Clinic provides medical care for pediatric patients from newborns to teenagers. It includes free immunizations to patients who are 18-years-old and younger, Head Start physicals, sick child visits, well child checks and nutrition counseling. 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 - 123 17th Street. (775) 682-8646.

Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series - Saturday, March 7, 2020. This final show of the 2020 series is in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, featuring the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with performances starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 200, so arriving early at this popular event is a good idea. A donation of $3 per person is requested to help support this and other park programs.

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Sunday, March 8, 2020. Set your clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you don't plan on being awake then, do it before going to bed on Saturday night.

Roses are Rad Winter Film Festival - Friday, March 13, 2020. This is the culmination of a video contest sponsored by Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The best videos will be chosen to to be featured in the event, which will be hosted at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $13 day of (all ticket proceeds donated to Sierra Avalanche Center). Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, March 14, 2020. 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 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.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, March 14, 2020. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun activities and free admission for all. The program is new each month and frequently related to a current exhibit. Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities and storytelling in this free monthly program for families. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6:15 p.m. Reno's professional soccer team plays at Greater Nevada Field against the OKC Energy FC. The next game is on March 28 vs. Portland Timbers 2.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, March 12, 2020. Dr. Harry Jol is a Geoarchaeologist and Holocaust studies professor. Jol will be discussing his research, particularly his use of GPR in Holocaust studies at suspected locations of mass graves, destroyed synagogues, ritual bathhouses and other structures in Lithuania that have been lost to time. His free lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Geriatric and Dermatology Clinics. The Geriatric Clinic provides services and care to the elderly population. Some of the services offered at the clinic are social services and nutrition counseling for patients 55 and older. If you wish to schedule an appointment, contact Alexander Turner at The Dermatology Clinic provides care and medical service to patients with problems related to the skin. If you wish to schedule an appointment, contact Manoj Mathew at or Artur Khachatryan at 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 - 123 17th Street. (775) 682-8646.

Washoe County Library Book Sale - March 14 - 22, 2020. Sales are in the book store next door to the Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall. This is your chance to get big bargains on books and other media while supporting your Washoe County Library System. Sale hours are every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preview day for Friends members is on the Friday before each sale period, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join Friends at the door.

Leprechaun Crawl - Saturday, March 14, 2020. Here's a terrific way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Come out to the Leprechaun Crawl and you'll find bars packed with awesome people, you'll meet new friends and you'll all have something in common because you're dressed up for the same thing. Crawling is from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. and includes drink specials at over 25 downtown Reno locations, drink specials, no covers, photo booth, hotel discounts, and more. It's only $10 to get a participation cup and crawl map.

Leprechaun Race - Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:30 a.m. See if you can beat the leprechaun to the finish line on this fun race through Reno's Midtown and Wells Avenue districts. This is a family-friendly 5K event. Last day to drop off registration in person is Thursday, March 12. Online registration closes Wednesday, March 11. There will be no race day registration. The Leprechaun Race is a benefit for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.

29th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry - Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go up to Virginia City for this popular event. Cooks from around the west fry, smoke or grill these delectable concoctions in a way that will make you forget what you're really eating. Dress to impress in your most festive or outlandish St. Patty’s Day garb. This is also the day for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade (starts at 12 noon), a part of the whole St. Patrick's Day weekend of activities, which include the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl, music, costume contest and beer garden.

Washoe County Schools Spring Break - March 16 - 27, 2020. Check out all of the cool spring break camps and other fun activities happening during this break in the school action. There are lots of choices, so check it out and sign up early for the best selection of activities and camps.

St. Patrick's Day - Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Lots of parties and green beer all around the Reno / Tahoe region. Check this article to learn about parties and other fun St. Patrick's Day activities.

ALSOS - The Hunt for Hitler's A-Bomb - Wednesday, March 18, 2020. In 1943, as part of the Manhattan Project, a clandestine group of scientists and military personnel, ALSOS, are tasked with finding and capturing German nuclear scientists and their labs before Hitler can change the outcome of the war. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. It is one of a series, with others scheduled in future months. At Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

First Day of Spring - Spring begins with the Equinox on Wednesday, March 19, 2020.

Monster Jam - Friday through Sunday, March 20 - 22, 2020. Giant truck action and much more come to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Show times are an hour after gates open times, which are 6 p.m. on Friday, 12 noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 noon and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the website for online tickets and more information.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, March 21, 2020. 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).

Reno Express Indoor Football - Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8 p.m. UPDATE: Reno Express has cancelled it's 2020 season, hoping to return next year. Reno's newest professional sports team is known as the Reno Express. It is an indoor football team that will play its games in the downtown Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. The team's season opening home game will be against the Yakima Canines from Yakima, WA. Tickets can be purchased at the Reno Events Center box office or the Silver Legacy box office.

"Circus 1903" at The Eldorado - opens on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The show transports theatergoers back to the Golden Age of circus - a unique and captivating circus extravaganza that is perfect for audiences of all ages. Experience the thrill and daredevil entertainment beyond what one would ever expect from a circus with an over-the-top decadence and grandeur. Shows Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets start at $39.95 and are available online. Child and senior discount pricing available.

"Scheherazade" at the Pioneer Center - Saturday and Sunday, March 21 - 22, 2020. The concert features Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, Scheherazade. Based on the story One Thousand and One Nights, the piece creates a colorful kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images with varying moods that weave individual stories and moments into a symphonic masterpiece. Also features pianist Andrew von Oeyen performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. March 21, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. March 22, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets available online.

"Paris! The Show" at the Pioneer Center - Wednesday March 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Presented by Artown, the show is a vibrant tribute to the greatest French songs of the post-war era, capturing the charm and essence of Paris for the whole world to enjoy. One show only, tickets available online.

Reno Expo 2020 - March 25 - 29, 2020. This big event is actually 5 shows for one ticket. All will run simultaneously at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Admission is only $10 (cash only) for all five shows. $6 for seniors 60+ and kids under 12. 6 and under free. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo
  • Reno Boat & Sports Show
  • RV Show
  • Reno Spring Home & Garden Show
  • Reno Pet Show

Stuff a Bus for Seniors Drive-By Donation Drive - Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local government partners are asking the community to step up and help seniors in need by donating essential, non-food items at Stuff A Bus drive-by donation locations in Reno and Sparks.

  • Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center Street in Reno
  • Cornerstone Church, 1279 Baring Blvd. in Sparks (Smith's Parking Lot area)

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, March 28, 2020. 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.

Student Outreach Clinics from UNR - Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The Women's Clinic provides medical care aimed specifically at female concerns. This includes services such as Pap smears, breast exams, STD counseling, pregnancy tests, and physical exams for both gynecological and non-gynecological concerns. Pregnancy care is not offered at this time. 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. 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 - 123 17th Street. (775) 682-8646.

WinterWonderGrass California - Friday through Sunday, March 27 - 29, 2020. This is the 6th annual event in 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.

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