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September 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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September is National Preparedness Month. Make sure you and your family are ready for any of the natural disasters that can occur in the Reno region, including wildfire, earthquakes, and flooding. Get more information from "Be Prepared for Natural Disaster."

Big events during September, 2017 include...

Burning Man - Sunday, August 27 through Monday, September 4, 2017. Burning Man 2017 takes place in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2017 art theme in Black Rock City is "Radical Ritual."

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Monday, August 30 - September 4, 2017. Come to Victorian Square in Sparks for family fun and entertainment at America's biggest and best free rib festival.

Labor Day Weekend - Saturday through Monday, September 1 - 4, 2017. This four day weekend is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. There are plenty of things to do for your last summer fling, including steam train rides, hiking, picnicking, swimming and water play, visiting museums, the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, and more.

Guided Walking Tours with Historic Reno Preservation Society - Saturday, September 2, 2017, 10 a.m. Learn about Reno's history on this "Literary Reno" guided walk. Other walks in September are on the 9th and 14th. There will be a bike tour through old Reno on Sunday, September 17.

Senior Fest 2017 - Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. Over 50 businesses and agencies will be on hand offering a wide range of resources for seniors, boomers, and retirees. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Reno Town Mall is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Atlantis Hotel Casino.

Disaster Preparedness Fair - Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free event will be at Reno City Hall, 1 East First Street. The fair will feature presentations and local exhibitors who can help our community prepare for potential disasters. The City of Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada State Contractor's Board and State Farm Insurance are partnering to sponsor the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Fair. Validated parking is available at City Hall's parking garage.

Great Reno Balloon Race - Friday through Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2017. You have to get up real early, but it's worth it to enjoy the colorful spectacle of the world's largest free hot air balloon event. It is held annually at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team opens its 2017 season of home games at Mackay Stadium against the Toledo Rockets. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Go Pack!

Reno Tahoe Music Festival - Friday and Saturday, September 8 - 9, 2017. Enjoy two nights of music, food, wine, beer and dancing at Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

58th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races - Friday through Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2017. Bring the family to Virginia City to enjoy this hilarious event, a tradition that dates back over 50 years. Gates open at 10 a.m. and races start at 12 noon each day, plus there are lots of other activities around town during the weekend. No umbrellas or pets allowed.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, September 9, 2017. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme is different each Second Saturday and is sometimes related to one of the current exhibits. 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, September 9, 2017. Join in on the adventures that are out of this world, with "Flying on Mars." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the National Automobile Museum. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue - Sunday, September 10, 2017. Experience the adventure of riding your bicycle around Lake Tahoe's 72-mile shoreline by participating in the 14th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue. Cyclists enjoy great food and participant support stations. You can register online for this event.

Reno Air Races - Wednesday through Sunday, September 13 - 17, 2017. The world's fastest motor sport also features extensive static displays along with spectacular military and civilian aerial entertainment. This year, the Texas Flying Legends Museum will race four planes and perform with six planes. This is the last pylon air racing event of its kind in the world.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, September 16, 2017. 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).

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team tackles the Idaho State Bengals at a home game in Mackay Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Go Pack!

Reno Prom Pub Crawl - Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7 p.m. The biggest little city invites those who want to embrace their inner prom queen or wallflower for the downtown Reno Prom Pub Crawl. Whether it's a powder blue tuxedo, poufy ball gown or slinky miniskirt, partygoers dressed to the nines are sure to relive their high school fantasy - and this time without having to sneak booze into the punch bowl. Single cups are $5, with other options available.

Edible Pedal 100 - Sunday, September 17, 2017. Organized bike ride with courses around Washoe Valley, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, depending on which ride you choose - 10 mile, 50 mile, and the Nevada 150K. The start/finish is at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley. Edible Pedal 100 is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise.

Grow Your Own, Nevada! - September 19, 21, 26, 28, 2017. Grow Your Own, Nevada! is for homeowners and other small scale growers. It concentrates on imparting basic horticultural information and also provides information about new and alternative growing methods. Classes are in Reno and are $15 each or $60 for all 8 in the series. Sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The series continues on October 3, 5, 10, and 12, 2017.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Friday, September 22, 2017. Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock for a fun-filled evening with food and drink, watching amazing and inspiring films about nature in the beautiful Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. There will be a food truck and adult beverages for purchase, along with a raffle and silent auction for a variety of prizes. Gates open at 5 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door - $15 adults, $12 students.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 23, 2017. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team plays the Washington State Cougars at an away game in Pullman, WA. Kickoff is time is TBA. Go Pack!

Fiesta Latin@ - Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. As part of Reno's year-long 150th birthday celebration, the City of Reno will host the inaugural Fiesta Latin@, a free community event to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes it such a wonderful place to live. The event will be at City Plaza, 1 N. Virginia Street, between City Hall and the Truckee River.

Tractors & Truffles - Saturday, September 23, 2017. Centered at Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, NV, this full-day event will include farm tours, wine tasting, gourmet dining, and a music workshop with Blair Crimmins & The Hookers. Gourmet chefs prepare the dinner. $125 per person. For more information and to register, call (775) 423-4556.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, September 23, 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.

Bud and Brew Music Festival - Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reno's inaugural Bud & Brew Music Festival, celebrating Nevada's legalization of recreational cannabis. The event will feature the best brew's in the region, live music, art, cannabis Q & A seminars and much more. Concerts continue into the night at various venues. The event is 21+ and will be at Wingfield Park. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire - Saturday and Sunday, September 23 - 24, 2017. This event carries on a tradition started in 1919. There will be over 300 exhibitors, music and entertainment, and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets required for the Candy Dance and Dinner. (775) 782-8696.

"Swan Lake" at the Pioneer Center - Saturday and Sunday, September 23 - 24, 2017. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the classic ballet, with Reno Philharmonic Orchestra perform the music. Professional dancers from Ballet San Antonio will star in the lead roles and the cast includes many dancers from four different ballet studios in the Reno area. The Saturday performance will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m. For tickets call, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 1-800-553-6605 or visit the website for tickets online. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Outwest Film Fest - Saturday and Sunday, September 23 - 24, 2017. This film festival is presented by Our Center. The event includes two themed screenings on Saturday along with a Best of International Short Film presentation on Sunday. Both days will feature some of the best of this year's LGBTQ short films (comedies, dramas, and documentaries) in a fun-filled atmosphere at Reno's Bruka Theatre.

Galena Fest - Sunday, September 24, 2017. The 9th annual Galena Fest will be at Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area. Those seeking competition can enter the Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb or the Wicked Thorn Trail Run. There will also be family friendly things to do like a nature walk, children's activities, and environmental and cultural displays. There will be live music by Escalade, a kids' run, and food vendors. The Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Biking and running events start earlier in the morning.

Street Vibrations Fall Rally - Wednesday through Sunday, September 27 - October 1, 2017. Over 50,000 riders converge for the Fall Rally and there are even more events and things to do, including America's Finest Custom Bike Builder's Expo, Tattoo Expo, more than 300 vendors, factory rigs selling everything motorcycle, stunt shows, rides to Lake Tahoe, and biker drinking places. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Truckee River Cleanup Day - Saturday, September 30, 2017. Volunteer with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) to help clean up the Truckee River corridor through Reno and Sparks. The cleanup includes projects such as storm-drain stenciling, litter pickup, graffiti removal, in-the-river trash removal (by kayakers and flyfishers), weed pulling and park projects. A volunteer appreciation picnic follows. Sign up online and choose where on the river you would like to work.

Nevada Field Day - Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors to this free event will be treated to a variety of activities and giveaways, and even some tasty food samples. Nevada Field Day features hands-on activities for both kids and adults and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. Learn about fall planting and pruning, as well vegetable gardening and other topics for home gardeners. The Desert Farming Initiation will be holding a Farmers Market, selling local produce. Plants grown in the University’s greenhouses will also be for sale to support future research and graduate student work. Chefs Clint Jolly and Mark Estee will be performing cooking demonstrations. The event will be at the University of Nevada, Reno's Main Station Field Lab, 5895 Clean Water Way in Reno, near the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Mill Street.

National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 30, 2017. Enjoy an entrance fee free day at hundreds of units of our National Parks system and other public lands administered by agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. You can also volunteer and help with public lands projects across the country. Locally, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will be hosting service projects.

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