September 2023 Events and Activities in the Reno Region
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." September is also Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15, 2023).
Big events during September, 2023 include...
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Sunday, August 30 - September 4, 2023. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off is really a cooking competition between the professional barbeque teams that will also be serving ribs and fixins to the public during the event. Admission to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off and parking are free. Held at Victorian Square in Sparks.
35th Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow - Friday through Sunday, September 1 - 3, 2023. 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 50 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 18 miles north of downtown Reno in scenic Eagle Canyon.
Labor Day Weekend - Friday through Monday, September 1 - 4, 2023. This weekend is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. There are plenty of things to do for your last summer fling, including train rides, hiking, picnicking, swimming and water play, visiting museums, the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, and more.
Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 2, 2023. The Pack takes on the USC Trojans in Los Angeles. Next is a home game a Mackay Stadium vs. University of Idaho Vandals on September 9. Another home game follows against the University of Kansas Jayhawks on September 16.
Burning Man 2023 - Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert is from August 27 through September 4, 2023. The 2022 art theme is "Animalia."
Senior Fest 2023 - Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. 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.
Barrels & Bites - Friday, September 8, 2023, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows features ton's of themed alcohol and spirit booths and themed rooms, as well as delicious food provided by Reno's hottest local eateries. 21+ at the Peppermill Reno. Get tickets online. Only 2000 will be sold.
41st Great Reno Balloon Race - Friday through Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2023. 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.
64th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races - Friday through Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2023. Bring the family to Virginia City to enjoy this hilarious event, a tradition that dates back to the 50s. Friday is Hot Camel Nights starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Reno Greek Festival - Friday and Saturday, September 8 - 9, 2023. Come and enjoy Greek food, live music, dancing, tours of Saint Anthony Greek Church and just a great time together as a community. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 12 noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. General admission is $12. Advance tickets for $12 get you $10 worth of food credit. Kids 12 and under are free. At St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Dr. in Reno.
Social Science: Freak Show - Saturday, September 9, 2023, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Step right up! Behold oddities and delicacies the likesof which you've never seen. Dine at the bug buffet. Attempt and witness feats of strength and bravery. Create a plush freak of your own. And much, much more. This is a 21+ event at The Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center Street in Reno. This is a popular event with limited capacity - it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance.
Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 9, 2023, 4 p.m. The Pack takes on the University of Idaho Vandals in a home game at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.
National Championship Air Races and Air Show - Wednesday through Sunday, September 13 - 17, 2023. The world's fastest motor sport also features extensive static displays along with spectacular military and civilian aerial entertainment. This year, the headline performers are the A-10 Warthog Tactical Demonstration, F-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team and USAF and Navy Heritage and Legacy Flights. On a sad note, this will be the final Reno Air Races at Stead Field. Due to numerous circumstances, the event is not able to continue at its location since 1964. A new venue has yet to be found.
Picnic in the Park Music Series - Fridays, September 15, 22, 29, 2023, 6 p.m. Get a great start to your weekend by enjoying the relaxing and serene setting of Kleiner's Oak Grove while listening to a series of artists on Fridays in September. Bring a picnic if you like. At the May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, September 16, 2023, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants with $30 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).
Fall into the Holidays Craft Fair - Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will feature photography, glass art, mosaics, metal art, woodwork, kitchen items, yard flags, clothing, jewelry, books and much more. Entry into the event is free. Proceeds will benefit the City of Sparks Arts Fund and Sparks Parks and Recreation Leisure Without Limits programs for people with disabilities. At the Parks and Recreation Gym, 98 Richards Way in Sparks.
Truckee River Cleanup Day - Saturday, September 16, 2023. Cleanup and beautification projects span from Verdi to Lockwood. Projects include storm-drain stenciling, litter pickup, graffiti removal, in-the-river trash removal, weed pulling and park beautification projects. The main sponsor is Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). To register, visit the KTMB volunteer signup page.
"Adventures in Astronomy" Junior Naturalist Program - Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This month for our Junior Naturalist Program, we will be at Maldonado Park to learn all about "Adventures in Astronomy." Bring the whole family and join us for this free educational program to learn about our solar system, constellations, and more. Sponsored by Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.
Coppelia at The Pioneer Center - Saturday and Sunday, September 16 - 17, 2023. The fall gala season for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre opens with the classic ballet Coppélia. This classic story is filled with mesmerizing dance, intrigue, and is fun for the entire family. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the exciting score. The Saturday performance is at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Carson Creepy Short Horror Film Competition - Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Filmmakers will have two weeks to make a short horror film based on the prompts we give them. Screening and Awards Ceremony will be held at Brewery Arts Center in Carson City on October 14th. Whether you're a seasoned horror filmmaker or a newcomer with a passion for the macabre, this competition is your opportunity to leave a lasting impression and captivate audiences with your spine-chilling stories. Visit the website for registration information.
Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl - Thursday through Sunday, September 21 - 24, 2023. It's a free event designed to celebrate friends, community and all things fiber. We welcome you into our shops, homes, ranches, warehouses, and more. Visit the website for more details.
Street Vibrations Fall Rally - Thursday through Sunday, September 21 - 24, 2023. Over 50,000 riders converge for the Fall Rally and there are even more events and things to do, including Tattoo Expo, hundreds of 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.
Arts for All Nevada hosts A Night at the Mansion - Friday, September 22, 2023, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Night at the Mansion, an evening of creativity, cocktails, and fun, will take place at the historic Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street in Reno. Guests can enjoy passed appetizers prepared and served by students in the Washoe County School District's Culinary Arts Program at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technologies. A silent auction will feature autumnal-themed artwork and home décor from some of our community’s most talented local artists and craftspeople. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online. After September 1, it's $65 and $70 at the door. You must be 21 and over to attend.
National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 23, 2023. 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.
"Mr. Smiths Bowl of Notes" free family concert from the Reno Phil - Saturday, September 23, 2023, 2 p.m. Join the Reno Phil for a free family concert. Kid friendly activities begin at 1 p.m. and the performance begins at 2 p.m. Mr. Smith, an on-the-run composer, interrupts a concert and whimsically explains the stylistic differences and similarities between the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern periods of music. At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. in Reno.
Dozers & Dirt - Saturday, September 23, 2023, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us and get dirty digging-in your shovels to support local children battling cancer. We invite big and little kids alike to operate more than 35 pieces of heavy construction equipment, experience up-close displays of the RAVEN helicopter, a bomb unit, police cars, fire trucks, and more. All proceeds benefit the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. Tickets available online. Event is at Rilite Aggregate, 9208 Western Skies Drive in south Reno. Closed-toe shoes required.
Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire - Saturday and Sunday, September 23 - 24, 2023. 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. Please do not bring dogs.
Fiesta on Wells - Sunday, September 24, 2023, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come say hi and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, folkloric dancers, delicious food and more. We close several blocks on South Wells Avenue, from Burns St. to Vassar St. for this big street party.
"Allosaurus" exhibition at The Discovery - On exhibit now. The new featured exhibition explorbit now. Journey to the Jurassic era and witness a full-scale cast of the mighty Allosaurus, a fearsome carnivorous dinosaur that roamed the Earth 150 million years ago. A distant cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex, the Allosaurus wields dagger-like teeth, razor-sharp claws and powerful hind legs. Measuring in at approximately 25 feet in length, the meticulously constructed cast offers an impressive glimpse into an ancient past. Entrance to the exhibition is included with admission. The Discovery Museum is at 490 S. Center Street in Reno.
City of Reno Senior Public Safety Fair - Monday, September 25, 2023, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature representatives from the Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Department. It allows you to have one-on-one conversations with our public safety officials. It's your chance to ask questions, share concerns, and gain insights directly from the experts. At Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center, 2745 Elementary Drive in Reno. This is Reno's newest senior-inspired initiative: Reno Senior EngAGED. This program will provide fun and engaging opportunities geared for senior citizens including fairs, technology classes, guest speakers, and other events.
Reno Startup Week - Monday through Friday, September 25 - 29, 2023. Bringing together founders, innovators, dreamers, makers, and business owners for a week-long celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in Northern Nevada. The week will offer a variety of activities, workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities to foster innovation and collaboration among entrepreneurs of all stages. There will be 40+ workshops, networking and speaker events. Visit the website for details.
7th Annual Compassion through the Crisis event - Thursday, September 28, 2023, 8 a.m. We will gather at the Nevada Automobile Museum to celebrate the many achievements CSSNV (Crisis Support Services of Nevada) has accomplished this past year and to learn more about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and the future of mental health in Nevada. The public is invited and donations are appreciated.
Reno / Sparks Water Lantern Festival - Saturday, September 30, 2023, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. At Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive in Sparks. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Water Lantern Festival brings people together to Light The Water in a magical night that includes food, music, and beauty as the lanterns reflect upon the water. Tickets available online.
Reno British Motor Show - Saturday, September 30, 2023, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reno British Motor Show promises to be a celebration of classic and modern automobiles and motorcycles. The event will showcase an impressive array of vehicles from some of the most iconic British brands, including Jaguar, Jensen, Land Rover, MG and Triumph. Attendees will have the opportunity to see these classic cars and motorcycles up close and personal, and learn about their history and significance from knowledgeable experts. At Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Polar Express - November 17 through December 23, 2023. Riding The Polar Express™ to the North Pole has become a popular family outing during the Christmas holiday season in the Reno / Tahoe area. Transportation to visit Santa's legendary workshop is provided on trains of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from the Eastgate Station near Carson City. Tickets are sure to sell out, so it is important to get them soon. You must purchase in advance - tickets are not sold at the station.
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