Top 15 Things to do in Reno this July
There’s no shortage of things to do in Reno during July! The month promises culture, patriotic celebrations, and fun events for the entire family.
- Artown – Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of art and culture offers events and performances throughout the month of July. Admission to most events is free. June 30 to July 31
- The Biggest Little City Wing Fest – Taking place July 2-4 along downtown Virginia Street, this festival brings in more than 65,000 attendees and serves more than 20,000 pounds of chicken wings each year. This is a free admission event featuring chicken wing contests, live entertainment, street fair vendors and local celebrity wing judges.
- July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party – Lake Tahoe will celebrate Fourth of July with their 3rd annual Fireworks and Beach Party from 4pm. to 10pm. This event is free to attend and will be located at the North Tahoe Event Center, across from Kings Beach, North Tahoe. July 3
- Star Spangled Sparks – On July 3,The Star Spangled Sparks firework show will take place at the top of the Nugget Casino. This show has been dubbed “the region’s longest, most spectacular fireworks display.” Viewers attending this show like to park either at the Sparks Marina or Victorian Square. Spots fill up fast, so early scouting is recommended.
- Fourth of July on the Comstock – Fourth of July on the Comstock provides a one-of-a-kind experience with an authentic hometown feel. Featuring a parade, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, Old West shootouts, shopping and train rides. Fourth of July on the Comstock is an all-day, activity-packed event. July 4
- Independence Day Celebration: Tacoma Rainiers vs. Reno Aces – Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, take on the Tacoma Rainiers this Fourth of July. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:05 p.m. After the game, enjoy one of the only Reno area firework shows up close and personal. July 4
- Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival – Join the Bard at Sand Harbor on the shores of Lake Tahoe for Shakespeare and other plays during July and August. There are kids’ plays and other activities in conjunction with this festival, kicking off July 8 and runs to August 21.
- Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival – This family-friendly event features an airshow with world-renowned performers, a jet car, STEM Expo, rides in a military aircraft, a family festival, and much more! Proceeds benefit Truckee North Tahoe youth organizations.
- Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival – Known for bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and renowned inspirational speakers, Wanderlust is set around breathtaking natural beauty in Squaw Valley, California. Taking place July 14-17, this event offers yoga, meditation, music, workshops, art, expeditions and farm-to-table food events.
- Reno Basque Festival – In a state that has one of the biggest Basque populations in the nation, the Reno Basque Festival not only celebrates Basque culture, but also celebrates a big part of Reno’s history and tradition. This festival celebrates Basque heritage with Basque food, music, dancing and activities at Wingfield Park, July 16.
- Northern Nevada Pride Festival – On July 23 in Wingfield Park, Build Our Center proudly hosts the Northern Nevada Pride Festival. This event features a parade starting at 10 a.m. with the festival following shortly after from 11am to 4pm. A $5 donation is requested to take part in the festival portion of this event.
- Taste of Downtown Carson City– The state’s capital covers its streets with 40+ local food vendors, free live concerts, brews and more to raise funds for Advocates to End Domestic Violence. July 23
- Donner Lake Triathlon and Truckee Open Water Swim – Whether you compete or watch, you'll be sure to have a great time! The 35th annual Donner Lake Triathlon is open to triathletes and swimmers young and old and features music, vendors, BBQ, and stunning scenery. There are three triathlon distances to choose from and also a kids competition. July 23 to 24
- Virginia City Official Hot August Nights Kickoff Event – Classic cars fill the streets of historic Virginia City as Hot August Nights kicks off, July 29 - 30. Enjoy nightly cruises, a celebrity Show-n-Shine, a poker run, and free live entertainment.
- Compression! Art & Fire – Celebrate the art of fire during Artown's hottest event. Free to the public, Compression offers visual art displays featuring large-scale propane flame effects. Daytime and nightime events include a "burner" fashion show, art cars, fire dancing, and art sculptures that are capable of everything from breathing fire to shooting flame. July 30