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March 2018’s Top 15 Things to Do in Reno

Will you wake up to snow tomorrow, or can you plan on wearing shorts in the sun? While we can’t predict the weather, we can say with certainty that these upcoming events will make your March much better. RSVP “yes” to monster trucks, murder mysteries, mural tours, and more this month. 

SnowFest! North Lake Tahoe – Dubbing itself the “Mountain Mardi Gras,” SnowFest is 10 days and nights of fun throughout North Lake Tahoe. From March 1-11, residents and visitors can enjoy parades, fireworks, concerts, and special events like the Polar Bear Swim, I-Did-A-Run dog pull race, and the crowning of the SnowFest Queen. On-snow activities will be held at numerous resorts, too. 

Kerak Shrine Circus – Have a weekend of fun under the big top when the Shrine Circus comes to town March 2-4. Serving as a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, there will be high-flying trapeze acts, motorcycle stunts, clowns, and much more at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. 

Reno Mural Expo Docent Tour – The Biggest Little City is home to 31 new pieces of public art after last year’s inaugural Reno Mural Expo. Take a two-hour walking tour and let a docent personally introduce you to them on March 3. The insight into Reno’s outdoor urban art gallery is worth more than the $10 admission fee. 

Hella Basic Welding – Turn metal into masterpieces with The Generator’s Hella Basic Welding workshops, held twice this month on March 4 and March 18. Meant for beginners, the class will introduce students to welding basics, proper safety techniques, and machine maintenance. 

Easter Sugar Cookie Decorating Class – Get hands-on with some sweet treats at Mix Bakeshop’s Easter Sugar Cookie Decorating Class, offered nine times before the holiday beginning March 6. You’ll learn how to outline, flood, and decorate with royal icing, and go home with delicious recipes, professional techniques, and a box of eight sugar cookies. Kids age 10 and up are welcome, too! 

Monster Jam – Weighing 12,000 pounds and standing almost 11 feet tall, the world’s largest and most famous monster trucks will tear up Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center with their best stunts and tricks March 9-11. Cheer on fan favorites like Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Brodozer, and the Monster Mutt Dalmatian. 

Death by Design – Laughter is the weapon of choice when mysterious guests (and a snipped telephone wire) come together at a country estate in “Death by Design.” Reno Little Theater showcases this uproariously funny take on a classic murder mystery on stage March 9-25. 

Italian Festival and Family Concert – Spend a day in Italy without traveling overseas at the Reno Philharmonic’s Italian Festival and Family Concert on March 10. Attendees will be able to sample gelato, make their own Venetian masks and tissue paper stained glass, touch exquisite opera costumes, and much more at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The Reno Phil Orchestra will also perform a free concert of Italy’s most famous and beloved music, led by guest conductor Alvise Casellati. 

pioneer centerThe Sound of Music – The hills will be alive with “The Sound of Music” when the hugely popular musical returns March 16-18 to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Maria and the von Trapp family bring beloved classics like “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song to life for just five performances, and this brand new production is not to be missed. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” tells the story of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old who is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When a neighbor’s dog is killed and Christopher falls under suspicion, the teen sets out to identify the true culprit and makes an earth-shattering discovery along the way. Good Luck Macbeth performs Simon Stephens’ stage adaptation March 16 through April 7. 

Reno Leprechaun Crawl – Downtown Reno will be as green as it can get this St. Patrick’s Day as thousands of costumed revelers hit the streets for the Reno Leprechaun Crawl. More than 100 beer and drink specials will be offered across 30 different bars on March 17, with free giveaways, live music, and photo opportunities along the way. 

27th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry – Have a ball (or two) on March 17 at the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry in Virginia City. Multiple competitors will smoke, fry, or grill tasty treats for the chance to take home first place in categories like best overall taste, most creative dish, and best plated presentation. Those without an appetite for the delicacy can partake in the main street parade, beer garden, or Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl. St. Patrick’s Day garb is encouraged, too! 

Reno Bighorns Home Games – Back for its ninth season, the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings has home games at the Reno Events Center through March 20. The Reno Bighorns face the Iowa Wolves for two games on March 12 and 14, then battle the Agua Caliente Clippers on March 16. For the final two home games of the regular season, the Bighorns take on the Oklahoma City Blue on March 17 and the Raptors 905 on March 20 before hopefully chasing a playoff championship in April. 

Reno Mardi Gras – The Biggest Little City will feel more like The Big Easy when Reno’s biggest and best Mardi Gras party returns to the Reno Ballroom on March 24. Hundreds of bourbons, beers, and wines will be waiting for you, as will exclusive bites crafted by the city’s top chefs. You won’t want to miss the live acrobats, stilt walkers, and Carnevale entertainment either. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Reno, the event proceeds will benefit the organization’s community and global service projects. 

Heavenly Village Brewfest & IPA 5K Fun Run – Raise a glass to all things beer at Heavenly Village’s inaugural Brewfest. Live music and tastings kick off the event on March 30, followed by the IPA 5K Fun Run the morning of March 31. After the race, there will be a corn hole tournament, homebrew contest, and brewery speaker series.