November’s Top 15 Things to Do in Reno

offbeat festivalDon’t let the changing of the weather stop you from experiencing everything Reno has to offer. Cozy indoor events and bustling outdoor activities await across the city. 

Off Beat Arts & Music Festival – A “festival crawl” unlike any other music event, Off Beat performances take place in a wide range of venues near downtown Reno, including large theaters, small bars, art galleries, restaurants, and individual shops. Discover all the amazing things happening with Reno’s music, food, and art scenes at this four-day festival November 3-6. 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid | See Disney’s iconic movie about a red-headed mermaid’s love life as you never have before – live and on stage! Performed by the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company, opening night is November 4, with evening and matinee shows offered every weekend at the Carson City Community Center through November 20. 

28th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival | Enjoy delectable chocolates created by Tahoe’s finest culinary artists and sample boutique wine from acclaimed California wine regions during this beloved event near Lake Tahoe on November 5. Proceeds from the live auction and exclusive raffle will support Tahoe SAFE Alliance, which is helping to create violence-free communities in the region. 

Ice Skating at Greater Nevada Field | Lace up your skates and grab your mittens as the Reno Ice Rink opens for the season on November 9. Sessions will be offered seven days a week through January, with the option to rent skates and skating aids for the whole family. 

Bruka Theatre’s Biggest Little Theatre Festival | Showcasing original theatre pieces created by local and regional performance artists, the 5th annual Biggest Little Theatre Festival returns to downtown Reno from November 10-13. Up to five performances a day will take place over the four-day event, with a portion of the ticket sales going back to the performing groups. 

Veterans Day Parade | On November 11, Reno will honor our veterans with a parade through the heart of downtown Reno. A gesture of sincere gratitude for their service, this family-friendly event will include ROTC groups from regional high schools, marching bands, honor guards, groups representing all the branches of military service, and various veterans’ organizations. State and local dignitaries often attend. 

Midtown Mural Tour | Reno’s Midtown neighborhood is home to more than 60 street art murals painted by local, national, and international artists. Guided tours of these hidden gems are offered every second Saturday of the month at $10 per person. Grab your walking shoes and your camera for the November 12 excursion, which starts and ends at Blue Whale Coffee Company. 

Zoe Keating | Cellist and composer Zoe Keating is a one-woman orchestra, using her cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of intricate, compelling music. Her performance at the Nevada Museum of Art on November 12 will benefit the Reno Philharmonic’s after-school music education program, RPA Kids. 

Nevada Wolf Pack Football | Root for the home team when the Wolf Pack, the University of Nevada’s football team, returns to Mackay Stadium for their final two home games of the regular season. They take on San Diego State on November 12 and Utah State the following weekend on November 19. 

Sugar Love University | Foodies with a sweet tooth will love Sugar Love Chocolate’s year-long event series dedicated to the history, culture, and creation of chocolate. The once-a-month classes include limited-edition chocolate flavors, light hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks. Drop into the November 16 class to experience New World Flavors. 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride | Classic characters from the famous children’s book come to life in this holiday train ride out of Carson City. From November 17 through December 23, guests are invited to wear pajamas as the children do in the story on this hour-long trip that includes a reading and reenactment of the tale. Everyone will go home with a souvenir sleigh bell to remember the journey, and you may even get the chance to meet Santa. 

ONCE | Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE tells the story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his passion when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his music. Witness an impressive ensemble of actors who play their own instruments onstage from November 18-20 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. 

Reno Steampunk Stroll | Gears meet beers at the 3rd annual Reno Steampunk Stroll, where science fiction meets an alternate past and future at once. Don’t miss the amazing costumes, themed entertainment, and drink specials throughout downtown Reno on November 19. 

Tanner’s Marketplace Antique, Collectibles & Craft Show | Get a head start on your holiday shopping November 19-20 as Tanner’s Marketplace returns to the Reno Livestock Events Center. Vendors from Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington will have all sorts of collectibles and crafts available, including clothing, furniture, home goods, artwork, and more. 

Thanksgiving Weekend at Animal Ark | Reopening for just one weekend in November, wildlife sanctuary Animal Ark invites families to enjoy its impressive animals as they become more active in fall’s cooler temperatures. Witness cheetahs, bears, wolves, and more up close – and walk off your holiday indulgences – November 25-26.