Mark Your Calendars … Soak up the sun at these summertime events!

It’s summer in beautiful Reno/Tahoe. That means the sun is out and it’s time to explore all those outdoor adventures you’ve been waiting for. There are so many fun events going on throughout these summer months, check out some of our favorites.

  • July 7 – Aug 27: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (South Lake Tahoe)

Enjoy extraordinary entertainment at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival this summer. They have an exceptional setting at Sand Harbor inside Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You’ll appreciate the outdoor performances, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Hound of the Baskervilles with your toes in the sand and a Tahoe sunset as the backdrop. Bring your own picnic or enjoy the delicious food at Shakespeare’s Kitchen.

  • July 13 – Aug 13: LUMA Art in Darkness, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (South Lake Tahoe)

This human light show is on tour and coming to Tahoe! The performance has been dazzling audiences from around the world with its perfectly timed musical expressions of light executed by unseen performers.  Captivating choreography and a sensational soundtrack takes three-dimensional illuminated illusions to another level of kinetic art. LUMA recreates that sense of awe and wonder when we gaze skyward on a dark clear night with the ‘oohs and aahs’ brought by watching a fireworks display. 

  • Aug 4-5 & Aug 8-13: Hot August Nights (Virginia City/Reno/Sparks)

Every August, we welcome classic hot rods and sexy muscle cars to Reno, Virginia City and Sparks. Hot August Nights is the largest classic car event in the country. Take part in this regional event with activities including night cruises, drag races, burn-outs, a sock hop, prom and more! Join us in Virignia City August 4 – 5 then continue the fun August 8 – 13 in Reno and Sparks.

  • Aug 26: Canfest, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Reno)

Throw back a cold one at the world’s largest canned-beer festival. Enjoy unlimited tastings from over 120 different craft canned beers from all over the globe during Canfest, the International Canned Beer Festival held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. In addition to beers, they will have live music, a silent disco, vendors and a raffle.

  • Sept 8 – 10: The Great Reno Balloon Race (Reno)

This is the world’s largest free hot-air balloon race featuring more than 100 different balloons with over 20 different shapes! People come from all over the world to see the spectacular Glow Show, Dawn Patrol and Mass Ascension events. With plenty of food vendors, art booths and specialty souvenirs, this is a family affair you won’t want to miss.

  • Sept 8 – 10: International Camel & Ostrich Races (Virginia City)

Who would’ve thought that camels actually race? Watch this hilarious annual tradition for yourself as camels, ostriches and zebras make their way around the track guided by jockeys. Make a day of it and experience everything this historic town has to offer with great food, drinks, and specialty shops along C Street.

  • Sept 13 – 17: National Championship Air Races (Reno)

Named one of the “10 Best Air Shows” in the world by USA Today, this is the world’s longest running air race. It is truly an event for thrill seekers and plane enthusiasts as pilots race across the sky at top speeds. Get up close and personal in the “pits” with the competing aircrafts, pilots and crew.

  • Sept 16: Sample the Sierra (South Lake Tahoe)

Calling all foodies! This farm-to-fork festival brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create scrumptious samples for you to taste. Pair them with the appropriate craft beer or wine, shop for locally made crafts at the Festival Marketplace, dance to live entertainment and catch their signature food challenge event, Sierra Chefs Challenge.

  • Sept 17: Edible Pedal 100 (Carson/Reno)

Ride Hard. Eat Well. Give Back. These are things you can enjoy and expect when you participate in the Edible Pedal 100. This bike ride pairs the delicious tastes of local food and drink with the beautiful Reno/Tahoe landscape. Bikers can choose from three different rides, one for every member of the family. And enjoy a post ride barbecue.

  • Sept 23-24: Annual Genoa Candy Dance Art & Crafts Faire (Genoa)

Spend some time in the quaint town of Genoa as 300 craft and food vendors take over this historic town during the annual two-day event. For an added experience, don’t miss the Candy Dance Dinner & Dance on Saturday evening at the Genoa Town Park on Nixon Street.

  • Oct 7-8: Camp Richardson Oktoberfest (South Lake Tahoe)

Wrap up summer at Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest. It’s fun for the entire family, with games, craft booths, face painting, live music, competitions, a kid’s carnival and more. Adults can enjoy their famous beer and wine garden and if you’re up for the challenge, take part in their sausage eating contest. Lederhosen are optional but encouraged. If you ride your bike and drop it in front of the Mountain Sports Center, you will get a coupon for free ice cream!

  • October 7-8: Aviation Roundup (Minden-Tahoe Airport)

The Aviation Roundup is back for another year and it’s going to be bigger and better! This year it’s taking place at the Minden-Tahoe Airport and will have another great lineup of performers. And when you aren’t fixated on the sky, check out the displays of aircrafts, shop and eat at the mini pop-up shopping mall, and explore all the airshow adventures they have to offer.

  • October 9 – 15: Reno Bites Week (Reno)

Break the chain. Eat Local. Explore Reno’s culinary culture at a variety of locally owned businesses. There are dozens of participating chefs and restaurants offering specialty items that are sure to please any palate. And don’t miss the Chef Showdown on October 15.


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By: Rebecca David