Reno, Nevada is a popular destination for families, couples, and solo travelers from across the nation. If you are planning a trip to Reno this summer, check out some of the seasonal events. These can't miss events provide an amazing mix of culture, art, live music, and delectable cuisine.
1. The Dragon Lights Festival
In 2018, the Dragon Lights Festival lasts from June 30 to August 5, and it is held at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Each year, visitors to the Dragon Lists Festival immerse themselves in Chinese culture. Local artisans show visitors how they make traditional Chinese lanterns.
At night, take in a Chinese stage show and gaze at the illumination offered by the lanterns. During the day, the festival includes other craft demonstrations, such as aluminum weaving and crystal engraving.
2. The Reno 24-Hour Mural Marathon
If you've ever wondered how artists transfer a wall into a work of art, then the Reno 24-Hour Mural Marathon is a must-see event. The 2018 marathon starts June 30 and ends July 1. Seven artists compete for cash prizes. The murals will then decorate the streets of Reno for an entire year.
Not only can attendees watch the artists in action but also they can attend the awards ceremony that marks the end of the event. You can also enjoy music and snack on delicious food from local vendors.
3. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
A short drive from Reno, Lake Tahoe hosts an annual Shakespeare Festival. For the 2018 season, the festival lasts from July 6 through August 26. The plays are set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Sand Harbor. Despite the name, the festival hosts a variety of shows.
At the 2018 festival, the main events are Macbeth and Beehive: The 60s Musical. These two shows run the length of the festival. You can also take in one-time performances, such as Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute show.
4. The Biggest Little City Wing Fest
If you believe wings deserve their own separate food group, you need to attend the Biggest Little City Wing Fest. Held on Virginia Street in downtown Reno, the festival serves attendees a whopping 20,000 pounds of chicken wings. This year, the festival starts on July 6 and lasts until July 7.
Sample wings and sauces from experienced wing chefs; stick with traditional hot or BBQ wings, or try an exotic flavor, like salted caramel or maple bacon bourbon. Free concerts are also held on-site to ensure that your taste buds aren't the only senses that enjoy the party.
5. The Reno Sculpture Fest
The Reno Sculpture Fest is a three-day event that lasts from July 13 to July 15 for the 2018 season. Visitors to the event rave about how the artists bring art to life. Sculptures at this event are anywhere from 6 to 14 feet tall, and they are interactive.
In addition to the sculptures, you can expect to see art from muralists and mixed media artists. This kid-friendly festival includes activities specifically for the youngest visitors. Food, wine, and local wares are also available for purchase.
6. The Reno Basque Festival
Spend July 21 at the 2018 Reno Basque Festival. This one-day event celebrates the Basque culture that influenced so much of Reno's history. At this event, you can experience traditional Basque activities, such as a wood chopping demonstration, a weight-carrying contest, and a war cry contest.
Dance to Basque music after you dine on Basque cuisines, such as stews, Tolosa bean dishes, and pinchos. You can even get cooking tips so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home.
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