Reno is Artown

Stuck in Reno this summer? Fear not! Instead of jealously watching the Instagram stories of your friends who somehow have the time and money to travel the world (guilty), why not explore some of the cool events in the Biggest Little City? If you love the outdoors like I do, you probably already know about all the fun things you can do in the area. But if you need more ideas for when you’re bored and don’t want to drive into the wilderness, there are plenty of fun events going on right under our noses. A personal favorite for me is Artown. The best part? It lasts for an entire month!

If you are a fan of any artistic medium, Artown will steal your heart. With music, dance, sculptures, exhibits, and other creative activities available, there is something for everyone. There are events going on every single day during the month of July to fit your schedule. If money is a concern, many events are free or very inexpensive to allow more community members a chance to enjoy Reno’s art culture.

While the Artown website has yet to publish the 2018 calendar, there are a few annual events to look forward to. On July 1st, the opening night jubilee typically consists of an artistic gallery on Arlington Bridge, music, and acrobatic performances. On the Fourth of July the Reno Philharmonic puts on a free concert topped off with fireworks to celebrate, a welcomed alternative for those who would rather avoid the long drive and wild crowds of Tahoe. Every year there is also a world dance night during which various cultures are celebrated, showing off their beautiful dancing styles. There are even more free events each week such as the Monday night music series, “dancing in the park” nights, and movies in the park. You don’t have to break the bank to get out and have fun!

I have often heard that Reno lacks in terms of culture, but Artown is working to prove this idea wrong. By focusing on the local art scene and celebrating creative minds in every medium, Reno celebrates its love of art every year. If you haven’t been to any of these events, I highly recommend you attend some this coming summer. You may find some wonderful talent and inspiration under the arch.