Looking for something to do locally this summer? Check out this list for foodies, festival-goers and more. Sarah Litz/RGJ



The Who

Aug. 16

Recently celebrating 50 years, the Who were part of the first British Invasion and changed the face of rock music with rock operas such as “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.” Expect songs from those albums as well as hits like “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You” and “My Generation.”

8 p.m.

$89.50 to $199.50

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Resort Casino,

U.S. Highway 50, Stateline


Idina Menzel

Aug. 25

She’s also known for some big Broadway roles in “Rent” and “Wicked,” but Menzel’s mainstream career took off with her work as the lead in Disney’s ubiquitous animated movie, “Frozen,” where she sang the modern classic pop tune, “Let it Go.”

9 p.m.

$53 to $118

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.


Mary J. Blige

8 p.m. Sept. 8

One of the most acclaimed soul singers of the past few decades, Blige made a name for herself from the get-go with a best-selling debut album from 1992, “What’s the 411?” Her best known songs include “Not Gonna Cry,” “No More Drama,” “Family Affair” and “Be Without You.”

$69 to $138

Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.


Live broadcast of NPR’s “From the Top”

4 p.m. Sept. 10

Classical pianist Christopher O’Riley hosts the popular classic music show on public radio (and is known for his own edgy classical covers of indie rock artists such as Radiohead and Elliott Smith). He will host this live show featuring young Reno musicians.

$16 to $59

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 S. Virginia St.


Reno Philharmonic: “Classix One: Fantastique”

4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3

Hailing from the U.K., violinist Chloe Hanslip is known for her international performances as well as her instrument of choice: a violin that was made in 1737. She and the Philharmonic will perform works by Strauss, Berlioz and a work that was premiered just two years ago: “The Infinite Dance” by composter Zhou Tian. Ticket prices were pending at press time; check the Reno Phil’s website for details.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 S. Virginia St.


Janet Jackson

8 p.m. Oct. 1

The youngest of the famed Jackson clan, Janet’s music continued the family’s sound that mixes tuneful pop and soul music, with an extra dose of sass and/or social comment in her work. Among her best known songs are “Rhythm Nation,” “Escapade,” “Nasty” and “That’s the Way Love Goes.”

$115 to $207

Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.



8 p.m. Oct. 5

From nerdy alternative icons to glossier, tongue-in-cheek pop purveyors, the L.A. band Weezer has gone on quite a musical journey for the past two decades. Among the group’s hits are the songs “Buddy Holly,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills” and “Thank God for Girls.”

$45 to $55

Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.


John Prine

8 p.m. Oct. 6

A true icon of modern folk music, John Prine makes a rare touring appearance in Reno this October. Known for this sardonic yet often heart-tugging tunes, Prine’s best-known songs include “Angel From Montgomery,” “Sam Stone” and “In Spite of Ourselves”

$69.50 to $99.50

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 S. Virginia St.


Paul Anka

8 p.m. Oct. 6

A star across three decades, Paul Anka had hits on his own including “Puppy Love,” “Diana” and “You’re Having My Baby.” He also wrote “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and the theme to Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show.

$65.50 and $85.50

Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino

407 N. Virginia St.


Reno Chamber Orchestra: “Awakening of Cheerful Feelings”

7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8

Conductor Theodore Kuchar leads the orchestra into its latest season with a well-known national pianist as its guest. Tanya Bannister, who performed at last year’s Chamber Music Festival, recently won international competitions in New York and New Orleans. Among the pieces performed in this season opener are ones by Copeland, Chopin and Beethoven.

$25 to $50, $5 for children 18 and younger and full-time students

Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada

1335 N. Virginia St.


Christopher Cross

Oct. 14

One of the first big new names of the ’80s, Texas singer Christopher Cross combined easy grooves with a distinctive singing voice for a bunch of hits, including “Ride Like the Wind,” “Sailin’” and the Oscar winning theme to the film “Arthur.” Check the Boomtown site for specific details, including prices and show starting time.

Boomtown Hotel and Casino

2100 Garson Road, Verdi



“Peter and the Starcatcher”

Through July 30

One of journalist and author Dave Barry’s novels gets a musical adaptation. The typical tale of Peter Pan is turned upside down with allusions to modern times and a message that pits greed against the power of friendship. See the Reno Little Theater site for specific dates and times.

$25; $20 for seniors and the military, $18 for students, $12 for children younger than 12

Reno Little Theater

147 E. Pueblo St.


“Next to Normal”

Through July 29

Bruka goes musical for this show that won three Tony awards in 2009. The story follows a women with bipolar disorder trying to cope with daily family life while also suffering side effects from her disorder. See the Bruka website for specific dates and times.

$22 advance; $20 for students, seniors and the military; $25 at the door

Bruka Theatre

99 N. Virginia St.


“Sordid Lives”

Through July 29

Boy, did they get this title right for a dark comedy set in rural Texas. Made into a feature film and a brief TV series, “Sordid Lives” concerns an eccentric family whose mother dies suddenly in a compromising position, with the fallout from it leading all the way to the funeral. See Good Luck Macbeth’s website for specific prices, days and times.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company

713 S. Virginia St.


“The Mountaintop”

Aug. 18 to Sept. 9

Memphis, Tenn. Playwright Katori Hall’s meditation on Martin Luther King is brought to the stage by the GLM players. The play imagines the late civil rights leader’s last day in the Lorraine Motel before he was assassinated in 1968. See Good Luck Macbeth’s website for specific prices, days and times.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company

713 S. Virginia St.



Sept. 8-24

Satires about Shakespeare are prevalent in the comic theater, and this play is no exception. In this version of his story, the British parliament wants him to write about a scandal but telling their own, and only, point of view. Check the Reno Little Theater website for all prices, dates and show times.

Reno Little Theater

147 E. Pueblo St.


“Nightmare: The Musical”

Oct. 6-26

Last year, this gutsy local theater company performed a darkly comic musical version of “The Silence of the Lambs.” For this year, the group is taking on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series with its knife-handed villain Freddy Kruger. See Good Luck Macbeth’s website for all dates and show times.

$15 advance, $25 door

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company

713 S. Virginia St.



“Sleeping Beauty”

Aug. 12

Dancers from Sierra Nevada Ballet take the timeless fairytale classic and sets it in motion. Ticket prices were not available at press time; see Sierra Nevada Ballet’s site for more details.

7:30 p.m.

Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada

1335 N. Virginia St.


“Swan Lake”

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre performs this classic of the ballet stage with members of Utah’s Ballet West in the lead roles. An evil warlock turns a young lady into a swan, but only love will set her free in this ballet with one of the most famous scores in this idiom. The Reno Philharmonic provides the music. Check the Pioneer Center site for ticket details.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 S. Virginia St.



“City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man”

Now through Jan. 28

It started on a beach in San Francisco, but now decades later Burning Man has become synonymous with Nevada’s free-thinking cultural attitude. Leaders of the Burning Man movement share their own photos, artifacts, journals and sketches to give a timeline of this international phenomenon.

$10; $8 for students and seniors over age 60; $1 for children ages 6-12; free to members, children under 5 and high school students with valid ID

Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty St.


“A T. Rex Named Sue”

Now through Dec. 30

It’s true – this 42-foot-long and 12-foot-tall tyrannosaurus rex was named Sue by the scientists who found her. See a life-sized skeleton cast of Sue as part of this display that also includes many interactive elements.

$12; $10 for children to age 17 and seniors

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

490 S. Center St.


“Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery”

Now through Oct. 29

Step into a recreation of England in the 19th century in this fun exhibition where you also get to play detective. Boarding houses, a séance room and more can be explored as part of this adaptation of Sir Conan Doyle’s famous books.

$5, $3.50 for seniors or children

Wilbur D. May Museum

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.



Aug. 26 to Jan. 21

The idea behind the “Western frontier” gets a broad focus and artistic makeover in this NMA collection. Artists with ties to Alaska, the American west coast and central America share their mixed-media works and common experiences in a diverse display.

$10; $8 for students and seniors older than 60; $1 for children ages 6-12; free to members, children younger than 5 and high school students with valid ID

Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty St.



Steve Martin and Martin Short

Aug. 26

Steve Martin hasn’t done stand-up comedy in decades, but this tour with fellow actor Martin Short comes close. The duo are the center of a true variety show featuring songs, comedy skits and some playful banter about their careers.

9 pm.

$81 to $136

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.


“Solid Gold Soul”

7:30 p.m. now through Oct. 7

Many eras of soul music are represented in this stage show that features tributes to artists such as Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others. It features Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of the late soul singer Jackie Wilson. Shows are Thursday through Saturday.

$29.50 and $40.50

Sammy’s Showroom, Harrah’s Reno

219 N. Center St.


“Adam Trent: The Next Generation of Magic”

Now through Oct. 21

Part of the popular group of magicians called The Illusionists, Adam Trent is like his fellow artists in that he brings high-tech to his talents, which also include music and comedy interspersed with the tricks and sleight-of-hand. See the Eldorado website for details on specific dates and times. Shows are Wednesday through Sunday.

$29.95 to $49.95, $19.95 for children ages 5-12, $29.95 for seniors age 60 and up

Eldorado Resort Casino

345 N. Virginia St.


“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Oct. 17-22

Here’s a jukebox musical from someone who really knows her way around one. Carole King started her career as the co-author of dozens of ’60s hits, including “Natural Woman” and “One Fine Day.” She then became a huge solo start in the early ’70s with hits such as “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” All are featured in this Tony-nominated show. Check the Pioneer Center site for times, dates and ticket prices.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

100 S. Virginia St.



Reno Greek Festival

Aug. 18-20

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church hosts this popular cultural event for Reno. It includes authentic Greek cuisine, traditional music and dance, and import displays. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony’s.

5-10 p.m. Aug. 18, noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20

$12 advance tickets (includes $10 of food) or $5 admission at the door

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church

4795 Lakeside Drive


Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival

Aug. 19

This new event brings a Chinese tradition to the Truckee Meadows, as 20-person teams power canoes decorated with dragon heads. The canoes have to race 500 meters across the marina, all while drummers pound out a rhythm for rowing. Funds raised go to Immunize Nevada.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sparks Marina

300 Howard Drive

“Art for Recovery”

5:30 p.m. Sept. 7

The Transforming Youth Recovery program gets the proceeds from this event, which features 18 artists presenting works that speak to a theme of “what family and recovery mean to me.”

Whitney Peak Hotel

255 N. Virginia St.


Journal Jog

7 a.m. registration Sept. 10

A fundraiser for college scholarships through the Reno Gazette-Journal, this run through Old Southwest takes in the Truckee River among other sites. There are also divisions for teams and for strollers. See entry fees on the Journal Jog website.

Reno High School

395 Booth St.


“Aged to Perfection”

5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 19

This fundraiser for KNPB-TV includes fine wines paired with fine dining. It also includes a live auction and some special screenings of PBS programs. See KNPB’s site for price information.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

407 N. Virginia St.


Hot August Nights’ Classics & Cocktails

5:30 p.m. Sept. 23

The second annual Classics & Cocktails, a fundraising event for the Hot August Nights Foundation, includes a three-course menu prepared by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, live and silent auction and a raffle drawing. See website for ticket information.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

3800 S. Virginia St.


CAAW 40th Anniversary

6 p.m. Sept. 28

This fundraiser for the Committee to Aid Abused Women features dinner and a presentation by Leslie Morgan Steiner, bestselling author of “Crazy Love.”

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

3800 S. Virginia St.




Now through July 31

Summer is the time to indulge in dozens of art activities as part of this big special event. There’s plenty for families, including lots of hands-on art opportunities and musical and dance events galore. Plus there are musical performances, film fests, lectures and plenty more where that all came from. All events take place around the region and most are free. Go to the Artown website for the full list of events, times, dates and venues.


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 8 to Aug. 27

One of Shakespeare’s comedy classics, “Love’s Labour Lost” is this year’s festival choice, as a group of women test the resolve of a court and its king. Also on tap is “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a Sherlock Holmes adaptation that’s performed by just three actors playing dozens of roles. There’s also a Monday night showcase featuring live music from a variety of genres. Times, prices and dates vary; see the website for the full schedule.

The Theater at Sand Harbor State Park

2005 Highway 28, Incline Village


Reno Basque Festival

July 15

This popular annual event features food, music and culture from the Basque region of Europe. Among the activities are a weight-carrying contest, cooking tips, games for children and dancing exhibitions.


Wingfield Park

300 W. First St.


Reno Midtown Art Walk

July 27

The annual Art Walk showcases the culture of Reno’s Midtown district. By pairing artists with local merchants, this event features art, food and live performances. This free event is an opportunity for attendees to visit local restaurants and shops.

4 p.m to 9 p.m.


445 S. Virginia St. & 960 S. Virginia. St.

Compression! Art and Fire

July 29

It’s a sliver of the Burning Man experience right in Reno’s downtown area. Among the displays are works of art that incorporate fire, art cars, a “burner” fashion show and dance-and-music performances.


Starts at 3 p.m.

Downtown Reno


Barracuda Championship PGA Tour Golf Tournament

July 31 to Aug. 6

Reno’s own PGA tournament has evolved over the years – and even changed specific dates – but it has now settled well at the Montreux golf course. See top pro golfers along with a clubhouse cookout, wine walk, children’s area and lots more. See the Barracuda Championship site for more details.

$27.25 for one-day passes; $59.95 for season pass; $92.65 for clubhouse season pass

Montreux Golf and Country Club

16575 Bordeaux Drive


Hot August Nights

Aug. 8-13

One of Reno-Tahoe’s most enduring festivals, Hot August Nights features everything to do with collectible cars and their subculture. That includes poker runs, show-and-shine, vintage car auctions and parts swaps, and lots of live music. Among the headliners are guitarist and pop singer Johnny Rivers (Aug. 10), and ‘80s music icons Rick Springfield (Aug. 11) and Joan Jett (Aug. 12). Most events are free; see the Hot August Nights website for full details.


Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show

Aug. 12 and 13

With 45 years as a distinctively Tahoe event, this show draws a wide variety of boat enthusiasts. Close to 100 boats compete in different, judged classes. Some boats date back to the early 1900s.

Sarts at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 13

$25 for one-day tickets, $30 day-of-show; $35 for two-day tickets, $40 day-of-show

Obexer’s Boat Company

5355 West Lake Blvd., Homewood


Reno 10 Miler and Relay

Aug. 13

You can see the sights of Reno’s historic neighborhoods and the University of Nevada as part of this annual race. Racers can do the whole 10 miles on their own or they can join in relay teams. See the race site for more details, including costs to join.

7 a.m. start

Wingfield Park

300 W. First St.



Aug. 26

In its ninth year, CANFEST is a celebration that features hundreds of craft canned beers from around the nation. There will be live music and a silent disco.

6 to 10 p.m.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E. Second St.


Reno Aloha Festival

Aug. 26

For the third year, this late summer fest brings the islands to the Biggest Little City. Among the features are dancers, musicians, vendors and food and drink. There’s also the Keiki Village for children’s’ activities.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wingfield Park

300 W. 1st St.


Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off

Aug. 30 to Sept. 4

The biggest annual event in Sparks’ Victorian Square, food and music are the twin draws for this one. Rib cookers from around the world compete for a title, while headliners and locals play a variety of music on several stages. Times and events vary, and musical lineups were to be announced at press time; see the event website for updates and details.

Free admission

Victorian Square, Sparks

Victorian and Nugget avenues


Great Reno Balloon Race

5-10 a.m. Sept. 8-10

Colorful balloons fill the skies every early September as part of this popular event. It’s also an event that starts very early, as the Glow Show and Dawn Patrol begins its ascension above Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Among the events besides balloon-watching are food, crafts and souvenirs.

Free admission

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

1595 N. Sierra St.


National Championship Reno Air Races

Sept. 13-17

The world’s longest running air race, this event features six different classes of planes sometimes reaching speeds of 500 MPH and beyond. There are also aviation and military displays and demonstrations. Air Race organizers announced that the Texas Flying Legends will perform this year. Single-day adult tickets range from $35 to $14, with discounts and packages available on the Air Races website.

Stead Air Field

4895 Texas Ave.


Genoa Candy Dance

Sept. 23-24

One of the area’s longest-running events, the Candy Dance does indeed have a dinner-dance (4-10 p.m. Sept. 23) but there are also hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, homemade candy and food during the rest of the day.

Free admission for arts and crafts; dinner-dance ticket prices TBA

Downtown Genoa


Street Vibrations Fall Rally

Sept. 27 to Oct. 1

Reno-Tahoe becomes a paradise for motorcyclists as part of this popular annual event. It features music, poker runs, vendor booths, a bike sales area and tattoo expo. Most events are free, but there could be some ticketed or admission events — check the website for details.

Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe


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Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Oct. 7-8

Pasta and wine are front and center at this annual downtown Reno event. Besides the wine walk and pasta bowls available, there is also grape stomping, a farmers’ market and a children’s gelato-eating contest.

Free admission

Eldorado Resort Casino

345 N. Virginia St.


Reno Celtic Celebration

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7-8

The area’s annual homage to all things Celtic never fails to draw crowds. Among the more popular past activities are pipe bands, highland games, traditional food and games for children. Admission was not available at press time; check the event site for details.

Bartley Ranch Regional Park

6000 Bartley Ranch Road

Reno Mural Expo

Oct. 13-15

Noted muralists from around the world join well-known local artists for this first-time festival. Artists will be at a space that needs beautifying in downtown Reno and will create live at the festival. Also being planned are artist lectures, films, design workshops and parallel shows at art and music venues. See the site for a full schedule.

Downtown Reno


11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22

A different kind of Halloween celebration — more family fun than super-scary — this event includes a pumpkin derby, children’s costume parade, carnival games, pie-eating contests and live music.

Free admission

Victorian Square, Sparks


Nevada Day Celebration

Oct. 28

The annual celebration of Nevada’s statehood has events suitable for everyone in the family. Among the most popular are the parade in downtown Carson City and the pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion See the website below for the latest details.

Carson City


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