9 reasons to visit Reno this summer
Tap Factory - Eldorado Resort Casino, through July 26
Tap Factory is playing for the first time in the U.S. at the Eldorado Resort Casino. Performers utilize props like oil barrels, a stepladder, trash bins, a toolbox, brooms, cans, mallets and more to make music that makes you want to move. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com.
Reno is Artown - Wingfield Park and various locations, July 1 - 31
The annual Artown festival offers more than 500 events ranging from live music, dance, theater and performances to visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows and tours. More the 60 percent of the events are free, too. Visit www.renoisartown.com.
Biggest Little City Wing Fest - Silver Legacy, July 3-5
This third annual event draws more than 65,000 people and serves more than 20,000 pounds of chicken wings each year. Highlights include live entertainment on outdoor stages, street fair vendors, local celebrity wing judges, and of course, plenty of spicy wings. Visit www.silverlegacyreno.com.
13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit - Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, July 24-25
The 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit will celebrate and recognize this year's top wines and producers as part of the two-day event. Guests can join the wine industry in deciding the country's best pinot noir at this event, along with a day full of wine events and activities. Visit www.atlantiscasino.com.
Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall - Grand Sierra Resort, Aug. 15
Five-time Grammy Award winner Diana Krall will bring her Wallflower World Tour to Reno's GSR for one night to perform pop classics from The Mamas and the Papas, the Eagles and Bob Dylan's among others. Visit www.grandsierraresort.com.
Peppermill Reno Pools - Peppermill Reno, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Sure, Reno gets hot, but you and your crew can cool off at the pools at Peppermill Reno. With two giant swimming pools, three spas, a stunning waterfall, cabanas and poolside dining, you may just pray for the mercury to keep rising warmer. Visit www.peppermillreno.com.
BaseCamp Indoor Climbing - Whitney Peak Hotel, 6 a.m to 10 p.m. daily
Home to the world's tallest climbing wall at 164 feet, along with a 7,00-square-foot indoor bouldering park and a separate kids' area, everyone from first-timers to the well-skilled can get their climb on. Visit www.whitneypeakhotel.com.
Hot August Nights - Aug. 4-9, various locations in Virginia City, Reno and Sparks
Quite possibly one of the best-known events of the year, Hot August Nights (know by locals as HAN), celebrates America's love affair with music and classic cars. Slick back your hair and grab your poodle skirt and take a blast to the past. Visit www.hotaugustnights.net.
Best in the West Nugget Cookoff - Victorian Square, Sparks, Sept. 2-7
Now in its 27th finger-licking year, this local fixture offers an up-close look (and taste) of the best ribs in the West. Enjoy music, crafts and every kind of barbecue you can imagine. Bonus: Parking and admission is free. Visit http://nuggetribcookoff.com.