11 reasons we're excited about this weekend
With about a month until school starts again, now is a great time to hop in the car or jump on a plane and head to Reno for a little getaway. The weather is perfect for laying out by the pool or taking in an outdoor concert.
- Patron Tequila Dinner - The Atlantis' Bistro Napa is hosting a Patron Tequila Cocktail Dinner on Thurs., July 23 at 5:30 p.m. The evening will start with a tequila tasting reception at 5:30 p.m. and move into dinner from there. Patron Tequila is world renowned for their attention to detail and using only the finest agave in their tequilas. The five course dinner will feature a unique tequila cocktail - the wood fired red snapper, for example, will be paired with the Lady Soledad Cocktail, a mix of Patron Blanco, fresh cucumber, lime juice, agave syrup, and grapefruit bitters. Dinner is $95 per person and reservations are recommended. Call 775-824-4411 for reservations.
- Last chance to see Tap Factory - This is your last chance to catch Tap Factory at the Eldorado. Built around the concepts of exciting rhythms, high performances, and comedy, Tap Factory will be loved by kids and adults of all ages. This is the troupe's first time in the United States after touring the world, so be sure to get your tickets now for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Set in a factory on a worker's first day, the show turns ordinary objects into musical instruments while combining a variety of dance, magic, comedy, and more to create a toe-tapping experience. Tickets are $26.95 and available for purchase here.
- Grand rates at the Grand Sierra - To get the most bang for your buck, book a room at the Grand Sierra Resort. With beautifully appointed rooms and plenty of on-site amenities, the GSR is a convenient option for those visiting Reno. Located just minutes from downtown, the hotel offers a variety of restaurants, bowling, movies, golf, and more. With room rates starting at just $58 during the week, you can afford to splurge for a few days. Click here for room rates and availability.
- Cowboy up at the Nugget - Let your inner cowboy or cowgirl out at Gilley's at the . From July 23 through July 25, Art Mulcahy and Roadside Flare will be performing their country hits. This free show will have you dancing in the aisles. Although Art Mulcahy and Roadside Flare are relatively new to the country scene, they've been working hard to make a name for themselves and promise a show that will rock your socks off.
- Find your "ah" at Spa Toscana - Indulge yourself at Spa Toscana at the Peppermill. You've worked hard all summer and deserve a massage and day of relaxation before heading back to school or getting back into a more structured routine. With an emphasis on health and wellness, Spa Toscana offers a variety of massages, facials, and other spa treatments that will rejuvenate you, while helping cleanse your body of toxins. There's also a full-service salon to meet all of your beauty needs.
- Welcome the new Laugh Factory Comedy Club - Comedian Jamie Kennedy will christen the brand new Laugh Factory Comedy Club at the Silver Legacy from July 24-26. Kennedy got his start in Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet, working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. From there, he went on to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Steve Martin and George Clooney. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $21.95, available for purchase here.
- Something different at Whitney Peak - If you're looking for somewhere unique to stay, look no further than Whitney Peak Hotel, a non-smoking/non-gaming hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. With stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, each room offers top of the line amenities, including flat screen TVs, free Internet access, a world class climbing wall, restaurant and more. Room rates start at $98 per night, but there are a number of packages and other discounts available. Click here for more information.
- RISK! - Cargo offers a range of excellent concerts and shows throughout the year, but perhaps the most unique is RISK! a storytelling workshop featuring Kevin Allison. The show is a combination of storytelling podcast and live show where people tell stories of things they never thought they'd dare to do. Each show has a different theme and has featured stories from greats like Margaret Cho, Lisa Lampanelli, and more. You won't want to miss this special event. Showtime is 11 a.m. and tickets are $30.
- Learn about butterflies - If you enjoyed Erika Harrsch's monarch butterfly exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art, you won't want to miss the talk by University of Nevada, Reno lepidopterist's (butterfly scientists). They'll be discussing ecology, habitat, and problems facing the monarch butterfly population. The talk begins at noon and is $10 for the general public and free for museum members.
- The Convulsionists at the Knit - For something a little calmer, check out The Convulsionaires with Stabby Unicorn, Plastic Caves, and Jam Stain on Sat., July 25 at The Knitting Factory. According to their Facebook page, The Convulsionaires play 1970's style proto-punk/glitter-glam. Stabby Unicorn consists of friends Eric, Rhiannon, and Daisy playing chill punk music. Plastic Caves describes themselves as Reno dungeon masters getting moody. One can only assume that's a reference to Dungeons and Dragons and should plan to enjoy the music accordingly. Hailing from North Hollywood, JamStain is a cross between funk and psychedelic. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $7. Tickets are available for purchase here.
- Laughter and magic at Hard Rock Hotel Lake Tahoe - Comedian/magician Justin Willman will be performing at Vinyl at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe on Sat. July 25 at 9 p.m. Willman has been a staple on The Tonight Show and The Ellen Show, both of which led to his own special on Comedy Central and a web show called Magic Meltdown. His current show, Fake Believe, showcases his new work and some old favorites. Willman's greatest trick is receiving a standing ovation from President Obama using magnets. Tickets are $37 and available for purchase here.
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