Don't miss these 20 Artown events
Featuring craft fairs, literary events, chalk competitions and even an LGBTQ drag show, it's hard to know what to attend during Reno's Artown, with events scheduled throughout the entire month of July.
Actually, it might be harder to figure out what NOT to attend, but below is a list of 20 Artown events to get you started on what to see. This smattering includes musical, dance and cultural activities. Most are free, and take place in Reno's Midtown or downtown, but others occur elsewhere in Reno or Sparks.
- Opening Night Jubilee. It's hard to pick out the best of the best on Artown's opening day July 1, when the day is so full of activities. However, Artown's jubilee is simply something not to be missed. Local artisans will set up on Arlington Bridge from 5-7 p.m. to sell their crafts, followed by the party that begins afterward. Just head over to Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., for live music by the California Honeydews that continues until 9 p.m. While there, check out aerial stunts performed by Reno Aerial Co-Op, a fire performance by Controlled Burn and even a parade to City Plaza – whew – and this is just the first day!
- Steampunk Art and Lamp Show. This one-of-a-kind event features handmade steampunk lamps, clocks and wall art that can be used as home décor, in the office or for gifts. Check out this free show, scheduled 1-5 p.m. July 1 at Micano Home and Garden Décor, 1350 S. Virginia St. For the uninitiated, steampunk is a trend that incorporates 20th century technology and design into 19th century industrial-type materials.
- Chefs Al Fresco. Watch as top chefs from the region show off their culinary skills in a competition on the patio of Campo Reno, 50 N. Sierra St. The fun, hosted by Campo Reno executive chef David Holman and the food and drink editor of RGJ Media Johnathan L. Wright, is scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday throughout July, starting July 3. The last Monday of the month is the only Monday when the competition is not scheduled.
- Midtown Mural Tour. Check out 40 of the murals painted in random places in Midtown Reno on this docent-led walking tour, scheduled 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8. Find out about the local, national and international artists who made their artistic marks on the Midtown mural scene. Meet at Blue Whale Coffee Company, 32 Cheney St. Cost is $10.
- Reno Chalk Art Show. Watch as a handful of artists chalk up the west parking lot of the Atlantis Casino Resort, 3800 S. Virginia St., during the casino's inaugural Chalk It Up festival, scheduled 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 8-9. The lot promises to come alive with colorful designs and beautiful patterns, inspiring children and adults alike. This event is free, but artists get to take home prizes.
- Art on the Greens. Where else can actual artwork be seen displayed on a golf course than at this event scheduled at the Club at Arrowcreek, 2905 Arrowcreek Parkway? Members of the ArrowCreek Art Guild and area artists created all of the artwork that will be up on the sloping greens. Enjoy live music during the free event, scheduled 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 9.
- Reno-Tahoe Comedy Presents: Kevin Farley. Appearing in sitcoms such as "Just Shoot Me," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "That '70s Show," Kevin Farley puts in appearances in Reno July 13-15 at the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St. Be prepared for an evening of laughs, as there's no doubt that comedy runs in the Farley family. Ticket prices $13-25. Call 322-5233-LAFF for tickets and performance times.
- 24-Hour Mural Competition. Where else can people go to see artists competing against one another on real-wall canvases, 14-by-19 feet in size, over a 24-hour period? Nowhere, but downtown Reno on the walls of the Circus Circus, 500 N. Sierra St. The event starts 10 a.m. July 15 and continues on to 10 a.m. the next day. Although the event is free to watch, the top mural nets a $2,000 prize for an artist. The murals stay up on Circus Circus' walls until 2018's competition.
- Game-A-Thon. Only at Artown can the Reno Video Game Symphony be discovered, offering art, game playing, music and game-related demos. Just be sure to bring a personal console to take part in the play. The event, scheduled 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16 at the Reno Collective, 1515 Plumas St., finishes up at 7 p.m. with an ensemble featuring video game music.
- Art Paws. Bring your dog to this pet-friendly art event at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr. Artisans of all types will have their creations for sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16. Visitors may even find some pet-oriented craft specialties. Live music, a silent auction and raffle, and local craft brews also are there for enjoyment, but only the live music is free. Proceeds raised from the event go to three area animal-aid organizations.
- Wild Child–A Tribute to Janis Joplin. Musician Natalie Jones recreates the raspy vibe, enflamed heart and unique dress of 1960s-rocker Janis Joplin during a show called "Wild Child." The 70-minute set is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. July 19 at Wingfield Park, and is completely free. Be sure to arrive early for a good seat and the opportunity to hear this Joplin tribute, including a possible rendition of "Me & Bobby McGee."
- Dancing in the Park-Sole Expression. The stage at Wingfield Park is hardly just for musicians during Artown – dancers and teachers from Heart & Sole Dance Academy and Dysrhythmia Contemporary Dance Company will also take the stage. Witness a variety of different dance styles, including ballet, hop-hop, jazz, tap and more during this free performance, starting at 8 p.m. July 18.
- A Morning With Young Chautauqua. Watch young actors and actresses get into character and bring historical figures back to life at this free event, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. July 18, at the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St. The unique personality traits of these historical figures will be imbued by the young Chautauquans who have assiduously studied their lives.
- Discover Hula. The art of shaking those hips comes back en vogue at this event, scheduled 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 19 at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center. Kids ages 6-12 will have both the chance to watch hula-hoopers and then to practice moving hoops on their own. This free event is part of the Discover the Arts series.
- Drag Wars-Art of Drag. There are wars and then there are drag wars. This event kicks off Northern Nevada's Pride weekend and is an eye-drawing event of Artown as well. See drag athletic competitions, fashion shows and musical performance put on by the area LGBTQ community. The event is scheduled 6-9 p.m. July 21 at Harrah's Outdoor Plaza, 219 N. Center St. A $6 donation is requested and benefits the nonprofit "Our Center," Northern Nevada's LGBTQ community center.
- "I Wish to Say." Take part in this free Nevada Humanities Salon Series that involves a performance project in which participants dictate postcards to the U.S. President. The event engages people from all political standpoints, so it could be hot in more ways than one. Experience "I Wish to Say" from 6-7:30 p.m. July 21 at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.
- The Beatles Flashback: Go back in history to experience the power and allure of the Beatles, also know as the Fabulous Four. This flashback band re-creates the powerful harmonies and catchy, memorable tunes of the Beatles. The free performance starts at 6 p.m. July 23 at the Village Green, 4549 Village Green Pkwy.
- Powning's Addition and Little Italy HRPS Tour. Who knew that downtown Reno once was home to an Italian 'hood? Check out the Italian history of the area that led to the establishment of Reno's first Conservation District. The walking tour, sponsored by the Historic Reno Preservation Society, is scheduled 6-8 p.m. July 25. Meet at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center. The cost is $10 and reservations can be booked by calling 775-747-4478.
- The Hammer of Witches Basque Book Reading. Nearly everyone has heard of the witch hunts at Salem, but what about the ways the Basque witches were treated in the early 1600s? Passages from the historical novel, “The Hammer of Witches," will be read at this event, scheduled 7-8 p.m. July 26 at the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave. The free event wraps up with the performance of Basque witch songs and a Q&A, time permitting.
- Compression Art and Fire. An ever-popular way to kick off the start to Black Rock's upcoming Burning Man – and a fantastic end-of-the-month Artown event – this performance occurs courtesy of Controlled Burn, a fire art performance troupe. The free performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 29, with an evening show anticipated to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Just head to the Outdoor Plaza of the Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., to witness this fiery event.