A Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place from 3-10 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The event includes live Latin music, carnival rides, face painting and games and prizes for children. Vendors will offer clothes, art, crafts and food.

Entry is free Friday and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children Saturday and Sunday.

A jam session featuring musicians performing at the Reno Jazz Festival takes place starting at 10 p.m. Friday in El Jefe’s Cantina in Circus Circus Reno. The event is free.

The Grand Gaming Stadium virtual gaming area is open in the Grand Sierra. Located near the William Hill Race and Sports Book, the area features electronic baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette. The area has two six-seat roulette stations and 18 stadium-style seats with individual screens facing six 65-inch monitors.

The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and the second annual Chalk Art Festival are accepting applications from artists until June 1. The Reno Artown festival takes place July 8-9.

Artists of all levels will use parking spaces as canvas in the west lot for chalk paintings. Artists will be provided with pastels, and no acrylics will be allowed. Cash prizes will be awarded in several categories, including Best of Show, Best Use of Color, Best Reproduction of a Master’s Work and Artists’ Choice.

Artists should submit at least three images, a high-resolution photo, a biography and a short statement expressing their interest. Visit for details, and email questions to

The annual Reno Blues Society Spring Dance Party takes place Friday at the Ramada Inn in Reno. The event includes raffle prizes, a silent auction and music by local band Carolyn Dolan and Big Red followed by the J.C. Smith Band from the Bay Area.

A boxing event presented by Top Rank Inc., Let’s Get It On Promotions and the Atlantis takes place May 5 in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The headline bouts feature 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez and local flyweight Oscar Vasquez. The first bell is at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $100 for ringside, $65 for premium and $35 for general admission. Tickets are available at and the Atlantis Gift Shop.

A nine-bar Pub Golf event for participants wearing golf attire takes place from 4-10 p.m. May 6 in downtown Reno. Participants get an 8-ounce game cup for $2, a map and drink specials at each of the nine bars. Cups and rules are available starting April 30 at Siri’s Casino and May 6 at St. James Infirmary.

A viewing party for UFC 211 takes place May 13 in LEX Nightclub at the Grand Sierra. The event features heavyweights Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos and women strawweights Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets start at $15. Guests get free entry to LEX after the fight.

A UFC 211 viewing party takes place May 13 at The Stage in The Zone at Harrah’s Reno. VIP tickets cost $25 and include a stadium-style food buffet, a draft beer and a raffle ticket. The doors open at 5 p.m. Additional raffle tickets can be earned with $5 alcoholic beverage purchases. Guests who join the Total Rewards players club get an extra free drink.

Future Legends 36, a King of the Cage event, takes place May 20 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The mixed martial arts event features heavyweights Matt McCrary from Reno vs. Reuben Roundstone, welterweights JJ Torres vs. Reno’s Blake Snee and women bantamweights April Martinich vs. Autumn Norton of Susanville.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the fights start at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 775-325-7401.

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