Everyone is welcome at the PRIDE Festival – GLBT families, couples, singles, friends and straight allies – sponsored by Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. Held at the Clark County Amphitheatre, the festival features performances, art, exhibits, a food court and an Activity Zone filled with fun activities for parents and children 12 and under.
The Las Vegas Vaisakhi Mela, presented for more than a decade by the Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh of Las Vegas, is an Indian food and cultural festival that typically takes place in early May at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre. This colorful annual event features authentic Indian music, dancing, and visual arts; also traditional foods and entertainment for all.
The Spirit of Aloha is celebrated at the Hawaiian “Lei Day” Polynesian Arts and Crafts Festival. Activities include Hawaiian style food booths, vendors visiting from the Islands, and non-stop Polynesian entertainment including featured entertainers from Hawaii in concert.
Presented by Clark County Parks and Recreation, the Life in Death Festival features an art exhibit, performances, craft sales and food vendors at the Winchester Cultural Center. Displays highlight cultural traditions relating to the Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
The Nevada Women's Film Festival is an annual event to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film. Our goal is to showcase films with a strong female presence, women at the helm, stories that depict women in a positive light and which display diversity of worldview, background and experience.
The Scottish Ceilidh is an annual event presented in honor of Scottish Heritage month by the Las Vegas Highland Dancing Association at the Clark County Library on Flamingo Road.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is a fall celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. A community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. Since 2002, the festival has presented mores than 600 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 450 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.
The Pomegranate Arts and Crafts Festival is a Moapa Valley tradition, reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair, with entertaining activities for the whole family and is presented by the Moapa Valley Art Guild in Logandale, Nevada.
The Annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival is the oldest and largest bluegrass/old-time music festival in the Reno area. Coordinated by the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association, the Festival takes place at the Bowers Mansion County Park, which is located on the west side of Washoe Valley. The day-long festival features local and national musicians and bands, the Traditional American Music Project’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” for children of all ages, and a variety of vendors.
Artown brings the arts to life in Reno each July with a month-long calendar of about 400 performances, concerts, exhibits, lectures, workshops, children’s activities, movies, and more, These events are produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations citywide. Most events are free or of low cost. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live throughout the community to represent cultural diversity and artistic innovation.
Coordinated by Controlled Burn, the Compression! Art and Fire Festival occurs on the Reno City Plaza and adjacent streets during Artown every July. Along with fire performances by a number of fire troupes from Nevada and California, Compression also features a fire garden, art cars and mutant vehicles from the Burning Man Festival, parades, vendors and a dance party.
The Eldorado Great Italian Festival has, for more than 30 years, transformed downtown Reno into Little Italy in October with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, a children’s gelato-eating contest, Italian buffet, and live entertainment.
The International Reno Bachata Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2013 with five nights of dance parties, three days of dance workshops, and an international dance showcase.
Reno Kodomokai and Nihonjin Kai present Japanese Fall Festival featuring Japanese food, games, origami, calligraphy, costumes, and performances by Taiko Tsurunokai and Reno Aikido. Information: 775.250.1866 or email@example.com.
The annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival, presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra between Christmas and New Year’s Day, features some of the world’s finest musicians that are drawn to Reno for the privilege of performing with each other, making great music and enjoying the natural beauty of the Truckee Meadows and the Sierra. Concerts are presented at the South Reno United Methodist Church and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nightingale Concert Hall.
The Reno Basque Festival, sponsored by the Zazpiak Bat Reno Basque Club, celebrates Basque culture with folkloric dance and traditional exhibitions and contests including improvisational poetry, weight carrying competition, wood chopping competition, weightlifting exhibition, irrintzi (war cry competition) and children’s bota bag drinking contest. The festival typically occurs at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno in July. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reno Celtic Celebration offers a wide variety of entertainment for the entire family, from the dance stage featuring Scottish, Irish and other types of dance, to a variety of traditional and modern Celtic musicians, Pipe Bands from the region, and a Heritage area, which includes animal breeds that hail from Celtic countries and representatives from Irish and Scottish clans.
The Annual Gay Pride Celebration in Reno is held in Wingfield Park along the Truckee River, and honors the diversity of the Northern Nevada community and the GLBT family. Produced by the Nevada Gay and Lesbian Visitors & Convention Bureau, Reno’s Gay Pride features a full day of live performances and entertainment on the amphitheater stage, a breadth of vendors and food court.
Reno’s annual Greek Festival at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church resembles a Greek village with an Εστιατοριο (indoor restaurant), outdoor πλατεία (food plaza) and an Αγορά (town market). with unique Greek imports including jewelry, CDs, specialty food items, and clothing. Food and pastries, music and dancing, arts and crafts and activities for children are featured in this two-day event.
The Reno Jazz Festival is a three-day event hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno, features national and international jazz artists, as well as student workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. With more than 300 school groups, 9,000 participants, and 60 clinicians, performers, and adjudicators, the Jazz Festival ensures that every participant leaves with a greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music — and the world of jazz. The festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.
Sponsored by the Sierra Foundation, the Reno Turkish Festival fills the downtown Wingfield Park with residents and tourists to experience Turkish arts and crafts, calligraphy, henna, ebru (water marbling), folk dancing, Turkish food, Anatolian culture, and musical performances.
The Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society, takes place at various venues in Incline Village and Reno during July. The festival includes concerts by nationally recognized performers, educational workshops, a youth classical guitar workshop, and a youth and adult classical guitar competition.
The Western Heritage Festival at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center is a free to the public event drawing from a rich heritage of ranching, railroading and mining. The Festival introduces visitors about the unique diversity of Nevada and the Reno Tahoe region. The festival includes performances by Western musicians, singers and fiddlers as well as those representing the region’s various tribes and ethnic populations. Lecture demonstrations and activities range from Lariat Basket Making, Children’s Dummy Roping to Native American Basket Making and Spinning Wild Burros.
The Nevada State Fiddle Contest and Festival in Wells, certified by the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest, is sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Western Heritage. The three-day event features fiddle contests with five categories for all ages and skill levels, workshops, concerts, music jams and the Wells Art in the Park exhibit with local arts, craft and Native American artists.
The Winnemucca Basque Festival is sponsored by the Winnemucca Basque Club and features a parade, Basque luncheon, dancing, and traditional contests. The festival is held in June at Winnemucca Events Complex. Information: Tina Maestrejuan at email@example.com.