Get ready to enjoy summer with these July things to do in Reno and Sparks that are either virtual or comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Artown is back for its 25th year with more than 300 events, both online and in person. Many other organizations are also offering workshops, concerts, and more! Check out this list of July things to do in Reno and Sparks.

July Things To Do In Reno

America The Beautiful!

United States Flag day

A new exhibition of oil paintings, acrylic, water media, pastels, and mixed media works from the Latimer Art Club, America the Beautiful! features a variety of art inspired by the famous song that begins: “Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…” Free admission and all pieces available for purchase. The Latimer Art Club was established in 1921 by students and admirers of the artist and teacher, Lorenzo P. Latimer. For more information, visit

COVID-19 SPECIAL STATEMENT: Reduced capacity and restricted access are in place. Hand sanitizer is available. Signage is ordered for the entries and spaces in the museum. We require that all staff will be wearing masks. Face coverings are required for visitors as well.

Baby And Me

Geared towards babies from birth to one year, Baby & Me is a free educational and developmental circle time that meets once a week in the children’s healing garden at Renown. This fun class includes music time with baby and other developmentally enriching activities for parents and baby. Also included are discussions on a wide variety of baby and parent-related topics. Please note that this class is designed as a mom/parent and baby bonding time, but siblings are welcome to attend.

High Desert Harmony Virtual Music Series

High Desert Harmony Chorus is a membership organization of female singers with a passion for a cappella music! Since 2004, the group’s focus as an affiliate of Sweet Adelines, International, is on singing a cappella music in the Barbershop tradition. The chorus currently has 20 singers of all ages and all walks of life, from Reno-Sparks and surrounding areas.

Opening Night Extravaganza!

Artown’s traditional opening night extravaganza on July 1 will be broadcasted through Nevada Sports Net and Artown’s social media channels. This two-hour virtual spectacle of sight, sound, song, and dance, will feature personal messages and performances from Keb’ Mo’, March 4 Marching Band, Sheléa, Tim Snider, Vertigo Dance Company, Playing For Change, Jake Shimabukuro, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hot Sardines, Kronos Quartet, Charlie Musselwhite, AJ Croce, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Time for Three, Cool Nasty, Pamyua, Na Lei Hulu, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Davina and the Vagabonds, LADAMA, Mariachi Acero de Las Vegas, Paa Kow, and Resistance Revival Chorus.

Run Nevada Virtual Adventure

  • When: Wednesday, July 1, 2020–Friday, July 3, 2020
  • Where: Virtual
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Run Nevada provides participants with 22 days of motivation, entertainment, and the opportunity to interact and engage with others, while also supporting PBS Reno KNPB Ch5. It’s not just a run—many activities can be converted to miles to move you across Nevada. Teams of one to 10 can do this 409.5-mile challenge together, so get your family, friends, co-workers, or whomever to join in the fun. Enjoy your virtual experience on Highway 50 from the Nevada/Utah border across the state to Lake Tahoe! Track your progress on the electronic course map and see how far you can get!

Black Light Hair Show

  • When: Thursday, July 2, 2020
  • Where: Outsiders Hair Studio, 18B Winter St., Reno
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Outsiders Hair Studio is hosting the Black Light Hair Show of the year, collaborating with Laxalt & McIver, showcasing creative projection mapping alongside the businesses of Riverside Drive. This vibrant Artown event on July 2 will feature glow-in-the-dark avant-garde hairpieces, body painted models, and a unique lights show. The socially distanced viewing party wouldn’t be complete without a DJ, spinning good tunes, for good vibes, with good folks.

COVID-19 SPECIAL STATEMENT: Signage and hand sanitizer will be available. Masks and social distancing required.

Virtual Art Discussion

Enjoy looking at a selection of art from the comfort of your home. Join the Nevada Museum of Art for a Virtual Art Discussion on feature exhibition, The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Virtual Art Discussions are led by experienced docents that will share interesting perspectives and invite inquiry and discussion. This program will be hosted on Zoom. Please have Zoom downloaded, and your audio and video features turned on. Please register by Wednesday, and a Zoom link will be sent to you on Thursday.

Breastfeeding Circle Virtual Gathering

Renown Health’s virtual Breastfeeding Circle is a great way for breastfeeding moms to find support, exchange experiences, and discuss any concerns they may have. Moms discuss milk supply, pumping, going back to work, sleeping, or lack of sleep, to name just a few. This group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom. To attend, please call 775-982-6365 for details

Mind-Body Techniques To Lessen Side Effects Of Chemotherapy

The Renown Institute for Cancer is teaming up with Renie Anderson, a trained and certified expert in cancer treatment side effect management. Attend this workshop and learn mind-body techniques to help reduce anxiety and stress. The workshop walks participants through visualization and other activities to support healing. It also includes time for a Q&A session. This free event is available via any video-enabled device.

Meet The Instructors Tuesdays

  • When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
  • Where: Copper Cat Studio, 300 Kresge Lane, Sparks
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Meet the Instructors Tuesday is a weekly event at Copper Cat Studio, where instructors present demos of their classes. This also coincides with Tuesday workshops in progress. This session will feature Tina Mokuau, Copper Cat Studio’s Alcohol Inks instructor. She is a resin/multimedia artist as well. Tina will be doing demos and will have her art for sale in the gallery room. Donna Smit will be teaching a Resin Canvas class. Studio owner and Mosaic artist Katie Packham will have mosaic demos in process.

COVID-19 SPECIAL STATEMENT: Masks are required for anyone visiting the studio- shopping or workshops. There is a hand sanitizing station in the entry for those briefly visiting. Students will need to enter through the side door and wash their hands thoroughly before class starts. Class size is limited to maintain social distancing measures. Pre-registration for all classes is required so that students receive the logistics email detailing safety protocols.

It’s Called A What?

What’s in a name? What do we call male animals vs. female animals? Join the Nevada Department of Wildlife for a fun exploration of names given to males, females, and babies of several different species found in Nevada.

You Are What You Eat

In partnership with Envirolution, the Nevada Department of Wildlife presents this virtual session that discusses the food web and the negative or positive influence on it that our behaviors can have.

Pronghorn Antelope Workshop

This year’s 2020 Pronghorn Antelope Workshop will be online. Education coordinator Martin Olson will host the presentation, including the life history of antelope, game care, taxidermy, hunting laws and regulations, safe responsible hunting, and field-scoring of pronghorn. This workshop is intended for those who were successful in obtaining an antelope tag for the 2020 season, however, anyone may attend. It is highly recommended that all antelope hunters attend, especially if this is your first time as a pronghorn tag holder.

The Nevada We Love

  • When: Thursday, July 9, 2020
  • Where: Buenos Grill, 3892 Mayberry Dr. Ste. A, Reno
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Popular Lake Tahoe photographer Martin Gollery will present beautiful new images in “The Lake I Love.” Buenos Grill is COVID compliant with proper distancing, sanitation, and face coverings. Half price drinks and free chips and salsa will be offered to attendees.

Hands On! Second Saturdays

  • When: Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation Hands ON! Second Saturdays offers monthly free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances, and community collaborations. “Art Investigators” provides children the opportunity to engage with Museum staff and take a closer look at artwork while participating in a dialogue about key pieces. New exhibitions, community collaborations, cultural explorations, guest performances, and monthly themes rotate in this engaging series of monthly programs.

On Our Walls Gallery Opening

  • When: Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Where: Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, Reno
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Reno Art Works is an organization devoted to providing professional workspace, gallery, and classroom space to artists of all mediums and styles. Reno Art Works is a non-competitive organization dedicated to furthering the constant movement of art. Whatever form art may take. Come and see a new showing from RAW’s resident artists and celebrate the people who make the organization tick.

Yoga In The Park

  • When: Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Where: Virginia Lake Park, Lakeside Dr, Reno
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Join YogaHood every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for yoga in the park. Bring your mat and any props you’d like to use and drop in for an all-levels vinyasa flow. Reserve your mat space online by visiting

Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus Concert

  • When: Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Where: First Congregational Church of Reno, 627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno
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The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus will present an Artown concert at First Congregational Church Reno. Enjoy some of the chorus’ Spring Concert favorites as well as some new secular and sacred songs. This is a free concert, but a freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus and First Congregational Church missions

South Virginia Plaza Midtown Celebration

  • When: Saturday, July 18, 2020
  • Where: Beautiful Nails, 1525 S Virginia St, Reno
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Jenes Carter of Beautiful Nails and fellow Midtown Business owners are bringing the community together with a new event called South Virginia Plaza in Midtown Celebration. The event is free and open to the community. Eventgoers can enjoy all-age activities, sips, samples, and swag from local restaurants, live entertainment, henna, face painting, and more. The family-friendly event will also have Cosplay for Kindness heroes and characters, and DJs, including personalities from Cumulus Station Wild 102.9, and DJ Chris Payne. Live Music with Full Blast Band, and The Reno Jazz Syndicate jam. Participants are asked to practice social distancing. Proceeds from the event’s raffle will benefit the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and Future Kind.

Virtual Family Fun

  • When: Saturday, July 18, 2020
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Start your Saturday off with a fun family exploration of art in your pajamas. This virtual experience is led by a docent and is sure to spark curiosity. This program will be hosted on Zoom. Please have Zoom downloaded, and your audio and video features turned on. Please register by Friday, and a Zoom link will be sent to you Saturday morning before 10 a.m. Only one registration is needed per household. Family members that would like to share in this activity from another house are welcome to join, as well.

Art Paws

Experience the 20th Annual Art Paws virtually at home with your dog! This free will feature animal-themed artworks, an at-home arts and crafts show through Arts For All Nevada, paw painting show, music, silent auction, raffle, and pet contests. Virtual fun for everyone!

Sunday Music Brunch

  • When: Sunday, July 19, 2020
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Chez Louie hosts live music and brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With a refined menu of creative dishes, mimosas, and a Bloody Mary Bar, Sunday Music Brunch is the perfect precursor to an afternoon in the galleries. Museum members receive a 10% savings. Reservations strongly encouraged at 775-284-2921.

Sweet Vibrations Velvet Duo Pat Esters & John Palmore

“Velvet Duo” is Pat Esters and John Palmore. They perform a wide variety of music for your listening and dancing pleasure. This included R&B, Motown, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Disco, and Country. “Velvet” performs at casino cabarets, nightclubs, corporate events, and other special occasions throughout Nevada and California. Donation to the performers for this event may be made through the Facebook page for the event or at

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Patch

Calling all suffragettes: 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada invites girls to participate in this multi-part Women’s Suffrage Centennial Patch Virtual Series. Throughout the series, content experts, community members, and Girl Scouts will educate girls about suffrage, voting, civil disobedience, and more. By attending this online series, girls will earn GSSN’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial patch. Patches are provided free of charge thanks to a generous donation from League of Women Voters of Nevada.

Family Paint Your Pet

  • When: Saturday, July 25, 2020
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. & Arlington Ave., Reno
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Come and learn, step by step, how to paint your pet on an 11″ x 14″ canvas using acrylic paint. Join a group of pet lovers in a fun, social setting. All skill levels are welcome. Learn the basics or build on your skills! At the end of the evening, you will have a portrait of your beloved pet. Please bring 1-2 photos of your pet. This event is open to everyone eight years and older. The class is limited to 6 participants to ensure the best learning experience and maintain social distancing. Face coverings are required to attend class. Art supplies included. This is an Artown event

Northern Nevada Pride Festival

Northern Nevada Pride will be hosting a safe, virtual event to raise funds for Our Center, Northern Nevada’s LGBTQ+ community center. The community will still be able to donate online and will still be able to sponsor our virtual event.

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