Northern Nevada is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a full June calendar of events in Reno and Sparks. From Reno Food & Drink Week and Reno Aces games to traditional special events such as the Street Vibrations Spring Rally and the Reno Rodeo, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.


June Calendar Of Events In Reno and Sparks


Reno Food & Drink Week

Reno Food & Drink Week is a community event designed to support and celebrate the local food and drink community and to encourage locals and visitors to try new places. Follow Reno Food & Drink Week on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for the latest updates.


Reno Aces vs. Sacramento River Cats

  • When: Various times June 3-8, 2021
  • Where: Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., Reno
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Reno Aces vs. Sacramento River Cats meet at Greater Nevada Field for six games and promotions like Thirsty Thursday, Family Sunday, Military Monday and Taco Tuesday.


Virtual Art Discussion: EARTHworks

View a selection of art from the comfort of your home for a Virtual Art Discussion on “My Land, My Dreaming,” “Harry Fonseca: Stone Poem #4” and “Rose B. Simpson: The Four.” 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 with audio and video features turned on.


Virtual First Thursday: Wheatstone Bridge

Tune in for a broadcast featuring music and interviews with Wheatstone Bridge, art introductions and more. The program will premiere on the museum’s Facebook page, where you can engage in a real-time conversation with fellow participants. Visit Great Basin Brewing Co. on First Thursday for 50% off any Growler or Growler Fill. Limit one per membership. Must be 21 or older to redeem.


Cattails and Dragonflies

  • When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • Where: Picasso & Wine Midtown, 148 Vassar St., Reno
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Chat and laugh with friends while creating a unique piece of art. We provide everything you’ll need to paint, including step-by-step instructions. Plan to arrive 20 minutes early to check in and get seated. Please arrive on time. No outside drinks allowed. Adults ges 18 and older only.


Wyld Women Networking: Purpose Driven Branding

  • When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • Where: The Virgil, 301 Vassar St., Reno
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Who are you and what do you do? These two questions are often the building blocks to any new business relationship, and you can learn how to answer them with your branding. Clear and concise messaging makes for a compelling brand story. Learn all about purpose-driven branding during this networking event.


Nevada State Fair

  • When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021–Sunday, June 6, 2021
  • Where: Mills Park, 1111 E. William St., Carson City
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The Nevada State Fair is returning to Carson City for four days of entertainment, carnival rides, culture, music and more. This year’s Home & Garden Show will be held in the Pavilion at Mills Park June 4-6. Free. Only service dogs are allowed.


Musica Sierra presents Musical Headwaters

  • When: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Musica Sierra presents New Vintage Baroque, an adventurous historical instrument ensemble dedicated to the creation of 21st century music. Berkeley-based keyboard, vocalist and composer Majel Connery, Canadian violinist Edwin Huizinga and Pennsylvanian bassoonist Ben Matus take you on a first-person sonic experience of the Sierra Valley landscape in a premiere performance. The program will also feature various arrangements for Baroque violin and bassoon including Vivaldi’s ”Four Seasons.” Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar.


Programs on the Porch – Former President Roosevelt

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, Washoe City
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The annual ‘Programs on the Porch’ entertainment series is back. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this lineup of historical presentations, cowboy entertainment and even a visit from former President Theodore Roosevelt. The programs take place on the lawn in front of the historic Bowers Mansion. This is a free series, however donations will be accepted for the performers. Programs will be subject to COVID restrictions in place at the time.


Street Vibrations Spring Rally

  • When: Friday, June 4, 2021–Sunday, June 6, 2021
  • Where: Downtown Reno
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Street Vibrations Spring Rally features the excitement of Street Vibrations into one weekend in downtown Reno at our new venue located at Reno’s Neon Line District next to the Sands Regency Casino Hotel. It’s the eleventh annual event and will include live entertainment, Good Vibrations Slow Bike Races, ride-in shows, poker runs, scavenger hunts, more than 80 vendors and more. Street Vibrations Spring is free to the public.


Draw Your Pet

  • When: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., Reno
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Come and learn, step by step, how to immortalize your pet’s image, and join a group of like-minded pet lovers in a social setting. All skill levels are welcome: Learn the basics or build on your skills.


Spring Gnome

  • When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Where: Picasso & Wine Midtown, 148 Vassar St, Reno
  • More information

Chat and laugh with friends while creating a unique piece of art. We take care of the setup and cleanup and everything you’ll need to paint including step-by-step instructions. Plan to arrive 20 minutes early to find parking, get checked in and get seated. Evening events are ages 18 and older.


Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

  • When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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This popular marbling workshop will introduce students to marbling techniques on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. At the end of the day, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare pieces of marbled cloth for use in bookbinding. Students will leave with their own stack of 15 marbled fabric pieces. All materials are provided with registration. Class is for adults 15 and older.


Official Reno Rodeo Kickoff Party at Bighorn Tavern

  • When: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Where: Bighorn Tavern, 1325 W. Seventh, Reno
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The Official Reno Rodeo Kickoff Party at Bighorn Tavern with drink specials, live music, giveaways and more.


41st Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed & Auction

  • When: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Where: Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Donald W. Reynolds Center, 2680 E. 9th St., Reno
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Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. This event accounts for 12% of the annual operating budget. The Club will comply with any and all County and CDC regulations in place on June 5.


Made in Nevada’s Virtual BizBash

Made in Nevada is hosting its first-ever Virtual BizBash. Listen to Made in Nevada business owners Todd Koren (Love Shop Give, Las Vegas) and Scott Coleman (Glory Cloud Coffee, Reno-Sparks) share their business successes/challenges and discuss how they’ve pivoted their business to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. Then, break out into small groups or randomized one-on-ones to meet like-minded Nevada business folks from across the Silver State. This event is free, but spots are limited, so register today.


Atmospheric Painting Series

  • When: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 17 and 24, 2021
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., Reno
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Knowing how to perceive depth with light diffusion or absorption from mist, fog, vapor, smog, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can improve your perspective skills. The use of color intensity and temperature, advancing and receding, detail, texture, edges and other factors will be explored and applied. This series will be taught by Karen Hayes. June 10:“Sky Study, Moraine Valley” by Kathleen Hudson; June 17: “Alley Near Pourville” by Claude Monet; and June 24: “On the Shore” By Anne Packard. The class is limited to 10 participants to ensure the best learning experience and maintain social distancing. Face coverings are required to attend class.


Mountain Man Bob Burke

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, Washoe City
  • More information

Programs on the Porch is back. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this lineup of historical presentations, including Mountain Man Bob Burke. This is a free series, however donations will be accepted for the performers. Programs will be subject to COVID restrictions in place at the time. For more information, call 775-849-1825.


Brunch with the Birds

  • When: Saturday, June 12, 2021
  • Where: Animal Ark, 1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno
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Enjoy a brunch buffet with the raptors before any other guests arrive. Kathleen Tigan will bring some guest raptors to do a special raptor program, so expect to see some amazing birds and learn about their cool features. Reservations are required due to limited availability by emailing animalarkedu@gmail.com


Reno River Festival

  • When: Saturday, June 12, 2021–Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Where: Downtown Reno
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Riverfest is going to look a little different this year, but it is packed with all things summer, including a Craft Beer & Seltzer Experience, Vendor Village, food and MusicFest. A comprehensive COVID plan is in place for the festival. That plan could change depending on updated restrictions, and it would mean a much bigger celebration.


Family Pop Art Workshop

  • When: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., Reno
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This colorful and creative class is designed for the whole family. Families will learn about the pop art movement, and famous pop art artists. Using photos, images, layering techniques, repeated themes, and more, each family will create their own unique family pop art collage on an 11″ x 14″ canvas. Recommended ages 8 and up. All supplies included.

Bring copies of favorite family photos (no original photos) that can be incorporated into the art piece. Face coverings are required to attend class.


Watercolor Techniques: Batik Method on Rice Paper

  • When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

Take your watercolors to the next level with this method of using the batik method of applying hot wax to save and build layers of color. The instructor will guide students through the batik process, while assisting each student with color mixing, composition and values to create a focal point in their work. A working knowledge of watercolor painting is preferred; this class is not for absolute beginners to the medium. Ages 15 and older only.

Supplies: Black Micron Pen or other waterproof fine-line pen, watercolor brushes, flats or rounds watercolor paints of your choice, watercolor palette of your choice.


Introduction to Landscape Photography

  • When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 15-Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

Students new to landscape photography or those looking to sharpen their skills will enjoy this introductory level course. The first two days of class will be spent in the classroom exploring camera gear and functions along with the tips and tricks to create dynamic landscape images. Students will review composition techniques along with shooting in different times of day. The final class will meet offsite to shoot in the field during the transition from the golden hour to twilight where students will apply the techniques learned to create their own artistic vision. Ages 15 and older.

Supply list: A DSLR or mirrorless camera, as well as their camera’s manual and any lenses that students own should also be brought to class. A fully charged battery and memory card are also necessary for class. Please also bring a tripod and shutter release cable.


Create a Book: Birds in Nevada

  • When: 2-4 p.m. June 15 17, 22, 24, 2021
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., Reno
  • More information

During the course of this 4-part class, students will study the diverse birds of Nevada and use different art techniques (acrylic, watercolors, colored pencil) to contribute to an informative book. After learning about different birds in Nevada, students will pick a favorite bird to study and illustrate. Students will also be guided through the creative process to write a narrative poem to accompany their artwork. The end result will be a rich and colorful alphabet book of Nevada birds combining the art and poetry of all class participants. The book will be printed and published shortly after the end of the class. Every student will receive a copy. Recommended ages: 6-12. Face coverings are required.


Flowers in Black and White

  • When: 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Where: Picasso & Wine Midtown, 148 Vassar St, Reno
  • More information

We take care of the setup and cleanup. Just bring yourself or a few friends and be ready to have fun. We provide everything you’ll need to paint including step by step instructions.

Adults 18 and older only.


Reno Aces vs. Albuquerque Isotopes

  • When: Various times Thursday, June 17, 2021–Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Where: Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., Reno
  • More information

Reno Aces meet the Albuquerque Isotopes at Greater Nevada Field for six games and promotions like Thirsty Thursday, Family Sunday and Military Monday.


Reno Rodeo HistoryReno Rodeo

  • When: Various times Thursday, June 17, 2021–Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno
  • More information

The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo is celebrating 102 years of wild west family fun. Our 10-day rodeo has stretched into 11 with the addition of a kick-off concert. The Reno Rodeo is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event with more than 140,000 fans attending each year.


ROAM the Washoe Artrail

  • When: Noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Where: Crystal Peak Park, 561 Crystal Park Rd, Verdi
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The ROAM Collective comprises contemporary architect Jack Hawkins, sculptor and musician Davey Hawkins, landscape photographer Scott Hinton, and geographer Kerry Rohrmeier. Meet up with ROAM and explore the rammed earth trailhead monument at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi.


Programs on the Porch – Cowboy Entertainer Tex Weir

  • When: 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City
  • More information

Programs on the Porch is back. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this lineup of historical presentations, including Cowboy Entertainer Tex Weir. This is a free series, however donations will be accepted for the performers. Programs will be subject to COVID restrictions in place at the time. For more information, call 775-849-1825.


Needle Felted Animals and Ornaments

  • When: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with a specially designed, barbed needle. Needle-felting is an ideal craft in that it is easy to learn, requires minimal supplies and can be completed anywhere. Ages 15 and older. Instructor: Lauren Gandolfo.


Painting Intensive: Portrait Painting in Oil or Acrylic

  • When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 19-Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

Students will be introduced to portrait painting techniques in this weekend intensive. Instructor will cover such topics as using a two-color palette, value scales, keying a painting, as well as, using both line and mass to create a portrait. Students may use acrylic or oil paint. Instructor: Daniel Helzer. Ages 15 and older. Supply list: Oil/Acrylic colors:

  • White, Black, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow (Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Yellow or Something Similar), Red (Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson or Something Similar)
  • For Oils: Gamsol, tourpintine or Walnut Oil for Use as a Brush Medium or Cleaner.
  • Assortment of brushes. Palette knife, Palette, a Few Canvas Boards, 8×10 or Bigger.

From Sheep to Yarn

  • When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

This class will explore the origins of yarn. Taking raw wool freshly sheared from local sheep, students will wash it, card it, spin it into yarn and dye it. Students will finish the class with a custom skein of yarn that they have made from start to finish. All materials to be supplied by instructor. Instructor: Lauren Gandolfo. Ages 15 and older.


Outdoor Escape Room!

  • When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, Washoe City
  • More information

Answer riddles, hunt for clues, travel throughout two regional parks (Bowers Mansion and Davis Creek), and solve the final puzzle. Depending on how leisurely you’d like your visit to be, this activity may require 1-3 hours to complete, and is intended for adults and families. The Washoe County Park Escape begins on the front porch of the Bowers Mansion. After solving all six riddles, you’ll be ready to answer the final park riddle.


Call to Artist – Sierra Arts Festival

  • When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., Reno
  • More information

Sierra Arts Festival 2021 celebrates local artists in downtown Reno with an all day outdoor, open air art market, music, family friendly entertainment, a beer garden, local food trucks and packed activities. The event will combine an art sale with entertainment including a Hula Hoop Jam, stilt walkers, clowns and live music.


Cheetah Dash at Animal Ark

  • When: 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: Animal Ark, 1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno
  • More information

See cheetah cubs Amani, Jabari and Tambo learn the ropes of our high speed runs in the cheetah yard. This event will feature a Keeper Talk, a video presentation, and biofacts, all for a more intimate setting followed by a yard demonstration of a training session with each cheetah cub.Reservations required by emailing animalarkedu@gmail.com. Children must be at least 8 years old to attend.


Dog Fashion Show at The Eddy

  • When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: The Eddy, 16 S. Sierra St, Reno
  • More information

There will be adoptable pets, fun prizes, a doggy fashion show and more. By attending the event and purchasing a raffle ticket you will be donating to help homeless pets at the Nevada Humane Society. Local businesses will be walking down the runway with adoptable dogs and if you want to adopt, they will be free.


Book Arts: Articulated Binding – An Indestructible Cover

  • When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
  • More information

An indestructible cover, this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break. In this workshop, instructor Pietro Accardi will instruct students in the art of this rare binding technique. Students will create a large and small articulated blank journal. All materials provided. Ages 15 and older. Instructor: Pietro Accardi.


Get Up, Get Active Camp

  • When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays June 29-July 22, 2021
  • Where: Alf Sorenson Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd, Sparks
  • More information

Are you looking for something active, fun, and safe for your kids to do? The first Get Up, Get Active camp for fourth through sixth grades will include activities that get your child up and moving with fun dress up days, while following CDC Covid-19 guidelines. First day of class will be *Let’s Get to Know Each Other. Please wear your favorite color (you will receive a calendar of themes for the rest of the camp days on the first day of class).

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