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By Graduate Student Maria Young

Reno has such a wide array of events happing all year long, that sometimes it can be hard to choose exactly what to do!  All types of events can be found, ranging from indoor to outdoor, family friendly, to downtown nightlife.  Below is a description of just a few major events that happen every month, locally.  Also, be sure to check out our local Reno News and Review to search for weekly events. Visit their website or pick up a RN&R paper on campus.  Another great resource is to Visit Reno-Tahoe USA.  You'll get exhaustive information on what's happening in our town!  Finally, the Joe Crowley Student Union hosts a wide variety of on-campus events for all students to enjoy.  This includes movies, socials, educational fairs, guest speakers, and much more!  Their website is updated frequently so be sure to visit the Joe often for events and information.

Hot August Nights is a huge event in Reno!  For a week in August, Reno and Sparks host thousands of classis cars and tens of thousands of visitors. This event is complete with live music, food and entertainment for the whole family.  The Reno-Tahoe Open is our own annual PGA golf tournament that supports many Northern Nevada charities and draws many celebrities to our area.

In September, the weather begins to cool off, but the outdoor events continue to happen.  The Great Reno Balloon Race is always a favorite for locals and students.  Get a group together for dawn patrol and watch the mass ascension of 100s hot air balloons from Rancho San Rafael Park.  The Best in the West Rib Cook-Off kicks off Labor Day Weekend.  You cannot go here and leave with an empty stomach.  Come and taste test the best ribs you might ever have!  Check out five days of aircraft racing at the Reno Air Races.  You're bound to see some high speed and high-flying excitement here. 

Halloween isn't the only festive day in October.  Not many states can boast that they have a day commemorating their admission to statehood, and say they have a holiday for it!  Our capitol, Carson City, hosts a yearly parade to celebrate Nevada's birth.  This year we will be 75 years old!  Check out the event here.

November, December, and January all get pretty festive with the holidays.  Need skis for the winter so you can scratch that itch and finally get on the mountain?  Then head over to the UNR Ski and Board Swap in November.  Here you'll find deals on all your winter sport needs.  In the last week of December and on into January, the world's greatest classical musicians come to us and perform during the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.

Don't have a date for Valentine's Day?  Heck, even if you have a date, there is no shortage of things to do during February.  One is the annual Vampire Crawl in downtown Reno. While you're still thinking about crawls, check out Reno's monthly crawl events (many are themed!).  Around St Patrick's Day in March, head up to Virginia City for the annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick's Day parade. Don't know what Rocky Mountain Oysters are?  This might be a unique eating experience for you!

In April and May, the weather begins to warm up again, and Reno begins to wake up from its winter sleep.  Our very own University of Nevada, Reno, sponsors the Reno Jazz Festival.  Jazz students from come to compete at this festival, which has quickly grown to be own of the biggest and best jazz festivals in the country.  Reno Earth Day at Idelwild is always a good time.  Complete with entertainment, food, and several displays regarding environmental issues, sustainable energy, recycling, and gardening.  May brings the Reno River Festival to downtown Reno.  This event brings competitors and visitors from around the world for a weekend of entertainment and action packed-excitement.  This festival features some of the best in extreme whitewater activities.  

Summertime in Reno is magical and June and July are action packed!  Running the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey will get you acquainted fast with not only the area, but with the 11 teammates you might share a van with for 24+ hours.  This 178-mile relay run takes you around the beautiful Lake Tahoe and back into Reno.  Want to see a little of the Wild West?  The Reno Rodeo is the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!" with ten nights of the best rodeo in the country.  The Sparks Farmers' Market begins in June and ends in late August.  Every Thursday evening venture to Victorian Square Plaza for local food, entertainment and fun.   Check out additional farmer's markets around town hereArtown in July is the place to be in the summer.  Everyday in July, Artown offers hundreds of free events (as well as some that require a fee).  Events range from live music, dance, theater and performances, workshops, multicultural events and tours. 

For more information feel free to contact Maria Young

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