Discover the University of Nevada, Reno

Regional Highlights

Northern Nevada is never short on things to do

Located at the base of the Sierra Crest in the Truckee Meadows, Reno's outdoor recreation possibilities are unlimited. Lake Tahoe is only about a 40-minute drive west from downtown Reno, offering abundant opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating and camping. For those with a penchant for the desert, Pyramid Lake and the Black Rock Desert - home to the annual counter-culture festival, "Burning Man" - are only about an hour's drive to the north.


Reno is host to many fun festivals and exhibits throughout the year.

The Great Reno Balloon Race

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A glimpse of the Great Reno Balloon Race

With over 100 hot air balloons each year, The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the nation! For 27 years locals and visitors have been dazzled by the Glow Shows before the sun wakes up and the awe-inspiring "Hare & Hound" competitions during the day. Starting at the Rancho San Rafael park next to the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the colorful balloons float over Reno as the wind takes them and one can't help but stop and watch.

For more information, visit: the Great Reno Balloon Race.

Reno River Festival

Reno River Festival

For six years this festival has been all about outdoor adventure, family fun and community involvement! For four days in May, this festival consists of expositions, competitions, music and other great activities! If you want to see some great whitewater competition or just relax in the grass to some great music, this event is for you!

For more information, visit: the Reno River Festival.

Hot August Nights

Hot August Nights

For 23 years, Hot August Nights has given teenagers of the 50s & 60s a chance to relive the glory days and those of a younger generation a window into the past. This fantastic festival is all about classic cars and the birth of Rock'n'Roll!

For more information, visit: Hot August Nights.

Street Vibrations

Street Vibrations

Another engine-powered celebration in August, Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival brings together music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, parades, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region.

For more information, visit: Street Vibrations.

Art Town

Reno IS ArtTown

Artown, noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive festivals in the country, brings the arts to Reno each July with a packed calendar of events. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country, and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.

Reno Rodeo

Reno Rodeo

The "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," the Reno Rodeo is a 10-day event. The Reno Rodeo is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up over 400 volunteers. Over 140,000 fans will be in attendance for the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo. The event impacts the Reno/Sparks area economy with $42 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants and retail. The Reno Rodeo has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, Versus, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.

For more information, visit: Reno Rodeo.