THURSDAY, MAY 2 (6:35 pm)
GREATER NEVADA FIELD – 250 EVANS AVE, DOWNTOWN RENO
Gather your friends up and kick-off the weekend Thursday evening at Greater Nevada Fieldwhen our local Triple A Reno Aces take on the Las Vegas Aviators. At every Thursday evening ball game, the Aces offer college students discount tickets for only $5, standing room. Share this with your favorite college students and let them know they must be purchased at the ticket office. And for all you thirsty fans out there who like beer, the “Thirsty Thursday” promotion goes beyond Coors Light now! If you pass on the 12 oz. servings of Coors for $2.00, you can now enjoy premium beer options for only $4.00. Purchase your tickets online and learn more about the Aces at MILB.com.
MAY 1-MAY 4
PEPPERMILL HOTEL RESORT
Does the strum of a ukulele take you to another place and time? For me, this magical instrument transports my soul to Maui, and fills it with the spirit of the Hawaiian islands. Over time, the ukulele musicians have taken their passion and skill with the tiny guitar to new levels and genres, opening it up to the rest of the world. This weekend, Reno celebrates this musical diversity at the Reno Ukulele Festival. The event invites newbies and veterans of the ukulele to participate in workshops, take in presentations, shop at the marketplace, jam in recording sessions and enjoy concerts and demonstrations. Learn more about the Reno Ukulele Festival, including the Swing Thing concert/dance happening Friday night at PlayUke.net.
THURS, MAY 2 (7:30 pm), FRI, MAY 3 (9 pm) & SAT, MAY 4 (6:30 & 9:30 pm)
PIONEER UNDERGROUND (RENO TAHOE COMEDY)
Just in case you were wondering, it is true… comedian Jill Kimmel is the famous late night host, Jimmy Kimmel’s sister! This super funny lady found her own calling to the standup stage 13 years ago, and since then, has graced such respectable venues as Stand-Up Live, the Improv clubs, The Laugh Factory and Catch A Rising Star. She’s a divorced mom of two teenagers and funnier than hell. Catch this video of Jill Kimmel covering “Life After Divorce.” Don’t miss her live at Reno Tahoe Comedy this weekend. Tickets may be purchased at the door of this super smoke-free Pioneer Underground or online at RenoTahoeComedy.com. Don’t miss!
THURSDAY, MAY 2 (5 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
Reno is on the map this weekend when the 2019 Miss USA Pageant competition heats up at the Grand Sierra Resort Thursday night! Actually, Reno has been the hub for pageants the last couple of weeks, with the Miss Teen USA competition having just concluded last weekend, also at the Grand Sierra. All of the glitz and glamour of these age-long competitions make their way to Reno. The contestants are judged in several different categories, including artistic expression, presentation and community involvement, presence/poise, and lifestyle/fitness. Who will be crowned the next Miss USA? Find out Thursday night at the finals and purchase tickets at the Grand Sierra Box office or online at GrandSierraResort.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 3 (8 pm), SATURDAY, MAY 4 (2 & 8 pm) & SUNDAY, MAY 5 (1 & 7 pm)
PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS
The Chicago Tribune announces, The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “one foot in ‘Harry Potter’ and another in ‘Dear Evan Hansen.'” It has also been touted by Broadwayworld.com as “a colossal, crowd-pleasing hit of Herculean proportions!” The Lightening Thief is an ingenious adaptation of Rick Riordon’s best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel. The musical tells the story of Percy, son of Poseidon, navigating his newly discovered and uncontrollable powers, dodging monsters on his trail, and executing his epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Don’t miss this entertaining adventure at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. Visit PioneerCenter.com for tickets.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 3-5
RENO-SPARKS LIVESTOCK EVENTS CENTER
Behold the grace and beauty of the Arabian, the oldest purebred in the world and foundation horse for many modern light breeds including the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Morgan, and American Saddlebred. At the Comstock Arabian Association’s Spring Fiesta you’ll witness these gorgeous animals and proud owners showing their skills and prowess, and competing for cash and prizes. The Fiesta runs all weekend and is a Class A show that qualifies Region 3 & 4 participants for regional and national championship shows, so the stakes are high for local horsemen. Join the fun and check out the show sometime on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The action commences each morning at 8 am sharp. For more details, visit ComstockArabianAssociation.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 (1 pm)
RENO RIVERWALK DISTRICT
If you’re a “foodie” who appreciates a diversity of flavors from around the world, you may just want to join the Dine The District Food Tour this Saturday afternoon. It’s your opportunity to sample bites from some of Downtown Reno’s tastiest restaurants. How to join in on the fun? 1) Visit EventBrite.com to purchase your tickets. They are $20 online and $25 at the door; 2) Present your receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center located in the Reno eNVy store during the day of the event; 3) Receive a food tour map as your formal admission to the self-guided tour during the day of the event; 4) Have fun! Bon Appétit!
SATURDAY, MAY 4 (8:30 am-5 pm)
WILD WEST MOTORSPORT PARK
Endurofest returns to Reno Tahoe on May 4th, with some of the toughest dirt bike racing on the West Coast! For 2019, this event will host the AMA Nevada Extreme Off-Road Championship, establishing it as a qualifier for the Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro. Some of the top pros in the nation will race alongside brave amateur riders through the endless rock gardens and steep hills at the Wild West Motorsports Park. As an added bonus, the American Junior Hard Enduro will return, introducing the extreme sport of hard enduro to the young up-and-coming riders. With camping, vendors, and an after party, you will not want to miss this intense day of racing! For more information and ticket sales, please visit the IRC EnduroFest Facebook Page.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 (7:30 pm)
MOUNTAIN MUSIC PARLOR
Insane talent, headed you way! Midtown Reno’s Mountain Music Parlor welcomes world-renown jazz harpist, Motoshi Kosako, to the intimate stage of Heritage Hall. Having first learned to play the piano and guitar as a youth in Matsuyama City, Japan, Kosako later adapted to self-teach the harp. With the exception of a few lessons to master his technique, his abilities were self-acquired. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Kosako is also a registered nurse, and has conducted research on sound healing, and the practical application of music for the promotion of health. I was fortunate enough to attend one of Kosako’s concerts last year at Mountain Music Parlor and he was phenomenal Here is an example of what he can do!! Learn more about Motoshi Kosako at MountainMusicParlor.com and visit BrownPaperTickets.com for seats.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 4-5 (noon-8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT
Who says we can only celebrate Latino heritage one day of the year? Let’s make it TWO days at Reno’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival!! Yes, both Saturday AND Sunday, the Southeast parking lot at the Grand Sierra Resort converts to a mega fiesta that features delicious food, creative arts & crafts, an expo with fun games & exciting prizes and thrilling carnival rides (open Friday 3-10 pm and Sat/Sun 12-10 pm). On Saturday and Sunday, dancing horses, a parade and special performances run from 2-4 pm. Naturally, live local, regional and international musical artists will entertain throughout! For more about this awesome community celebration, please visit BigDaddysBarbeque.biz.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 (1 pm)
SQUAW VALLEY SKI RESORT
The Tahoe Region’s most popular pond-skimming competition, the Cushing Crossing, captivates onlookers at Squaw Valley this Saturday for the 29th year straight! This highly entertaining showdown began as a spring resort ritual that now brings celebrity judges like Elyse Saugstad, Sherry McConkey, JT Holmes, JD Hoss, Keely Cashman and AJ Hurt to rank brave competitors’ monster spills and comical thrills. Oodles of cash and prizes are up for grabs for those who out-shine the others. For more info about event guidelines, prizes and registration, please visit AlpineSquaw.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 24 (6:45 pm)
GREATER NEVADA FIELD
Soccer action takes over Greater Nevada Field this Saturday when the Reno 1868 FC take on the Tulsa Roughnecks FC. The theme?? A Cinco de Mayo Festival, of course! Currently, Reno’s record is 3W/3D/2L and we are 5th in the Western Conference. Tulsa’s stats are 4W/2D/3L and they’re 2nd in the Western Conference. Our 1868 have some catching up to do! So throw on your blue, silver and gold, and cheer these guys on to victory! For more information about the club and for pre-event ticket sales, please visit Reno1868FC.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 (8 pm)
SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO – GRAND EXPOSITION HALL
Behold! The spirit of Mexico is celebrated through one of the longest running ensembles, spanning 5 generations. How often do we find a group that has been entertaining its fans since 1897? Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has done it! The 13 member ensemble has obvious morphed over the last 122 years and features six violins, one vihuela, one guitar, one guitarron, two trumpets and two harps. They are poised to perform their latest recordings including “5ta Generacion” and “Sinfonico I.” Learn more about Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and get tickets to see them live at SilverLegacyReno.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 (early 1/2 marathoners begin at 7:45 pm)
DOWNTOWN RENO ARCH (N. VIRGINIA STREET & COMMERCIAL ROW)
The Biggest Little Half Marathon returns to Reno for its third year, catering to runners of all levels and abilities. That’s right… Join in the fun and choose from the mellow 5k, the more challenging 10k, or the extra challenging half-marathon. The start gun fires at the famous Reno Arch downtown and routes includes the Midtown District (for the 1/2 marathoners only), the path along the Truckee River, out to Idlewild Park, and back. Don’t miss out on the fun! The Biggest Little Half Marathon partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, providing emergency food services to hungry local families every day. Packet pickups take place on Friday & Saturday, so visit DesertSkyAdventures.com to pre-register and learn more.