THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
The Weekend Warrior is your guide for the best events happening around the Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe region brought to you by Intero Real Estate Services Reno! The action around Northern Nevada is picking up, both virtually and in-person. Check out the happenings this weekend!
ONLINE AND VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND NORTHERN NEVADAArtown… The entire month of July is historically THE MONTH when Reno’s art and culture scene explodes. Daily during non-pandemic times, the parks, plaza, galleries and theaters overflow with locals and visitors here to embrace the beauty and intrigue of creativity in every form. This year, Artown performers take most of their performances to the virtual world where we can login and enjoy their works. For those who need to get out of the house, masks and social distancing practices will be exercised at events that are taking place live. Discover all events and classes offered at Artown.org.
JULY 2 (7-9 pm)
POTENTIALIST WORKSHOP (836 E. Second St., Reno)Are you a blossoming comedian? A funny-man or woman in the making? Test your skills for live entertainment at The Curtain Calls Improv/Sketch Comedy Game Show Thursday night, July 2. Should you have the itch to take part, you’re invited to emerge from the audience to indulge in a creative & imaginative fantasy on-stage. This is a donation based admission, and food/beverages are served. For more info about the event and COVID-19 guidelines, visit Artown.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 3 (9-11 pm)
WEST WIND EL RANCHO DRIVE-IN, SPARKS, NVArtown and Cordillera International Film Festival‘s “Movies in the Park” has changed residency this year in an effort to keep event-goers safe. Rather than kicking it on a blanket or beach chair at Wingfield Park, you can snuggle with your loved ones in the comfort of your car at the West Wind El Rancho Drive-In and enjoy the 1997 movie Con Air. Con Air is an action-packed film about a newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger, Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) who finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. As an added bonus the showing of the movie is followed by a Q&A session with the film’s Director, Simon West. Free popcorn will be served! Entry is limited, so visit ciffNV.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 4 (10 am-12 pm)
DOWNTOWN RENO, NEVADATake a docent-led tour and learn about the more than 40 murals painted by local, national and internationally-recognized artists. This two-hour walk around downtown Reno gives insights into the area and our eclectic public art. You’ll see a wide range of styles — from graffiti lettering, illustration, landscape and realism portraits. Meet up with the mask-donned, socially-distanced group at the BELIEVE statue in City Plaza (10 N. Virginia St., Reno). A donation of $10 is greatly appreciated. For more information about the mural tour and other public art tours around Downtown and Midtown Reno, visit ArtspotReno.org. Note that the photo above was taken in Midtown and that is my daughter whispering sweet nothings into the ear of the subject.
ANYWHERE ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER YOU WANT TO GET IN & OUTOMG… For those of you looking for a little adventure, you can rent or buy a raft or rafting tube, and make your way down the Truckee River. I just did this last weekend, and it was a blast! Yes, there are some mini rapids depending on where you begin and end your float, so if you are at all uncomfortable with water, don’t do it. Our mini voyage started at Tom Cooke Trail and finished at Doroskar Park. It was only about a 1 mile ride, so a good warmup to test my comfort level for our next longer expedition. Go with a friend and self-guide, or take a tour with a WildSierra.com. Enjoy!
MT. ROSE SUMMIT TRAIL, RENO, NV Are you in need of some post-quarantine exercise? Get your blood pumping and taking in the beauty of the Sierras on a hike of Mt. Rose. Enjoy a 7 mile loop or forge ahead to the summit, 10 miles total. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the serenity of wilderness amidst flowers and grasses, Galena creek, waterfalls, the forest, an ultimately the splendor of Lake Tahoe and the views of the entire Tahoe Basin at the summit. For more detailed information about this gorgeous outing, visit HikingProject.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 4 (12 pm-5 pm)
NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUMRarely is the public invited to make use of the lanes at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. This 4th of July, the doors are open to all bowing fans, young and old! Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so pre-registration is paramount. Groups of 2 to 5 who are within the same household may sign up in advance for the family-fun Red, White and Bowl event. Model your masks and your American flag colored outfits and enjoy a bowling session in what National Bowling Stadium that is also known as the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins.” For more information and to register now, visit RenoEvents.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 4 (12-1 pm)
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN VIRGINIA CITY, NVIn place of the traditional Virginia City Independence Day parade that decorates C Street, the historic Northern Nevada mining town hosts a spectacular 4th of July Cruise this year! No registration is necessary to participate. Just start lining up your cruiser at 11 am at Fourth Ward School, located at the junction of State Route 342 and 341 at C Street, at 11 a.m. and creatively adorn your vehicle with your best patriotic-spirited decorations. Business are open at reduced capacity with use of protective measures. Click here to check out an entertaining video of what the annual parade looks like on a normal year. And go to VisitVirginiaCityNV.com for more about the cruise. Please note that the fireworks spectacular has been cancelled.
EVERY WEDNESDAY (Begins at 5 pm)
McKINLEY PARK (925 Riverside Dr, Reno)At Feed the Camel, you and your loved ones are invited to “come hungry with your face covered.” The only trick is how to get the food through the mask… Joke. The beloved weekly food truck event brings in some of the best restaurants on wheels under the Keystone bridge and just across the street from the Truckee River. McKinley Park is your place to establish your own eating space on a blanket or beach chairs, and savor the delicious cuisine our local food trucks have to offer. Learn more at the Feed the Camel Facebook Page.