Weekend Warrior: Mid-August to Mid-September (2021)
by Denise Hallerbach
Welcome to THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
The Weekend Warrior is your guide for the best events happening around the Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe region! How awesome is it to get out an LIVE again! The social event calendar appears to be back in full swing now, so find something that suites your fancy and go! Here is a healthy offering of what’s going on from mid-August to mid-September 2021!
CONCERTS at COMMONS BEACH
EVERY SUNDAY – JULY 25 THROUGH SEPT 5 (4-7 pm) COMMONS BEACH – TAHOE CITY, CA
One of Tahoe City’s most cherished community events takes place every Sunday afternoon/evening! Concerts at Commons Beach brings a solid lineup at one of the most scenic spots on Earth, majestic Lake Tahoe.
Guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets, and low-back chairs for a perfect lakeside evening. Local food and drink vendors sell beer, wine, soft drinks, sushi, bbq foods, ice cream, and more. Go early and enjoy the lakeside ambiance with friends and family. The venue has a fully equipped playground for your little concert-goers too! For more info, visit ConcertsAtCommonsBeach.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 (7 pm & 9:30 pm) GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… Sebastian Maniscalco has to be one of the funniest comedians on the planet. Every clip I see of his stand-up, I literally cannot stop laughing. The body language, the facial expressions, the delivery… all spot-on! Click HERE for a great example of his humor when he shares “No Naps Growing Up in My House.” Don’t miss Maniscalco at the Grand Sierra on August 19 for a belly-aching night of laughter. For tickets, visit GrandSierraResort.com.
STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT: THE FUNNIEST SHOW IN TOWN AT THE MOMENT SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 (8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
Don’t miss the show that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. Steve Martin and Martin Short have an undeniable chemistry and timing on stage that reflects a friendship forged over three decades which developed when they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film “Three Amigos.” For more information and tickets, visit GrandSierraResort.com.
BILL MAHER: LIVE STAND UP TOUR
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (8 pm)
Bring on the laughter, big-time, at Bill Maher’s Live Stand Up Tour. Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 41 Emmy™ nominations. For more than 20 years, he has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. Haven’t seen Bill Maher in action? Catch him HERE in a quick clip of him talking about the “Return of the Mask.” Learn more about Maher and get your tickets to see him at SilverLegacyReno.com.
RENO STREET FOOD – AKA FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
EVERY FRIDAY THRU AUGSUT 27 (4-9 pm)
It’s hard to believe that we’re in the last few weeks of summer… only 3 more opportunities for Reno Street Food’s “Food Truck Friday” at picturesque Idlewild Park. Each Friday evening,40 gourmet food and beverage trucks gather to serve tantalizing bites and beverages. Don’t forget to bring along your light-weight beach chair and/or blanket to kick-it on the grass near the Truckee River while you savor your meal and chill to live music. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Find out which trucks and entertainers will be there each week at the Reno Street Food Facebook Page.
AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 (7:30 pm) BARTLEY RANCH – ROBERT Z. HAWKINS AMPHITHEATER
The talented local cast of Sierra School of Performing Arts invites you to enjoy the infectious tunes of the classic musical, Annie at Bartley Ranch’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Don’t miss his beloved story of the lovable Orphan Annie who escapes the clutches of evil Miss Hannigan and wins the heart of a kind billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, who changes her fate forever. Offered 2 more weekends in August, it’s a must see! Visit SierraSchoolOfPerformingArts.org for more info and tickets!
AUGUST 19 & EVERY THURSDAY YEAR-ROUND (4-9 pm) VICTORIAN SQUARE – SPARKS, NV
Enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment and intriguing works of local artists at Third Thursday in Downtown Sparks. This month, the reggae/ska/soul vibe of Reno band Keyser Soze will keep you movin’ and groovin’. Third Thursday also features tasty food, cold drinks, live entertainment, crafts, chef demos, and movies on the big screen. A Knight’s Tale,. plays at this month’s gathering, August 19 at the Tony Armstrong Amphitheater at 8:15 pm. and is offered year-round! For more info about the August 19 offerings and other Third Thursday entertainment, visit 39NortthDowntown.com.
NORTHERN NEVADA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 SPARKS MARINA PARK – 300 HOWARD DR., SPARKS, NV
Dragon boat racing returns to Northern Nevada on Saturday, August 21! What began in southern China as an ancient folk ritual among neighboring villages, the races in boats shaped and decorated like dragons has emerged in modern times as an international sport that began in Hong Kong in 1976. Northern Nevada’s festival offers plenty of racing excitement and wholesome, family-friendly festivities. Visit the many vendors and exhibitors in the Health and Wellness Village, Food Truck Bazaar, Kids Fun Zone, and more. For additional information visit GwnDragonBoat.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 (6 pm) GREATER NEVADA FIELD
Greater Nevada Field overflows on August 22 with heaps of bravery and some of the most daring feats performed at Nitro Circus! The legendary 45-foot Giganta ramp will launch athletes into the sky at 40 miles per hour while moto-riders will send it 65 feet high. Nitro’s daredevils will also attempt the craziest stunts imaginable on new contraptions you never imagine could fly! With no roof there are no limits. These real-life action heroes are sure to inspire fans of all ages as they push the envelope at every show with incredible new tricks never seen before. Catch all the action and excitement and get your tickets and more information at GreaterNevadaField.com.
RENO ALOHA FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 (10 am-6 pm) WINGFIELD SPRINGS PARK – DOWNTOWN RENO
Get your HULA ON at the Reno Aloha Festival, a beautiful celebration of the unique traditions of the Hawaiian Islands. Experience Hawaiian culture in dance, music and mouthwatering food. Shop the many islander merchants while the kids enjoy Keiki Village that offers fun interactive activities. Attend educational workshops and learn how to play the ukulele, hula or even speak the Hawaiian language. Held in the heart of downtown Reno at Wingfield Park along the rushing Truckee River, this event is perfect for all ages! Visit the Reno Aloha Festival Facebook Page to learn more!
BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 1-MONDAY, SEPT 6 VICTORIAN SQUARE – DOWNTOWN SPARKS, NEVADA
If you have a hankering for some of the best ribs west of the Mississippi, then head on over to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. It’s is the “place to be” for one of Northern Nevada’s most cherished annual events where 20 of the best cookers in the country converge on Victorian Square in Sparks to treat us to finger-lickin’ goodness that will make your mouth water. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ice-cold beverages to wash those ribs down, and live music to dance it all off. For more information about the event and parking, visit NuggetRibCookoff.com.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL and SHOWCASE SERIES EVENTS THROUGH AUGUST 23, 2021
SAND HARBOR AMPHITHEATER – LAKE TAHOE, NV
In past years, the talented actors who have graced the Sand Harbor stage have treated us to one comedy and one tragedy each summer at our beloved Shakespeare Festival. This year, they are shaking it up with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)! Tuesdays to Sundays through August 22, three ambitious classic Converse-clad actors armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear and props, cram the Bard’s entire canon of plays (and sonnets!) into two hours of sheer Elizabethan-esque ecstasy. Need the play writers and directors more? Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. This endearingly irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the greatest plays of all time will have you rolling with laughter and jumping in the aisles. Perhaps The Today Show captured its spirit best when they said, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!”
In addition to the hilarity of Shakespeare, you are invited Monday evenings to Sand Harbor’s remaining Showcase Series Events. Bring your own picnic or partake in the delicious fare offered at the performances to enhance your experience. Here is the lineup this summer:
August 16: Mumbo Gumbo- The 7th Annual Prim Music Night August 23: Reno Jazz Orchestra- An Evening with Diane Schuur
RENO ACE BASEBALL
AUGUST 26-31 vs. SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS
SEPTEMBER 2-7 vs. TACOMA RAINIERS
SEPTEMBER 16-21 SALT LAKE BEES
GREATER NEVADA FIELD
We’re #1 (so far) in the Triple A West League! Woohoo! The Reno Aces, as of August 15 have a winning record of 28-17, and are ahead of the competition in the West and East Divisions. Can we keep up this stellar performance through the end of the season? Join the fun at Greater Nevada Field to find out, and enjoy these fun promos while cheering on the Aces to victory:
Military Mondays invite all Military Members and First Responders to take advantage of BOGO tickets, enjoy Baseball BINGO, and bring your vaccinated fury friend (no… not your high school buddy… your well-behaved, leashed pup!!) Taco Tuesdays call us to enjoy two street tacos for $6 or two street tacos and a beer for $10, presented by Alice 96.5. Thirsty Thursdays offer $2 Coors Light Drafts and $4 “Aceball Ales” and are presented by Coors Light. Firework Fridays illuminate the sky over the ballpark. Saturday, August 28 is Military Appreciation Night complete with a
Kevin Cron Tank Bobblehead giveaway and pre-game fun on the plaza! Family Sundays begin at 1:05 pm and feature $1 hot dogs… Hot Diggity Dog!!
For more info about the Reno Aces, the schedule, promotions, COVID guidelines and more, please visit MILB.com/Reno.
Head on up to historic Virginia City for one of our region’s zaniest events of the year! The 62nd Annual International Camel and Ostrich Races grace the fairgrounds and will provide side-splitting entertainment you won’t soon forget. This comical racing spectacle sends daring riders on camels, ostriches and zebras around the arena and across the finish line… and sometimes not. Join the amusement at one of the three races happening this weekend. Click through to VisitVirginiaCityNV.com for more details and ticket sales.
THE GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10-12 (5 pm-11 am) RANCHO SAN RAFAEL PARK
September 10-12, Northwest Reno’s skies will once again be covered with a sea of vibrant balloon beauty! The Great Reno Balloon Race is a three-day event that is free to the public, and brings a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors to watch in awe. Roll out of bed (pre-dawn) and grab some doughnuts, your Thermos of piping hot coffee, some comfy beach chairs and blankets, and head out to Rancho San Rafael park to witness the “Super Glow Show” and mass ascension. It’s a spectacle to behold and only happens once a year at one of Reno’s most beloved annual traditions. The Great Reno Balloon Races started in 1982 with about 20 balloons. Currently, we no enjoy about 100 different balloons these days. Visit RenoBalloon.com for more on this super community event.
STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES
SEPTEMBER 15-18 (8 am-5 pm) and FINALS on SEPTEMBER 19 (8 am-6pm)
I feel the need! …the need for SPEED!! Planes and their pilots are pushed to the limits at the National Championship Air Races September 15-18! Experience the thrill of the chase of six different racing classes with speeds reaching over 500 miles per hour. In addition to racing action, talented performer pilots take to the skies over Reno-Stead airport. The lineup includes Tucker’s Air Patrol, a throwback to the glory days of barnstorming, U.S. Marine Corps, MV-22 Osprey, demonstrating vertical takeoff and landing as well as short takeoff and landing capabilities, and F35A Lightening II Demonstration Team, boasting the world’s most advanced multirole stealth fighter. Don’t miss the thrilling, aerobatic action of Jim Peitz Aerosports and an exhilarating hour-long demonstration of flight excellence by our U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. For all the awesome details, visit AirRace.org.
Behold… the exciting concerts happening in Reno and Sparks through mid-September 2021!
Click each link below for ticket information and sales:
ZZ Top: Saturday, August 14 @ Reno Ballroom Air Supply: Friday, August 20 @ Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall Megadeth: Tuesday, August 31 @ Reno Events Center Wynonna Judd: Thursday, September 2, 2021 @ Grand Sierra Resort Clint Black: Friday, September 3 @ Atlantis Resort Casino Lindsey Stirling: Saturday, September 4 @ Grand Sierra Resort REO Speedwagon: Saturday, September 11 @ Silver Legacy Resort Casino Death Cab for Cutie: Thursday, September 16 @ Grand Sierra Resort Camila: Friday, September 17 @ Grand Sierra Resort Toby Keith: Saturday, September 18 @ Nugget Event Center Outdoor Amphitheater Kiss: Thursday, September 23 @ Nugget Event Center Outdoor Amphitheater
HARVEY’S LAKE TAHOE SUMMER CONCERTS SEE DATES/TIMES BELOW
LAKE TAHOE OUTDOOR ARENA @ HARVEY’S
Harvey’s Summer Concert Series keepsrolling with its hot line-up you won’t want to miss! Megastars of country and rock hit South Lake Tahoe’s Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s to bring you unforgettable concert experiences you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets soon before all seats are gone! Here are the scheduled concerts through Summer 2021 and into 2022:
Dierks Bentley (Country): Sunday, August 22 Eric Church (Country): Friday & Saturday, August 27 & 28 Phish (Rock): Tuesday & Wednesday, August 31 Miranda Lambert (Country): Thursday, September 2 Train (Rock): Friday, September 3 Alabama (Country): Saturday, Saturday, September 4 Jackson Browne (Rock): Saturday, September 11 Kenny Chesney (Country): Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 & 13, 2022 (Rescheduled)
Learn more and access links to ticket sales at Caesars.com.
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