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Reno is Artown during July

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Artown in Reno, Nevada Reno becomes Artown during the whole month of July. Artown 2018 is the 23rd anniversary of this multi-faceted event, bringing Reno residents and visitors a month's worth of music, art, dance and other cultural experiences. There are nearly 500 individual events, exhibits and workshops, with over 70% of the events and performances free. Artown brings national and international multi-disciplinary performances to Reno that are literally incredible. Artown 2018 will run for 31 days, from Saturday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 31.

Artown is too big to adequately describe in an article like this. To see everything going on by date, go to the Artown home page, then click on the calendar date of interest. You can also select events by type by clicking on the menu choices - Music, Dance, Cultural, Theater, History, Visual, Kids, Film, Literary, Special, Workshops, and Ongoing.

Artown Opening Night

Saturday, July 1, 2018. Artown opening nights are always free and huge. This big free event in Wingfield Park officially starts the 23rd annual Artown festival in Reno. Come enjoy an evening of free music and other activities, then enjoy Artown events throughout the whole month of July. The opening night headliner will be Los Lobos. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but get there early if you want a good seat - park opens at 5 p.m.

Also performing on July 1 will be Bandaloop, a pioneer in vertical performance. They will do their vertical dance from Reno City Hall, viewable from City Plaza next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Performances will be at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Ongoing Events at Artown

Here are some of the main recurring Artown events. These, and many more, will be happening on various dates throughout Artown during July.

  • Be the Astronaut Exhibit (free)
  • Rollin' on the River Series at Wingfield Park (free)
  • American Film Noir Series (free)
  • Lazy 5 Summer Concert Series (free)
  • Monday Night Music Series (free)
  • Midtown Concert Series (free)

Help Support Artown

Here are some ways you can help support Artown and keep this extraordinary event coming back year after year.

Artown 23rd Anniversary Closing Night Celebration

Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The free closing night party will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wingfield Park Glenn Little Amphitheater. Join Artown in closing out the month's festivities with Raging Fyah, the new generation of roots, rock reggae music straight out of Kingston, Jamaica.

Artown 2018 poster
Artown 2018 poster by Stephanie Kendziorski.
Image courtesy Artown.

Artown in Sparks

Artown has gotten so big it has spilled over into the neighboring city of Sparks. Artown in Sparks includes 25 different events, classes and performances during July. Visit the Artown in Sparks website for descriptions of the programs, dates, locations and times.

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