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August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during August, 2017 include...

Reno Aces Baseball - Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The Reno Aces' first home game in August is vs. the Memphis Redbirds. There will be 12 more home games at Greater Nevada Field during the month. Other opponents will include the Nashville Sounds, Sacramento River Cats, and Fresno Grizzlies.

Hot August Nights Kickoff in Virginia City - Friday and Saturday, August 4 - 5, 2017. The kickoff Hot August Nights event is up in Virginia City, with nightly cruises, a celebrity Show-n-Shine, poker run and free live entertainment. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Of course, Virginia City restaurants and bars will keep going into the night after official event hours.

Hot August Nights in Reno and Sparks - Tuesday through Sunday, August 8 - 13, 2017. This is the big one, Reno's huge celebration of classic cars and rock 'n roll. The crowds are big, but so is the fun, and much of it is free. Get to various venues in Reno and Sparks for lots of different things to see and do. Visit the Hot August Nights calendar on the website for details.

Bacon, Bourbon and Brews - Friday, August 4, 2017, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada's annual fundraising event is at Wingfield Park in Reno. The event offers unlimited bacon samplings catered by Liberty's Mark Estee, craft bourbons and cocktails from local distilleries, a variety of beers from local breweries, live music and a beautiful venue. General admission tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. All proceeds benefit CARE Chest. (775) 829-2273 ext. 115.

Biggest Little Treasure Hunt - Saturday, August 5, 2017. This event is a scavenger hunt through some of Reno's public parks. Starting in Idlewild Park, teams of up to six people will solve clues that take them on a journey through the parks, performing tasks and finding hidden objects in order to score points. Points will be tracked through social media posts shared by the teams to the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Proceeds support the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and Student Stewards Program. Online registration is available along with additional information. (775) 453-0698.

Library Book Sale - Saturday through Sunday, August 5 - 13, 2017. Read Again Bookstore, a function of Friends of Washoe County Library, holds several book sales during the year. Sales are in the book store next door to the Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall. A day for Friends members only is on Friday, August 4, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join at the door. All other days are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery - ongoing through October 29, 2017. This interactive whodunit exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum guides visitors through Victorian London as they try to solve a murder myster with the help of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. (PG - parental discretion advised). Ongoing through October 29, 2017.

Walk for Animals - Saturday, August 12, 2017. The Walk for Animals is back. Join Nevada Humane Society to raise money and awareness for homeless pets. Walkers register and gather pledges to support them as they make the two-mile walk around Sparks Marina. Walkers are then welcome to join in the festivities, including a raffle for a brand new car generously donated by Dick Campagni's Carson City Toyota. Festivities include adoptable pets, vendors, food trucks and more. Friendly, on-leash dogs are welcome. Visit the website for all the details and to register online.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, August 12, 2017. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. This month's topic revolves around the current exhibit "City of Dust," in recognition of the upcoming Burning Man festival. Enjoy free admission and activities at the Museum. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, August 12, 2017. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Surviving Space Weather." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum and free refreshments. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Raise the River - Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You are invited to the 2nd annual Raise the River fundraising event for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). It will be in the Sensory Garden at Idlewild Park in Reno. Prepare to have your senses ignited by culinary delights from Liberty Food and Wine Exchange, libations, entertainment and fun sensory activities. Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to excellent live music and other fun entertainment by local performers. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available online.

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival - Friday through Sunday, August 18 - 20, 2017. The site of this 32nd annual event is Bowers Mansion Regional Park, south of Reno in Washoe Valley. Tickets are $25 at the gate or $20 in advance. Kids 12 and under are free. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No dogs except service animals. For even more bluegrass fun, go camping at nearby Davis Creek Regional Park, where there will be free music and jam sessions.

Reno Greek Festival - Friday through Sunday, August 18 - 20, 2017. Sample authentic Greek cuisine along with traditional Greek dance, music, desserts and imports. It's a fun and family-friendly Mediterranean atmosphere. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 12 noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive in Reno.

Reno Pirate Crawl - Saturday, August 19, 2017. Arrgh! The annual Reno Pirate Crawl begins at 8 p.m. in downtown Reno. Put on your best pirate or wench garb to join this pirate party as it moves among several bars and restaurants. It's only $5 to get on board. You can buy cups online or at the start bar on the night the pirate ship sails. Special features include Pirate Encampments, costume contests and giveaways.

Holi Festival of Colors - Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy and afternoon of interactive dance, live mantra bands, DJ’s, yoga teachers, cuisine, free hugs and lotsa love. In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Everyone is covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People sing, dance and throw colors on each other. Tickets are $6 online, $7 at the gate. Kids 12 and under free. The event is as Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free for spectators and will be at Sparks Marina Park. Fun for the entire family. The festival features all-day racing, local vendors, entertainment, Health and Wellness Village, Beer Garden, Food Truck Bazaar, Kids Fun Zone, and more. It benefits Immunize Nevada. (775) 353-2376.

The Way It Was Rodeo in Virginia City - Saturday and Sunday, August 19 - 20, 2017. Saddle up and ride into Virginia City's Arena & Fairgrounds for a weekend of rough and tough family fun. Get up close and personal with bull riders, wild broncs, kids' mutton bustin' and jump motorcycles and more. Action begins at 1 p.m. both days. Advance tickets are available online.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival - Through Sunday, August 27, 2017. This 45th season of the Festival features two main plays in addition to all of the other shows and activities making up this exceptional event at Sand Harbor on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call 775-825-WALK(9255).

Reno Art Fest on the River - Saturday and Sunday, August 19 - 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event is a multidisciplinary art fest hosted by the City of Reno, featuring the opportunity to purchase art from over 60 local and regional artists. The Art Fest will be downtown in the city plaza (Virginia and First Streets). There will also be live music, food trucks, and beer and wine.

Mark Wellman's Adventure Day at Sparks Marina - Sunday, August 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People with disabilities and their friends and family members are invited to explore a variety of sports at Mark Wellman's Adventure Day. The free event includes hand-cycling, kayaking, and rock climbing in a fun, safe park setting with access to a broad range of adaptive equipment to try adventure sports. For more information, call (775) 353-7815 or email recinfo@cityofsparks.us. Sparks Marina Park is located at 300 Howard Drive.

Last Friday in Sparks - August 25, 2017. The City of Sparks has teamed up with the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center for a special event the last Friday of the month through September. Visitors can experience the museum, tour the train and Glendale Schoolhouse for free with docents on hand for tours. Free movies are scheduled in the amphitheater starting at 8:15 p.m. Local bands will play on the Great Basin Stage at 7:30 p.m.

National Park Service Birthday - Friday, August 25, 2017. Celebrate the 101st anniversary of the National Park Service will free admission days at every one of over 400 units of the national parks and historic sites administered for all Americans by the NPS.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series - Saturday and Sunday, August 26 - 27, 2017. Top professional racers present high flying action at the Wild West Motorsports Park just east of Sparks off I80 at Mustang exit 23. The grandstands at this park offer unobstructed views of the track.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, August 26, 2017. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CANFEST International Canned Beer Festival - Saturday, August 26, 2017. This tasting festival is dedicated to craft beers poured exclusively from cans. Over 100 beers will be available for sampling, from U.S. brewers and some from around the world. At the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. General admission and student tickets available. Event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Reno Aloha Festival - Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 2nd annual Reno Aloha Festival will be at Reno's Wingfield Park. This free event is a cultural showcase, preserving the unique traditions of the Islands. Experience the Pacific Islands in dance, music and food. Shop the various vendors selling Polynesian merchandise and let the kids enjoy Keiki Village for fun interactive activities such as arts/crafts, hula lessons and Island stories.

Burning Man 2017 - Sunday, August 27 through Monday, September 4, 2017. Burning Man is held in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2017 art theme in Black Rock City will be "Radical Ritual."

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Monday, August 30 to September 4, 2017. Come to Victorian Square in Sparks for family fun and entertainment at America's biggest and best free rib festival.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, August 9 and 23, 2017, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel including EMT's and paramedics. This discussion group IS NOT formal therapy and is based on the original model of gatherings of Vietnam veterans before PTSD was recognized as a treatable condition by the VA or civilian medical community. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection, adjacent to the baseball fields. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Any questions should be directed to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz at (775) 409-4561.

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