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May 2015 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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May is Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month - "Improve Your Odds – Prepare For Wildfire". Every action you take at your home or in your community to reduce the wildfire threat and prepare for the next wildfire can help increase the odds of survival.

Cinco De Mayo in Reno - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 1 - 3, 2015. If you want to have some authentic Cinco De Mayo fun, come to northern Nevada's big annual celebration of Latino heritage at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. It's $5 for adults and once you are in the entertainment is free.

Cinco De Mayo in Sparks - Saturday and Sunday, May 2 - 3, 2015. The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Sparks will be at Victorian Square. Entrance is free to this event, which will feature food, dancing, music from 14 bands, a big kids' zone with bounce houses, Ballet Folklorico, rides, raffles, and more.

Reno Vampire Crawl - Saturday, May 2, 2015. There will only be 500 cups available, plus really cool themes and extras at an intimate number of bars in walking distance. This year, the event is pairing up with HauntX, the premiere haunter's expo coming back to Silver Legacy for a second year. So grab your costumes, pack your stakes and get ready for another awesome night.

KTMB Great Community Cleanup - Saturday, May 2, 2015. Volunteers are needed to help Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful during this annual event. You choose where you want to work with fellow volunteers during this annual event. A free picnic lunch for volunteers follows the cleanup. For more information, call (775) 851-5185.

Dine the District Food Tour - Saturday, May 2, 2015. The merchants of Reno's Riverwalk District have teamed up to provide guests a variety of entertainment, cooking demonstrations and culinary delights with the "Dine the District" self-guided food tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 on the day of the event and free for children 10 years of age and under. Proceeds from the event will support the continued development of the Riverwalk Districts Beautification project and help establish a safer, cleaner and more vibrant downtown area.

May 2015 at the Pioneer Center - May shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts include those listed below. Click the links for more show and ticket information.

  • May 2 - 3: Sleeping Beauty (AVA Ballet Theatre featuring the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra)

32nd Annual Chili on the Comstock - Saturday and Sunday, May 2 - 3, 2015. Taking place along C Street, Virginia City's main drag, the event promises all the favorite flavors and brings the return of the Fireball Saloon Crawl, music and family-friendly activities. The event runs both days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy the chili and the Kids Zone, which includes bungee trampoline, giant slide and bounce house.

Guided Walking Tours from HRPS - Saturday, May 2, 2015. The first guided walking tour this spring from the Historic Reno Preservation Society will be of the Newlands neighborhood. Several more walks are coming through May and June. Join in to learn about many aspects of Reno's colorful history.

Reno Aces Baseball - Monday, May 4, 2015. The Reno Aces' first home game in May at Aces Ballpark will be vs. the Sacramento River Cats, followed by 14 more home games in May. Other opponents will include the El Paso Chihuahuas, Salt Lake Bees, and New Orleans Zephyrs.

Monster Fish at UNR - Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 p.m. The Discover Science Lecture Series will host fish expert Zeb Hogan to talk about big fish. Boating up the headwaters of the Amazon, diving in the frigid waters of Mongolian rivers or warm Australian rivers, Hogan travels the globe to find the biggest freshwater fish on the planet. He will talk about his adventures, travels and work to find, study and protect behemoth fish, fish that are more than 6 feet long or weigh more than 200 pounds. This event is free and open to the public. School-aged children are encouraged to attend. The talk will be in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Parking for the event is reserved on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street.

Reno Sculpture Fest - Friday through Sunday, May 8 - 10, 2015. Reno Sculpture Fest is a free community event featuring human-sized or larger sculptures by locally and nationally-recognized artists, live performances, art auction and more. Many of the art pieces will have interactive elements, such as the opportunity to be painted on, moving pieces, cameras, projections, educational components (built with students), and performance elements. The event will be held on the ReTrac Plaza in downtown Reno, between the Eldorado Hotel Casino and the Whitney Peak Hotel.

Reno River Festival - Saturday and Sunday, May 9 - 10, 2015. The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. This event is free to attend and has become one of the top draws among Reno's other big spring, summer, and fall events.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, May 9, 2015. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme on this Second Saturday is "Butterflies Flutter-By."

Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Run - Saturday, May 9, 2015. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Parks and Desert Sky Adventures to hold this event, beginning at 8 a.m. at Washoe Lake State Park. Participants will run through some of Nevada's most infamous wildfire fuels, such as big sagebrush, bitterbrush, cheatgrass and rabbitbrush. All proceeds go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to fallen firefighters' families and to firefighters injured in the line of duty. For more information, call (775) 336-0271.

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10, 2015. There are numerous events and activities Mom might enjoy on Mother's Day. You can also take her out to one of the Mother's Day dining choices in the Reno area.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, May 13 and 27, 2015, 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.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, May 16, 2015. 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).

Spring Wings Festival - Saturday, May 16, 2015. The annual Spring Wings Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting in the Churchill County multi-purpose building in Fallon, Nevada (about 60 miles east of Reno). Come celebrate the migration of shorebirds and waterfowl through the Lahontan Valley. Go on guided tours, visit interactive exhibits, see exclusive demonstrations and learn more about wildlife through hands on activities. The Churchill County multi-purpose building is at 225 Sheckler Road in Fallon. For more information, call (775) 423-5128.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, May 23, 2015. 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.

Reno Street Food - Party in the Park - Fridays, May 22 and 29, 2015. Come to Reno's Idlewild Park for an evening of fun, music, and lots of good things to eat and drink from Reno's fleet of food trucks. It's free to come enjoy the park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the food and drink are for sale. The Idlewild Park train will be running during this event. Go to "Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks" for information about more food truck events.

Walks for Seniors during Older American's Month - Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015. To help Reno area seniors get outside for the mental, social, and physical benefits a walk provides, the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, together with the Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, is leading free walks in four different Reno parks during May, 2015.

Memorial Day Weekend - Memorial Day is observed on May 25, 2015, but there are numerous activities and events around Reno during this first big holiday weekend of the year.

Reno Wild Life at Chapel Tavern - Wednesday, May 27, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reno Wild Life (RWL) celebrates the array of outdoor adventure found in the region. It's a benefit for non-profit organizations that support both the environment and those who revel in it. Outdoor films featuring sports from around the area will be shown on a big screen while Chapel serves up their signature libations, craft brews and biodynamic wines. Raffle prizes provided by event partners Patagonia and local outfitters related to the sport being highlighted that night will be given away. A minimum $5 suggested donation to the nonprofit of the evening will receive a raffle ticket and $20 will get you five tickets. Chapel Tavern is in midtown at 1099 S. Virginia Street. The info phone is (775) 324-2244.

Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival - Friday and Saturday, May 29 - 30, 2015. The streets of downtown Reno will be packed full of classic cars, food and beverage booths, memorabilia, street faire vendors, a Celebrity Show-n-Shine with 10 winners on Saturday, and free live entertainment. This event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles, with free entry for all Hot August Nights 2015 registered car participants. The entry fee for non-registered participants is $35. It's free for the public to attend and enjoy the fun. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

May Arboretum Society Annual Plant Sale - Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Join the May Arboretum Society for its annual plant sale featuring a wide variety of more than 2,500 plants and flowers to choose from including sustainable, adaptable and native plant species. May Arboretum Society members receive a 10% discount. Shop for unique plants, hard-to-find varieties and native plants selected to grow in our climate zone. If plants are still available, the sale will be extended from Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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