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May 2019 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during May, 2019 include...

May is Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month - "Wildfires Happen. Is Your Community Prepared?" 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. Check the website for related events and other information about wildfire prevention.

May is Older Americans Month - Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of the 2019 celebration is "Connect, Create, Contribute."

One Truckee River Month - entire month of May, 2019. 31 days of events in, on, around and about the Truckee River. There are plenty of ways to get active and healthy on the river – from walking tours and running races to Pilates and yoga – plus learning opportunities, art activities, history talks, community clean-ups, food, fun and more. To see a full list, visit the events calendar for May, 2019.

Galena Creek Visitor Center - Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Summer hours start - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Surrounding Galena Creek Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sci-On! Science + Fiction Film Festival - May 1 through 5, 2019. Five days of science and science-fiction activities, including independent film screenings, a May the Fourth Celebration, and special Planetarium shows. Events held at the Fleischmann Planetarium at UNR and the National Automobile Museum. Tickets are available online. (775) 830-5295.

Reno Aces Baseball - Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The Reno Aces' first home game in May at Greater Nevada Field will be vs. the Las Vegas Aviators, starting at 6:35 p.m. More home games in May will include other opponents - Salt Lake Bees and Tacoma Rainiers.

Dine the District Food Tour - Saturday, May 4, 2019. 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. Online tickets are $20 plus fees. Day of it's $25. Proceeds from the event will support the continued development of the Riverwalk District and help establish a safer, cleaner and more vibrant downtown area.

Day at the Museum at UNR - Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The University of Nevada, Reno invites visitors to Day at the Museum, an interactive walking tour of nine museums on and around campus. The event is free and open to the public. Museums will feature different hands-on activities and giveaways. This event is ideal for families and anyone interested in learning about the arts, history, and earth, life and astronomical sciences that campus has to offer. Visit "Museums, Culture, and Shows in Reno / Sparks, Nevada" for additional information.

Historic Reno Walking Tours - Saturday, May 4, 2019. Guided walks through some of Reno's historic districts from the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) are open to the public. This walk is "Upper Ralston/Northern Little Italy." It starts at 10 a.m. and the fee is $10, free for NRPS members. Other walks this month are on May 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Saturday and Sunday, May 4 - 5, 2019, 12 noon to 8 p.m. Northern Nevada's biggest annual celebration of Latino heritage is at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Come enjoy live music, Mexican dancing horses, food and drink, arts and crafts, carnival rides, live music, games, and much more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and seniors 65+. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Heels & Hounds, a Benefit for Homeless Pets - Sunday, May 5, 2019. Doors open at 10 a.m. At the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall in Reno. Party for the animals at Nevada Humane Society's Heels & Hounds, Reno's premiere fashion experience. There will also be local boutique shopping, a silent auction, live auction, brunch and fashion show featuring local leaders escorted by pups available for adoption. Tickets are available online. Tables may be purchased at a variety of price levels. Individual tickets are $85. All proceeds benefit homeless pets. For sponsorship, vendor, or more event information, call (775) 856-2000 x320.

150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada - Friday through Sunday, May 10 - 12, 2019. Come to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City for the opening of a new transcontinental railroad exhibit. On all three days, the Glenbrook and Inyo steam locomotives will be fired up. There will be a reception and refreshments on May 10 to re-enact the golden spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869. The Museum is at 2180 S. Carson Street in Carson City. Call (775) 687-6953 for more information.

May Arboretum Society Spring Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday, May 11 - 12, 2019, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. With more than 4,000 plants to choose from - perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables, drought/heat tolerant plants, grasses, and succulents. Horticulturists and members of the Society will be on hand to offer growing tips. The sale will be at the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno.

Washoe County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Event will be held at Waste Management's 1455 E. Greg St. location in Sparks. Waste Management customers in good standing may bring up to 50 lbs. free of charge, including pesticides, batteries, electronics, paint and other household hazardous waste.

Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival - Monday through Friday, May 13 - 17, 2019. This is a week-long community celebration of the innovation happening in our region. The festival will inspire and connect our community with the power of science and technology through hands-on school programs as well as a series of free, family-friendly events hosted by well-known formal and informal educational organizations throughout Northern Nevada. Go to the website for event details, when, and where.

Spring 2019 Nevada Women's Expo - Friday and Saturday, May 17 - 18, 2019. Billed as the premier consumer show for women of all ages and lifestyles and businesses that market to them. Offering women the best in fashion, style, health, careers, business, lifestyle, entertainment and more. The event is at Firecreek Crossing, 4813 Kietzke Lane in south Reno.

Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration - Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration at Bartley Ranch Regional Park features activities and events that originated mostly in Scotland and Ireland, such as highland athletic events, spirited music, and graceful, energetic forms of dance. This great family event has food and drink vendors and parking is free. Admission is $15 walk-up rate, $20 if you want to park on-site. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid admission.

"The Lost World of Dragons" at the Wilbur D. May Museum - through May 12, 2019. The Lost World of Dragons is a world of fantasy and adventure. Discover the stories and mythology of dragons throughout history and around the world. Get a thrill from larger-than-life animatronic dragons. Try out a virtual reality experience that lets you ride a flying dragon. Sit on a throne and sneak through a dragon's lair, and much more. This entertaining and educational exhibit will be at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, 1595 N. Sierra Street. (775) 785-5961.

Idlewild Health Walks for Citizens with Dementia - on Tuesdays during 2019 at 10 a.m. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is offering a series of free, weekly interpretive walks for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Idlewild Health Walks are an extension of the Discover Your Parks walks from TMPF, which encourage people to get outdoors to explore and care for local parks. Meet at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation office at 50 Cowan Drive in Idlewild Park. For more information, call (775) 410-1702 or email

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, May 11, 2019. Join in on an out-of-this-world adventure. 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.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. New exhibitions, community collaborations, cultural explorations, guest performances and monthly themes rotate in this series of monthly programs.

Reno River Festival - Saturday and Sunday, May 11 - 12, 2019. The annual Reno River Festival is 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. Whitewater kayaking competitions are the main reason for the Reno River Festival, but there is much more. Part of the Reno River Festival that is outside of the water, the Reno River Roll is a casual 5-mile costumed slow ride open to everyone and all types of bicycles. Other attractions include free entertainment on two stages, a Craft Beer Village, Wine Village, Reno Tahoe Adventure Park and lots more.

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12, 2019. 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.

Bike Month - May, 2019. This month long bicycle awareness campaign is put on by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance and focuses on promoting healthy living and physical fitness through active transportation. There will be lots of free events with perks and prizes. There is way too much going on to list here - go to the Bike Month website to learn about local bike shops, the events, clinics, contests and prizes, families and kids, and much more.

Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival - Friday and Saturday, May 17 - 18, 2019. The streets of downtown Reno will be packed full of classic cars, food and beverage booths, memorabilia, street faire vendors, free entertainment and a Celebrity show and shine on Saturday. This event is open to all 1979 and older vehicles, with free entry for all Hot August Nights 2019 registered car participants. The entry fee for non-registered participants is $40. It's free for the public to attend and enjoy the fun. Hours start at 8 a.m. both days.

Reno Street Food - Food Truck Friday - Friday, May 17, 2019. 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 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the food and drink are for sale. The Idlewild Park train will be running during this event. Reno Street Food will be every Friday through September 27, 2019. No Dogs. Go to "Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks" for information about more food truck events.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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).

Historic Bowers Mansion opens 2019 season with Civil War Reenactment - Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bowers Mansion will begin its 2019 tour season with a live Civil War reenactment. Visitors will be transported to the days of Nevada's statehood, enjoy the exhibits, grounds and tours of the mansion. The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Self-guided tours of the historic Bowers Mansion will be available for $7 adults, $5 children and seniors. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is located at 4005 Old US Highway 395 North in Washoe Valley.

36th Annual Chili on the Comstock - Saturday and Sunday, May 18 - 19, 2019. Taking place along C Street, Virginia City's main drag, the event promises all the favorite flavors and brings the Craft Beer Tour, Fun with the Runs 5K, music and family-friendly activities. The event runs both days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk with Washoe hikes - Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Join Washoe County staff for this hike at Mayberry Park at 7 p.m. This is one of a series of free Tuesday evening outings at various Washoe County parks and trails.

Programs on the Porch at Bowers Mansion - Friday, May 24, 2019, 7 p.m. Programs on the Porch for 2019 features performances by local musicians and even an appearance by Mark Twain. A variety of talents will be showcased during each Friday night of the series. The performance series is free, however donations are accepted. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is south of Reno, in Washoe Valley at 4005 Old U.S. Highway 395 North. More programs will be on May 31, June 7 and June 14.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, May 25, 2019. 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.

Memorial Day Weekend - Memorial Day is observed on May 27, 2019, but there are numerous activities and events around Reno during this first big holiday weekend of the year.

Reno-Tahoe Odyssey - Friday and Saturday, May 31 to June 1, 2019. This is a 178 mile running relay race that starts and finishes in Reno. Teams of up to 12 runners complete a big circle that includes climbing up to Lake Tahoe. Two sub-sections of the whole race will be run simultaneously on June 1 - the Capital Odyssey Relay from Carson City and the Comstock Odyssey Relay from Virginia City. To sign up and get all the details, visit the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey website.

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