September 2019 Events and Activities in the Reno Region
September is National Preparedness Month. Make sure you and your family are ready for any of the natural disasters that can occur in the Reno region, including wildfire, earthquakes, and flooding. Get more information from "Be Prepared for Natural Disaster." September is also Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15, 2019).
Big events during September, 2019 include...
Burning Man - Sunday, August 25 through Monday, September 2, 2019. Burning Man 2019 takes place in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2019 art theme in Black Rock City is "Metamorphoses."
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Monday, August 28 through September 2, 2019. Come to Victorian Square in Sparks for family fun and entertainment at America's biggest and best free rib festival.
Labor Day Weekend - Friday through Monday, August 30 - September 2, 2019. This weekend is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. There are plenty of things to do for your last summer fling, including steam train rides, hiking, picnicking, swimming and water play, visiting museums, the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, and more.
33rd Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow - Thursday through Sunday, August 29 to September 1, 2019. This free, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 25 vendors sell traditional native foods and handcrafted silver work, bead work, baskets and other American Indian art. The event is at Hungry Valley, 266 Loop Road in Sparks. Hungry Valley is 19 miles north of downtown Reno in scenic Eagle Canyon.
Senior Fest 2019 - Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. Over 50 businesses and agencies will be on hand offering a wide range of resources for seniors, boomers, and retirees. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Reno Town Mall is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Atlantis Hotel Casino.
Creative Aging: Art Activities and Social for Seniors - Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Seniors are invited to spend the afternoon making art and exploring different art materials and mediums. The projects are designed for participants of all levels of experience and offer an engaging and interactive experience. At the Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. and Arlington Ave. in Reno. (775) 826-6100 ext. 2#.
Great Reno Balloon Race - Friday through Sunday, September 6 - 8, 2019. You have to get up real early, but it's worth it to enjoy the colorful spectacle of the world's largest free hot air balloon event. It is held annually at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.
60th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races - Friday through Sunday, September 6 - 8, 2019. Bring the family to Virginia City to enjoy this hilarious event, a tradition that dates back to the 50s. Gates open at 10 a.m. and races start at 12 noon each day, plus there are lots of other activities around town during the weekend. No umbrellas or pets allowed.
Reno Greek Festival - Friday through Sunday, September 6 - 8, 2019. 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 Running Fest - Saturday and Sunday, September 7 - 8, 2019. Race178 is combining the 51st annual Journal Jog and the Reno Mile for a weekend of racing, fitness and fun called Reno Running Fest. Visit the website for all the details and to register online.
Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration - Saturday, September 7, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The City of Reno will host the inaugural Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration at Reno-Stead Airport. The free event will feature the Biggest Little Parade and Flyover, which starts at 2 p.m., as well as the Race Plane Show 'n' Shine. The even will also include food trucks, local entertainment and vendors and tours of the Reno-Stead Airport. Free parking.
Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue - Sunday, September 8, 2019. Experience the adventure of riding your bicycle around Lake Tahoe's 72-mile shoreline by participating in the 17th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue. Cyclists enjoy great food and participant support stations. You can register online for this event.
Grow Your Own, Nevada! - Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Beginners and veteran gardeners can learn both basic and advanced techniques with some help from "Grow Your Own, Nevada!" gardening classes. There is a series of 4 classes on Tuesday evenings (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) through October 1, presented by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). It's $15 per class or $30 for all four.
National Championship Air Races and Air Show - Wednesday through Sunday, September 11 - 15, 2019. The world's fastest motor sport also features extensive static displays along with spectacular military and civilian aerial entertainment. This year, the USAF Thunderbirds will be the headline performer. This is the only pylon air racing event of its kind in the world.
Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, September 14, 2019. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme is different each Second Saturday and is sometimes related to one of the current exhibits. 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, September 14, 2019. Join in on adventures that are out of this world. This month's theme is "Learning to Fly." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the National Automobile Museum. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.
Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 14, 2019. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team tackles Weber State at a home game in Mackay Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Go Pack!
Edible Pedal 100 - Sunday, September 15, 2019. Organized bike ride with courses around Washoe Valley, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, depending on which ride you choose - 10 miles, 32 miles, 54 miles, 74 miles and 150K. The start/finish is at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley. Edible Pedal 100 is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise.
Discover Science Lecture Series - Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7 p.m. Gregory Crouch, author of "The Bonanza King," will discuss the rags-to-riches American frontier tale of Irish immigrant John Mackay. Lectures are free and open to the public. They are held in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl - Thursday through Sunday, September 19 - 22, 2019. It's a free event designed to celebrate friends, community and all things fiber. Tour your way around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, while preparing your stash for the cozy crafting season. Each store along the way will have an array of delights specially organized for the crawl, from exclusive yarns to trunk shows, pop ups and more.
3rd Thursdays in Sparks - Thursday, September 19, 2019, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every month, Sparks Museum and 39 North invite you to come downtown to Victorian Square to enjoy the museum, train and historical school house. Also on tap will be musical acts, art displays, kids activities, food trucks, vendor booths and free movies. Free admission.
2019 Disaster Preparedness Fair - Friday, September 20, 2019, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the Food Truck Friday event at Idlewild Park. Come down to enjoy delicious food as well as grab a free Go Bag and emergency hand-crank radio, talk with emergency preparedness experts and celebrate National Preparedness Month. Families can learn the basics of preparing for a disaster. Free items will be in limited supply.
UNR Ski Swap - Friday through Sunday, September 20 - 22, 2019. The UNR Ski Swap features a huge selection of new and used equipment. Everything from boards to boots, skis to snow shoes, clothing, helmets, gloves and more. Save up to 70% on hundreds of new/used items and get out fitted for the season. Admission is free. Friday - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event is at the North entrance of the Reno Sparks Convention Center, across from the Atlantis Casino. Hall 1A, follow the signs. Parking is $10 but you can be reimbursed with a $20 minimum purchase.
Holi Festival of Colors - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be non-stop live music from great bands, yoga, mantras, dance, cuisine, and the throwing of colors. Tickets are available online and start at $6.50. The festival is at Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, September 21, 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).
Very Potter Crawl - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Come crawl to celebrate the world of wizardry. There are 15+ different participating downtown bars, nightclubs and restaurants all in walking distance. With Specially-themed live entertainment, gogo dancers and DJs. Commemorative crawl cups are $10. If you like this sort of thing, there are lots of other Reno beer crawls throughout the year.
"Peter Pan" at the Pioneer Center - Saturday and Sunday, September 21 - 22, 2019. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the score to this wonderful ballet, danced by A.V.A. Ballet Theatre. Peter Pan is the captivating story of Peter Pan and Wendy and their adventures in Neverland. Fairies, pirates and the Lost Boys all have starring roles in this fantasy adventure. The Saturday performance will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m. For tickets call, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 1-800-553-6605 or visit the website for tickets online. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DogFest Reno 2019 - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Furry friends and families are invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food, a scenic, fully accessible, 1/2 mile stroll through the park and a costume contest. Registration is free. The event is at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center / Dick Taylor Park, 1301 Valley Road in Reno. This is a benefit for Canine Companions for Independence.
Story Stroll at Davis Creek Regional Park - September 21 to October 5, 2019. Ranger-led strolls take place on September 21, 28, and October 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. The rest of the time, self-led strolls are available during regular park hours. Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, in partnership with the Washoe County Library System, is offering their third Story Stroll to promote reading, engage elementary students, highlight our local parks, and engage our community. The Fall Story Stroll will take place along the .7 mile loop Nature Trail, encircling the pond at Davis Creek Regional Park. The featured book is "Bear Has a Story to Tell." Strolling is free and open to the community.
ART & Nature at the Arboretum - Sunday, September 22, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for a beautiful September day in the arboretum, as we celebrate the union of ART & Nature. Experience the creative process at work while you meander through the gardens observing and speaking with artists at work. Activities include great food, music, face-painting, artist demonstrations. Free admission. At the May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Fiesta on Wells - Sunday, September 22, 2019. Come to Reno's Wells Avenue for this Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The event will feature free entertainment, arts, culture and resources for the community.
Banned Books Week - Sunday through Saturday, September 22 - 28, 2019. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship and the benefits of unrestricted reading. Celebrated by the Washoe County Library System.
Street Vibrations Fall Rally - Wednesday through Sunday, September 25 - 29, 2019. Over 50,000 riders converge for the Fall Rally and there are even more events and things to do, including America's Finest Custom Bike Builder's Expo, Tattoo Expo, more than 300 vendors, factory rigs selling everything motorcycle, stunt shows, rides to Lake Tahoe, and biker drinking places. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 28, 2019. Enjoy an entrance fee free day at hundreds of units of our National Parks system and other public lands administered by agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. You can also volunteer and help with public lands projects across the country. Locally, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will be hosting service projects.
Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, September 28, 2019. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team plays the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors at home in Mackay Stadium. Kickoff time is TBA. Go Pack!
Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire - Saturday and Sunday, September 28 - 29, 2019. This event carries on a tradition started in 1919. There will be over 300 exhibitors, music and entertainment, and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets required for the Candy Dance and Dinner. (775) 782-8696.
Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, September 28, 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.
Truckee River Cleanup Day - Saturday, September 28, 2019. Cleanup and beautification projects span from Verdi to Lockwood, and also include river tributaries. Projects include storm-drain stenciling, litter pickup, graffiti removal, in-the-river trash removal (by kayakers and flyfishers), weed pulling and park beautification projects. KTMB hosts a volunteer appreciation picnic after the cleanup to thank volunteers for their efforts with barbecue, beer (21 and older, of course) and prizes. To register, visit the KTMB volunteer signup page.
Bunny Yoga Festival - Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participate in yoga sessions, meet-and-treat adorable bunnies, peruse local and bunny-centric vendors, dance, and eat from local food trucks. For just $45, explore Yoga, Tai Chi, and Meditation classes taught by Reno's best teachers. Classes provided by Good Elephant. Event is at Idlewild Park in Reno.
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