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Mother's Day 2016 is on Sunday, May 8. All around the Reno area, you'll find Mother's Day full of opportunities to treat Mom and show her what a special lady she is. In addition to these activities, don't forget about taking Mom out for "Mother's Day Brunch and Dining in Reno and Sparks."

Reno River Festival

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, 2016. The final day of the 2016 Reno River Festival falls on Mother's Day. This free family-friendly event is fun and exciting. Mom doesn't need to be a whitewater kayaker to enjoy the spirited competition, colorful surroundings, and other things to do at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

51st Annual Jackpot of Gems Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, 2016. If she likes jewelry, the Jackpot of Gems show presented by the Reno Gem & Mineral Society could be something Mom would enjoy. The show will include gold panning for the kids and over 50 displays of gems and minerals found all over the world, but especially from Nevada. There will be demonstrations showing how to make jewelry with wire wrap, beading, lapidary, and more. The event will be at the Reno Livestock Events Center Exhibit Hall, 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $4 children 6 to 12 and seniors. Kids under 6 free with a paying adult. Lots of free parking. Call (775) 356-8820 for more information.

Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop at the Nevada Museum of Art

Saturday, May 7, 2016. Treat Mom to a personal shopping experience at the Museum Store featuring three regional artists: wild horse photographer Lula Adams of Faith Colors, Leather By Wallace's embellished handbags, and handcrafted sterling silver pieces from Girl in the Pines Jewelry.

Mother's Day Train Rides on the V & T Railroad

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, 2016. The Virginia and Truckee Railroad will come alive on Mother's Day weekend 2016 with a chance to take a trip back to the Wild West. These special edition diesel train round-trip rides from Carson City to Virginia City include a long stem rose for Mom, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City, and spectacular scenery during the trip. Tickets are $41 for adults, $38 for seniors and veterans, $25 for children ages 3 to 16. Toddlers and infants are free when they sit on a parent's lap. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (877) 724-5007. Trains depart the Eastgate Depot for Virginia City at 10 a.m. and the return trip departs at 3 p.m.

Mother's Day events and activities around Reno and Sparks, Nevada

Reno Sculpture Fest

Friday through Sunday, May 6 - 8, 2016. The Reno Sculpture Fest is a free community event featuring human-sized or larger sculptures by locally and nationally-recognized artists, live performances, live painters and muralists, food trucks, kid activities, and more. Many of the art pieces will have interactive elements, such as the opportunity to be painted on, moving pieces, cameras, projections, and performance elements. If Mom is into art, she will enjoy this family-friendly event. It will be held on the ReTrac Plaza in downtown Reno, between the Eldorado Hotel Casino and the Whitney Peak Hotel.

Mother's Day Train Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, 2016. Mother's Day weekend rides on the McKeen Motor Car will be running at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The beautifully restored car harkens back to the time of train riding luxury on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. On both days, the first train departs Wabuska Station on the Museum grounds at 10 a.m. and the last leaves at 4 p.m. The fare is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 4 to 11, free for children under 4. The Museum is at 2180 S. Carson Street in Carson City. Call (775) 687-6953 for more information.

16th Annual Moms on the Run

Sunday, May 8, 2016. Moms on the Run is a non-profit which raises money to help northern Nevada women with cancer. The event has several run and walk options so everyone who wants to participate can do so. Race day begins at 7 a.m. at Foster Field, Reno High School, with registration and a continental breakfast. Online entry fee is $40 through May 4. Late registration is $50. The kidlets race (for under 10 years old) is $10. You can register online at the Moms on the Run website. Call (775) 826-8117 for more information. Dogs are not allowed at this event.

Take Mom to the Movies

Just about every Mom likes movies. If she hasn't been, you might treat her to a show at the new IMAX theater in Sparks or get her a movie gift certificate so she can pick her own flick. For an out-of-this-world experience, take her to the Fleischmann Planetarium.

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