Reno River Festival at Wingfield ParkCelebrate the Truckee River in Downtown Reno
The Reno River Festival is at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. It runs Friday through Sunday, June 9 - 11, 2023. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. This event has become one of the top draws among Reno's other big annual events.
The Reno River Festival is packed with all things summer for one unforgettable weekend. The heart of downtown Reno will transform into an outdoor destination featuring local live music, local craft beer, local food, local craft vendors, the Reno River Roll, the Reno River Rally rafting tour, a cornhole championship contest, plus the thrills of the Reno Tahoe Adventure Park.
Reno River Festival Tickets
Tickets are required to attend the Reno River Festival. Organizers need to charge a nominal fee in order to pay for the park, staffing, and everything needed to provide a safe event environment. Entry tickets are $10 for access all weekend. Kids 17 and under and dogs are free. Tickets for other events and activities are sold separately on an individual basis, depending on what you want to do. A portion of your pre-purchased entry fee benefits Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the Kiwanis Bike Program.
Events and Activities at the 2023 Reno River Festival
Like last year, there are no kayaking events. But there is a rafting event in the form of the Great Reno River Rally. There will be lots of other activities and partying to get you into the groove at the Reno River Festival.
Parking at the Reno River Festival
You can park near the event at the Parking Gallery, corner Sierra and First Streets (entrance is from First Street), at Reno High School on Booth Street, and at the McKinley Arts Center on Riverside Drive and Bell Street. Street parking around downtown Reno is metered until 6 p.m. except on Sundays, which is free all day. The big government parking lot at the corner of Court and Virginia Streets is free and open to the public on weekends.
For more about parking, refer to "Where to Park in Downtown Reno."
Reno River Festival Street Closures
The Reno River Festival has a fairly small impact on downtown Reno traffic. Only one main street will be closed on Festival weekend - Arlington Avenue between First Street on the north and Court Street on the south. This section of Arlington includes a bridge over the Truckee River. Nearby streets, however, get crowded, there won't be any parking, and there will be lots of pedestrians. It is simply best to park a bit further away (see above) and walk to the event.
Truckee River Whitewater Park
The Truckee River Whitewater Park is the stretch of river that flows through Wingfield Park. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, or put together as the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield.
On hot summer days, this park gets crowded with people playing in the Truckee River and tubing through from put-ins further upstream. Kayakers use the whitewater park year round and lots of people enjoy simply strolling the walking paths through Wingfield Park.
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