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Reno River Festival at Wingfield Park

Whitewater kayaking action and lots more

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The Reno River Festival is at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. It runs Saturday and Sunday, June 12 - 13, 2021. This event has become one of the top draws among Reno's other big annual events.

The Reno River Festival will look a little different this year, but it 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, plus the thrills of the Reno Tahoe Adventure Park.

Reno River Festival Tickets

For the first time, 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. Unfortunately, some sponsors such as the City of Reno are unable to provide funding as in the past due to the pandemic. However, kids 17 and under are free.

Events and Activities at the 2021 Reno River Festival

Probably the biggest change at the 2021 Reno River Festival is no kayaking or other river-based events. This is due to low river water levels due to drought conditions, among other things. There will be, however, lots of other activities and partying to get you into the groove at the Reno River Festival.

Reno River Festival, Wingfield Park, Reno, Nevada
Photos © Stan White

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."

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.

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.

No Dogs at the Reno River Festival - Do not bring your dogs. The policy prohibiting dogs at Reno events is in effect at the Reno River Festival. Only legitimate service dogs will be allowed in the event area.

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