19TH ANNUAL BBQ, BREWS AND BLUES: The event is equal parts barbecue block party, a micro-brew tasting event and music festival. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, and more will perform. F, 6/20, 2-8pm; Sa, 6/21, 11am-8pm. Free. Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., 786-5700, www.eldoradoreno.com.
BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF: Rib cookers from across the nation will compete for prizes and the title of the “Best in the West” at the annual cook-off. M, W-Su through 9/1. Opens 8/27. Free. Victorian Ave. 14th Street to Pyramid Way, Sparks, 356-3300, www.nuggetribcookoff.com.
BURNING MAN: The annual social experiment and expression of art and counterculture culminates in the burning of the Man. M-Su through 9/1. Opens 8/25. $380. Black Rock Desert, Northeast Of Gerlach in Black Rock, (415)864-5263, www.burningman.com.
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: The classic car event features show 'n' shines, drag races, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom and classic car auction. Tu-Su 7/29 through 8/3. Opens 7/29. Free for most events. Locations vary. 356-1956, www.hotaugustnights.net.
LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The 2014 season commences with Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like It. M-Su, 7:30pm 7/11 through 8/24.; Sa, 9/6, 6:30pm. $15-$200. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Hwy. 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
NEVADA HUMANITIES CHAUTAUQUA FESTIVAL: Nevada Humanities presents the 23rd annual Chautauqua celebration. Gates open at 5pm music starts at 6pm, and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7 p.m. Tu-Th, 5pm 6/24 through 6/26. Opens 6/24. $10-$25 for evening performances. Free for children age 12 and younger. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., 784-6587, www.nevadahumanities.org.
PIRATE CRAWL: Join thousands of pirates downtown Reno at 20 participating bars. Sa, 7/12, 8pm. $5. Harrah's Reno, 219 N. Center St., 342-9565, piratecrawl.com.
RAGECON GAMERS CONVENTION: Attendees can play, watch and take home a variety of board games. Games include board, card, role-playing and miniature tabletop games. F, 6/27, noon-midnight; Sa, 6/28, 8-midnight; Su, 6/29, 8am-6pm. $30-$40. Circus Circus, 500 N. Sierra St., 323-9238, www.rage-con.com.
RENO ROCKABILLY RIOT: The annual hot rod show and celebration of rockabilly music and culture includes contests, drag races, entertainment, vendors, poker walk and the Rockabilly Beer Crawl. Th-Su through 6/29. Opens 6/26. The Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave., 291-5008, www.renorockabillyriot.com.
RENO STREET FOOD: PARTY IN THE PARK: More than 20 food trucks gather at Idlewild Park for the weekly event. F, 5-9pm through 10/3. Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Dr., 825-2665, www.facebook.com/RenoStreetFood.
SAMPLE THE SIERRA-FARM TO FORK FESTIVAL: The festival pairs local farmers with chefs who produce tasting samples, which are then paired with the appropriate wine or brew. Su, 8/31, 12-5pm. $30 in advance. Bijou Community Park, 1099 Al Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 588-1728 ext. 303, www.samplethesierra.com.
STAR SPANGLED SPARKS: The region's longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of the Nugget. F, 7/4, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, Victorian Ave., 14th Street to Pyramid Way in Sparks, 356-3300, janugget.com.
STEAMPUNK TAVERN STROLL: A new bar crawl in Midtown. There will be drink specials, actors representing Reno's Victorian-era history, and more. Sa, 7/19, 8pm. $10 for a premium crawl mug. 1864 Tavern, 290 California Ave., (775) 342-9565.Art
METRO GALLERY AT RENO CITY HALL: Behind the Scenes. Award-winning photographer Jeff Ross behind-the-scenes looks at local, regional and international artists. M-F 6/16 through 8/1. Free. 1 E. First St., 334-2417.
STREMMEL GALLERY: Wolf Kahn. M-Sa through 8/2. Opens 6/19. Free. 1400 S. Virginia St., 786-0558, www.stremmelgallery.com.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Italian Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection, through 7/6. Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, through 8/31. Chemigrams: Nolan Preece, through 8/10. Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez. Stephen Galloway: Place/No Place, through 7/6. Davey Hawkins: Eagle Brand, through 7/6. Helga Griffiths: Brainscape, through 9/28. Stellar Axis: Lita Albuquerque, 8/30 through 1/4. $1-$10. 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.Music
24TH ANNUAL HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL: The music festival features Widespread Panic, Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, Lord Huron, Del McCoury Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Budos Band, among others. 7/3-7/6, $75-$222.50, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd., Quincy, (530) 283-6272, www.highsierramusic.com.
ARTOWN PRESENTS LOS LONELY BOYS: Artown presents the American-Chicano rock trio. Th, 7/10, 7:30pm. $35-$45. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
BIGGEST LITTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL: REDUX: This family-friendly concert features Moondog Matinee, Beatles Flashback, Slide Mountain Band, Kung Fu Sophie, Rock Shop, Electric Catfish the Band, Mason Frey, Nicole Oh, The Note-Ables, and more than 60 members of Note-Able Music Therapy Services' programs. Sa, 7/5, 2pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., 324-5521.
AN EVENING WITH DON MCLEAN: The singer-songwriter performs as part of Artown. Th, 7/31, 7:30pm. $35-$45. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
AN EVENING WITH JUDY COLLINS: The folk singer performs as part of Artown. Th, 7/24, 7:30pm. $35-$45. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: The RN&R holds its annual concert series. F, 5:30pm 7/4 through 7/25. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., 324-4440.
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO FACULTY JAZZ: Su, 7/20, 2:30pm. Free. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 298-0075, www.tahoechambermusic.org.