Summer line-up

Looking for something to do? Here’s the summer plan so far.

Special events
Reno Days: Celebrate Reno’s 100th birthday and the man the city was named after with a weekend of historic re-enactments and live music, 5:30 p.m. May 30; 11 a.m. May 31-June 1. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue,

Coca-Cola Breeders Invitational: The inaugural event features cutting competitions, horse sales, a Calcutta, Western trade show, demonstrations and award ceremonies, June 1-14. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave.,

Eurofest: The fifth annual event features German polka music, European foods, beer, the Waiter/Waitress Olympics and arts and crafts, 4 p.m. June 6; 9 a.m. June 7-8. Rail City Casino, 2121 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-9440 or visit

Sparks Hometowne Farmers’ Market: More than 125 vendors offer their finest produce, flowers, breads, arts and crafts; entertainment includes live music, street performers, cooking demonstrations and lawn and garden care demonstrations, Thursday evenings from 4-9 p.m. June 12-Aug. 21 (except Aug. 7). Victorian Avenue, Downtown Sparks. 353-2291.

Tour de Nez: Professional cyclists race through Reno competing for cash prizes; block party at Deux Gros Nez café, June 14. Deux Gros Nez, 249 California Ave., 786-9400 or visit

Juneteenth: Celebrate the date when African-American slaves were notified of freedom by attending this event featuring exhibits, food, music and other entertainment, June 21. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 326-6313.

Reno Rodeo: World-champion cowboys and cowgirls compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes in one of the West’s biggest rodeos, June 21-29. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 329-3877 or visit

Artown: More than 200 events and exhibits produced by 75 cultural organizations and businesses comprise the eighth annual arts festival, July 1-31. Various locations in Reno. Call 322-1538 or visit

Star-Spangled Sparks: Celebrate the Fourth of July with family-oriented entertainment, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive; more events, Victorian Square, 5pm; fireworks, 9:30 p.m., downtown Sparks. 358-1976 or visit

ESPN Great Outdoor Games: Top international athletes match up in 20 events across four sport disciplines, July 10-13. Various locations in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Visit or

Eldorado’s BBQ, Blues and Brews Festival: The eight annual street party offers live blues music, an assortment of microbrews and BBQ meats sizzling on the grill, June 28-29. Virginia Street, downtown Reno, 786-5700 or

The Big Easy: Experience the flavors, sights and sounds of Louisiana with parades, zydeco music, Cajun food and more, July 11-13. Victorian Avenue, downtown Sparks. Call the Silver Club at 358-4771.

Reno Basque Festival: The 36th annual event celebrates Basque culture with traditional games, dancing and food, July 19-20. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue. 787-3039.

Great Basin Chautauqua: Scholars portray historical figures of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, July 20-24. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1502 Washington St., 784-6587 or

Reno Celtic Celebration: Head to downtown Reno for a weekend of pipe band performances, Irish step dancing and Scottish dancing, Celtic games and more, July 26-27. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 332-3336 or

Hot August Nights: Relive the era of rock ‘n’ roll and big cars with show ‘n’ shines, cruises, classic car parades and live music, Aug. 3-10. Various locations in Reno and Sparks. 356-1956 or visit

Reno Gay Pride: Fun and festivities, Aug. 15-17 Wingfield Park, downtown Reno.

Reno-Tahoe Open: 132 PGA professionals compete for a $3 million purse, Aug. 18-24. Montreux Golf Course, 16475 Bordeaux Drive, 322-3900 or visit

Nevada State Fair: Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, enter a pie-eating contest or just kick back and enjoy some live music, Aug. 20-24. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 688-5767 or visit

Best of the West Nugget Cook-Off: Savor the waning days of summer with BBQ ribs, live music and an arts and crafts fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Victorian Square, downtown Sparks. Call John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 356-3300.

Burning Man: Head out to the Black Rock Desert for a week of self-discovery, artistic expression and the Burning of The Man, Aug. 25-Sept. 1. $225 advance, $250+ at gate.

Artists Co-operative of Reno, 627 Mill St., 322-8896: Reno, Now and Then by Artist Co-Op members and guest artists, June 1-30.

Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, The world’s largest auction of Western, sporting and wildlife art, July 25-26, Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall, 407 N. Virginia St.,

Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333: Diego Rivera and Twentieth-Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, May 24-Sept. 21; Paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, May 24-June 29.

Front Door Gallery, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-6658: John Martin’s Last Summer, July 3-Aug. 8; opening reception 6-8 p.m. July 10.

McNamara Gallery, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-6658: Philippe Mazoud’s large-scale black and white photographs, July 3-Aug. 8.

Sheppard Art Gallery, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-6658: Christine Pinney Karkow’s Lost Landscapes, July 3-Aug. 8; opening reception and lecture by Christine Pinney Karkow, 5-8 p.m. July 10.

Sierra Arts Gallery, Riverside Artist Lofts, 17 S. Virginia St., 329-2787: Co(a)ld Pressed by Robert Borges, 7-11 p.m. May 24.

Performing Arts/Theater
Valhalla Players, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Steel Magnolias, 7:30 p.m. May 23-24; 30-31; 2 p.m. May 25. $15 advance, $17 at door.

Actors Conservatory of Northern Nevada, McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, 685-2619: Dames at Sea, 7:30 p.m. May 29-31; 4 p.m. June 1. $10, $5 ages 12 and younger.

Reno Riverfront Theatre, Cal-Neva Nevadan, East Second and Virginia streets, 323-7469: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 7:30 p.m. July 11-12, 18-19, 24-27, 31; Aug, 1-2; 2 p.m. July 20, 27. $20, $17 students, seniors.

Valhalla Players, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m. July 11-12, 18-19; 2 p.m July 20. $15 advance, $17 at door.

Sierra Ballet, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., 787-8497 or 686-6600: Coppelia, 7 p.m. June 13. $10.

Valhalla Players,Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, 7:30 p.m. June 13-14. $15 advance, $17 at the door.

Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company, Bob Boldrick Theatre, Carson Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City: West Side Story, 7:30 p.m. June 13-14, 19-20; 2 p.m. June 15, 22. $8-$14.

Brüka Theater, 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221: The Rocky Horror Show, 8 p.m. June 20-21, 26-28; July 3, 5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31; Aug. 1-2. $16 advance, $14 students, seniors, $20 door.

Nevada Shakespeare Festival: Wayne Prim Theater, Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., 324-4198: Amigas, 7pm July 17-19, 24-26; 2pm July 20, 27. $40, $25.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sand Harbor, Highway 28, (800) 747-4697: The Merry Wives Of Windsor and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alternating evenings July 17-Aug. 24 (dark on Monday). $12-$65.

Eldorado hotel-casino, 345 N. Sierra St., 786-5700: Solos with Piano and Not…: An Evening of Music and Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov and pianist Koji Attwood, 8 p.m. July 21-22.

Lake Tahoe Community College production, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Guilty Pleasures, 7:30 p.m. July 25-26, Aug. 1-2; 2 p.m Aug. 3. $15 advance, $17 at door.

Johnny Carsino & The Sophisticated Ladies, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, musical revue, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. $10 advance, $12 at door. (888) 632-5859 or visit

Tahoe Improv production, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Festival closing event, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $12 advance, $14 at door.

Ark’a’ik, 555 E. Fourth St., 337-8488: Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Beautiful Mistake, Love Me Destroyer, TateLaBianca, May 23; Twice, Nav Comai, Vampirates, Divinity of Truth, May 24; Riff Randals, The 86 List, May 25; Oh My God, Double Blind Experiment, May 27; Gluehorse, Last Great Liar, Hellbound Glory, The Human Wrongs, May 30; Kr’uppt, Darken Fluid, Scribble, Gods War, May 31; Guff, Chico Escuella, June 4; Before Braille, June 12: Upcoming shows: Himsa, Friendly Fire, Lower Class Brats, Darkest Hour, The Virus, The Strap-Ons, Curl Up and Die, Communique, Casket Lottery, Virus 9, Erase Errata.

Club Voodoo, 1126 E. Fourth St., 333-6942: Falling You, June 27.

Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St. 788-2900, Kool & The Gang, May 25.

Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road: Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, May 22; Lee Ritenour, June 14; Robert Earl Keen’s Texas Uprising, Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, June 21; Susan Tedeschi, July 1; Branford Marsalis Quartet, July 26; Chuck Mangione, Aug. 2; John Scofield, Aug. 23; Randy Newman, Aug. 27. Call 828-6642 or visit

High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, Calif.: Sound Tribe Sector 9, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steve Kimock Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Fareed Haque Group, Keller Williams, Soulive, The Del McCoury Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Papa Grows Funk, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Railroad Earth, Theresa Andersson, MOFRO, Tea Leaf Green, Papa Mali, Kaki King, Acoustic Syndicate, Moonshine Still, Perpetual Groove, July 3-6. Call (510) 420-1529.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Celebrity Showroom, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 356-3300: Phil Vassar, May 23-24; Society of Seven, May 25; Charro, May 30-31; Los Lobos, June 6-7; Pat Boone, June 13-14; Steel Pulse, July 19; Joe Cocker, June 20-21; Jessica Andrews, June 27-28; Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra XLA, July 3; Mills Brothers, July 6-7; Ty Herndon, July 11-12; The Letterman, July 17-19; Bellamy Brothers, July 25-26; Shaboom, Aug. 9; George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Aug. 22-23.

Lawlor Events Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-4440 or visit Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, June 17.

New Oasis, 2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, Adema, June 3; The Transplants, June 12; Dropkick Murphys, Lost City Angels, Madcap, June 17.

Pavilion at Mills Park, 882-8900 x125: Chris LeDoux, June 13; Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, The Rage, The Clark Family Experience, July 26; Ambrosia, Poco, Gary Wright, Aug. 2; Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, The Gospel Hummingbirds, James Cotton, Aug. 17; The Neville Brothers, Aug. 29.

Reno Hilton: 2500 E. Second St., 789-2285: Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Hootie & The Blowfish, May 25 (Amphitheater); Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, May 30 (The Garage); APO Hiking Society, June 7 (Pavilion); Rick Holmstrom, June 7 (Garage); Beaver Nelson, Steve Polz, June 20 (Garage); Poison, Vince Neil, Skid Row, July 9 (Amphitheater); Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, July 12 (Pavilion); B.B. King Music Festival, July 25; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Jack Johnson, Aug. 2 (Amphitheater); Sammy Hagar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. 17 (Amphitheater).

Rollin’ on the River: Wingfield Park, 324-4440: June 27 through July 25. The lineup consists of Tony Furtado, June 27; Blues on the Truckee with the Reno Blues Society Special opener, Living in America, by Bailey Charter School kids, July 4; Mark Hummel, July 11; Coco Montoya, July 18; Tempest (prelude to Celtic Celebration), July 25.

Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St, 329-4777: Lani Misalucha, Basil Valdez, May 24 (City Center Pavilion); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, May 24-25 (Grande Exposition Hall); Huey Lewis & The News, May 30-31 (Pavilion); Dwight Yoakam, June 6-7 (Expo. Hall); Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, June 14 (Pavilion); Kuh Ledesma, Zsa-Zsa Padilla, July 5 (Pavilion); Peter Frampton, July 26 (Pavilion); Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Aug. 1 (Pavilion); Olivia Newton-John, Aug. 8-9 (Expo. Hall).

Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue: Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s Food for the Soul Concerts, 331-3663: Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, July 2; Walfredo de los Reyes, Sr., Orestes Vilato and the Reno Jazz Orchestra, July 9; Sones de Mexico, July 16; R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, July 23; Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, July 30; Reno Celtic Festival: Tempest, July 26.