The best fest for you

Artown’s lineup of festivals left us quizzical

Artown is full of festivals—some go all weekend, some just last for a day. Deciding which ones to go to can be difficult, so we came up with this little quiz to lead you in the right direction.

1) The perfect summer drink is

A: Guinness
B: Lavender-infused vodka lemonade
C: Homebrew
D: Iced coffee
E: Holy water
F: Picon Punch
G: Homemade sun tea with fresh mint

2) My hobbies include

A: Doing jigs, drinking, searching for the family crest and singing along loudly to The Pogues
B: Gardening, pampering myself with lotions and bath salts, learning different uses for herbs
C: Banjo-picking, moonshine-making, watching O Brother, Where Art Thou? over and over again
D: Speaking my mind, weaving words together, dancing
E: Praising the Lord with a happy song
F: Sheepherding, eating lots of meat, chopping wood
G: Permaculture, potlucks with friends, visiting farmers’ markets

3) If I could meet just one of the following people, it would be:

A: Van Morrison
B: Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, the father of aromatherapy
C: Doc Watson
D: Clive Campbell, a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc
E: Mahalia Jackson
F: Robert Laxalt
G: Alice Waters

4) The perfect day would look like this:

A: Riding a chair lift to mountain views, throwing kegs and drinking from them, listening to live Irish music
B: Live music, a farm tour, culinary yumminess, all within a sweet-smelling place
C: Heading to Virginia City to hear and jam with bluegrass, Irish and folk bands
D: Being inspired by poetry, beats, dancing and good company
E: Hearing soul-stirring music while dancing in the park <pbr>F: Showing my strength by carrying large stones, dancing in a peasant dress, eating chorizo
G: Hanging out by the river surrounded by fresh food, flowers, music, local art and friends

5) If this were a menu, I’d most likely order

A: Shepherd’s pie
B: Pork tenderloin with lavender-sage rub and lavender pound cake for dessert
C: Beer and barbecue
D: Chicken wings
E: Fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and sweet potato pie
F: Roasted lamb and white bean stew
G: Free-range, organic herb frittata with garden greens salad and strawberry shortcake

6) Of the following magazines, I’d subscribe to

A: Irish America Magazine
B: The Herb Quarterly
C: Bluegrass Unlimited
D: Vibe
E: Gospel USA Magazine
F: sheep! The Voice of the Independent Flockmaster
G: Mother Earth News

7) My book club is reading

A: Dubliners by James Joyce
B: “The Garden Party,” short story by Katherine Mansfield
C: Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie
D: The Seventh Octave: The Early Writings of Saul Stacey Williams
E: The Bible
F: Sweet Promised Land by Robert Laxalt
G: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

8) Of the following, the movie I most enjoyed was

A: My Left Foot
B: The Secret Garden
C: Coal Miner’s Daughter
D: Hustle & Flow
E: Sister Act
F: Volver
G: Food Inc.

9) My favorite visual artist is

A: Francis Bacon
B: Claude Monet
C: Grandma Moses
D: Banksy
E: Harriet Powers
F: Eduardo Chillida
G: Vincent Van Gogh

10) I’ve always wanted to visit

A: Ireland
B: Provence, France
C: Appalachian mountains
D: Brooklyn
E: Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tenn.
F: Spain
G: Napa, Calif.

11) My favorite restaurant/café in Reno-Sparks is

A: O’Skis Pub & Grill
B: 4th Street Bistro
C: Great Basin Brewing Company
D: Java Jungle
E: M&M’s Fish & Chicken Shack
F: Louis’ Basque Corner
G: Dish Café

Now, count which letter you chose most often and find the corresponding festival below.

A: Hirishfest: Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy traditional Irish music, food, drinks and fun at the Sky Tavern Ski Area on Mount Rose Highway. $10. For tickets, call 329-5558.

B: Purple Summer Festival: Friday, July 16, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lavender Ridge holds its fourth annual festival featuring local artists and restaurants, live music, a farm tour, lavender cooking and lavender crafts. Lavender Ridge, 7450 W. Fourth St. 747-3222.

C: Americana Fest: Friday, July 9, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This free festival features bluegrass, old timey, Irish, swing and folk jam sessions and performances, contra dancing, and more throughout Virginia City along C Street. 348-4692,

D: Speak Your Mind Hip Hop Art Festival: Sunday, July 18, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. This free event at Wingfield Park features artists, dancers, DJs, vendors and more than 25 performers, including The Apprentice, The Locus & Emic Sauce, Rameses, Black Rock City Allstars, Metaphysical and others. The festival will raise money for the Holland Project.

E: Gospel Fest: Sunday, July 25, Noon to 7 p.m. Free. Wingfield Park. This festival of dance, song, food and games focuses on gospel music and its history. 322-6770.

F: Basque Festival: Saturday, July 24 and Sunday July 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy traditional folk dances, live Basque music, weightlifting and wood-chopping competitions, tug-of-war games, Basque food and more at this annual festival. Wingfield Park. 762-3577.

G: Urban Farms & Art Fest: Sunday, July 11, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Think country fair meets urban artists market. Visit more than 20 vendors selling local produce and artwork while listening to live music from The Bindle Stiffs, My Flag Is On Fire and others at the River School, 7777 White Fir St. 747-3910.