Reno is Arts & Culture
Reno is Artown
Recipient of five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, Artown brings the arts to life in Reno each July with a packed calendar of events. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.
The annual July Festival brings over 300,000 attendees with nearly 500 multi-disciplinary events, more than 100 workshops and over 30 on-going programs. Artown also produces year-round programming offering diverse and unique performances throughout the year.
Held in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles from Reno, Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Over 50,000 people from around the world attend Burning Man every year.
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Festival
Founded by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua is one of the longest running Chautauqua festivals in the country. The multi-day celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout Northern Nevada, as well as the evening theatrical performances.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment with your friends and family before you…all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park.
Art Centers, Galleries and Activities
Sierra Arts Foundation
Develops and supports local artists who are committed to our community, by providing funding, education for all ages, and by developing spaces and places for artists to display or perform their work — especially places that benefit from art “beautification” and economic development and revitalization.
University of Nevada, Reno – School of the Arts
Established to help coordinate and nurture the extraordinarily diverse and vibrant arts endeavors happening on and around campus, the School brings together under one umbrella the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance, as well as the Black Rock Press, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Nevada Repertory Company, Performing Arts Series, Reno Jazz Festival (now in its 50th year!), Nevada Chamber Opera, and the Argenta Concert Series.
McKinley Arts & Culture Center
The former McKinley Park School was constructed in 1910 and renovated in 1999. The historic building boasts two gallery spaces, arts and crafts workshops, the City of Reno Arts, Culture and Events Division, and provides rental office space for local non-profit arts organizations. An auditorium and boardroom are available for rental by tenants and outside cultural groups for rehearsals and performances.
VSA Nevada’s mission is to provide quality arts opportunities for ALL focusing on children and adults who have a disability, are disadvantaged, at-risk, or under-served by the arts.
VSA Nevada is responsible for the thoughtful preservation and year-round use of the Lake Mansion as a cultural and historic site.
Saint Mary’s Art & Retreat Center
Available for rental year round for all disciplines and all groups from business meetings and workshops to artist groups, family reunions, writer’s workshops, church groups, yoga and martial arts, meditation and more.
Reno Open Studios: Artouring
Reno Open Studios is a unique opportunity to visit the artist’s studios and see them work. Learn what inspires the artists, witness their techniques, and be stimulated by their passion for the creative process.
- Beyond the Arches
- Bike Tour Through Old Reno
- Kids’ Architectural Tour
A Addi Gallery
Boyce Fine Art
Fallen Leaf Gallery & Framery
Jack Bacon & Company
Metro Art Gallery
Reno Bead Shop and Art Gallery
Richardson Gallery of Fine Art
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Sierra Arts Gallery
Click here for more information on art galleries in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe.