This Week in Reno {September 2-8, 2014}

This Week in Reno is a weekly feature. Rather than trying to put up a comprehensive list of everything happening in the upcoming week, every Tuesday I’ll post a curated list of events that are noteworthy or look like fun to me. I’ll let you know which I plan to attend, so make sure to say hey if you see me! If you have an event coming up in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area, email me at

Last Week

We hit Rib Fest at Victorian Square plus we saw Ghostbusters at Century Sparks. So much fun! This was our first Rib Cook-off and it did not disappoint. Next year we’ll have to plan to spend more time there, and probably more money because OMG yum. We ended up sharing a rib and brisket dinner and cornbread (Kevin, Ruby, and I shared the meal, which cost $18, plus $3 for two pieces of cornbread–it was enough, especially since we also had a funnel cake later!) at Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ. It was so good, we ended up bringing home a bottle of Happy Apple BBQ sauce. Ruby had fun on the rides–next year we’ll have to do a wrist band for sure. One of the best parts of Victorian Square is the incredible fountain they have for kids to play in. The fountain is right in front of the Centry Sparks theater, so Ruby got to play in it some before the movie. It killed her not to have her bathing suit! If you didn’t hit the cook-off this year, definitely plan on it next year. We went on Thursday late afternoon and had no problem parking in the free garage right next to the theater.


Going to see Survivor play at the Grand Sierra was some of the best fun I’ve had in a long time. This was the first time I’d been in the Grand Theatre and it was really nice. There aren’t any bad seats in the house. The music was good, Survivor still sounds great after all these years. The 40-something crowd at the front of the stage cracked me up a little.

(ETA: I woke up this morning to news that Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of Survivor, died on August 31, just a couple of days after this concert. RIP Jimi.)


This Week

Cinemark’s Classic Series starts this week with Ghostbusters. We went and saw it after the Rib Cook Off in XD at the theater in Sparks, and it was spectacular! I’ll for certain be at Gone With the Wind, and I’d like to see MASH and The Nutty Professor as well. $30 for six classic movies is one of the best deals in town.

When: All of the movies play at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Except Ghostbusters, which has a regular full-week showing. Ghostbusters for a full week starting August 29, Scarface September 7 and 10, The Nutty Professor September 14 and 17, Dr. Strangelove September 21 and 24, Gone With the Wind (Squeak!) September 28 and October 1, MASH October 5 and 8.

Where: Century Sparks, Century Summit, and Reno Riverside.

How Much: $30 for the whole series if you buy the tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices at the door.

Honestly. Every year for THREE years, I’ve wanted to go to the Great Reno Balloon Race, and every year 5 a.m. rolls around and I’m still sawing logs. Not this year. (I hope.) This is one of the most spectacular Reno events of the year. Even if you don’t make it, make sure you look up!

When: The glow show starts at 5:15 a.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This is a morning event! Click here for a schedule of events.
Where: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
How much: Free! For $5 kids can take a tethered ride in the RE/MAX balloon. There’s also shopping and food on Balloon Boulevard. The annual posters are always gorgeous.

The UNR Women’s Soccer team plays St. Mary’s this week. Ruby and I will be there, so make sure you say hi if you see us!

When: Sunday, September 7. Gate opens at 11 a.m., kick off at 1 p.m. Come early, there will be food trucks for lunch.
Where: Moana Springs Sports Complex
How Much: Free with a package of socks for the Reno Rodeo Foundation’s Denim Drive

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Virginia City hosts the annual International Camel & Ostrich Races this weekend. It looks like a lot of fun!

When: September 5-7. Gates open at 10 a.m. and races start at noon. Plenty of things to see in Virginia City to fill up an afternoon as well.
Where: Downtown Virginia City.
How Much: Tickets start at $12 for standing room.

Some Weekly Events

The Reno Music Project host’s an all-ages acoustic open mic every Friday. This event has been going on since 2002 and it looks pretty amazing. I’m going to have to check it out.

When: Friday, August 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Wildflower Village – 4395 W 4th St, Reno, NV
How Much: Free!

The Reno Street Food: Party in the Park is happening every Friday night through October 3. Reno has some killer food trucks and Friday is soccer practice night so don’t be surprised to find me and Ruby here one Friday night.

When: Friday, August 29, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Idlewild Park
How Much: Depends on how hungry you are . . .

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