This Week in Reno {September 9-15, 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
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Last Week

I’ve lived in Reno for three years and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to the Great Balloon Race. Sure, it meant getting up at 4:30 in the morning, but it was totally worth it! A friend of mine lives directly behind the park where the balloons launch, and she invited us over for a breakfast/balloon watching party. It was spectacular!


Ruby and I also caught a UNR women’s soccer game at Moana Field. They won! Ruby’s favorite part was when they let the kids come on the field and kick around giant soccer balls during halftime.


This Week

The Nevada Museum of Art’s Second Saturday family program takes place on September 13. Admission to the museum is free and there are art projects and storytelling going on throughout the day. Ruby and I will be there.
When: September 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., click here for a schedule of projects and storytelling. There’s a tour at 1 p.m.
Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty, Reno
How much: Free
This looks like so much fun! The 4th Annual Steampunk Ball is held at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City on September 13. I’m going to try to be there. They’ll reimburse your ticket price if you volunteer!
When: Saturday, September 13, 8 p.m. to midnight, with The Medicine Show starting at 6 p.m.
Where: Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City
How much: $35 for the ball, $20 for the medicine show.
The Reno Philharmonic opens this weekend.
When: Sunday, September 14, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Center in Reno
How much: Tickets start at $27 for the single event. Season tickets are also available.
The National Championship Air Races are this weekend. There have been several accidents over the years, including a particularly terrible one in 2011, so if you go, please be careful.
When: September 10-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Reno Stead Airport
How much:  Ticket prices vary, depending on the day and the type of ticket you want. General admission on Wednesday is $14 for adults and $6 for kids.

The Reno Street Food: Party in the Park is happening every Friday night through October 3. Say hi if you see me 🙂

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

Coming Up

Museum Day Live!

This one doesn’t happen until the end of the month, but you can download your free tickets now!

Smithsonian Magazine is celebrating Museum Day by giving away two free tickets to participating museums. Anyone with an email address can download them! Here in Reno, the participating museum is the National Automobile Museum. My kids and I will be there!

When: Saturday, September 27th
Where: National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake Street, Reno, NV
How much: Free! Visit the Smithsonian Magazine site to register and download your tickets.

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