The City of Reno is a city that celebrates and supports special events. We believe that events enhance the vitality, quality of life, and economic prosperity of the City of Reno. The Special Events Office works to grow Reno’s current tourism base, attract new visitors and encourage community events that add to the local quality of life.
We're planning to celebrate!
Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868. We are quickly approaching Reno's 150th Birthday and there will be events from May 2017-May 2018 leading up to Reno's 150.
Current Planned Events:
- November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day Parade - Reno 150 themed
- December - Annual Tree Lighting - Reno 150 themed
- May 9, 2018 - Celebration in Downtown Reno under the iconic Reno Arch
We are in the early stages of planning, but we anticipate the community's involvement with a variety of events throughout the year leading up to Reno's 150.
Reno was Born
"The Central Pacific Railroad, which began construction in Sacramento in January 1863, reached Reno in May 1868. Its route through the Truckee Meadows followed the river. The location of the depot and a townsite in the Meadows was particularly important, as it was to be the last major stop before westward trains made their way over the steep and rugged Sierra Nevada. Myron Lake sold more than 100 acres for a depot and town—and Reno was born, establishing the theme of transportation that would dominate its development for many years."
Current Free Speech Zones - updated the week of permitted events
Special Events on public property in Reno, Film Permits and Residential Block Parties:Kacee Matthewson, Special Events Assistant
Alexis Hill, Arts, Culture and Events Manager
Special events in a City of Reno Park:
Alan Roney, Recreation Supervisor
Permits for events on private property (Special Activity):
Business License Division