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5 Summer Festivals for Families to Check Out in Reno Tahoe

by Katie Skrzek

May 2, 2023

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Destinations / North America

Reno Tahoe, Nevada, offers family travelers plenty of fun festivals this summer.



Throughout July, the Artown art festival hosts local and international artists. During this month-long event, visitors can attend more than 600 art events, including classes, tours, concerts, workshops, exhibits and a chalk art festival taking place at venues throughout the city.


River Festival

Reno River Festival © Reno Tahoe

Reno River Festival

This year’s festival takes place June 9–11, adding an extra day for the first time. The music festival boasts more than 100 food vendors and outdoor merchants. Enjoy more than 20 musical performances, adventure parks, carnival activities and a run and raft event.


Reno Rodeo

The 104th annual rodeo takes place June 15–24. The event draws locals and tourists for its variety of rodeo activities, including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s barrel racing and more. A concert on June 14 kicks off the event.


Strange Brew Festival

Craft beer fans head to Reno Tahoe on May 20 for the annual event featuring local, regional and home-brewed beers. Sample unique brews during the one-day event, which costs $65.



Reno Rodeo © Reno Tahoe

Water Lantern Festival

As the sun sets on Aug. 19, this festival begins with thousands of lanterns floating into the sky. Visitors can also partake in food trucks and live music. Price of admission includes a wristband for entry, floating lantern kit, LED candle, drawstring bag, playing and conversation cards, and a lantern retrieval and water clean-up kit.


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