RENO, Nev. -- As spring turns into summer, the event calendar is
heating up in Reno.
The two big annual events are the rodeo, held in late June, and
Artown, a monthlong bonanza of cultural activities.
The rodeo, which began in 1919 and is billed as the "Wildest,
Richest Rodeo in the West," will be held from June 16 through
In addition to an opening night country music concert with
singers Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack and Chris LeDoux, the rodeo
will feature such events as calf roping, bull riding, barrel
racing, steer wrestling and mutton bustin'.
Mutton bustin', for the uninitiated, is essentially a race for
kids, but on sheep instead of horses.
For more information, call (775) 329-3877 or visit the rodeo's
Web site at www.renorodeo.com.
Artown, in its sixth year, is an arts festival featuring music,
film, dance and visual arts.
Last year, more than 137,000 people attended the festival, which
had more than 200 events.
Activities for this year's event, from July 1 to 31, include a
performance by the Area 51 Dance Theater, a series of films in
Wingfield Park, international ethnic music, classical music, plays
and visual arts exhibits.
Although some events charge an admission fee, many activities
are free of charge.
For more on Artown, call (800) 287-7909 or visit www.artown.org.
Other notable Reno events include the Reno Basque Festival,
which will take place July 21 and 22.
The celebration of the community's Basque heritage is held
downtown and features food, dancing and other activities.
In August, Reno will be the site of the Nevada State Fair, which
runs from Aug. 22 to 26.
The show showcases livestock exhibits as well as carnival rides
and other goodies.
For more information about travel in the Reno and Lake Tahoe
area, visit www.renolaketahoe.com.