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16 Things to do This Week in the Reno Area



Welcome to our weekly column of things to do in the Reno area! This week we have a trivia night, a 10th-anniversary celebration, a film festival, and various holiday events.

Monday, December 2

Explore the Black Rock Desert
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., McKinley Arts & Culture Center
Wander through the McKinley Arts and Culture Center’s art exhibit on the Black Rock Desert featuring works by artists-in-residence Mary Kenny and Jack Hulburt. Kenny’s digital prints and screen printed collages reveal “an escapist fantasy of a frontier place where humans and nature meet.” Hulbert’s photographs juxtapose humanity with the desert landscape. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Friends of Black Rock High Rock (FBRHR) are sponsoring the exhibit.


Tuesday, December 3

Enjoy Live Music and Celebrate Giving Tuesday
3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sierra Arts Gallery
Listen to live music from the Note-Ables, sample delicious food, sip some wine, and participate in Giving Tuesday at this event. All donations go toward the Sierra Arts Foundation and Note-Able Music Therapy Services.


Photo: Ty O’Neil

Wednesday, December 4

Check out the Lights!
5:00 p.m. – Midnight, Reno, Sparks, and Carson City
Take your family (or a date!) to check out some of the most brilliant lights in the area. Open daily from December 1 – 31, this is a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit.



Test Your Trivia Knowledge
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., The 395 – Craft Beer and Spirits
Beat the cold and warm up with a pint of beer as well as some good old-fashioned fun at The 395 – Craft Beer and Spirits’ trivia night. Winners of the trivia night receive bar tab prizes and bragging rights!


Thursday, December 5


Join us for our 10th Anniversary!
5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Craft Wine and Beer
Meet the contributors behind This is Reno at our 10th anniversary party. Open to friends, contributors, and supporters, this is a great way to support our work and also hear about what the future holds for our local news organization.
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Head to a Film Festival at Tahoe
6:30 p.m., Incline Village
Take the day and enjoy a fantastic selection of feature films and documentaries. Screenings will take place at the Incline Village Cinema, Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room, and Northstar Village Cinema. The film festival continues through Dec. 8. Purchase individual film tickets online or at the screening location on the day of the event. (http://tahoefilmfest.com/tickets/)
Tickets start at $12 per screening.


Laugh Your Socks off at this Performance
7:30 p.m., 124 West Taylor Street
If you are looking for a hilarious seasonal production, you don’t want to miss Good Luck Macbeth’s “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.” Playwright Christopher Durang gives Mrs. Bob Cratchit the center stage and places “Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace…squarely on its head.”
Performances are: Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21
Tickets are $18 in advance / $20 at the door / $30 for VIP seats


Friday, December 6

Celebrate the Season!
6:30 – 7:00 p.m., Victorian Square
The city of Sparks kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony Friday evening. They will also have a parade on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with carolers, hot chocolate, floats, and animals.


Board the Holiday Express
5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Greater Nevada Field
Start the season off right with a holiday train ride and photos with Santa at WinterFest. The train takes riders through a hundred thousand Christmas lights set up inside of the Greater Nevada Field and is fun for both children and adults. The Christmas train and Santa photos are from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The WinterFest is open until Dec. 24.


Watch a Play
7:30 p.m., Restless Artists’ Theatre
Attend the opening night of “Hearts Like Fists,” a superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm, and Dec. 8, 15, and 22 at 2 pm. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262773.
Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door


Photo: Ty O’Neil

Saturday, December 7

Eat Breakfast with Santa
8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Cantina Los Tres Hombres
Attend the most important meal of the day with Santa. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the children at Renown Children’s Hospital. The breakfast includes activities, giveaways, live entertainment, and pictures with Santa.
Tickets $10 per person in advance / $12 at the door


Celebrate at the Winter Light Festival
12:00 – 9:00 p.m., City Plaza in Downtown Reno
Light up your holiday spirits at Reno’s Winter Light Festival. A holiday market will begin at noon, free photos with Santa from 3:00 – 7:00, and from 5:00 – 6:00, there will be a tree lighting ceremony accompanied by live entertainment. There will also be free skating at the Rink beginning at 7:00 p.m. The festival continues through Dec. 14 and includes a host of fun, family-friendly activities.


Sip and Sample at the Wine Walk
2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Reno Riverwalk District
Sample local wines and explore their flavor profiles at the Sip and Shop Wine Walk. The walk coincides with the Winter Light Festival and also allows you to join in the festivities downtown.
Tickets: $20


Catch the One-Day Play Festival
7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Reno’s Little Theater
If you love theater, then you don’t want to miss this one-day play festival in which local writers write a script and actors perform it within the same 24-hour period. Reno’s Little Theater describes this adrenaline-filled event as “a maelstrom of creativity in which the expected isn’t only expected; it’s impossible to define!”
Pay What You Can (suggested donation of $15)


Sunday, December 8

Ring in the Holidays at this Live Concert
2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
The Handbell Ensemble Tintabulations is ringing in the holidays, literally, with a free concert. This afternoon event will be a relaxing way to start off the holiday season.


Modest Mouse Performance
8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Grand Sierra Resort
The indie-rock group Modest Mouse is performing in Reno. If you have the time, you should check out this band that successfully navigates popularity and longtime fans.


For more details or other events, check out our events page. If you are hosting an event, please submit events to our events page.

Happy Holidays!

Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller is a freelance writer and multimedia journalist based out of Reno, Nevada. She is fascinated by storytelling, place, and the intersection of narrative and data analysis and holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and English and American Literatures from Middlebury College. When she is not tracking down a story or listening to podcasts, you can find her hiking Nevada’s gorgeous terrain, perusing local bookstores, playing Quidditch, and discovering Reno’s hidden stories.