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Five events in Reno this week: Improv, a capella and a festival on the river


Get outside and celebrate the Truckee River this weekend at the Reno River Festival, which has morphed into an event with activities for all ages and abilities. This week’s events also include deals on food and drinks, a talk on wild horses and the potential for some belly laughs. 

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  • Tri Lab VI benefit for local nonprofits. Join Craft Wine & Beer on Thursday, June 13 from 4pm-9pm for sixth annual Tri Lab summer kick off block party. What began as a collaboration between the Reno Bike Project, the Holland Project and Craft Wine & Beer has grown to include local breweries (Imbib returns this year), food trucks and neighboring businesses. KWNK DJ’s will spin music all afternoon and local artists and makers will be on hand offering their fine wares. Family friendly with kids encouraged to participate in casual carnival style games.
  • NAMI Nevada will host its Annual Education Conference on June 18, 2024, at Hometown Health in the Great Basin Room at 10315 Professional Circle. This year’s conference theme is “Invisible Wounds of Veterans: Serving Those Who Have Served.” Session topics include A Veteran’s Story, “My Forever War with Mental Illness,” Invisible Wounds of Veterans: Intimate Partner Violence, Military Culture and Transition, Trauma and the True Cost and more.

Editor’s picks

  1. Reno River Festival. Riverfest takes over part of downtown Reno June 7-9 with concerts in the park, food, local craft beer, a unique bike ride, carnival-style challenges, the largest cornhole event in the region, a Truckee rafting experience and a Friday night party featuring The Ataris.
  2. Bowers Mansion Programs on the Porch. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this free series in front of the historic Bowers Mansion from 7-8 p.m. each Friday. This week’s presentation is on the history of wild horses in Nevada with American Wild Horse Conservation. Donations are happily accepted for the speakers. Call the Ranger Office at 775-849-1825 for more information.
  3. Reno Food & Drink Week. This community event celebrates the local food and drink community and encourages people to try new places and/or revisit places they haven’t been to in a while. Participating food and drink establishments will offer fixed-price menus, drink flights and/or specialty food/drink items that will only be available during these 12 days, through June 14.
  4. Pentatonix. The three-time Grammy award-winning a capella group Pentatonix will perform at Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, June 8. The group is known for its hard-hitting pop style, crisp vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, vocal percussion, and beatboxing. 
  5. The Armadillo – Improv Show. Experience an evening of unscripted theater at Reno Improv, lovingly improvised just for you. In The Armadillo, improvisers create comedy scenes on the spot inspired by entertaining true stories they’ve just heard for the very first time. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. 
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