Biggest Little City

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 People

Do you know someone, past or present, who has made a positive impact on our city? The City of Reno is celebrating our sesquicentennial from May 2017 to May 2018. We want to know, for the past 150 years, who helped make our community the best place to live, work and play.
From the first Founder’s Day to the most recent graduating classes, there are extraordinary people who helped build this City, create its character and move it forward. We want to acknowledge those individuals and their contributions.
We will have an official nomination form when we officially launch the countdown to Reno's 150th Birthday in May 2017. So think about people to nominate now and visit Reno.Gov/Reno150 in May to nominate.


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."


Important Links

Current Road and Lane Closures

Current Free Speech Zones - updated the week of permitted events

Creativity on the River Permit

Important Contacts

Special Events on public property in Reno, Film Permits and Residential Block Parties:  

Kacee Matthewson, Special Events Assistant

Phone: 775-334-2055

Alexis Hill, Arts, Culture and Events Manager
Phone: 775-326-6697

Special events in a City of Reno Park: 

Alan Roney, Recreation Supervisor 
Phone: 775-334-2414

Permits for events on private property (Special Activity):

Business License Division
Phone: 775-334-2090

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