I was in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, and of course, the people I was traveling with were interested in what there was to do in Reno besides hitting the casinos. “Artown!” I exclaimed enthusiastically, as I explained our yearly tradition of celebrating art, music, theatre and more throughout the city for a whole month. They were impressed, with good reason. Even the art lovers from cities in Texas and Wisconsin were envious of our dedication to encouraging creativity in our community. Take that, Austin! Artown is an impressive endeavor, with hundreds of events happening nearly around the clock for the 31 days of July, as well as the Encore events that take place throughout the year.

So, to help make it a little easier to figure out what to do first, we compiled our yearly Artown guide. This guide is packed full of all the information you need to plan out your Artown activities, from daily event highlights to family-friendly fun to incorporating a bit of technology into your socializing. There are also some interviews with the bands performing on Rollin’ on the River, a guide to the Movies in the Park series, and a map of Artown events from around the world.

Artown offers something for everybody, so there is no reason to sit around at home staring at a computer screen. Tuck this issue into your pocket, grab your friends and hit the streets. Artown’s adventure awaits.


Ashley Hennefer, RN&R special projects editor

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