April is a fairly quiet month around the Reno / Sparks area, but there are still a number of interesting happenings to keep you occupied. Go to “April 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” for details about these activities and more.

  • 56th Annual Reno Jazz Festival
  • Teen Night at the Nevada Museum of Art
  • Monthly Reno Beer Crawl
  • Dine the District Food Tour
  • 47th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix
  • Reno 1868 FC Soccer

The annual Reno Earth Day celebration returns to Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is one of Reno’s most popular big events and there is something to do for everyone in the family. Attending Reno Earth Day is free, including musical entertainment, kid activities, food trucks and lots of information about environmentally friendly products and services. Exhibits and activities at Reno Earth Day are divided into several theme areas.

  • Earth Day Around the World
  • Earth Day Spa
  • Animalia Kingdom
  • The Artists’ Grove
  • Earth Innovations
  • The Garden
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Future of Transportation
  • Many Spokes for Many Folks
  • Third Party Theme Areas created by participants

There are also ways you can participate through Reno Earth Day contests and activities…

  • Creative Writing & Poetry Read 2018
  • Poster Art Showcase 2018
  • Earth Innovations Science Fair
  • Photo Sharing Contest

Go to “Reno Earth Day Celebration” for more details about the event and to learn about some of the practical stuff like parking and transportation to Idlewild Park.

Up in the north Lake Tahoe area, you can enjoy Tahoe Truckee Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018. At the other end of the lake, South Tahoe Earth Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018. More information about both of these events is available from my Earth Day article.

Visiting our national parks is even better when getting in is free. Admission to all units administered by the National Park Service is free on Saturday, April 21, 2018, which is the first day of National Park week (April 21 – 29, 2018). Other fees, like camping, will still apply.

Fortunately for us in the Reno area, there are several national parks that aren’t too far away. These include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Great Basin National Park, the only one totally within Nevada.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Peak and Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. Photo © Stan White

Other public lands agencies also have free days during 2018. These include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Go to “Free Days to Visit National Parks and Public Lands” for more details on when you can save on admission fees when visiting your public lands.