To have fun dining out this summer, try one of the regularly scheduled food truck events in the Reno area. These events are pretty much back to normal since pandemic restrictions have been lifted.

Food truck gatherings are in the evening around dinner time and give you a chance to choose from among a huge variety of quality dishes. Depending on which event you attend and which trucks are in attendance, you might be able to get pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, Mexican food, Oriental dishes, BBQ, burgers, seafood, ice cream, drinks (both soft and adult), and lots more.

Food truck gatherings have other attractions besides food and drink. For example, Reno Street Food in Idlewild Park is next to the big playground for the kids.

To learn more about food truck activities, refer to “Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks.”

Riverside Farmers Market is the only market in the area that runs all year long. This is a local market, with all vendors growing, raising, or making their goods in the vicinity of the Truckee Meadows. It is at McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive in Reno. Winter hours (October through May) are 9 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday morning.

The emphasis at this market is pesticide-free, organic and sustainable products from local ranchers and farmers. In addition to produce and meat, enjoy offerings from food trucks and artisans of handcrafted goods. There is a big list of vendors – who is present varies somewhat from week to week.

Two local museums with in-house stores are offering post-Thanksgiving special deals on their outstanding merchandise. There are plenty of other opportunities to shop local during the holiday season as well.

At the Museum Store at The Discovery, you’ll an excellent selection of the smartest toys, games, gadgets, apparel, puzzles, science kits, and more. This sale is on Friday, November 26, 2021. It’s 30% off everything in the store from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., then 20% off everything from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Over at the Nevada Museum of Art, items in the Museum Store are 10% on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Members receive 20% savings. This includes both in-store and online shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The members-only holiday pre-sale is November 30 and December 1, 2021.