There are big doings during the weekend of August 11 – 13, 2017. A bunch of events and activities are scheduled for this time, giving you numerous choices of fun things to do. With a little planning, you can manage several of these.

For even more things to do this weekend and during the rest of August, refer to “August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.” If you are heading to the mountains, be sure to check the highway conditions and weather forecast so you’ll know what to expect.

Want to experience Burning Man without actually going out to Black Rock City? Well, there is no real substitute for the real thing, but you can get a good feel for the life of this iconic Nevada festival right here in Reno at the Nevada Museum of Art. Two Burning Man exhibits will be featured from July 1, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man – This exhibit explores the evolution of Burning Man from its beginning on Baker Beach in San Francisco to the event we have today in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. “Never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, journals, sketches, and notebooks reveal how this temporary experimental desert city came to be – and how it continues to evolve.”

View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger – From Incline Village, Preger has been taking Burning Man photos for years. Her work will be displayed in the Nightingale Sky Room atop the Museum.

The opening celebration for “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” will be on Thursday July 6, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come as your playa persona, enjoy live music and see the Nautilus Submarine art car. It’s $10 general admission, free for Museum members.

During the run of these exhibits, there will be a whole series of related talks and Art Bites. They begin in July and continue into December. Check the Museum Calendar of Events for dates, times, and other details.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art.

4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4th of July is on a Tuesday in 2017. There is lots of family fun to be had during the 4th of July holiday in Reno and Sparks. The big fireworks show in the Truckee Meadows is the Star Spangled Sparks extravaganza in Victorian Square, accompanied by a variety of activities before the sky lights up. This is a huge show is well worth seeing and will shoot off fireworks on two days – Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Another local fireworks show will be after the 4th of July Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field. The game is against the Tacoma Rainiers and it starts at 6:35 p.m.

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be a free evening concert of patriotic and classical music in Wingfield Park on the 4th of July starting at 7:30 p.m. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will end the performance with a choreographed fireworks show.

Up at South Lake Tahoe, “Lights on the Lake” will be particularly spectacular. The fireworks are launched from a barge out on the lake, with good vantage points all around the shoreline. Other locations around Lake Tahoe will be having fireworks shows and other activities as well, including Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City. There will be a big party and fireworks up in Virginia City. For details about these and more, refer to “Fourth of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe.”

Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County – Firing off your own fireworks is illegal in Washoe County, at Lake Tahoe, and just about every other place in the surrounding region. With the hot, dry weather, this is a no brainer. Please, don’t even think about it.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.