Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy the fun atmosphere and finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, the big downtown farmers market is now held at the Sands Regency on Arlington Avenue. This one will have a kids’ area, cooking and canning demonstrations, and entertainment.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.

The wild west family fun and pageantry of the annual Reno Rodeo kicks up dust at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center from Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The Reno Rodeo is a nationally recognized PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) event. In addition to nightly rodeo performances, families and kids will enjoy numerous other activities associated with the Reno Rodeo, including special shows in the outdoor arena, a shopping area for food, drink, and western goods, a big carnival on the midway, kids’ rodeo, and the Reno Rodeo Parade in downtown Reno on Saturday, June 17.

The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is located at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. Daily parking on the grounds is $6. Reno Rodeo tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the rodeo grounds, online, or by calling 800-325-7328. Tickets on the day of the event are $3 more than if you buy them in advance and you don’t get any of the available discounts.

Beginning in May or June, the Truckee River through Reno usually flows at levels just right for tubing, rafting, and general water play on hot days. Not so this year.

The Truckee River is flowing high, fast and really cold due to continuing snowmelt from the epic snowpack dumped on the Sierra Nevada last winter. We around 200 percent of average snowfall, there’s still a lot of snow and it’s going to be a while before enough of it melts to let the river subside to lower flows. Until that happens, please heed these river safety guidelines from the Reno Fire Department.

  • River flows are extremely fast this year and river recreation by the general public is not advised at this time.
  • Consider waiting to float or swim the Truckee River until flows subside.
  • An unprepared person entering the water may experience hypothermia within several minutes, affecting their ability to swim and make decisions, leading to drowning.
  • If you do decide to go in the river, always wear a life jacket, helmet, thermal protection and sturdy shoes for river recreation.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs when boating or tubing.
  • Never go into the river alone.
  • Have a plan and a rendezvous point in case you become separated.
  • Let a friend or family member know when you plan to return.

Even later in the summer, the river is likely to remain higher and colder than most people are used to. Use care and common sense to make your river play fun rather than tragic. Meanwhile, there are several public swimming pools and splash parks in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County where cooling off on hot days is a safe bet.

Truckee River, Reno, Nevada, NV

Truckee River flowing high and cold through Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Source: City of Reno press release.