When it gets nippy and dark early, it’s time to find interesting things to do indoors. In Reno and Sparks, you have a big selection of entertainment from which to choose, including live plays, musicals, concerts, comedy and shows for children. These play in venues ranging from big casino showrooms to intimate small theaters. Fall is the time when lots of new shows take the stage.

The variety you find may surprise you. There are places you’ve probably heard of and maybe even been to, like the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and Bruka Theatre. There are, however, many more that deserve your consideration, like Reno Little Theater, Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, UNR Department of Theatre and Dance, and TMCC Visual and Performing Arts. Go to “Where to See Live Plays and Shows in the Reno Area” for a list of venues and details about finding out what’s playing.

There are even a couple of nice venues down in Carson City – Wild Horse Theater Company and Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company.

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Fall 2017 officially begins on September 22. This first weekend of the autumn season, September 22 – 24, brings us a wide variety of activities and things to do around the Reno / Tahoe region. You can probably manage more than one of these if you plan it out.

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Fiesta Latin@
  • Tractors & Truffles
  • Reno Beer Crawl
  • Bud and Brew Music Festival
  • Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire
  • “Swan Lake” at the Pioneer Center
  • Outwest Film Fest
  • Galena Fest

For details and even more things to do this weekend and during the rest of September, refer to “September 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.” Since it is now fall, be sure to check highway conditions and the weather forecast so you’ll know what to expect before heading out.

There is a lot of curiosity about the unique event known at Burning Man. This gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno has grown into an international phenomenon, attracting attendees and attention from around the world. The event’s huge popularity has resulted in way more people wanting tickets than are available, even though about 70,000 will be sold in 2017.

Should you be one of those who tried for tickets and failed, there are still ways to get a feel for what goes on in Black Rock City during Burning Man.

At the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, you can enjoy two Burning Man exhibits and various related presentations. “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” explores the evolution of Burning Man from its beginning on Baker Beach in San Francisco to the event we have today. “View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger” is an exhibit from a photographer who has been taking Burning Man photos for years.

On YouTube, the “Burning Man Live Stream” is broadcast during the event. It offers an expansive view of Black Rock City and the surrounding Black Rock Desert playa.

There are numerous art installations around Reno that first appeared at Burning Man. Two of the most prominent are the “BELIEVE” and “Space Whale” sculptures in City Plaza, across from City Hall and next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Others include “Portal of Evolution” at Bicentennial Park and “Pentamonium” at the Lear Theater. The “Reno Playa Art Park,” features more Burning Man art. This park is a great use of vacant land created by the demolition of two derelict motels. It is located in the 500 block of N. Virginia Street, across from Circus Circus.

Space Whale, Burning Man sculpture, City Plaza, Reno, Nevada

“Space Whale” was at Burning Man 2016. It is now installed in City Plaza in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Across the street from “Space Whale,” the Metro Gallery inside Reno City Hall (1 E. 1st St.) currently has an exhibit of large Burning Man photographs.