The City of Reno is adding a new downtown special events space. It’s located near the Reno Arch, on the ReTRAC east train trench cover. The fenced event space will have new trees and cafe-style string lighting. The fencing allows for legal alcohol consumption, which is not legal on the streets and outside of designated event areas.

To get the new space up and running this summer, Reno is hosting a free Thursday night concert series featuring local musicians. The Eldorado is partnering with the City of Reno to sell drinks within the event space and provide additional seating during the concert series. Reno is also seeking local food trucks and artists to add to the event. Shows are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup for the remainder of the series…

  • July 13, 2017 – The John Whites
  • July 20, 2017 – Drinking with Clowns
  • July 27, 2017 – What It Do
  • August 3, 2017 – Novelists
  • August 10, 2017 – No Concert due to Hot August Nights
  • August 17, 2017 – Sam Ravenna
  • August 24, 2017 – Dainsley
  • August 31, 2017 – Serina Dawn
  • September 7, 2017 – Jellybread
  • September 14, 2017 – Novelists
  • September 17, 2017 – Dirty Revival
  • September 21, 2017 – Funk Assassination

Source: City of Reno press release.

Starting on Saturday, July 1, 2017, those 21 and over can legally purchase pot for recreational use from existing medical marijuana dispensaries with licenses to sell to the general public. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, this includes four stores in Reno and up to 40 establishments throughout Nevada by the opening bell on July 1.

There are some product distribution glitches due to the way the law is written (“Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” passed by voters in the 2016 general election), but dispensaries anticipate having plenty of pot on hand for recreational sales during the initial few weeks, after which the distribution issue should be resolved. (According to the way the law is written, only licensed liquor wholesalers can distribute recreational marijuana to retailers. At this writing, no alcohol wholesalers have been licensed. This issue is expected to be resolved with the licensing of at least some distributors by August, 2017).

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land in the State of Nevada.

For a list of marijuana dispensaries in northern Nevada, refer to “Medical Marijuana in Reno and Sparks.”

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, City of Reno press release.

Artown 2017, Reno, Nevada
Artown, Reno’s month-long celebration of culture and the arts, gets started on Saturday, July 1, with an Opening Night Jubilee in Wingfield Park. Opening Night starts at 5 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. Over 40 local artists showcase their work on Arlington Bridge, followed by a performance from The California Honeydrops, blending funk, southern soul, R & B and delta blues. Later in the evening, there will be a parade to City Plaza with RJS Brass Revival to experience aerial dancers, fire with Controlled Burn and Moondog Matinee. Artown 2017 will be the 22nd anniversary of this spectacular Reno event.

Activities and events for families and children abound during Artown, along with some geared to adults. Some of the free events during Artown include Movies in the Park, World Music Series, Monday Night Music Series, Midtown Concert Series, Rollin’ on the River Series and numerous art gallery exhibits. To take the schedule with you, use your mobile device to access the online calendar of events and to follow along on all popular social media sites.