Update: The Reno Sculpture Fest has been canceled for 2018.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is a free Artown event featuring larger-than-life sculptures, vendors, food, and the opportunity to interact with the artists and enjoy the magic of art. The event will be held at City Plaza in downtown Reno, next to the Truckee River and across from City Hall.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is on July 13, 14, and 15, 2018. Hours are 4 p.m. to to 10 p.m. on Friday the 13th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the 14th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 15th.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is only one of hundreds of Artown events and activities. Go to “Artown 2018 in Reno” for more about this unique Reno event.


“Hands ON! on Second Saturday” is the monthly free family event at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Reno. On Saturday, July 14, 2018, the theme will be “Reawakening the Great Basin: A Native American Arts and Culture Gathering.”

This is a free Artown event. The public is invited to meet several established and emerging Native American visual artists from across the region, who will be selling their traditional and contemporary creations, and sharing their knowledge. Numerous performing artists will demonstrate a variety of traditional dances, including Grindstone Patwin Dancers, traditional Bird Singers from Pala Band of Mission Indians, Owens Valley Paiute War Dancers, the RSIC Pow Wow Club, Eagle Wing Pageant Dancers and more. Bring the whole family to learn, listen, shop, participate, and celebrate during this very special community day.

Even if you don’t participate in Hands ON!, admission to the NMA on this day is free for all visitors. Learn more about the current exhibits, activities, and classes by following the links from my “Enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno” article. For more information, call the NMA at (775) 329-3333.

There are lots of other activities and events during July around the Reno area. Learn about many of these from “July 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.”

Source: Nevada Museum of Art

Here is a sampling of Artown 2018 highlights for the next few days. There are literally dozens of other things going on as well, so be sure to check out the online Artown calendar for details about these events and more through the rest of July.

Sunday, July 8

  • Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival – Free concert by Christopher Man.
  • Midtown Concert Series – David Luning.
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – ticketed event at Reno Little Theater.

Monday, July 9

  • Family Series: Kids Rodeo and Campfire Storytelling.
  • Monday Night Music Series: The Hot Club of San Francisco.
  • Discover Ballet Folklorico.
  • Karen Burns Presents: Those Fabulous MGM Costumes.

Tuesday, July 10

  • Reno Playa Art Project Comes Alive.
  • Dancing in the Park: Dancing by the River.
  • Wells Avenue Neighborhood: HRPS Walking Tour.
  • Sweet Vibrations: Wheatstone Bridge in Concert.

Wednesday, July 11

  • Discover the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra.
  • The Reno Story.
  • Artown Outreach: Ranky Tanky.
  • Lazy 5 Summer Concert Series.

Thursday, July 12

  • Discover Theaterworks’ Aladdin.
  • 39 North Marketplace Celebrates: The Art of Food.
  • Destination Dance.

Friday, July 13

  • Discover Taiko Drumming.
  • Reno Chalk Art Festival.
  • Rollin’ on the River: Scott Pemberton.
  • Reno Sculpture Fest.