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.

The annual Tour de Nez bicycle races will be staged on the streets of downtown Reno on Saturday, June 10, 2017. This colorful, family-friendly event brings a gathering of top pro bike racers to compete in criterium and handcycle racing and offers several other events in which us regular riders can participate.

The start/finish line is on California Street. The race course follows several streets in the vicinity, making a loop of about a mile. There are great spots to get close to the action all along the route, but be careful and heed the course marshals – the pro riders are really flying. Spectating is free and open to the public.

After bike races in the morning, the afternoon will feature kids races and the Vintage Bike Lap for bicycles at least 25 years old. These events are open to everyone and there is no entry fee. A bit later, the pros return to the course for their racing finals. Check out “Tour de Nez Bicycle Racing in Reno” for the schedule and other event details.