For a fun dining out experience, try one of the regularly scheduled food truck events in the Reno area during the warmer months.

These food truck gatherings are in the evening (dinner time) and give you a chance to choose from among a huge variety of quality eats. Think good food, not the roach coach stuff of yore. Depending on which event you attend and which trucks are in attendance, you might be able to get pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, various Oriental dishes, BBQ, burgers, ice cream, drinks (both soft and adult), and the list goes on.

Besides food and drink, food truck roundups have other attractions. For example, Reno Street Food in Idlewild Park is next to the big playground for the kids and not far from the station for the Idlewild Park train ride.

You will also see food trucks set up to serve hungry people at numerous other events and activities throughout the year. To learn more about the scheduled summer and fall events, refer to “Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks.”

Spring days are an invitation to get outside and enjoy a hike in the Reno area. We have a wide variety of hiking and walking trails, though the ones up higher in the Sierra likely aren’t open just yet due to our extra snowy winter. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend. Be sure to choose something within your abilities, particularly if assistance (should you need it) is not readily available.

  • Huffaker Hills Trailhead right in Reno.
  • Washoe Lake State Park just a few miles south of town in Washoe Valley.
  • Deadman’s Creek Trail is in Washoe Lake State park and offers wildflowers plus great views of the lake and Sierra Nevada.
  • Sparks Marina Park offers a paved walking path round Helms Lake.
  • Bartley Ranch Regional Park is an oasis in the urban jungle, with local history on display and places to take a pleasant walk.
  • Tom Cooke Trail in west Reno is part of an urban trail system maintained by the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
  • Tahoe Meadows Trails are easy for families with kids and some sections are accessible to those with disabilities. Right now, however, it’s more likely you’ll need snow play gear.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Get down to Wingfield Park for Truckee River action and the big party at the 2017 Reno River Festival. The 14th annual event will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, 2017. There are no tickets to buy for two days of fun both in the water and on dry land at Wingfield Park. The Reno River Festival is centered around whitewater fun, including various kayaking events and stand-up paddleboarding.

If you would like to participate but don’t do the kayak thing, there are events for you. The Reno River Roll celebrates all things bicycle with a casual 5-mile costumed slow ride. It starts at the new Virginia Street Bridge and finishes at the Reno River Festival in Wingfield Park. It is open to everyone and all types of bikes. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are involved.

The Reno Great River Relay is the newest event at the Reno River Festival. The 8-mile raft relay will send teams of four racing down the Truckee River with several scavenger style puzzles to figure out along the way.

Mother’s Day – Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. Besides the Reno River Festival, there are numerous other activities and events this weekend suitable for a day out with Mom. Among them is a favorite families can share with their Moms – “Mother’s Day Brunch and Dining in Reno and Sparks.”