The 2017 Reno Celtic Celebration will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. This annual celebration of all things Celtic will be at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The Celtic Celebration features Scottish and Irish dancing, music, pipe band competition, highland athletic games competition, plenty of Celtic-style food and drink, and a display of critters with a Celtic origin (but please leave your own pets at home). This is a fun and family-friendly affair with things for everyone to enjoy.

Bartley Ranch Regional Park has a great venue for performances with the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. Admission to the Reno Celtic Celebration at the gate is $15 or $25 for both days. Kids 12 and under free with a paid admission. Parking is free.

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The City of Reno has a number of programs for older citizens offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services. These include arts and crafts programs, dancing, organized outings to local and nearby locations and events, and much more. In addition to ongoing programs, the city publishes a monthly Senior Connect Newsletter updated with activities and happenings during that month. The newsletter is available online and printed copies are available at senior activity locations around town.

Sparks and Washoe County also have programs and activities just for senior citizens. For more information and links to these resources, visit “Reno Area Senior Services, Resources & Programs.”

“Senior Fest 2017” is coming up on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. Over 50 businesses and agencies will be on hand offering a wide range of resources for seniors, boomers, and retirees. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Reno Town Mall is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Atlantis Hotel Casino.

Artown’s closing night concert and celebration in Wingfield Park will feature A Tribe Called Red. The free event will be on Monday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Artown closing night concerts are extremely popular and the park will be packed out. If you really want a good viewing spot to set up a chair or spread a blanket, get there early. Even if you are back a ways, these shows are worth attending. This closing night will feature Native American art, food, and cultural cdlebrations.A Tribe Called Red plays at 7:30 with a modern take on pow wow music and dancing.

If you have enjoyed Artown during July, consider donating to the “Keep Artown Free” campaign. With most events free, Artown is soliciting a few extra bucks to support this non-profit organization. The goal is to increase individual contributions so Artown can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. You can donate at various venues during Artown or go to the website and kick in a few bucks online.