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 Fever Revival, an abbreviated version of Hot August Nights, brings classic cars, food and drink, a street fair and free entertainment to Virginia Street in downtown Reno on Friday and Saturday, May 19 – 20, 2017. If you like the full version in August, this event is a great warm-up.

Spring Fever Revival is open to all 1976 and older vehicles, with free entry for all Hot August Nights 2017 registered car participants. The entry fee for non-registered participants is $35. It’s free for the public to attend and enjoy the fun along Virginia Street.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. And since Spring Fever Revival will be in downtown Reno with its casinos, bars, and restaurants, there will be plenty of other fun things to do as well.

Reno can get crowded during events like Spring Fever Revival, making parking somewhat hard to come by. Learn about where to stash your wheels from “Where to Park in Downtown Reno.”

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.