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Spring and early summer means outdoor events galore in Northern Nevada.
Reno River Festival Moves to June
Changes for downtown Reno’s annual whitewater kayaking event are in store for 2012 as the Reno River Festival announces the addition of former freestyle kayak world champion Ruth Gordon-Ebens as director. The ninth annual festival also makes a move to June 15-17, aiming for consistently warmer temperatures, while also adding two new sub-events: a Splash Dog Competition and the Biggest Little Dog Jog.
The Friday-through-Sunday festival includes the popular freestyle, boatercross, and slalom kayaking competitions, as well as the Run Amuck fun run on the 16th. Live music takes the stage throughout the weekend, along with Yoga in the Park and enough food and drink to satisfy any taste.
“We really took a close look at the event to determine what’s working and what’s not and moved forward from there,” says festival owner Jim Bauserman. “Not only do we anticipate better, more consistent weather in June, we think that the new additions, combined with the popular returning events, will be a welcome format.”
The festival brings dogs to the park for the first time in 2012—as competitors—with Splash Dogs (splashdogs.com) and the Biggest Little Dog Jog. Splash Dogs is a nationally recognized dog-enthusiast company that organizes and promotes dock-jumping events across the United States. Preliminary rounds are held Friday and Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s Biggest Little Dog Jog is a dog-owner fun run through downtown beginning at 11 a.m.
Only dogs that are registered participants are allowed in the park, and all dogs must be kept on a leash when not competing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Reno River Festival
ELKO—Northeastern Nevada Orchestra Festival, exploreelko.com, 775-934-3700
BATTLE MOUNTAIN—Cinco de Mayo Festival, battlemountaintourism.com, 775-635-1112
RENO—Cinco de Mayo Festival, Grand Sierra, cincodemayoreno.com, 775-291-3651
VIRGINIA CITY—ICS Chili Cook-Off & Beltane Festival, Delta Saloon parking lot, nvshows.com, 775-847-7474
FALLON—Festival of Quilts & Quilt Walk, nvquiltguild.org, 775-423-4556
ELKO—Emil Matys Jazz Fest, exploreelko.com, 775-934-3700
FALLON (and surrounding area)—Spring Wings Bird Festival,
Churchill County Fairgrounds, springwings.org, 775-423-5128
RENO—Turkish Festival, Wingfield Park,renoturkishfestival.org, 775-453-6217
LOVELOCK—I.D.E.S. Portuguese Festa, loverslock.com, 775-273-7213
RENO—EuroFest Weekend, Sands Regency, sandsregency.com, 866-FUNSTAY
MINDEN—MindenFest Street Fair,townofminden.com, 775-782-5976
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE—Tahoe Bike Day Parade & Festival, tahoebike.org, 775-586-9566
FALLON—Octane Fest, citywide racing, vvisitfallonnevada.com/octanefest, 775-423-4556
WINNEMUCCA—Basque Festival, winnemucca.com, 800-962-2638
GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK—Astronomy Festival, nps.gov/grba, 775-234-7331
BAKER—Snake Valley Festival, protectsnakevalley.org, 775-234-7265
LAKE TAHOE—Paddle Festival, laketahoepaddlefestival.com, 530-318-2704
JUNE 29-JULY 1
DUCKWATER—Duckwater Shoshone Tribe Festival, 775-863-0222
SPARKS—Extreme Beach Sports Festival, Sparks Marina, cityofsparks.us, 775-353-2376