As in years past, Artown’s Opening Day Extravaganza is a can’t-miss event in Reno. Of course, this year the FREE event is JUNE 30, so be sure to mark your calendar! The multi-venue celebration includes hands-on art activities for children, face-painting, a raucous parade along the Truckee River and a party in Wingfield Park the entire family can enjoy. Here’s a look at what you’ll enjoy:
Discover “Green Art”, 3PM, McKinley Arts and Culture Center Paint and assemble your own gigantic posy and carry it in the Opening Day parade. Sponsored by Northern Nevada Dairymen, supporting Artown with a focus on children’s programming and Discover the Arts and made possible by Chartrand Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation and the Lemelson Education Assistance Program.
Opening Day Art Activities, 3PM, McKinley Arts and Culture Center
Festivities include mural painting, improvisation activities with TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, live music with the Noteables, dancing and more. Body Masterpiece, back by popular demand and “sold out” for our Opening Day, transforms children’s faces with their signature style face painting for the opening parade.
Opening Day Parade with MarchFourth Marching Band, 7PM
It’s a mobile big band spectacular with Reno favorite MarchFourth Marching Band leading a parade complete with stilt walkers, hula-hoopers and a full brass section and drum corp from McKinley Arts and Culture Center to Wingfield Park. Join the parade or watch it arrive…either way you’ll have a blast.
Opening Night with Perla Batalla, 7:30PM, Wingfield Park
Grammy-nominated Mexican-American singer/songwriter Perla Batalla performs contagious rhythms spreading pure joy with unique and worldly style influenced by her Latin roots and rich the soul and warmth she honed in a decade as Leonard Cohen’s backup vocalist.
After Opening Night with MarchFourth Marching Band, 10PM, Knitting Factory
The Opening Night party continues with more MarchFourth Marching Band and their lively blend of music, dance and burlesque, marching band-style fun. Parade from Wingfield Park to the Knit with the band, or meet them there. No tickets required.
Opening Day Extravaganza sponsored by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Reno Tahoe USA, Friends of Artown and MomsLikeMe.com. Official host hotel John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
You’re all invited to have a great time at Artown and complying with a few rules helps everyone. When you’re heading to Wingfield Park please remember that pets, glass and outside alcohol are not permitted. Bicycles and skateboards cannot be ridden through the park, but the popular Reno Bike Project Bike Valet is available at select events. Check our Wingfield Park map to see where you can place high or low-back chairs. The park opens 1-1/2 hours prior to each performance, but for an hour before that the park will be closed for set up. And visit online for details on parking and transportation, food and tips to enjoy your visit.