Reno Sculpture and River Festivals expected to draw big crowds

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Two events this weekend are expected to draw large crowds to downtown Reno.

While the Reno Sculpture Fest has already started setting up, the Reno River Festival will start setting up May 12, 2017.

The first year for Sculpture Fest, event organizers only had 14 sculptures. The second year, 28. But this year, they will have 42. A few will be built on site.

It is a three-day event that brings larger-than-life art, music and culture across 12 city blocks in downtown Reno. The event is free to the public. There will be many vendors and 60 live bands and DJ’s will be performing. This is the third year for the sculpture fest

"Kind of get into the public view. I want everyone to see what is happening. It's a magical, wonderful time for Reno. There is a lot of art happening here," said Aric Shapiro, Reno Sculpture Fest.

The Reno River Festival will showcase the world's top whitewater athletes. It will also feature food, live music, a carnival and much more.

The event is free, but this year the organizers are asking attendees to donate $1 to One Truckee River. Event organizers want to keep the river healthy.

"You can't overstate their impact on the community. They get volunteers together every year before the river festival and they will come down and clean up the river and the downtown area and local park. What we want to do is give back," said Jess Horning, Liquid Blue Events.

Horning says those who donate will receive a discount at the merchandise tent.

Both of those events are expected to draw crowds of between 30,000 to 50,000 people.

For more information on the Reno Sculpture Fest, click here.

For more information on the Reno River Festival, click here.