Artown 2008 in Reno, Nevada
If you live in Northern Nevada and want to save money this summer, you are in luck because Reno's Artown 2008 is here for the entire month of July. With over 350 events scheduled, hundreds of them free, you won't have to spend a lot of money to get an experience you and your family will not soon forget.
What is Artown?
Artown is in its 13th year and is a festival of arts and cultural events that are offered and performed at different venues throughout the City of Reno. For the entire month, you can attend free events throughout the cities parks along the Truckee River or attend ticketed events at theatres or showroom's all over town.
The festival was founded 13 years ago by a small group of businesses and art executives who wanted to help revitalize downtown Reno. They were hoping to attract attention to the area by using the arts to improve the cites self image and give locals a reason to play locally again.
It worked! The first year, in 1996, "The Festival of The Arts" attracted approximately 30,000 visitors. Nearly 350,000 people are expected to experience the festival this month.
One of the popular attractions that does not cost a dime is the "Movies in the Park" program. This year, Disney's "Lion King" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" are just two of the movies that will be showing in Wingfield Park. Just bring a blanket and pack a picnic, kick off your shoes, sit back and you will be set for the evening and a sure to have a great time. Last year I took my family to see "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". My kids still talk about what fun it was to sit under the stars and watch a movie.
Musical highlights include "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis", they will be appearing at the Sierra Grand Summit. "Mandy Patinkin in Concert With Ford on Piano" will be performing at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Reno. The Reno Municipal Band will play on several occasions at different venures as well.
Numerous hands on activities are geared toward children to get them involved. A variety workshops offered are sculpting, painting, acting and dancing. Sometimes parents just bring their children to play in the Truckee River and stay for dinner and enjoy a free concert in the park.
To get a complete list of scheduled events and activities visit www.renoisartown.com . Show times, places to be, who and what and where are listed for your convenience. You won't want to miss Artown 200 in Reno this year.
Below are few pictures of opening night I hope you will enjoy.
Opening night was kicked off with face painting for the kids and a parade to help start the festival.
The Heliosphere's Aerial Dancer's Perform on opening night
Elodorado's FloorPlay, a ballroom dancing performance group.
The MarchFourth Marching Band performing in stilts.
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