Complete Destination for Conventions and Events

Ideally situated near Lake Tahoe in the heart of the Truckee Meadows, the Grand Sierra Resort is Reno-Tahoe’s most complete destination for conventions, business events, vacation, and entertainment. Reno, "The Biggest Little City in the World," and the surrounding regions offer the best in the west. Explore arts and culture, take part in city-wide events and the thriving nightlife. Be a cowboy for a day, meet a fighter jet pilot, take a hot-air balloon ride, or groove to the 50’s. Whether you enjoy 18 holes on the green, relaxing on the beach, boating, rock climbing, skiing or snowboarding, Reno-Tahoe has so much to offer, you will never be bored. Expect nothing less from the Biggest Little City.

Reno Arts & Culture


Artown began in 1996 “as a way to counteract suburban flight and revitalize downtown Reno by getting more people to visit the city center. An arts themed festival was created through the efforts of civic leaders, business people, and the arts community.”

Hot August Nights

Hot August Nights is an annual event in Reno-Tahoe celebrating “America’s love affair with cars and rock-n-roll.” People from all over the world come to celebrate and the Grand Sierra Resort is a proud sponsor, hosting a myriad of activities throughout the event.

Reno Championship Air Races

The Reno Air Races, the world’s fastest motor sport, is a unique event featuring civil and military air racing and entertainment. Located just north of Reno-Tahoe, this event is a crowd pleaser and hundreds of volunteers show up every year ensuring it continues.

Nevada Museum of Art

“For almost its entire 80-year history, the Nevada Museum of Art has provided significant arts education programming for the public, school-aged youth, teachers, and artists in northern Nevada. Providing rich cultural programming for the community and region has been a central focus of the Museum’s educational mission, and the Museum seeks to further this important foundation of work.”

National Automobile Museum

The National Automobile Museum (from the collection of the world-famous late Bill Harrah) opened in 1989 and “was reported to have set the standard for auto museums worldwide with its extensive collection and innovative design.” Be among the two million visitors to explore the museum every year. You will see everything from vintage, classic and special interest automobiles, rare and one-of-a-kind wonders, dynamic race cars and one of the finest Horseless Carriage collections in the world.

The Discovery – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

“The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and the world around us.” The Discovery is designed not just to meet this need, but to raise the bar for fun, family-based learning throughout the Reno-Tahoe community. The addition of this museum to the community has helped to spark learning and curiosity in a fun and unintimidating environment for children.

Reno Philharmonic Association

The Reno Philharmonic is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization and a resident company of the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts with something for all tastes from Classical to Pop. Beginning in 1969 and its 46th Season, the orchestra, led by music director Laura Jackson (only the 4th conductor since its inception), is a part-time, per-service orchestra comprised of over 60 professional musicians who perform more than 30 concerts annually throughout the Reno, Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe region.

Pioneer Center for Performing Arts

Located in downtown Reno, this venue offers 1,500 seats and has two resident companies: Reno Philharmonic and the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre. Believing that the arts are essential to the community’s quality of life and well-being, they strive to present the highest quality performing arts program in northern Nevada.

Historic Reno Preservation Society Walking Tour

Reno was established in 1868, making it nearly 150 years old. With that much history, a gold and silver rush to boot, and the legalization of gaming in the 1930’s, the various walking tours offered by the preservation society is full of little known tidbits and a fascinating lesson in history.

Riverwalk District

The Truckee River runs through the center of Reno and lining its banks is an urban renaissance with boutique shops, dining, pubs, outdoor entertainment, and a whitewater park. With parks, public art, the West St. Market, whitewater park, beer crawls and wine walks, Reno’s oldest church, a number of museums and a variety of community events throughout the year, the Riverwalk district is family friendly and has something for everyone.

MidTown District

The Midtown district, south of downtown Reno, has a slightly different flavor from its northern neighbor. It is a resurging, eco-friendly art community wholly locally owned and operated. This district continues to improve and change each season and we are proud of this community and the people changing the face of this neighborhood. 


Reno Aces

Located just east of downtown Reno and only a short drive from the Grand Sierra Resort the Reno Aces are Reno’s minor league baseball team and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns are an NBA Development D-League team based in Reno-Tahoe and play their home games at the Reno Events Center. Their NBA parent club is the Sacramento Kings, entering into a hybrid affiliation beginning with the 2013-2014 season.


Lake Tahoe

Leaving the work day behind is easy with Lake Tahoe right in our backyard - only 45 minutes from the Grand Sierra Resort. Whether skiing or snowboarding is your passion or hanging out on the beaches and soaking up some rays is more your speed – summer, winter, whatever the season, Lake Tahoe has something for everyone.



Notable Cities/Townships

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

“The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents of and visitors to our region.” It is held every summer at Sand Harbor State Park on the East side of the lake. It features a variety of performances not limited to Shakespeare plays.  It is one of the most favored outdoor cultural events each year and hosts more than 24,000 patrons each year. 

Outdoor Adventures


  • Boating
  • Water skiing
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • White water rafting
  • Sailing


  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding


  • Skydiving
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Airplane tours
  • Hang gliding


  • Snow mobile
  • Cross country ski
  • Snow shoeing
  • Sleigh rides
  • Inner-tubing
  • Dog sled
  • Ice skating

Virginia City

Take a trip back in time to this Victorian-era town when the west was wild and the rush for gold was full steam ahead. At its height, Virginia City was a bustling mining town of 25,000 residents and influenced the nation. By 1876 Nevada was the largest producer of gold and silver in the United States, flooding the world market and supporting Nevada during the American Civil War, and eventually qualifying Nevada for statehood.

This mining town has a rich history with the famous and infamous alike having lived or spent time here. It was the set of Louis L’Amour’s “Comstock Lode”, was visited many times by the Cartwright men in the fictitious show Bonanza, and historical figures such as Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Errol Flynn, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead (as well as many others) all have ties to Virginia City.

Virginia City Events

  • Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry
  • Muckfest: Mining, Whiskey, and Cigars
  • International Camel Races
  • Redrun III – Return of the Living Dead
  • Hauntober
  • Christmas on the Comstock
  • Virginia & Truckee Railroad
  • Mines & Mine Tours
  • Walking Tours
  • Trolley & Carriage Tours

Ski & Snowboard Resorts

Golf Courses

Reno / Sparks

Carson Valley

Plumas County

Lake Tahoe Region