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Arts & Culture in Reno

Art and culture have always been an essential part of Reno life. We are a vibrant community filled with an artistic, talented and energetic arts community. Here is just a sample of the many arts and cultural events happening here throughout the year.

The Reno Philharmonic

The Reno Philharmonic is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the orchestra, led by Laura Jackson and comprised of over 60 professional musicians, performs more than 30 concerts annually throughout the region.

Pioneer Center for Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center for Performing Arts supports the Reno Philharmonic and the AVA Ballet Theatre and regularly hosts touring Broadway shows. Located downtown near the Riverwalk area, the Pioneer Center’s geodesic dome is an impressive Reno landmark.


Artown is a month-long summer arts festival that attracts some of the world’s greatest artists and performers. The festival revitalized downtown Reno and has given the Biggest Little City a new reputation: that of a town with a vibrant artistic and cultural community.

Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is a space to explore ideas through art. The museum strives to offer meaningful art and cultural experiences through its art education programs, exciting exhibits, and gallery discussions.  

National Automobile Museum

The National Automobile Museum is said to have “set the standard for auto museums worldwide with its extensive collection and innovative design.” See everything from vintage, classic and special-interest automobiles to dynamic race cars, and a horseless-carriage collection.

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 sparks curiosity and learning in a fun and interactive environment.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is held every summer on the shore at Sand Harbor, overlooking the stunning Lake Tahoe. The festival features a variety of performances – from Shakespeare to modern-day musicals.

Riverwalk District

The Truckee River runs through the heart of Reno and lining its banks is an urban renaissance of boutique shops, fine dining, quaint pubs and cafes, outdoor entertainment, and a whitewater park known as the Riverwalk District.

Midtown District

The Midtown District, south of downtown Reno, has a slightly different flavor from its northern neighbor. It is a bustling, eco-friendly art community with an amazingly diverse range of shops, eateries, bars and nightlife venues; bursting with attitude.

Entertainment and Events

Grand Sierra Resort is Reno-Tahoe’s top choice for grand entertainment and events. From oldies and favorites to mainstream artists and niche genres, our entertainment and events have a range and eclectic mix unmatched in Reno-Tahoe. Check out GSR’s entertainment calendar.