Reno

The story of Reno is a fascinating one and begins more than a century and a half ago. Soon after the state of Nevada was admitted into the Union, the small community that had grown up around Lake's Crossing on the Truckee River was officially named Reno. It was in 1865 that officials of the Central Pacific Railroad gave it this title in memory of a general who had been killed during the Civil War. Over time, Reno overtook all of the neighboring communities in size and impact. For example, it was Virginia City that was once the most lively and entertaining city between San Francisco and St. Louis, but today Reno is home to some of the nation's most highly rated resorts and casinos. Washoe City was originally the county seat of Washoe County, but Reno took on that role in 1871. The University of Nevada, Reno, was founded here in 1874. Carson City remains the state capital and is a thriving city in its own right, but the population of the greater Reno area that includes the city of Sparks is approaching nearly ten times that of the capital city.

Reno's Wild Past

For decades in the early 1900s, Reno was known to the nation as the Divorce Capital of the World. Nevada's re-legalization of gambling in the 1930s built onto the city's reputation for a wild and somewhat unsavory lifestyle. By the early 1970s, national divorce reform removed the incentive for travel to Nevada to facilitate divorces, resulting in an economic blow to the economy of the state. But during these decades, other Reno institutions came into existence that would outlive the city's role as a haven for those seeking a divorce. The Nevada Art Gallery was founded in 1931, and Bill Harrah opened his bingo parlor in 1937, the first step toward a world-renown gaming empire. The Air Races and the Balloon Race were started. In the '70s, the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Eldorado opened their doors.

Recently, the city has experienced a renaissance of sorts. While the gaming and resort industries remain the anchor of the economy, new businesses have made their home in the Reno area. Technology and innovation companies have found a lot to like about the region, and the Truckee Meadows is currently experiencing an unprecedented growth and reputation.

What's Happening in Reno

Change and progress have become the watchwords for Reno. So our site works to keep you up to date on events and activities, shopping, services and more. We've compiled a collection of the best businesses and organizations, professionals and service providers, so when you need something you don't have to look very far for it. Just click to the appropriate spot on the website and you'll be connected to all the information you need. There's so much to take advantage of in Reno. What you'll discover here will get you out into the community and experiencing the Reno lifestyle.

Top Picks
Top Picks: Nightlife
Midtown Wine Bar
Reno
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Midtown Wine Bar, Thirsty Thursdays with DJ Trivia
Food Truck Friday
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Food Truck Friday, Food Truck Friday at Idlewild Park
Nevada Museum of Art
Reno
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Nevada Museum of Art, Guided Tour: Saturday Afternoon
Nevada Museum of Art
Reno
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Nevada Museum of Art, Guided Tour: Sunday Afternoon
Reno Little Theater
Reno
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Reno Little Theater, Sunday Jazz at RLT Featuring
Morris Burner Hostel
Reno
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 1:20 pm
Morris Burner Hostel, Morris Weekly Drum Circle
DJ Trivia
Reno
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia Mondays at The Little Waldorf
Midtown Wine Bar
Reno
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Midtown Wine Bar, Bingo Tuesdays!
DJ Trivia
Reno
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia at Bighorn Bar & Grill
Top Picks: Daytime Entertainment & Special Events
Nevada Museum of Art
Reno
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Nevada Museum of Art, Guided Tour: Saturday Afternoon
Morris Burner Hostel
Reno
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 1:20 pm
Morris Burner Hostel, Morris Weekly Drum Circle
Midtown Wine Bar
Reno
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Midtown Wine Bar, Bingo Tuesdays!
DJ Trivia
Reno
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia at 1864 Tavern
Top Picks: Great Plates
Bertha Miranda's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
Reno
(1) Large flour tostada, filled with chicken, pork carnitas, ground or shredded beef, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, Monterey Jack, sour cream... More info - Bertha Miranda's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
Bertha Miranda's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, The Hat (El Sombrero)
Top Picks: Shopping Must Haves
The Neon Dragonfly Reno
Reno
Let out your old-fashioned side. More info - The Neon Dragonfly Reno
The Neon Dragonfly Reno, Vintage Purses
The Neon Dragonfly Reno
Reno
Bring playful peace and balance into any environment. More info - The Neon Dragonfly Reno
The Neon Dragonfly Reno, Animal Buddhas
The Melting Pot World Emporium & Smoke Shop
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Create a peaceful home or office space with The Melting Pot's wide array of Hindu meditation statues. See in store for prices. More info - The Melting Pot World Emporium & Smoke Shop
The Melting Pot World Emporium & Smoke Shop, Hindu Meditation Statues