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.

Reno's World of Wine

As I’ve written before, Reno these days is a food-lover’s paradise. In just a few short years, the city has matured into an extravagant yet quirky and eclectic culinary scene with craft breweries, distilleries and new dining establishments. The character of Reno is felt in its food. And as much as we love food, wine is a whole other story. See, Reno is geographically close to Napa Valley – California Wine Country is literally just over the mountain. And as the city expands... Read More

The Great Reno Cannabis Crawl

Marijuana, cannabis, weed. Six months ago Nevada was one of the newest states to legalize the recreational... Read More

Reno Resolutions 2018

I don’t know about you, but this time a year ago I made some resolutions and decided I would be fully... Read More

Ring in the New Year, Reno!

This is it. 2018 is finally here and with it comes new opportunities and fresh starts. Maybe this is the year... Read More

Home for the Holidays: Honoring Reno's L...

Tradition has always been a huge part of my family. I’m sure it’s the same for most families, and I’m sure... Read More

The Reno Holiday Shopping Guide

Gift giving time is here. Maybe you went out before dawn with the droves of people on Black Friday and... Read More
Top Picks
Top Picks: Nightlife
Greater Nevada Field
Reno
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Greater Nevada Field, Reno Ice Rink
Greater Nevada Field
Reno
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Greater Nevada Field, Reno Ice Rink
Shea's Tavern Reno
Reno
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Shea's Tavern Reno, Trivia Night
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00 am
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Reformer Flow 1.5
Greater Nevada Field
Reno
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Greater Nevada Field, Reno Ice Rink
Greater Nevada Field
Reno
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Greater Nevada Field, Reno Ice Rink
DJ Trivia
Carson City
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia at The Fox Brew Pub
DJ Trivia
Reno
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia at Beer NV
Greater Nevada Field
Reno
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Greater Nevada Field, Reno Ice Rink
Feast
Reno
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:00 am
Feast, Feast with Friends
Top Picks: Daytime Entertainment & Special Events
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Brunch at Morgan's
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Brunch at Morgan's
Chez Louie
Reno
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Chez Louie, Sunday Music Brunch
First Nation's Events
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Nation's Events, Paiute Language Class
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00 am
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Reformer Flow 1.5
Feast
Reno
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:00 am
Feast, Feast with Friends
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Brunch at Morgan's
Top Picks: Great Plates
Chez Louie
Reno
Angus beef patty or chicken breast, havarti cheese, sweet and spicy bacon, crispy fried sweet onions, burger sauce, lettuce, grilled... More info - Chez Louie
Chez Louie, Chez Burger
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Reno
All cheese, charcuterie and salumi served with breads and crackers More info - Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Chef Choice Combo
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)
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Whole Steamed Maine Lobster
Top Picks: Shopping Must Haves
The Neon Dragonfly
Reno
Let out your old-fashioned side. More info - The Neon Dragonfly
The Neon Dragonfly, Vintage Purses
The Neon Dragonfly
Reno
Bring playful peace and balance into any environment. More info - The Neon Dragonfly
The Neon Dragonfly, Animal Buddhas
The Stem
RENO,
The Stem offers custom succulent arrangements. More info - The Stem
The Stem, Custom Succulent Arrangements
Global Coffee
Reno
Take your coffee to go with a kindness cup! These cups were designed by local artists and all proceeds go towards Eddy House. More info - Global Coffee
Global Coffee, Kindness Cups
Micano Home & Garden Decor
Reno
Made in Reno, by my pal Crazy Larry. This train is for man, child or collector. Vintage trains elements with modern electronics served up... More info - Micano Home & Garden Decor
Micano Home & Garden Decor, Vintage Train Light
Micano Home & Garden Decor
Reno
It's wall art at its coolest. Bikers and weekend riders will be all over to get at this bad ass man cave maker. More info - Micano Home & Garden Decor
Micano Home & Garden Decor, Vintage Harley Davidson Wall Lamp
Nevada Museum of Art
Reno
These tote bags are just the right size to become your everyday bag; spacious enough for errands but perfectly suited for an evening out.... More info - Nevada Museum of Art
Nevada Museum of Art, Tote Bags by MZ Fair Trade
The Melting Pot World Emporium & Smoke Shop
Reno
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