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.

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Top Picks
Top Picks: Nightlife
Feast
Reno
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:00 am
Feast, Feast with Friends
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Reno
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Wine Wednesday
First Nation's Events
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
First Nation's Events, Women's Circle Craft Night and Potluck
The BlueBird
Reno
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 8:00 pm
The BlueBird, URBody dance class with Jenes Carter and Yoü
The Saint
Reno
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The Saint, Live Blues
Yarn Refuge
Reno
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Yarn Refuge, Thursday Night Social Knitting
Reno Tahoe Comedy
Reno
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Reno Tahoe Comedy, Comedy Night at LEX Nightclub
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Clam & Lobster Bake
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Reno
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Friday Night Local Music
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:00 am
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Reformer Flow 1.5
Top Picks: Daytime Entertainment & Special Events
First Nation's Events
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Nation's Events, Paiute Language Class
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00 am
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Reformer Flow 1.5
Feast
Reno
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:00 am
Feast, Feast with Friends
Yarn Refuge
Reno
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Yarn Refuge, Beginning Crochet
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Center + Balance
Sierra Arts Foundation
Reno
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:30 am
Sierra Arts Foundation, Community Yogi: Align Body and Mind
Chez Louie
Reno
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Chez Louie, Sunday Music Brunch
Club Pilates Sparks
Sparks
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:00 am
Club Pilates Sparks, CP Reformer Flow 1.5
First Nation's Events
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Nation's Events, Paiute Language Class
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
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
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