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
Wilbur D. May Center
Reno
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wilbur D. May Center, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery
DJ Trivia
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DJ Trivia, DJ Trivia at MidTown Winebar
Top Picks: Daytime Entertainment & Special Events
Wilbur D. May Center
Reno
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wilbur D. May Center, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery
Wilbur D. May Center
Reno
Friday, September 29, 2017 -
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wilbur D. May Center, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery
Nevada Museum of Art
Reno
Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Nevada Museum of Art, Guided Tour: Saturday Afternoon
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market
Reno
Sunday, October 1, 2017 -
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market, Brunch at Morgan's
chez louie
Reno
Sunday, October 1, 2017 -
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
chez louie, Sunday Music Brunch
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
Pho Vietnamese Cuisine
Reno
Grilled Lemon Grass Beef Sandwich More info - Pho Vietnamese Cuisine
Pho Vietnamese Cuisine, 53. Banh Mi Thit Bo Nuong
Pho Vietnamese Cuisine
Reno
Rare Steak and Brisket with Rice Noodles served in our Beef Broth More info - Pho Vietnamese Cuisine
Pho Vietnamese Cuisine, 9. Pho Tai Gau
Creazian
Reno
7 MINUTE EGG, WOOD EAR MUSHROOMS, GREEN ONION, GARLIC CHIPS More info - Creazian
Creazian, PORK RAMEN TONKATSU
Top Picks: Shopping Must Haves
Junkee Clothing Exchange
Reno
Create your own custom, vintage costume with mix and match pieces from Junkee! With a selection like this, the possibilities are endless. More info - Junkee Clothing Exchange
Junkee Clothing Exchange, Build Your Own Costume
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
What's better than a cute cow? A upcycled metal drum that looks like a Cow, but doesn't smell like a cow. Comes complete with... More info - Micano Home & Garden Decor
Micano Home & Garden Decor, Betsy The Cow
Dressed Like That
Reno
Functional and fun all fall and winter long, this versatile skirt can be paired with a t-shirt, sweater, or a blouse. Add boots, and you... More info - Dressed Like That
Dressed Like That, Tartan Circle Skirt
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
Dressed Like That
Reno
Coming right up! The perfect shirt dress for you to move easily in, this cute style is made out of soft, stretchy cotton and is sleeveless... More info - Dressed Like That
Dressed Like That, Order Up Swing Dress