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
Peavine Taphouse
Reno
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 5:00 pm
Peavine Taphouse, Thursday Night Football Viewing Party
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Friday, December 9, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Peavine Taphouse
Reno
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 9:00 pm
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Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Peavine Taphouse
Reno
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 11:00 am
Peavine Taphouse, Sunday Night Football ALL DAY Viewing Party
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Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Midtown Spirits, Wine & Bites
Reno
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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Monday, December 12, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Top Picks: Daytime Entertainment & Special Events
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Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Friday, December 9, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Wild Horse Productions
Carson City
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Wild Horse Productions, Oliver Jr., The Musical
Wild Horse Productions
Carson City
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00 pm
Wild Horse Productions, Oliver Jr., The Musical
Let It Glow, Reno
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Wild Horse Productions
Carson City
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Wild Horse Productions, Oliver Jr., The Musical
Peavine Taphouse
Reno
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 11:00 am
Peavine Taphouse, Sunday Night Football ALL DAY Viewing Party
Wild Horse Productions
Carson City
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 2:00 pm
Wild Horse Productions, Oliver Jr., The Musical
Let It Glow, Reno
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Monday, December 12, 2022 - 5:00 pm
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Top Picks: Great Plates
Smee's Alaskan Fish Bar
Reno
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Smee's Alaskan Fish Bar
Reno
6oz. sesame seared rare, served over chopped romaine Asian style salad More info - Smee's Alaskan Fish Bar
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Midtown Spirits, Wine & Bites
Reno
Choose from several types of cheeses, meats, and salmon. Customize your own board, or ask the bartender to build you a plate of their... More info - Midtown Spirits, Wine & Bites
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Reno
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Reno
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Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
Reno
Red Roasted Pork fried rice, diced carrots, peas, green onions, and egg. Garnished with pickled ginger. More info - Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
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Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
Reno
Your choice of meat with green curry paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, bamboo, eggplant, and basil. More info - Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
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Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
Reno
Sen Yai noodles stir fried with your choice of meat, chili, garlic, onion, bell pepper, green beans, and basil. More info - Moo Dang Thai Restaurant
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Si Amigos Mexican Restaurant
Reno
Two shrimp enchiladas with cream sauce and melted cheese. Served with rice and beans, and sour cream. More info - Si Amigos Mexican Restaurant
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Top Picks: Shopping Must Haves
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Sparks, Tahoe City
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Wilbur D. May Center
Reno
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