Compiled by Stina Fausone
Lake Tahoe Summerfest
July 31 – Aug. 16
Sierra Nevada College — Incline Village
An event that has gained national exposure on such programs as The Today Show on NBC and an article in The New York Times, the Lake Tahoe Summerfest is a medley of world-class concerts dedicated to the brilliance of classical music. Immerse yourself in this fourth-annual affair on the picturesque expanse of Incline Village. For details, visit http://www.tahoesummerfest.org/
Art of Love: A Wedding Show for Everyone
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
The Art of Love event faire is aimed at helping all loving couples design and plan their special day. Attendees can expect to meet experienced wedding planners and vendors, as well as attend an array of presentations and panels on tolerance, financial, and family planning, including the latest on industry trends. This awesome event is open to all members of the community. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2015/08/01/
Steppe One Farm Tour Dates
9 – 11 a.m.
Lemmon Valley — Reno
From sandy soil and horses, to the full property connected swale system, this one-acre suburban farm is unlike many of its local counterparts. Attendees will enjoy the Nevada Bugs and Butterflies house where groups will be guided out to learn about the various species that live in our region. Tour dates for Steppe One Farm are set to coincide with the exhibit allowing visitors to experience both the farm and our regions most interesting insects. For details, visit http://www.rtpermaculture.org/event/steppe-one-farm-tour-4/
Art in the Tahoe Garden VII
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Private home — Tahoe Vista
Charming lake views, a cultured garden, and bright artisans contributing fine art that embraces ceramics, paintings, jewelry, garden art, and breathtaking photography. The seventh annual Art in the Tahoe Garden at Ryrie's Art and Home in Tahoe Vista is back. Share in the inventive artistry and beautiful garden in full bloom. For details, visit http://www.ryriesartandhome.com/#/events/4550334934
Grape Days of Summer
Aug. 1 – 2
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tour more than 15 wineries during the Grape Days of Summer event, celebrating this year's theme, PlacerGROWN. Enjoy music, food, and of course, wine tastings. Discover what it takes to create such a unique product with educational demonstrations at each stop, as well as what local agriculture has to offer. For details, visit http://www.placerwine.com/events.htm
Yelp's Coffee Cult(ure)
Reno Celebrates National Coffee Month
Aug. 1 – 31
Various times and locations
Gain a new appreciation and understanding of coffee and the people in our community honoring it on a daily basis. This allows us to be a part of advancing the coffee culture in the Reno-Sparks area. Get ready to participate in lots of events and great deals on coffee and espresso drinks at local coffeehouses. For details, visit
Children's Environmental Science Day
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Commons Beach — Tahoe City
This free community event is held annually for children and their families offering hands-on science activities aimed to spark awareness for the extraordinary and fragile ecology of Lake Tahoe. This is a great opportunity for children and adults alike to learn more about environmental and Earth sciences. For details, visit
Hot August Nights
Aug. 4 – 9
North Virginia Street — Reno
The month of August brings us back to the days of hot cars, booming engines, and delightful food. Hot August Nights is back and Downtown Reno is the host site for the Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine and Celebrity Show-n-Shine, with nightly cruises to follow. Join in the fun and enjoy the fresh paint and sleek chrome of some of the most stunning cars of our past. For details, visit http://hotaugustnights.net/
Urban Roots at Whole Foods
Tuesday, Aug. 4
Whole Foods Market — Reno
Visit Whole Foods Market Reno on Aug. 4 for your grocery needs this month and help out Urban Roots in the process! Five percent of the days total proceeds will go towards Urban Roots, an education nonprofit committed to sustainable agriculture instruction, with a mission to grow healthy minds, bodies, and communities. For details, visit http://www.urgc.org/
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Air National Guard Base — Reno
Support and celebrate our nation's finest at the sixth-annual Patriots Luncheon. Guest speaker, Marine Sgt. Dylan Gray, will be sharing his story about his third deployment over seas, and his dedication to helping other veterans through his motivational speaking. For details, visit https://www.veteransguesthouse.org/events/
Sweat Your Pints Off
4 – 8 p.m.
Under the Rose Brewing Company — Reno
Drink in local food trucks, live music, and more than 12 local breweries exhibiting their dry-hopped ales, session beers, and summer drafts. The festival will include beer tasting, a meal from Organic Taste of Chicago food truck, and a commemorative tasting cup. VIP Tickets offer a one-hour early entry to be the first to taste the brews, and Designated Driver Tickets include a meal from Organic Taste of Chicago and unlimited iced coffee, iced tea, and delectable craft soda. For details, visit http://www.undertherosebrewing.com/#!events/c66t
Dinner in the Barn
Sierra Valley Farms — Beckwourth, CA
Guest chef Billy McCullough, former chef and owner of the local favorite, the Dragonfly Restaurant in Truckee, will be providing a unique four-course meal at this month's Dinner in the Barn. Expect farm fresh food, wine, spirits, and live music at this all-inclusive affair. For details, visit http://www.sierravalleyfarms.com/dinner-in-the-barn/
Blues, Jazz, and Funk Fest
Aug. 8 – 9
2 – 8 p.m.
Squaw Valley — North Lake Tahoe
The Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest offers an array of mouthwatering beers from more than 40 different breweries, as well as a two-day line-up of live, rhythmic music! All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. For details, visit http://squawalpine.com/events-things-do/brews-jazz-and-funk-fest
Nevada Vines and Wines Backyard Vineyard Tour
Lazy 5 Regional Park — Reno
Tour: 12 – 3:30 p.m.
Wine Tasting: 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Celebrate our local, backyard vineyards at this self-guided tour, and explore the work that is being done at the University of Nevada, Reno, through eight different vineyards. After the tour, delight in a wine tasting and silent auction, wine generously supplied by Churchill Vineyards and Z53 wines. Each attendee will receive a program map, including information about Backyard Vineyards, the University of Nevada, Reno vineyards, and Mainstation Farms. Explore what our local agriculture has to offer. For details, visit http://www.nvandw.com/Backyard_Vineyard_Tour.html
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
High Desert Montessori School — Reno
High Desert Montessori School is gearing up to prepare an all-organic lunch program. Working with the Great Basin Community Food Co-op, the Montessori School hopes to have between 75 – 85% of all the food on the lunch menu to be sourced locally. This fundraising event will help to raise additional funds for kitchen equipment, and garden upgrades, as well as a rally to support for this type of movement. For more details, visit http://www.hdmsreno.com/
Reno Wine Walk
2 – 5 p.m.
Downtown — Reno
Voted the Best Monthly Event by the Reno News & Review, the original Reno Wine Walk is kicking off along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in Downtown Reno. Visit participating locations and receive a complimentary wine glass. For details, visit http://renoriver.org/
Farm to Peak Dinner Series
Homewood South Lodge — Homewood, CA
Enjoy a glass of bubbly on your ride up the chairlift to the top of Homewood Mountain and experience Lake Tahoe from one of its most magnificent views, as you enjoy a five-course meal created by guest chef Tiffany Swan of Squaw Valley. This mountaintop dining experience will pair seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with your choice of wine or beer. For details, visit http://www.skihomewood.com/summer-activities/farm-peak-dinner-series
Summer Brewfest Series
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Martis Valley Grill — Martis Valley
Northstar executive chef, Steve Anderson, and chef Dan Carter, are set to partner with pioneering breweries to methodically prepare a five-course meal of seasonally inspirited plates matched with appetizing craft beers. Enjoy incredible pairings as you take in the brisk, mountain air, on the decks of Martis Valley Grille. For details, visit
Nevada County Fair
Aug. 15 – 16
Nevada County Fairground — Grass Valley, CA
The Nevada County Fair is an excellent place to delight in live entertainment, heavenly food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits celebrating the community, family, and friends. For details, visit http://nevadacountyfair.com/
Reno Beer Crawl
2 – 6 p.m.
The Waterfall — Reno
Try domestic, nationally recognized, and locally distributed craft beers at more than 15 different bars and restaurants all within walking distance through the streets of Downtown Reno. Receive a Reno Beer Crawl glass, wristband, and map for this self-guided event and experience all that Downtown has to offer. For details, visit http://renobeercrawl.com/
Aug. 22 – 23
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Minden-Tahoe Airport — Minden
One of four locations this side of the Mississippi, the fifth-annual Aviation Roundup will feature the US Air Force Thunderbirds, Team Rocket, Bill Stein, Kyle Franklin, Matt Younkin, Manfred Radius, and Dan Buchanan. Lawn chairs are encouraged! For details, visit http://www.aviationroundup.com/
6 – 11 p.m.
Peppermill Resort and Casino — Reno
Canfest has one goal: Squash any ideas, or negative impressions, towards the beauty that is canned beer. To give canned beer the limelight it deserves, Canfest has dedicated one night to relish in the hundreds of craft, canned beers from around the world. For details, visit http://www.canfestbeer.com/
Anatomy of the Meat We Eat
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Reno Provisions — Reno
Mark Estee has united with Atelier Workshops, a Truckee-based art program, to design an exclusive cooking class series. Educate yourself on the various cuts of meat from chicken and pork to lamb and beef. Take instruction from head butcher Damon Ewasko and chef Mark Estee, and receive original recipes, plus your own, exclusive take-home product. For details, visit http://www.renoprovisions.com/reno-provisions/mark-estee-atelier-cooking-classes/
Summer Wine Walk
3 – 6 p.m.
Village at Northstar — Truckee
Stop in for the last Wine Walk of the summer season at the Village at Northstar. This year's theme, Mountain Table 2016, will be committed to featuring a winery from each of the scheduled Mountain Table dinners that will revolve throughout the upcoming 2015 – '16 winter season. This wine walk will feature Duckhorn Vineyards, as well as spirits featured during the Mardi Gras dinner, and also wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. For details, visit http://www.northstarcalifornia.com/activities/wine-walks.aspx?page=viewall