There's certainly not a lack to things to do downtown this weekend. Let's start things off today, with ArTown Opening Activities at McKinley Park (925 Riverside Drive) starting at 3 pm. Before the big ArTown opening festivities, stop by West Street Wine Bar on West Street for the Summer Series, Friends of Friends wine tasting. Then the ArTown parade from McKinley to Wingfield along Riverside Drive at 7 pm, featuring the MarchFourth Marching Band. The ArTown opening concert tonight is Perla Batalla and should be a real treat. Continue the ArTown celebration into the evening with March Fourth at the Knit.
On Friday, take your pick early morning with Oil Painting on the River or Cowboy Poetry. Noon presents some difficult choices, as Will Durham gives a presentation on the Mapes Cowboys neon lights, the Reno Municipal Band gives a free concert at Wingfield, and the Pipes on the River will all be happening at once. Heart Alive (a Heart tribute) is at 5:30 as the kickoff to the Rollin on the River concert series. Steel Breeze will be at the Sands Pool Party. Prefer something more low key? Twelfth Night debuts at Goodluck Macbeth, there's comedy at Pioneer Underground and Catch a Rising Star. At 9 pm watching the Wizard of Oz outdoors at Wingfield is a must. If piano is your thing, check out a dueling piano outdoor concert.
On Saturday, start things off with a Newlands Neighborhood Walk and learn about one of Reno's oldest and pristine neighborhoods. The Great International Chicken Wing Festival starts Friday and runs through Monday. I plan on hitting it up Saturday before it gets too warm. There's a Thrift and Art Walk on east 4th Street. Speaking of 4th Street, for a cult-classic triple-header, hang out at Studio on 4th starting at 4 and watch Eraserhead, Evil Dead 2, and then dance the night away at Interzone. Kind of a goth/gore trio going on there. Not your thing? no prob, how about a Superhero Cape giveaway at the Reno Aces game, or a Celtic Summer's Eve?
On Sunday, check out the Rockin Out art exhibit at the Reno Artists Coop at 11 am, over 100 artists contributed to it. For something really unique, check out Movable Type, a Letterpess Presentation in midtown and stop by The Hub for coffee. Celebrate Independence Day a bit early with The MasterWorks Chorale in Wingfield Park. Sharon Cuneta performs at Legacy. Kali is Burning will perform at Wingfield Park.
For a full list of events downtown check out my calendar. You can add the events to your own personal calendar app like Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar etc. Click on any event to see a map, details and other info.