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1928 Reno archON A FINE SPRING DAY in 1928, Reno held a great municipal celebration at the railroad tracks in honor of paving the two-lane highway over Donner Summit to California. As the band burst into a brassy ragtime, and the bankers, bootleggers and other leading citizens beamed with pride, neon letters on the new iron arch spanning Virginia Street blazed with light for the first time. "RENO," they bragged against a downtown skyline of Edwardian brick, "The Biggest Little City in the World."

 

Reno ArchThe iron arch is gone now, replaced by a brighter version, jazzier than the Jazz Age original, and Reno's golden age of society divorcees, bootleg whiskey and basement gambling rooms is gone with it.

 

Modern Reno dates from another fine spring noontime, almost 50 years to the day after that gaudy little celebration, when an enormous tan tower rose 26 stories from its bright, light-bejewelled base on an enormous asphalt pad near the edge of the airport, Downtown Renofar from the city center. The $131,000,000 MGM Grand Hotel greeted every incoming flight to Reno-Cannon International the same way the old arch
greeted every train at the railroad depot downtown.

 

But Reno's not so little any more and the 1928 slogan's saucy tone doesn't suit the complex Tesla-flavored city it is still becoming. The great hotels, as splendid as they are, are no longer the whole story. As the city has spread out, its neighborhoods have become more diverse, more interesting and more welcoming.

 

Suffice it to say, Reno offers every enjoyment a fun-seeking visitor could want, from climbing up the side of a downtown hotel to pee wee golf.

Events

Upcoming Events

Reno Street Vibrations Rally

Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers poker runs, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt and bike shows and more to more than 50,000 biking enthusiasts. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region. Major event venues are planned in downtown Reno, historic […]

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Reno, 401-405 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501 United States
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Nevadafest 2018

Travel to The Biggest Little city for Reno's annual NevadaFest! A celebration of Nevada's beer crafters. This event will be held at Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno and features: craft beer, food trucks, live music, and a variety of outdoor games. 5 Local food trucks will be in attendance.

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Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave
Reno, NV 89501 United States
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$45 – $65

Great Italian Festival – Reno

Photo Courtesy of Gabriella Benavidez Don't miss Eldorado's Annual Great Italian Festival! We hope you have the stomach for all the pasta and sausage as you partake on this festival that celebrates Italian culture and tradition. Enjoy the festive food and cook offs, daily wine walks, and much more!

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Eldorado Casino Resort – Reno NV, 345 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501 United States
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