If you’re looking for November Things To Do in Reno and Sparks, then you’ve found the right blog post! Some November events in Northern Nevada include the final day of a fall festival and pumpkin patch and assorted art events and exhibits. The 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be virtual this year, as will the Wobble Before You Gobble 5K/10K Run. Get out and enjoy the brisk air and fall colors before the snow falls.

November Things To Do in Reno and Sparks

OCTBR31 Presents “Sinister Farms”

  • When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, November 1
  • Where: 860 E. Plumb Lane, Reno
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Check out this family-friendly fall festival and pumpkin patch. Admission costs $4 per person or free with the purchase of five tickets to the inflatables. Pumpkins, decorative squash and gourds, corn stalks and hay bales are available for purchase. Tickets and wristbands are available for sale for bounce houses, mazes and children’s attractions. Please note: Arts and crafts have been postponed due to COVID-19. This is a community event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local organizations. Masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be available, and social distancing must be maintained.

Art Adventures

  • When: 4-5 p.m. Mondays (November 2-16, 2020); 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays (November 4-18, 2020); and 4-5 p.m. Thursdays (November 5-19, 2020)
  • Where: 250 Court St. at Arlington Avenue, Reno
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After-school program Art Adventures is available at the Lake Mansion Arts & Cultural Center in the newly remodeled Art Happens Here! Classroom. Children in grades K-5 can explore a different fine arts medium each week with one of Arts for All Nevada’s teaching artists. Cost: Three classes for $45 on Mondays; two classes for $30 on Wednesdays; and three classes for $45 on Thursdays. All art supplies are included. Class size is limited to eight participants to ensure social distancing. Face coverings are required to attend.

Record Street Brewing Dinner with Tyler Stafford

  • When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 3–Tuesday, November 24, 2020
  • Where: 324 E. Fourth St., Reno
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Record Street Brewing presents singer/songwriter Tyler Stafford. Join for dinner and enjoy ambient music while you are dining.


Drink N’ Draw

  • When: 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Where: 940 W. Moana Lane, Suite 104, Reno
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Join local artist Jason Williams for a night of art, drawing, drinking and fun. Bring art supplies, a sketchbook or an iPad and draw with other local artists. Space is limited to ensure social distancing for this free event.

Virtual First Thursday: Grace Hayes

  • When: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • Where: Virtual via Nevada Museum of Art
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Tune in for a broadcast featuring the music of Grace Hayes, an interview with the singer, art introductions and more. The program will air on the museum’s Facebook page, where you can engage in a real-time conversation with fellow participants. Museum members can visit Great Basin Brewing Company (Reno or Sparks locations) on First Thursday for 50% off any growler or growler fill and mention offer “First Thursday Growler” during purchase. Limit one per membership; must be 21 or older to redeem.

Landscapes, Skyscapes & Great Escapes Exhibitions by Mark Vollmer

  • When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020 (Artist’s Reception)
  • Where: 831 Victorian Avenue, Sparks
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Award-winning Sparks photographer Mark Vollmer shows some of the stunning moments he’s experienced while exploring Nevada and the West during the past 30 years. From a Lake Tahoe sunset to ancient Pueblo ruins in New Mexico, and from the Great Reno Balloon Race to the Ruby Mountains, the images capture the beauty of western heritage. The exhibit is on display November 5-29.

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Live Virtual Event

Join the Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) for the 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which will be hosted virtually and will include an online auction benefiting MAP’s environmental advocacy work in the Truckee-Tahoe area. The virtual film festival will feature “Forever Wild,” a film that has not been released on tour and shares the inspiring story of nature and democracy. The festival will showcase 17 award-winning films.

Edgar Heap of Birds on Art and Advocacy

  • When: Noon-1 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Where: Virtual via Nevada Museum of Art
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Edgar Heap of Birds will discuss printmaking, text-based art and his relationship to the landscape. He advocates for indigenous communities worldwide are focused on social justice and the freedom to live within the Tribal Circle as an expressive individual and is  part of the museum’s permanent collection on view in the exhibition “The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.” This program is hosted on Zoom. Register by 9 a.m. November 6, to receive the link. For registration support or questions, email christian.davies@nevadaart.org.

Downtown Reno Mural/Public Art Tour

  • When: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, November 7, 2020
  • Where: 10 N. Virginia St., Reno
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Meet at the BELIEVE sculpture at Reno City Plaza for a two-hour docent-led Downtown Reno mural/public art tour. Tickets cost $10 and masks are required.

Veterans Day Celebration

This year’s Veterans Day Celebration will be a virtual event and the theme is “Reno Resilient: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.” The City of Reno is partnering with the regional Veterans Affairs office, the Veterans Guest House and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to honor veterans and those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The event will be broadcast starting at 11:11 a.m. via the City of Reno’s Facebook page.  To participate, email bernerm@reno.gov or call 775-326-6333.

Paint & Sip: Attune to Nature by Linda Israel

  • When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • Where: 250 Court St. at Arlington Avenue, Reno
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Receive one-on-one creative guidance to paint a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas masterpiece in a class for all levels of artistic talent. The class is limited to seven participants to maintain social distancing, and face coverings are required. The class takes place in the Garden Pavilion. Accessible street parking is available on Flint Street.

Performing Arts Series Virtual Event with M5 Mexican Brass

The virtual event features a performance recorded for the Performing Arts Series event, as well as a Q&A hosted by program manager Shoshana Zeldner.


Art Investigators hosted on Zoom

  • When: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Where: Virtual via Nevada Museum of Art
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“Art Investigators” encourages inquiry and discussion about a selection of works on display at the museum. Following an interactive discussion, participants may create their own masterpiece. The program will be hosted on Zoom. Registration is free and only one registration per family is required. Please register by 3 p.m. Friday, November 13. A Zoom link will be sent Friday evening. When you join the Zoom meeting, enable the audio and video features. Update the name on Zoom to be the name(s) of your children, then the adult.

Birds of the Mojave Desert Webinar

  • When: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Where: Virtual
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This webinar will be the final installment in The Nature Conservancy’s fall webinar series. Take a virtual bird walk with Amargosa River Project Manager Len Warren and learn about the many bird species that call the Mojave Desert home, and what The Nature Conservancy is doing to protect their habitat.

Wobble Before You Gobble 5K/10K Run

Kick-off Thanksgiving with the 5th Annual Wobble Before You Gobble 10K & 5K family fun run/walk/wobble, which is a virtual event. New this year is a 1-mile walk for all ages. Registration includes a finisher’s medal for all distances and a beanie or a T-shirt.

Scheels Virtual Turkey Trot 2020

In the first ever Scheels Virtual Turkey Trot, participants can run from wherever they like, at whatever time is convenient, between November 21 – 29. Avid runners and newcomers alike are welcome to join the event. Registration costs $20 and $2 from each participant will supports the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

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