Looking to ring in the new year with some fun Sparks and Reno events in January? From interactive art activities at the Nevada Museum of Art to Christmas tree recycling opportunities to learning about winter gardening, there are plenty of ways to celebrate 2023 with your friends and loved ones. Here’s what you need to know.

Mark Your Calendars For These Sparks-Reno Events In January

Let It Glow, Reno

Reno events in January to see holiday lights

  • When: 5 p.m.-7, Sunday, January 1, 2023–Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Where: Downtown Reno
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If you’re looking for a perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore the community this winter season, the search stops now. This illuminating Reno event in January allows you to experience downtown like never before—check out local businesses with the most festive lighting displays and have some fun along the way. Participating locations and districts include MidTown, Downtown, Riverwalk, Brewery, and Wells Avenue.

KTMB Christmas Tree Recycling

Recycle your christmas tree at this Reno event in January

  • When: 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2023–Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Where: Bartley Ranch, Reno Sports Complex, Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, Truckee Meadows Fire Station
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Why let your Christmas tree go to the landfill when you can give it another life? Through this program, more than 10,000 trees are used for weed abatement and park beautification annually. Ensure that all ornaments and decorations have been removed before donating. Drop-off locations vary, and a $5 donation is suggested to help cover program costs.

First Thursday With Musical Guests Adrian + Meredith

Reno events in January at the Nevada Museum Of Art

  • When: 5 p.m.-7, Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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First Thursday at the Nevada Museum of Art is partnering with Loud As Folk, a regional singer-songwriter showcase, to bring some serious tunes to Reno. With Adrian + Meredith on the stage and Spike McGuire as your host for the evening, you won’t want to miss out on the excitement that this event offers. Plus, there’s nothing like celebrating the new year with a good old-fashioned night of live music, beer, and fun.

‘Come In From The Cold’ Concert Series

  • When: 7 p.m.-8:30, Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Where: Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
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With a fantastic lineup of cowboy poetry, bluegrass music, Scottish tunes, and front porch banjo picking, this musical series is sure to have everyone toe-tapping and hand-clapping. Doors open at 5:30 for this event. So, ensure that you get there early, grab a seat and your dancing shoes, and don’t forget to bring a suggested 5$ donation.

“Pinyon Jay Project” With Ned Bohman

A Sparks and Reno event to learn about birds and birding

  • When: 6 p.m.-7, Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Where: Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks
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Join Washoe County Park Rangers on the second Wednesday of every month for their informative and engaging series about birds and birding. For this event, Ned Bohman, outreach biologist from the Great Basin Bird Observatory, will discuss how to reverse the population decline of the pinyon jay. All ages are welcome. Meet in the Cottonwood Room.

Gardening In Small Places: Pruning

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In this class, you’ll learn the dos and don’ts of how and when to prune various plants, such as trees and shrubs, to ensure they are healthy come spring. This virtual event costs $10.

Hands ON! Second Saturday – Bringing in the New Year

Hands on at the Nevada Museum of Art, a Reno event in January

  • When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Let your creative side out—this Hands ON! celebration through the Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation includes interactive art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances, and other exciting community collaborations. This free Reno event in January is sure to be a unique and special experience for visitors and community members of all ages to enjoy.

Robert Adams: Photographing The American West

Learn about the photography of the American West

  • When: noon-1 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2023
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Join Peter Goin, a Foundation Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, in a discussion about the visual history of the American West. Goin will dive deeper into the photography of Robert Adams, a renowned photographer who strayed from the picturesque images of the American landscape and began documenting the New Topographics with his peers in the 1970s. This movement captured a less romanticized view of industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl, and human impact on the land.

Experience Music Day

Join a musical discussion at the Church of Fine Arts

  • When: 2 p.m.-5, Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Where: University Fine Arts Building and Church Fine Arts Building, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno
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This event at the University of Nevada, Reno, presents an incredible opportunity for students, parents, faculty members, and community members alike to see what the future holds for music. You’ll be able to gain insight into music performance, music education, jazz, recording arts, composition, music history, and more. Registration is recommended but not required.

Apex Concerts: Mostly Mozart

  • When: 7:30 p.m.-9:30, Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Where: Hall Recital Hall, University Arts Building, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno
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This Apex Concerts program is celebrating Mozart’s 266th birthday with an evening anchored by the monumental Divertimento in E-Flat Major piece. Performing is violinist Yura Lee, violist Dimitri Murrath and clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan to create a musical spectacular of the ages. This event is $35 for adults and $5 for students.

Brew HaHa 2023!

  • When: 7 p.m.- 11, Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Where: Nugget Casino Resort’s Grand Ballroom, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks
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If you’re 21 years or older, this event is one of the most talked about craft beer festivals in the greater Northern Nevada region. With more than 40 local artists and vendors, it will surely be a night to remember. Before opening to the public, VIP hour will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., including an appetizer buffet and Reno Tahoe comedy performance.

Growing Under The Stars With Master Gardeners: Trees And Shrubs: Planning, Planting, and Care

Want to know the basics for your outdoor plants and shrubs, join Master Gardener, Mike Kauzlirich as he covers all you need. This free presentation will cover proper site selection, preparation, and long-term care and maintenance. Registration is recommended but not required.

At Dickson Realty, our team of local experts knows about the best activities and places to live, including the best Sparks and Reno events in January. To learn more about how to enjoy the Northern Nevada region, contact one of our realtors today.