May is the month for Moms and Reno-Sparks offers an abundance of fun things to do for the whole family! Make a plan to celebrate with Mom on Mother’s Day at the Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run.

And fun events continue all month – plan to take in some Northern Nevada history at Bower’s Mansion or taste test savory chili and refreshing beer on the Comstock.

Reno Aces Baseball

  • When: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 – Sunday, May 7, 2023 and Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Sunday, May 21, 2023
  • Where: Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., Reno
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Its back, America’s National Pastime – a great time for the whole family! Every game night of the week offers more than just a game. Grab tickets for a ball game on Tuesday for Taco Tuesdays, 2 street tacos for $6, or Fireworks Friday and enjoy the dazzling fireworks right after the game.

Mother’s Day Weekend

  • When: Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Where: McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Dr., Reno
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There is no shortage of ways to celebrate Mom this year and at this year’s Mother’s Day Boutique, you’ll find the loveliest farmers & artisan market of the season! Start with breakfast and stay for all the extra fun that is planned. Being a mother is a balancing act, right? You’ll have the opportunity to try out some yoga with THREE free yoga classes starting at 8:30am Yoga All Levels, 10:00am Family Yoga (children welcome), and 11:30 Yoga All Levels. And, for just $20, local photographers will take photos of your family amid the lovely Truckee River foliage and you’ll receive the high-resolution digital images capturing your memories!

Pinocchio’s Mom’s on the Run

  • When: Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Where: Hug High School, 3530 Sullivan Ln., Sparks
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So, your Mom is That Mom – the “Active Mom” – good thing the 23rd Annual Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run is scheduled on Mother’s Day this year! Not only will you get your workout in and spend some quality time with mom, but you’ll also be supporting your community. With your participation, Moms on the Run provides over $500,000 each year in support for everyday living expenses which offsets medical expenses. Put your running shoes on and run to support Northern Nevada women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

  • When: Friday and Saturdays, starting May 5, 2023 – May 27, 2023
  • Where: Fleischmann Planetarium, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno
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Is space the final frontier? Get your answer on Fridays and Saturdays when the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center has multiple showings in their Full-Dome Theater. The 6 p.m. showing rotates every month and May’s theme is “Space Adventure”. You may purchase tickets to shows online and at least 15 minutes before the scheduled showtimes. Your full price ticket –  $15 for adults, and $10 for student and seniors also includes admission to the exhibit hall where you’ll find Tomorrow’s World, The Final Frontier, First Contact, and many more!

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

Riverside Farmers Market

  • When: Saturdays, starting May 6, 2023 – May 27, 2023
  • Where: McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Dr., Reno
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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start focusing on eating healthy foods that come from our very own area. The Riverside Farmers Market offers you a place to purchase high-quality food grown by local farmers and ranchers. Join the Eat Your Altitude movement every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


  • When: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Monday, May 27, 2023
  • Where: Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., Reno
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Its finally here at the Pioneer Center – the romantic and adventure-filled musical, Anastasia! This splendid show will transport you from the Russian Empire to the Années folles of Paris. Brave Anya looks to discover the mystery of her past while being pursued by a Soviet officer determined to silence her? But why? Purchase your ticket to find out!

Exhibition Walkthrough – Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity

  • When: Friday, May 12, 2023
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno
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Calling all environmentalists! In the early 20th century Adaline Kent was an energetic innovator and self-proclaimed “addict of the High Sierra” and brought her love of this landscape to life via her abstract artworks. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. join Curatorial Assistant, Kolin Perry, for a guided tour of this exhibit which includes many pieces not seen by the public in over half a century.

Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity

Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival & Classic Car Poker Run

  • When: Friday, May 19, 2023 – Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Where: Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd, Reno
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It’s not quite a hot August night yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick-off the summer season with a little taste of classic vehicles this May. The Spring Fever Revival is back again and at the Grand Sierra Resort Lot #7 this year. Put on your poodle skirt, slick back your hair, and burn rubber on over to enjoy a Show-n-Shine at 10:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday, live music, a Sock Hop on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and a 50/50 Raffle Poker Walk through GSR businesses with daily prizes – it’ll be the bee’s knees!

Washoe County Parks Programs

  • When: Fridays, May 19, 2023 and May, 26, 2023
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Rd., Washoe City
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What do you call two birds-of-prey smiling? Peregrine falcons. Programs on the Porch, Wildlife Edition continues with Marie Gaspari’s presentation, Birds of Prey on May 19 and NDOW talks Bears on May 26. The programs are on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – be sure to be prepared for cooler weather and bring a blanket and low back chair to enhance your enjoyment of these wildlife species. This series is free, but donations are accepted and go to the presenters.

  • When: Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Where: Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Rd., Washoe City
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If you’re new to the area and love history, Living History Day at Bowers Mansion is the place to be. On Saturday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you’ll enjoy exhibits and demonstrations throughout the mansion including a history talk at the top of each hour. If you prefer to take in your history on your own, there will be self-guided tours available, $8 for adults and $6 for kids and seniors (cash only please).

Washoe County Parks - Programs on the Porch

The Brewer’s Cabinet Strange Brew Festival 2023

  • When: Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Where: Brewer’s Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave., Reno
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Cheers to you! Enjoy uniquely crafted brews from local and regional breweries – there’ll even been some home brew to sample! If you consider yourself a beer geek then this is place for you, you’ll satisfy every craving with uncommon and specialty craft beers that are only available at this festival. Cost is $65 and runs from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

40th Annual Chili on the Comstock & The Chili on the Comstock Craft Beer Tour

  • When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 – Sunday, May 21, 2023
  • Where: Virginia City, 85 S. C St., Virginia City
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According to the Chili Appreciation Society International, “There are just about as many theories of how and where chili originated as there are unique family chili recipes. The primary one arose from the “Chili Queens” on Military Plaza in San Antonio, from the mid-19th Century through the early 20th Century. These business ladies sold a meat dish called “Chili Con Carne”, referring to the chili pepper and beef combination. And of course, frijoles (beans) were available (as should be) as a side dish”. No matter what the history is, or if you think beans should not be in a bowl of chili, enjoy as much chili that you can eat at the 40th Annual Chili on the Comstock in Virginia City. Wash the chili down at the Craft Beer Tour featuring pours from local saloons and craft breweries. And don’t forget, this is a chili competition so be sure to vote for your favorite chili!

40th Annual Chili on the Comstock
Photo Courtesy of Jeramie Lu

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