Welcome 2024 with an exciting lineup of events in the lively Reno-Sparks area! January kicks off with a symphony of activities catering to diverse interests. Dance enthusiasts will sway at the Latin Dance Fest, while thrill-seekers can explore the spectral tales at the haunting Gold Hill Hotel.

For the literary-minded, the Nevada Museum of Art beckons with its Book Club gathering on January 31st. With music, dance, theater, culinary delights, wine, and cultural exploration, this month promises a dynamic blend of experiences. Whether your passion lies in rhythmic beats, spine-tingling stories, or thought-provoking discussions, Reno-Sparks has something special for everyone. Embrace the myriad opportunities awaiting you in January!

First Thursday with Musical Guest Mel & Gia

  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2024
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno

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Experience the revival of First Thursday at Nevada Museum of Art as it returns with live music, proudly presented alongside Loud As Folk, a regional platform for singer-songwriter showcases. Join your friends for this beloved monthly tradition, featuring sensational live performances, great beer, and an abundance of fun. Let the tunes and good times fill the air and celebrate the spirit of live music and camaraderie.

Reno Latin Dance Fest

  • When: Thursday, January 4 – Sunday, January 7, 2024
  • Where: Silver Legacy Resort, 407 N. Virginia St., Reno

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The Reno Latin Dance Fest is a festival featuring daytime workshops led by professional instructors, nightly dance showcases, Jack and Jill competitions, and energetic social parties pulsating with top Latin DJs. A global convergence of dance aficionados, it’s a celebration of Latin dance where diverse genres like Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip Hop, Jazz, and others take center stage. With workshops catering to all levels, from beginners to experts, everyone finds their groove regardless of dance experience.

Riverside Farmers Market – Reno

  • When: Sunday, January 7, 2024
  • Where: Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Dr., Reno

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Riverside Farmers Market champions fresher foods sourced not from stores, but from our local lands. Riverside Farmers Market is both a market and nonprofit, their mission is to nurture sustainable farms within our high desert community. They believe that fresher foods equate to better taste and health. Support your local farmers by attending the monthly farmers market – “Eat Your Altitude!”

While the Lights Were Out

  • When: Specific days starting Friday, January 19 – Sunday, February 11, 2024
  • Where: Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., Reno

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“While the Lights Were Out” is an uproarious blend of chaos and mystery. This thrilling comedy promises an evening packed with laughter, unexpected turns, and just enough suspense to keep audiences captivated. Lord Clive and Lady Monica Wickenham’s dinner soiree takes a dark turn during a thunderstorm. As the lights flicker off, an anguished cry, a gunshot, and when the lights return, a shocking discovery—the victim strangled! With each clue more bewildering than the last, the frenetic plot keeps everyone guessing: What transpired in the darkness?

The Reno Wine Walk

  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Where: Reno Riverwalk District, Riverside Dr., Reno

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Embark on the Riverwalk’s lively Wine Walk held every Third Saturday monthly, organized by the Riverwalk Merchants Association in downtown Reno along the Truckee River and nearby streets. This delightful and offbeat affair spotlights costumes while offering a chance to mingle, stroll, and revel in the ambiance of downtown Riverwalk businesses. Join in the fun, sip wine, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this community event.

Dead Plant Society

  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Where: Urban Roots, 1700 E. 2nd, Reno

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New to gardening? Urban Roots has your back! Join the workshop to kickstart your spring & summer garden planning this winter. Explore seed selection, soil health, and companion planting basics. All attendees receive seeds to start their garden, while one lucky Dead Plant Society member wins a garden planning journal and a Johnny’s Seeds gift card. Embrace winter as the ideal time to plan and thrive in your gardening journey.

Forest Therapy Walk

  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2024
  • Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, 13925 S. Virginia St., Reno

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Immerse yourself in a unique Arboretum experience with a sensory Forest Bathing walk led by Julie Baum, a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Engage your senses through reflective activities, concluding with a tranquil tea session beneath the trees. These walks happen every third Sunday, starting at 1:00 p.m., spanning 2.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person; $20 for May Arboretum Society members. Limited spots available, registration is required.

Haunted Ghost Tour at the Gold Hill Hotel

  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2024
  • Where: Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 S. Main St., Virginia City

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Discover the allure of the Gold Hill Hotel, hailed as Nevada’s 8th most haunted site, while enjoying a Historical Ghost Tour in partnership with The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture. Presented by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters (NNGH), your evening commences with a gourmet dinner at the Crown Point restaurant, followed by ghostly tales and investigations using paranormal tools. Explore haunted rooms and savor a drink at the historic bar. Grab some friends and enjoy an unforgettable ghostly experience!

Afrofuturism and Black Feminisms with Prisca Gayles, P.h.D.

  • When: Friday, January 26, 2024
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno

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Join the University of Nevada, Reno’s Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender, Race, and Identity, Prisca Gayles, in a compelling dialogue exploring Afrofuturism and Black Feminisms woven into April Bey’s Atlantica: The Gilda Region.

April Bey’s immersive installation delves into Black Americans’ historical fascination with space exploration, encapsulating Afrofuturism. Bey’s vibrant tableaux, combining various mediums, reflect on queerness, feminism, and internet culture through oversized mixed-media paintings, textiles, video, music, and plant installations. Register HERE to explore Afrofuturism!

Spanish Nights

  • When: Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
  • Where: Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., Reno

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Embark on a musical voyage to Spain with the Reno Phil! Led by Spanish conductor Ramon Tebar, experience a captivating evening featuring spirited compositions by Spanish maestros. Renowned guitarist Rafael Aguirre will grace the stage, delivering a mesmerizing performance of Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, showcasing both lyrical beauty and virtuosity. Delight in an unforgettable night of music, celebrating Spanish culture and the artistry of these remarkable composers. Olé!

Apex Concerts: “Extraordinary Imaginations” with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
  • Where: University Arts Building, Hall Recital Hall, 1338 N. Virginia St., Reno

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Apex Concerts proudly collaborates with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, delving into the transformative early 20th century, an era of innovation and boundless creativity. Experience Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s African-inspired themes, Reynaldo Hahn’s Parisian fashion-inspired compositions, and Eugene Ysaÿe’s homage to George Enescu. The evening crescendos with Ernest Bloch’s grand Piano Quintet, reflecting his Jewish heritage and crafting dramatic scores influenced by diverse philosophical and religious themes.

Turning Pages Book Club: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
  • Where: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno

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Engage with Museum volunteer docents in a book discussion linked to current Museum exhibitions and featured artists. Ensure you’ve finished the book beforehand. Register online for guiding questions on the book club’s focus. Arrive early to pre-order lunch from the Café! Limited space available so advance reservations recommended for this insightful gathering. Reserve your spot to delve into art, literature, and captivating discussions at the Museum’s book club.

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