May 11, 2019

Reno River Festival

Reno, Nevada

Venue : Downtown Reno
State : Nevada
Contact Website :



The Reno River Festival returns with a splash to kickoff Northern Nevada’s event season Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 – 12th. Once again, winter has returned with a vengeance and so will the Reno River Festival. With a dream outlook on water levels, the signature white water events will be back in the heart of downtown Reno and will host the world’s top ranked whitewater athletes. The whitewater competitions are only part of what brings more than 40,000 outdoor enthusiasts down to the Reno River Festival. It’s THE Nation’s summer kickoff Festival.


Summer is synonymous with music and so is the Reno River Festival. Free to the public, this full-scale music festival has featured several chart topping nationally recognized recording artists from RCA’s Old Dominion in 2014, BMG’s Clare Dunn in 2015, country music newest sensation Drake White in 2016 to country music’s next superstar Jimmie Allen in 2018 . The Reno River Festival’s 2019 lineup that will be the biggest and best yet.


The newest sensation to the Reno River Festival returns bigger and more amped up than ever! This moving concert is a celebration of everything bicycle. The Island of Black and White will take you on a soulful, slow ride with a performance and a sound system that will turn heads. The leader singer will weave through the costumed crowd of cyclists as you take an unforgettable tour of the streets of Reno. 2019 features a brand new 7-mile course which begins on the Virginia Street Bridge and ends in the heart of the festival. Grab your favorite bicycle, put on your craziest costume, and get ready for the most unique ride of your life! The Reno River Roll is the official kick-off to Bike Week in Northern Nevada. It is open to all ages and all types of bicycles. For more information, visit the Reno River Roll link above or just get in now. Space is limited. The thrill is not.


Enjoy a true outdoor bar setting with all of the elements of summer. There is music, tables, chairs and shade. Oh, let’s not forget the fantastic view, on the peninsula peak, overlooking both of the Truckee River whitewater channels.  Sample more than a couple dozen different craft beers. The challenge is to sample them all. Those who do will be entered into a grand prize drawing to be given away Saturday night on the main stage between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Must be present to win. There will also be a drawing on Sunday as well.


There is nothing quite like the light, refreshing taste of summer packaged into a crisp glass of wine. Relax under the summer themed shaded wine village with a VIP view of the Reno River Festival’s music lineup.  Tickets includes a commemorative Reno River Festival wine glass the sampling of more than two dozen summer wines, champagnes, sangria’s and mixed beverages from around the United States. You will be given access in and out of the Wine Village throughout the day.  Space is limited. Tickets will go on sale later this month.   Get yours soon as this will sell out.


The Reno River Festival’s Mother / Daughter Look-A-Like Contest Returns. We absolutely loved this new addition last year, which means we are bringing it back bigger and better! The Mother / Daughter look-a-like contest will take place on the main amphitheater stage Sunday, May 12 at 12:30pm.  This casual format encourages contestant’s of all ages to dress a-like and above all else have fun!   Each contestant will be interviewed by our host and judged by a former Miss Reno and Reno River Festival Officials.  We will accept more pairings and have bigger prizes.


Experience an unforgettable Mother’s Day weekend at the Reno River Festival’s adrenaline-pumping Reno-Tahoe USA Adventure Park. 2019 will feature the largest collection of obstacles, rides, challenges, and games ever. The park boasts a summer carnival atmosphere with one-of-a-kind thrills for the entire family. It is vastly expanded this year with bigger, faster, and more daring rides for all ages. Whether you have little ones who like to bounce or you want to fly high above the record rapids of the Truckee River, the Adventure Park has fun for everyone.


Let’s Not Forget the Shopping! It’s Mother’s Day weekend and there isn’t a better spot to take the family shopping this all-important weekend.  The Reno River Festival hosts over 50,000 visitors and features over 100 different shops that have something for everyone.  You can shop for summer clothes, hats, purses, decor, jewelry and more. The shops will have everything from handmade crafts to popular retail items. Seriously, you name it, and it will probably be here.


Sure, the Rivefest has the world’s greatest kayakers and music and rides and entertainment, but it may very well be the food that draws in the masses..  Vendors will be serving gourmet hot dogs, tacos, burgers, fried chicken, food on a stick, candy popcorn.. heck, you name it.  Let’s not forget there will be plenty of libations to tame down that summer thirst.


Sponsorship Packet Here

Friends of Festival Packet Here

Vendor Packet Here