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Reno River Festival: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Weekend Family Outing

Photo Credit: visitrenotahoe.com
Photo Credit: visitrenotahoe.com

Have you been to the Reno River Festival in recent years? It is amazing to me how this festival has grown and changed since it started 14 years ago.

How do I know it was 14 years ago? Because I vividly remember working the inaugural event the weekend that my husband proposed to me. But that’s besides the point.

This event has really grown from it’s whitewater kayaking roots to have truly something for everyone.

Looks like we'll have better weather this year!
Looks like we’ll have better weather this year!

I’m super excited to do the Reno River Roll with my son for the first time this year, a moving concert that celebrates everything bicycle. Then afterwards, we’ll take in some of the bands that will be playing at Wingfield Park (see the schedule below) and watch the whitewater kayak and SUP competitions.

There is also a Mother-Daughter lookalike contest… I thought about participating, but my husband and daughter say that my daughter looks NOTHING like me. Whatever. Maybe you can enter, though!

And for you fellow yogis, the only thing better than a weekend yoga class is a FREE OUTDOOR yoga class! Make that two — there is one each day of the Reno River Festival (see the schedule below).

They always have awesome vendors to peruse as well in the Smuggler’s Village. And the adults in your group can enjoy the Summer Wine Village or the Craft Beer Village.

Screen Shot 2018-05-09 at 3.56.07 PMMy kids love the Reno-Tahoe Adventure Park, which features a zip line over the river. I mean seriously, HOW COOL IS THAT?!

The weather is forecasted to be gorgeous, and I encourage you to grab the family and head outside to see all of the awesome music, culture and athleticism that will be on display at the Reno River Festival.

We are super excited that Dolan Automotive Group, a sponsor of both Reno Moms Blog and the Reno River Festival, has offered up two family four packs to this Saturday’s Reno River Roll. Enter on our Facebook page to win!

Here is the schedule for the entire weekend!

Saturday, May 12:

General Festival Hours:

9am – 6pm – Expo Hours

9am – 5pm – Bike Valet Hours

10am – 5pm – The Adventure Park Hours

10am – 6pm – Private Cabana Hours

11am – 5pm – Craft Beer Village & Limited Release Tent Hours

11am – 8pm – The Wild Tonic Summer Wine Village Hours

8am – 11am – Reno River Roll Check In

Event Schedule:

9am -10am – Yoga in the Park (The Yoga Studio)

11:30am – Reno River Roll Begins on the under the Reno Arch featuring The Island of Black and White, Coors Light Girls Bike Team, Tour de Dez and a lot more

12:30pm – Smithfield Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration (main stage)

2:45pm – Reno River Roll Costume Contest on Wingfield Park Amphitheater (main stage)

Music Festival Hours: 

10:30am – 12:15pm – Opening Act: Fresh Makers

1:15pm – 2:45pm – Act 2: Jessie Leigh

3:30pm – 5:00pm – HEADLINER: Jimmie Allen

5:15pm – 8:00pm – Act 4: Island of Black & White

Whitewater Event Schedule: 

10am – Noon – Great Basin Orthopedic’s White Water Freestyle Prelims

12:30pm – 2pm – SUP Surf Competition

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Great Basin Orthopedic’s Freestyle Kayaking Semi-Finals

All Day – Slalom Warm-up

Freestyle Divisions:
Men’s
Women’s
OC1
C1
Junior Men (14-18)
Junior Women (14-18)

Sunday, May 13 (aka MOTHER’S DAY!)

General River Festival Hours:

9am – 6pm – Expo Hours (More than 100 shops perfect for Mother’s Day)

10am – 5pm – The Adventure Park Hours

10am – 6pm – Private Cabana Hours

11am – 4pm – Craft Beer Village & Experience Hours

11am – 5pm – The Wild Tonic Summer Wine Village Hours

Schedule of Events:

9am -10am – Yoga in the Park (The Yoga Studio)

Noon – Mother Daughter Look Alike Contest (main stage)

6pm – Whitewater Championship Awards

Music Festival Schedule:

10:30am – 12:00pm – Opening Act: Nate Botsford

1:00pm – 2:30pm – Act 2: Hit Parade

3:00pm – 4:30pm – Headliner: Brewer’s Grade

4:45pm – 6:00pm – Act 4: Keyser Soze

Whitewater Event Schedule:

0am – Noon – Slalom Kayak and SUP

1:00pm – 3:00pm – BoaterCross and SUPcross

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Great Basin Orthopedic’s Freestyle Kayak Finals

6pm – Freestyle Awards Ceremony

Freestyle Divisions:
Men’s
Women’s
OC1
C1
Junior Men (14-18)
Junior Women (14-18)

Slalom Divisions:
Men’s
Women’s

Boatercross Divisions:
Cadets (Under 14)
Junior Men (14-18)
Junior Women (14-18)
Men’s
Women’s

SUP-Class Divisions:
Men’s
Women’s

This post is sponsored by Dolan Auto Group.

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About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a tween girl and a rambunctious little boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. Lynnette has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. She is also on the board of Think Kindness, a local non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness. Lynnette loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She is especially thrilled to have her kids starting to love the same hobbies, and spends a lot of time shuttling them to the pool, Lake Tahoe or the ski area depending on the season. Lynnette’s life is a blur of kid activities, mediating sibling arguments, making homemade meals, and hugs and kisses, mixed with days of working in content marketing.

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