Summers are hot in Reno, with daytime temperatures rising to the 90s and sometimes triple digits. High season in Reno is June through August, with the month of July dedicated to Artown, a celebration of over 400 events that brings together some of the world’s most innovative artists. For July, Winfield Park is dedicated to visual and performing art, with concerts, theater, dance, and exhibits. In November and December, the city hosts the Spirit of Artown, a winter arts and cultural festival with an avant-garde twist. In December, the downtown ice-skating rink opens, adding to the festivity of the downtown scene.
Spring and fall are great times to visit Reno, as there are fewer crowds and milder temperatures. In May, when snowmelt courses down the Truckee River, Winfield Park and the Truckee River Whitewater Park launch the paddle-sport season with the Reno River Festival. In September, the town hosts the Great Reno Balloon Race, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. During these shoulder-season months, look for discounts at hotels and restaurants.
January and February see cold temperatures (30s and 40s during the day) and snowy weather. In February, Reno’s casino culture shines, with several Latin Dance events, including the Bachata Festival and Salsa Congress. While Reno’s entertainment moves indoors for the winter months, locals and tourists use Reno as a base for ski excursions to nearby Lake Tahoe. There are 18 resorts in the area that cater to alpine skiers, snowboarders, Nordic skiers, and inner-tubers. The Reno-Tahoe area gets an average of 44 feet of snow in the winter, so bundle up.