Chalk Art, Film Festivals, and More

Artown’s 25th anniversary is just around the corner and will feature more than 300 live and virtual events.

While the month-long festival will differ from what organizers had planned many months ago, there will be many events and artists keeping the spirit of Artown alive. Events planned include the awe-inspiring, fifth annual Chalk Art & Music Festival at the Atlantis, Art Spot Reno’s Downtown and Midtown Mural Tours, the Cordillera International Film Festival, the Midtown Burning Man Parade, and “Heartown” Artown’s ambitious campaign to bring art to the people. Ticketed events and large public concert gatherings at Wingfield Park, the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, and in Midtown have all been postponed.

Artown’s virtual opening night on July 1 will include all of the previously booked headliners for the festival, including: Keb’ Mo’, March Fourth Marching Band, Sheléa, Tim Snider, Vertigo Dance Company, Playing For Change, Jake Shimabakuro, Buff Sainte-Marie, Hot Sardines, Kronos Quartet, Charlie Musselwhite, AJ Croce, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Time for Three, Cool Nasty, Pamyua, Na Lei Hulu Wekiu, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Davina and the Vagabonds, LADAMA, Mariachi Acero de Las Vegas, Paa Kow and Resistance Revival Chorus.

Other notable highlights confirmed for Artown 2020 include:

  • Month-long fine art and maker events at Copper Cat Studio in Sparks – July 1-31
  • Art Walk Reno – July 2
  • 5th Annual Reno Chalk Art & Music Festival – July 10-12 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
  • Day of Visual Arts Weekend – July 10-12,
  • The Inaugural South Virginia Plaza in Midtown Celebration – July 18
  • The Cordillera International Film Festival – July 23-26
  • Midtown Burning Man Parade – July 30

For more information about Artown, you can visit their website here.

Reno is Artown for the entire month of July! Artown’s primary goal is to encourage local artist participation and highlight the best performers in northern Nevada. Additionally, we exist to market and promote these arts events locally, regionally, and nationally as a premier arts festival. Artown, a month-long summer arts festival, features about 500 events produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations citywide. Artown’s mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region.

Artown has been inspiring community through the arts since 1996. If you aren’t quite comfortable heading out to events yet, or have to miss this July, you can also help keep Artown free by donating.

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