Guide to New Year's in Reno: Events, Entertainment, and Fireworks

Ring in 2019 with these New Year's Eve holiday activities, events, and shows in Reno, Sparks, and beyond. Activities include parties at casinos and nightclubs across the Truckee Meadows, plus dining specials and fireworks at midnight in downtown Reno. And if you are going to be up at Lake Tahoe, check out these Lake Tahoe New Year's activities for your partying pleasure.

Get Home Safely

Between 6 p.m. New Year's Eve and 2 a.m. New Year's Day, RTC will be offering free rides around the Reno / Sparks area. Just hop on board, no ticket required. Reno's downtown bus system, RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, will be running its regular schedule on New Year's Eve. Call (775) 348-RIDE (348-7433) for assistance and more information.

AAA will be offering "Tipsy Tow" from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve through 6 a.m. New Year's Day. Call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator "I need a Tipsy Tow," and your vehicle will be towed up to 10 miles free of charge. 

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    Watch the Fireworks

    Reno's New Year's fireworks show is sponsored by the downtown hotel-casinos and the City of Reno. Be downtown at midnight for a spectacular fireworks display and fun street party to ring in 2019. The fireworks party centers around the Reno Arch and runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The fireworks show lasts about 15 minutes and is launched from casino rooftops, giving partiers spectacular views from every angle.

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    Dress in Flapper Attire at The Depot

    The Depot is having a New Year's Eve party with a Great Gatsby theme, so patrons are encouraged to dress the part! The cocktail party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m., so the party doesn't stop when the clock strikes midnight. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and unlimited drinks until 12 a.m., and champagne will be served every hour. Tickets are $100 in advance and $120 the day of the party. The Depot is located at 325 E 4th Street. 

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    Be Entertained at the Nugget Casino Resort

    Experience several days of New Year's entertainment at Reno's Nugget Casino Resort. The rapper Ice Cube will perform in the Nugget Ballroom on December 29, 2018. The Temptations will also perform classic hits, the Celebrity Showroom will host the hilarious Dan Band on New Year's Eve.

    Guests over New Year's will also receive food and drink specials, party favors, and free entertainment throughout multiple areas of the resort.

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    Bowl Into 2019 in Sparks

    Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Island Bowling Center with an all-inclusive bowling package. Packages can include pizza, champagne, drawings for water park tickets, and more. The Island is located off I-80 near the Scheels Complex in Sparks.

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    Groove With a Doo-Wop Show in Laughlin

    On December 30-31, 2018 you'll have the opportunity to ring in the New Year at the Edgewater’s E Center’s New Year's Doo-Wop Shows. Three vocal groups will perform Sunday and Monday nights—the Cornell Gunther's Coasters, Marvelettes The Tribute, and The Alley Cats.

    The Edgewater is located at 2020 S. Casino Drive in Laughlin.

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    See The Family Stone in Concert

    The Family Stone will perform two concerts on December 28th, 2018 at the Boomtown Reno casino. Enjoy such hits from the past as Dance to the Music, Everyday People, and Hot Fun in the Summertime. Boomtown is next to I-80, just west of Reno at Exit 4. Watch the events calendar for their New Year's Eve celebration.

     

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    Find Family Fun With Holiday Dreams

    The Grand Sierra Resort presents Holiday Dreams December 20-21, 24-28 and 30, 2018. This show for the whole family infuses traditional holiday elements with cutting-edge technology and computer animation for a modern, more high-tech version of the classic holiday show. The production will include holographic techniques, acrobats, performers, and more, all set to lively music.

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    Participate in a Multi-Faith New Year's Eve Service

    Each year representative from various religions will bring in the New Year event hosted by Reno Buddhist Center. The service usually includes prayers by Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha'i, and Native American leaders. Traditionally, they ring the bell 108 times to let go of the 108 impediments to enlightenment and to welcome the 108 Joys Abiding. The event is free and will be from 10:30 p.m. to 12 midnight. The Reno Buddhist Center is at 820 Plumas Street.