Northern Nevada Gay Pride 2016 - Reno Gay Pride Festival 2016

Wingfield Park, on the Truckee River in downtown Reno, is the site of the city's Gay Pride festival in August. by Andrew Collins

Fringing the scenic Lake Tahoe region and with plenty of lovely scenery of its own, the city of Reno lies on the central-western edge of Nevada and is home to a greater population of 438,000, making it the second largest city in the state. Although it does have a slew of casinos, it's a much more low-keyed and unflashy gaming destination than Las Vegas, and Reno also has a friendly and manageable vibe. The city's LGBT scene continues to grow, and many come to attend Northern Nevada Gay Pride (aka Reno Gay Pride).

It takes place a bit earlier than it has in the past this year - the date of the big festival and parade is July 23, 2016.

Reno Gay Pride consists of several events throughout the weekend - check out the official Northern Nevada Gay Pride events page.

The main event, the Reno and Northern Nevada Community Gay Pride Festival is on Saturday, July 23, right in the middle of downtown along the picturesque Truckee River, at Wingfield Park, which is set on a leafy island in the middle of the river. There's entertainment throughout the day, including performances by Lady Bunny, Amber, and more. A big highlight of the day is the Northern Nevada Community Pride Parade, also on Saturday, taking place at 11 am and running along California Avenue from Keystone to Arlington streets.

Reno, Nevada Gay Resouces

Your best overall resource for information on the area is the helpful LGBT travel site of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Reno Pride is produced by the Nevada Gay & Lesbian Visitors & Convention Bureau, which posts quite a lot of information about upcoming events on its Facebook page

If you're coming from Nevada's largest metropolis, Las Vegas, expect the drive to take about seven hours via U.S. 95. By far, the closest major city to Reno is San Francisco, which is reached via a straight shot along I-80 - without traffic, the drive takes about four hours. Reno extremely close to Lake Tahoe, and indeed, the city's Pride festival draws plenty of folks from that area. If you're visiting Reno as part of a trip to Tahoe, you can find plenty of tourism information on that area by checking with the different area tourism offices and visitors bureaus - each has details on dining, lodging, and travel in the region.

 Tahoe South handles the towns around South Lake Tahoe, including Stateline and the adjoining Heavenly ski resort; while North Lake Tahoe comprises the communities and resorts like Crystal Bay, Incline Village, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Truckee, and more.