Summer is back in 2021! The Reno River Festival returns June 12-13 with a celebration of all things local. The heart of downtown Reno will transform into an outdoor destination featuring local craft beer, local food, local craft vendors, and local musical acts.

“Craft vendors, food trucks, performers, and all of those who rely on events to make a living have been hit especially hard by the pandemic,” says Jess Horning, co-owner and co-founder of Liquid Blue Events. “This festival is a chance for the community to get outside and support local.”

Riverfest is going to look a little different this year, but it is packed with all things summer. The festival features a Craft Beer & Seltzer Experience, shopping, food, and live music. The hours are being extended to 9:00 pm on both days of the festival. To keep the crowds down and everyone safely socially distanced, attendees must purchase tickets to enter the park.

“This is the first time in its 17-year history the festival has charged an entry fee,” says Neil Horning, co-owner and co-founder of Liquid Blue Events. “It is a necessary step to not only abide by all COVID regulations but for us to be able to put the festival on. And we believe events are important, especially now. People have been stuck inside their homes for a year. Everyone wants to get outside and do something to get that sense that things are getting better.”

COVID restrictions will be in place at the festival including mask and social distancing requirements.

“We have been working diligently with the City of Reno and the State of Nevada to make this festival happen,” states Jess Horning. “We have a comprehensive COVID plan in place to keep all attendees and our staff safe.”

That COVID plan could change depending on what current restrictions are in place at the time of the festival. Washoe County Commissioners are debating to amend their COVID-19 Mitigation and Enforcement Plan. One of those amendments would eliminate social distance minimums for outdoor events. If approved, the Reno River Festival will be able to allow more people to attend and could expand its activities for attendees.

“If commissioners eliminate social distance minimums for outdoor events, we’ll be able to add more food trucks, more music, and more people would be able to enjoy the event,” says Neil Horning. “We would be able to make this year’s RiverFest look more like what that community has come to expect from the festival. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The Reno River Festival has become one of the region’s biggest events and marks the beginning of event season in Northern Nevada.

There are several different ticket options to RiverFest. Tickets are on sale now!

It’s been a year, but summer is back! Let’s get back outside, back to our community, and back to adventure. It all begins in Reno/Tahoe.