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City of Reno to host Biggest Little Birthday Party
The City of Reno will host a Biggest Little Birthday Party event on Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The festivities are taking place at and around the historic Virginia Street Bridge. View an event flier here and below.
Residents are invited to join in the celebration and show their pride in the Biggest Little City. There will be a variety of entertainment options, and birthday cake will be served. The event will be happening during the annual downtown Reno River Festival.
Attendees of the Biggest Little Birthday Party will be able to participate in a special historic walking tour while using the new Reno Historical app or website. Each stop on the tour, which will be different historic sites in Reno (see list below), will contain volunteers — many in period costumes — who will hand out play money. Tour participants will be asked to answer history trivia questions, download the new app and post about their experience on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
At 4:30 p.m., participants can use their fake money to bid on and win a keepsake deed during a reenactment of an 1868 auction of lots. While March 16, 2014 marks the 111th birthday for the incorporated City of Reno, this event is intended to commemorate and bring to life the events that occurred on May 9, 1868, the day that the first public auction of lots in the City was held.
The event is an official Nevada 150 event. The State of Nevada is currently celebrating its 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial. For more information about the City of Reno’s partnership with Nevada 150, visit Reno.gov/NV150.
Biggest Little Birthday Party Schedule of Events:
Riverwalk at Virginia Street Bridge
2 p.m. Magician Justin Rivera
2 to 4:30 p.m. Gold Panning and Photo Props
3 p.m. Nevada Cadet Band
3:40 p.m. Third Wheelers
4:30 p.m. Reenactment of Historic 1868 Auction of Lots – Live Auctioneer
Riverwalk near Campo
2 to 4:30 p.m. Reno Antique Police Car and Fire Trucks, National Automobile Museum Exhibit
Washoe County Courthouse
2 to 4:30 p.m. Young Chautauqua Performances
Wild River Grille
Signature cocktails throughout the day
- Belle Isle
- First Methodist Church
- Lake Mansion
- Masonic Temple
- Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
- Riverside Hotel (former)
- Ross Manor
- Trinity Episcopal Church
- U.S. Post Office (former)
- Virginia Street Bridge
- Washoe County Court House
- 20th Century Club
Daughters of the American Revolution; Chautauqua; Dennis McCormac (auctioneer); Eldorado Hotel Casino; Harrah’s; Historic Reno Preservation Society; Karen Burns Productions; National Automobile Museum; Nevada 150; Reno Comedy Club; Reno News and Review; Riverwalk Merchants Association; University of Nevada, Reno Libraries; Virginia Street Bridge Review Committee; and Wild River Grille.