The Biggest Little Birthday

On May 9, 2018, the City of Reno will partner with the Reno Aces Baseball Club to host “The Biggest Little Birthday” Reno 150 celebration at Greater Nevada Field! Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868.

Greater Nevada Field LogoReno Aces Baseball Club Logo

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees will need tickets to enter the stadium. Tickets will be available around April 1, 2018 through our sponsor organizations. Sponsor organizations will be listed here by April 1, 2018.

Schedule of events:

  • 4:30 p.m. - Reno 150 celebration begins outside of Greater Nevada Field.
    • Learn about Reno's history, people and events.
    • Visit booths showcasing historical and cultural organizations.
    • There will be music, dancing and a large display of birthday cupcakes.
  • 5 p.m. - Gates open for Reno Aces game (must have tickets).
  • 6:35 p.m. - Game starts.

Sponsors for May 9, 2018 event at Greater Nevada Field:

  • Metcalf Builders
  • Western Nevada Supply

Thanks to our generous sponsors! Event sponsorship opportunities are available through Greater Nevada Field. Interested sponsors can contact Doug Raftery at 775-334-7055 or  

More Reno 150 events

The City of Reno has partnered with our community to host several events since May 2017 during our year-long Reno 150 celebration. In addition to the May 9, 2018 event, save the date for the following:

  • April 22, 2018 - Earth Day at Idlewild Park

At the above events, we will recognize honorees of our Reno People Project. Learn more below.

Reno People

Do you know someone, past or present, who has made a positive impact on our city? The City of Reno is celebrating our sesquicentennial from May 2017 to May 2018. We want to know, for the past 150 years, who helped make our community the best place to live, work and play.
From the first Founder’s Day to the most recent graduating classes, there are extraordinary people who helped build this City, create its character and move it forward. We want to acknowledge those individuals and their contributions.

Nominate someone for the Reno People Sesquicentennial Project


Reno was Born

"The Central Pacific Railroad, which began construction in Sacramento in January 1863, reached Reno in May 1868. Its route through the Truckee Meadows followed the river. The location of the depot and a townsite in the Meadows was particularly important, as it was to be the last major stop before westward trains made their way over the steep and rugged Sierra Nevada. Myron Lake sold more than 100 acres for a depot and town—and Reno was born, establishing the theme of transportation that would dominate its development for many years."

-Source: Online Nevada Encyclopedia

How did the Biggest Little City Get Its name?

An interview of Professional historian Alicia Barber by KUNR.

Countdown to Reno's 150th Birthday