Countdown to Reno's 150th Birthday



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. A full list of sponsor organizations will be available here at that time.


Schedule of events:

  • 4:00 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.
  • Post-game fireworks show.

Tickets are available at one of these locations:

  • The Children’s Cabinet – 1090 S. Rock Blvd or 777 Sinclair St.
    • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Eldorado Resorts Reno - 345 N. Virginia St. (pickup at ticket booths)
    • Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Silver Legacy – 407 N. Virginia St. (pickup at ticket booths)
    • Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Harrah’s Reno – 219 N. Center St. (pickup at Total Rewards Desk located on the casino floor in the West Tower by Sammy’s Showroom)
    • Hours: 24/7
  • Nevada Humane Society – 2825 Longley Ln.
    • Hours: Sunday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • SPCA of Northern Nevada – 4950 Spectrum Blvd.
    • Hours: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Western Nevada Supply Showroom - 950 S. Rock Blvd.
    • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

  • Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • Eldorado Resorts Reno
  • Fennemore Craig Attorneys
  • Harrah's Reno
  • Metcalf Builders
  • NV Energy
  • Washoe County
  • 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 27: Arbor Day at Wingfield Park, 10 a.m.

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

Reno People

The City of Reno is celebrating our sesquicentennial on May 2018. We asked for nominations for people who helped make our community the best place to live, work and play over the last 150 years. 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.


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.