Throughout the month of July, organizers of Reno’s 14th annual Artown festival are promoting this year’s celebration as the perfect vacation destination for families on a budget, with more than 300 free events planned.

The events range from concerts to cultural celebrations, theatrical performances, dance, art exhibits, outdoor movies and children’s workshops — most of them on a downtown park on an island with a band shell in the middle of the Truckee River‘s free kayaking and tubing park.

 

Last year, 350,000 people turned out and even more are expected this year with family friendly events drawing attention, from face painting to kite-making and “ice cream sundaes in an art bowl.”

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