Reno, NV, has cultivated a vibrant lgbtq+Q+ scene that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Steve's Bathhouse, established in 1962, stands as the country's oldest bathhouse and serves as a safe meeting place for gay, straight, and bisexual individuals. The city also boasts "Our Center," a community hub for the lgbtq+QIA+ community in Northern Nevada. This center is dedicated to advocacy, education, and services, aiming to build, connect, and strengthen the lgbtq+Q+ community through various programs and inclusive activities. The Reno Gay Pride Festival, held in Wingfield Park, has been a beacon of celebration for over two decades, growing each year in its mission to spread inclusivity and acceptance. Moreover, the Northern Nevada Pride event, which includes a CommUNITY Pride Parade, is a significant annual event that showcases the unity and spirit of the lgbtq+Q+ community

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Popular Gay Events and Venues in Reno, NV:

  1. Northern Nevada Pride: This annual event takes place in July and typically includes a colorful parade, festival, and various other community events. It's a wonderful celebration of diversity and inclusion, and typically draws attendees from all over Nevada and neighboring states.The Northern Nevada Pride Festival and Community Parade is usually a day-long event featuring a variety of activities. The day generally begins with a community parade that winds through the heart of downtown Reno, showcasing a blend of colorful floats, lively music, and groups representing businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations, all showing their support for the lgbtq+Q+ community.
  2. Reno Rainbow Fest: Held annually in September, Reno Rainbow Fest is an all-day event that showcases local lgbtq+Q+ businesses and artists. It's a fun, inclusive event with live entertainment, food, and drinks.
  3. OutWest Film Fest: This film festival focuses on lgbtq+Q+ cinema from around the world. It's a great opportunity to see some unique, thought-provoking films and engage with the local lgbtq+Q+ community.

List of Gay Bars and Hotspots in Reno, NV:

  1. 5 Star Saloon: Known as the oldest lgbtq+Q+ bar in Nevada, the 5 Star Saloon has been a staple in Reno since 1971. It's a welcoming and inclusive space that offers a variety of events, including karaoke nights, drag shows, and dance parties.
  2. Carl's - The Saloon: A bit more laid-back than some of the other options, Carl's is a great place for a casual night out. They offer pool, darts, and a comfortable outdoor patio.
  3. The Emerson Cocktail Lounge:  located in midtown Reno, NV. The Emerson offers craft cocktails set in a Mid-Century style lounge and patio! The place offers drug shows and brunch.
  4. Faces NV: This lively nightclub and bar is known for its high-energy atmosphere and diverse crowd. Faces NV frequently hosts live DJs, drag shows, and other events. Their motto is "All are welcome, all are celebrated," emphasizing their commitment to inclusivity.


Whether you’re looking for a spot to kick off the night, or seeking the perfect nightcap, Reno’s lgbtq+Q bars have something for everyone.
Located downtown, 5 Star Saloon is Reno’s longest-running gay bar. They have a large dance floor with a stage and dance poles.
Carl’s Saloon will make you feel like you’re right at home. There are an awesome backyard patio and pool tables. They are located near the Peppermill Resort on South Virginia St.
Northern Nevada’s newest lgbtq+Q+ nightclub is Splash Bar Reno. They host weekly events like karaoke, Throwbacks and Noche Latina. You can find Splash Bar on Kietzke near the Grand Sierra Resort.
Faces NV Reno is continuing the nightlife legacy started by the original Faces Nightclub which opened over 30 years ago. Located in downtown Reno, this bar always has some kind of event going on.
Breweries, distilleries and wineries can be found all around the area. From award-winning pilsners to welcoming tasting rooms, there’s plenty of local taste to go around.
The 5 Star Saloon, near the West Street Market, prides themselves on bringing in a multitude of different people with their special events and laid back atmosphere. Another gay bar is the 1099 Club, right next to the Chapel Tavern. As one of the oldest gay bars in town, they have a dedicated clientele. The Neutron/Tronix bar on Kietzke Avenue is more of an action-oriented dance club with a large space and really good drink specials. The bartenders are friendly and their events include DJs, costume contests and drag queen shows. The Patio is also a popular gay venue, with karaoke nights and sports events.


In addition to the area’s TAG-approved hotels, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Whitney Peak Hotel, our lodging properties offer a unique experience for all guests, no matter your pleasure. The downtown Reno properties include THE ROW and Renaissance Reno. Head further south and you’ll find Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on your way out to Virginia City or Mount Rose. Grand Sierra Resort is located in the heart of the city with an abundance of on-property adventure. Nugget Casino Resort is surrounded by a neighborhood of new food, drink and entertainment options. For Tahoe seekers, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is a stone’s throw away from the lake’s famous blue water. You can check out all of the lodging properties here.


Events in Reno Tahoe are back! As restrictions continue to loosen, more events are being added to our calendar. Bookmark our events calendar, and plan your next trip to Reno around one of your favorite events.

Northern Nevada Pride will takes place in Wingfield Park each summer in July. There is a parade through downtown Reno, concluding at Wingfield Park where the live entertainment and festival will take place. Northern Nevada Pride is produced by and supports the efforts of Our Center – the local lgbtq+Q+ community center.

For the entire month of July, Reno is Artown. There are concerts at beautiful Rancho San Rafael park just north of downtown, along with a variety of other live music, dance, culture and theatre events.

Burning Man returns to the Black Rock Desert, August 28-September 5. You can also find the spirit and art of Burning Man all year long in Reno Tahoe. Art pieces from Burning Man are sprinkled around Reno including Reno’s Neon Line, just west of downtown, and City Plaza, located in the heart of Reno along the beautiful Truckee River.

Each September, The Great Reno Balloon Race sends more than 80 beautiful hot-air balloons into the skies over Reno. It has been one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events for over three decades and is a world-renowned and locally beloved community tradition.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts hosts several Broadway productions each season during “Broadway Comes to Reno.” It is also the home of the A.V.A Ballet Theatre and showcases the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the year. Please visit the Pioneer Center’s website for the most up-to-date list of scheduled events.

On the second Thursday of every month, The Emerson Bar presents Drag Bingo! Win fab prizes and the proceeds benefit a different charity every month.

Brunch and a show? Head to Cafe Whitney, inside Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown, on the third Saturday of the month for their Drag Brunch. Presented by the Haus of Does Moore, guests are treated to a delicious brunch and fabulous entertainment.

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