Pops at Home

Thank you for helping us raise $36,308.52!

Even though we would rather be gathering with you at Wingfield park, we realize that social distancing isn’t our forte!

Join us for Pops at Home and support the symphony & the summer event that you love.

  • Check out our Pops at Home Party Pack for backyard Pops on the River inspired gatherings with friends
  • Enter our Photo Contest for a chance to win a VIP table with catered dinner at the 2021 Pops on the River & other prizes
  • Join us on Facebook July 11th at 5:00PM  for our Virtual Pops on the River where we take a look back at 25 years of fun with special guests, hosted by Laura Jackson & Tim Young!
  • Help the Reno Phil reach our –  fundraising goal of $40,000! 

Pops on the River is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Reno Phil, and the dollars raised from the event allow us to bring the community music all year long. The Reno Phil hosts several free concerts annually, supports a robust music education program for our kids, and performs classical & pops with our professional orchestra and volunteer chorus throughout the year. If you are able, please consider making a gift to the Reno Phil today.

Photo Contest

Enter to win our Pops at Home Photo Contest!
2019 Most Elegant Winner
2019 Most Elegant Winners "Classy Hippies"
2019 Best Drinkable Concoction Winner
2019 Best Drinkable Concoction Winner "Purple Haze"
2019 Most Outrageous Winners
2019 Most Outrageous Winners "Hare Krishna"
2019 Most Historic Winners
2019 Most Historic Winners "The Moon Landing & Mission Control"


Thank you to everyone who participated in our photo contest! Winners will be announced during our LIVE look back at Pops Past, happening July 11th at 5:00PM on our Facebook Page!

You’ve decorated a table. You’ve dressed to the nines. Yet, somehow, you still didn’t win a prize in the Pops on the River table contest.

Now is your chance for redemption!  Submit a photo of your table & guests from a past event for another shot at the gold!

Pops on the River is a visual showcase of the creativity that lives in our Reno community. We know that each table represents a labor of love from the minds of you and your tablemates and your hard work is a large part of what makes Pops on the River such a spectacle for the senses.

We are taking a look back at 25 years of creativity & fun for a special year of bragging rights & awards. For those eager for a creative outlet, we are introducing a new category: Best Quarantine.

Photos will be uploaded to Facebook for a People’s Choice style voting – the photo with the most likes will win a priority placement table with catering at the 2021 Pops on the River event. Winners in each category will win a $100 gift card from either Stone House Café, Skyline Café or Washoe Public House; and 2 bottles of wine for your 2021 table. 


  • Most Historic
  • Most Elegant
  • Most Outrageous
  • Best Drinkable Concoction
  • Best Quarantine Theme

*Grand Prize (1 winner): One (1) catered, VIP table in a premier location at the 2021 Pops on the River event (July 10, 2021).
Category Prizes (1 winner per category): A $100 gift card from either Stone House Café, Skyline Café or Washoe Public House; and 2 bottles of wine for your 2021 table.

*The Grand Prize winner will be selected from ALL entries (regardless of category) that receives the most overall votes.
Prizes and rewards are subject to change without notice and cannot be exchanged, transferred, or redeemed for cash.

How to Enter
Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on this website. This form will become available on the first date entries are accepted (Wednesday, June 24, 2020).

Entry Period
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (opens at 10:00 am. PST) to Sunday, July 5, 2020 (closes at 11:59 pm PST).

Voting Period
Monday, July 6, 2020 (opens at 10:00 am PST) to Thursday, July 9, 2020 (closes at 5:00 PM PST)

The contest is open to anyone age 18 or over.

Submission Guidelines
Send us your best photo that highlights your Pops on the River table & costume theme. Photos should include both the table and participants, if possible. Please include a short description of your table’s theme with your image. For Best Drinkable Concoction Category, submit an image of the beverage and include the recipe in the description.


Pops at Home Party Pack

Everything you need for a Pops on the River party – Music, Food…. all you need is your FRIENDS!

Tunes for your Par-tay!

We’ve put together a playlist for your backyard parties with some of our favorite tunes performed at Pops on the River over the years. Post a photo of your group and use the #popsathome

What’s a party without great food?
Consider ordering from one of our restaurant partners listed below.


Beaujolais Bistro
753 Riverside Drive, Reno, NV
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5PM – Closing


725 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501
Hours: 12PM – Closing


236 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 3PM – 9PM


La Vecchia
3005 Skyline Blvd #160 Reno, NV
Hours: Weekdays 4 PM – 8 PM and Weekends 4PM – 9PM


Rattlesnake Club
606 West Plumb Lane, Reno, NV
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM – 9PM

Rum Sugar Lime
Cocktails to Go Menu
1039 S Virginia Street Reno, NV
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4PM-10PM
Friday-Saturday – 4PM – 12AM


Sierra Street Kitchen
50 N. Sierra Street Ste. 103 Reno, NV
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 4PM – 9PM


Washoe Public House
275 Hill Street Reno, NV
Hours: Daily 11AM – 9PM

Famous Dave’s
4925 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11AM – 8PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM – 9PM


The Stonehouse Cafe
1907 S. Arlington Ave
Reno, NV 89509
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7AM – 8PM


Thank you to the following donors for their support of Pops at Home!

Sandy Raffealli / Bill Pearce Motors
Shayne del Cohen
Lillian & Steve Frank
Chris & Parky May / RPM Technology, LLC
Robert Nielsen / Shelter Properties, Inc.
Margo Piscevich
Judith Buckingham
Beverly Grace Osowski
Dana & Ken Yzurdiaga / Jimmy John’s
Leslie & Michael Delage
Debbra King
Penny Mayer
Sally & Thomas Tate
Debbie Compton

Pops on the River 2020 Committee

Special thank you to the Pops on the River Committee for their time and hard work!

Diane Kennedy, Co-Chair
Kelly Somers, Co-Chair

Skip Benton
Pat Cantwell
Jaclyn Coleman
Becca Glover
Lydia Meyer
Linda Newberg
Margo Piscevich
Bob Stewart


Thank you to our inkind sponsors who have generously donated their time and talent on the 2020 Pops on the River & Pops at Home.