Annual Gathering Essentials

Annual Gathering Essentials

Enchantment Under the Sea Dance

George, grab your Lorraine! We're traveling back to Hill Valley High for the Saturday Night dance, presented by the Gen Y SIG!

Comedy Night: Jocular Geniuses

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? Come get your ribs tickled at our inaugural comedy show! It's hosted by the inimitable Tommy Ryan, who'll be fluffing you with some seriously funny pros from TV and the California comedy clubs and introducing some of our finest Mensan stand-up talent for a night you won't forget. We really hope that it's not The Aristocrats all night, but we make no promises. And if we can leave you with parting advice: Don't trust atoms; they make up everything.

World-class Accommodations

For more than 60 years the Nugget Casino Resort has been an iconic destination in the Reno-Sparks, Nevada area. The Nugget features a full-service casino, 1,380 guest rooms and suites situated in two 28-story guest towers, five restaurants, 110,000 square feet of meeting and special event space, a year-round atrium pool, a fitness center and three live entertainment venues.


American Mensa has partnered with the YTB Travel Network to provide an entire website to handle all of your travel-related needs. Book your flight, airport transportation, and more through Mensa Travel.

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Meet the hidden heroes of the Space Race

Author Margot Lee Shetterly talks about race, gender, science, and the history of technology, framing in dramatic detail a key chapter in American history that still leaves us with a sense of wonder and possibility.

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Where Pancakes and Performances Collide

Come get served like a queen, by a queen … and make sure you’re ready to have the most fun you’ll ever have at brunch! Drag brunch is the most important meal of the week, and you won’t want to miss where pancakes and performances collide.

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Annual Gathering Tours

Make the most out of your trip to the Reno-Sparks metro area with these hand-picked excursions, including sightseeing around picturesque Lake Tahoe, the thrilling whitewater of the Truckee River, an electrifying view of the Milky Way, and more.

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Lend a helping hand

A few hours of your time makes a big difference, and it’s a great opportunity to meet other Mensans and share in the success of this event.

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Hospitality & Dining

Hospitality is a mainstay at Mensa events — a conveniently located, bustling ballroom serving as a rallying point, a spot to grab some quick nosh between speaker sessions, and a banquet hall each evening.

Hospitality at Annual Gathering 2022 will be open 24 hours and features several meals (four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners), snacks during all non-meal times, and a selection of beer and wine.

Mensa Makers Market

The Annual Gathering Mensa Makers Market is a forum for Mensans to display and sell books and handcrafted items — anything from hand-painted wooden eggs and handcrafted jewelry to photographs and calligraphy.

Event Policies

You’re here for fun, food, and fellowship — in short, a good time. To ensure that good time, and for the safety and comfort of everyone, the Annual Gathering has a few policies in place. Please comply so that you and everyone else can enjoy the AG.

Covid-19 Safeguards at the Annual Gathering

Our goal for the Annual Gathering is a safe and enjoyable event. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, please adhere in the event space to the following protocols, which are based on Centers for Disease Control guidance, state and local regulations, and hotel policy.