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Eldorado Great Italian Festival

October 10 - 11, 2015

Citywide Event

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For 34 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno. The outdoor festival, held annually over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and tradition.  Downtown Reno is transformed into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, wine walk, an Italian farmer’s market, kids’ gelato eating contest, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment and vendors.

The FREE music line-up includes festival favorites such as, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Bella Ciao, Primo Basso and direct from Italy Capuano n’T Rock.  Joining the festival this year are Duo Domino and Italica.

No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food.  A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off. Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life in front of admiring and hungry spectators.  Pasta tasting bowls will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 12 noon and going until 4 pm.

Festival-goers can enjoy an extended Italian menu in The Buffet starting on Monday, October 5 and throughout the week.  There will be a special Italian Seafood Feast on Friday, October 9. The Eldorado’s famous Italian Dinner Buffet will also be served in the Eldorado Convention Center on Saturday at 4 pm and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday.   Guests can enjoy an array of Italian specialties including handmade pasta dishes, osso bucco, eggplant parmesan, calamari with lemon butter, capers and basil, and many others as well as an assortment of homemade Italian salads and desserts, including the Eldorado’s famous gelato and tiramisu!


Festival Hours

Saturday, October 10- 10am-6pm

Sunday, October 11- 10am-5pm