Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Eldorado Hotel Casino
October 12, 2013 - October 13, 2013

For 32 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.


Festival Hours

  • Saturday, October 12 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, October 13 10am - 5pm

Activities will include

  • Pasta Sauce Cook-off
  • Kid's Gelato Eating Contest
  • Italian Farmer's Market
  • Garlic Growers of Gilroy & Artichoke Growers of Castroville
  • Famous Italian Buffet Inside the Eldorado
  • Ferrari Car Display
  • Bocce Ball
  • Street Vendors and More!

Bocce Ball
If guests are interested in playing Bocce ball, please direct them to the Bocce Ball
courts located on the Train Trench Plaza at the south end of the Eldorado. Sign ups for the games
are 8:00 – 8:45 am Saturday & Sunday; entry fee is $10 and will go toward the Purse.

Grape Stomp
If guests are interested in the Grape Stomp, please head to the Grape Stomp Stage, located at the Train Trench Plaza south end of the Eldorado anytime after 10am on Saturday, Oct 12 where you can sign up for an available time. Sunday be reserved for the Media, Politicians, Italians and Police & Fire Depts.

Kid’s Gelato Eating Contest
Sunday, October 13 (only) at the Grape Stomp Stage, approximate time
3pm. Ages 3 - 11.

Sauce Cook Off
Sauces will be available to taste on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2pm.
Bowls of pasta will be sold in the middle of the intersection of 4th St. and Virginia
Choice ballots will be given with the purchase of a bowl of pasta. Ballots may be dropped
off at the drum located next to our Souvenir Retail Booth at the corner of 4th St. and Virginia.

Wine Walk
10 Wineries will be giving unlimited tasting between 1p – 4p Saturday and Sunday
for anyone who purchases a wristband for $20 per person/per day. The Wineries will be located in
front of the Grape Stomp Stage on the Trench Plaza. Wristbands may be purchased on the day of
the event at the Wine Walk Location.

Ferrari Club of America
20 Ferrari’s will be displayed each day, location will be on 4th St.

CVC Italian Dinner Buffet
Italian Dinner Buffet will be held in the Convention Center on Saturday starting at 4pm.
Cost for adults is $26.99 + tax and children are $13.99 + tax. The Buffet will have
an Italian Buffet Menu on Saturday and Sunday.


Free Entertainment on Two Stages

  • Michael Barimo
  • Ray Massa's Eurorythms
  • Moreno Fruzzetti
  • Martin Bonventre
  • Capuano n' T Rock
  • Primo Basso Band
  • Bella Ciao
  • Tre Bella
  • The Nevada Opera and More!


Entertainment Schedule

ROME STAGE (4th & Virginia Street)


  • 9:30-10:15 Nevada Opera
  • 10:30-12:00 Michael Barimo
  • 12:30-2:00 Tre Bella
  • 2:00-2:15 Grease
  • 2:30-4:00 Moreno Fruzzetti
  • 4:30-6:00 Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms


  • 9:30-11:00 Bella Ciao
  • 11:30-1:00 Michael Barimo
  • 1:15-1:30 Grease
  • 1:45-3:15 Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms
  • 3:45-5:15 Moreno Fruzzetti

VENICE STAGE (3rd & Virginia Street)


  • 10:30-11:30 Martin Bonventre
  • 12:00-1:30 Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms
  • 2:00-3:30 Bella Ciao
  • 4:00-5:30 Capuano n' T Rock (Direct from Italy)


  • 10:00-11:30 Primo Basso Band
  • 12:00-1:30 Tre Bella
  • 2:00-3:00 Martin Bonventre
  • 3:30-5:00 Capuano n' T Rock (Direct from Italy)

Celebrate everything Italian with the 32nd Annual Great Eldorado Italian Festival
on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13!

Contact Info

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Phone: 775-786-5700