Italy comes to Downtown Reno on Oct. 10-11, with the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, a celebration of the region’s connection to the old country – many Italian immigrant families call Northern Nevada home – and a fun, family friendly atmosphere.
The festival, now in its 28th year, has come a long way from its hometown roots. Highlights include free live Italian entertainment on three stages, a spaghetti sauce cook-off, traditional Italian fare from dozens of vendors – and f course the famous grape-stomping contest.
There is also a Bocce ball tournament, kids’ gelato eating contest, endless shopping opportunities and culinary delights from the likes of the Garlic Growers Association of Gilroy and the Castroville Artichoke Growers.
The weekend music schedule takes over two stages downtown, with some of the biggest names in traditional Italian music, like Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Roma Accordion and Deidre Contino to name a few.