For 36 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 will be announced in the summer.
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.
Festival-goers can enjoy an extended Italian menu in the Eldorado’s famous Italian Dinner Buffet. 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 (tentative)
Saturday, Oct 7 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, Oct 8 - 10:00am-5:00pm