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The Eldorado Great Italian Festival brings Little Italy to downtown Reno. The 2017 Eldorado Great Italian Festival is the 36th annual and will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a fun, family-friendly festival, with street performers, free music from two stages, and plenty of good food and drink. People really enjoy the Eldorado Great Italian Festival and it shows.

Activities at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival

The main event is enjoying a variety of delicious and excellent Italian food and drink, both on the street and inside the Eldorado. but there is much more to enjoy (and participate in if you are so inclined) at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival.

  • Eldorado Italian Dinner Buffet
  • Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-Off
  • Pasta Tasting Bowls
  • Grape Stomping Contest
  • Italian Farmers Market
  • Kids Gelato Eating Contest
  • Wine Walk
  • Two Stages with Free, Live Entertainment
  • Kiddie Land

Paul Anka fans can see the legendary entertainer on Friday, October 6, 2017, the evening before the Eldorado Great Italian Festival begins. Tickets are available online or by calling (775) 325-7401.

Location of the Eldorado Great Italian Festival

The event is along Virginia Street in downtown Reno, in front of the Eldorado and Silver Legacy. The area is closed to vehicle traffic during the event. There is lots of downtown Reno parking (both free and paid) for festival goers. You can also get there on the bus and save the parking hassle. The RTC 4th Street Station is only a couple of blocks from the action at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Reno, Nevada, NV Free entertainment at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Entertainment at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Lively free music is a big part of the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. Two outdoor stages provide a variety of bands, singers, and performers from the Eldorado. The Rome Stage is located at 4th and Virginia Steets, and the Venice Stage is located at 3rd and Virginia Streets.

Rome Stage - Saturday, October 7

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Corey Pesaturo
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Moreno Fruzzetti
  • 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Adam Trent (current show at the Eldorado)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 4:30 p.m. to 65 p.m. - Vanessa Racci

Rome Stage - Sunday, October 8

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Primo Basso
  • 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. - Adam Trent (current show at the Eldorado)
  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - Capuano n' T Rock
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Aaron Caruso
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Mbrascatu

Venice Stage - Saturday, October 7

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - Mbrascatu
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Aaron Caruso
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Capuano n' T Rock

Venice Stage - Sunday, October 8

  • 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Vanessa Racci
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Cory Pesaturo
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Moreno Fruzzetti

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