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The Eldorado Great Italian Festival brings Little Italy to downtown Reno. The 2016 Eldorado Great Italian Festival is the 35th annual and will be on October 8 and 9. 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.

  • Paesano Open Putt for Pets charity golf tournament benefits Nevada Humane Society
  • Vintage Eldorado wine and food pairing event (21 and older)
  • 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

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 8

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Italica
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Moreno Fruzzetti
  • 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - The Producers (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. - Lena Prima

Rome Stage - Sunday, October 9

  • 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Italica
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Anthony "Nino" Lane
  • 1 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - The Producers (current show at the Eldorado)
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Aaron Caruso

Venice Stage - Saturday, October 8

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - TBD
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Aaron Caruso
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Anthony "Nino" Lane

Venice Stage - Sunday, October 9

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Primo Basso
  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - TBD
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Moreno Fuzzetti
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Lena Prima

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