The Old Sheepherders Gathering at the Border Inn in Baker brings together sheepherders, government trappers and members of their families to swap stories, poems, lies, and nuggets of unrecorded history. A dinner and Sheepherder’s ball close out the weekend. For information: Denys Koyle at 775.234.7300.
Burning Man is more than an annual event; it is a thriving year-round culture. Burning Man occurs during the week leading up to and including Labor Day on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a silt playa 100 miles north of Reno that encompasses more than 300,000 acres of isolated land. Burning Man’s “Black Rock City” celebrates the spirit of community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. Participants depart one week later, leaving no trace. As simple as this may seem, Burning Man is best experienced to understand its extraordinary ethos.
Founded in 2003, the Annual Dam Short Film Festival is the primary function of the Dam Short Film Society. Believing that the short film is a unique and valuable art form, the Dam Short Film Society seek out original, unusual, and entertaining short films from around the world to present during the festival, which takes place each February in historic Boulder City, home of the Hoover Dam. The festival screens 120+ films (live-action, documentary and animation) all 40 minutes or under in length throughout three to four days in the historic 400-seat Boulder Theatre.
The summer Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival is a collaboration of the Carson City, local businesses and the Mile High Jazz Band Association. Indoor and outdoor concerts by local and regional performers, jam sessions and workshops are held at multiple venues in Carson City, and feature more than 100 musicians in over 30 bands. Most events are free.
Celebrate Father's Day Weekend with the entire family and experience American Indian heritage, history and pride at the Stewart Father's Day Powwow! Each year the former Stewart Indian School comes alive with over 200 dancers, oveer 40 arts and crafts vendors, Indian Tacos, and admission is FREE! The Stewart Father's Day Indian Powwow benefits the establishment of the Stewart Indian Cultural Center. 2017's Grand Entry is at 7pm Friday, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm and Sunday at 12pm. This is an alcohol and drug-free event.
Oodles of Noodles is held in Old Town Dayton and helps raise funds for the Dayton Museum and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. The festival celebrates the area’s Italian and Chinese Heritage, and offers plenty of pasta, street vendors and entertainment.
California Trail Days, at the California Trail Interpretive Center just west of Elko, presents life as it was along the trail. The event is held every June, and includes Shoshone crafts, live Oxen, Chautauqua presentations, a 1850s trail camp, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations and live music.
Sponsored by the Hispanic Club of Northeastern Nevada, Elko’s Cinco de Mayo celebration features live music and dance performances, traditional and authentic Mexican food, and a breadth of demonstrations. Events at the Elko County Fairgrounds and Elko City Park are free of charge. Information: Pedro Martin at 775.934.7435.
Produced annually by the Elko Euzkaldunak Club since 1962, the National Basque Festival begins with music and dancing, both important parts of the festival, and bertsolaris entertain with song improvisations in the Basque language. A parade of more than 50 floats, major contests of weightlifting, sheep hooking, sheepdog-working, and a running of the bulls are part of the festivities, that conclude with a picnic serving traditional Basque foods. Information: Fred Beitia at 775.738.6854.
The Western Folklife Center produces the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a week-long festival of ranch and cowboy culture. Poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography and food highlight the lives of people ranching and living the cowboy life in the West and on ranches everywhere. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will celebrate its 30th year in 2014.
The White Pine Fire and Ice Festival in Ely features winter sports and an ice sculpture competition set against a backdrop of bonfires and fireworks. There is ice bowling, sledding, skating, and ice fishing during the day and a spectacular fireworks show in the canyon at night.
The longest running food-oriented event in Nevada, the festival features the sweet, juicy fruit along with crafters, food and family fun. A family festival with great food, arts & crafts vendors, games, exhibits, karaoke, concerts, petting zoo, farmers market, mud volleyball tournament, Fallon Lions Club Jr. Rodeo, hypnotist, and plenty of Fallon’s famous cantaloupe, Hearts of Gold. Compared with hybrid cantaloupes, Hearts of Gold have a short shelf life; once ripened, they last approximately three days if kept cool.
The Gardnerville Basque Festival features traditional costumed dancers, music, singing, contests and food, followed by parties continued at popular Carson Valley Basque restaurants. Information: Teresa Fernandez at 775.782.5266.
The annual Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire features more than 300 vendors featuring quality arts, crafts, and delicious homemade candy and food. The Candy Dance tradition started in 1919 when the community's women sold homemade candy and served midnight supper during a dance at the Town Hall, raising funds for the purchase and maintenance of Genoa's streetlights. Today the event raises a substantial portion of the town's annual budget, and the famous "Candy Dance" is an outdoor event on Saturday night, featuring live music, dancing and dinner.
The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a blend of setting, heritage and western culture, and entertainment. Historic Genoa, the site of the first Nevada ranch, hosts a variety of concerts, historical performances, gear shows, and other activities celebrating the unique forms of cowboy poetry, western music and the western lifestyle.
The International Food & Folklife Festival celebrates the diverse cultures living in southern Nevada. Festival-goers experience the native customs and cuisine from more than 20 countries, including Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Romania, Japan and the Philippines. The festival features performances by folk and traditional music and dance groups, artist demonstrations and food booths. Held at the Henderson Events Plaza and all festival events are free and open to the public.
Thousands gather in Henderson's Water Street District to celebrate Hawaiian culture at the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club’s Pacific Islands Festival. Visitors browse the vendors, indulge in island-style foods and watch performances at the Henderson Events Plaza.
Each Labor Day weekend, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) hosts its nationally acclaimed Numaga Pow Wow. This free, family event features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, vendors sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silver work, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art.
The Lake Tahoe SummerFest presents classical music performances in the radiant surroundings of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. The Concerts SummerFest Orchestra is in residence during the first three weeks of August, offering weekend performances of orchestral and chamber music in an exclusively designed acoustic concert tent on the campus of the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Orchestra members and guest artists from around the world provide insights about how masterpieces come to life during open rehearsals and ‘Meet the Musicians” events after each performance.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor presents a summer season that includes professionally produced Shakespeare productions and a number of other cultural events, including a Monday Night Showcase, featuring the best of the region's arts and culture organizations. The Festival also sponsors three educational outreach programs - Midsummer Theatre Camps, the D. G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, and InterACT, an in-school residency in Shakespeare and the classics, provided to schools throughout our region during the academic year.
Known in China as “Spring Festival,” the Chinese New Year celebration is most important festivity in the Chinese calendar and is observed in many other Asian countries and culture. The Chinese New Year in the Desert Festival in 2015 celebrates the Year of the Ramiat at the Fremont Street Experience.
Sponsored by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations and the City of Las Vegas, this festival features traditional foods, art and culture, wellness events, raffles, music and live entertainment at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park. Call 702.354.2132 for dates and information.
The Fiesta Las Vegas Parade and Festival, held in downtown Las Vegas, features colorful floats, folk dancing groups, marching bands, ROTC drill units and equestrian teams. The festival has food booths and entertainment for all ages.
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Nevada invites everyone to celebrate Japanese culture and food at the Las Vegas Aki Matsuri Japanese Festival. Featured is the “Bon Odori” (end of summer dance), with easy-to-remember movements that express the joy of living.
The Las Vegas Greek Food Festival features all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece. Being Greek means relishing the world around you and enjoying life to its fullest, and the festival hosts St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and the Las Vegas Greek Community share the best of Greek music, dance, art and foodways with the public.