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The Great Italian Festival brings Little Italy to downtown Reno. The 2021 Great Italian Festival is the 39th annual and will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 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 Great Italian Festival, presented by THE ROW.

Activities at the Great Italian Festival

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

  • Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-Off
  • Pasta Tasting Bowls
  • Grape Stomping Contest
  • Italian Farmers Market
  • Children's Gelato Eating Contest
  • Kiddie Land
  • Two Stages with Free, Live Entertainment

Location of the 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.

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

Entertainment at the Great Italian Festival

Lively free music is a big part of the Great Italian Festival. Two outdoor stages provide a variety of bands, singers, and performers. 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 9

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon - Primo Basso
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Moreno Fruzzetti
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Austin Giorgio

Rome Stage - Sunday, October 10

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Moreno Fruzzetti
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Those Darn Accordions
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Mbrascatu

Venice Stage - Saturday, October 9

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Austin Giorgio
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Mbrascatu
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Those Darn Accordions
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Anthony Nino Lane

Venice Stage - Sunday, October 10

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Primo Basso
  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - Anthony Nino Lane
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Ray Massa's Eurorhythms
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Austin Giorgio

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