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National Basque Festival
July 2 - July 3
Nevada takes its Basque heritage seriously around here, and there’s no better place to celebrate the old country than at the National Basque Festival in downtown Elko from July 2 to July 3.
Beginning on Friday, July 2, all visitors are welcomed to the Elko Basque Clubhouse for the festival’s opening kickoff. Here, visitors and Bascos alike can get to know local Basques, grab a plate of fresh chorizo and paella and of course endlessly flowing table wine, and the (in)famous Picon Punch—Nevada’s unofficial state drink. Throughout the weekend, enjoy an array of live dance performances, traditional Basque music, traditional Basque rural sports competitions like wood chopping, and beyond. Other competitions are ongoing throughout the weekend-long festival, like Sheepherders Bread-Making Contest, and more.
Admission is free and this event is open to the public.
To learn more about the National Basque Festival or to purchase tickets, visit travelnevada.com.