2021 39th Annual Great Italian Festival – Reno
October 9 @ 11:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
For the 39th year, THE ROW is bringing the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to the heart of Reno during the Great Italian Festival. Held each year during Columbus Day weekend, the festival is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions and includes live entertainment, a sauce cooking contest and of course, pasta – lots of pasta. Don’t miss the Great Italian Festival, October 9 & 10 in the heart of Reno.
October 9, Saturday – 11am to 6pm
October 10, Sunday – 11am to 5pm
The Great Italian Festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, an Italian farmers market, food booths and incredible free, live entertainment all weekend long.
A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off. Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. People’s Choice ballots for favorite sauce will be given with the purchase of pasta.
No Italian festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food. Spectators are invited to “mangia!” – or “eat up!” as the Italians say with plenty of delicious foods like Chicken Parmigiana, lasagna, fried calamari, meat ravioli with Bolognese, Tortellini Eldorado, Gnocchetti Pesto, Italian sausage & pepper sandwiches, the ever-famous Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream Sauce & more. Complete your meal with a delicious dessert of ice cream, funnel cake, and cannolis.
Cuisine can be paired with refreshing beverages such as Bellini’s, specialty cocktails, strawberry-basil margaritas, blood orange rosemary cocktails, vodka-raspberry lemonade, blackberry mojitos & a selection of ice-cold beers.