2018 Elko Basque Festival
June 29th-July 1st
The National Elko Basque festival began with a celebration that brought sheepherders and cattle ranchers into town for a day of celebration. The festival became a two-day event in 1964, now known as the National Basque Festival. The weekend festivities were scheduled around the 4th of July weekend, to celebrate with this great Country and to thank them for accepting Basques and their heritage so freely. The festival this year will be held June 30th through July 2nd. Experience great food, music, dance, and of course people.
The festival will kick off on Friday, June 29th, in Downtown Elko on Ormaza Way at 6PM. Come and enjoy the evening with family and friends to get a taste of what is to come for the rest of the weekend. There will be dancing by the Elko Ariñak dancers, Basque sport exhibitions of weight lifting and wood chopping. Stay and enjoy our facilities to watch the firework display that evening.
Saturday, June 30th, will start off with a 5K run, at 7am, and then move on to our annual parade in downtown Elko beginning at 11am. The parade will end at the Elko County Fairgrounds. From there, we will head to the Basque Clubhouse where we will have an afternoon filled with events, food and drinks beginning at 1pm. There will be multiple dance groups and athletes from across the country performing. Watch traditional Basque rural sports featuring weightlifting, wood chopping, tug-o-war and more. That evening, beginning at 9pm, we will dance the night away at the Elko Basque Clubhouse with a live band and full bar. To wind down the festival on Sunday, July 1st, we will gather for a morning mass at 11am at the Elko Basque Club followed by a Sheepherder’s Bread Contest. Spend the day enjoying a picnic of delicious Basque cuisine while watching dance and Basque sport exhibitions. Sunday will also include our Jota and Irrintzi contest. If you would like more information feel free to go to our contact page and email us!