2019 Elko National Basque Festival
July 5-7, 2019
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 July 5th through July 7th. Experience great food, music, dance, and of course people.
The festival will kick off on Friday, July 5th, 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, July 6th, we will host our annual 4th of July parade in downtown Elko beginning at 11 a.m. 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 7th, we will gather for a morning mass at 11 a.m. 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.
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