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Looking to get in on a little Nevada culture? With custom silversmith jewelry and leather tooling beckoning you to events like the Genoa Western Heritage Days and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we can’t say we blame you. Get a taste of Nevada’s western flare here—in Virginia City for hourly shootouts, saloon crawls and even beard contests, or at Eureka’s Old Time Fiddlers Contest. Other can’t-miss-it cultural festivals honor another beloved thread of Nevada’s heritage at Basque Festivals found throughout northern Nevada including Elko, Winnemucca, Reno, and Carson Valley. Get your hands on homemade chorizo, paella, homemade art crafts and live music from Nevada Basques who’ve been part of the Nevada story for decades. 

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Art in the Park
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Speaking of outdoor action, bring your bike and head for a handful of mountain bike fairs and festivals in Nevada, like Carson City’s Epic Rides, Elko’s Ruby Roubaix, or Caliente’s Beaver Dam Gravel Grinder. Admiring the brightest stars in the darkest skies in the country is something you can do year-round in Nevada, but the Great Basin Astronomy Festival will send you home with a newfound appreciation of the heavens above.

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Electric Daisy Carnival
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National Basque Festival

Boulder City’s Art in the Park is one of the largest true art and craft shows in the southwest, so be sure and get that one on your radar, along with the Tonopah Arts Festival that happens each summer. If you’ve got the family in tow, be sure to hit a handful of balloon fests throughout Nevada in places like Mesquite, Pahrump, Reno and Elko, and the Spring Wings Bird Festival at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge in Fallon. For a summer carnival atmosphere paired with action-packed adventure, head for the Reno River Festival and get in on rides, games, and one-of-a-kind thrills along the Truckee River. 

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Fears, Tears & Beers Mountain Bike Enduro

Already sold on Las Vegas’ music and entertainment scene? Yeah, we are too. Head for bigtime music festivals at annual events like iHeartRadio, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Life is Beautiful, or head to Lake Tahoe for MTV’s SnowGlobe Music Festival for an unforgettable winter show in the elements. How about a little jazz and bluegrass? Check out Pahrump’s Wild West Extravaganza & Bluegrass Festival, and Carson City’s Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival—among many more festivals the music lover in all of us can get on board with.

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Nevada has never been a stranger to a good time. And for every world-famous event anchoring Nevada’s come-as-you-are, cut-loose culture, there are dozens more that are sure to steal your heart and fill up your camera roll. From big-ticket bashes in our two big metros to community-wide celebrations in every small town in between, find out where and when to whoop it up around the Silver State.


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The Electric Sky lights our way HOME!🌟🌈 #EDCLV2021
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Basque Basket Dance
Looking forward to the annual Basque Festival held the first week in July, Elko, Nevada #nevadahumanities  #nevadaart #nevadaphotographer  #nevadamagazine  #travelnevada #nevada  #basquecountry
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Balloons and broncos! The Pahrump Balloon Festival, Feb. 21-23, also includes a rodeo. Because Nevada! Details on the event here:

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There is something to be said about real, decent, good friends. Whether you hang out together on stage or in the audience, at home or in Elko - here's a shout out to friendships and taking care of those who have your backs, who'll cheer you on, and who'll crack a joke at just the right time. ❤️ .

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Spend your Sunday enjoying the last day of the Nevada State Fair! Head over to Mills Park to enjoy the funnel cakes and the fun! #statefair #visitcarsoncity