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Top Basque events in the U.S.
The calendar is updated continually as information becomes available. To have your event listed, e-mail Euskal Kazeta at

We will try to update whether events are still happening closer to the date of the events.

All U.S. Basque festivals for summer 2020 have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, June 7
San Francisco Basque Picnic
Petaluma, Calif.

Petaluma Fairgrounds
175 Fairgrounds Dr.

July 3 – 5
National Basque Festival
Elko, Nev.


Saturday July 18
Reno Basque Festival
Reno, Nevada
Wingfield Park
300 W 1st St.

Sunday, July 19
36th Annual Gooding Basque Picnic
Gooding, Idaho

Gooding Basque Center

Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 2
Boise, Idaho


Saturday August 1
Mountain Home’s 57th annual Basque Picnic
Mountain Home, Idaho

Basque Park, next to Bengoechea Hotel

Saturday August 8
Gardnerville Basque Festival
Minden, Nevada
11 a.m. Meza (mass)
1 p.m. Bazkari (lunch) – BBQ lamb, chicken, lamb stew, beans, salad, cheese, ice cream & wine
3 p.m. Dantzaritaldiak (Dance group) from Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba
6 p.m. Txorizo sandwiches
8 p.m. Dantzaldi (dance);
Minden City Park
Esmeralda and 6th Street

Friday, Aug. 14
20th Annual Basque Museum Winefest
Boise, Idaho

Basque Block
600 block of Grove Street

Wednesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 29
Kern County Fair
Bakersfield, Calif. 
To volunteer to work at the Fair, contact Joey Iturriria at 661-393-3165 or e-mail Maria Toretta at  If you would like to help preparing the food at the clubhouse, please contact Pete Urbelz  at 661-393-7690.
1142 South P St., Bakersfield, Calif.

Wednesday October 9 – Sunday, October 13
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Hailey, Idaho

This annual festival that honors the traditions of sheepherding
always includes Basque dancing and music,
plus a celebration of other sheep traditions shared by Basque sheepherders in Idaho.

Saturday, October 12
Rocklin Basque Club Annual Besta
Lincoln, Calif.

8:00 a.m. – Mus tournament (to pre-register, email J.B. Bidegaray at
12:00 p.m. – Tri-tip lunch
1:00 p.m. – Mass
2:00 p.m. – Performances
4:00 p.m. – Weight Carrying Competition
6:00 p.m. – BBQ lamb and chicken dinner
RSVP early by calling 916-952-2511 or emailing
Tickets available at the door. For more information, call (916) 952-2511
65 McBean Park Dr., Lincoln (take a right on Hwy 193)

Saturday, Nov. 7
Mortzilla Dinner and Bazaar

Boise, Idaho

5:15 p.m. – first seating for mortzilla (blood sausage) dinner
6:30 p.m. – second seating
$15 for adults; $6 for children
Basque Center

Saturday, Dec. 19
Sheepherders Ball
Boise, Idaho

Basque Center
601 Grove St.

Thursday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Gala
South San Francisco, Calif.

Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.

strong>Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 & 14, 2021
38th Anniversary Weekend Celebration
South San Francisco, Calif.
Handball games with players from the Basque Country
Saturday: barbecue steak dinner; Sunday lunch: rack of lamb lunch.
See weekend schedule here.
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
72nd Annual Ontario Basque Dinner Dance
Ontario, Oregon

Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Ave.

Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday Mass and Lunch
San Francisco and South San Francisco, Calif.

9:00 a.m. Mass at Notre Dame des Victoires Church, with the Elgarrekin Choir and Klika, followed by hot chocolate and croissants at Notre Dame Church hall
566 Bush St. in San Francisco
Pilota, Lunch and Easter activities to follow at the Cultural Center
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
43rd Annual Fresno Basque Festival
Madera, Calif.

Parade, folk dancing, klika, lamb barbecue, chorizo sandwiches.
9 a.m. Gates open; 11 a.m. mass; 1 – 3 p.m. barbecue
Rancho Vista del Rio
6440 N. Golden State Blvd., Madera 93722
Followed on Sunday with Basque Breakfast
Santa Fe Restaurant
3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Los Banos Picnic
Los Banos, Calif.

Los Banos Fairgrounds
4th and F Streets

Saturday May 29 & Sunday, May 30, 2021
Kern County Basque Festival
Bakersfield, Calif.

For the full picnic schedule, click here.
Kern County Basque Club
2301 S. Union Ave.

Monday May 31, 2021
Basque breakfast
Bakersfield, Calif.

8 a.m. through the afternoon
Woolgrowers Restaurant
620 East 19th St.

Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, 2021
Winnemucca Basque Festival
Winnemucca, Nev.

July 2 – 4, 2021
National Basque Festival
Elko, Nev.

Friday – 6 p.m. Kickoff on the Ormaza Block, across from the Star Hotel includes live music and dancing.
Saturday – 11 a.m. Parade in downtown Elko, followed by festivities at the Basque Clubhouse, which include dancing, weightlifting, paella and chorizo. In the evening, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., dancing with Melodikoa.
Sunday – 11 a.m. Mass, followed by weight-lifting, wood chopping, dance and irrintzi competitions.

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