Genoa Cowboy Festival ~ Schedules and Venues

The Cowboy Festival encompasses most of the downtown area which is comprised of about four blocks north to south and two blocks west to east. Main Street runs north and south and is bisected at Genoa Lane (state route 206) near the center of town.

The Mormon Station Park is on the northeast corner of Genoa Lane and Main Street. All other venues run south from the Genoa Courthouse Museum (west side of Main Street, opposite Mormon Station Park) to the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department (west side of Main Street, opposite Mormon Station Park, just south of Genoa Courthouse Museum), to the Genoa Town Hall (next to the Town Office and Cowboy Festival Information Booth) and the Open Mic Tent for daytime performers and amateur peformers (located in the Trimmer Outpost Lot across Main St. from the Town Hall).

Mormon Station - Main Stage TentMormon Station Main Stage

The Main Stage Concert tent is located at the Mormon Station State Park inside the stockade fence.

Tickets are required for all evening concerts for Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage. Check our Tickets page for more details and to purchase tickets online.

ALL daytime Main Stage performances are FREE to our visitors.

CLICK HERE for an Event Schedule of free daytime performers.


Genoa Town HallHistoric Genoa Town Hall

The Historic Genoa Town Hall is just south of the Town Office and the Genoa Country Store shops (southeast corner of Main Street and Genoa Lane). Before the building was rescued by the Town, it was known as the Raycraft Dance Hall and is where the original Genoa Candy Dance was held in 1919.

ALL performances held in the Town Hall are FREE to our visitors.

CLICK HERE to view our Events Schedule for a list of performances on Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday, Cowboy Church is free to the public and will be open from 9 to 10:30 a.m., featuring several of our festival performers.

Trimmer Outpost 1880s BarnTrimmer Outpost Lot ‘Open Mic’ Tent

The OPEN MIC tent will be located in the open lot just north of the Trimmer Outpost and the old barn.

All musicians, cowboy poets and storytellers are welcome to step up to the mic and share their performance with all our visitors during "Open sign-up" time.

So… bring your voice, a guitar, an accordion or another favorite instrument and play your heart out for our visitors!

Contact the Genoa Cowboy Festival Information Booth about signing up for a time slot at the open mic tent.

CLICK HERE to view the Scheduled Performers and the open time slots for this year's Cowboy Festival.

Front Porch JamFront Porch concerts

The historic Pink House and the Genoa Volunteer Fire Station will host these fun, front porch concerts. Musicians will perform at these open air venues periodically throughout the day for guests to our town.

To help visitors locate these jams around town, check with the Cowboy Festival Information Booth where you can pick up maps to the venues and programs.

CLICK HERE for the current Performer's Schedule.

Dutch Oven CookingMore Events Around Town

The Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Cooking will be demonstrating all the foods that can be cooked in old fashioned cast iron Dutch ovens (located at the Ranch No. 1 Orchard across from Trimmer Outpost).

Bob Ellison hosts this informative tour and talk tracing the history of Ranch No. 1, the first land claim in Nevada, from the 1850s to nearly present day.

Visitors need to meet Bob Ellison at the festival's Information Booth Gazebo (next to the Genoa Country Store) no later than 12 Noon — the Ranch No. 1 tour is a leasurely 5 minute walk from the gazebo.

Ranch No. 1 TourYou will learn about:

  • How, in 1846, the Mormon Battalion opened a trail from Salt Lake City through Carson Valley into California to fight for the United States in the Mexican Wars.
  • The origins of a “lean-to” trading post in 1850.
  • The area’s first attempt at self governance in the then Utah Territory beginning with John Reese’s first recorded land claim in Genoa in 1851.
  • Warren Wasson’s ranch land ownership and his building of the original stone house that serves as the backdrop for Robert Ellison’s talk.

Download a map to Ranch No. 1 from our FESTIVAL MAPS page.

Young Chautauqua at the Genoa Courthouse Museum. CLICK HERE to see the schedule of Other Events in Town for dates and times. The museum's renovated courtroom will host a historically unique and timely debate by youngsters from Genoa and around the area. (Please note that photography or any other means of recording the debates by public visitors inside the museum is not allowed.)

CLICK HERE for more details about the venue location.

Sweet Sippin Sunday starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday and is hosted by downtown Genoa businesses.

River Fork Ranch BirdingOther Partner Events near town & in Carson Valley

Jim Woods will lead Birding Under Nevada Skies at the River Fork Ranch on Genoa Lane on Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. This is a free walking/hiking tour (no tickets or reservations required). Jim will help identify birds common to ranch land in the Carson Valley, plus the occasional surprise feathered visitor. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras; to wear comfortable layers of clothing, good hiking shoes, sun screen and hats; to carry water containers and snacks as needed. CLICK HERE to go to the Birding on the River Fork Ranch page to download a guide to birds in the area.
NOTE: The tour is about a 2 mile hike (round trip) on dirt roads and dirt paths. Be prepared for muddy or dusty conditions.** Please arrive a little before 8 a.m. to prepare and check in with Jim for the tour. Visit our FESTIVAL MAPS page to download a MAP to the River Fork Ranch.

“Carson Valley Birds & Buckaroos” Photography Show at the River Fork Ranch on Genoa Lane will have an Open House on Thursday at 4 to 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit our FESTIVAL MAPS page to download a MAP to the River Fork Ranch.

RETURNING EVENT for 2017 at the River Fork Ranch!

Star Party at the River Fork RanchJoin the Astronomical Society of Nevada’s open invitation to a “STAR PARTY” Friday Night, 7 to 9 p.m. (weather permitting) at the River Fork Ranch. The Star Party is open to Cowboy Festival visitors and the public.

The ASN involves itself in many public events. Star parties for schools and other events are always well attended. The ASN has ventured sometimes more than 100 miles to present the heavens to budding astronomers in the outlying areas of the state. CLICK HERE for more details about ASN and the Star Party.

Please bring jackets, gloves and hats and be prepared for evening temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The Star Party will be held outside at the River Fork Ranch which has no paved or grassy areas and is mostly dirt and gravel underfoot. Visit our FESTIVAL MAPS page to download a MAP to the River Fork Ranch.

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