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.

Most daytime concerts and stage performances are free to visitors. Please check at the gate or the Ticket Tent for an updated list of free and paid performances.

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.

The Cowboy Festival holds several free and paid daytime performances and shows inside the Town Hall. Please check at the door or the Ticket Booth for an updated list of free and paid events.

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, a set of drums or another favorite musical 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 JamFree Front Porch concert jam sessions

Several of the older buildings in town have covered front porches that cater to this fun, musical treat. Musicians are encouraged to gather on these porches and "jam" in a free-form, loose, unscheduled style for visitors.

To help visitors locate these jam sessions around town, check with the Cowboy Festival Ticket Booth where you can pick up maps, list of 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 will host a talk on Ranch No. 1's History on the front lawn of the main house off of Genoa (5 minute walk from Genoa Town Hall). Download a map to Ranch No. 1 from our FESTIVAL MAPS page.

Young Chautauqua presents “Presidential Debate” at the Genoa Courthouse Museum on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Noon. The museum's renovated courtroom will host a historically unique and timely Presidential 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 Friday and Saturday 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 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.

“Birds & Buckaroos” Photography Art 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., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 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, 8 to 10 p.m. 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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