German, Italian festivals at local casinos
Today, Oktoberfest runs for 16 days from mid-September to the first weekend in October. It is considered the largest public festival in the world and has been cancelled a few times, but only for reasons as dire as war and cholera epidemics. The sign USA TODAY
Bavarian celebration at Casino Fandango
The fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 in the front parking lot at Casino Fandango in Carson City. The event features Bavarian-style food and drink, live oompah bands, games and 40 craft vendors. Admission is free.
A beer garden will sell a variety of Bavarian-style craft beers and offer free tastings to help you make your choice. Traditional foods include hot pretzels, bratwurst, sauerbraten and spaetzle. Guests can try their hand at games such as the pickle toss, stein holding and hammer-schlagen for a chance to win prizes.
Visit www.casinofandango.com or call 775-885-7000 for details.
Great Italian Festival this weekend
The 37th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 on Virginia Street in downtown Reno. The event includes food booths, a grape stomp, a sauce cooking competition, a wine walk, an Italian farmer’s market and a children’s gelato eating competition.
Free live entertainment includes Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Aaron Caruso, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tre Bella and Capuano n’T Rock.
The annual Paesano Open: Putt for Pets takes place Oct. 5 at Lakeridge Golf Course. The four-person scramble with a shotgun start benefits the Nevada Humane Society. Registration starts at 11 a.m.
Visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 775-786-5700for information.