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Basque Events

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

Saturday, Oct. 26
Basque Cultural Day
South San Francisco, Calif.
1:00 p.m.: Early Basque presence in SoCal presentation
2:00 p.m.: Early Basque presence in central California presentation
3:15 p.m.: Early Basque presence in northern California presentation
4:14 p.m.: Bay Area Basques in WWII presentation
6:00 p.m.: Aperitif
7:00 p.m.: Dinner and entertainment
$50 for adults; $15 for children
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 2
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. 21
Sheepherders Ball
Boise, Idaho

Basque Center
601 Grove St.

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

Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 & 16, 2020
37th 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. 22, 2020
72nd Annual Ontario Basque Dinner Dance
Ontario, Oregon

Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Ave.

Sunday, April 5, 2020
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 2, 2020
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
Evening dance with Amerikanuak
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 17, 2020
Los Banos Picnic
Los Banos, Calif.

Los Banos Fairgrounds
4th and F Streets

Saturday May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 2020
Kern County Basque Festival
Bakersfield, Calif.

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

Monday May 25, 2020
Basque breakfast
Bakersfield, Calif.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2020
San Francisco Basque Picnic
Petaluma, Calif.

Petaluma Fairgrounds
175 Fairgrounds Dr.

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2020
Winnemucca Basque Festival
Winnemucca, Nev.

July 3 – 5, 2020
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.

Saturday July 18, 2020
Reno Basque Festival
Reno, Nevada
Wingfield Park
300 W 1st St.

Sunday, July 19, 2020
36th Annual Gooding Basque Picnic
Gooding, Idaho

Gooding Basque Center

Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 2, 2020
Boise, Idaho

It’s not too early to start planning your trip to the ultimate U.S. Basque festival. It only happens once every five years.
Check their website for more info.

Saturday August 1, 2020
Mountain Home’s 57th annual Basque Picnic
Mountain Home, Idaho

Basque Park, next to Bengoechea Hotel

Saturday August 8, 2020
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, 2020
20th Annual Basque Museum Winefest
Boise, Idaho

Basque Block
600 block of Grove Street

Wednesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 29, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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)

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