The Elko Basque organization, the Elko Euzkaldunak Club, was founded in 1959. Members organized summer Basque picnics and various dances with Basque music for singing and dancing. The State of Nevada celebrated its centennial in 1964, and the Elko Basque Club decided to organize another grand scale Basque festival to commemorate the event. They invited all of the existing Basque clubs to participate and to send musicians, dancers, and athletes to Elko for the event. Because of the success of the activities, and the geographical centrality of Elko to other Basque communities, Elko assumed the position of the site of the annual National Basque Festival.
The Elko Basque Club would love to welcome you to the National Basque Festival.
“Before God was God and Boulders were Boulders, the Basques were already Basques.”
For more information visit the Elko Euzkaldunak Club website.
2016 Elko Basque Festival