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Genoa, Nevada, USA

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SEPTEMBER 24 & 25, 2016 — Annual Since 1919


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Candy Dance Faire

Annual event supports the town

A number of special events occur throughout the year in Genoa. None are bigger than the Annual Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire which has over 300 craft and food vendors and draws thousands of people to Genoa during the two-day event.

  1. Event Dates
  2. Parking and Shuttles
  3. Driving Tips and Candy Dance Map
  4. Dinner-Dance: Tickets and Info
  5. 1919 Society: Help Support Candy Dance!
  6. Dinner Menu
  7. Meet the Band
  8. Road Closures
  9. History of the Candy Dance

If you are interested in helping Genoa continue its Annual Tradition and would like to volunteer, please contact the Town Office, (775) 782-8696.

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UPDATED: September 3, 2016

Upcoming: 2016 Candy Dance

Thank you for supporting the Town of Genoa and we need your help to make this event a success! Contact the Town Office to volunteer and help us make it better for this year and the future.

Contact us by email:

Genoa Candy Dance at Gmail


2016 Candy Dance Faire Application is closed for 2016.

Please visit the application page in January 2017 for next year's Candy Dance Faire.

Event Dates

The Genoa Candy Dance is on the last full weekend of September each year. The date for the Annual Genoa Candy Dance Art & Crafts Faire is Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Candy Dance Dinner & Dance is Saturday night from 4 to 10 p.m.


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Parking and Shuttles

There is a per vehicle parking fee in designated lots, with free shuttles to and from the Candy Dance Faire. The locations of these lots are:

  • Foothill Road south of Genoa — $5
  • Genoa Lane east of Genoa — $5
  • Jacks Valley Road north of Genoa — $5



will be available at the following location:


Shuttle service to and from the Genoa will be available at the Carson Valley Inn for

$3 per person (round trip).

The shuttle runs during faire hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

The offsite parking / shuttle is very limited.

Douglas High School

We will have one (1) shuttle running every half hour between the CVI and Genoa. The shuttle buses can accommodate about 20 passengers per trip. During peak attendance hours, Genoa Candy Dance traffic can delay the round trip between the CVI and Genoa as much as 60 minutes. Seating on the shuttle is first come first serve. Please be prepared to wait during peak attendance times.


Driving Tips

From Points North: From the Reno/Carson City area, take Highway 395 south to Genoa Lane. Turn right on Genoa Lane and continue on to Genoa.


From Points West: From the north Lake Tahoe area, take Highway 50 to Highway 395 south to Jacks Valley Road. Turn right on Jacks Valley Road continue on to Genoa. From South Lake Tahoe, take the Kingsbury Grade (State Route 207) to Foothill Road. Turn left on Foothill and travel north to Genoa.


From Points South: From Minden or Gardnerville, take Highway 395 north to Muller Lane. Turn left on Muller Lane then right on Foothill Road and continue on to Genoa. From Alpine County take Highway 88 north to Highway 395 north and follow the directions above.



GCD Map image 2014

2016 MAP


CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the Candy Dance Map.


< CLICK the image (left) to open a large JPG image of the Candy Dance Map.


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Dinner-Dance: Tickets and Information

  1. Saturday, September 24th in the Genoa Town Park from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m.
  2. DINNER TICKETS: Adults = $30; Children = $20, ages 12 and under. Contact the Town Office. TABLE SPACE IS LIMITED!
  3. 1919 Society Tables: $50 per person, $500 per table of 10. (Includes reserved seating and special amenities.)
  4. DANCE ONLY TICKETS: $20 per person. Contact the Town Office.
  5. Cherry Bomb CateringDINNER TICKETS SELL OUT FAST! Purchase them ASAP to reserve a seat at the Candy Dance Dinner.
  6. Dinner Catered By: Cherry Bomb Catering

The Candy Dance Dinner will be held on Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Genoa Town Park on Nixon Street. The Dance and and a No-Host bar will start at 4:30 p.m. and shut down at 10 p.m.


1919 SOCIETY TABLES: Anyone can join the 1919 Society by purchasing a ticket. Individuals and businesses may also purchase a 10-seat table for $500. The 1919 Society helps support the long standing tradition of the Genoa Candy Dance. Thank you!


All tickets may be purchased at the Genoa Town Offices or by phone 775-782-8696, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner and Dance Only tickets will also be available at the at the entrance, if room allows.



CANDY DANCE: Cherry Bomb Catering Menu


  • Chardonnay Thyme Chicken (tender chicken pieces bathed in chardonnay, roasted garlic & garden fresh thyme & roasted)



  • Whiskey Fire-Grilled Beef Tri-Tip (marinated in Kentucky whiskey, garlic & garden herbs & seared on the grill)
  • Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (baby red potatoes roasted & stuffed with whipped garlic cream sauce & fresh rosemary sprigs)
  • Tuscan Lemon Salad (angel hair pasta tossed with sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil & blue cheese crumbles dressed with white truffle lemon vinaigrette; vegan)
  • Grilled Veggies (variety of seasonal grilled veggies with basil garlic Aioli dipping sauce)
  • Butter Leaf Apple Salad (hand torn butter lettuce tossed with fresh green apple, onion crisps, candied walnuts served with tangy avocado vinaigrette)
  • Assorted dinner rolls (served with herbed & plain whipped butter)

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the no-host bar.
  • Dessert: Provided by the Douglas High School Culinary program.


Dinner Dance Parking

Parking for the Dinner/Dance is in the Genoa Lane Parking Lot. The shuttle will be transporting guests to and from this parking lot up to and after the dance ends at 10 p.m. Parking is FREE to guests with Dinner/Dance Tickets. Guests who purchase tickets to the dinner/dance may enter the parking lot 4:00 p.m. SATURDAY at NO CHARGE — guests must have Dinner/Dance Ticket to show the lot attendant.


For more information, contact the Genoa Town Office, (775) 782-8696.


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Candy Dance Band

This year's Candy Dance music by:




Decoy is one of Northern Nevada's leading cover bands, consisting of some of the areas top musicians. Known for their super high energy shows, excellent vocals and varied song list, Decoy was recently voted best Casino Band by the Reno News and Review for 2015-2016.

CLICK HERE to visit their website for details.


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Road Closures

The following roads will be closed at the specified locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the Candy Dance weekend:

  • Genoa Lane at Kinsey Way
  • Foothill Road at Candy Dance Lane
  • Jacks Valley Road at the Genoa Cemetery


CLICK HERE to download our Informational Flyer


2016 Genoa Candy Dance Road Closure Notice

On Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and September 25, 2016, all roads leading to Genoa will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the Annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire.  Foothill Road will be closed just south of Town near Candy Dance Lane.  Genoa Lane will be closed just west of the eastern entrance of the Faire parking lot on the Ranch 1 property.  Jacks Valley road will be closed at the Genoa Cemetery.  Parking is provided at each of the road closure areas for $5 per vehicle with free round trip shuttle service.  Free parking and round trip shuttle service is available from the Carson Valley Inn parking lot for $3 per person.


For more information, please contact the Town of Genoa offices at (775) 782-8696.


Candy Dance Driving Directions, Parking, Shuttles and Road Closures
September 24 and September 25, 2016

Genoa is on the west side of the Carson Valley about 9 miles south of Carson City and 5 miles east of Highway 395.


Detour MapFrom Carson City/Reno Area
Highway 395 south to Genoa Lane, then west to Genoa. NOTE: Nevada Hwy. Patrol won't allow LEFT TURNS from Genoa Lane onto US 395 during Faire hours. RIGHT TURN ONLY with LEFT TURNS allowed at the junction of Hwy. 88 and US 395 (1st light in Minden).
Alternate Route: Highway 395 south to Jack’s Valley Road, then south on Jack’s Valley to Genoa — Limited parking available at Genoa Cemetery Parking Lot.


From Minden/Gardnerville Area
Highway 395 north to Muller Lane, then west on Muller to Foothill Rd, then north on Foothill to Genoa. 
Alternate Route: Highway 88 south to Mottsville Lane, then west on Mottsville to Foothill Rd, then north on Foothill to Genoa.


From South Lake Tahoe Area
State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) east to Foothill Road, then north on Foothill to Genoa.  Alternate Route: Highway 50 north to Spooner Summit, then east to Highway 395, then south to Genoa Lane, then west to Genoa.


Parking Areas
Parking is provided at 3 designated Genoa Candy Dance parking lots for $5 per vehicle with free, round-trip shuttle service. The parking lots are at these locations:

  • Foothill Road south of Genoa
  • Genoa Lane east of Genoa
  • Jacks Valley Road north of Genoa at the Genoa Cemetery


Shuttle Service
Free parking with round-trip shuttle service is available from the Carson Valley Inn parking lot in Minden.  Cost for the shuttle service is $3.00 per person.


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