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SEPTEMBER 29 & 30, 2018 — Annual Since 1919


Facebook Links Visit our Genoa Facebook page Facebook Groups Link Visit our Genoa Candy Dance & Faire Group page, or visit our newest Genoa Candy Dance Genoa Candy Dance Facebook page Facebook page.

Online DINNER TICKETS are available NOW!

See below for details and links to the GCD Tickect page.


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
  10. Buy TICKETS Online: CLICK HERE >

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: August 23, 2018

Upcoming: 2019 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


2019 “100th Anniversary” Candy Dance Faire Application

Please visit the application page in January 2019 for details of the next 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 29-30, 2018, 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


**Shuttles from Minden/Gardnerville are no longer be available. Please allow time to park your car in one of the Candy Dance parking lots, or in an available space along the wayside.

CLICK HERE to view on Google Maps



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

2018 MAP (TBA)


CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the Candy Dance Map. (When available.)


< CLICK the image (left) to open a large (1150 x 900 pixels) JPEG image of the Candy Dance Map.


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Dinner-Dance: Tickets and Information

  1. Saturday, September 29th 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 = $32 per person.
    To purchase children's tickets, ages 12 years and under, please contact the Town Office, (775) 782-8696, for assistance.
  3. 1919 Society Tables: $52 per person. (Includes reserved seating and special amenities.)
  4. DINNER TICKETS SELL OUT FAST! Purchase tickets ASAP to reserve a seat or a table at the Candy Dance Dinner.
  5. Cand Dance Dinner catered by: CARSON CITY BBQ <— CLICK HERE to see the dinner menu.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets from our ticket page.

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 whole tables — eight seats. (See the Candy Dance TICKETS page for details on available tables.)
The 1919 Society helps support the long standing tradition of the Genoa Candy Dance. Thank you!


All tickets may be purchased ONLINE from our GCD TICKETS Web page. For assistance with ticket purchases, contact the Town Office at (775) 782-8696, Monday through Friday. Leave a detailed message if necessary. We will return your call. Childrens tickets may be available at the at the entrance, if room allows.



CANDY DANCE DINNER: Catered by: Carson City BBQ

Carson City BBQ

  • Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs
  • Chicken
  • BBQ Beans
  • Potato Salad, Caesar Salad
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Rolls & Butter
Carson City BBQ pics

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the no-host bar.


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 — all guests must have their Dinner/Dance Tickets to show the lot attendant in order to park for free.


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:

The Ike & Martin Band

Ike & Martin

The Ike & Martin Band's diverse background of musical influences and training allows I&M to play Classical music for wedding ceremonies, Light Rock for cocktail hours or private dinners, then Rock and Roll for receptions and corperate events. When you add all of this up, you get a repertoire of over 1000 songs, any of which Ike & Martin can recall instantly.


Ike Marr — Viola, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Vocals.
Ike grew up a Southern boy from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Classically trained on viola, he naturally embraced mandolin as well as guitar, bass, banjo, brass and keys. His musical influences include Classical, Americana, Rock and Bluegrass.


Martin Shears — Guitar, Foot Bass, Dobro, Harmonica, Vocals.
Martin is a transplanted Englishman who grew up in London around folk musicians. He studied piano at an early age, then guitar, learning every single Beatles song he could: then the Who, then Pink Floyd, then...

CLICK HERE to visit Ike & Martin's website.

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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


2018 Genoa Candy Dance Road Closure Notice

On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and September 30, 2018, 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. 


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


Candy Dance Driving Directions, Parking, Shuttles and Road Closures
September 29 and September 30, 2018

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 Highway Patrol (NHP) will NOT 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 <— this is the largest parking area for the Candy Dance.
  • Jacks Valley Road north of Genoa at the Genoa Cemetery


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