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The Nevada Gourd Society is proud to announce the 2018 ....

9am - 5pm Saturday          10am - 4pm Sunday

Admission is Free                  Parking is Free

The Silver State Art Festival, sponsored by the Nevada Gourd Society, is a collaborative gathering of several of the natural fine artistry entities in and around the state of Nevada. This festival is comprised of gourd art and basketry art as well as other fine art and fine craft media. Vendors in attendance will be displaying and selling artwork and art supplies. In addition, there will be classes for those interested a hands-on learning experience. Our goal is to have a fun and educational festival for all who want to know more about the beautiful world of the natural arts.

This INDOOR festival is being held at the Fuji Exhibit Hall in beautiful Carson City, Nevada. Click here to view the address and a map of this location.

We will have a raffle with many nice prizes again this year. Our raffle proceeds will be going to the Advocates to End Domestic Violence (AEDV), a very deserving private not-for-profit organization located here in Carson City. For more information about AEDV, visit their website:

Carson City is a perfect location for a festival! Visitors from far and wide visit in September because of our great weather and all the wonderful things to do in this area of Nevada:

  • Virginia City, a quaint historic town
  • Beautiful Lake Tahoe
  • Reno, just minutes away
  • Casinos, restaurants and great shopping
  • Fly fishing on the Truckee or Carson rivers
  • RV parks and hotels close by

Visit to see all that Carson City has to offer.

We already have an awesome group of artists and vendors signed up to participate in this year's festival. See our list of attending artists and vendors.

Please help us get the word out. Click here to download our festival flyer to share with your friends.


2018 Classes are now open for registration!!!

We'll have 3 fun days of classes from September 14th through the 16th. View our gallery of awesome classes that we have scheduled for this year.

Once again, we will have a great “line up” of gourd and basketry art classes. This is your opportunity to learn something new or to learn new techniques in a hands-on environment. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to make new friends and to create wonderful art.

If you've never taken a gourd or basketry class, now is the time to take the plunge. Even better, get a friend to take a class with you! Most of our classes are designed to be easy enough for beginners, and fun for all levels of gourders and basket weavers.

All of our vendor spaces are taken at this time by sellers of gourd, basketry, and wood art and sellers of art supplies. If you would like to get on our waiting list, fill out the vendor application and we will notify you if we get an opening. DO NOT send money to us until you hear from us that we have an opening.

Are you a vendor, but you can't attend the 2018 festival? Get on our vendor's mailing list.

Carson City Lodging

Click below to download a list of hotels and RV parks in the Carson City area.

Helpful Contacts:

National Weather Service: (775) 831-6677

Road Conditions:

Nevada (877) 687-6237

Douglas County, NV (775) 782-8121

California (800) 427-7623

Check out the info and photos of last year's festival here:

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