Nevada Gourd Society

  Est 2016

Announcing the 2021 ....

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5pm - 8pm Friday       9am - 5pm Saturday        9am - 3pm  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 this year. The raffle proceeds will be going to a local non-profit organization.


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 are already signing up artists and vendors to participate in this year's festival. A list of attending artists and vendors will be posted soon.


With regards to the COVID-19 outbreak....

At this time, we are moving forward with all of our festival plans. No one knows with certainty how long restrictions will be in effect, but we are moving forward with the expectation that they will be lifted by the end of the summer. We will post updates here on our website, so please come back here for the latest status.


2021 Classes are now open for registration! View the class line-up

We'll have 3 fun days of classes from September 10th through the 12th.

Once again, we are planning 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, this is a great 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.

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We are currently taking booth applications from sellers of gourd, basketry, and wood art and sellers of art supplies. If you would like to have a booth at our 2021 festival, please fill out the online vendor application.

Are you a vendor, but you can't attend the 2021 festival? Get on our vendor's mailing list.

The deadline for taking teaching applications for the 2021 festival has passed.

We are now taking teaching applications from gourd, basketry, and other art teachers for the 2021 festival. If you'd be interested in teaching at our 2021 festival, please fill out the online teacher application. All teaching applications must be received by April 1, 2021.

If you are a teacher, and you'd like us to contact you about our festivals, get on our teacher's mailing list.

Carson City Lodging

Click the following link to download a list of hotels and RV parks in the Carson City area.  Hotel and RV Park List

More places to stay: 

In Carson City

In Minden/Gardnerville area

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