Genoa Candy Dance

By: Lauren Lindley

Every year on the last weekend of September, the town of Genoa hosts their annual Candy Dance Faire which offers over 300 craft and food vendors and draws thousands of people to this small town in Nevada during the two-day event.  It’s absolutely massive with tents stretching from one end of Genoa to the other.

The Annual Genoa Candy Dance and Faire was originally planned as a dinner and dance in the fall of 1919 by the women of the town to raise money for street lights. There was a dance and midnight dinner at the Raycraft Hall, which is now known as the Genoa Town Hall.  The women of the town made candies and cakes to pass around to the guests.  The first Candy Dance was so successful they decided to make it an annual event.

Today, families mill about shopping, playing, eating and crafting.  It’s a family-friendly event with tons of activities to keep the kids entertained.

The 2024 Candy Dance will be held on September 28 and 29, 2024.  Come join in on the fun!

Lauren Lindley at Genoa Candy Dance
Lauren Lindley at Genoa Candy Dance
Lauren Lindley at Genoa Candy Dance
Lauren Lindley at Genoa Candy Dance



  • In addition to all the yummy treats you’ll fill up on at the Genoa Candy Faire, make sure you stop in for a pie at Basecamp Pizza Co.  Their outdoor patio is perfect for people-watching and corn-hole playing and their BBQ Chicken Pizza is unbeatable.
  • Buy a ticket to the Genoa Candy Dance dinner, held on Saturday night of the fair from 5:30-7:30 PM.  This year’s menu included BBQ pork and chicken, potato and green salads, green beans, and vegetables.  The Dance follows immediately after.  Tickets are available over the phone from the Genoa Town Office.


  • Bring the outdoors inside at the Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, a new boutique hotel right in the Stateline Corridor.  It offers a short 5-minute walk to the lake and an even shorter 4-minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola and a brief drive over Kingsbury Grade to visit the candy dance. They have 50 lavish rooms at more affordable prices.
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