Local Events & Resources
The Northern Sierra Foothills region is rich in Fairs, Festivals, Outdoor and Cultural Events, and Music and the Arts. Regularly scheduled Fairs, Festivals, and Races draw tens of thousands of people. There is always something happening within short driving distance throughout the year guaranteed to attract your attention and enrich your life. This page contains an overview of yearly festivals, fairs, races, but you will also find valuable links to organizations and venues with the ongoing cultural and artistic events that help make our area a valued community.
Annual Sierra Festival of the Arts
Set in historic downtown Grass Valley, California, this annual street faire features fine art and crafts by California artists from a diverse cultural tradition. Free admission. Takes place the Sunday during Memorial Day Weekend, 10 AM - 5 PM. Check grassvalleychamber.com for further details.
Annual Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival
June 16-19, 2016
Considered one of the best festivals in the West with a spectacular lineup of national headliners, impressive California talent, workshops, camping, jamming and more, all under the pines in the scenic Nevada County Fairgrounds. www.cbaontheweb.org
Nevada City Summer Nights Celebration
Wednesdays - July 13, 20, & 27, 2016.
6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free.
During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area.
Sierra Storytelling Festival:
July 22-24, 2016
Nationally and internationally known tellers present both poignant and hilarious stories from African, Jewish, and Native American traditions, as well as, heart-warming folk tales. Tickets available online at sierrastorytellingfestival.org or call 530-265-2826.
Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival
Scheduled for August 4-17, 2016 in Downieville, California. Cross Country Race, downhill race, live music, cold beer, swimming holes, bicycle expo, dirt demo, anarchy, trail shuttles, group rides and good times. Contests include:
- All mountain World Championship
- River Jump World Championship
- Pixie-cross World Championship
Slated for August 26-27, 2016, in Sierra City, the event is billed as”a celebration of Hot Rods and Lost Youth.” The Rod Run and Car show is produced by Highwaymen NorCal.
Miners Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park :
August 27, 2016, 11 am to 4 pm.
The 120th Annual Miners Picnic continues thanks to the Empire Mine Park Association. The picnic was originally held annually and benefitted the widows and orphans of the miners. Now it is held for the benefit of all the park visitors. Activities include: Food & beverages available , games and entertainment for the children,; gold panning; cake walks; antique automobiles; equipment exhibits / demonstrations, silent auction and living history presentation–volunteers dressed in 1905 period costumes are at the cottage, in the mineyard and intermingling with the picnicrs.
10791 East Empire Street in Grass Valley (530) 273-8522
GOLD RUSH DAYS
A good ol time in the streets of historic Downieville. Come in period costume for a chance to win great prizes! Vendors, gold panning, costumn contest, donkey races, BBQ dinner, street dance with live band, stage coach rides, gunfight reenactments, games, and much more! Two day event, Saturday, September 3 from 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, September 4 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
19th Annual Celtic Festival
Friday, September 30; Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016.
Celtic music and magic featuring world-class musicians, jams, dance, pageantry, living history, falconry, athletics, storytelling, and shopping.
Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 70 vendors and a complete Irish Pub. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers, and storytellers roam the fairgrounds. 6,000 attendees expected.
North Lake Tahoe Snowfest
North Lake Tahoe comes alive in early March with fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. On and off the mountain, at North Tahoes numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, theres something for everyone. Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater; and of course, theres plenty of wining and dining to be had at North Lake Tahoes fine restaurants and lively establishments. Visit www.tahoesnowfestival.com for dates and full list of events.