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.
Mardi Gras in Nevada City: February 9 & 10, 2013
A Mardi Gras Faire is festooned with a grande parade through historic downtown. A masquerade ball at the Miner Foundry, the night before, features fine food and live music. Advance Tickets are sugested. Call the Chamber of Commerce: (530) 265-2692
28th Annual Grass Valley Downtown Car Show
Saturday, April 27th 2013 from 10am to 3pm.
Enjoy a trip down memory lane. Travel back in time and experience American nostalgia at its best. See the classic American automobiles that define generations and shop, dine and stay in Historic Gold Country.
North Lake Tahoe Snowfest 2013
North Lake Tahoe comes alive March 1st-10th 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.
30th Annual Sierra Festival of the Arts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
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.
Nevada City Bicycle Classic: Fathers Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013.
One of America’s top cycling events celebrates its 52nd anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand. Contact Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 530-265-2692.
38th Annual Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival
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
17th annual California WorldFest is July 11-14, 2013 and features eight stages of music and dance from around the world. Event at Grassvalley Fairgrounds. Visit the website for additional details and advance tickets.
Nevada City Annual Summer Nights Celebration
On Wednesdays begining July 17, 2013 through July 31, 2013 from 6-9:30pm
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.
Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival
Scheduled for August 1 - 4, 2013 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
Miners Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park :
August 24, 2013, 11 am to 4 pm.
The long standing tradition of 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 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 1 from 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, September 2 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Slated for September 20-22, 2013 in Sierra City. Rod run and car show produced by the Northern California Highwaymen.
16th Annual Celtic Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 28th & 29th, 2013
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.