…But oh those summer nights!

While there is a wealth of recreational and relaxation opportunities to keep you happily busy every day of summer, nothing beats Nevada County’s summer nights. In fact, Nevada City even has a fantastic outdoor festival of art and music called Summer Nights in Nevada City that takes place on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of July (13, 20, and 27). In downtown Grass Valley, don’t miss the Thursday Night Market, which is more of a street fair with a farmers market attached, with live music, a beer garden, food, and unique vendors. Both are local favorites, but we’re always happy to welcome out of town visitors to experience some of what we all love so dearly about our towns. Truckee hosts its own similar Downtown Street Festival every Thursday.

There is music for all tastes at various venues throughout the county all summer long, from the classical symphony performances of Music in the Mountains at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley and the Sunday Picnic Pops concerts at Pioneer Park in Nevada City to reggae, folk, and rock shows at the Miners Foundry who also put on an annual “Jerry Bash,” a music festival honoring the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, which takes place from 2-10 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Visitors are always impressed by the wide variety of both famous and up-and-coming talent that Center for the Arts has coming through Grass Valley, from Michael Franti to Jewel to Joan Baez to Jeff Daniels and more. Truckee also hosts a weekly free Music in the Park event every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from June 22-Aug. 31 in the Truckee River Regional Park ‘Salty” Gebhart Ampitheater.

If Art is your scene, check out the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Nevada City, which features local artisans, refreshments, live music, and nonprofit information booths. Truckee hosts a similar event, the Historic Downtown Truckee First Fridays. Participating shops and restaurants will display First Friday flags so the public will know where the fun is.

If down and dirty is your preference, we have many night clubs to explore, many having entertainment nightly. Make sure to take advantage of the fabulous restaurants that Nevada County has to offer, as well. You can travel around the world on a culinary adventure without leaving town!

When the night comes to an end, you have so many choices of where to lay your head, from beautiful and clean campgrounds,to quaint bed & breakfasts, as well as luxury hotels. Spend some time in Nevada County, and see where the night takes you.