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Kick off your weekend early in Nevada County

There is so much going on in Nevada County this week that you’ll wish you could clone yourself to enjoy it all!

Wednesday is the kickoff for Summer Nights in Nevada City.  During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic summer-nights-in-nevada-citycars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.  Or, if you’re in Truckee, enjoy their summer-long Music in the Park series, a family-friendly free concert that takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Salty Gebhart Amphitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park.  This week features the Latin/swing sounds of Jo Mama, so bring a picnic, blanket, and your dancing shoes to this fun community-sponsored event.

Thursday you can stroll through Grass Valley’s Thursday Night Market from 5:30-9 p.m. throughout historic downtown Grass Valley.  Shop the farmers’ market, check out the vendor booths, visit the downtown shops that stay open late just for the event, or enjoy cuisine from a local restaurant or one of the many food vendors from pho to vegan wraps to hot dogs.  New this year is a beer and wine garden, as well as two stages of music.  This week features the speakeasy vibe of the Earles of Newtown on the main stage and Eva & Gary Music playing jazz standards, bossa nova, and more in the beer garden.

California Worldfest also kicks off its 20th year on Thursday evening with a special 2 for 1 ticket price for locals, and continues through Sunday evening with the final performance being Boz Scaggs in his first ever show in Grass Valley.  This popular local event brings in bands and vendors from around the world, and is something you do not want to miss!

If you’re a fan of musical theater, don’t miss Sierra Stages’ kick off of their play Little Shop of Horrors, playing at the Nevada Theater July 14-August 6 every Thursday-Sunday.

In eastern Nevada County, you can enjoy Truckee Thursdays from 5-8:30 p.m. in Downtown Truckee; an 11-week outdoor Thursday evening event held during June, July and August. Activities include a certified organic Farmers Market, live music, arts and crafts vendors, beer garden, sidewalk sale, outdoor dining and family-children’s activities.  This Thursday features the Decoy Band.

On Friday, Nevada County Arts presents the 2nd annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour, a self-guided driving Tour throughout Truckee’s neighborhoods which continues through Sunday. Studios are all located within a ten minute drive from Historic Downtown Truckee.  The Tour invites visitors to experience the evolution of art from creative spark to finished product through dialog with some of Truckee’s finest professionals. A print Guidebook is available at the California Welcome Center in downtown Truckee as well as many other locations. Just follow the Bright Orange Signs!!

Nahko and Medicine for the People headlines Worldfest Friday evening, and Little Shop of Horrors has special pricing at only $15 per ticket.  In addition, there is live music everywhere you turn throughout Nevada County, so get out and enjoy a night on the town.

For the kids, The Children’s Festival will return to Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The park will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children with over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, a bevy of faeries, Pepper the Witch, medieval fencing, spinning demonstrations, Queen Elizabeth and her court, Pyrate Skool, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon.  This year’s Children’s Festival will once again have two sessions, from 9 a.m. – noon and from 5-8 p.m. Admission to each session is $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Start your Saturday by szabo-vineyardsvisiting the Nevada City Farmer’s Market in downtown Nevada City or the Nevada County Certified Growers Market at the North Star House in Grass Valley.  Then, hit the Sierra Vintners’ Regional Wine Trail at various locations throughout Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Penn Valley.  Read more about the wine trail here.

At Worldfest, Third World headlines the evening with their reggae fusion sound, and Sierra Stages hosts the opening reception for Little Shop of Horrors with a performance followed by refreshments and mingling with the cast and crew.

In Truckee, California 89 hosts their Adventure Film Series in their backyard.  Enjoy a film under the stars from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday through August 13.  This week they will be showing “Unreal,” which showcases some of the top mountain bikers testing the limits in breathtaking footage by Anthill Films.  Beer and snacks will be available for purchase.

Sunday morning from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Grange hall, join the Fruit Jar Pickers as they continue their weekly jam open to all musicians, pickers, singers, and appreciators of fun and eclectic music.   Then, take a dip in one of our many beautiful swimming holes and reflect on the amazing weekend you just had.