The kids are back to school now and the days are getting shorter, but in true Nevada County fashion there is so much going on this weekend that you couldn’t possibly do it all if you tried. There’s something for everyone happening here, so get out and enjoy the last of the season.
Friday, August 26
The Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting a Community Hoedown from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. This family-friendly event will include live music, a presentation by renowned author and keynote speaker Tim Palmer, interactive art, a silent auction, a raffle, environmental awards ceremony, and a no-host bar. Sierra locals, the Bison Bluegrass Band, will take the stage during this festive gathering with Sierra Nevada Alliance member groups, their AmeriCorps graduates, and the community.
Also on Friday, The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 57th Season with “Schooled,” written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe. The Miners Foundry along with Paul Emery Music will be presenting this special socially relevant outdoor twilight concert and theatrical performance in Pioneer Park from 6:30-10 p.m.
The Center for the Arts is holding the Triple CD Release Party for Lolo Gervais from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Stirring up a mix of classic modern pop and rock tunes into a tight Neo Vintage party soundtrack—local favorite Lolo Gervais takes tunes of one style and recreates them into roaring 20’s, swinging 30’s, New Orleans funky boogaloo style, swanky 50’s & 60’s, classic early Motown & beyond.
Saturday, August 27
Start your day with United Way’s annual event, Grills ‘n’ Grilles, a day of barbecue, classic cars, live music, and family fun. The event takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. This is Nevada County United Way’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so head down to enjoy samplings and help to judge their barbecue contest, or just enjoy a stroll through some fine classic cars on a beautiful day.
If history is your thing, try the 121st Miner’s Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Since 1895, Miners Picnic has been a late-summer highlight. Early picnics helped raise money for miners’ widows and orphans. Today, it’s a chance to celebrate Empire Mine’s proud past. Meet costumed docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped our gold-mine history. Enjoy tasty food and snacks for sale near the Clubhouse, or bring your own lunch, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the beautiful, historic grounds. The Mineyard will be buzzing with activity, much the way it did during Empire’s glory days. With live music and special activities for children – as well as an old-fashioned cakewalk and a silent auction, there’s something for everyone – and everyone’s invited!
Also on Saturday is the much anticipated Nevada City Uncorked. The event, which takes place throughout downtown Nevada City from 1-4 p.m., showcases the agricultural bounty of our northern Sierra Foothills region and encourages a farm to table connection between the local farmers and participating restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries. Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. In addition to pouring award winning wines from this year’s competitions, 18 members of the Sierra Vintners Association will feature their newest releases.
If you prefer beer to wine, check out Sierra BrewFest, an epic afternoon of sun, suds and fun at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 3-6:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser for Music in the Mountains is one of California’s oldest beer festivals, and continues to impress with its great selection of craft beers and pine tree-shaded fairground location. Sample over 100 hand-crafted beers from over 30 Northern California Breweries. Enter the Bagg-O Tournament to win tickets to the 2017 BrewFest and other great prizes! Enjoy delicious food from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants.
After the sun goes down, head out to Pioneer Park in Nevada City for a showing of the Goonies, the final in the summer Movies in the Park series, hosted by the Nevada City Film Festival. The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theater. Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drink allowed. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Blankets and low back chairs are suggested. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for picnicking, and the film begins at sunset (between 8-8:30 p.m.).
With so much to do this weekend, Nevada County is the place to be!