Things to do in Nevada County this month

There is always so much going on in Nevada County. Whether you are a nature lover, hardcore recreationalist, lover of theater and art, dancer to live music, or a family looking for some fun everyone can enjoy, you can find something great to do any time of the year.

Here’s a sampling of what is going on this month in Nevada County.

Center for the Arts has great live music and other events year round.  Click here to see what they’ve got going on this month.

Springtime at Ananda
April 1-30
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ananda Village
14618 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City
AnandaApproximately 16,000 tulips and 90 varieties will make this year’s tulip extravaganza the most spectacular yet, blending tulips with a rainbow of complementary spring blossoms.
Visitors are welcome to visit the gardens every day for the month of April, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6.00. For groups of 10 or more, please call 530-478-7587 for reservations. Open house weekends are April 8-9, 15-16. During event weekends, visitors can chat with their lead gardener and award winning landscape designer; enjoy Ananda’s famous maple scones; or just sit and enjoy the peace and beauty. Please note: On Friday, April 21st the gardens will open at 1 p.m. Please no alcohol, pets or picnicking in the gardens.


1st Annual Sierra Poetry Festival
Saturday, April 1
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sierra College
250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley

Nevada County Arts Council presents the inaugural Sierra Poetry Festival bringing together an array of local, national and international poets and performers to kick off National Poetry Month on April 1, 2017. With a keynote address by California’s Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, the day will be filled with readings, open mics, workshops, discussions, parties and youth voices.
Featured poets and presenters:
Al Young • Molly Fisk • Kazim Ali
Pablo Frasconi • Genny Lim • Sands Hall
Charles Entrekin • Gail Rudd Entrekin • MK Chavez
Gayle Brandeis • Mel Pryor • Kirsten Casey
Jahan Khalighi • Gene Berson • Eve Ladyapplesyrcs_moondance_poster_crop


Moondance Gala
Saturday, April 1
6 p.m.-midnight
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St., Nevada City

Yuba River Charter School invites friends, neighbors and the community to the annual fundraising gala, MOONDANCE. Mosey on down to this year’s “HIGH DESERT HITCHING POST” for rip-roaring good times under Western starry skies!
The wild-west themed evening features dining, dancing, a saloon, gaming area, live & silent auction, and entertainment including old-timey photo booth, fun surprises and a special live performance by LA/Nashville recording artist HONEYHONEY.

Magic Show at the North Star House
Saturday, April 1
7-9 p.m.
North Star House
Grass Valley

The Nevada County Magician’s Guild brings you a show for all ages that will rock your magical socks off! Though this is on April Fools Day, it’s no joke. Come for a magic show of many styles: Comedy, Close-Up, Stage, Parlour with Mind Reading, Sleight of Hand, Classical Elegance, and Illusion. Headliners include Bill Demming and Al Skinner, and other performers include Bruce Gauthier, Peter Franchino, Nick Fedoroff, and More. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and are available at Mountain Pastimes (the toy store in Nevada City) and at the door.

Truckee First Friday
Friday, April 7
5:30-8 p.m.
Historic Downtown Truckee

Every first Friday of the month, participating downtown shops and restaurants will offer complimentary art, food, drinks, music and more. Participating shops and restaurants will display First Friday flags so the public will know where the fun is.

Nevada City’s 28th Annual Psychic Fair
Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Photo submitted by Jesse Locks

Photo submitted by Jesse Locks

The Nevada City Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers. For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists. Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest. The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more.
Admission is $5. Tickets are available online, at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at the Door.


Photo by North Columbia Schoolhouse

Photo by North Columbia Schoolhouse

Rita Hosking Trio in Concert
Saturday, April 8, 7-10 p.m.
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

17894 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of culture clash, dishes, forest fires, black holes, and hope. With her stories in song and soul-stirring, country-folk voice, Rita partners with Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and banjo, and Bill Dakin on upright bass, to deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.” The music she produces today is an amalgamation of her university studies, teaching experience, motherhood, and the humanity that has moved her since her childhood in the hard-hitting mountains of Northeastern California.
Tickets for this show are $18 advance and for members and $20 at the door, and are available at BriarPatch Co-op, Mother Truckers, and online at northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.


The White Snake
Thursday, April 13-Saturday, May 6
Performances on Thursdays (7 p.m.), Fridays (8 p.m.), Saturdays (8 p.m.), and Sundays (2 p.m.)
Nevada Theater
401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Community Asian Theater of the Sierra presents The White Snake, a mythical tale of eternal love with original music and life-size puppetry. Based on the classic story, Mary Zimmerman re-imagines this ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Venturing down the mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with a humble and virtuous man. She decides to stay human until a wicked monk discovers her true identify and vows to destroy her. Tickets at The Book Seller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley and online.


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The Union’s 32nd Annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley


Anything you would want for your home, garden or lifestyle you can find at The Union’s Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show! Lots of great vendors showing the latest and greatest products and services in the home improvement industry. Artisans and crafters and gifts available, too. Great door prizes! Live demonstrations and presentations on the Northern Mines Stage on the hour, and live music from noon to 3 p.m. both days near the food court, where there are lots of great food and beverages, too. Kids activities include Paint-a-Flower-Pot, Build A Birdhouse, bounce houses and more. Free admission, $5 fairgrounds parking per car.


An Evening with Broadway’s Leading Lady
Friday, April 28
6-9 p.m.
Foothills Event Center
400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living in Grass Valley, CA presents an evening with Sandra Joseph, Broadway’s longest running leading lady in the longest running show, Phantom of the Opera! Sandra

Photo submitted by Shanin Ybarrondo

Photo submitted by Shanin Ybarrondo

is also known as a one-of-a-kind keynote speaker, author, and entertainer, and at this event will be an intimate evening of singing, storytelling, meditation and more!

The event is open to everyone. General admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets with post meet and greet are $75 and a limited number of student tickets available at $15 and can be purchased on the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living website, www.sierracenter.org or www.brownpapertickets.com.