Nevada County Events – September 2017

There is always so much to do in Nevada County, from musical performances (click here to see what’s happening this month at Center for the Arts) to theater to fairs and festivals. This is a sampling of some of the activities that await you this month.

Tahoe Star Tours

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Every Thursday and Saturday Evening in August
8:15-10:30 p.m.

Northstar California’s Dark Skies Cosmosarium

Join the Northstar Dark Skies Cosmoarium with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for an intimate look at the Sierra stars. Bring childlike curiosity and wonderment to view the cosmos with Ryan Berendsen, telescope extraordinaire, through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Enjoy comfortable seating, blankets, fire pits, hot chocolate, s’mores and more as the conversation covers the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the solar eclipse, which will occur on August 21.

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Pitchfork & The Pan Pop-up Farm Dinner Series
Sept. 7 & 19
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 Chef and farmer will work together to grow and prepare a 4-course meal filled with seasonal produce and proteins. Each dinner will spotlight the produce of one farm and feature a local rancher and California wine. Come meet the farmers who grow our food, hear their story and celebrate in the harvest.

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Nevada City Film Festival
Sept. 8-15
Various Locations in Nevada City


The 16th Annual Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party Sept. 8-15, bringing award-winning shorts and feature films from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City, CA. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, NCFF includes screenings, workshops, special performances, parties, and a live comedy show.

Nevada City Film Festival has hosted filmmakers including director Mike Mills (THE BEGINNERS, THUMBSUCKER), Editor Greg Finton (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY, DAZED & CONFUSED), music supervisor Brian Reitzell (LOST IN TRANSLATION), music composer Nate Wolcott (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), director Jonathan Krisel (PORTLANDIA) and comedians Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero and Brett Gelman.

Attendees will find an exceptional destination festival where they can meet other enthusiastic film lovers and be inspired by talented and exciting new filmmakers – all the while enjoying beautiful Nevada City.

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Cruisin’ in the Pines Car Show
Sept. 8-10
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11410 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

Roamin Angels 18th Annual Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show featuring classic cars, vintage trailers and boats. $5 General Admission, Kids under 12 & Military with ID FREE

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Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
September 8-10
Northstar California Resort, Truckee

Celebrate Lake Tahoe’s most prestigious food, wine, spirit and brew festival in the outdoor splendor of Northstar California Resort. Celebrity Chef’s hands-on cooking demonstrations, Farm to Tahoe dinner, winemaker luncheons and dinners, food and wine seminars, mixology . . . all topped off with the Sunday Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting.

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French Connection at Malakoff Diggins
Saturday, Sept. 9
5-9 p.m.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
23579 North Bloomfield Rd., Nevada City

Celebrate the French influence at the historic gold-mining town of North Bloomfield, near Nevada City, California!FRENCH-CONNECTION-FLYER-2017

Featuring music by Beaucoup Chapeaux
French Folk Dancing
Gold-Panning and Petanque/Bocce Ball
French Food & Drink
Traditional Children’s Games & Crafts
Guided Hike (11:15)

Extensive research has revealed how this world-renowned historic site nestled in the Sierra Foothills near Nevada City was initially discovered, settled and developed by French and French-speaking Canadian gold miners. Witness the unveiling of two new interpretive panels commemorating the park’s French Connections. Guided hike to the panels at 11:15.

Raffle Grand Prize: Week’s lodging for two at Venice near Cannes on the French Riviera.

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Constitution Days Weekend
September 9-10
Downtown Nevada City

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.  The 51st Annual Constitution

Photo courtesy of The Union

Photo courtesy of The Union

Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 9-10, 2017 in this historic California Gold Rush town.

Highlights include the parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

The Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution will be offering living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history.  Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 10 a.m. each day, and activities conclude at 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

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Nevada City Sidewalk SaleSidewalk Sale Flyer
Saturday, Sept. 9
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Nevada City

The Nevada City Chamber and Downtown MeetUp presents Nevada City’s Sidewalks- Have you seen it all? Along with historic shopping opportunities, you might stroll  alongside a Marching President, or take in a street performance. And new this year, you can chat with local practitioners from Nevada City’s stellar healing community staged in the Good Health Court at the New York Hotel parking lot.  Come and celebrate this once a year fabulous cultural as well as shopping experience!

The Wailers
Thursday, Sept. 14
8-11 p.m.
The Miners Foundry
325 Spring St., Nevada City

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present The Wailers in concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. The Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. All ages welcome.

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Open Spaces & Wild Places
Saturday, Sept. 16
4 p.m.-twilight
Linden Lea Ranch

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for an end-of-Summer Gala – Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land – to be held outdoors under the oaks at one of the most spectacular permanently protected agricultural lands in Nevada County, Linden Lea Ranch.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with a social hour featuring appetizers from Emily’s Catering, signature cocktails, craft beer from Three Forks Brewing Co. and wine from Lucchesi Vineyards. Guests can stroll an art show of landscape photography, peruse a Silent Auction and visit the Land Trust tent for all the latest updates on land conservation and trail projects, treks and nature programming.  Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band will provide a little bit of soul, blues, funk and reggae throughout the evening.

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Art & Soul of Truckee
Saturday, Sept. 16
1-6 p.m.
Historic Downtown Truckee

artandsoul1Art & Soul combines visual art, live music, artist demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, small bites and more in Historic Downtown Truckee.  Art & Soul will take over downtown Truckee’s sidewalks and plazas with sculptures, live music and artist demonstrations. Ticket holders will enjoy interactive artist demonstrations, craft beer/wine tastings and small bites of local fare. Many locations will also be providing shopping/drink discounts as well.

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Bounty of the County
Wednesday, Sept. 20
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Gold Miners Inn
121 Bank St., Grass Valley

Some of Nevada County’s best local chefs team up with local family farms to create gourmet bites that the public can taste and then vote on who will win “Best Local Chef” at the annual Bounty of the County competition.  Enjoy the evening sampling tastes from each chef’s table before casting your vote on the favorite. Between tastings you can view or purchase local art from our county’s talented artists, place bids on the fabulous silent auction, enjoy local beer and wine, and dance to the music of the Swing Beans!

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Sierra Vintners Wine Trailbent-metal-winery
Saturday, Sept. 23
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Various Locations

Sierra Vintners will be holding their final of three wine trails for 2017 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, the day after the Autumnal Equinox, at four locations ranging from Penn Valley to Nevada City.  Spend the day touring each location and enjoy wonderful wine tastings, delicious food, and enchanting entertainment.

Wineries included in this trail are: Bent Metal, Gray Pine, Pilot Peak, and Szabo.

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KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11410 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

Celtic web block 2017Mark your calendar for the Celtic Festival and Marketplace, taking place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  First founded in 1996, the KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.  With captivating musical performances from around the world, this is a fun family event that transports you back to the time of druids, knights, and dragons.

This year the three-day KVMR Celtic Festival will kick off the weekend with their Royal Tournament & Gathering of the Clans.  Chivalry and honor will reign on Friday, September 29 with a medieval tournament featuring full contact jousting, dancing horses, sword fights and hand to hand combat.  Honors to the winners will be presented by the King, Queen and their royal attendants.  The festivities will take place in the Nevada County Fairgrounds arena and will include pageantry and a parade with medieval tribes and guilds in attendance vying for favors.  Also included in the Friday night festivities will be the Friday Night Ceilidh (kay-lee) with live music for dancing in Ponderosa Hall.

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