Oktoberfest 2016 - Photo submitted by Lynn Woerner

Nevada County Events – October 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.

Ordinary Days
October 5-28
Off Center State
315 Richardson St., Grass Valley

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers, Adam Gwon, comes “Ordinary Days”, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. In the bustle and routine of New York, “Ordinary Days” tells the story of four everyday people discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. This intimate musical – about finding the beauty and the extraordinary in the everyday – has been called “a quietly affecting show” by the New York Times and “arrestingly poetic” by the Los Angeles Times.

The Sierra Stages production of “Ordinary Days” is directed by Sandra Rockman, with music direction by Ken Getz, and features local Nevada County actors Jay Barker, Nancy Haffey, Jonathan Hansard, and Kim Wellman.

“Ordinary Days” plays for four weekends only from October 5 – 28

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The Vagina Monologues10.17 Vagina-Monologues-Poster-1024x575
Friday, October 6
8 p.m.
The Center for the Arts
314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Eve Ensler’s iconic stage show about the female experience comes to Grass Valley for one night only! Performed by local “celebrities,” this is a fundraiser for a nonprofit that works to end violence against women.

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14th Annual Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop
Saturday, October 7
12-4 p.m.
Downtown Truckee

10.17 Truckee Wine Walk and ShopSip, shop and stroll your way through historic downtown Truckee, Calif. this fall at the fourteenth annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, Saturday Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees will enjoy award-winning wines paired with local food tastings while checking out all the boutiques Truckee has to offer. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Get ready to wine, walk and shop!

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Saturday, October 7
3-7 p.m.
Pioneer Park
421 Nimrod St., Nevada City

The 4th Annual Oktoberfest benefiting Kare Crisis Nursery, a Respite and Emergency Home for families in need, will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, at Pioneer Park. The event will feature $2.00 beer pours from local breweries, traditional German food plates for sale, and music by Road Test and Oompah band. Traditional dress welcome, so get out your lederhosen and prepare to polka the day away!

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100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show100% Design Logo
October 7-8
Foothills Event Center
400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley

Come see the latest in home interior and exterior trends, meet the experts in design, and talk to the pros who can help inspire you to create your dream living spaces. Seminars by professional designers will accent the event. $10 admission includes one free beverage (beer, wine, soft drink, coffee) from the no-host bar sponsored by the Food Bank of Nevada County. Stroll around with your beverage while you check out what the designers and vendors have to offer. Food also available for purchase.

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Open Studios & Art Tour
October 7-8 & 14-15
Various Locations
Western Nevada County

Open Studios is a self-guided tour through artist studios & fine art galleries in Western Nevada County taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8 and 14-15.
The event showcases fine art and fine craft in a broad range of media and styles. Open Studios contributes to public awareness about the quality and diversity of art created in our community and provides visitors with opportunities to view and purchase a wide range of original work by individual artists.

Additionally, Open Studios fosters an interest in, and a greater understanding of, the artistic process and provides the public with a unique opportunity to enter the world of a visual artist to experience how, why and where art is created.

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Great Trail Race
Sunday, October 8
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Start in Truckee, finish in Tahoe City

10.17 Great Trail RaceThe Great Trail Race travels a multi surface route from Truckee to Tahoe City. You choose to run or mountain bike one of two course options, Elite or Classic.

The Elite division course adds in more technically challenging terrain.
Make the event the goal of your summer training, then dig deep and beat your age-group rivals. Or set your own pace and enjoy a beautiful Truckee Tahoe mountain bike ride, Truckee Tahoe trail run or walk through the Sierra forest.

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Autumn Shindig Family Harvest Festival

Photo submitted by North Columbia Schoolhouse

Photo submitted by North Columbia SchoolhouseSunday, October 8

Sunday, October 8
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd., North San Juan

The North Columbia Schoolhouse celebrates its 8th annual harvest fair for families-The Autumn Shindig- on Sunday, October 11th from 11:30 am to dusk. The Shindig is full of home made wooden games, organic cotton candy, harvest stew from our local farms, down home music, arts and crafts for purchase, a dunk tank, tug of peace, and sack races, a cakewalk, prizes for the little ones and more! The Autumn Shindig brings you the best of Nevada County and all it’s rural and artistic charm. Admission is free, as is parking.

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Kaki King
Thursday, October 12
8-11 p.m.
The Miners Foundry
325 Spring St., Nevada City

The Miners Foundry presents Kaki King on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself”, composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Her latest work “The Neck Is a Bridge To The Body” is Kaki at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist through virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. This groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto her signature Ovation Adamas guitar, which has been customized specifially for this production.

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Penn Valley Civil War Days
October 14-15
Western Gateway Park
18560 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley

10.17 Civil WarBattle Born Civil War Reenactors & RACW will be bringing Living History to Nevada County at Penn Valley Western Gateway Park! These organizations have been bringing American Civil War History to tens of thousands of people for many years. Their reenactors have performed in movies, TV, Parades, Newspapers, State Governor’s events and Presented Civil War history lectures for Museums and many other organizations.

Walk through an 1860’s era Civil War Camp and let reenactors explain how people lived and survived. Experience the harsh realities of camp life during Our Nation’s most deadly war.

Talk to Union Troops and Confederate Troops – ask them why they are risking their lives for this war. What did the soldiers think this war was about?
See how women dressed and social behavior of the day. Visit with women and learn how they cooked and lived during the 1860’s.  Learn about the Cavalry; see how the Officers lived versus the average soldier.  Get hands on education of how artillery worked during this conflict.

A “Civil War Sutler” will be on site throughout the weekend selling 1860’s uniforms and supplies. Food vendors, live music, and two battles daily.

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Fall Festival at Tahoe Donner
Saturday, October 14
Northwoods Clubhouse in Tahoe Donner
11509 Northwoods Clubhouse, Truckee

Join Tahoe Donner for the eighth annual Fall Festival, one of their biggest events of the year. There’s something for everyone at our harvest festival from arts and craft vendors, the annual doggie pool dip, seasonal beer offerings, the pumpkin patch, a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games, food and more.

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October 21-22
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11410 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

Winterfaire is a family friendly event featuring prizes, refreshments and a great shopping experience.
Looking for that unique and unusual gift for your special someone? Winterfaire will feature 40+ local artisans and craftspeople displaying an exciting array of unique gift ideas.

Admission for children 12 and under is free. As in previous years the Guild will partner with Interfaith Food Ministries for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food and get $1.00 off the admission price. Your food donations help those in need in Nevada County. Parking is FREE.

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This is just a sampling of all of the many great events going on in Nevada County this month.  For a full listing of events, visit our event calendar.