Nevada County might be small in area, but our towns are big on fun! Throughout the summer, Nevada County hosts a great number of events, from brew fests and bike races to kids camps to music festivals. In addition to our fabulous swimming holes, hiking trails, campgrounds, and abundance of lakes, our little county has so much to do all season long.
No matter what kind of music you enjoy, you can find it here. And if music festivals are your thing, you have certainly come to the right place. Check out the summer of music festivals in store for Nevada County in 2018:
The Spring Strawberry Music Festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This event presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top notch children’s programming, workshops and activities for the whole family, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. With over 20 acts on the main stage, including headliners Taj Mahal, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Todd Snider, and more, there is something for everyone at Strawberry Music Festival.
This festival, hosted by the California Bluegrass Association, takes place each Father’s Day weekend in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Four days of the finest bluegrass music in the nation performed by some of the best bluegrass bands in the world, taking place from June 14-17, 2018. Enjoy jamming, dancing, workshops, food, and great entertainment.
The 2018 bluegrass music lineup includes:
Del McCoury Band
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
Edgar Loudermilk Band Featuring Jeff Autry
Enjoy a free concert every Wednesday from June 20 to August 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the annual Truckee Music in the Park summer series. Join locals and visitors to groove to great music each week in the amphitheater located at Truckee Regional Park. A full line up of great music awaits you in Truckee!
For more than thirty-seven years, Music in the Mountains SummerFest has been Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can transform lives and communities. Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and resident conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest stretches over the course of eleven days from June 23 through July 3 and welcomes over 65 professional musicians and thousands of attendees to the beautiful park-like setting of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.
This year’s program embodies the bold spirit of summer – everything is singing and alive; promising the best of what might be! Beginning with an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach and finishing with a spirited Patriotic Pops, SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony, a tribute to American greats and the unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and the evocative and intoxicating songs of thwarted love from Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and more!
The popular music and arts festival is presented by The Center for the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Grass Valley. With seven stages of music, more than 50 artists from around the world, and a full workshop and educational schedule, WorldFest has set itself apart from other music festivals throughout the region.
Galactic, Anoushka Shankar, Trevor Hall, Samantha Fish, Magic Giant, Mike Love, The Teskey Brothers, Niyaz, Dustin Thomas, Huun Huur Tu, Joanne Shenandoah, Mamuse, Fula Brothers, Saritah, Noreum Machi, Battle Of Santiago, Moshav, Poranguí, Ranky Tanky, Mélisande [Électrotrad], Fanna-Fi-Allah, Keith Secola, Achilles Wheel, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Sang Matiz, Matt The Electrician, Kehoe International, David Luning, Jarabe Mexicano, Banana Slug String Band, Mariee Sioux, Jasmine Fuego, Ultimate Fantastic, Korean Men Ft. Lee Heemoon & Prelude, Chicken Bonz, Bear Fox & Kontate’ken’okòn:’a, Huayllipacha, Chief Caleen Sisk, SoCal Aztec Dancers, Little Thunder, Sacramento Powwow Dancers, Indigenous Soul Rising, Kim ShiningStar, Feather River Singers, Neena McNair Family Drum, Eddie Madril, GoodShield, Wakan Waci & More!