Nevada County, California is the creative pulse of the Sierra Nevada.

Located halfway between Sacramento and Reno, the county offers high-caliber performances that would satisfy any San Francisco arts and culture aficionado.

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley has become a hub for arts throughout the Sierra Foothills, drawing stars & guitars. Performers have included Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Aaron Neville, Brandi Carlile, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Will Durst, Judy Collins and the Smothers Brothers.

While an affinity for outdoors and adrenaline satiates some, creativity, words, and rhythm feed others in such abundance that music, arts, and poetry spill out onto the mountains like early-winter snowfall. Art-house theatres, galleries, and coffee houses integrate these gifts into everyday life, but countless festivals, concerts, and readings give locals and guests a reason to stop and take notice, if not celebrate, the beauty that stems from the creative soul.


Galleries aren’t the only place you can catch a glimpse of Nevada County’s soul. The area’s rich and colorful history is its foundation and residents have made preserving and showcasing that history a priority throughout the community. The Historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum in Nevada City was built in 1861 and for nearly a century housed horse-drawn fire wagons, handcarts and “modern” motorized engines through 1938. The museum also features artifacts of the Nisenan Indians, a display of early Chinese influences, and Donner Party relics. For a more in-depth lesson about the ill-fated Donner Party, there’s the Emigrant Trail Museum at Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee. Truckee is also home to the Old Jail Museum, one of the few surviving 19th century jailhouses of its kind. Railroad and mining history can be explored at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum, both in Grass Valley. The Searls Historical Library in downtown Nevada City was built in 1872 and houses more than 10,000 historical photographs, a thousand maps, and nearly 3,000 books about early California history and the gold rush.

Deer Creek is the reason for Nevada City’s being. It was the location of the first gold discovery in the region, and subsequently the town, originally named Deer Creek Dry Diggins, sprang up on its banks. Over time Nevada City, as it came to be known, grew along and around Deer Creek. The creek provided a water source, a transportation corridor, and a sense of place for the community and is still, to this day, a very important regional resource.

Recently the Deer Creek Tribute Trail has opened, providing opportunities for users to learn about Deer Creek’s unique geology, biology and history. However, additional layers of Deer Creek’s history, culture and environment have yet to be celebrated. ART OnSite/Tribute Trail’s vision is to uncover these layers through an environmental art project: a collection of sensitively conceived and creatively executed interpretations.

The mission of ART OnSite is to strengthen the ties between the community, the environment and the arts through outdoor art installations along the Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail. A collaborative effort between Nevada City, Nevada County, Nevada County Arts and The Sierra Fund, the ART OnSite project is coordinating the selection of up to 10 professional artists and the installation of their artworks for public viewing along the trail in the Fall of 2013.

Abreu Gallery Picture Framers

Abreu Gallery Picture Framers brings 35 years of custom picture…

22232 Cottage Hill Drive,
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Art Obsessions

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10052 Donner Pass Rd,
Truckee, CA 96161

Art Works Gallery

Art Works Gallery is located in the center of a vibrant visual…

113 Mill St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Artisans Festival

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ASIF Studios

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940 Idaho Maryland Rd,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Aspen Leaf Interiors

Aspen Leaf Interiors is committed to assisting our clients in…

10075 W River St,
Truckee, CA 96161


Atelier is a place for tactile living connecting artists, collectors…

10128 Donner Pass Rd.,
Truckee, CA 96161

Bolam Gallery

The Bolam Gallery is the only fine art gallery at Lake Tahoe-Truckee…

10396 Donner Pass Rd.,
Truckee, CA 96161

Broad Street Bistro & Coffee

Broad Street Bistro & Coffee is a locally owned coffee shop…

426 Broad St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

California WorldFest

The annual California WorldFest features eight stages of music…

11228 McCourtney Rd.,
Grass Valley, CA 94945

Carmel Gallery

Elizabeth and Olof Carmel are Sierra-based photographers specializing…

9940 Donner Pass Rd,
Truckee, CA 96161

Celtic Festival

KVMR Celtic Festival offers three days of wonderful entertainment…

11228 McCourtney Road,
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Community Asian Theatre of The Sierra

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) promotes diversity…

360 Sierra College Dr # 100,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Del Oro Theatre

Built in 1940 by United Artists, the Del Oro has been a Grass…

165 Mill St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945


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Grass Valley Downtown Association

Your link to all that is historic downtown Grass Valley! A Nevada…

125 Neal St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Haven Underground

The Haven is located in the heart of downtown Nevada City at…

226 Broad St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

InConcert Sierra

InConcert Sierra presents music of great composers showcasing…

12889 Osborne Hill Rd,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Italian Festival

About the Italian Festival Committee The Nevada County Italian…