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.

Museums

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.

Joanne's Stained Glass & Gallery

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JoAnne's Stained Glass Gallery is located in historic downtown…

Kindred Art & Folk Institute

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Artisan Shop & Folk Institute.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

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LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned galleries…

300 Spring St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Lilly Vigil's Native American Gallery

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Vigil’s Collection is a fine art gallery that has been in business…

214 Broad St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry

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"Industrial contemporary" jewelry design.

10007 Bridge St,
Truckee, CA 96161

Miners Foundry Cultural Center

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The foundry dates to 1856 and for many years provided metal and…

325 Spring St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Music in the Mountains

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Music in the Mountains (MIM) presents classical music performances…

530 Searls Ave.,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Nevada City Film Festival

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The Nevada City Film Festival brings top independent cinema to…

Nevada County Arts

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In May of 2009 the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County was designated…

North Columbia Schoolhouse

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The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center gives the rural…

17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Off Broad Street Theatre

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Fun is the key word at Off Broadstreet. Our goal is to bring…

305 Commercial St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Open Art Studios Tour - Truckee

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Nevada County Arts presents the first annual Truckee Open Art…

Quest Theatreworks

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Quest Theaterworks (formerly Ewing Ventures) is dedicated to…

Riverside Studios

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Local art co-op with hand-crafted artwork.

10060 Donner Pass Rd,
Truckee, CA 96161

Saint Joseph's Cultural Center

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The history Saint Joseph’s began in the post-Gold Rush days…

410 S Church St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Sierra Master Chorale

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The Sierra Master Chorale (part of InConcert Sierra) is an auditioned…

PO BOX 205,
Nevada City CA 95959

Sierra Stages Community Theater

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Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural…

Summer Nights in Nevada City

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The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor…

Synthetic Unlimited

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Synthetic Unlimited is an edgy local theater company, focused…

120 Joerschke Dr,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Alexander Gallery

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This exceptional contemporary art gallery has been a showcase…

225 Broad St,
Nevada City, CA 95959