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.

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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.

Summer Nights in Nevada City

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

Synthetic Unlimited

Synthetic Unlimited is an edgy local theater company, focused…

120 Joerschke Dr,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Artist Workshop

The Artist Workshop is an art enrichment studio for toddlers…

120 Mill St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Center For the Arts

The Center for the Arts has truly become the hub of arts for…

314 W Main St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Children's Festival

The Children's Festival will return to Pioneer Park in Nevada…

The Louvre Framing, Restoration and Gallery

Gallery featuring original art, prints, photography, custom framing,…

124 E Main St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Nevada Theatre

The Nevada Theatre is California’s oldest original-use theater.…

401 Broad St,
Nevada City, CA 95959

The Onyx Theatre

The Onyx Theatre, located in the beautiful Sierra foothill town…

107 Argall Way,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Tom Beebe, Fine Woodworking & Craft School

Studio, gallery and woodworking school.

10434 River Park Pl,
Truckee, CA 96161

Trails & Vistas

Trails & Vistas is the most unique art experience in North…

Truckee Glassblowing

Glassblowing by Frank Rossbach.