What's Up in Nevada County, CA May – July 2014

What’s Up in Nevada County, CA this May – July, 2014


Nevada County’s Farmer Markets are starting to open. Below is a list of the Markets with dates, times and locations.

Nevada County Certified Growers Market at three locations:

North Star House, Grass Valley
Saturdays – 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 12 – November 22, 2014

The Rood Center, Nevada City
Tuesdays – 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
June 3 – October 28, 2014

7th Day Adventist Church, Penn Valley
Thursdays – 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
June 5 – October 30, 2014

Nevada City Farmers Market
Union Street, Downtown Nevada City
Saturdays – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm.
June 14 – November 22, 2014

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market
Mill & Main Street, Downtown Grass Valley
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 26 – August 14, 2014

Foothills Farmers’ Market
Truckee River Regional Park
Tuesday – 8:00 am. – 1:00 p.m.
Begins June 10

Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
Saturday, May 10, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley invites everyone of all ages to participate in the first annual Gold Country Challenge. The event includes a 50k, 100k and 100- mile tour of the beautiful Gold Country region of Northern California. The ride is fully supported by friendly volunteers, fantastic rest stops, support vehicles, and well-marked routes. After your ride, you enjoy a hearty dinner and live entertainment. Bring your family with you and the kids can enjoy the family ride and children’s bike rodeo. BBQ and beverages will be served.

57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds, Penn Valley, CA
Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18, 2014

The 57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo kicks off with exciting performances including saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull dogging, team roping, barrel racing and, the highlight of any rodeo, bull riding. Sunday is the Annual Community Rodeo Playday where anyone can be a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl. There is always a rodeo clown, intermission performances and our very own Penn Valley drill team. The Cook House serves BBQ tri tip meals with all the fixin’s. Beer Garden has several brands of beer on tap and always serves wine for those with a more refined taste.

Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous
Nevada County Fairgrounds, CA
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Over 100 vintage trailers will set up at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the four-day Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous. Owners will open their doors to public to show off their vintage trailers. Enjoy delicious BBQ and dancing to live music while the kids have fun fishing in the lake and getting their faces painted. Viewing the trailers and dance are free to the public.

Humbug Day
Malakoff Diggins State Park
Nevada City, CA
June 14, 2014

Revisit the exciting and controversial hydraulic gold mining era of the 1870’s! Enjoy Old Time music, wagon rides, barbecue picnic, homemade ice cream, reinactments, craft demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and tin punching, old fashioned family games and prizes, storytelling, living history tours of historic North Bloomfield, the world’s shortest parade and shooting the water cannon!

2nd Annual Mule & Donkey Show
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds
Penn Valley, CA
Friday, June 27- Sunday, June 29, 2014

This American Mule Association (AMA) sanctioned Mule Show will feature cattle classes; Halter, Western & English-style riding; packing and Gymkhana. 

Food & Fun will be served up at this FREE admission event.

29th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
North San Juan, CA
Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

For one magical weekend in July, settle back and hear stories unfold beneath the big trees and nighttime stars of California’s Sierra foothills. Come join us while our storytellers spin tales spanning the centuries and connecting generations — guaranteeing laughter, tears and moments of pondering the impossible. One festival, three days, and a world of stories reaching the very heart of our human experience.

Sierra FoodWineArt Launches Mobile Website

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine launched a new mobile-friendly website geared for travelers. The mobile-friendly website is an “on the go” guide for visitors when they’re traveling on the highways, visiting Sierra Foothill or Sierra towns or enjoying the outdoors. Unlike an “app,” it doesn’t have to be downloaded. You merely type SierraCulture.com into your iPhone or smartphone, and it automatically appears.

The mobile site has more interactive features than desktop sites. Once a user logs onto m.SierraCulture.com, he or she is prompted to share their exact location. This gives visitors information on attractions and venues that are in close proximity. Highlights of m.SierraCulture.com include directories and GPS mapping for dining and nightlife, wine and beer tasting, lodging & B&B, wedding venues, spa & wellness centers, art galleries and theaters, Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts, visitor attractions and parks — even pet friendly travel. All of the magazine’s archived article and blog posts — more than 1,000 of them — are tailored for smart-phone reading.

Grass Valley

Mother’s Day Springtime Event
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, May 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Beautiful fountains, rose gardens in bloom, and lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes, will make this a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget! She’ll enjoy chatting with docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped our local history. Don’t miss free surprises in the gift shop and blacksmith shop, and delicious food and beverages. Grandmothers and children under 6 enjoy free admission. Turn our golden history into a golden memory!

Sierra Festival of the Arts
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Sunday, May 25, 2014
10:00 am. – 5:00 p.m.

Over 40 artists throughout Northern California converge in Downtown Grass Valley, Memorial Day weekend, to bring you a “symphony for your senses.” There will be incredible, gallery quality art in a variety of media, and music by young local artists. Children 12 and under can enjoy and art projects with the help of The Artist Workshop. All downtown shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms will be open throughout the event. The Festival is a collaboration Grass Valley Downtown Association and Nevada County Arts and is FREE to the public.

The Center for the Arts presents
 Two Great Concerts at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, CA

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Songs & Stories Together Onstage
Friday, May 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$45 members, $55 non-member

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have announced a special run of tour dates together this May. “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” features the two esteemed artists sharing the stage for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.

Thursday, July 17, 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$58 members, $68 non-member

Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel released a Greatest Hits album in 2013. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She also starred as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime biopic “Ring of Fire,” which earned four Emmy nominations.

Gold Rush Days
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Take a step back in time to the 1850’s where gold was king in Grass Valley and Nevada County as historic downtown Grass Valley is transformed the time when people came from all over the world to mine here with the hope of hitting “the Mother lode.” On Saturday night, kick your heels up at an old-fashioned “hoe down” and enjoy a chuckwagon BBQ. Sunday morning “Cowboy Church” followed by a “flap jack” breakfast. Featured attractions over the two day event include:

• Empire Mine Historic State Park- Living History, Blacksmith, Gold Panning and mining equipment exhibit.
• Local history writers (on hand for autographs and questions).
• Dr. Solars Magical Medicine Show.
• The Humbug Band.
• Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce presents – Succession Days reenactment.
• Learn to hand weave with an old fashioned loom.
• Old fashioned keg sarsaparilla (made just for this event) and Cornish Pasties.
• Old Time Pictures Saturday night

Nevada City

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk
Throughout Downtown Nevada City
Friday, May 2 and June 6
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, boutiques and wonderfully creative community! Every first Friday of every month downtown businesses will stay open until 9pm and will be hosting artist receptions, live musical performances, trunk shows and much more!

Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby
Nevada City, CA
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Starts at noon

Build for ART, Build for SPEED and Build for FUN – that is GREEN! It is a GRAVITY POWERED event, fueled only by the creativity and imagination of the participants! The race is also a benefit for Pioneer Park improvement projects and helps fund additional amenities within the park such as Bocce Ball courts, a sand volleyball court, additional seating areas around the pool, and a multi-use (bicycling/jogging/walking) pathway within the park boundaries. Applications are being taken now.

4th of July Parade and Celebration
Downtown Nevada City

Friday, July 4, 2014
Parade starts at 11 a.m.

The festive parade comes down Broad Street in Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point. The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m. Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m.


Donner Lake Paddleboard Race/O’Neill Tahoe Paddleboard Race Series
Donner Lake, Truckee
Race #1 – Saturday, May 24, 2014 starting at 9:00 a.m.

The 2014 O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series will host 500+ participants and more than 4,000 spectators from all over the world to the Truckee-Tahoe-Reno area. Race #1 starts at West-end Beach of Donner Lake and is a five mile race that circumnavigates the Lake. Awards will be presented to both the men’s and women’s first, second, and third place finishers in the Open (including youth 18 and under and masters 55+), Elite, and Outrigger divisions .

Truckee Running Festival
Riverview Sports Park, Truckee
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Sign In Starts at 7:00 a.m.

Bring the whole family out for a beautiful morning of trail running along the beautiful Truckee River. The race starts and finishes at the Riverview Sports Park in Truckee. Try a 5K or 10K along the Legacy Trail or a Half Marathon (part of the 2012 Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series) featuring the scenic trails and single track of Waddle Ranch. Shorter kid’s races are scheduled throughout the morning. The Truckee Running Festival is part of The Tahoe Trail Running Series which offers a unique set of running races for all ages and abilities.

Truckee Thursdays
Historic Downtown Truckee
Every Thursday – June 12 – August 21, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

From mid-June through August, Thursday night in Downtown Truckee is a special experience for people of all ages – residents, tourists and participants alike. The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association is proud of the growth and popularity of “TT”, one of the most successful promotions in Downtown Truckee. The event features a Certified Farmers’ Market, food vendors, merchant and community displays, as well as great entertainment, children’s activities and a beer garden. Free and this is a “Rain or Shine” event!

Truckee 4th of July Parade
Downtown Truckee
Friday, July 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Truckee’s 4th of July Parade is the quintessential display of small town Americana!

The parade begins at 10:00 am at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parking lot at the west end of town, and progresses 1-1/2 miles down Donner Pass Road into historic downtown Truckee, ending around noon.

Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival
Truckee Tahoe Airport
Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 2014 AirShow will highlight “Women in Aviation”, the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”, several world-renowned aerobatic pilots, Vendor Village, static aircraft displays with pilot docents, Kids’ Zone, free flight for kids on July 13 and more.
Admission is FREE and all event proceeds from vendor booth sales, food sales, and other miscellaneous items go to local youth organizations.

(Photos: GoNevadaCounty.com, Nevada County Cycling Challenge, Charles and Virginia Diffey, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Empire Mine State Historic Park, The Center for the Arts, Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe Adventure & Oar, Truckee Tahoe AirShow)