Just when you think we’ve done it all and there couldn’t possibly be another weekend full of fun…we have yet another three days of wall to wall activities to choose from. One thing you can say about Nevada County is that we don’t let summer go gently into that good night…we squeeze every last drop out of the warm days and mild nights.
If you’re looking for something to do, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what your interests are, you will find something exciting to attend this weekend.
The 16th Annual Nevada City Film Festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Miners Foundry, where they will show an Adventure Shorts Program and the film Of Shark & Man, both with filmmaker Q&A sessions after the films. Then, Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., films will be showing at both the Miners Foundry and The Nevada Theater. On both days, there will be a Kaleidoscope Virtual Reality showcase in the Miners Foundry Stone Hall, as well. At 7 p.m. on Sunday there will be a Best of the Fest program at Ol Republic Brewery to announce the winners of various categories and show the award-winning films.
The Center for the Arts celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with a party featuring the lively Brazilian-American Funk band Boca Do Rio at 8 p.m. on Friday evening. If you enjoy Latin culture, or just like to dance, this is a great event not to be missed. Bit Sticky Mess, DJ Delphi, and Samba Dancers open the show, which is only $17 for members and $20 for the general public. Then, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Center for the Arts is holding their seasonal Free Family Fun Day. This gift to the community is always a blast for families, and includes arts and crafts, face painting, and other family friendly activities along with a show that lasts all day featuring Yoyo fun, captivating performances by the AirAligned Aerial students, and The Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl.
If you’re nostalgic for days gone by, cruise in to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the 17th Annual Roamin Angels’ Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show. This classic car show also features vintage camper trailers and classic boats, with lots of family and kids activities. There will be live music, vendors, arts and crafts, a car corral, and more.
Or go back even further in time to get an authentic experience reliving the birth of our nation at the 50th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade and Celebration. At Pioneer Park, enjoy Revolutionary War Days with the Delaware Regiment, Brigade of the American Revolution’s living history encampment, with reenactments, demonstrations, music, and entertainment. On Sunday, come to the ever popular Constitution Day Parade, an historical reenactment on Broad and Pine Streets of the signing the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m., and then at 2 p.m. a parade celebrating the Constitution, including the Famous Marching Presidents and as a special guest Nevada City’s own Alexander Rossi, winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
In the business district of Downtown Nevada City, enjoy the town’s annual Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. This is a bargain hunter’s play day. Come and find treasures at great prices at the many shops and vendors in the cute little town.
All weekend in Truckee is the town’s Historic Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival. Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchants’ Association, this free event welcomes visitors to browse and shop among the original work of artists and crafters from across the western United States showcasing their handcrafted creations including original photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and much more. Taking place in downtown Truckee’s walkable historic mountain setting on the closed street of Bridge Street between Donner Pass Road and Jibboom Street, the unique venue offers something for everyone, whether you want to experience the history of the area, meet artists and craftspeople, stroll along the river, shop among the many independent boutique stores or eat at any one of over a dozen restaurants.
If you prefer to party with a purpose, Nevada County has three events for you, as well. Two are on Saturday evening, so pick your cause and enjoy an evening with like-minded philanthropists.
Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land – Gala, Art Show, and Auctions begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the beautiful Linden Lea Ranch, also known as Trabucco Ranch. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for Bear Yuba Land Trust. The event features a cocktail hour, an art show and artists reception, a silent auction, an elegant gourmet farm dinner prepared by Emily’s Catering using the finest locally grown foods, and ends with a dance party to music by Sacramento-based Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Jazz Band. A Live Auction will take place at intermission followed by more music and dancing outdoors under the stars.
The sixth annual “Where the Wild Things Are – Celebration and Benefit” for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will be held at Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City from 6–9 p.m. on Saturday. Join the volunteers from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for one of the nicest evenings of the year combining wines, delectable appetizers, music, art, silent auction, raffle, and the Wildlife Ambassadors themselves. Ambassadors including a Great Horned Owl, a Western Screech-Owl, an American Crow, and a Barn Owl, will be circulating throughout the evening. All money raised at this event provides for the needs of orphaned and injured native wildlife and their release back into the wild.
Finally, the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club will be holding their 25th Annual Gold Country Duck Race on Sunday from 1-5:30 p.m., where several thousand toy ducks will ride the rapids of Deer Creek in Nevada City at the foot of Broad Street. The event is free, but a $5 donation allows holders to compete for a $5,000 grand prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize. Holders of 10 or more tickets will be entered in a special race for a hot tub donated by Sierra Timberline. Many other prizes also will be awarded. This fun family event also includes a carnival with food and drink, as well as games for the kids.
With so much going on, “I’m bored,” does not exist in the vocabulary of Nevada County residents. Come and see for yourself just how much big fun we can pack into one little county!