Get ready for a fun-filled weekend in Nevada County

There is always a lot going on in Nevada County, but this weekend really takes the cake. From beer tasting to wine tasting to barbecue tasting and more, this is the place to be on August 26-27!

Sierra BrewFest

Photo by Kurtis Ostrom

Photo by Kurtis Ostrom

Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 28th Annual Sierra BrewFest from 3-6:30 p.m. on August 26, 2017, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. As one of the oldest, continuously running brewfests in California, the Sierra BrewFest is known for showcasing small microbreweries in Northern California. This year’s roster will feature over 100 hand-crafted beers from some of the best microbreweries on the planet. Breweries will provide ciders (for those needing a gluten free option), ales, lagers, stouts, and specialty brews. This year the Sierra BrewFest will feature the Grass Valley Brewing Company which is a new brewery to the area. The Grass Valley Brewing Company is not yet open and the Sierra BrewFest will be an opportunity to taste the new brews.

This unique microbrew tasting experience includes unlimited beer tastings, a Bag-O tournament—also known as cornhole—and delicious food from some of the best food trucks and local restaurants. Rocking the stage will be the Sierra foothills-based five-piece band BOOMER with a fresh, welcoming sound to those classic rock songs you know all of the words to! Boomer’s genres include rock, soft rock, R&B and soul, from the 50s through today, woven into a tight web of non-stop dance music and fun.

Truckee Pro Rodeo

Photo by FCampbell Photography

Photo by FCampbell Photography

Truckee’s favorite rodeo is coming back to town for its 43rd year this Saturday, August 26th at 5 pm & Sunday, August 27th at 1pm! The rodeo will feature all the classic rodeo events including mutton bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, a boot race for the kids, a performance by a world-renowned trick roper, and much more!

After the rodeo on Saturday night, stick around for the free Western Dance with live music by Everyday Outlaw and line dancing instruction! At the dance, the bars will stay open until 9:30 pm and Marty’s Provisions will be selling food. All dance proceeds go to the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Association.

New this year is an Open 4D Barrel Race and Barbecue catered by Men Wielding Fire on Friday night! Cash prize for barrel race!


Presale rodeo tickets are available online and at select businesses around Truckee until Wednesday, August 23rd. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The 2017 Truckee Pro Rodeo is presented by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Donner Loge #162, and supported by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Alhouse Deaton’s Sky’s the Limit Foundation. Join us in keeping Truckee’s western heritage alive!

Grills ‘n’ Grilles

Photo submitted by Nevada County United Way

Photo submitted by Nevada County United Way

United Way of Nevada County announces its 11th annual Backyard BBQ Competition and Car & Motorcycle Show, “Grills ‘n’ Grilles” which will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, August 26, at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. This event includes local teams competing in a Backyard BBQ contest as well as Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) cooks from all over the Western United States competing in the State Championship BBQ contest.

Come see professional BBQ Teams battle it out as they compete for a California State Championship title, Team of the Year Points, and cash prizes! As the crowd gathers in the park, the air will be filled with the sweet smells of hickory and slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken while music plays. Sample the best of Nevada County’s Backyard BBQ-ers and vote for your favorite local team! Other food and specialty vendors will be available. A Car & Motorcycle Show will also be taking place with every make, model and year, including electric vehicles. The 3rd annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament will take place early in the day, with disc golf demonstrations during the event. There will be live music performed by Crossing 49, beer and wine, raffle prizes and a special play area for children. Western Gateway Park is also known for its dog park, playground, bocce balls courts, and many other amenities, all of which will also be open during the event. Admission is free.

Nevada City Uncorked

Photo by Rod Byers

Photo by Rod Byers

Taking place this Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 1 – 4 p.m. in Downtown Nevada City, Nevada City Uncorked is a celebration of wine and food with an historic flavor. The town’s Victorian elegance is the perfect backdrop to showcase Uncorked, a sip and stroll, walk-about-town event that includes 17 venues featuring wineries and food purveyors showcasing the agricultural bounty of our northern Sierra Foothills region, and the historic charm of Nevada City.

Sample over 60 different wines, produced from over 20 different varietals. Red Blends and Rosés are especially trendy this year but that doesn’t mean you won’t find all of your favorites as well. In addition to wine, each venue will offer food sampling. Restaurants, caterers and specialty shops as diverse as a chocolatier and a cheesemonger will offer an array of tasty bites and signature dishes. Enjoy perennial favorites like Friar Tucks Restaurant (ahi poke served on crispy wontons), Hoover’s at the National (prime rib sliders), Kane’s Restaurant (slow and low smoked pulled pork with mango salsa) or Diegos (Sandwichitos, house-made bread with grilled tri-tip, with chimichurri sauce). Sample gourmet caterers like BriarPatch (Bruschetta served on house-made baguettes, made with locally grown wheat and tomatoes, and garlic) or Conscious Catering (wild boar sliders with house-made boysenberry mustard).

122nd Annual Miners Picnic
082417-Miners Picnic3Pack a lunch; bring blankets and chairs – and enjoy a picnic on Empire Mine’s shady, historic grounds. Besides gold panning, prizes, and an old-fashioned cakewalk, there will be a variety of music, including Dixieland jazz by the Stamp Mill Stompers, barbershop harmonies by the Forte Miners. Kelly Fleming, Past Due and Playable, Celtic Joy and Fire in the Kitchen will also add their talents to the mix. With magic by Peter Franchino and a lively performance on the special Clubhouse stage by Izzy Tooinsky, visitors can look forward to an action-packed day. An annual highlight is the mine rescue reenactment at high noon in the mineyard, as vintage vehicles rush to save the injured miners, while spectators cheer them on. While early Miners Picnics helped raise funds for miners’ widows and orphans, today it’s a chance to celebrate our colorful gold-mining history. Living History docents in stunning costumes portray the characters who shaped our past. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches – or purchase food and drinks from local vendors, including plenty of Lazy Dog ice cream.

Miners Picnic takes place on Saturday, August 26th from 11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley. Tickets are $7 for those 17 and over, $3 for ages 6 – 16, and children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Parking’s free, as well, and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too. Everyone’s invited.