Update: on May 2, 2019, the Grass Valley School District announced that this event has been cancelled due to online threats. Read more HERE.
Connect! Explore! Celebrate! The 3rd annual Blue Marble Jubilee takes place Saturday, May 11, 1 -7pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. The day is filled with fun and activities!
Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food & drink, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to live music by Petty Luv and the Achilles Wheel Trio, two of Nevada County’s favorite bands. Petty Luv, a Tom Petty tribute band, includes very special guest Michael Ward of The Wallflowers.
Activities for all ages include a rock climbing wall, inflatable bungee run, butterfly crafts and learning activities, bubbles, face painting, lawn games, blender bike smoothies and more!
Blue Marble Jubilee is embracing a “Save the Butterfly” theme for their 2019 event.
The Western Monarch Butterfly is high on the endangered species list – with a 99.4% decline in numbers since the 1980s. Climate change, pesticides and habitat loss are the causes behind the dramatic decrease.
“Butterflies, of course, make the world a little more colorful and magical. But in addition, a large amount of butterflies in one area indicates a healthy ecosystem. They are food for other animals and they play a big role in pollinating flowers.” says Kathy Dotson, one the event’s organizers. “The Blue Marble Jubilee hopes to educate the community about the monarch’s plight and provide resources and tools to help save these beautiful creatures.”
Be sure to wear your festival attire: butterfly costumes, sparkles and colorful wings (and bring an instrument) to participate in the afternoon’s magical Butterfly Parade!
The event also features a variety of food from local vendors and local craft beer from Ol Republic, Three Forks and Grass Valley Brewing. A signature sangria and other beverages will also be available at The Libation Station. Or for a treat, try a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults!
This annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “Blue Marble is an event that the whole community can enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “The festival celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”
The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique art projects, many butterfly related, that will be for sale at the event.
Check out the event schedule and a full list of activities: www.bluemarblejubilee.org.
Tickets are on sale April 1 at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at www.bluemarblejubilee.org.