Nevada City is well known for its gold rush past, but there is so much more to the story than that. Enjoy a weekend of history and fun in Nevada City September 13-15, 2019, with several great events that celebrate the past.
Malakoff’s French Connection Festival takes place from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins, California State Parks, San Francisco’s French Consulate General, and EFSAC (French education in the Sacramento area) will jointly commemorate the French heritage of the Park in a delightful small-town festival. Enjoy music, food, games, beer, wine, and more at this event that celebrates the contributions of the French at the historic mining town.
Research has revealed that the French influence at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park was widespread. Entrepreneurs designed massive water systems and hydraulic ventures, opened hotels and businesses, and planted gardens. They dominated the local scene at the Park for 15 years, laying the groundwork to the nation’s biggest hydraulic operation of the day, the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, which was commonly called the French Company for years. The Malakoff Mine became so large that it was the defendant in the famous federal lawsuit that handed down the Sawyer Decision (1884), the renowned injunction against the laissez-faire practice of polluting waterways.
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Dine and explore downtown Nevada City
The historic downtown corridor doesn’t look much different than it did 100 years ago, though instead of just the basic necessities and toe-curling whiskey, visitors can treat themselves to handmade ice cream at Treats, the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, a whimsical treasure from Mama Madrone’s Eco-Emporium, and even whacky gag gifts at the Gray Goose. Fine teas, toys, beads, books, folk art, fur hats, and fine fashion can also be found among the eclectic mix of shops and galleries.
Just walking around town can bring up the nostalgia of the wild west. Downtown Nevada City, with 93 buildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Horse-drawn carriage rides and railroad tours are available in Nevada City. The Nevada Theatre, California’s oldest theater building, has featured celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jack London, and Emma Nevada on its stage, and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, which is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, still hosts concerts, weddings, and a whole host of other community events year round.
Dine at the newly remodeled, but still historic Stone House for some delightful craft cocktails and delicious sharable menu items created from fresh, local produce and meats. Stop by Friar Tuck’s after dinner for the chocolate fondue; you won’t be disappointed. Live music abounds after hours in downtown Nevada City, so let your ears lead the way before headed back for a good night’s rest.
Nevada City’s 54th Annual Constitution Day Parade anchors a weekend of festivities on September 14 and 15, 2019, in the culturally-rich, scenic Gold Rush town.
Founded by the late Col. William H. Lambert, Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been held since 1967. It is one of the oldest and largest Constitution observances in the West, quite possibly in the entire United States. The event mixes fun and history and, since 1988, features the Famous Marching Presidents (and their First Ladies), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and celebrate the importance of the United States Constitution and the Presidents elected to represent its citizens.
Other Constitution Day activities include musical performances, a re-enactment of the signing of the Constitution and living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, along with drums, regiment marching and ongoing demonstrations by the Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution, taking place at Pioneer Park.
Nevada City Constitution Day Schedule
Saturday, September 14th
* Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pm
* Open Air Free Outdoor Concert by the Nevada County Concert Band on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30-6:15pm
Sunday, September 15th
* Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to noon
* Reenactment of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm
* 54th Annual Constitution Day Parade – Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm
* 28th Annual 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race, Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City. Carnival from 1pm, Racing begins at 2:30pm
Enjoy a weekend of history and fun in Nevada City September 13-15, 2019, with several great events that celebrate the past. Looking for a place to stay? From camping to hotels to AirBnB, find a complete listing of Nevada County lodging HERE.