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Two musicians and speaker on the stage at the 2016 Celtic Festival

Fall Into Autumn – Things To Do In September In Nevada County

Are you looking for a fun things to do in September? Nevada county is filled with fall-tastic events that kids and those young at heart will enjoy.

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Plan your trip around one of these great events or see what kind of events are happening during your stay on our community calendar.

Peruse our list of star-studded annual events.

By Alex Silgalis

For Nevada County, September is the sweet spot for weather. Summer’s heat is fading away in the low elevations and yet warm enough in the high-country surrounding Truckee. It’s the time of year for locals AND visitors to enjoy the peace, tranquility, and numerous things to do in September including some amazing festivals.

Alpen Wine Fest

September 3rd

A close-up shot of a man's hand holding a Rose wine as well as a woman's painted fingernails holding a ruby red wine
Image appears courtesy: Palisades Tahoe – Visit Truckee-Tahoe

With more than three decades under its belt, this isn’t just a fest but an annual tradition. Located within the Village at Palisades Tahoe, it’s is an all-inclusive wine tasting from over forty (40) exceptional wineries, live music, as well as a huge silent auction. With the legendary slopes as a backdrop, you’ll be toasting an end to summer and the start of another great winter.

Mexican Heritage Festival

September 16th

Mexican couple dressed in colorful traditional outfits dancing
Image appears courtesy: Arts 4 Schools – Visit Truckee-Tahoe

This festival honors Latino cultural traditions as part of the greater national Hispanic Heritage month. It includes live music, dance, arts, artisan vendors, crafts, food, and games. In addition to supporting and celebrating Mexican artists, the festival is an opportunity to promote and support local and Mexican-owned businesses. This is just one of many exciting events happening in Truckee this month.

Constitution Day Parade

September 16th & 17th

Fake British soldiers walking down Main Street as part of the Constitution Day Parade
Image appears courtesy: © Photo Nevada City Chamber

Founded by the late Col. William H. Lambert, Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been held since 1967. It’s one of the oldest and largest Constitution observances in the West, quite possibly in the entire U.S. The event mixes fun and history which includes musical performances, re-enactment of the Constitution signing, and forty-five (45) marching presidents in appropriate regalia with their first ladies and requisite secret service agents.

Yuba River Cleanup

September 23rd


Want to leave a positive footprint on Nevada County? Join the community and other like-minded visitors by helping clean up the Yuba’s watershed and removing trash from trails and beaches on Sept 23rd, 9 am -1 pm, for our official community-wide Yuba River Cleanup.

Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair

September 21st – 24th

a draft show horse attire wearing pom poms and a fancy bridle
Image appears courtesy: Nevada County Fairgrounds

Draft, draught, dray, or carthorse. A horse that goes by many names but bred for one specific purpose – to do hard tasks such as plowing or farm labor. See these magnificent specimens up close and personal at the premier fair show. Expect a variety of horses, exhibitors and hitches, featuring everything from farm wagons and carriages, to driving competitions and log skidding.

Celtic Festival

September 30th – October 1st

Alasdair Fraser on stage at Celtic Festival in Nevada County playing the violin
Image appears courtesy: KVMR – Photo by: Marion Charlotte Photography

Another decades old tradition featuring world‑class musicians, jams, dance, pageantry, living history, falconry, athletics, storytelling, and shopping. It includes eleven performance areas – five musical and six demonstration stages. For this year, it will be a smaller-scale Celtic production but just as fun. As they say, “Come for the music ~ stay for the Magic.”

Check out our events page for a full list of what’s happening, including many different concerts, charitable races/marathons, and other activities throughout the month.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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