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
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.
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.”
Yuba River Cleanup
September 10th – 17th
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. From Saturday to Saturday, volunteers will be helping to remove trash from trails and beaches by choosing from a Self-Guided Cleanup or joining in on Sept 17th for our official community-wide Yuba River Cleanup from 9 am -1 pm.
Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair
September 15th – 18th
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, and features everything from farm wagons and carriages, to driving competitions and log skidding.
Mexican Heritage Festival
September 16th & 17th
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 17th & 18th
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.
Spartan Ultra World Championship Weekend
September 24th – 26th
Widely regarded as the most challenging event on the Spartan calendar. And it’s moving west to the Sierra Nevada. The 24-hour, ridiculously taxing challenge and punishing event will test athletes to their limits. Whomever completes the most 10k laps filled with 20-plus obstacles through the time period will share over $45,000 in prize money.
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.