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Like The Sunday Of Summer – NV County Fun Things To Do In August

The clock is ticking before summer fades away. Epic trail race, a 120+ year tradition and one of the best county fairs in the country - there's nowhere better to finish the summer off right.

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Here’s the three biggest events happening in August:

Point Mariah Trail Marathon

Nevada County Fair

Miner’s Picnic


By Alex Silgalis

Weather is warm. Days are still long. Kids are out of school. And most of all, THE premier event of the summer (arguably the year) for Nevada County is about to happen. Like enjoying that last slice of pie, savor the last bits of summer by heading to these fun things to do in August in northern California.

Point Mariah Trail Marathon

August 5th

Trail runners on Point Mariah trail marathon
High above Van Norden meadow. Photo by: Bill Stevenson – Image appears courtesy: Donner Party Mountain Runners

For those outdoor enthusiasts looking for a challenge, look no further than the inaugural Point Mariah Trail Marathon. This isn’t your Mom or Dad’s marathon. Starting at Soda Springs resort, this marathon or “tour” traverses different segments of the Royal Gorge Land. Throughout the 26.4 miles, you’ll find expansive views of the Granite Chief Wilderness and more than 4,300 feet of elevation gain.

Nevada County Fair

August 9th – 13th

ferris wheel in the trees in Nevada County Fairgrounds
Image appears courtesy: Nevada County Fairgrounds

Year in and year out, Nevada County’s Fair has been voted by the readers of the Union Newspaper as the best local event. It’s even been voted as one of the 10 Best in Rural America by the LA Times. Why?

Take In The ‘Scene’

For starters, it’s been hosted in what is referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.” Expansive green lawns. Hundreds of tall pines to find shade under. A small-town sense of historic community. It’s no wonder that this venue hosts events more than 200 days a year!

Bring Your Appetite

When the area that serves up food has its own name AND it’s “Treat Street”, you know you are in for a literal treat. Various non-profit organizations cook up some of the most delicious eats imaginable to present a culinary smorgasbord. For example, in 2017 the Rough and Ready’s Volunteer Fire Department baked potato booth served up FOUR tons of baked potatoes.

Fun For All Ages

This isn’t your everyday run-of-the mill County Fair. It’s a true testament of the pride and passion of Nevada County’s community by all the experiences. Kids will enjoy things like baby pigs, giant yard games, and even panning for gold in a magical forest. Adults can see actual artisans weave and do woodturning. Families can cheer on competitive carriage driving. The list of things to do in August during these five days are too numerous to count.

Miner’s Picnic

August 26th

Miner's Picnic at Empire Mine during the late 19th Century
Image Appears Courtesy: Holabird Western Americana Collections

Back in 1895, when it was first started it was held to raise money for miners’ widows and orphans – as well as injured and out-of-work miners. Today it’s a chance to relive the glory days when Empire Mine ranked as one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines. In recent years, the park has welcomed over 1,500 visitors. Some come for the chance to picnic on the magnificent grounds; while others come for the live music. Many come to experience what life in a gold mine was like all those years ago and so much more. For further information, either phone the Visitors Center (530) 273-8522 or visit

As you can see, when it comes fun things to do in August in Nevada County, it isn’t just “good”… it’s award winning! Don’t forget to check out the weekly happenings in our article – Fun Ideas For Summer Vacation In California Sierra Foothills & Mountains.


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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