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Fun Ideas For Summer Vacation In California Sierra Foothills & Mountains

Get away from the hustle and bustle and spend a week taking in the culture of Nevada County at these summer festivals happening throughout the season. These events will ensure you put an exclamation point on your summer vacation.

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Take in Truckee Thursdays and other exciting events in Truckee this summer.

Enjoy an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family Under The Pines.


By Alex Silgalis

The kids are out of school. The sun is at its apex. It’s time to take a break and live that good life in Nevada County. And after you’ve finished sampling the region’s outdoor activities, these events will ensure you put an exclamation point on your summer vacation in California Nevada County.

Thursday Night Markets

Grass Valley

grass valley Thursday Market

Starting on May 30th on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley, each Thursday the community hosts Thursday Night Market throughout the month of June. From 6 – 9 pm, you can pick up fresh produce and other items from the Farmer’s Market. Take in some live music and even sip a glass of vino or brew. Peruse the street vendors and grab a gift or two for friends all amongst the historic and colorful Grass Valley downtown.

Friday Artwalks

Nevada City

people strolling through First Friday Artwalks in Nevada City California at dusk
Image appears courtesy: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

If Art is more your scene, the First Friday Artwalks in downtown Nevada City is a must. Every first Friday throughout summer from June through September, the thriving arts community joins forces to showcase their artists. From established to emerging creators, get inspired, sample local wines, listen to live music, and make it a summer of fun. Participating shops and restaurants will display First Friday flags so the public will know where the fun is.

Movies Under The Pines

Nevada City

families watching movies under the pines in Nevada City California
Image appears courtesy: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

For both children and adults alike, watching a movie outside under a starry sky is magical. And when it comes to the perfect backdrop, nobody beats the Pioneer Park Bandshell in Nevada City. Every summer on certain Friday nights, the Nevada City Film Festival hosts “Movies Under The Pines.” For 2024, the dates are as follows:

  • June 15th

Truckee Thursdays

The weekly Truckee event of the summer. Every Thursday starting on June 20th, the center of Truckee turns into a feel-good gathering with plenty of fun. Enjoy live music happening on stage. Craft beer and wine to enjoy. A Foodie’s heaven in eats to explore. Local artisans to peruse. Fun activities for kiddos. All topped with the season’s positive energy to ensure a summer of fun.

This is only a small sampling of the events happening in the CA Sierra Foothills and Mountains of Nevada County throughout the season. Instead of racing up here just for the day, skip the long drive and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll be glad you did. 


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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