Plentiful sunshine. Warm days and cozy nights. Summer is everyone’s favorite season in Nevada County and rightly so. There is so much to see and do. Take a dip in our alpine lakes. Go for a hike in Donner Memorial State Park. Stroll the historic avenues in Nevada City or Truckee. And if that isn’t enough things to do in July, these events are literally filled with fireworks of fun.
4th Of July Festivities
How could we start this list of things to do in July without calling out our county’s 4th of July celebrations.
Grass Valley / Nevada City
Each year, Grass Valley and Nevada City take turns on hosting Fourth of July. The festivities include a parade that winds through the historic downtown that both kiddos and those of us who are still kids at heart will enjoy. This is a VERY popular event so be sure to arrive early and bring lawn chairs for a comfy seat. Post parade, the festivities continue at the county fairgrounds followed by of course fireworks!
Up higher, the quaint town of Truckee has their own traditions to celebrate America’s Independence. Get a bit of cardio by joining the community in the Firecracker Mile. Then chill out at a good ole fashioned parade where things kick off by fire trucks sounding their horns and police cars their sirens. And it all tops off with a BBQ and fireworks on Donner Lake and on the shores of Big Blue North Lake Tahoe with a drone light show. It’s no wonder this is one of the premier events in Truckee in the summer months.
Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 7th & 8th
Upcoming writers, actors, playwrights, travelers, jugglers, and what social scientist Brene Brown would call ‘wholehearted people’, this should be on your things to do in July bucket list. For more than three decades, the Sierra Storytelling Festival held every July has hosted award-winning, multilingual artists, whom you may have heard on NPR, as a voice in a film, or seen in a filmed theatre production. Bringing people to the Nevada County region from San Francisco and all Northern California, this event became known as the “queen of Storytelling Festivals” due to the quaint setting, literate audience, and attention to detail.
July 13th – 16th
What sets this music festival apart from others is that it focuses on showcasing not one genre or regional style but an opportunity for you to experience what the world has to offer. In past years, as many as fifty artists from around the globe descend upon Nevada County Fairgrounds. Presented by The Center for the Arts, expect multiple stages featuring an eclectic mix of songs and tunes. Daily yoga, family and kids’ activities, a variety of educational workshops, and an artisan marketplace will entertain you into the evening hours.
Nevada City Summer Nights
July 12th, 19th, 26th
If you’re looking for things to do in July on a Wednesday night, consider the Nevada City Summer Nights. Starting on July 12th, the beautiful historic district closes its roads to vehicles and opens its doors to art, food, drink, and music. For more than thirty years, residents and visitors use Wednesday evenings to enjoy a meal and unwind with local music. Even the kids can enjoy activities like face painting and a bounce house to expend their energy.
Summer is a season that truly exemplifies the community spirit in Nevada County. The question isn’t what are things to do in July in the foothills and mountains of the Sierra, but how can you fit all this fun into one summer?