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Things to Do in June

When it comes to things to do in June, Nevada County is where it’s at. Combine these festivals with some outdoor fun like hopping on a mountain bike, and you'll be sure to start the summer off right.

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Celebrate the local trails of the Bear Yuba Land Trust as part of the Celebration of Trails festivities.

Join the Republic of Rough & Ready on June 4th as they secede once more from the U.S. as part of their Secession Days celebration.

By Alex Silgalis

The word June is derived from the Roman mythological goddess “Juno” meaning young. This month is all about long sunny days providing ample opportunities to get outside. It’s also a perfect time to leave a city like San Francisco or New York and visit the charming towns and countryside in Nevada County. One of the easiest ways to ensure you’ll have a blast is to plan a road trip around a festival. Here’s a small sampling of things to do in June alongside its outdoor adventures.

Celebration Of Trails

Month of June

bird watchers on Orene Wetherall Trail by Woodpecker Preserve
Photo by: Laura Petersen – Image appears courtesy: Bear Yuba Land Trust

If you love the trails in the Bear and Yuba watersheds of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains, this event is for you. Every year, the Bear Yuba Land Trust plus other trail advocates kick off the summer with the Celebration of Trails. Up first from June 1st – 23rd is the Summer Star Hike Challenge. Throughout 18 of Bear Yuba Land Trust’s hiking trails, there will be 19 hidden stars hanging from trees. Using the Star Map, visit as many different star locations as possible and win exciting prizes and celebrate your local trails! Register here to be entered for the challenge. Then on June 29th from 4-8 PM, Bear Yuba Land Trust will end the Celebration of Trails month with a family-friendly FREE Street Party in downtown Nevada City. Enjoy live music and meet local recreation partners that are helping protect / defend natural lands.

Rough & Ready’s Secession Days

June 2nd

There’s a lot of history within the boundaries of Nevada County as seen via our Interactive Cultural Assets Map. One celebration that brings the wild and rambunctious history to life is the Rough & Ready Secession Days. This event celebrates the three months in 1850 where the town stood alone in secession from the United States. Known at that time as the Great Republic of Rough and Ready, it ultimately voted itself back in. The weekend includes activities such as a chuckwagon breakfast inside the Fire Station, a chili cook-off, and the popular melodrama “The Saga of Rough and Ready.”

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival

June 13th-16th

What started in 1976 on a flatbed truck in an empty field headlining local bands has grown into one of the premier bluegrass festivals in the nation. The four-day event at the Nevada City Fairgrounds has become “bluegrass city.” This includes a row of food vendors, luthiers (artisans that custom manufacture instruments like banjos and mandolins), and three stages filled with national touring bands as well as emerging California artists. If you’re a fan of music, this event is a MUST go.

Nevada City Film Festival

June 21st – 23rd

Voted as of the “Coolest Film Festivals in the US” by Moviemaker magazine. Nevada City Film Festival is nominated as one of the ten best film festivals by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. This award-winning festival is chock full of award-winning independent, international short, and feature length films across its three days in June. It also hosts visiting filmmakers participating in Q&A’s, workshops, and talks. Then to finish it all off, there are happy hours and after-parties, outdoor screenings, and so much more. As Matt Damon would say, “How ‘bout them apples!”

Truckee Tahoe Gravel

June 29th

cyclists doing gran fondo in Truckee California
Photo: Craig Huffman – Image appears courtesy: Visit Truckee-Tahoe

We couldn’t highlight things to do in June without mentioning one of the newest and most exciting bike races in the area – Truckee Tahoe Gravel. Started in 2018 by 3x world road racing champion Peter Sagan. Choose from three great routes. The 30 which is actually 26.7 miles, the medium has now upgraded to a 66.3-mile course, or the long course which now stretches to over 104 miles. Throughout the whole weekend, expect live music, beer, local cuisine, and even a vendor expo. A full weekend of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

When it comes to things to do in June, Nevada County is where it’s at. Combine these festivals with outdoor fun like mountain biking, and you’ll be sure to start the summer off right.


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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