Events Calendar: Spring 2018


Nevada City

April Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City.

Railbus Journeys
Ride the completely restored historic Railbus 97 on a 35-minute trip from the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.

June 1, July 6 & Aug. 3 Nevada City First Friday Artwalk
A celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and a thriving arts community.

Grass Valley

May 5 Grass Valley Car Show
A collection of classics, hot rods, customs, domestics, imports and one-of-a-kind vehicles are on display on Mill and Main Sts., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Truckee & Lake Tahoe

May 4, June 1 Truckee First Fridays
Every first Friday of the month, participating downtown shops and restaurants will offer complimentary art, food, drinks, and music.

May 18 Amgen Tour of California, Women’s Stage Two Race
The 67-mile route begins and ends in South Lake Tahoe and features one of the biggest climbs in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.


May 12-13 North Auburn Art Studios Tour
The tour is free and 18 participating artists are within a few miles of each other.


April 28 Lincoln Wine Fest
The Lincoln Wine Fest features 17 Placer County wineries and four breweries that are offering tastings in downtown Lincoln stores paired with food from local restaurants. Visit Beerman’s Plaza for live music, craft and specialty vendors.

Join docents at South Yuba River State Park on a guided walk on the Buttermilk Bend Trail on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. through Mother’s Day, May 13. Flowers seen on the walk could include: Poppies, Hill Lotus, Lupin, Larkspur, Pipevine, Lace Pods, Pretty Faces, Bird’s Eye Gilia, Bulb Iris, Silver Puff, Redbud, Miner’s Lettuce, Fiddleneck, Buttercups, Popcorn Flower, and Caterpillar Facilia.

Stop by the Bridgeport Visitor Center (open Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) to pick up a free copy of the plant list or to buy the booklet with photos of the most common flowers. The wildflower walks start at Bridgeport, but consider walking the trails upstream to follow the bloom at higher elevations. Every Sat. and Sun. through May 13 at 11 a.m. Rain may cancel. For more information, visit

Spring at South Yuba River State Park is when a large number of birds arrive to nest and raise their young, or rest before contin- uing their migration. Bird walks with park docents are offered at the park’s Bridgeport location the second Saturday of each month (April 14, May 12 and June 9).

There also is a walk at the same location on May 4. All walks begin at 8 a.m. except in June, which starts at 7:30 a.m. The walks last about two hours over mostly flat ter- rain. Meet at the Bridgeport north parking lot (where the Buttermilk Bend Trail starts). Bring binoculars and good walking shoes.

Sorensen’s Resort

Sorensen’s Resort, tucked away in Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, is an ideal home base for a Sierra getaway. It has cozy cabins, a cafe, even a wood-fired sauna. It also offers creative activities.

May 5 Birds of the Sierra
May 13 Mother’s Day Brunch
May 19 Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch
June 2-3 Carson Valley Quilt Show
June 4-7 Hope Valley Plein-Air Workshop
June 17 Father’s Day BBQ

(Photo: Nevada City Chamber)

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