Nevada County events for summer 2015

and 18-19
Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 15,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village outside Nevada City.


Penn Valley Rodeo & Rodeo Parade
Now in its 58th year, the annual rodeo also includes a parade, live music, barbecue dinner and Rodeo Queen.

June 11-Aug. 20

Truckee Thursdays
Downtown street festival— an outdoor Thursday evening event. Activities include a certified farmers market, live music, art, sidewalk sale and al fresco dining.

Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Cars compete on creativity and team spirit, not just speed. Teams race nearly 1/2 mile downhill powered only by gravity, and proceeds benefit the town’s Pioneer Park.

June 16-July 5
SummerFest at Music in the Mountains
SummerFest season showcases a dozen concerts featuring top classical musicians, dancers, the magic of cirque and Pops- style performances. World- class musicians travel from around the country to perform in the MIM Festival Orchestra. Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Secession Days Celebration
In April 1850, the town of Rough and Ready, angered at the lack of law and order, and the passage of a new mining tax, voted to secede from the Union. The Great Republic of Rough and Ready lasted less than three months, when the town decided to rejoin the Union. The town still cele- brates with food, fun and entertainment.


Fourth of July Parade, Grass Valley
This colorful parade alternates each year between Nevada City and Grass Valley. This year it’s Grass Valley’s turn. A fireworks celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds begins at 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Parade, Truckee
The day begins with a pancake breakfast and Firecracker Mile Fun Run, followed by a parade winding down Donner Pass Road through historic Truckee. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. at West End Beach, Donner Lake.

Nevada County AirFest
Nostalgic dinner dance, vintage aircraft, aerial demonstrations and more return to the Nevada County Airport as AirFest 2015 takes to the skies.

Truckee-Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival
Aviation, food and booths. Truckee Tahoe Airport.

15, 22, 29
Summer Nights, Nevada City
The annual Summer Nights celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, is held three Wednesday evenings.

California WorldFest
Featuring eight stages of music from around the world, camping with friends, workshops, international fine crafts and the renowned children’s program.

17-19 and 24-26
Truckee ARTour Open Studios
A 10-day toast to the Arts in Truckee July 17-26. The anchor program for this celebration is the first annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour scheduled from 10 a.m-5 p.m., July 17-19 and July 24-26. The Tour invites visitors to experience the evolution of art from creative spark to finished product through demonstration and dialog.

Aug. 12-16

Nevada County Fair
Five days of fun for fairgoers of all ages: live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits. The theme is “Catch the Fair Bug.”

The fairgrounds host events year-round:
Sept. 24-27 Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair
Nov. 27-29 Country Christmas Faire


KVMR’s 19th Annual Celtic Festival & Marketplace
Free Friday Youth Arts Program, Friday night Céilidh
(a Gaelic party), world-class musicians such as Carlos Núñez Muñoz and Screaming Orphans on Sat. & Sun. at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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(Photo: Mark Loper)

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