Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events

Nevada City
April 9-10, 16-17
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.

June 5
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.

May 6, June 3
First Friday Artwalks
A celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants.
Find them on Facebook.

Truckee & Lake Tahoe
May 6, June 3
Truckee First Fridays
Every first Friday of the month, participating downtown shops and restaurants will offer complimentary art, food, drinks, and music.

May 19
Amgen Tour of California
Highlights of the Amgen Tour of California race at Lake Tahoe, both men’s and women’s, will include iconic vistas along the 72-mile circumference of the lake as well as spectacular backcountry terrain through Hope Valley.

Grass Valley
April 30
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.

April 1, June 3
Auburn Art Walk
Showcases artists who display their work in participating businesses. First Friday of April, June, August and October, 6–9 p.m., Downtown and Old Town Auburn. Refreshments are served at many of the venues. The artists’ work remains on display for two months. Presented by PlacerArts.

April 23
Lincoln Wine Fest
The 5th Annual Lincoln Wine Fest features 21 Placer County wineries 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.

(Photo: Jon Paul)

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