Winter 2019: WinterWonderGrass, Tahoe Snowfest and more

The 5th annual WinterWonderGrass returns to Squaw Valley March 29-31, featuring over 20 bluegrass and roots artists on three heated tent stages and one outdoor main stage.

Enhancing the music will be tastings of California local brews, ciders and eats.
Headliners include Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon and the Sam Bush Band. Also included: ALO, Fruition, Billy Strings, The Travelin’ McCourys, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Winter Carpenters, Jeff Austin Band, Lindsay Lou, Upstate, Driftwood, Pickin’ on the Dead, and Pixie and the Partygrass Boys.

WinterWonderGrass donated $10 from every ticket sold through December to Paradise’s Camp Fire relief efforts. “Our hearts are with our California family, our partners Sierra Nevada Brewing and everyone affected by the wildfires,” says WinterWonderGrass founder Scotty Stoughton.

Tahoe Snowfest
North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with Snowfest, a 10-day event and one of the region’s most beloved annual family celebrations. Snowfest is set for February 28-March 10 and is being held at a variety of locations throughout North Lake Tahoe.

The most popular activities are back, including the opening ceremonies, queen coronation, fireworks, dog- pull, polar bear swim, rib cook-off, luau, and snow sculpture contest. The annual parades will be held in Tahoe City and in Kings Beach.

Opening ceremonies and coronation of the Snowfest Queen will take place at Gar Woods on February 28. Fireworks are in Tahoe City on March 3. For more information about Snowfest and a complete list of events, visit

January 19 & Feb. 16: Snowshoe Star Tour
A guided snowshoe tour and star gazing on Tahoe’s North Shore.
February 1: Art of Marshmology & S’mores
Daily 4:30-5 p.m.
The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

January 26: Winter Storytelling Festival
Storytellers from all over the region share personal stories, humorous tales and
traditional fables.
February 9-10: Antiques and Vintage Sale
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Grass Valley
March 2: Foothills Celebration
Stroll, sip, sample and shop at this popular food and wine event from 1-4 p.m. in historic Grass Valley. Hosted by the Grass Valley Downtown Association and Sierra Vintners. Sierra FoodWineArt is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

March 2: Cioppino Feed, 5 p.m.
Annual cioppino and pasta feed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. All-you-can-eat antipasto, salad, garlic bread, pasta and cioppino.
(See our recipe for cioppino at under “recipes.”)

Nevada City
February 2 The Winter Farmers Market
First and third Saturdays, January-May, 9 a.m.-noon
at Union St., historic downtown.

February 17: Mardi Gras
Downtown Parade, 2 p.m. Street Faire, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cajun food will be available.

February 2: Sacramento Museum Day
Maidu Museum joins this annual event. Maidu Museum & Historic Site will offer trail tours, children’s activities, tables for grinding acorns and beaded bracelets or necklaces.

Amador County
March 2-3: Behind the Cellar Door
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wine and barrel tastings, food pairings, music,
wine seminars and demonstrations from over 40 wineries.
Mid-March to mid-April

Daffodil Hill
Each spring Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano.

(Photo: Dylan Langille)

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