Foothill Flavor: farmers markets, festivals and art & wine walks

Here’s our magazine’s summer guide to what’s happening this summer:


Nevada City Farmers Market
Saturday mornings until Nov. 23.

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market
Saturday mornings until Nov. 23 at historic North Star House in Grass Valley.

Foothill Farmers Market offers markets throughout the region.
Truckee (Truckee River Regional Park)
Kings Beach
Auburn (DeWitt Center) and Foresthill
Tahoe City
Truckee (downtown)
Auburn (Old Town Courthouse)
Granite Bay

Thursday Night Market
Downtown Grass Valley, featuring local farms. Restaurants offer outdoor seating and fresh, local food. Wine tasting rooms will be open.

Visitors can listen to live music and dance. A new children’s “farm town” features arts and crafts, face painting and samples of local fruits and veggies.

Grass Valley Thursday Night Harvest Festival Oct. 3-31
Farmers continue to offer seasonal food.

Taste of Grass Valley, October 12 Downtown Grass Valley. Sponsored by the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

7th Annual BBQ Battle, August 22
Hosted by United Way of Nevada County at the Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express.

Nevada City Farm-to-Table Banquet, Aug.11
A fresh, organic dinner downtown, benefitting the Commercial Street Music Fund.


28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 6-8 at the Village at Northstar.

Nevada City Uncorked, Sept. 14 in historic downtown.

10th Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 5

11th Annual Auburn Food & Wine Festival Saturday, October 12


Nevada County Fair, August 7-11 at the Nevada County Fiargrounds. Along with carnival rides, animals and exhibits, the fair is famous for its delicious food on Treat Street.

Draft Horse Classic, Sept 19-22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. A “Bounty of the County” event on Sept. 21 pairs local chefs and farms. A BBQ Cook-off on Sept. 22 features ribs and chicken.

Truckee Thursdays features a street fair, farmers market and live music, and lasts until August 29 in historic downtown.

First Rain Farm Tour, August 11 in Nevada City, sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op .

First Friday Art Walk, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 York Street in historic Nevada City is closed to vehicle traffic; enjoy ice cream at outdoor tables at Treats.

Nevada County Farm-to-Table Tour, Sept. 13-15 includes dinner at Riverhill Farm, farm tours and guest speakers at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Nevada City’s Summer Nights, Wed. eves, July 17, 24, 31 in historic downtown. NevadaCity

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 12-Aug. 25 A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village, Nevada.

Auburn Cruise Night, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13. Classic cars line up on Lincoln Way, between Elm and High streets.

KVMR 17th Annual Celtic Festival & Marketplace, September 27-29 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Friday: Free Youth Art Program. New this year: Friday night Ceilidh. Sat.-Sun: World class musicians, dance, food, living history, crafts and children’s area.

(Celtic Festival photo: Kial James; veggies photo: Sweet Roots Farm)

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