Holiday Fairs & Festivals in the Sierra Foothills

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN NEVADA CITY Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life. The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, […]

Nevada County Fair is August 12-16: one of nation’s top rural fairs

CALIFORNIA HAS 78 FAIRS, AND EACH ONE maintains its local flavor and identity. Some are known for horse racing, such as Del Mar, while others are known for “going green,” such as the Marin County Fair with its solar powered carousel. The Nevada County Fairgrounds, whose fair is August 12-16, is known as California’s most […]

Holiday fairs and festivals in Grass Valley and Nevada City

CORNISH CHRISTMAS IN GRASS VALLEY Fridays, Nov. 28-Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets […]

California Fairgrounds vow to fight for infrastructure funding

By Western Fairs Association California’s network of fairgrounds and key lawmakers vowed to continue pushing for infrastructure funding despite being left out of this year’s budget, according to Western Fairs Association (WFA). Despite strong support from a bipartisan coalition of 32 state senators and assembly members, a budget passed Sunday omitted funding requested by fairs […]

Fairs are local “economic engines”: not just about cotton candy

By Brian Dahle We don’t ask Caltrans to hold bake sales so it can repair highways. We don’t force the Port of Long Beach to sell raffle tickets to buy new cargo cranes. California recognizes that the critical backbones of commerce are worth the public’s support, that our tax dollars repay rich dividends when they […]