‘Tis the Season for Victorian Christmas & “The Christmas Card” in Nevada City

Victorian Christmas 2016

Sundays – Dec 4, 11 & 18 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 14 & 21 from 5 – 9pm

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Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features: carriage rides, savory yuletide treats, roasted chestnuts. Wander the lamp-lit streets and shop for hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and handmade Christmas gifts. Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree and a living nativity scene can be found, along with horse drawn carriage rides.

For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or visit NevadaCityChamber.com.

“The Christmas Card” filmed in Nevada City

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2016 Showtimes of “The Christmas Card”

“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

For more information about “The Christmas Card” and to check air times, please visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Visit “The Christmas Card” film locations

If you visit Nevada City, you can walk through downtown and see the film locations:

Methodist Church

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The church in the movie is Nevada City Methodist at the top of Broad Street. It is an active church and hosts an annual Christmas Craft Faire.

National Hotel

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When Cody arrives in Nevada City he checks in at the National Hotel. The National is the oldest, continually operational hotel and saloon in the west. The National Hotel is registered historical landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Nevada City Classic Cafe

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The cafe is known as Curly Fries in the film. Normally, it’s Nevada City Classic Cafe. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, and a festive Friday night crepe night.

The Christmas Tree Lot

The Christmas Card Tree Lot
The location of the Christmas Tree lot doesn’t really exist, but you can visit the spot at the corner of Commercial & Main Street in downtown Nevada City.

Outside of town, you can visit:

49 Crossing of the South Yuba River

Photo by Bob White

At the end of the movie Cody visits a Veteran’s Memorial (which doesn’t exist in real life). Faith finds Cody here, as he is leaving town, and the couple kisses down by the river.

Kubich Lumber

The lumber mill in the film is Kubich Lumber Company in Grass Valley, an active working mill. It’s located on a private road. Please contact them directly if you’re interested in visiting.

“SCROOGE” at the Nevada Theatre

Plays through December 24th

LeGacy Presents is proud to present SCROOGE as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre. Directed by Sue LeGate Halford, choreographed by Dinah Smith, with musical direction by Beverly Marks, SCROOGE is a must see this Christmas season! With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 38th year, SCROOGE makes its debut at the Nevada Theatre this holiday season opening November 25 and playing through December 24th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 ( with exception of December 24th, which is a 2 pm matinee ) Thursday December 8th & 22nd at 7pm, Sunday December 4th and 18th at 2pm.

Tickets for SCROOGE are only $20 in advance, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at LeGacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268-5419

Things to do in and around Nevada City over Thanksgiving Weekend

Nevada City Events

Craft Faire & Sandwiche Shoppe


NC United Methodist Church
433 Broad Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
(530) 265-2797 www.nevadacitymethodist.com

Stop by the Nevada City United Methodist Church for soup, sandwiches, pies, and warm drinks. There are plenty of fun crafts for the whole family!

“Artisans Bounty” Show


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art
300 Spring Street
Nov. 25, 26 & 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(530) 265-6817 www.leeannbrookfineart.com

Meet the artists and see demonstrations of their craft at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art with live jazz by Induction. Items from the gallery’s Annual Holiday Gift Table includes work by LeeAnn Brook, Mike Snegg, Victoria Johnston, and John Williamson. The available items by these artists are ceramics, sculpted trees, wood vessels, hand-crafted wood coasters and salad forks, hand-dyed and hand-felted scarves, and paintings.


Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street
Friday & Saturday 7:30–9:30pm
Tickets $22 ($20 in advance)
(530) 268-5419 www.legacypresents.com

“Scrooge” has been performed at the Chatauqua Playhouse in Sacramento since 1978 with Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Now Hoopman makes his debut at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, along with a stellar holiday cast!!  Tickets for Scrooge are only $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.

Grass Valley Events

Country Christmas Faire

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Fri & Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 10am-4pm
$4 admission. Age 12 and under Free
(530) 273-6217 www.nevadacountyfair.com

Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state. At the faire there will be live entertainment, festival foods, the Gingerbread House exhibit, errand elves, wagon rides, and a community bon-fire. Victorian singers and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform throughout the event. Santa will be available each day until an hour before the event closes. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping.

Cornish Christmas



Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend
Opening night of Cornish Christmas
Downtown Grass Valley. Hours: 6-9pm
(530) 272-8315 www.historicgrassvalley.com

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Dine in one of the many world-class restaurants found in downtown Grass Valley. Sample local wines at one of three wine tasting rooms in downtown Grass Valley or just enjoy the simple pleasures of chestnuts roasted on an open fire.

Holidays at the Empire Mine


Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire Street
Friday, November 25th & Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Festive activities from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adults $7; Kids 6-16 $3; 5 and under Free
(530) 273-8522 www.empiremine.org

Celebrate the holidays early 1900s’ style at Holidays at Empire Mine.  With old-fashioned decorations, lavish period costumes, and festive live music, Empire Cottage will be brimming with good cheer, including complimentary cookies. Docents will be there to greet you and share insights about Empire’s glory days when it ranked as one of the most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North American history. A short walk away, in the old Clubhouse, Santa and Mrs. Claus (with the help of local elves) will be listening carefully to Christmas wishes. Outside local vendors will be selling coffee, hot dogs, and other snacks. The Mineyard will be buzzing with activity. Take a peek in the Mine Shaft, the Machine, Wood, and Blacksmith Shops – and imagine what life was like during those days of hard work, grit and glory!

Country Christmas Faire

Gingerbread house

Nevada County Fairgrounds
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6pm

Begin your holiday season with a small-town glimpse of Christmas at the annual Country Christmas Faire. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Faire features unique gifts from top artisans from across the state. Visitors will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, hay rides, Santa and his elves, and a community bon-fire. Don’t forget to check out the Gingerbread House competition.


Things to do in Nevada City in the Fall


There are so many things to do during fall in Nevada City! Options range from fall treats, to beautiful colors, to the most charming Halloween you’ve ever seen, and much more. Here are a few examples.

Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch


Come to Bierwagen’s to pick pumpkins that are perfect for carving and participate in many other fun activities. Hours are Mon-Fri noon-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. On weekends the Snack Shack is available with a full menu. There are savory and sweet treats to satisfy everyone! These include apple fritter nuggets, caramel apples, sandwiches, fries, chili, among other delicious options. There are pumpkins and lots of other fall decorations, tractor-drawn hayrides, fresh apple cider, apples, and winter squash. Parking and admission are free.

For more information visit

Victorian California Fall Colors Tour


Some of California’s best fall colors are found in the historic Gold Rush towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, and along the Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway through Tahoe National Forest in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Fall weather conditions at 2,500 feet in the Sierra foothills favor formation of brilliant colors in the landscape. The Victorian California Fall Colors Tour is a 1-2 hour, self-guided tour that makes a partial figure-eight through two of California’s oldest commercial and residential districts, taking you along narrow Victorian streets planted with Maple, Ash, Birch and other beautiful trees.

To learn more about fall colors in Nevada City visit:

To learn more about the Victorian California Fall Colors Tour visit

Nevada City Area Trails


If you’d like to see a bit more scenery and get in a little exercise, there are lots of trails in and around Nevada City. You can go for a bike ride, walk along the river, see historical landmarks, and much more. With cool temperatures, the trees changing colors, beautiful lighting, and serene nature, you’ll find something amazing on each and every trail.

You can find information on each specific trail here:

Coffee Shops


The moment of stepping out of the cold air and into a nice, cozy coffee shop is one of the most amazing moments you can experience during fall. A few local coffee shops are Java Johns, The Curly Wolf, and The Fox Hound. There’s lots of small town charm in each of these establishments. You can get a wide range of drinks and foods in all three. And for a sweet treat, stop in at the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe for homemade caramel apples and seasonal goodies.



Treats is an ice cream shop in downtown Nevada City that offers artisan ice cream, baked goods, and warm drinks. This time of the year their pumpkin ice cream is available, so be sure to try it out!



Halloween in Nevada City is different from anywhere else. People go all out in decorating their homes, and the combination of mature trees and Victorian homes adds a spooky flare. What really makes Halloween special is how tightly knit our community is. It’s a big social event for the locals. Groups of children hurry from house to house with the streets closed for prime trick-or-treating.

So bundle up and visit Nevada City this October and November. The area has four distinct seasons: snow in the winter, wildflowers in the spring, hot summer nights, and the most scenic season of all…. fall.

Take your kids to the museum this summer in Nevada City

On those days when your house is hot, your kids are wiggly and you don’t feel like sitting in the sun by the pool… take your kids to one of the local museums!

Firehouse No. 1 Museum

Completed in the Spring of 1861, this firehouse was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. During those nearly 80 years, horse -drawn fire wagons and handcarts and “modern ” motorized fire engines rolled out the doors.

In 1947 the Nevada City City Council donated the use of the building to the Nevada County Historical Society to house its museum.

The brick building originally had a much simpler façade of the Greek revival style, with a tall bell tower.  In the early part of the twentieth century, the facade was replaced by the present Victorian gingerbread front. Today the firehouse has become a symbol of Nevada City. It is probably the most photographed building in Nevada City, as visitors are struck by its victorian grandeur.

Open Tuesday – Sunday 1-4 p.m. (May 1 – October 31, except holidays)

Wally Hagaman, curator
(530) 265-5468
215 Main Street, Nevada City

Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Located in Nevada City, California, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era.

In addition to the railroad, this Sierra foothills county boasted such turn-of-the 20th century transportation as an electric streetcar line, a steam powered automobile, and the first commercial airport in the United States.

Visitors are offered a docent-led historical tour of the museum, rail yard, and restoration shop.  Exhibited in the main gallery is Engine 5, an 1875 Baldwin that began service hauling lumber, then passengers and freight for the NCNGRR, and finally as a movie engine at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  The rail yard houses a collection of wooden rail cars, some restored, others awaiting their turn in the restoration shop.  The shop is usually a busy place with volunteers doing rolling stock maintenance and other restoration projects.  The museum’s Gift Shop offers visitors a choice of many railroad-related items.

Open Friday – Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (May 1 – October 31)
Closed Wednesday and Thursday and Holidays
School and group tours on other days by appointment

Free Admission (Donations always appreciated)

5 Kidder Court, Nevada City

The Searls Historical Library

“A Researchers Gold Mine”

The Searls Historical Library is the archive of the Nevada County Historical Society. The original building was donated to the Society by the descendants of one of the earliest attorneys in the area, Niles Searls. Established in 1973, the Searls Library has become one of the premier libraries of materials on the area’s history, people and mines which contributed to the development of this county.

Researchers are welcome to access over 21,000 Nevada County historical photographs, nearly 3,000 printed books on early California and Gold Rush history, and nearly 1,000 maps of the area.

The Searls Library also contains innumerable original documents, including ledgers, diaries, old county records, and letters. The Searls family of attorneys also left their early law case records, many of which are the only copies in existence.

The volunteer staff is happy to help with research. Fees for use of the library are by donation. There are small fees for reproduction of photos, maps, and photo- copies of items.

If you cannot personally come to the Searls, inquiries are accepted by mail and the volunteers will do the research. The charge for this service is $20/hour, plus copying charges. If you are planning a visit, it is recommended that you call during business hours to verify that we will be available to help you.

Open Monday -Saturday, 1pm -4pm or by appointment.

161 Nevada City Hwy. Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-5910

The Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

An exhibit of hundreds of mining artifacts, including a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump, the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed.

No county in the Gold Country is more intimately connected with all aspects of gold mining than Nevada County. Here some of the earliest placer mining took place, here much of the hydraulic mining was practiced, and here deep quartz mining was started. Today, the placers are all but worked out, hydraulic mining was virtually forbidden in 1884 and the last of the deep quartz mines closed down in 1959. With gold advancing from $34 per ounce to over $400 per ounce, a number of small mines are now in operation. The equipment of the mines was sold or vanished in other ways. But for the efforts of some far-seeing citizens, such as Arthur Dowdell, former assayer of the Empire mine, only the foundations of former buildings from the mines or the immense chasms, left by the hydraulic operations, would remind one of the former great industries of Nevada County.

Arthur Dowdell collected a large number of objects relating to gold mining, which he presented to the Nevada County Historical Society in 1968. These objects formed the nucleus of the first Nevada County Mining Museum, which was opened on Mill Street, Grass Valley in that year.

Open Wednesday – Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-4 (May 1 – October 31)

10933 Allison Ranch Road,
Grass Valley CA 95945

Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Photo by Brad Parrett

Each year Empire Mine welcome thousands and thousands of visitors from all over the world. Many come to discover the gritty hard-rock mining history, while others are lured by the splendor of Empire Cottage, with its glorious gardens and fountains.

Empire Mine State Historic Park’s close to 850 acres include miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding. Bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy a memorable day at one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous gold mines in North American history.

In the early 1900s, Empire Mine was in its hey days. Stamp mills thundered 24 hours a day. You could set your watch by its haunting whistle that reminded local residents all systems were go at the prosperous Empire Mine.

Open for business from 1850 until its closing in 1956, Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Miners from Cornwall, England – and all over the world – left their homes to be part of the action.

Under the auspices of owner William Bourn, Jr. and successful mine manager George Starr, Empire Mine changed local, national and world history forever. Today visitors can walk in their footsteps – and experience what life was like in those heady times.

There’s prestigious Empire Cottage, designed by famed architect William Polk, and the Clubhouse known for its lavish entertaining. You can stroll through the rose gardens, and marvel at the majestic landscape. A visit to the Mineyard reveals the other side of prosperity. Here’s where shirt sleeves were rolled up for hard work, and mules were an essential source of power. The Machine Shop and Blacksmith Shop were the hubs for maintenance and progress.

A visit to Empire Mine State Park is a legacy of vision, hard work, and wondrous wealth. Tours, a film, artifacts, old mining equipment, factual interpretive panels, and a dramatic model all bring our golden history to life.

10791 Empire St.
Grass Valley. CA 95945
(530) 273-8522.

Daily Park Hours & Fees
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed holidays)

Entrance fees:
$7.00 ages 17 & over
$3.00 ages 6 -16
Children under 6 admitted FREE

Tours: Cottage, Mineyard and Grounds & Gardens included with the entrance fee.
Cottage Living History Experience is $2.00 and FREE for children under 6.

NOTE: Although credit cards are accepted in the Gift Shop, entrance fees must be paid in cash or by check.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Winners 2016

Announcing the winners from this year’s film festival!

People’s Choice winner was “Unbranded,” a film about four cowboys who ride 16 Mustangs 3,000 miles through the wildest terrain in the American West to inspire conservation efforts and prove the worth of 50,000 wild horses and burros living in holding pens.

The Best of Festival was “The Burden.” At the Sunday night “Best Of” film series in the Nevada Theatre, Melinda Booth, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director, introduced the film and shared the comments from the jury about their choice. Long-time juror Chuck Jaffee called it the most important filmed to ever be shown at the festival. It’s a ground-breaking environmental film that puts both Republicans and Democrats on the same side. Watch it, and share! It’s important.

If you missed the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, you can still watch the films. SYRCL has a lending library where members can check out the films, and many of the films can be found on Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo.

2016 Film Fest Winners

People’s Choice

Best of Festival
The Burden

Spirit of Activism
The Accidental Environmentalist

Most Inspiring Adventure Film

Best in Theme
INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

Best Short

Jury Awards
The Important Places

Sonic Sea

Student Filmmaker Award
Won’t Pipe Down

John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award

Sonic Sea

Honorable Mentions

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge

Deep Time

Voyagers Without Trace

Kids Jury

Best Film: Worse Than Poop!

Honorable Mention: Distress Call


A Visit to West Coast Falconry

I have been wanting to visit West Coast Falconry for quite some time, and in October finally scheduled a visit. A few of us drove out there (about 45 minutes from Nevada City) and took the Basic Falconry Lesson. In this class the instructors guide you in learning to hold a hawk, cast it from your glove and then call it back again. We got to work with one of their seasoned birds named Cowboy.  We also learned about the history of falconry, conservation and the role of our raptors in their natural environment.

Here’s a video of our experience, and also some photos.

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Photos by Faye White

You know you are from Nevada City when…

You have to remind people that your hometown is in California, and not Nevada

It’s so dark at night in downtown you need to carry a flashlight

You call the wrong number and the person on the other line politely gives you the right one

An exciting day is driving 30 miles out of town to the nearest…. anything

A helping hand isn’t at the end of your own arm

“Bro code” doesn’t exist. It’s almost impossible not to date your friends’ exes

When describing where you live to someone out of town or state, you always have to refer to Sacramento as the closest reference point

There is more people hanging at the tea shop than at the bar

A tank of gasoline lasts over a month

Church and the Yuba are one and the same

People say “Aw man, that’s all the way on the other side of town”, and they really mean five miles

You have to park in Grass valley in order to stroll through the Nevada City shops

You can never be a jerk publicly without the entire town knowing the next day

You write down a local phone number with only 5 digits.

Grass Valley seems too far to drive for dinner

You don’t know all the street names, only landmarks

You have no tan lines but a really great tan

You don’t know if bears, coyotes, or raccoons will get your garbage before Waste Management does

You end a relationship and your best friend asks if you’d mind if she dates him

You can’t imagine not knowing your neighbors

You can’t go to SPD without running into at least 3 people you know

You are friends with all the local shop owners, and they greet you by name every time you walk into their store

When you get to a 4-way stop, everyone will always wave for you to go first

It’s impossible to explain where you’re from without referring to larger cities or big landmarks

You go away to college, the college itself is 5 times the population of your hometown

You are shocked when you go to a big city and realize one quarter only gets you about 10 minutes

You look forward to reading the police blotter

Most of the time you buy your clothes online

The closest mall is an hour away

No one’s going to judge what kind of car you have

There’s not such thing as being underdressed

The fair is the biggest event of the year

You can’t leave the house without running into at least 5 people you know.

Your teachers had your older siblings and mix up your names

Everything closes at 9 pm

Nevada City Uncorked

The Broad Street Inn Partners With Solune Winegrowers and The Pleasant Valley Grill

Nevada City Uncorked, a walk-about-town wine event that takes place on Saturday, August 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., includes 21 different venues throughout downtown Nevada City. Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, winery tasting room, or B&B will include wine or beer tasting, and food sampling.

19 wineries from Nevada and Placer Counties, as well as two local breweries will be pouring their favorite wines and beers. Additionally all the wineries will be featuring their newest releases in celebration of the upcoming harvest.

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This year enjoy the Victorian charm and quaint elegance of The Broad Street Inn. The tranquil and lovely ambience of their backyard offers a perfect spot to enjoy some great wine and delicious food.

The Pleasant Valley Grill will be at showcasing their culinary talents serving fried chicken, and assorted cheesecakes. Solune Winegrowers will be pouring their award winning wines including 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué, 2014 Barbera Dry Rosé, 2011 Barbera and two featured new releases, a Petite Cab and Fleur de Lune.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 on the day of the event, or $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries. Each ticket includes a wine glass, unlimited wine/beer tasting, and five food tickets. For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692 or visit www.nevadacitychamber.com. Purchase tickets online at www.sierravintners.com.

Anyone who buys a ticket by August 19 will automatically be entered in a raffle to wine a one-night stay at The Broad Street Inn.

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20 Terrific Reasons to Go to Nevada City Farmers Markets

It’s that time of year. Summer, swimming in the river, sipping lemonade, and relaxing. It’s also the time of year for fresh juicy vegetables and fruits. Head over to our many local markets to satisfy your stomach.

Downtown Nevada City Farmers Market

Nevada City Farmer’s Market
June 13 – November 21, 2015
8:30 am – 1 pm
Between Robinson Plaza & Union St. in historic Downtown Nevada City

Other Local Farmers Markets

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the North Star House
end of April – mid-November
8:00 am -12:30 pm
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the Rood Center
June – October
2:00 – 5:30 pm
950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the Seventh Day Adventist Church
June – October
2:00 – 5:30 pm
17645 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley

Mill Street Farmers Market
June – First weekend in September
6:00 – 9:00pm
Downtown Grass Valley

There are many markets to chose from but our main market is right in downtown Nevada City. Come every Saturday for live music, fresh food and baked goods, and cold drinks and shop for food proudly grown from local farmers.

Here are 20 great reasons to visit our farmers markets:

It’s environmental
Eating locally saves large amounts of useless packaging and energy used for food shipped around the world.

Live music
Come listen to talented artists in downtown Nevada City.


Fresh fruits
Farmers markets have a huge variety of fruits from nectarines and peaches to berries to melons all grown with pride and care.

Bakeries and cafes
Many local cafes set up for the downtown market. Stop in for some soft bread or pastries or a cool drink for a hot day.

Our local markets have a huge supply and fresh, ready to eat vegetables.


Help your Health
Come have a juicy berry basket or apple and treat your body as well as your taste buds.

Support Our Local Farmers
Riverhill, Mountain Bounty Farm, and First Rain Farm are just a few of the many vendors there.

Baskets and bags
Farmers market isn’t all food, come look at our imported woven basket collection and beautiful recycled fabric bags.


Run into friends
Nevada City is a small town you’re likely to run into someone you know. Spend an afternoon catching up with some cold drinks and live music.

Soaps and lotions
The downtown Nevada City market has some beautiful soaps and amazing smelling lotions.

Ethnic food options
There’s some great ethnic food options at the markets for you to try.


The people
Every face you see is a smiling one and the vendors are oh so friendly and helpful.

Vitamin D
Help your skin soak in that beautiful sunlight by shopping outdoors at the markets instead of the grocery stores.

Fresh food
These fruits and vegetables are top quality, juicy and utterly delicious.

Face painting
Your little ones can have their face painted at the downtown farmers market. With a variety of colors they can turn into a super hero, butterfly, princess and so much more.


Learn something
You can learn something new maybe how a fruit is grown or what native herbs are in the area.

Our local markets have gorgeous, fresh flowers. Add a splash of color to your home with a bouquet or just a few.

Organic and natural
The fruits and veggies and natural and organic and so very fresh and ready to eat.

Experience the seasons
The food there is freshly picked from what is in season. Shop often and watch how the seasons change.

Enjoy the atmosphere
Enjoy the beauty of Nevada city.

We hope to see you at our local Farmers Markets in Nevada City

Bikes and beer in Nevada City. Your guide to 52 days of pure bike heaven and locally brewed beer.

Visit May 1 to June 21st, 2015,  for 52 days of bike-related events, local rides, live music, great food, local atmosphere and great beer in Nevada City.

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On Friday, May 1st, Nevada City kicks off the inaugural Bike Nevada County, a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California.

Nevada City is surrounded by National Forest, and is a spectacular destination for both road and mountain biking. Nevada City is also home to Ol’Republic Brewery, 3 Forks Brewing Co., and a number of restaurants pouring local craft beers.

Day 1

Friday, May 1st

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 1 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley.

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music in downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.

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Day 2

Saturday, May 2nd

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 3

Ride the Pioneer Trail & have lunch at the 5 Mile House
This mountain bike ride parallels Highway 20 and has a very nice flow. The best way to do this ride is to have a friend drop you off at White Cloud Campground (or shuttle a car). Then ride the Pioneer Trail west to the 5 Mile House and have lunch, and regional craft beers, on their patio. After lunch continue into downtown Nevada City on the Old Miner’s Loop Trail. Another ride option is to park at Harmony Ridge Market (across the street from the 5 Mile House, and ride the Scotts Flat Lake Trail).

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Day 4

Monday, May 4th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 5

Ride the Deer Creek Tribute Trail & then eat at Jernigan’s
On your mountain bike from downtown Nevada City, ride behind the Miners Foundry and down Factory Street.  Keep to your left and look for signs for the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Cross the Deer Creek Suspension Bridge. End your ride at the back of the Nevada City Tech Center and then ride down Zion Street to Argall Way. Look for Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House. Jernigan’s has 13 beers on tap and seeks out the very best, hard to find and eclectic brews that just don’t make it to mainstream, along with a number of local favorites. If you go on a Wednesday night it’s Pint Night where they showcase a handful of great beers and get you a cool pint glass along with your brew. If you want to make this ride a little longer, you could always do the Hirschmans Trail first, then ride down Indian Flat to Newtown Road. From there turn left onto Champion Mine, and the ditch trail that parallels it, then connect with the Tribute Trail.

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jernigans craft beers nevada city

Day 6

Wednesday, May 6th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 7

Thursday, May 7th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 8

Friday, May 8th

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 2 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Day 9

Saturday, May 9th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 2 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Keeping Kids Safe Festival
GVFD Station #2, Grass Valley
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Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Ride the beautiful and historic backcountry of Nevada County. There are route options for all levels, ranging from 18 to 100 miles.

Day 10

Sunday, May 10th

Amgen Tour of California – Start
Drive to Sacramento (1 hour from Nevada City) and watch the start of the Tour. Then, on your way home, stop in Auburn, and have lunch at the Auburn Ale House. Be sure to try their Gold Digger IPA.

Day 11

Monday, May 11th

Amgen Tour of California – Stage 2
11:00 a.m. start on Broad Street, Nevada City

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

May 11th-15th

National Bike to Work Week

Day 12

Go for a ride and have lunch at Lefty’s Grill
Sit outside on their patio, overlooking beautiful Deer Creek. Drink Ol’ Republic’s English Pale Ale (Gold Medal Winner).

Day 13

Wednesday, May 13th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 14

Thursday, May 14th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 15

Listen to Live Music at Cooper’s
Cooper’s pours a number of regional craft beers including beers from Auburn Ale House, Ol’Republic Brewery, Knee Deep Brewery

Day 16

Saturday, May 16th

The Union’s Community Bike Ride

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Live Music with the Bonanza King Band
8:30pm 10:30pm
3 Forks Brewing Co.

Day 17

Sunday, May 17th

Amgen Finish
Follow the finish on social media, or watch it live on TV. The final stage starts at 9:15 a.m. and the estimated finish is around 11:45 a.m.

Day 18

Monday, May 18th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 19

Go for a ride and eat at 3 Forks Brewing Co.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.’s well-balanced and tasty beer is brewed on-site in their Nevada City restaurant. A wood-fired pizza oven cooks thin-crust sourdough pizzas to perfection, and their food is made using fresh, organic and local ingredients.

3 forks brewing co

Day 20

Wednesday, May 20th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 21

Thursday, May 21st

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 22

Friday, May 22nd

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 3 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley.

Day 23

Saturday, May 23rd

Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride
Starts in Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Day 24

Sunday, May 24th

Strawberry Music Festival
Festival runs from May 21st-25th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Day 25

Monday, May 25th

Local Hero’s Memorial Day Bridge Ride
9:00 a.m. at Pioneer Park

Day 26

Tuesday, May 26th

Free Maintenance Class (Repairing Flat Tubes) 
6:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City.


Day 27

Wednesday, May 27th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 28

Thursday, May 28th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 29

Friday, May 29th

The Pat Travers Band
This band always delivers tangible energy and infectious enjoyment. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. at The Miners Foundry.

Day 30

Saturday, May 30th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 3 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

National Trails Day
Family Mountain Bike Ride. 9:00 a.m. at the Rood Center. Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Day 31

Day trip to Truckee. 
Go for a ride then then have lunch at either Knee Deep Brewing Co. and 50/50 Craft Brewery.
fiftyfiftybrewing.com & kneedeepbrewing.com

Day 32

Monday, June 1st

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 33

Go for a ride and enjoy beers at Ol’Republic Brewery
Ol’ Republic Brewery is a commercial brewery with a taproom. Their ales include an English-style IPA, a Celtic Red and the blackest Export Stout you will ever encounter. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket, or order food from a variety of menus provided by local restaurants offering take-out. Children are welcome in the taproom, and dogs (on a leash) are allowed in the beer garden.

ol republic brewery

Day 34

Wednesday, June 3rd

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 35

Thursday, June 4th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 36

Friday, June 5th

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music. Downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.

Day 37

Saturday, June 6th

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Day 38

Sunday, June 7th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club

Day 39

Monday, June 8th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 40

Go for a ride and enjoy dinner at Bistro 221
Bistro 221 has four taps, and pours only local beer. Try Ol’Republic’s Black Bavarian, California Common, and Lucky Joe IPA, or Auburn Alehouse’s Fool’s Gold.

Day 41

Wednesday, June 10th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 42

Thursday, June 11th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 43

Friday, June 12th

Classic Cafe Parisian Friday Night
Every Friday Night from 6pm to 9pm join local musicians Maggie Mc Kaig, Luke Wilson and their pals for a community/family bistro soiree that is typical of European life. Enjoy traditional French crepes and savory European foods, served with wine and beer.

nevada city classic cafe

Day 44

Saturday, June 13th

BONC Gala Ride

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Opening of Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Celebrate summer Nevada City style! Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more. Shop for healthy food, locally grown with care and pride. Come, feel the energy and live the goodness! 8:30 a.m. t0 1:oo p.m.

Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Teams will race nearly 1/2 mile downhill (powered only by gravity) on Nimrod Street in Nevada City, while being judged for creativity, speed and team spirit! Proceeds benefit Pioneer Park. Starts at noon.

Day 45

Sunday, June 14th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club

Day 46

Monday, June 15th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 47

Go for a ride and then enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public
After your ride enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public. Every night Matteo’s has live music (outside on the patio when the weather is warm). They also have a great selection of regional craft beers on tap, that rotates weekly, including beers from Ol’Republic, Three Forks, Mammoth Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, and Loomis Basin Brewing Co. If you like to try new beers, you’ll love their 4 oz Ale Tasters where you can try seven (7) beers on draught for $13.00.

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Day 48

Wednesday, June 17th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 49

Thursday, June 18th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 50

Friday, June 19th

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Festival runs from June 18th to 21st at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Day 51

Saturday, June 20th

Folsom Historic Criterium
Race #1 of the Sierra Historic Omnium

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more.

farmers market nevada city

Day 52

Sunday, June 21st

55th Nevada City Classic
Race #2 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
Broad Street, Nevada City

nevada city classic