Where to find things made and grown in Nevada City!

Your guide to eating, drinking and shopping local in Nevada City. From breweries and wineries, to farmstands and local grocery stores, you’ll be amazed at the creative talent and local food available in Nevada City.

Ol’ Republic Brewery

Ol’ Republic Brewery opened its taproom to the public in 2012 by brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney. Inspired by renowned old-world styles, Harte and Olney handcraft lagers like Dead Canary, a Dortmunder Export, which won the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition Best of Show. They brew a Munich-style Helles lager called Hell Beer, a Bavarian-style Schwartzbier called Bläk, and their version of a California Common named Frontier Amber, among other classic German styles. Their ales include an English-style IPA called Lucky Joe, the Irish-style Celtic Red, and Resolute, the blackest Export Stout you will ever encounter.Loved and frequented by families and their pets, their taproom has been coined the “Town Parlor” by some. It is a commercial brewery with a taproom. 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 leashes are allowed on the non-smoking patio.


Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Co.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co serves wood-fired pizza, craft beer brewed in their 7 barrel brewhouse, regional wines, artisan breads, sandwiches, baked goods, fresh drinks, and much more. They source as much of their food and drinks as possible from local, organic, and fair trade producers. Their menu changes weekly – it’s fresh, simple, and based on what is available locally in each season. You can look forward to being served great food and beer!


Nevada City Winery

Creating world-class wines with a local flavor since 1980, Nevada City Winery is a full production winery located in the heart of Historic Nevada City, just blocks from where the original stood in 1880. Winemaker Mark Foster continues the tradition of producing flavorful and award-winning wines, earning Gold Medals, Best of Class, and Best of State awards for Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Enjoy sampling or wines by the glass, browsing for wine-related gifts or relaxing on the deck. Their Tasting Room is located on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City. They offer complimentary tours of the winery on Saturdays at 1:30 pm.


Szabo Vineyards

Szabo Vineyards is a boutique family-owned winery that produces wines made exclusively from their estate-grown grapes. Owner and winemaker Alex Szabo personally tends to all aspects of wine production from the vineyard to the bottle. Their vineyard offers award-winning Primitivo, Petite Syrah, Syrah and Zinfandel varietals made from our sustainably grown grapes. The tasting room is in downtown Nevada City, across from City Hall. It’s especially nice in the summer months when the tasting room shutters are open to the sidewalk.


The Golden Era

Shaken or stirred with historical style. The Golden Era serves cocktails that are handcrafted with house-made syrups, bitters, and sodas — giving the feel of the 1920s and early ’30s — and also pours local wines and craft beers. The vision of the lounge is to give the customer a drink that is “reminiscent of the golden era” in an atmosphere that is rich with Nevada City history. They also have a hand crafted soda fountain offering of non-alcoholic beverages


Treats Ice Cream

Treats in Nevada City offers exciting twists on traditional ice creams, sorbets, and baked goods. The desserts are made with local, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. A few favorites are mint chip, bittersweet chocolate, violet, and lemon custard. They also have delicious sorbets and vegan options.



Kitkitdizzi offers independently designed and executed art, artifact, adornment, and finery made all over by the new generation of artisan and gathered most curatiously in Nevada City, California for your local pleasure. You’ll always find our favorite Pickle Pottery mugs there! Pickle Pottery is locally made in Nevada County by Sierra College art instructor, Stephanie Adams. Each of her pieces is food safe and decorated with beautifully graphic blue or gold patterns inspired by the Wabi Sabi style.


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

leeann brook fine art

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is an artist-owned gallery and combined studio. Located at 300 Spring Street, in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City, the 1,000 square foot gallery also incorporates the working studio of LeeAnn Brook, where visitors can see paintings in process and discuss the art with the artist firsthand. With a contemporary nature-inspired theme, the gallery features Brook’s large format contemporary paintings, as well as over five additional artists, whose work ranges from hand-turned wooden vessels, branch assemblage and sculpture, to ceramics and hand-blown glass.


Neva Co. Vintage, Apothecary & Homemade

Shop for unique, locally made gifts and wares at Neva Co. on Broad Street. Here you’ll find jewelry, greeting cards, art, eco-friendly clothing and a wide array of hand-picked vintage clothing and accessories.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

These books aren’t exactly made in Nevada City, but they are books donated by local residents, and all the proceeds benefit the Nevada County Libraries. Most books cost between 25¢ and $3.00. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are included: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. Friends of the Libraries Monthly Book Sale takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm at the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research at 211 North Pine Street in downtown Nevada City.


SPD Market

You can’t call yourself a local if you don’t shop at SPD! With their Community Card you can earn 3% of your qualifying purchases for your school or non-profit organization every time you shop. They carry local wines, and a number of other local products including: Bubba’s Bagels, Sierra Sweets Toffee, and local honey. It’s impossible to go to SPD without running into someone you know.


Nevada City Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning, from early June through mid-November, stroll down to The Plaza at Union St. in historic Downtown Nevada City for a small town Farmers Market. You’ll find homemade, organic pastries, organic produce from local farms, local olive oils, handmade bags, hand woven baskets, and a lot of friendly faces. The market has been so popular that it now runs through the winter (limited hours).


Riverhill Farmstand & U-Pick Berries

Riverhill Farm is located only a few miles from downtown Nevada City, off of Cement Hill Road. The farm features more than 40 varieties of seasonally available fruits & vegetables. On Wednesday afternoons from early May through November you can visit the farm and shop the farmstand for fresh picked produce. During berry season, visit the farm on Sunday mornings to pick your own fresh strawberries and blackberries. Hours vary, so check the website in advance, or sign up for their newsletter to be notified of farmstand hours and offerings.


Haalo: All Things Botanical

In the shop you will find a vast selection of bulk Western, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Culinary herbs. You are invited to come inside anytime to explore the local offerings and wonderful herbs. HAALo provides a support network for practitioners, farmers who grow their medicine, and for those in the community who need healing. It serves as an educational center by hosting annual events and classes focused on herbal plant allies and healing. They also carry a selection of books about herbs, wild crafting, and healing in the store.


You won’t find any big box or chain stores in Nevada City. The shops and restaurants are all locally run, and supported by locals and visitors alike! Visit Nevada City and eat and shop local.

7 magical and outdoorsy things to do this Spring in Nevada City!

Spring. A time of growth and renewal. A time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s also a time of new beginnings, and healing… and a little bit of magic! Here are 7 things you can do this Spring in Nevada City. From faeries and crystals to tulip gardens and cherry blossoms… Nevada City has it all.

Eat under the cherry tree at Ike’s, now to early April!

ikes cherry tree

Spring is the perfect time for breakfast or lunch at Ike’s. Sitting outside under the huge, gorgeous cherry tree is truly magical. Ike’s has many options for everyone, including vegan and gluten free items.

For more information visit ikesquartercafe.com

Take a walk in downtown Nevada City and see the dogwoods blooming

With many Victorian homes sporting pink and white dogwoods, it’s hard to find a single dull area in Nevada City. The trees are definitely hard to miss! Wander through the downtown neighborhoods to see the dogwoods blooming in mid-March through April.

For maps and more information visit nevadacitychamber.com

See Wildflowers on the Buttermilk Bend trail now through early May

wildflower walk at south yuba river state park
© Herb Lindberg | South Yuba River State Park

Each Spring, from mid March to the first weekend in May, docents lead wildflower walks on Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the trailhead at 11 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water for this easy hour and a half walk. This trail starts across the river from the Visitors Center just on the opposite side of the modern Pleasant Valley Road bridge and winds up the river. The trail follows the route of the old 1877 Caleb Cooley water ditch, so is mildly sloped and has been made wide enough for wheelchair accessibility. An upper trail from the parking lot with no severe climbs has been added recently by constructing two new bridges across river tributaries. Buttermilk Bend trail offers spectacular views of the river and is a showcase of color during Spring wildflower season.

For more information visit: southyubariverstatepark.org

Learn about Faeries on April 1st & 2nd at Haalo in Nevada City

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On April first and second, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., we will study faeries with Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue, two of the most alternative herbalists on the continent. Bring your microscopes! Wear your best faery finery. We will discuss the herbs, smudges, and smokes that the faeries like, or have taught us about, or that are traditionally associated with them. Cost $300.

For more information or to register visit haalo.org

Visit the Tulip Garden at Ananda in April

spring tulips at ananda nevada city
© Photographer Photo Kent licensed under Creative Commons

The gardens, set against the backdrop of the Tahoe National Forest and the Yuba River Canyon, are beautiful and inspiring year round. April visits for Springtime at Ananda are magical with thousands of vibrant tulips mixing with the complementary colors of cherry trees, wisteria, dogwood, azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies and pansies, just to name a few. The summer garden peaks in late July and August. In the cooler fall season, many flowers still bloom among the radiance of brilliant fall foliage.  While every visit to the garden may be different, it is always wonderfully peaceful and uplifting.  The upper gardens are open by donation every day 9am to 5pm. The lower gardens are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 5pm, and by appointment. All donations directly help maintain the gardens as a special place for visitors.

For more information visit: anandavillage.org

Attend the Psychic Fair on April 28th & 29th at the Foundry

psychic fair nevada city

Nevada City’s 28th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017. The Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers. The Psychic Fair is open on Saturday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.  Tickets are available online, at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at the door. This year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists.  Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest. The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more.

For more information visit: minersfoundry.org

Visit the Crystal Rainbow Rock Shop in downtown Nevada City

crystal rainbow rock shop

When a small rock shop on Commercial Street was put on the market roughly eight years ago, Mimi Musgrave saw it as an opportunity to continue to sell her jewelry and immerse herself into another of her lifelong passions: rocks. Today, Mimi’s Crystal Rainbow Rock Shop is known for its rare, extremely hard-to-find gems and minerals from all over the world. Each year, Musgrave travels to large gem and mineral shows, where she can buy from dealers from all over the globe. Unlike large scale mining – such as what is being done for gold and silver — mineral mining has a minimal impact on the planet, because it is just scraping away at the surface, speeding up the inevitable erosion process. Musgrave hopes that having an appreciation for rocks and minerals will encourage people to take better care of the earth. She makes an effort to buy from small miners. Her purpose, she says, is to spread beauty and bring gifts to people, hoping her stones’ energy will be of help.

Visit the Rock Shop at 310 Commercial St., Nevada City. For more information call (530) 265-3784


Visit Nevada City & Grass Valley in January for an exciting month of films & theater!

If you love films and live theater, January is the month to visit! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place January 12-16th. Following that, the Nugget Fringe Festival starts on January 19th and runs for 10-days, through the 29th.  On January 22nd, the film “The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” shows at the Nevada Theater. And, Nevada Union Drama’s “The Addams Family Musical” plays the last weekend in January, and the first weekend of February. That’s a lot of good theater and film in the month of January!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 12-16, 2017

This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, the films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see Award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Now known as “the next Sundance” the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.

For more information visit:  www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

Free Events Open to the Public during the Film Festival

If you aren’t attending the film festival, there are still loads of things to do throughout the weekend. Here are some events that are free and open to the public!

Festival Street Events
All weekend long Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City will be full of live music, the Enviro Fair and much more! Come on out and join the party! (Will be moved to the National Hotel if raining)

Opening Art Reception
A special artist reception is open before the 3D film session at the Del Oro Theatre.
151 Union Square, Grass Valley
Thursday, January 12, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Virtual Reality Lounge at KVMR
Dive into the world of Virtual Reality with four environmental-themed experiences, including one world premiere experience of our very own Yuba River, filmed by the students of the Connected Communities Academy.
KVMR Radio
120 Bridge Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
Sunday, January 15, 11am-2pm

Media Lounge
Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge hosted by Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, a social change multi-media organization. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. (And enjoy a glass of our local wine!)
Media Lounge at Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 9am-5pm
Sunday, January 15, 9am-1pm

Opening Reception – Presented by Earthjustice
Start the festival off with light hors d’oeuvres, local wine, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. & Barefoot bubbly. You’ll be sure to run in to filmmakers, special guests and locals.
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13 4pm – 7pm

Enviro Fair
Be sure to visit our Enviro Fair on Commercial Street for more information about the organizations mentioned in many of the films and how to get involved.
Robinson Plaza, Downtown Nevada City
Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15

Activist Workshops
10 special workshops & presentations hosted in Nevada City throughout the Film Festival weekend. Learn more about the issues and what you can do, get filmmaking tips from pros, and much more.
Activist Center in City Hall
317 Broad Street, Nevada City
Saturday, January  14, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday, January 15, 9:30am – 4:15pm

Donation-based yoga all weekend for festival attendees.
The Golden Mandala
417 Broad Street, Suite B, Nevada City
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday,
9 – 10:15 am & 3 – 4:15 pm

Coffee Talk: Bringing Salmon Back from the Brink
Join Earthjustice Wildlands Campaigner Rebecca Bowe in a conversation about the once-in-a-lifetime chance to restore iconic salmon populations.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
211 Commercial Street, Nevada City
Saturday, January 14, 8:30am

Youth-Driven Change: An Interactive Workshop
Join Synergia Learning Ventures’ youth staff, and community organizer Chad Nicholson (from the film, We the People 2.0) in an interactive workshop for those who care and those who are curious. We will look at the powerful force of film and storytelling, then at what youth can do to assert your rights to make the decisions that affect you, your community, and nature.
Geared toward youth, appropriate for all ages. Youth receives priority seating if venue is full.
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
Saturday, January 14, 1pm-3pm

Fireside Chat with Jordan Fisher Smith
Jordan Fisher Smith discusses his new book, Engineering Eden, over craft cocktails. Engineering Eden has been nominated for the 2017 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and the Wall Street Journal calls it “intensely reported, rousingly readable, and ambitiously envisioned.” Book signing to follow.
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City

Book Signing with Jordan Fisher Smith
The Golden Era
309 Broad St, Nevada City
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm

Book Signing with Gary Snyder and Tom Killion
Meet this year’s special guests, Gary Snyder and Tom Killion, for an art reception and book signing. Killion’s artwork will be on display all weekend long. Snyder and Killion will also be giving a special multi-media presentation on Saturday Evening at the Del Oro Theatre, showcasing Snyder’s poetry and Killion’s art.
The Alexander Gallery
225 Broad Street, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 11 am – 1 pm

Coffee Talk: Moving Beyond Mind
Explore the heart’s wisdom and connection to nature as a gateway to unlimited creativity. Join river activist Mark Dubois and his wife, Clare, Treesisters.org founder, for an intimate search of the ‘through line’ through today’s whitewater.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
211 Commercial Street, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 8:30am

Fireside Chat with Chad Nicholson
Join Chad Nicholson, community organizer with CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, if you are ready to engage a different kind of activism.
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 3pm

Eco Tours
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for this three-mile Sunday morning stroll exploring Hirschman Trail and Pond. Located a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this lovely trail tells the story of environmentally damaging Gold Rush hydraulic mining and how nature heals itself over time.
Trailhead on Cement Hill Road; on the right just up from the intersection with Hwy 49.
Sunday, January 15, 11am

The 3rd Annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival

January 19-29, 2017

The Nugget Fringe Festival brings you music, performance art, talks, burlesque and theater from some of the most daring artists from the local area, as well as seasoned fringe artists from around the country. One of this year’s artists has been invited to perform all over the world!

This Year’s Shows:

  • Gold Fever
  • Inaugural Open Mic
  • The 3 Hour Plays
  • An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself
  • Based On Actual Events
  • Bodies Unbound
  • Eclectigoria Originals
  • Eclectigoria- The Monologue Show
  • A Feebleminded Dictator
  • The Good Body – by Eve Ensler
  • Hey, Hey, LBJ!
  • Law Dude
  • The Last Wolf
  • Let’s Misbehave – A Burlesque Experience
  • Live Chewed Sculptures
  • Locally Conceived
  • Man and the Moon
  • A Matter Of Minutes
  • NuJazz Alternative Virtual Orchestra/ Relaxing the Giant
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • The Sam and Adele Show
  • Seat-Down Stand-Up
  • A Sentence is Inside Itself
  • The Sierra 3
  • SierraCapella
  • Sketchy Ladies
  • Something about the French Open
  • Swing Time Jazz Combo
  • Tales of a Sexual Tomboy
  • That’s Inappropriate
  • Time Out: Don’t bring up gender, OK?
  • We’re All N.U.T.S.
  • What’s Your Nugget?
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

Presented at 7 Venues in Downtown Grass Valley

Venues 1, 2, and 3
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 South Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 4
Smith Vineyard Tasting Room
142 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA 9594

Venue 5
151 Union Square Event Center
151 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 6
The Iron Door@The Holbrooke
212 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 7
Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Magic Theatre


January 13- 19, 2017


2 Hours, 10 Minutes | R |

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert. Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

20th Century Women

January 20 – Feb. 2

20th Century Women

1 Hour, 58 Minutes | R |

Directed by Mike Mills. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

For showtimes visit themagictheatre.com

Nevada Theater Film Series

Winners and Highlights – 2017 – Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Sunday & Monday January 15 & 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.

On Sunday night SYRCL presents a selection of the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival award winning films. In addition, the winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at this event. Monday’s Program is a “locals appreciation night” featuring 2017 Wild & Scenic award winning films to wind down your holiday weekend. Films will be different than Sunday night’s films screened. Both of these programs are likely to sell out in advance, so purchase early. For Sunday’s program all tickets are $30 and for Monday’s program all tickets are $20. Festival passes do not include entry to this event. Tickets are available at www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

1hr 35 min – Not Rated. One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. BEST WORST THING draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of that show’s creation –and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Tickets can be purchased at Sierra Theaters.

The Addams Family Musical

January 26, 27 & 28 | February 2, 3 & 4, 2017. Showtime 7pm

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL”, a musical take on the distinguished cult-classic. General admission seating begins at 6:30pm. Door tickets sales begin at 5:45pm before each performance.

Gomez Addams is about to face every father’s nightmare: his daughter Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man… from a respectable Ohio family! And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday has invited Lucas and his parents to dinner, insisting that the Addams act “normal” for just one night. In the resulting (and not altogether unexpected) chaos, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and both families are changed forever, proving once and for all that love conquers all.

Don Baggett Theatre
11761 Ridge Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95945
$12.00/Advance, $15.00/Door

‘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

vic xmas night

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

nevada city methodist

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

national hotel

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

nevada city classic cafe

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.


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.

nevada city uncorked

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.

win a night at broad street inn

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.

bikes beer nevada city

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.

first friday artwalk nevada city

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).

5 mile house nevada city

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.

deer creek suspension bridge
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
more information

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.

matteo's public nevada city

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

The Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Nevada City Over the Holidays

The holiday season in Nevada City is one of my favorites. It kicks off over Thanksgiving weekend with The Artisan’s Festival and the Nevada City Methodist Craft Faire. Victorian Christmas starts just after Thanksgiving, and “The Christmas Card” movie, filmed in Nevada City, begins to air then too.

If my best friend came to visit me over the holidays, this is how I would show her my town. Enjoy this selection of completely-biased, local favorites, for the perfect Nevada City holiday weekend.

Friday Night

Dinner at Lefty’s

Start your weekend on Friday night with dinner at Lefty’s. The restaurant has moved from the middle of Broad Street, down to the bottom of Broad on the creek. The views are great, and Friday is their fish & chips night. If you love traditional English fish & chips, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your dinner with a pint of one of their beers. They have a great beer selection, and you could take one of your beer snob friends here and they wouldn’t complain.

lefty's nevada city
© photo Lefty’s Grill


After dinner you have a lot of entertainment options. There is usually something playing at the Nevada Theatre. Just walk by the box office before dinner to see if there’s a play that night. Also, check the Miners Foundry schedule.

For a complete list of venues offering live music and entertainment in Nevada City, visit the Chamber’s Arts & Entertainment section.


Breakfast at South Pine

On Saturday morning go to breakfast at South Pine Cafe. I love the Huevos Rancheros, the breakfast burrito and their breakfast sampler, but all their food is yummy, so you can’t go wrong.

Shopping in Nevada City

abstrakt nevada city

© photo Abstrakt

After breakfast wander around town and do a little Christmas Shopping. First stop at Abstrakt for some bracelets, scarves, comfortable clothes or candles. Abstrakt oozes style, and you are sure to find something for the person who has everything. Next door is Gray Goose, and you’ll want to stay for hours. The owner, Stuey, carries “everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.” You’ll find lots of stocking stuffers for adults here.

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe

After Gray Goose walk up Broad Street and stop in at the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe for their homemade chocolates, caramel apples, or Nevada City Gold. Then turn right on Pine Street and walk down to J.J. Jackson’s to look through their colorful kitchen items, travel bags (my favorite!), and book selection.

Warm Drinks at Curly Wolf

When you’ve had enough shopping, walk back to Broad Street and head to Curly Wolf for a warm drink. You’ll love the warm interior, sort of a hip Victorian salon, if there is such a thing. I always order the chai tea latte with soy milk, but also can’t resist their hot chocolates and London fog. Their teas are all loose, and they infuse them in your mug with your steamed milk. So good! If they have the butterscotch bars, make sure to try at least one.

Artisans Festival and Craft Faire Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The Miners Foundry Artisans Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans. Enjoy installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a Wine Bar. The festival takes place Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nevada City Methodist Craft Faire is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (opening at noon on Sunday). There are handmade gifts for all ages, homemade soup and sandwiches, pie, coffee and hot spiced cider.

Note: if you’re visiting over Thanksgiving weekend and attend these festivals, you’ll be out of time to do the walk over the Suspension Bridge, so do this on Sunday afternoon instead.

Cross the New Suspension Bridge Over Deer Creek

After your break at Curly Wolf, head up Broad Street, and then turn left at the Nevada Theater and walk down to Miners Foundry. As you pass Miners Foundry, you’ll see a street that runs around the back of the Foundry (as you look at the Foundry, the street is on the right side of the building). Once you are on this street, you’ll turn right on Factory Street. This road will take you to the Deer Creek Environs Trail and across the new Suspension Bridge over Deer Creek.

deer creek suspension bridge

© photo by Erin Pardini, Livingstone Photography

Saturday Night

Dinner at Sushi-in-the-Raw

Saturday night go to dinner at Sushi-in-the-Raw (make reservations as many weeks in advance as possible, as it’s really hard to get a table). I always have one of their drunken shooters with a scallop (sounds gross, but trust me, it’s delicious and I’m sort of picky). The Susan Roll is also amazing. Their sushi is always fresh.

Off Broadstreet Theatre

After dinner, head down Spring Street and then turn left onto Pine Street. You’ll cross Broad Street, and then you’ll see Friar Tucks on your left. Turn left at Friar Tucks onto Commercial Street and  Off Broadstreet Theatre will be just past it, on your left. They always have something showing on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s lots of singing, and you sit at cafe tables, and enjoy drinks and dessert during the show.

End your night with a walk through town to enjoy the lights, which are so pretty this time of year.

nevada city at night


Breakfast at Ike’s

In the morning go to Ike’s Quarter Cafe for breakfast. Their frittatas are amazing, or, for a decadent treat, get the french toast with chocolate chips and cream… yummmm.

Walk the American Hill Loop

During the school week, this is the walk of choice for local moms, after they drop the kids off at school. If you are staying at Broad Street Inn, walk out of the Inn front door, and turn right onto Bennett Street. Depending on the direction you choose, you can either walk up or down the big hill.  If you want to get your heart rate up, turn left off of Bennett onto Monroe. At one point there will be a fork in the trail, stay to the right on Old Downieville Highway. Or, if you’d rather take it easy, keep going on Bennet Street up American Hill. The beginning of American Hill is a little steep, but nothing compared to the hill the other direction. If you have a phone, one landmark you can enter for the halfway point is Queen Lil Place. This road is at the opposite end of the loop from town, and something you can reference to make sure you are on the right path.

american hill loop

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Get Homemade Ice Cream at Treats

After your walk you’ll be ready for another snack. Directly across from Ike’s Quarter Cafe is Treats. It’s a tiny little shop, and sometimes the line is out the door, but it’s worth the wait. In the winter they have pumpkin and also peppermint ice cream, and you can sample the flavors before you choose.

Victorian Christmas

If you are visiting in December you will be ready to wander around town for the annual Victorian Christmas street festival. This annual, family tradition takes place on two Wednesday evenings and three Sunday afternoons in December (noon to 6 p.m.). The downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. For more information go to the Nevada City Chamber’s Victorian Christmas page.


Sunday Night

Dine at New Moon

Sunday night go to dinner at New Moon for “big city dining with a small town atmosphere.” They use local, natural and organic food. Dining there is always relaxing, and delicious.

See a Movie at the Nevada Theatre

After dinner, walk down York Street towards the Nevada Theatre on Broad Street. Peek at their Sunday Film Series to see what is playing. The Nevada Theatre is California’s longest running theatre (built in 1865). They host a variety of foreign and independent films, and documentaries. Films run every Sunday evening and many weekends.

Or, Watch “The Christmas Card”

This time of year you might get lucky and catch a showing of “The Christmas Card” movie, filmed in Nevada City. To check showtimes, visit the Chamber’s The Christmas Card page. After watching it you’ll walk through town and see it different. The church in the movie is Nevada City Methodist Church, on Broad Street, above the Nevada Theatre. The cafe is Nevada City Classic Cafe, also on Broad Street, which is across from the National Hotel, also in the film. The Christmas Tree Lot doesn’t really exist, but was set up on the corner of Pine and Commercial Street.


Coffee at Java John’s

Before you leave town, have breakfast at Java John’s. This is a classic, small-town, Nevada City coffee shop. The same crowd is there every morning during the week. You’ll see kids coming in on their way to school, and the table of regulars working on the daily crossword puzzle. Rita and Patrick are always there and often their son Chris. It’s a cozy, family-run cafe, and the perfect way to finish off your Nevada City holiday weekend.