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.

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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.

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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.

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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.