Nevada City Summer Nights – Back and Better Than Ever!

The Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, a street festival of art and music, has been an annual tradition in this quaint, scenic – and sometimes quirky – community, for almost 30 years. The 2021 event takes place on three Wednesday evenings: July 14, 21 & 28, 2021.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to vehicles and filled with arts, food, drink and music.

Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Three Wednesday Nights in July — FREE entertainment for the whole family!

Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages and a Bounce House for kids. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.

Summer Nights visitors can enjoy a restaurants meal, unwind with some live music or just relax with a stroll around our stores and craftsmen booths. “Summer Nights is a Nevada City tradition – the whole town comes alive,” says Stuart Baker, Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce the event sponsor. “It’s the must-attend event of the summer — a community party that shows off the best of Nevada City.”

Summer Nights returns with familiar and new vendors and activities such as face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house for the kids, belly dancers Troupe al Ama, aerial dancers, a food court offering an array of delicious treats, and craft vendors selling clothing, jewelry, leather goods, crystals and minerals, vintage goods and more. Many of the downtown shops including Solstice, Rose Market and Shiva Moon will join in the fun by having their own booths on the streets with vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry and other one-of-a-kind gifts.

Producing Summer Nights this year is Lynn Skrukrud who comes to the event with a decade of experience organizing community events including youth specific ones. “My goal for Summer Nights is to bring the community back together; giving folks a place to socialize and catch up with those they haven’t seen for a while.”

Schedule of Performers

July 14

Beyond the Rails, Public Safety, Blu Rock, Kyle Ledson & Friends, and Izzi Tooinsky

July 21

World Beatnix, Starpeople Band, The Rise, Outlaws and Angels, and Izzi Tooinsky

July 28

Farrow and the Peach Leaves, Aaron Ross, Sons of Boogie, Running for Cover, Dream and the Dreamer, Troupe al Ama, and the Aerial Lab

Take the Shuttle

Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue. Shuttle costs $3 per person or $10 for groups. Dogs are allowed on the shuttle, on a leash or in your lap. Shuttle hours:  5:30-10:00 pm.

To Become a Vendor,  click here 

To Volunteer and help support a successful event, click here 

To Become a Classic Car Exhibitor, click for a Car Application.

Nevada City is located at the 2,500-foot elevation on the forested western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Summer days and evenings are cooler than in the Sacramento Valley. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. It’s a one-hour drive from the capital. From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound Highway 20. From Reno and Lake Tahoe, take westbound I-80 and state route 20.