22nd Annual Sierra BrewFest August 27

Have you ever looked at the dozens of beer choices in your local supermarket and wondered what each of them tasted like, but didn’t want to spend the money to try them all?  If so, the Sierra BrewFest may just be the answer for you.

On the other hand, you might be a connoisseur of the myriad of tastes and styles available from the brewing arts. You might enjoy an afternoon of sampling and comparing lots of different brews. You probably would also like to find out what the latest new offerings are from California’s leading microbreweries. Once again, the Sierra BrewFest is just your ticket.

On Saturday, August 27th, from 3 to 6:30 in the afternoon, the 22nd annual Sierra BrewFest will satisfy all of the above needs, plus more. Not only will there be 100+ hand-crafted beers offered by over 30 of the best microbreweries on the planet, but there will also be a chance to satisfy your gastronomic desires and enjoy some great music. Noshing choices run the gamut, including jerky, sushi, BBQ, burgers, dogs, Mexican, ice cream, smoothies and sausages, of course. You can also listen and dance to the killer sounds of Bob Mora and The Third Degree Blues Band. And all of this takes place while you’re hanging out at the most beautiful fairgrounds in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

It’s only $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir glass. Non-tasters, including designated drivers, are admitted free.

Tickets and information are available at www.musicinthemountains.org or www.sierrabrewfest.com or by calling the Music in the Mountains box office at (530) 265-6124

Heads up beer geeks and aficionados: get ready for an afternoon of sun, suds and fun!


Summer Nights Entertainment

2011 Summer Nights Nevada City
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy crafts, art, food & drink on the streets of Nevada City in the fantastic, pedestrian only festival.

Entertainment Schedule:

July 13

  • Buck Love and the Humperheads
  • Troupe al Alma
  • Star People Band
  • CrackerJack Jazz Band
  • The NutBoyz

July 20

  • Cool Heat
  • Then Again
  • Troupe al Alma
  • Ivan Najera & Friends
  • George Souza

July 27

  • Lorraine Gervais
  • Runnin’4 Cover
  • Ludi’s Swingin Jazz
  • John Girton
  • Troupe al Alma

At every event

  • Growers Market & Fine Arts on Broad Street
  • Classic Cars
  • Pony Rides

Download Summer Nights Flyer

Bruce Kelly Quartet plays Mostly Mercer May 7th

Mostly Mercer…The music of Johnny Mercer.  The Bruce Kelly Quartet will be performing the music of Johnny Mercer and others in the ambience of the elegant nightclubs of days gone by.  His quartet includes a trio of seasoned jazz players whose collective resumes run the gamut of jazz musicians and singers they have worked with, from Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy Rich and Jimmy Smith to Lou Rawls and Herbie Hancock.  The concert will be preceded by a sit down dinner prepared by Chef Austin Farrar.  There will be a full no host bar.  Bar opens at 6pm, dinner seating at 7; show starts at 8pm.

Hear such Johnny Mercer classics as Blues in the Night, Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, Dearly Beloved, My Shining Hour and many more!

The event takes place on May 7th, Mother’s Day Eve, at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

Tickets are $25 for concert only; $55 for dinner & concert (Reservations required).  Tickets available at The Nevada City Postal Company, www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.   Reservations deadline is May 4th.

For ticket and other information or to make reservations for dinner and show call (530) 273-0507.

Robert Burns Dinner & Concert, Jan. 22

The Gold Country Celtic Society will be hosting its 20th annual Robert Burns Celebration—Dinner and Ceilidh(Party). Once again, our celebration will take place at the historic Miners Foundry in the richly decorated, castle-like setting of the Stone Hall.

As always, we will be serving a traditional Robert Burns dinner, complete with all the pageantry: Piping in of the Haggis, the Address to the Haggis, A Toast to the Lassies, and an ode to the immortal memory of Robert Burns. A wee dram of whiskey will accompany the many toasts of the evening, toasts to the wonderful traditions of Scotland. This is a special event, so we do request appropriate attire, Scottish formal evening wear for example.

Please come to the before-dinner social hour and enjoy the many offerings of our Brigadoon Arms Pub, sample an excellent single-malt Scots whiskey, or perhaps a glass of wine from local Nevada County vintners. The evening begins with a 4 o’clock social hour, followed by 5:30 dinner seating. At 6 o’clock, Hanford’s Catering will treat diners to a savory multi-course feast. After dinner, the Golden Bough Trio will entertain guests with their extensive repetoire of Celtic music.

Celebrate the memory of Scotland’s famed, eighteenth century poet and songwriter, Robert Burns. Make your reservations now for Burns Night, Saturday, January 22, 2011.  Held at Miners Foundry Cultural Center located at 325 Spring St. Nevada City, California. Dress: dressy/semi-formal. Admission: $55. per person. Tickets: Nevada City Postal Company 228 Commercial Street (530)320-9257 or “Nancy” (530)272-1316 www.nevadacountycelticclub.org

Fun New Year’s Eve in Nevada City

There are a lot of fun events planned for New Year’s Eve in Nevada City:

New Year’s Eve with the Deadbeats
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night of acoustic and electric jam at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street in Nevada City. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Munchies, Deadbeat t-shirts and raffle tickets will be for sale too. Come and ring in the New Year while supporting Chicago Park School! Tickets are $30/advanced, $35/at the door. For more information, go to www.chicagoparkschool.org .

Nevada City Classic Café New Year’s Party
New Year’s Eve will be celebrated Friday night, December 31st, from 6-9:00 p.m. in fine European fashion at the Nevada City Classic Café.  Diners will enjoy the cafe’s regular Friday night menu, as well as delight in café owner Genevieve’s special delectable dishes. The enchanting Beaucoup Chapeaux, Nevada City’s 2010 Best Live Music recipients, will provide music.The Nevada City Classic Café is located at 216 Broad Street in Nevada City. Call 470-0544 for more information.

New Year’s Eve at Cooper’s
Cooper’s ale works, located in historic downtown Nevada City, California has been a favorite live music venue for many years. “Jade & The Decent Gentlemen” will play New Year’s Eve starting at 9:00 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. Cooper’s is located at 235 Commercial Street, Nevada City. For more information, please call 530-265-0116.

New Year’s Eve at McGees
Located on Broad Street, in the heart of downtown Nevada City, McGees is a local favorite. Join Mello DG for complimentary champagne on New Year’s. There is an $8 cover charge. McGee’s is located at 315 Broad Street, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3205.

New Year’s Eve at the National Hotel
The National Hotel, in the heart of Nevada City, is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Rocky Mountains. New Year’s Eve features live entertainment, and party favors at midnight with no cover charge. The dining room will be open for dinner. The National Hotel is located at 211 Broad Street, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-4551.

In Grass Valley, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings will be appearing at the Veterans Memorial Hall with the Bob Woods Trio. Roy Rogers is one of the premier slide guitarists performing today. The Veterans Memorial Auditorium features the largest dance hall in the area, and is located at 255 S. Auburn Street, in Grass Valley. The show begins at 9:00 p.m., doors open at 8:00 p.m. For more information, see http://www.paulemerymusic.com/ or call 530-478-1974.

Lots of Entertainment at Victorian Christmas

VicEntertainmentJoin us for Victorian Christmas and enjoy some spectacular entertainment! Victorian Christmas 2010 is scheduled Wednesday nights, Dec. 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Some of the featured entertainers are:
Wednesday, December 8th:
Izzi Tooinsky, Sierranaders, Joe Souza & Friend, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, Sometimes Singers, David Ayala, the NU Band, a walking Christmas tree, a live nativity scene, Santa Claus and more!

Sunday, December 12th:
Ludi Hinrichs, Joe Souza and Friend, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, TommyKnocker Cloggers, Jubilo Minstrels: “Gordy”, St. Ambrose Drama Group, David Ayala, Highland Dancers, Shades of Blue: chorus, the NU Chamber Choir, the NU Band, Santa Claus and more!

Wednesday, December 15th:
Izzi Tooinsky, Joe Souza & Friend, Sometimes Singers, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, David Ayala, a live nativity scene, the NU Band, a walking Christmas tree, Santa Claus and more!

Sunday, December 19th:
Ludi Hinrichs, TommyKnocker Cloggers, St. Ambrose Drama Group, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, David Ayala, a live nativity scene, Sage Po (harp), Thunderfoot Cloggers, the NU Band, Dylan Rodrique & Friend, Santa Claus and more!

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Nevada City Winter Bizarre December 19th

NC_BizarreSunday, December 19th, be sure to check out the Nevada City Winter Bizarre at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center at 325 Spring Street in Nevada City. The Bizarre will run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and features a craft fair and live music. Admission is $3, children 12 and under are free.

The Bizarre will feature hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, art prints, up-cycled and vintage clothing, bath body & home items, children’s clothing and toys, knit and woven garments, locally specialty foods, and children’s activities.

Maria’s Taco Truck from Auburn will be at the Bizarre, and the beer and wine bar will open at 1:00 p.m. More information.

Free Nevada County Concert Band Program Aug. 22

BandConcertThe Nevada County Concert Band will present a free concert this Sunday August 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Bring your picnic or treat yourself from the hot dog or ice cream vendors, and enjoy the grassy park setting with your family and friends.

With the theme “Musical Chairs,” this family-friendly outdoor concert features our many soloists, ensembles, and other attractions, each taking a turn in the hot seat. More information.

Nevada City Summer Nights 2018


© photo: Broad Street Inn, Nevada City

The Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, a street festival of art and music, has been an annual tradition in this quaint, scenic, historic – and sometimes quirky – community, for close to thirty years. The 2018 event takes place on three Wednesday evenings, July 11th, 18th, and 25th.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Become a Summer Nights Vendor

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

Spend your hot summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 28th annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bounce House. 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 meal at one of our many and varied restaurants, unwind with some live music or just relax with a leisurely stroll around our stores and the top class craftsmen selling their wares on the street. “Summer Nights is a Nevada City tradition – the whole town comes alive,” says Cathy Whittlesey, Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce which sponsors and produces the events. “It’s the must-attend event of the summer season — a real community party, showing off the best of Nevada City.” Here are our recommendations for the best ways to make the most of Nevada City’s Summer Nights:

Fabulous Music!  Put on your dancing shoes and come on out. Don’t miss these great free concerts!

Kid Friendly Fun! Summer Nights is for everyone. There are bounce houses, face-painting and more to make sure that kids will have a great time at this family affair.

Eat and Drink with Friends and Family! Enjoy a meal at one of Nevada City’s fine restaurants, ice cream from our local stores, delicious treats from our Food Court or just hang out at our beer and wine garden listening to great live bands. There’s food for all tastes and pocketbooks at Summer Nights.

Crafts and Art! Town will be filled with arts and crafts booths featuring cool, one-of-a-kind gifts designed and produced by local artists and crafters as well as hand-picked out-of-town vendors. If you’re looking for summer gifts, Summer Nights is the perfect place to come.

Special Additions! A Classic Car Show every week. And don’t miss the exotic music and dance of Troupe Al Ama Belly dancers!

Take the Shuttle
Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959.
Shuttle costs $5 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 ride free. Return journeys are free for all.
Shuttle hours are 5:30-10:00 pm each Wednesday.

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.

The Summer Nights celebration is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.