Nevada City Summer Events

South Yuba River, Photo by Erin Thiem

South Yuba River, Photo by Outside Inn

Summer is coming to the Gold Country and we are excited about the upcoming season.  So whether you’re coming to town for one of the many summer activities or just planning on sitting on a rock in the middle of the South Yuba River, it’s not too early to start organizing your summer adventure.

A few events to mark your calendar for:

Nevada City Summer Events, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Summer Events, photos by Erin Thiem

Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City.  Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City.  She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.

Last Summer Nights Tonight!


Tonight is the last chance to attend the Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, in this colorful Northern Sierra foothills town.

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.

Entertainment Schedule for tonight:

July 27
Lorraine Gervais
CrackerJack Jazz Band
Runnin’4 Cover
George Souza
Mali Music & Dance
Troupe al Alma

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

Download Summer Nights Postcard

Magic at Nevada Theatre July 20


During the July 20th Summer Nights in Nevada City, the Nevada Theatre is opening its doors for the ANNUAL family Magic Show.  All the local magicians belong to the Nevada County Magicians Guild, and this year the show will feature Nick Fedorof.

Showtimes:  7 and 8 pm
Tickets at the door:  $3.00 per person or $10 for the Family

Call Mountain Pastimes for more information at (530) 265-6692.

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

Summer Nights Entertainment Schedule

summer-nightsThe last three Wednesday nights in July from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Nevada City.

Growers Market and Fine Arts on Broad Street. Pony Rides.

Entertainment Schedule:

July 14:
Cracker Jack Jazz, Troupe Al Ama, Starpeople Band, the Nut Boyze, Remley.

July 21:
Cool Heat, Then Again, Troupe Al Ama, Ivan Najera, George Souza.

July 28:
Ludi’s Swingin Jazz, John Girton, Lorraine Gervais, Cracker Jack Jazz, Runnin’ 4-cover, Troupe Al Ama.

Download Summer Nights Poster

Nevada City Summer Nights 2018

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© 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.

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.