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Things To Do in Nevada City California

An area rich in history, Nevada County saw its first real population boom during the Gold Rush one-hundred and fifty years ago. This community, nestled in the foothills above Sacramento, has now become an employment center of another sort as many research and development divisions of world-leading technology companies have found a home here.

The community is rich in cultural activities such as theatre, artisan products, livestock shows, farmers' markets, storytelling and music festivals. Surrounded by state parks such as Empire Mine and Tahoe National Forest, there is no shortage of fun things to do.

Nevada City, the county seat, proudly boasts original gas lights along Broad Street and is home to many fine restaurants, quaint shops, and entertainment venues, as well as romantic carriage rides and unique lodging.

Grass Valley has a slightly different feel, having recently undergone a face-lift. The center of activities is Mill Street, home to the Del Oro Theatre, the Holbrooke Hotel, and a host of shops that range from western wear to gold panning supplies. Grass Valley has many fine restaurants and entertainment venues of its own.
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The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is up to date on all upcoming activities, festivals, and events. Check out their website for answers to questions and more activity ideas. 


This popular trail begins as an urban stroll through downtown Nevada City. During the months of October and November, check out the Victorian California Fall Colors Tour for a guided walk of historic architecture and established trees.

Mardi Gras Parade

The 27th anniversary of Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration happens every year in February. The annual event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a colorful & festive parade & street faire throughout the streets of historic downtown Nevada City.

Nevada Theatre

The Nevada Theater is the oldest existing theater building on the west coast that continues to operate as a theater. They are now celebrating 150 years of history, music, movies, live performances and art in Nevada County.
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Nevada County includes the following Communities:
Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, North San Juan, Truckee, Peardale, Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Washington, Camptonville, Downieville, Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Cascade Shores.
Nevada City California is conveniently located approximately:
-43 Miles to Truckee California
-60 Miles northeast of Sacramento California
-157 Miles East of San Francisco California
-91 Miles Northwest of Reno Nevada
-94 Miles Northwest of South Lake Tahoe
In 1889 the population in Nevada County, CA was approximately 87,185.