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 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 endeavors such as theatre, artisan products, livestock shows, farmers market, storytelling & music festivals. Surrounded by state parks such as Empire Mine, and Tahoe National Forest, there is no shortage of activities to participate in.

Nevada City, the county seat, proudly boasts the 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 flavor, having recently undergone a facelift. 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.
Some statistical information:
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:
  • 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.

Helpful Links

Community Information

Nevada Theatre

Miners Foundry

Nevada City Winery

For upcoming events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Off Broadstreet Theatre
farmers' marker
flowers in a field with mountains in the background