Summerfest Users Guide
GOINGS ON AND HAPPENINGS
SUMMERFEST ARTS: MIM joins with Nevada County Arts to curate an Art Show and Fair featuring exceptional works by more than 30 local and regional artists on our headliner weekend, Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 26, 27 & 28. Festival-goers can also enjoy an array of live local music, artist workshops, and fun family activities before and in between performances.
Saturday includes the free Family Art Fair from 10am – 4pm, with free classes, workshops, demonstrations, musical entertainment, and even a fashion show by the always fascinating Haute Trash Ensemble. The art displays and demonstrations continue from 11am – 3pm on Sunday. Click here for a schedule and a list of artists.
A Special Thanks to Neighborhood Center of the Arts
Neighborhood Center of the Arts, located in Grass Valley California, is a place where adults with intellectual disabilities can make friends, explore their abilities and gain accomplishment. MIM is proud to support NCA’s mission to provide the opportunity for artists to grow to the best of their ability through the arts and community integration. Each day, up to 60 artists attend NCA and create the weaving, ceramics, painting, woodworking and computer arts for which they are well known in the local community and beyond. This year, NCA artists worked with the theme of music to develop their pieces, which will be available for sale in the lobby.
Moveable Fest: Summer AMP is a two week fellowship for aspiring pre-professional musicians who want to go beyond the score. They’ll bring back the Moveable Fest this year – creating pop-up performances in unexpected places throughout the community.
Concert Insights: Join us for a pre-concert forum at each of the Classics Series concerts where the conductor takes us behind the scenes. Talks take place in the Amaral concert hall at 6:30pm.
Open Rehearsals: See the maestros in action at several concerts designated as open rehearsals. (Please refer to the online calendar for details)
Concerts Under the Stars—Outdoor Stage, Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds
To best enjoy your outdoor festival experience for the Concerts Under the Stars, picnic tables are available for $80 (plus the regular ticket price). Each table fits 6-8 people. If you’d prefer, please bring a low back (beach-type) chair or blanket for best main stage Great Lawn seating or a regular-sized folding chair or blanket for Great Lawn seating further from the stage. Your chair may be left in place while you explore the other attractions. Premium seating gets you closest to the stage, and is designated hi and low as per your type of chair. Bring a sweater or jacket and a flashlight for the parking area. No pets allowed except for licensed Assistant Animals. Smoking in designated areas only.
Classics Series & Encore Performances-Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds
Each summer, MIM transforms the big “red barn” into a comfortable concert hall with tabled and tiered seating. Refreshments, including wine, beer, and mixed drinks, are available in the hall.
FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS
Concerts Under the Stars–Outdoor Stage, Great Lawn
There is nothing like picnicking under the stars with your loved ones. You may bring coolers but no glass or cans. No alcohol may be brought in from offsite. Reuse, recycle and help keep our festival green and clean.Don’t have time to pack a picnic or cooler, no problem! There’s a wide array of local food vendors offering a variety of cuisine as well as local beer, wine and cocktails, coffee and water, all available for purchase.
Parking for Amaral Center concerts (June 24, 28, July 1, July 2, July 5) is free. Nevada County Fairgrounds charges a $5 parking fee for Concert Under the Stars event attendees. General admission, including disabled, is available at Gate 1 (Gate 4 for overflow). Volunteers, choir, and orchestra members park at Gate 8. For a map of the Nevada County Fairgrounds including with parking locations click here.
Be sure to book your rooms in advance. In addition to hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfasts’ there is beautiful park-like RV Camping available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This year’s Hospitality Sponsors include The Outside Inn, The Madison House Bed & Breakfast and Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express. Lodging can be booked directly through them.
For more information about other lodging accommodations in Nevada County please visit the following websites:
Nevada City and Grass Valley offer an array of dining options, from fine cuisine and artisanal ice cream and coffee shops to fast, affordable family friendly café’s and restaurants offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, there is something for every budget and palate.
Grass Valley: Cirinos at Main Street (Italian American), Kane’s Family Restaurant (American), Sergio’s Caffe (Italian), Taste of Thai, Kaido Sushi, Toffanelli’s Gold Country Bistro (American), Summer Thymes Bakery (Coffee, Salads, Baked Goods, Emily’s Bakery, BriarPatch Co-Op (Health, Vegetarian/Vegan), South Pine Café (Breakfast/Lunch), Club 141 (Wine Bar), Diegos (South American)
Nevada City: New Moon Café (California Cuisine), Friar Tucks (Wine Bar, Steak, Fodue), Matteo’s Public (Beer, Gastro Pub), Bistro 221 (American Comfort Food), Lefty’s (Pizza, American), Ike’s Quarter Cafe (Breakfast, Cajun, Vegetarian), South Pine Café (Breakfast/Lunch), Sopa Thai, Sushi N’ The Raw, Sushi Q, Jernigans (Beer, Gastro Pub), California Organics (Health, Vegetarian/Vegan), Three Forks Bakery & Brewery (Bakery, Brewery, Restaurant)
THINGS TO DO:
The historic Gold Rush-era towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City both offer world-class outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating), shopping, art galleries, wine tasting, museums, and a host of things to do during your visit. A few of our favorite community events include Thursday Night Market in downtown Grass Valley (6-9pm), First Friday Artwalk in downtown Nevada City, 55th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic (June 21), Fourth of July Parade in Grass Valley (July 4), and Nevada City Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 8:30am-1pm).
Grass Valley, CA is located between Sacramento and Truckee. The nearest airports are Reno, NV and Sacramento, CA. We are 2 hours West of Reno and 1.5 hours North East of Sacramento.
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
11228 MCCOURTNEY ROAD
GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 95949
Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading east from Sacramento:
Use the Hwy. 49 offramp in Auburn. Proceed north on Hwy. 49 toward Grass Valley – appr. 25 miles. In Grass Valley, take the first offramp, McKnight Way. Turn left on Mcknight Way and proceed over the freeway, past the shopping center on the left. Turn right on Freeman Lane, past another shopping center on the left. Freeman Lane will turn into McCourtney Road at the second 4 – way stop sign. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.
Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading west from Reno:
Use the same directions as above, Hwy. 49 offramp in Auburn, head north to Grass Valley. Or, for a scenic and mildly curvy shortcut, take the Hwy. 20 offramp to Grass Valley, just after the Eagle Lakes Rd. offramp on Hwy. 80. Travel time on Hwy. 20 is appr. one-half hour. Stay on the highway through Nevada City and Grass Valley. Do not get off the highway when Hwy. 20 takes off west towards Marysville. Stay on and the highway becomes Hwy.49. Take the McKnight Way offramp and turn right on McKnight Way, traveling past the shopping center on the left. Turn right on Freeman Lane, past another shopping center on the left. Freeman Lane will turn into McCourtney Road at the second 4 – way stop sign. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.
Traveling on Hwy. 20 heading east from Marysville:
Take the McCourtney Road/Fairgrounds exit off of Hwy. 20 just before actually entering Grass Valley. Turn right on McCourtney Road, until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, appr. 1 block. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.
QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION
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