Events that are regularly scheduled: Fast Fridays Speedway Motorcycle Racing. May thru Oct. Gates open 6:30 pm, racing begins at 8:00 pm. Children under 10 are free. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn 878-7223 or fastfridays.com
Auburn Library regularly scheduled events: Mother Goose on the Loose: Nursery Rhymes & Musical Rhythms (for babies from birth to three years old): Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:30-11:00 a.m.; Storytime (for ages 3-5): Thursdays: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.; Time for Twos (for 2 year olds & their caregivers): Fridays, 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.; Paws to Read: 2nd Wednesday of the month. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Children are invited to polish their reading skills by reading a book of their choice to Sweetie, a furry reading coach and therapy dog; LEGO® Club (all ages): Build to the theme or create your very own Kronkiwongi. Bricks are provided. Drop-in on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
Last Saturday of the Month: Nature Explorers, Sacramento Zoo, 10 am-2 pm.
Wednesdays: Wonderful Wednesday Nights. Swimming and free movies, June 8 through August 3, 2017. Auburn Recreational District. Location varies.
21: Earth Fest. Join the Sacramento Zoo as we throw a party for the planet! Learn about the environment and conservation, both locally and globally. Enjoy face painting, crafts, hands-on activities and games all focused on the planet we call home. Get the scoop on some of the Zoo’s animals and how to make the world a better place for them. 9 am-4 pm. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888
21: Grass Valley Sportsman’s Club Kids’ Trout Derby. Lion’s Lake, 7 am-noon, Nevada County Fairgrounds.
21, 22, 28 & 29: The Fairytale Town Troupers Present: Little Red Riding Hood. In this fun, fast-paced, interactive performance, a comical “Big Bad” wolf narrates the tale of his encounter with Red and Grandma as it happens – and has no luck being either big or bad throughout the entire misadventure. After the performances, children in the audience are invited to meet the costumed performers on stage for pictures and smiles. 11 am, noon & 1 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac., 916-808-5233
24: Toddler Time. Little ones ages 2 through 5 will learn all about the barnyard animals that call Fairytale Town home through up-close introductions with our animal keepers. Songs, story time, and more fun hands-on activities will bring the classic animal fairytales to life. 10-11:30 am. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
28: Star Wars Day. Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to Star Wars Day and pose for free photos with the costumed characters throughout the day. Visitors will learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the Star Wars universe through Wildlife Stage Shows, crafts and other activities. 9 am-3 pm. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888
28: Superhero Day. Calling all superheroes! Celebrate National Superhero Day. Enjoy arts and crafts activities and meet your favorite superheroes. Meet some of our everyday heroes from our local fire station and sit in Fire Truck 5. Come dressed in your capes and masks. 10 am–2 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
28: Fishing Derby: Auburn Recreational District. Sunrise until 10:30 am. Auburn 885-8461
28 & 29: Gold Country Pro Rodeo. Fun for all ages! Two performances will highlight the rodeo, as well as bronc riding, mutton bustin’, and more. Sat. 4 pm; Sun. 2 pm. goldcountryprorodeo.com. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn.
30 – May 6: Children’s Book Week. Join us on the Mother Goose Stage each day at noon. A different book will be featured each day with story time and craft activities inspired by the selected book. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair with books and more for sale. It’s a week of literary fun! Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Toddler Time. See April listing for info.
2: Wells Fargo Wednesday. Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo, the 1st Wednesday of each month in 2017 is Wells Fargo Wednesday! Up to four children ages 2-11 will receive free admission to the Sacramento Zoo with a paid adult. 9 am-4 pm, 916-808-5888
4: Star Wars Day. May the fourth be with you! Celebrate Star Wars Day at Fairytale Town. Meet your favorite intergalactic characters and make a Star Wars themed craft. 11 am-1 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
5: The 7th Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. Find the perfect activities for your child to enjoy this summer. Talk with representatives of camps, classes, and workshops, all in one place. 10 am – 2 pm. Veteran’s Hall, NC 265-2496 x129.
5: Family Fun Day The Center for the Arts holds another FREE youth event – Family Fun Day – Saturday, May 5th from 10 am–3 pm! 5: Grass Valley Car Show. The streets of historic downtown Grass Valley are lined with approximately 300 of the finest custom, vintage and antique cars and trucks in Northern CA. Cars, food and great rock ‘n roll music make the day a fun event for everyone. 10 am-3 pm. Free admission. 272-8315.
5:15th Annual Kids Safety & Health Carnival 2018 Gold Country Kiwanis will be hosting the 15th Annual Kids Safety & Health Carnival on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from noon-4 pm at the Rood Center. This free event is to help children and their parents feel comfortable in emergency situations.
5 & 6: Puppet Show: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This production starts with the classic race of The Tortoise and the Hare. Hare, super speedy; Tortoise, slow and steady. Who will win? The conclusion of the race takes place on the “Troll Bridge” waking up the Grumpy Old Troll. Then watch on as the Three Billy Goats find a way to outwit the Troll and get across the bridge so they can enjoy the field of green, green grass. Call for times. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
8: Wild Donkey Day We’re celebrating our resident donkey on World Donkey Day! Eeyore will come out of his home to meet and take photos with guests at 11 am and 1 pm. Our animal keepers will also be on hand to share fun facts about our favorite donkey. Weather permitting. 9 am-4pm Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
12: Blue Marble Jubilee. Colorful, village-style earth-centered festival for families and all ages! Event featuring live music (including Northern California’s Favorite Band (to be announced soon!), Wild & Scenic Film Fest on Tour, food trucks & beer/wine/sangria, lawn games and adventure activities for the whole family, crafts & bubbles, merchants & interactive booths, 2-7 pm Nevada County Fairgrounds, GV
13: Mother’s Day Springtime Event. Enjoy springtime fountains, rose gardens and lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes. Stroll through beautiful Empire Cottage – and meet docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped our local, gold-mine history. The old Mineyard will be full of activity – much the way it was in Empire’s heydays of gold, grit and glory. Tasty food, beverages and ice cream are available for purchase from local vendors – or bring your own lunch, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the beautiful grounds. Recent events have included complimentary cups of tea in the special Tea Garden. Live music and entertainment for children will add to the fun. 11 am-4 pm. Empire Mine Park, GV 273-8522.
13: Mother’s Day Brunch. Shower the most important woman in your life with the perfect family day at the Zoo. Take a seat in the Zoo’s redwood grove as you enjoy a delicious brunch of French toast, eggs, bacon and more. Adults can even add bottomless mimosas to their menu! Tickets are extremely limited so be sure to purchase yours early. Mother’s Day Brunch seatings will be held at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888
18-19 Penn Valley Rodeo. Features the California Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association. Fri. 7 pm, Sat. 5:30 pm. Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds
19: All about Birds. Ever wonder why some birds fly south for the winter? Come join us and celebrate the 350 species of North American birds that migrate between their breeding grounds and wintering grounds every year! Have fun learning about this amazing migration including where the birds stop in between their destinations, and how you can play a part in their journey. Stop by our table at the lake at the front of the zoo and enjoy free arts and crafts, hands-on activities, games, and prizes while learning all about bird migration. Included with zoo admission and free for Sacramento Zoo members. 9 am-4 pm. 916-808-5888
23: The Pepper Festival. Good. Music. Fun. & Peppers! A family-friendly event raising funds for local children’s charities. Featuring live, upbeat rock, blues, R&B and funk bands (Antsy McClain, The Bleeping Bleeps, Molly Roth, Acoustic Space Travelers & More!), AMAZING food trucks and local restaurants, great vendor booths, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Hot Cars Show, Homemade Salsa Contest, Salsa Dancing Instruction and even an Adult Bounce House (yes, that’s real). Noon to 10 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn
24-28: Strawberry Music Festival. Over 20 acts on main stage and additional performers on side stages. Three full days of children’s activities and performances and special programming for teens. Music, movement, and art workshops. A variety of delicious cuisine, artisanal wares, plus instruments, accessory and repair. Nevada County Fairgrounds, GV 209-984-8630.
26: Celebrate Giraffe Day. Did you know there are four distinct species and 5 subspecies of giraffe in the world? Or that giraffes can run up to 37 mph? Join us (and the zoo’s giraffe family) to celebrate the world’s tallest land mammal! Stop by the giraffe exhibit for crafts, games, and raffle prizes and learn about the conservation being done to help protect these increasingly endangered animals. All proceeds benefit giraffe conservation. Included with zoo admission and free for Sacramento Zoo members. 9 am-4 pm. 916-808-5888
30: Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest. Sponsored by the Auburn Library 6:30 pm at the Auburn Outdoor Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St, Auburn
2 & 3: Puppet Show: The Three Little Pigs. Presented by Puppet Art Theater. Three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun and adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, stick, bricks, and a huffing and puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation of this classic story. Call for times. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
2: Downtown Lincoln Classic Car Show. Raffle prizes, music, food, vendors and fun for all. 9:30 am-3 pm. Historic Downtown Lincoln,
2 & 3: Go for the Gold Regatta. Several sailboat races throughout the weekend. Saturday evening there is a BBQ & music. Scotts Flat Lake, NC
6: Wells Fargo Wednesday. See May listing for info.
9: Community Day at the Sacramento Community Playground. See May listing for info.
9, 15 & 22: Family Overnight Safaris. Fun-filled educational evening will guide you through all that our nighttime Zoo has to offer. These camp-outs are designed for small groups and families of two or more people. Dinner and breakfast are provided! Designed for ages 4 and older; 6 pm-9:00 am. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888.
14-17: California Bluegrass Festival. Four days of family fun jamming, workshops, children’s programs, Luthier’s Pavilion, Kids on Bluegrass, camping on site and the best in Bluegrass and Old Time Music on stage under the beautiful pine trees. NC Fairgrounds, GV, 272-7553 or 209-588-6031
15: Family Campout. Spend the night under the stars at Fairytale Town! This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-a-long! Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. 5:30 pm-7 am. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
15: Party in the Park. Mardi Gras in June. Join the party at Auburn Recreational District Regional Park on Richardson Dr. In addition to the music, we offer a huge beer garden and BBQ pit where one can find anything from pizza to veggie wraps, snow cones to margaritas. ARD’s staff gathers some of the best fun for kids around, be it clown painting, pony rides or the biggest collection of inflatables in Northern California, and we keep it affordable and fun 5:30-10:00 pm. auburnrec.com
17: Father’s Day BBQ. Bring dad or granddad to the zoo for a classic American BBQ to celebrate Father’s Day! Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salad, baked beans and more under the giant redwood tree at Hornbill Haven. Try your hand at some fun lawn games, join in activities and other family fun! You can spend the rest of the day exploring the zoo with the family and be sure to visit some of the zoo’s best animal dads. Exclusive Sacramento Zoo Member only event. Must be signed in to buy tickets! 11:30 am-1:30 pm. 916-808-5888
23 & 24: Nevada City Bicycle Classic. One of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation. 1-6:30 pm. Downtown NV. 265-2692, 800-655-6569, nevadacitychamber.com
23: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Ice Cream Fantasy. Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed comedic play comes to life at Fairytale Town, along with all you can eat Crystal ice cream! Featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace, live entertainment and more! Costumes for the whole family are strongly encouraged. 5-9 pm., Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
28: Thursday Night Marketplace. Farm fresh produce, health and wellness, and arts and crafts are featured at this seasonal weekly market for local farmers and selected vendors. Sidewalk cafes feature fine dining under the stars and an international food court offers tastes from around the world. 5:30-9 pm. GV.
4: 4th of July Celebration. Nevada City. Parade starts at 11 am. Craft fair, food, entertainment and gala fireworks at NC Fairgrounds, GV. 3 pm. Fireworks 9:30 pm. 265-2692, 800-655-6569, nevadacitychamber.com
4: Wells Fargo Wednesday. See May listing for info.
5, 12, 19, 26: Thursday Night Marketplace. See details in June listing.
6, 13, 21, 27: Family Overnight Safaris. See details in June listing. Sacramento Zoo. 6:00 pm-9:00 am. 916-808-5888.
7 & 8. Puppet Show: Cinderella. The classic tale told Puppet Art Theater style. Cinderella wants to attend the ball and dance the night away. Unfortunately, her stepmother and awful stepsisters conspire against Cinderella and it is up to her Fairy Godmother to get her to the ball. Will Cinderella get to dance the night way? Will the prince find the foot that fits the glass slipper? Find out in Cinderella. Call for times. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
11, 18, & 25: Summer Nights in Nevada City. An outdoor festival of art and music. Downtown NC. 6-9:30 pm. 265-2692, 800-655-6569, nevadacitychamber.com
12-August 4th, This summer, bring the entire family to Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” presented by Sierra Stages from July 12 through August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
12-15: California Worldfest. Features eight stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children’s program under the cool, tall pines of the Sierra foothills. Times vary. NC Fairgrounds, GV. 274-8384, worldfest.net
14: Community Day at the Sacramento Community Playground. See May listing for info
14: Ain’t Necessarily Dead Fest. Celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. 2-10 pm. Kid zone, food, live music, and craft beer garden Regional Park, Auburn.