Events that are regularly scheduled: Fast Fridays Speedway Motorcycle Racing. May thru Oct. Gates open 6:30 p.m., racing begins at 8:00 p.m. 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 am.; Storytime: (for ages 3-5) Fridays, 11-11:30 am; Time for Twos (2-year olds and their caregivers), Fridays, 9:30-10 am.; Paws to Read: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:30-4:30 pm. 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 a theme or create your very own Kronkiwongi. Bricks are provided. Drop-in on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-3 pm.
20 & 27: 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.
22 & 28: 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; 5:30 pm-9:00 am. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888.
19, & 26: 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
19: Wonderful Wednesday Nights – Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Free movies begin about 8:45 p.m., Old Town, Sacramento St., Auburn 885-8461
21: Children’s Festival. One-day Renaissance Fair for children with over 20 arts and crafts tables, entertainment, face painting, parades and games. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 9 am–8 pm. Pioneer Park, NC, thechildrensfestival.com
20-23 & 28-30: Cinderella. This is a delightful, witty and touching musical for audiences of all ages. The original music, with its captivating catchy tunes, is peppered throughout the entire play bringing to life the many characters in this beloved fairytale. See www.ncpag.com for times and tickets. The Center for the Arts, GV
21-23: Sierra Storytelling Festival. Set among the towering pines, sloping lawn and our historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill. A much-loved annual tradition for both locals and visitors from across the country. Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals,” our festival brings a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages. If you enjoy listening to a good story, this is the event for you. Our storytellers will entertain listeners of all ages with tales from around the world and close to home. Cultural Center Amphitheater 265-2826, northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org
22: Movies under the Pines. Outdoor cinema experience for the entire family! The Nevada City Film Festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the lawn of the NC Fairgrounds. Gates open at 7:00, movie at 8:30 or dusk. (530) 362-8601
22: 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! Enjoy a light continental breakfast. 5:30 pm-7 am. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
22-23: The Fairytale Town Troupers Present: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This very special adaptation of the classic Disney animated film—live on stage! Disney’s Beauty & the Beast features the unforgettable songs and characters of the animated classic brought to life. 11 am & 1 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
25: Arete Charter Family Information Night. For more information about the newest charter school in Nevada County, attend a family information night. 10 am. 22431 Kingston Ln., Rm 7, GV. 530-268-2805
26: Wonderful Wednesday Nights – Finding Dory. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Free movies begin about 8:45 pm, Recreation Park, Auburn. 885-8461
29: Nature Explorers, The Zoo is excited to offer a new way for young nature explorers and their grown-ups to investigate the wilderness in their own backyard. 10 am-2 pm We will be reading stories, playing, and exploring the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month. Activities are included with Zoo admission and story-time is at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm., Sacramento Zoo.
29 & 30: Cat & the Fiddle Music Festival. Celebrate music and fun in the summer sun with two days of live music. Enjoy daytime concerts on the Mother Goose Stage from 11 am-2:15 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233.
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
3: Thursday Night Marketplace. See details in July listing.
4: Family Overnight Safaris. See details in July listing. 5:30 pm-9:00 am. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888.
4: Rocklin Free Movie Fridays – Lego Batman. Get there around 7 pm to get a good seat and listen to all the great music. The movie will begin after dark at around 9 pm. Twin Oaks Park, Rocklin.
5 & 6: Puppet Show: Animal Olympics. The animals learn their amazing abilities in this comedy, fact- filled show! A monkey with five hands? The world’s best long AND high jumper? An animal who lifts the most weight just by standing up! And an animal who runs like a horse, and looks like a horse, but isn’t a horse! 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30, Fairytale Town. Sac. 916-808-5233.
11: Food Truck Fiesta. Fund-raiser for Auburn bike park. Food, live music, beer garden, wine bar, demonstrations and exhibitions. The fun starts at 5:00 pm., Auburn Rec. Park.
9-13: Nevada County Fair. “Sea you at the Fair.” The Nevada County Fair is the place to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices! There are also nightly arena events, daily demonstrations, magic shows, and food contests. As always, Treat Street will be serving an array of delicious food and drinks. NC Fairgrounds, GV. 273‑6217, nevadacountyfair.com
11: Family Campout. See details in July listing. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916 808-5233.
12: Community Day at the Sacramento Community Playground. Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. Admission to the Sacramento Adventure Playground is free. 11 am-3 pm, 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento 916 222-3831
12: Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future. Attend this course for information about estate planning and establishing a special needs trust. Designed for families with a special needs child. 6-8 pm, Sierra College Nevada County Campus, 916-781-6280, sccommed.org
19: Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future. Attend this course for information about estate planning and establishing a special needs trust. Designed for families with a special needs child. 6-8 pm, Sierra College Rocklin Gateway Campus, 916-781-6280, sccommed.org
19: Ice Cream Safari. Bring the entire family to enjoy all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and Coca-Cola beverages at the Annual Ice Cream Safari. It’s a brain-freezing good time from 4-8 pm. Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm. Sacramento Zoo, 916 808-5888.
27: Woofstock. This annual event is full of groovy activities for you and your pooch! It helps raise money for local canine rescue groups as well as the Rocklin dog park. Activities include wiener dog races, art projects, a dog obstacle course, costume parade, dog-themed vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, and more! 9 am-1 pm. Johnson Springview Park, Lincoln, 916 625-5200
26: Miner’s Picnic. The picnic was originally held annually and benefited the widows and orphans of the miners. Now it is held for the benefit of all the park visitors. 11 am-4 pm. Empire Mine State Park, GV. 273-8522.
26: Nature Explorers. See July listing for info.
2 & 3: Gold Country Kennel Dog Show. A full AKC Dog Show! Normally all 170 breeds are here. Over 40 vendors with all the things an animal lover could want. Food vendors with many tasty items from which to choose. 6 am – 8 pm., Nevada County Fairgrounds.
6: Wells Fargo Wednesday. See August listing for info.
7-10: Gold Country Fair, Jam packed full of family activities everyone can enjoy!
Some of the wonderful things you’ll enjoy at the fair is friendly atmosphere, new and traditional competitive livestock exhibits, hands-on kid activities, a large carnival of exciting rides, delicious specialty foods, multiple stages of amazing entertainment, fun contests, strolling entertainers, blockbuster concerts, a fabulously fun Demolition Derby, unique crafters and a variety of commercial and local exhibits. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn
9: Community Day at the Sacramento Community Playground. See August listing for info
9-10: Crusin’ the Pines Car Show. Sat. 8 am-4 pm, Sun. 8 am-3 pm. Nevada County Fairgrounds.
9-10: Constitution Day Parade. The Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution will be offering living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history. Pioneer Park. Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 10 am each day, and activities conclude at 5 pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Other activities include the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.
10: Grandparents’ Day. Enjoy a day of play for the whole family on National Grandparents Day! On this special occasion, Fairytale Town offers free admission to grandparents when accompanied by a child ages 0-12. Family fun in the sun for everyone! 9 am-4 pm., Fairytale Town, 916-808-5233
12: Planning for your Special Needs Child’s Future. Come to this very informative event, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sierra College Community Education. Nevada County Campus, 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA Room: TBD. Sign up toward the end of July/early August at www.sccommed.org or by calling (916) 781-6280.
16: Hot Chili and Cool Cars. The classic car contest will feature some of the area’s most popular automotive beauties, and enthusiastic chili cooks will vie for the chance to be crowned champion of the chili cook-off. The kid’s area will boast bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, games and crafts to entertain the younger set, along with the traditional midway. 10 am-3 pm Rocklin Street, Rocklin. For more information, contact the Rocklin Area Chamber at 916 624-2548
19: Planning for your Special Needs Child’s Future. Come to this very informative event, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sierra College Community Education. Nevada County Campus, 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA Room: TBD. Sign up toward the end of July/early August at www.sccommed.org or by calling (916) 781-6280.
21-24: Draft Horse Classic. Majestic draft horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes. Nevada County Fairgrounds.
23: Nevada City Adult Soap Box Derby. Nimrod St. Pioneer Park, NC, Noon-6 pm.
29-Oct. 1: KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace. A trip to the past days of the Celtic lands with two stages of music and tons of Celtic actors in authentic costume. Come for the music, stay for the magic! Nevada County Fairgrounds. Times vary.
30: Nature Explorers. See July listing for info.
4: Wells Fargo Wednesday. See August listing for info.
7: Ribs ‘N Brews. Rib cook-off, craft beer, wine bar, live music, kid zone. 5:30-9:30 pm. Auburn Recreation Park
14: Community Day at the Sacramento Community Playground. See August listing for info