13, 20 & 27: Ghost Tours – Grass Valley. The haunted Grass Valley historical walking tour explores the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said to still reside among us. $10 adults, $5 for youth (6-12 years), and free for children (under 5 years). 7:30-9:30 pm. Tours depart from the Grass Valley Library, 207 Mill St., on the last three Friday evenings in October. Grassvalleychamber.com
14, 21 & 28: Ghost Tours – Nevada City. The haunted Nevada City historical walking tour explores the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said to still reside among us. $10 for adults, $5 for youth (6-12 years) and free for children (under 5 years). 7:30-9 p.m. Tours depart from the Alpha Building, 210 Broad St. on the last three Saturday evenings in October. 530-265-6877 or nevadacitychamber.com
13-29: Pumpkin Nights Festival. The outdoor, family-friendly Halloween walk-through will feature immersion installations and offer a variety of food, seasonal beverages, movie screenings, and activities for the whole family. $20 for adults (13-59), $16 for youth (4-12) and seniors (60+), free for Children (3 and under). Sun to Thurs from 6:30-10:30 pm, Fri and Sat 6:30 to Midnight. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Aub. Visit pumpkinnights.com/contact
20-22: Safe and Super Halloween. Join Fairytale Town for trick-or-treating and family-friendly fun at the annual Safe & Super Halloween! Magic show tickets are an additional $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. 5-9 pm. Fairytale Town, 916-808-5233
21-22: Winterfaire Craft Show. 10 am-4 pm. Nevada County Fairgrounds.
21: Auburn Community Festival. Quality live music, giant pumpkin and scarecrow contests, arts and crafts booths showcasing local artisans and a costume contest and parade for young and old alike. Free. 10 am-4 pm, Recreation Park, Auburn.
21: Fall Puppet Play & Craft. Find Live Oak Waldorf at our booth at the Auburn Community Harvest Festival for a fun seasonal craft and puppet play tailored to the young child. 9:30 am-3 pm. Recreation Park, Aub.
22: Bridgeport Fall Festival. Hayrides, gold panning, food and drinks, barn tours, children’s games and crafts, pumpkin painting, music, ghosts of Bridgeport. 11 am-4pm, Penn Valley, 432-2546
26: Rhythms in the Home. Enjoy an evening with Helle Heckmann, founder, and director of a Waldorf daycare center in Denmark. Her model of early education inspires Waldorf kindergartens and nurseries worldwide. Free with a $10 suggested donation. 6-8 pm. Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista. tuckedinbed.com.
28: A Spooky Soiree. Join us for another spooky soiree. It’s a talent show, without the judging, with 16-20 different performers. Both audience and performers will be in costume and there will be a costume contest. 7:30-10pm. $20 for adults, free for youth 17 years and under with advanced ticket purchase. St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, GV. Musicinthemountains.org
28: Pumpkin Path. A live theatrical experience for young children and their families as a series of 5 vignettes tell an enchanted children’s story with silly characters, treasures for the children, cookies, apple cider and music around the bonfire. Purchase tickets in advance. Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista. 530.878.8720 or LiveOakWaldorf.org
28 & 29: Masterworks I: Halloween Spooktacular. Auburn Goes Pops! Dressing up in costume is not required, but certainly welcome! Musical treats include favorites such as Night on Bald Mountain and Danse macabre, plus selections from Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Psycho, and much more. Tickets from $20. 10/28 Sat 7:30-10 pm and 10/29 Sun 3-5:30 pm. Placer High School Theatre, 275 Orange St., Aub. 530.823.6683 or auburnsymphony.com
28: Halloween Fun Day. An old-fashioned Halloween carnival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in the Main Street Center. GV, 11 am-3 pm.
28-29: Boo at the Zoo. Get out those costumes, grab a trick-or-treat bag and head to the Sacramento Zoo. 11 am-5 pm. Sacramento Zoo 916-808-5888.
31: Safe Trick or Treat. Free candy and treats from downtown merchants. 10 am-1 pm. Downtown Grass Valley.
31: Safe Trick or Treat. Start early on Halloween in Old Town Auburn. Bring the kids down anytime between 2 & 5 pm. Merchants participating will have “safe” goodies for your kids. Costumes optional but suggested.
1: Wells Fargo Wednesday. Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, up to four children ages 2-11 get free admission to the Sacramento Zoo with a paid adult.
11: 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. Free. 11 am-4 pm, 3301 37th Avenue, Sac. (916) 222-3831
11: Military Family Day. In appreciation for our troops, all military personnel, veterans and their families receive a 50% discount on zoo admission with a valid military identification card.
10 am-4 pm. Sacramento Zoo, 916-808-5888
11: Auburn Veterans Day Parade: The parade will begin at 10:45 am at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Street and will proceed down Lincoln Way, pausing at the Central Square at 11 am for a patriotic ceremony . The parade will continue on to the Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn
15: Late Autumn Puppet Play & Tea. Join us for a sweet Autumn tale tailored to the young child. Explore our Kinder Village and enjoy tea and snack together at the Live Oak Waldorf School Campus. Please RSVP and reserve a spot. 10 am-12 pm. Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista. 530.878.8720
16: Enlightening our Holiday Season through Meaningful Traditions-Part 2 of the Mindful Parenting Series. Join us for an adult-only evening, to share holiday traditions, craft holiday beeswax candles, and discover new ways to create meaning during the holidays. 6-8 pm. Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista. Please call to RSVP to reserve your spot 530.878.8720.
17-19: Mountain Mandarin Festival. Enjoy the tree-ripe, hand-picked zipper fruit. Hosting 20 local Mandarin growers, over 200 craft and vendor booths, five stages of entertainment, Mandarin foods and family fun for all! Fri. 11 am-5 pm, Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn
23: Michael Edward Bratton II Turkey Trot. Join us for the 12th Annual 5K/10K run/walk. $25 adult, $12 youth. Registration at 7:30 am. Hooper Stadium at Nevada Union High School, NC. 274-3134
24 & 25: Holidays at Empire Mine. It’s like an old-fashioned Christmas card come to life. With Santa and Mrs. Claus taking Christmas wishes in the clubhouse, live entertainment, lavish decorations and snacks, was history ever this much fun? Empire Mine, GV. 11 am-4 pm, empiremine.org
24: Free Admission Day and Canned Food Day. Free admission to visitors who bring in a canned good to donate the day after Thanksgiving! Enjoy free play inside of Fairytale Town, plus free arts and crafts activities. Puppet Art Theater Company will also be on hand to present a puppet show at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the Children’s Theater. 10 am-4 pm., Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
24: Cornish Christmas. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition of your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans. 6-9 pm. Downtown GV
24-26: Country Christmas Faire. Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, bead work, nuts and candies, handmade hats, wine barrel furniture, and dozens of other unique gifts. Fri & Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm. Nevada County Fairgrounds.
25 & 26: Christmas Art and Craft Faire. Enjoy a unique holiday and shopping experience for the whole family. The Faire features regional artisans, fine art, quality, handmade crafts, and specialty gourmet foods. Enjoy delicious foods and beverages from the cafe’ and take photos with the Magical Fairytale Princesses and Santa. Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn.
1, 8, 15, & 22: Cornish Christmas. Downtown GV. See November for info.
1-3: The Nutcracker. Center Stage happily produces this community’s annual Nutcracker at the Don Baggett Theatre at the Nevada Union High School, NC. 271-1200, NevadaCountyNutcracker.org
3, 10, 13 17 & 20: Victorian Christmas. Downtown NC. During the annual event, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is transformed back in time. Christmas melodies, costumed characters and the glow of gas streetlights remind visitors of another time and place. Wed. 5-9 pm, Sun. 1:30-6 pm. 265-2692, 800-655-6569, nevadacitychamber.com
5: Messiah Sing-Along. Presented by The Auburn Symphony and conducted by Peter Jaffe. Warm up with traditional carols and then sing the choruses, or just listen, as our stellar vocalists return to join us for a beloved Auburn tradition–featuring your vocal talents as the main attraction! Tickets start at $10. 7:30-10 pm. Placer High School Theatre, 275 Orange St., Aub. 530.823.6683 or auburnsymphony.com
6: Wells Fargo Wednesday. See November listing for info.
9: A Holiday Show with Pink Martini: Presented by The Center for the Arts. A rollicking musical adventure by an American band that has spent a lot of time abroad and has the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America. Tickets start at $37. 8-11 pm. Veterans Memorial, 255 South Auburn St., GV. Thecenterforthearts.org
9: Holiday Faire. Discover unique handcrafted gifts at our Winter Market. Children can create beeswax candles, gnome homes, crafts and more. Enjoy puppet plays, The Sleeping Giant, live holiday music, and caroling around a bonfire with goodies and hot beverages. 10 am-3 pm. Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista. 530.878.8720 or www.LiveOakWaldorf.org
9: Christmas at the Railroad Museum. The Christmas Party draws hundreds of children to the brightly decorated museum for an opportunity to visit Santa Claus and receive a gift. The event is filled with family fun and refreshments. Door prizes are awarded every hour plus a raffle & silent auction, 10 am-3 pm., Railroad Museum, NC, 470-0902
9: Holiday Magic. Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at Holiday Magic! The highlight of the day is watching the animals receive special treats. 10 am-4 pm. Sacramento Zoo. 916-808-5888
9: Nevada County Food and Toy Run. All day. Nevada County Fairgrounds. 470-0697
9 & 16: Old Town Country Christmas. Take a step back in time and enjoy an old- fashioned holiday event in our 1850s gold rush town. The whole community is invited to share in the holiday fun. Crafters and artists will have their wares on sale for that special one-of-a-kind Christmas gift, great food and entertainment, pictures with Santa. 5-9 pm. Streets of Old Town Auburn. 888-1585
9-10 & 16-17: Winter Wonderland. Enjoy holiday themed hands-on activities, listen to strolling Victorian carolers, and shop for gifts from local vendors. Santa will be making a special stop at Fairytale Town and will be available for visits and photos in his workshop, located in the Children’s Theater, from 3-6 pm. 1-7 pm, Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
21: Donation Day Parade. A holiday tradition for the last 133 years. A parade of schoolchildren and bands collecting food to donate to local people in need. Mill Street, GV 10-11 am.
24: Free Admission Day. Happy Holidays from Fairytale Town! Guests who visit on Christmas Eve receive free admission. Town will be closing at 2 pm on Christmas Eve; guests who are in the park by 2 pm can stay and play until 3 pm. Fairytale Town, Sac. 916-808-5233
24: PJ Party Christmas Eve. Celebrate Christmas Eve at the Zoo, and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas! That’s right, admission is free and we will be in our best PJs. Join us! Sacramento Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm. 10 am-1:30 pm. 916-808-5888.