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Arts & Events | gograssvalley.com

Arts & Events

Home to the Nevada County Fairgrounds and The Center for the Arts, there is something for everyone’s taste — from the weeklong Nevada County Fair and Draft Horse Classic to smaller venues with famed artists such as Aaron Neville and Judy Collins. Grass Valley serves as the hub for Nevada County’s special events, and many of the events offered throughout the Sierras. The community’s residents seek to please by offering wide varieties of concerts, plays, outdoor events, and holiday celebrations.


Between the fairgrounds and Center for the Arts, special events are well covered in Grass Valley and for much of the Sierras. The fairgrounds encompass more than 100-acres in a classic Sierra environment. The towering pines’ near-perfect framing of the grounds create a classic venue for outdoor concerts, rodeos, fairs, horse shows, car shows, and other such events.

Grass Valley’s largest and most popular events include the California WorldFest, the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Roamin’ Angels Car Show. The county fair features rides, concerts, rodeo, animal shows, and even an old-fashion demolition derby. 

From tribute bands for the Doobie Brothers and Grateful Dead, to famous rock performers such as Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, to tribute performances for icons like Billie Holiday, Grass Valley fails to miss a beat.

California WorldFest features eight stages of music and dance in July each year. The Nevada County Fair schedules multiple concerts during its weeklong run. The Center for Arts schedules unique performances that include the likes of the Robert Cray Band and Kris Kristofferson, and comedic performers such as Paula Poundstone. 

The 21,000 square foot Center for the Arts entertains audiences through its 300-seat theater, and is a venue seldom seen in such small communities.

The stage is encompasses 1,800 square feet for music, theater and dance presentations. A professional quality sound system and theater lights accentuate performances, and the room features raked theater seating and a 1500 square foot maple dance floor. This multipurpose venue is available for concerts, dances, seminars, festivals, workshops, trade shows and exhibitions.