Market in Grass Valley a snapshot of our community |

Market in Grass Valley a snapshot of our community

The Thursday Night Marketplace is a celebration of free enterprise and new ideas blended with heritage craftsmanship and art. Items from around the world and up in the hills are available. There are street performers and entertainment for everyone in the family. This heritage event in the heart of the Gold Country blends the town and country elements and attitudes of Nevada County into a neighborly snapshot of our community. In this day and age, most commerce is geared to the automobile and satellite malls. The Thursday Night Marketplace brings the local and regional community downtown to walk, browse, talk and meet friends and neighbors. All of this is in the shadow of an “everyman’s” wonderfully historic and colorful hometown. This is the real thing, this is authentic character, the face of our community, and it reflects the synergy of those who live here and those who visit or would love to live in our town. This is the 12th year of this celebration of downtown Grass Valley. The market is a Certified California Farmers Market, licensed by the county, the state of California and the USDA.

Free concerts are part of the evening. Grizzly Hill Events and the Grass Valley Downtown Association have presented more than 250 free concerts on the streets of downtown Grass Valley, featuring musicians from around the world and around the block. Each summer we offer festival goers an opportunity to experience music and dancing in a outdoor setting where our historic and unique downtown buildings lean together like old friends. Our all-ages concerts draw from a wide range of musical styles, from old time to original and fresh. Join your neighbors, find a seat in the twilight, unwrap your international festival food delights and enjoy a quality concert. You can get home by 10 p.m. and still have the weekend ahead!

Tonight, Saul Rayo & Cocina Del Mundo play for your dancing delight. Next Thursday, it’s Ivan Najera. Hours of the market, which takes place on Mill and Main streets, are 6 to 9 p.m. Music usually starts around 7 p.m. The last market of this year is Aug. 30. For more information, call (530) 265-9495 or go online at


Ray Diggins, owner of Grizzy Hill Events, loves good produce and adores good music.

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