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Street festivals offer vendors, entertainment, farmer’s markets

Every July, Nevada County residents eagerly take to the streets of downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City – that is, during the street festivals that combine farmer’s markets, many vendors and nonstop entertainment.

Eight consecutive Friday Markets and two consecutive Nevada City “Summer Nights” (this Wednesday and next) remain.

Hundreds of area residents attend the free festivals.



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Tempest will perform modern Celtic folk-rock music Friday on Mill and Main streets during this week’s Friday Market. Group members are from Norway, Cuba, Ireland, Austria and California.




Friday Market runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Call Grizzly Hill Productions at 265-9495 or the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 272-8315 for any questions about the Grass Valley Friday Market.

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Jazz performers at this Wednesday’s “Summer Nights” include Ivan Najera and Friends, Cool Heat, Earth Rhythms, John Girton, Jim Lowe and The Millers on five stages at Commercial, Broad, York and North Pine streets.

In addition, Vanilla Bees, Black Bear, The Movement Alliance accompanied by Jeff Thorsby and The Glass Bead Players will appear in front of Love Shack Records on South Pine Street.

“Summer Nights” is from 6 to 9 p.m. both Wednesdays.

Free shuttle buses run between the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Avenue and the downtown area from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the street festival, at 265-2692 for more information.


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