“Beyond Karaoke” a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. 8:15 p.m. Live music by Chris Crockett at 7:15 p.m. $22. 265-8686.
18th annual Draft Horse Classic is at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Performances include Singles, Gentlemen, hitch type, farm wagon, tandem, log skidding eliminations, and more. Reserve seating $18 advance, $21 day of the event $21, general admission seats are first come first served $15-in advance and $18-day of the event. Parking is $3. 273-6217. Saturday includes A Day of History display of historic photos and video of Nevada County History. Taste of the Gold Country, a food, wine and beer-tasting festival featuring area restaurants and caterers, takes place from 1-4 p.m. Food, wine and beer tasting tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Cool Heat performs smooth jazz, R&B, funk and light rock during the Taste of the Gold Country from noon-4 p.m. 272-8315.
2004 North Columbia Folklife Festival celebrating Mexican Cultural Traditions takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge. Opening Ceremony is 10 a.m. in the spiritual tradition of Aztec dancing. Tickets for Saturday events $25 adults, $10 children includes dinner on Saturday. 265-2826
8th annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival is at the Fred Forsman Amphitheatre at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This year’s bill is “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “As You Like It.” “Much Ado About Nothing,” performance today. “As You Like It” performance Sunday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $23 Saturday, $19 Sunday. 265-8587.
Cajun Festival takes place at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, 4-10 p.m. Music by Creole Belles, Mark St. Mary and the Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band. Tickets $10-advance, $8-seniors, kids under 12 free.
Empire Mine State Historic Park tours take place daily at 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Bourn Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours noon, 2 p.m. Park admission $3 for 17 and older, $1 for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting in a 50-foot cave, wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Free. 268-9225.
Nevada City Carriage Company Carriage House tour takes place at 431 Uren St. in Nevada City at noon. Free. 265-8778.
Chicago Blues with Bob Mora and the Third Degree at Trolley Junction Restaurant on the lawn at the natural running waterfall, 6-9 p.m. $40 per person, $75 for two. 265-5259.
Danny Brant Band performs hot blues, soul, funk and rock at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0385.
Danny Buttacavoli performs pop, rock, and Bossa-Nova at Bellavista (formerly Kirby’s Creekside) in Nevada City, 8-11:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
Dave Ricci performs acoustic rock and alternative covers at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St., in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 265-5050.
Heather MacAdam performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
Jimmy Townsend performs at the Country Rose Cafe, 300 Commercial St., in Nevada City, from 6-10 p.m. No cover. 265-6248.
Karaoke hosted by Jake is at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.
Tom MacDonald performs at the 5 Mile House, Highway 20 in Nevada City, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 470-8849.
“You Can Paint” art class with The Magic Palette takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 1-3 p.m. Beginners welcome. 477-7843 or 274-0388.
Ballroom Dancing from 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $6. 272-4190.
CATS 3rd annual Picnic takes place at the grounds of “Mekhaye,” 12282 North Bloomfield in Nevada City, noon-5 p.m. Activities include Mahjong, horseshoeing, badminton, volleyball, swing dance, Taiko “jam session,” and more. $10-adults, $5-kids 5 to 11 years old, children under 5 free. 265-2990.
Cycle of Seasons for children 3-5 years old at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 11:15 a.m.-noon. $8.50-per class. 274-2682.
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery tours followed by tasting from noon to 5 p.m., 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.
Family Music For Babies Class for newborns to 16 months at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 9:30-10 a.m. $8-per class. 274-2682.
Family Music for Toddlers 16-months to 3-years-old at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 10:15-11 a.m. $8.50-per class. 274-2682.
Haunted Nevada City a walking tour exploring the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said still residing in Nevada City at 8 p.m. tonight Tour departs from the corner of Broad and Nevada streets in front of Cornerstone Realty. Tickets $10-adults, $5-students 16 and under. 265-6877.
Nevada City Winery Tour complimentary wine tasting daily. Tours every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Free. Antique corkscrew collection on display. 321 Spring St. 265-9463.
Salsa Dance Class takes place at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor & Saloon in Grass Valley. Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., music and dancing 9 p.m. 477-6537.
South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is open from sunrise to sunset at 10 a.m. Goldpanning at 1 p.m. bridge history from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 432-2546.
Michael Franti & Spearhead play at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S.Auburn St., at 8:30 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. $25 in advance and $30 today, free for children under 10. Tickets at Record Connection, Love Shack Records and BriarPatch or online at highsierratickets.com or jambasetickets.com. 583-2801
18th annual Draft Horse Classic see 18.september listing
8th annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival see 18.september listing
Empire Mine State Historic Park see 18.september listing
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting see 18.september listing
Blues Society Sunday Blues Jams & Good Times hosted by the Blues Exciters is at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 1-6 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0385.
Celtic Wonder Band performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 5:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers perform bluegrass from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.
Tammy Moore performs guitar and sings at Peterson’s Corner, 26130 Highway 49 in Nevada City, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 292-3311.
Ty Smith performs acoustic, pop, rock and folk at Bellavista in Nevada City, 7-10 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
“Classical Potpourri”, a variety of repertoire of diverse ensembles is at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City, 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Early Music Society of Nevada City. $10. 265-9685 or 477-2293.
South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport see 18.september listing
Sweat Your Prayers at South Yuba in Nevada City, 10 a.m.-noon. A free movement dance that presents music from around the world. $8-members, $12-nonmembers.
Yuba River Charter School Back-to-School Auction Fund-raiser takes place at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Silent auction 3-4:30 p.m., live auction 4:30-5 p.m., dinner 5-7 p.m. and dancing to Special Blend, 6-8 p.m. Tickets $5-advance, $7-at the door. 272-8078 or 477-0708.
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