California Cultural Districts in Nevada County
The California Arts Council has selected 14 districts to serve as California's inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County is home to two of them - Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. Your participation is essential to the success of both Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District. Each one of us is an ambassador of our community. Help us celebrate our heritage and the people, places, traditions and events that contribute to the quality of life here!
The historic twin cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City merge in the Sierra Foothills amidst pristine rivers and picturesque forests deep within California’s Gold Country. Home to the Nisenan, the area’s oldest indigenous peoples, the district is rich in cultural histories and the arts, and has an exciting emerging wine culture. The twin cities boast outstanding year-round programming in music, theatre and dance; a density of artists and makers; and a festival culture to die for.
A High Sierra District, Truckee boasts world-class scenery and a rugged high alpine location that catalyzes and inspires art and culture. Truckee’s rich history includes: the Transcontinental Railroad, the infamous Donner Party, Charlie Chaplin performances, and the 1960 Winter Olympics. The main features are Truckee’s historic downtown which is home to numerous galleries, workshops and events and Donner Summit which provides numerous trails and vista points highlighting our tremendous historic and cultural heritage.