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Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains presents the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Angelo Xiang Yu this Thursday, October 18th at the Don Baggett Theatre.  The start of the 2018-19 Classics Series season with one of the greatest violin concerto’s ever written – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – featuring violin virtuoso Angelo Xiang Yu along with […]

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Fall Colors Open Studios and more

The 2018 Fall Colors Open Studios & Art Tours opens this Saturday & Sunday, October 13th and 14th.  The event includes over 80+ artists in 54 different studios and continues the weekend of October 20th and 21st. You can check out all the individual artists’ locations on The Center for the Arts’ event page (scroll down below […]

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Fall Walks

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Nevada City, it seems everywhere you turn you can find a pop of color.  If you’ve never experienced the Gold Country fall color it’s a great time to get outside.  If you are looking for some suggestions on where to go the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers […]

National Coffee Day

In preparation for National Coffee Day (Saturday, September 29th) I’ve put together a coffee love fest to help celebrate all things coffee in Nevada City & Grass Valley.  There are so many great places to enjoy a cup of coffee in Nevada County, so I’ve put together a few caffeine infused reminders and some fun […]


KVMR Celtic Festival

The 22nd annual KVMR Celtic Festival is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley next weekend (September 28th-30th).  The slogan for the event is “Come for the music, stay for the magic” and if you’ve never been, it’s time to go experience the event first hand.  To kick off the festivities this year the Celtic Festival is […]


Draft Horse Classic

The 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds next week, September 21st-23rd.  Known as one of the premier Draft Horse shows in the western United States, it’s a great opportunity to see the gentle giant Draft Horses up close.  Click here for a schedule of Draft Horse performances, including specialty acts Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, CHP […]


Hello September

Hello September!  The Outside Inn crew wants to take a deep breath and marvel at another amazing summer season.  We get so many repeat guests who come year after year.  Many visitors swim in the river, others attend local events, celebrate loved ones at weddings and take advantage of many of the kid friendly activities.  So thanks […]

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Nevada City Film Festival

2018 Official Nevada City Film Festival Trailer from Nevada City Film Festival on Vimeo. Nevada City, CA, is home to the “Sundance of the Sierra” also known to locals as the Nevada City Film Festival! From September 7-14, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature-length films […]


Bounty of the County

Nevada County Grown brings back to the popular Bounty of the County event this Thursday, August 23rd.  The 6th annual event has grown in size and will be at the Grass Valley Vets Hall for the first time this year.  The expanded venue will allow up to 500 visitors to take part in 8 different […]

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Uncorked and Sierra Brewfest

Interested in sampling local wines or tasting a selection of craft beers?  Saturday, August 25th, Nevada City hosts Uncorked (1-4pm) and the Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomes the Sierra Brewfest (3-6:30pm). Uncorked, Saturday, August 25th 1-4pm, downtown Nevada City Wine tasting, food sampling and more!  The event is put on by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and brings together 16 different […]

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South Yuba River

Happy August.  If you haven’t been for a dip in the South Yuba River, it’s time to motivate.  At the Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground I am constantly getting asked, “Is there any water?  Can we go swimming?”  The answer is yes.  The other question is “What’s your favorite swimming hole?”  I don’t have […]

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Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is right around the corner with 5 days full of rides, exhibits, demonstrations, arts & crafts, animals, music and so much more.  The fair runs from Wednesday, August 8th through Sunday, August 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am on Wednesday with activities and fun for the whole family. […]


The Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival returns to Nevada City’s Pioneer Park this Friday, July 27th.  The one day Renaissance Fair has 2 sessions (9am-noon and 5-8pm).  The admission price of $3 includes arts & crafts, faeries, craftsmen, face painting, spinning, music, fencing demonstrations, magic show, Pirate Skool and a fire-breathing dragon.  New this year will be local favorite Izzy […]


Nevada City Summer Nights

Nevada City Summer Nights continues the next two Wednesdays (July 18th & 25th) from 6-9:30 throughout downtown. The event includes live music, vendors, street food, entertainment and more.  You can also check out Troupe Al Ama Belly dancers, look at classic cars or grab a beverage.  The free event is a great family outing, kid activities include face […]

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Nevada County Grown

Nevada County Grown, how many of your are familiar with the bounty of options in Nevada City & Grass Valley?  The Nevada City Farmers Market is going strong, if you haven’t been to the summer season of the downtown farmers market, if you’re looking to stock up on all your favorite fall foods, the market runs […]

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4th of July Activities

Who’s ready for 4th of July?  If you’re looking for a great family friendly option check out the Music in the Mountains SummerFest Patriotic Pops on Tuesday, July 3rd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The MIM Chorus and 65-piece Orchestra all come together in this rousing patriotic program to perform some of the greatest works of patriotic music […]

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Outdoor Summer Concerts

The long summer nights and warmer temperatures are a perfect time of the year to enjoy an outdoor concert.  Nevada City & Grass Valley have a great range of different options, from local artists playing at the farmers markets to world class music shows.  The Music in the Mountains SummerFest kicked off last weekend, but […]

Happy 20th Birthday

Twenty years ago the Outside Inn opened its doors and welcomed folks to check out the new and improved Airway Motel.  The motel has had a lot of history, but when my mother, Evans Phelps, took ownership of the property in the winter of 1997 she had a lot of work ahead of her.  After […]

Nevada City Kid Friendly Activities

Summer vacation is days away and Nevada City offers so many great activities for things to do for kids.  So regardless of what your family likes to do, here’s a list of all sorts of ideas of things to do.  And scroll down to the bottom for our great kid-centric giveaway! Things to do with Kids: Summer […]

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Nevada City First Friday Art Walk

The Nevada City First Friday Art Walk 2018 season kicked off in downtown last night with art receptions, outdoor vendors, music and more.  With 25 different locations both inside merchants and galleries, plus street vendors and art pop up shops, the event celebrates the arts while supporting the local businesses.  “The family friendly event encourages […]