Originally known as Boston Ravine and later officially named Centerville, the birth of Grass Valley originated with the onset of the California Gold Rush, like its sister city, Nevada City.  During those early days, cattle would often wander from their campsite on Greenhorn Creek to a “grassy valley” nearby where the grazing was better.  The city was renamed Grass Valley in 1851 when a post office was established and it was incorporated in 1893.  Grass Valley is home to both the Empire Mine and North Star Mine, two of the highest producing mines in California.  Mill Street and Main Street intersect at the heart of Grass Valley, where visitors can still experience much of the historic flavor of the Gold Rush ear.  Today, successful quartz mining helps Grass Valley remain the commercial center of Western Nevada County.  The Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce has worked continually to attract more visitors that appreciate the city’s colorful history and beautiful structures.  An active Downtown Business Association helps maintain a vital business environment. Grass Valley schools are filled with school spirit and community support.  Ratings are high and schools offer a wide variety of sports, arts, and academics.

2017 Events Schedule

*Dates subject to change

Wild and Scenic Film Fest
January 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th

Foothill Celebration
Saturday March 4th

St. Piran’s Day
Saturday March 11th

Downtown Car Show
Saturday May 6th

Thursday Night Market
June 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 6th, 13th, 20, 27th and August 3rd

Fourth of July Parade
Tuesday July 4th

California WorldFest
July 13th-16th

Sidewalk Sale
Date TBD

Safe Trick or Treat
Tuesday October 31st

Holiday Open House
Saturday November 11th

Cornish Christmas
November 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Places To See

Empire Mine

Holbrooke Hotel

Nevada County Fairgrounds