Escapes: Mardi Gras hits the foothills

Last year’s Nevada City Mardi Gras parade drew many onlookers.
Last year’s Nevada City Mardi Gras parade drew many onlookers.

Join a two-day celebration of Mardi Gras in the Sierra foothills Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7. The weekend’s festivities will include a costume ball at 8 p.m. Saturday, a street fairfrom 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and a parade in downtown Nevada City at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cajun-style food, hot beverages and desserts will be available at a family-friendly carnival following the parade.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras attire during the entire weekend.

Saturday’s costume ball and Sunday’s post-parade carnival will be held at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St. The street fair will be on North Pine Street in downtown Nevada City, while the parade will travel down Broadway. Prices vary based on event.

For more information, visit or call 530-265-2692.

Wine Walk


What: The Union Street Association hosts its sixth annual Valentine’s Day wine walk, Union Street Has a Crush on You.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

Where: Union Street from Gough to Steiner streets and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard streets

Cost: $25 advance ticket (to be purchased online); $30 on-site tickets


Coin Show


What: Join the Redwood Empire Coin Club’s 48th annual Coin Show for exhibits, raffles, coin vendors and free coin appraisals.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road

Cost: $2 general; free for children 12 and younger

Information: www.redwoodempire

Citrus Fair


What: Cloverdale hosts its Citrus Fairwith rides, exhibits and more. ,

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15

Where: Citrus Fair Drive and South Washington Street

Cost: $7 general, $5 seniors, $5 youths (6-12)

Information: or 707-894-3992

Whiskey Flat Days


What: Enjoy a trip back in time as Kernville revisits its Gold Rush-era roots. The family festival will feature a rodeo, costume contests and live music.

When: Noon to sundown Friday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to sundown, Saturday, Feb. 13; 9 a.m. to sundown Sunday, Feb. 14; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15

Where: Downtown Kernville

Cost: Free


World Ag Expo


What: Visit one of the world’s largest agricultural expositions with more than 1,500 exhibits, as well as free seminars from agricultural experts.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Wednesday, Feb. 10, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

Where: 4500 South Laspina St.

Cost: $15 general admission, children 6 and under, free