The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate Earth Month with their all-new Earth Fest event on April 30th.  This free event aims to inform and inspire all who attend to learn about environmental issues and solutions in a family-friendly atmosphere. The event which runs from 10am-5pm on Union Alley in downtown Nevada City will feature live music, special performances, interactive booths, kid’s activities, earth-friendly vendors, and healthy foods.

The Nevada City Chamber strives to create a unique and community focused event for everyone to enjoy while bringing our community together to do more to protect the earth and our environment. “The Chamber sees Earth Fest as an excellent chance for us to think about the future,” explains Executive Director, Stuart Baker, “How do we really become resilient in a changing environment? Let’s find out together as a community. We hope to see you there!”

The event will be zero-waste and will feature a brand-new bio-burner demonstration unit. The bio burner creates energy and will process the waste created at the event, turning it into nutrient-rich char which can be used to improve soil health. Attendees will be able to walk through the unit to see it in action and can even take home some of the char. The chamber has also partnered with Waste Management to provide recycling services and education. The Nevada City Rotary will be offering a soft plastics recycling collection bin at the event – soft plastics can’t typically be recycled, bring your soft plastics from home to recycle at the event.  

A packed line-up of performers will feature performances by Artemis Arthur, Hui Mea Ho’omaka, Anna Fernandez, and Ludi Hinrichs. Bring the kids! This event will be fun for all ages, kid’s activities will include seedling planting, story time with a local children’s author who will read her book about the famous tree “Bella Blue,” a bounce house, a wildlife rescue show, and a special juggling performance by Izzi Tooinsky aka “The Renewable Energy Ambassador.”

The celebration will have 40 vendors and will showcase the work of local environmental organizations such as: Bear Yuba Land Trust, SYRCL, Sierra Streams Institute, WM, Mine Watch, CHIRP, the Tahoe National Forest, the Native Plant Society and many more. Additionally, there will be retail vendors offering environmentally friendly goods including a native plant sale, locally crafted clothing and bath products, naturally dyed fibers, crystals, adventure flasks, solar, eco-wares, home goods, and jewelry. Hachidori Organic Japanese Home Cooking and Kaliko’s Kitchen will be serving up delicious and healthy foods.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Nevada County to offer free bus fares in conjunction with the event on April 29th and 30th. We encourage everyone to come and make a day out of the event,” says event coordinator, Lynn Skrukrud, “There will be lawn games, seating, great performances, and a scavenger hunt.” Attendees can stop by the chamber booth to receive a free entry to win an eco-prize basket, completing the scavenger hunt will give attendees two additional free entries.

The Nevada County Transit Services will provide free fare service on all fixed route buses on Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th in conjunction with the event. The chamber highly encourages attendees to take advantage of this generous offer to utilize free public transportation, or to walk or ride their bikes to the event in order to minimize their carbon impact.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable bottle, reusable utensils, and a bag to the event to prevent waste – if you don’t already have these items all will be available for sale from our vendors.

More information can be found by visiting: https://www.nevadacitychamber.com/earthfest/

Event Line-Up: All performances will take place in Robinson Plaza unless noted

·        10:00am – Opening Ceremony

·        10:15am – Performance by Ludi Hinrichs

·        11:30am – Juggling Show by Izzi Tooinsky aka “The Renewable Energy Ambassador”

·        12:15pm – Performance by Anna Fernandez

·        12:30pm – Story Time in the Park (Calanan Park)

·        1:00pm – Wildlife Rehab & Rescue Show – featuring locally rescued birds

·        2:15pm – Performance by Hui Mea Ho’omaka, a youth band playing Hawaiian classics

·        4:00pm – Artemis Arthur & Her Band

About the Nevada City Chamber

Quaint, scenic & historic – Nevada City is an exuberant Victorian era city amid mountains, rivers, and forest. Known as the “Queen of the Mining Towns,” Nevada City is a true gem who lives up to her reputation, by brimming with beauty, culture, and history.  The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization formed in 1937 to support small businesses in Nevada City and the surrounding region by providing technical, business, and tourism support.  The chamber operates the Nevada City Visitors Center and organizes popular community events such as Victorian Christmas, Summer Nights Markets, and Mardi Gras.