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Posted on: September 6, 2023

Save the Date: Heart of Gold Gravel Ride & Festival, Oct 7th

Heart of Gold Festival, Oct 7, 12-4 pm, Rood Center

Pedal power becomes people power on October 7th, as hundreds of experienced bike riders compete in the third annual Heart of Gold Gravel Race to raise funds for youth mental wellness. Greet the riders as they cross the finish line and stick around for the Heart of Gold Festival, a celebration of wellness featuring great food and brews, live local bands, a Kid Zone with lawn games, a bike rodeo, and an outdoor recreation and wellness Vendor Village including businesses and organizations focused on recreation and youth mental health. This free event is open to people of all ages!

The festival directly follows the Heart of Gold Gravel Race, a grueling bike race that starts and finishes at the Eric Rood Administration Center, with a 46- to 70-mile gravel ride through the Yuba River Canyon in between. Proceeds from the race go to local organizations working to support youth mental wellness, including Bright Futures for Youth, Child Advocates of Nevada County, Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, and Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County.

Mark your calendar for October 7th and come out to support the young people in our community. We’ll see you there!

Event Details

What: Heart of Gold Festival: Food trucks, local brews, live music, fun and games!
When: October 7th, 2023, 12 to 4 pm
Where: On the field outside of the Eric Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City
Cost: Free!


Want to be a part of this great event? There are two ways to volunteer:

  • Sign up for an on-course position to support the race and keep our riders safe.
  • Sign up for a festival position to help with festival setup and provide support for our vendors and entertainers.

 Thank you for donating your time and energy to supporting our local youth!

Become a Vendor

We still have space available in our Vendor Village. Check out our vendor information page to learn more about becoming a vendor at the Heart of Gold Festival. The deadline to register is October 1st.

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