Public Events

There’s so much happening all weekend long, it’s hard to keep up . . . and even harder to choose how to spend your time in between film sessions. Here’s a primer on some of the public events during the festival to get you started. Everything listed below is free and open to the public, so start filling up your day planner!


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Festival Street Events
All weekend long Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City will be full of live music, the Enviro Fair and much more! Come on out and join the party!

Click here for more information about all of the events, performances and fun happening out at Robinson Plaza! (Will be moved to the National Hotel if raining)


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Visit 151 Union Square in downtown Grass Valley to kick off the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Join us for a special artist reception before the 3D film session at the Del Oro Theatre.

151 Union Square
151 Mill Street, Grass Valley

Thursday, January 12, 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Art Strolls

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts for the fifth year in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment.  Local and regional artists submitted their environmental artwork for inclusion at the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival venues, local wineries, breweries and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!



vr1Virtual Reality Lounge at KVMR
New for 2017, dive into the world of Virtual Reality with four environmental-themed experiences, including one world premiere experience of our very own Yuba River, filmed by the students of the Connected Communities Academy.

KVMR Radio
120 Bridge Street, Nevada City

Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
Sunday, January 15, 11am-2pm


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Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge hosted by Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, a social change multi-media organization. The Media Lounge is THE place for up-to-date information, photos on the green carpet, exclusive interviews with special guests, and meet and greets with some of your WSFF favorites. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. (And enjoy a glass of our local wine!)

Media Lounge at Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City

Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 9am-5pm
Sunday, January 15, 9am-1pm


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Start the festival off with light hors d’oeuvres, local wine, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. & Barefoot bubbly. You’ll be sure to run in to filmmakers, special guests and locals figuring out how to schedule their weekend to fit in all the fun!

Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City

Friday, January 13 4pm – 7pm


Josh Miller 2013 Film Festival (192 of 776)Enviro Fair
Inspired by the films and want to take part? Be sure to visit our Enviro Fair on Commercial Street for more information about these organizations and how to get involved. Click here to check out the organizations who will be at the fair.

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15
Robinson Plaza, Downtown Nevada City



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We’ll have 10 special workshops & presentations in Nevada City throughout the Film Festival weekend.   Learn more about the issues and what you can do, get filmmaking tips from pros, and much more at our Activist Center in Nevada City’s City Hall.

City Hall
317 Broad Street, Nevada City

Saturday, January  14, 9:30am – 5pm & Sunday, January 15, 9:30am – 4:15pm


The Golden Mandala Donation Yoga Studio offers donation-based yoga all weekend for festival attendees.

The Golden Mandala
417 Broad Street, Suite B, Nevada City

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday,
9 – 10:15am & 3 – 4:15pm



Coffee Talk: Bringing Salmon Back from the Brink
Scientists name four dams that block access to some of the best remaining salmon habitat in the lower-48 as a leading cause of the species’ decline. Despite $15 billion spent to revive salmon populations of the Pacific Northwest, not one species has recovered. Now a campaign is pushing federal agencies to use the most effective tool we have for restoring salmon: removing the dams. Join Earthjustice Wildlands Campaigner Rebecca Bowe in a conversation about the once-in-a-lifetime chance to restore iconic salmon populations.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
211 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Saturday, January 14, 8:30am


josh-miller-2016-wsff-web-47Youth-Driven Change: An Interactive Workshop
Saturday, January 14, 1pm-3pm
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley

Facilitated by Synergia Learning Ventures youth staff, and Chad Nicholson, from the film, We the People 2.0. Young people are leaders and activists by nature: they see the world exactly how it is, and are moved to change it. Join Synergia Learning Ventures’ youth staff, and community organizer Chad Nicholson in an interactive workshop for those who care and those who are curious. We will look at the powerful force of film and storytelling, then at what youth can do to assert your rights to make the decisions that affect you, your community, and nature. If you are already fired up, or if you aren’t sure what to do, but want to do something, please join us. Geared toward youth, appropriate for all ages. Youth receives priority seating if venue is full. More info:


jordan-fisher-smithFireside Chat
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City
Free to the public

How much should we try to control nature in order to restore it, and what happens when we get it wrong? Jordan Fisher Smith discusses his new book engineering Eden over craft cocktails at this renowned Nevada City watering hole. Engineering Eden has been nominated for the 2017 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and the Wall Street Journal calls it “intensely reported, rousingly readable, and ambitiously envisioned.” Jordan is also the author of Nature Noir, a memoir of his strange life as a park ranger. Booksigning to follow.

Book Signing with Jordan Fisher Smith
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm
The Golden Era 
309 Broad St, Nevada City


homepage-bottom-button-gary-tomBook Signing
Meet this year’s featured Special Guests, Gary Snyder and Tom Killion for an art reception and book signing. Killion’s artwork will be on display all weekend long at the Alexander Gallery. Snyder and Killion will also be giving a special multi-media presentation on Saturday Evening at the Del Oro Theatre, showcasing Snyder’s poetry and Killion’s art.

Sunday, January 15, 11am-1pm
The Alexander Gallery
225 Broad Street, Nevada City


coffeeCoffee Talk: Moving Beyond Mind
Sunday, January 15, 8:30am
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, 211 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Explore the heart’s wisdom and connection to nature as a gateway to unlimited creativity. Can we be more effective when we respond from the connected heart? What is love-based campaigning and where is its place in this current climate? Join river activist Mark Dubois and his wife, Clare, founder, for an intimate search of the ‘through line’ through today’s whitewater. Come for a rest, an antidote or a moment of
soul calming honest reflection on what really matters.


chad-nicholsonFireside Chat 
Sunday, January 15, 3pm
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City
Free to the public

Chad Nicholson, community organizer with CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Chad assists communities in rights-based organizing to protect themselves from harmful corporate activities. He works daily with ordinary people facing horrific harms, who are asserting their right to decide what happens in their own communities. Chad accompanies the film, We The People 2.0. If you are ready to engage a different kind of activism, please join us.


Eco Tours
upper-and-lower-rock-lake-and-culbertson-lake-12-10-30-14Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) for this three-mile Sunday morning stroll exploring Hirschman Trail and Pond. Located a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this lovely trail tells the story of environmentally damaging Gold Rush hydraulic mining and how nature heals itself over time. The trail’s centerpiece is Hirschman’s Pond named after the pioneer miners and merchants, the Hirschman brothers. The first 0.4 mile is constructed to ADA standards, providing access for people of all mobility levels. At the pond, we’ll look for wildlife such as waterfowl, turtles and otter. Along the hike we’ll learn lore of the land and identify native plants found in the mixed conifer forest and meadows of this important public open space. Moderate difficulty.  Meet at the trailhead on Cement Hill Road; on the right just up from the intersection with Hwy 49. Learn more:; 272-5994 x 211

Hirschman Pond Hike with Bear Yuba Land Trust
Sunday, January 15, 11am

Awards Ceremony

Be the first to learn of the award-winning films! Limited seating is available and champagne will be served, courtesy of our National Partner Barefoot Winery. A Sunday Mid-day session ticket or Weekend Pass is required and seating is limited.

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1 pm
At Stone Hall in the Miners Foundry
A Sunday Afternoon session ticket or Weekend Pass is required. First come, first served.