You may have missed your opportunity to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush, but local landmarks, annual celebrations, and history museums in Auburn, Nevada City, and Angel’s Camp will take you back. You can still pan for gold on the rivers that run throughout this region, though fishing, rafting and kayaking are more popular nowadays. Escape to the Sierra foothills for outdoor recreation year round.
Draft Horse Classic - Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2013 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes.
Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee - Events include axe throwing, hot power saw, stock power saw, choker setting, crosscut sawing, “Jack & Jill Events” (Man and Woman), and not to be forgotten, the most exciting event of the show... The “Bull of the Woods”
Nevada City Bicycle Classic - Held on Father’s Dayin historic downtown Nevada City. The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.
The Tevis Cup – One hundred mile, one day trail ride from Tahoe to Auburn. The world’s best known and most difficult equestrian endurance ride.
Frog Jumping Jubilee - The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is one of the longest running events in the State of California. Its earliest roots date back to 1893, held that year in Copperopolis. In the spirit of the old movie classic "State Fair," the Calaveras County Fair is a blend of entertainment, exhibits, livestock, arena events, great food and our signature event, the Frog Jump. This piece of Americana will have you Leaping to return year after year.
Murphys Irish Days - Each year thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages."
Wild and Scenic Film Festival - This film festival, considered the largest of its kind, showcases award-winning films about the environment, community activism and adventure. The 10th annual Festival is being held January 13-15, 2012 in the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. Come join us for a film filled weekend in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains!
Mariposa Storytelling Festival - For more than 25 years, the Annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival brings the best storytelling performances every 2nd Weekend in March! The Storytelling Festival has been recognized and supported by two fine organizations: The James Irvine Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. “A Great Nation Deserves Great Art.”
Lion’s Club Dandelion Days - Annual St. Patrick's Day Dandelion Days Celebration is a family-oriented event, and it's lots of fun! It includes an outdoor bazaar and flea market featuring antiques, relics and collectibles, arts and crafts, and much more. There is also lots of fun, food, street entertainers and even a 5K run. A pancake, ham and egg breakfast, located at the Jackson Civic Center, kicks off both days activities at 7:00am (or there abouts). But Dandelion Days is also known for its rich local community flavor, one thing that makes it so popular. In fact, a great many attendees come from outside the county to join the fun!
The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is one of the longest running events in the State of California. Its earliest roots date back to 1893, held that year in Copperopolis. The fair eventually found a permanent home outside of Angels Camp where it is held today. In the spirit of the old movie classic "State Fair," the Calaveras County Fair is a blend of entertainment, exhibits, livestock, arena events, great food and our signature event, the Frog Jump. This piece of Americana will have you Leaping to return year after year.
Constitution Day - The Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities in this historic California Gold Rush town. Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. The parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.
California Worldfest - The annual California WorldFest features eight stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children's program... celebrate mid-summer with us under the cool, tall pines of the Sierra foothills.
Sonora Celtic Faire - America's original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television will expand to three days of never ending Celtic entertainment. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians are one of the highlights, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 20 musical groups, performing on five stages, the faire offers something to every age and ear!
Plymouth Bluegrass Festival - Our Festival takes place in the heart of the Gold Country, where the first discovery of gold brought thousands to the foothills. We are also in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley well known for their premium wineries.
American River Music Festival - The annual American River Music Festival presents over 30 live Music Performances and Joinshops by nationally renowned musicians in 10 locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma. You’ll enjoy Riverfront Camping, Jams, Dance, a Whitewater River Trip, a River Hike, “live” Art, great Food and local Wines, fun Artistic Vendors, tons of Kid’s Activities and the nicest folks around.
Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition - It's all about food, fun, and music in the Sierra foothills at the fourth annual Blazin' Hog BBQ competition and Zydeco music festival! BBQ contestants will be competing for $500 in cash prizes, with tasting available to the public. Great music that makes you get up and dance will be provided by many of Central California's greatest Zydeco performers.
Mountain Mandarin Festival - When autumn days in the Placer County foothills are warm and the nights are cold, mandarin orange growers anxiously await the first blush of color on their fruit. Just before Thanksgiving, samples are eagerly tasted for sweetness and then long hours are spent hand-snipping each stem to bring in the first crop of the season for the Mandarin Festival. The sweet and tangy citrus scent of Mandarin oranges permeates the crisp November air during the three-day Mandarin Festival held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. The Sierra Foothills, long-known for the discovery of gold in California, are also known for their golden treasure, the Mandarin orange. The Mandarin Festival attracts 25,000 to 30,000 visitors who savor the juicy fruit, which is available only late November through January.
Amador County Vintners – With more than 25 wineries in a 10 square mile radius, there is always something going on. Celebrate wine twice a year as these regional events: The Big Crush in October and Behind the Cellar Doors in March.
Fire on the Mountain - Annual Arts & Wine Festival is a fun street festival with over 100 fine artisans, live entertainment, dancing, wine tasting and faboulous food. Live music by Tom Rigney & Flambeau, vaudeville " Street " performer Captain Jack Spareribs, and more!