9 Fun Things to do in Summer in Calaveras County


Summer in Calaveras County means High Sierra wildflowers, perfect temperatures, cooling off lake side, wine tasting at family owned vineyards, living like a local in charming Gold Rush era towns, summer concerts, live theater, enjoying our art deco cinema in downtown Angels Camp, 4th of July fun and much much more. Read on to get the low down on 9 fun things to do in summer in Calaveras County.

1. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyFarmers Markets

When it comes to wine, food, and adventure, Calaveras pulls out all the stops. Did you know you can find organic, locally grown farm-fresh produce seven days a week in Calaveras County?  But how to find the BEST certified and non-certified farmers markets? Before you ask Siri to help you find “farmers market near me” learn what sets each farm fresh destination in Calaveras apart by getting the low down on our best local farmers markets and sources for year round local produce with our Guide to Calaveras Farmers Markets here.

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Angels Camp Farmers Market I Courtesy of Instagrammer @the_pollen_co

Don’t miss: the brand new Murphys Farmers Market on Sundays. Learn more about the Murphys Farmers Market through our Calaveras County Farmers Market Guide here.

2.Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountySummer Concerts

From epic vineyard amphitheaters with household names (such as past performers Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and Counting Crows), to multiple Grammy award winning folk artists, poolside blues and intimate parkside venues featuring indie artists galore–there are enough concert venues in Calaveras to explore for days. Check out our Guide to the 2019 Calaveras Summer Concert Season here.

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Ironstone Amphitheater Concert Fun Friends I Courtesy of Instagrammer @catzpowell


3. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyWhere to Cool Off

While we’ve had a nice mild summer so far, you never know when the next heat wave is going to slide into your DM’s. California summers can get hotter than heck out there, but Calaveras County has loads of unusual ways to cool off. From High Sierra lakes, to hidden swimming holes, going underground in one of our many cave systems, to beer houses, and more, learn about these and find the rest of the great ways to cool off in Calaveras County with our free guide to quick ways to Cool Off in Calaveras County here.

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Lake Camanche I Instagrammer @pvcdesigns

4.Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyWine Tasting 

Did you know Calaveras is home to dozens of award winning wineries? Featuring uncommon varietals that thrive in our unique climate and Gold Country soil leads to a completely unique tasting experience. Frequently referenced as an up and coming wine region, taste your way through Calaveras’ many national award winning varietals while enjoying historic gold rush architecture, artisan food pairings, and the frequent opportunity to meet our local winemakers.  Don’t forget to pick up a digital copy of your VIP pass to get discounts with participating wineries, and swing by the Calaveras Wine Information Center in downtown Murphys to get the inside scoop on Calaveras wine and vineyard scene from the experts themselves. Prefer to dive right in? Find Calaveras wine tasting and vineyards here:

Murphys Wine Tasting I Angels Camp Wine Tasting I Copperopolis Wine Tasting I Mokelumne Hill Wine Tasting

Love beer as well? Don’t miss out on our recent Beer Lovers Guide to Calaveras County.

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Calaveras County Wine tasting adventuresI Courtesy of Instagrammer @kryshana31 at Ayrael Vieux Winery.jpg

5. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyExplore the Great Outdoors

Calaveras outdoor recreation is a year-round adventure. From hiking, to camping, backpacking, climbing, swimming, golfing, caving, and more there is a LOT to do outdoors in Calaveras County. With a four-seasons wilderness destination in the High Sierra, and huge, beautiful, Sierra-fed lakes in the Gold Country region with endless wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and biking, Calaveras is a spectacular outdoor recreation destination. To plan your next outdoor recreation adventure, check out our guide to Calaveras County outdoor recreation by region here. And as always, when recreating in Calaveras County’s beautiful environments, please follow our Hop Lightly guidelines to help keep these destinations healthy for wildlife and future trips to the area.

Love mountain biking? Don’t miss our brand new guide to High Sierra mountain biking in Calaveras County‘s Ebbetts Pass corridor.

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White Pines Lake Bike Ride I Courtesy of Instagrammer @kotoff66

6. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyExplore the Great Indoors

With so much to do outside, it can be easy to overlook all of the memorable things Calaveras has to offer indoors. From charming historic downtowns throughout the region, national award winning wine tasting rooms, Gold Rush museums, family owned shops, art galleries, live theater, award-winning restaurants, and more, the indoors leave a lot to explore in Calaveras County. Ready to learn more? Check out our Guide to Exploring the Great Indoors in Calaveras County.

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Angels Camp Theater Courtesy of John Slot Photography

7. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyShakespeare on the Vine

Looking for a little culture outdoors? Shakespeare on the Vine’s annual performances running July through early August are a must see event and likely to win over even the most hesitant of attendees. Focusing on one play each season, this season Shakespeare on the Vine theater company is performing Macbeth . You won’t want to miss the 2019 production starring Elyse Sharp as Macbeth.

Buy Shakespeare on the Vine tickets here.

Shakespeare on the Vine, Summer in Calaveras County, Brice Station Vineyards


Each performance provides an intimate and memorable theater experience in a forested environment in the grounds at Brice Station Vineyard. The excellent production and direction is paired with an arm-in-arm rustic pack-a-picnic aesthetic, with delicious, locally crafted wines available for purchase as well. It’s one of those seamless experiences where a confluence of elements combine to make a magical evening of entertainment. You can learn more about this epic summer-only Calaveras exclusive event here.

8. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyTwo Weeks of Independence Day Fun

Here in Calaveras, we take Independence Day very seriously. That’s why we start our Independence Day celebrations early—in June to be exact. Read on to find all of the best parades and places to find fireworks in Calaveras and more 4th of July fun throughout the county in June and July. Check out our Guide to Two Weeks of Independence Day Fun in Calaveras County here.

Festivals & Events: Fireworks Over New Hogan Lake | John Fernandez

Fireworks over the lake 2017 | John Fernandez

9. Things to do in Summer in Calaveras CountyExplore What’s New! 

We love enjoying our old favorites each year in Calaveras County, but with long days and gorgeous nights, summer in Calaveras County is the perfect time to explore what’s new in the area. With dozens of new businesses opened in the last year or two in Calaveras County, even if you think you know Calaveras County like the back of your hand, you’ll be delighted to discover their are new activities, businesses and events that are even new to you. From historic downtown Angels Camp’s recent boom of new businesses and restaurants in the last year or two (they’ve even added 5 new businesses in the last 6 months or so alone), to Arnold, CA’s recent renaissance including new art galleries, restaurants, and the relocation and expansion of Arnold Bistro Espresso–now with more offerings and events than ever before; as well as new businesses in Copperopolis, San Andreas (The Metropolitan and Gooney’s Bar & Grill), Mokelumne Hill, and Valley Springs; you won’t want to miss out on all that summer in Calaveras County 2019 has on offer. It’s a great time to swing by.

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Crafty Chicks & Co. Grand Opening I Courtesy of Angels Camp Business Association

Would you like assistance finding something in particular? We’re here to help! Feel free to give us a call 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 or contact us via email at [email protected]. Happy travels!

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