Just as the lakes are brimming with spring meltwater and the green fields chock full of wildflowers, the month of April is overflowing with great ways to experience Calaveras County. Read on for our top ten picks for this month – and be sure to visit our Calendar of Events for Easter brunches, outdoor concerts, theater and more!
Logging Museum Opens – April 1, White Pines, not Arnold
Arnold’s timber industry is on display at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum at White Pines Lake. Check out the amazing woodwork and model replicas of lumber mills and logging camps, and the vintage chainsaws are undeniably cool too! Saturday April 1 marks opening day for the season, and they’ll be open from 12:00pm – 4:00pm,Thursdays through Saturdays through the fall.
Bear Valley’s Extended Season
Copious amounts of snow happily pushed Bear Valley’s closing date back a bit, leaving you more time to come play at the friendliest family resort in the Sierras. Check out their spring pass deals and their website for upcoming contests, concerts and more Pure Mountain Fun.
Spring Photo Contest – New Melones Lake
Win two nights camping and maybe even an annual pass to New Melones Recreation Area with their first annual spring photography contest! During the months of April and May, the public is invited to bring their cameras and capture images of the natural beauty and scenery in the area and visitor recreation activities, categories include Landscape, Flora/Fauna, and Recreation, and all images must be from 2017. Deadline is June 1, 2017, open to amateurs only. Get the details and prize info here.
Whiskerino Dinner Dance – April 8, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp
It’s the annual kick off event leading up to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, and a fine tradition of whisker competitions and gold rush attire. Swing on down and party with the locals as we head into Fair season!
Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride – April 15, Feeney Park, Murphys
Mr Frog’s is an annual fun cycling ride and the perfect way to tour the rolling hills of Calaveras County. All proceeds benefit Feeney Park, a non-profit community sports and recreational facility in Murphys, offering youth soccer and baseball fields, skate park, walking trails, picnic areas, a disc golf course, plus an amphitheater.
Eggapalooza and Spring Fest – April 15, Copper Town Square, Copperopolis
Bring the family to Copper Town Square and kick off Easter weekend with egg hunts for the kids, 11:00am – 12:00pm, and photos with the Easter Bunny, 12:00pm – 2:00pm. There will be plenty of games and contests for kids and free Easter goodies – and delicious bites, shopping specials and fun for the entire family.
Calaveras Air Fair – April 22, Calaveras County Airport, San Andreas
Like planes? Then don’t miss this April favorite. It’s a day of fancy planes, entertainment and your chance to take the family for a plane ride for just a few dollars. Think of it like a car show for airplanes, where plane owners from around the region fly in for the day and line up on the tarmac for spectators to admire and step inside. Meanwhile, local pilots will be ferrying passengers up into the sky for short rides and throughout the day experimental and specialty planes will be performing flyovers. Admission is free, with a small fee for plane rides. Read more here.
Taste of Calaveras – April 22, Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys
Now in its eleventh year, this events combines the best of Calaveras’ food, art and wine all in one spot. Now being held at Ironstone Vineyards, Taste of Calaveras allows you to sample some of our finest products and get to know local businesses.
Shakespeare on the Vine Spring Gala – April 29, Ayrael Vieux Winery, Douglas Flat
Enjoy European cuisine paired with award winning wines, live music, silent auction, and a tour of the beautiful Ayrael Vieux Winery. We will celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday by supporting this summer’s production of Hamlet – and the recent launching of the theatre education program at Brice Station Vineyards.
1:00pm, Ayrael Vieux Winery at 1690 Monge Ranch Rd., Douglas Flat
Interpretive Events at New Melones Lake – Mulitple Dates
Hike the trails, gaze at the stars this month with a great selection of free outings at New Melones Lake. The rangers at New Melones offer a wide range of natural history and recreation opportunities throughout the year. Check their schedule for ideas.