August in Calaveras – 8 Top Things to Do for Late Summer Fun

Each August in Calaveras County summer hits a fevered pitch of fun. Whether you’re all about nature, art, wine, theater, food, antique shopping, or beer, read on to find the big hits of the month below. Looking for places to cool down? Don’t miss Where to Cool Off in Calaveras County.

Visiting during Labor Day Weekend? Don’t miss our 2019 Guide to Labor Day Weekend here.

1. August in Calaveras – Exploring August Art Events

Calling all art enthusiasts! Did you know Calaveras County is home to more than a dozen art galleries in less than an hour’s drive? From painting your heart out to hunting sculptures around the county, there is a lot of opportunities for art lovers of all ilks hidden throughout Calaveras County. Find the right art experience for you with our Calaveras Art Gallery Guide, or visit our online calendar of events to find art classes and art events during the time of your visit.

Manzanita Arts Emporium
Monika Rose of Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp, CA

2. August in Calaveras – Shakespeare on the Vine

Shakespeare, wine, moonlight. Whether you’re looking to experience something one of a kind, or already love live theater, you’re in luck. Shakespeare on the Vine’s annual Shakespeare productions under the stars are great for first time theater-goers and theater aficionados alike. With the 2019 season running from August 1st to August 24th, the once a year Shakespeare on the Vine theater company production takes place in August each year. Imagine clear night skies, drinking wine bottled on site, the perseid meteor shower overhead and perfect evening temperatures, August is the perfect time to enjoy live theater outdoors in Calaveras County. For the 2019 season, enjoy well-lauded Director Tara Kayton’s take on MacBeth, starring actress Elyse Sharp as MacBeth himself. The 2019 season runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from August 1st to August 24th.

Get your tickets in advance today, these shows sell out fast: Purchase MacBeth Tickets

Visiting outside of August?  Murphys Creek Theatre, enjoys a hiatus in August, but will return in September. Visit their delightful and eclectic Murphys Creek Theatre 2019 season schedule here.

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Macbeth Directed by Tara Kayton and Starring Elyse Sharp I Courtesy of Shakespeare on the Vine

3. August in Calaveras – August Car Events to Rev Your Engine

Whether cruising any of our scenic backroads, or the National Scenic byway Ebbetts Pass corridor, Calaveras is made for cars. Stage your own cruise night or visit our on-line calendar of events to check out what’s happening throughout the county. If classic cars are your thing, you won’t want to miss the Murphys Historic Hotel‘s Classic Car Cruise Nights which takes place the third Thursday of each month April through September, or the “Anything on Wheels” Car Show and Chili Cook Off in Arnold, CA, or the Valley Springs area Foothill Classics Car Club Cruise Nights, which are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, from April through October (weather permitting).

Calaveras and vintage cars go hand in hand I Courtesy of Instagrammer @scottwshreve

Save the Date BONUS: Concours d’Elegance at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA

The 23rd annual Ironstone Concours d’Elegance is a long running antique and classic car show that takes place each year at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA, and features some 300+ antique and classic cars as well as vintage trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats. Many participants come in costume making this epic annual event feel like a convention of the best dressed time travelers you’ve ever met. WHAT: Ironstone Concors d’Elegance I WHEN: September 28th, 2019 I WHERE: Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA I LEARN MORE: Visit the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance website today.

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Ironstone Vineyards Concours d’Elegance I Courtesy of Ironstone Vineyards


4. August in Calaveras – Discover the Biggest August Concerts

Whether you’re feeling household name artists playing at Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheater in August like Hank Williams Jr., the B-52s, Toby Keith, or Los Tigres playing in August during the Ironstone Summer Concert season (pictured below) or something a little more intimate, Calaveras has the venue for you. Explore all the concerts Calaveras has on offer with our guide to the top Calaveras Summer Concert Venues here.

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Ironstone Amphitheater I Courtesy of Instagrammer @____aldrich____

5. August in Calaveras – Treat Yo’self to August  Food Wine, and/or Beer Events

From the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance’s “Beat the Heat” August event (details below), to olive oil tasting at Rocca Bella Olive Orchard (one of our historic heirloom olive orchards near Valley Springs) to checking out one of our new businesses like Brew’Gers craft beer and burger joint in the Valley Springs tri-lake area, to to farmers markets featuring killer food trucks and wineries (like the Friday Angels Camp Farmers Market and brand new Sunday Murphys Farmers Market) to winery events, beer education series, there’s always something going on for foodies in Calaveras. View our on-line calendar of events to find the right food, wine, and/or beer activity during your next visit.

?Beat the Heat this August at Weekend Winery Concerts ?
From the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance:

“Beat the Heat” this August at weekend winery concerts. Make the best of the hot August weather by planning a fun weekend in Calaveras Wine Country. With 32 tasting rooms to explore you will surely feel refreshed as you sip on delicious wines from our family run wineries.

Stop by the Wine Information Center in Murphys to pick up your “Beat the Heat” wineglass and pass to three wineries for a full weekend of live music events in Calaveras Wine Country. Stop by the Wine Info Center Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to purchase your tickets and pick up your commemorative wine glass.

Please note: “Beat the Heat” tickets are $15 per person (21 years of age and older) and limited to the first 30 guests each of the first four weekends in August. 

What a ticket entails: 

  • Keepsake wine glass.
  • Fancy paper fan.
  • Special welcome pour at participating wineries with your keepsake wine glass.
  • Get free access to concerts starting Friday night at Prospect 772, then over to Jazz Cellars on Saturday and wrap-up your weekend with Sunday Funday music at Stevenot Winery.

Questions about the “Beat the Heat” Winery Weekend Package? Contact the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance here.

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Calaveras Beat the Heat Series I Courtesy of Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

7. August in Calaveras – Go Wild Exploring History in August

For all of the history buffs among us, you’re in luck! As part of the historic Hwy 49 Gold Rush corridor, Calaveras is filled with awesome features for history lovers young and old. From historic downtown walking tours in Murphys, Angels Camp, Mokelumne Hill, and San Andreas (available in your free Calaveras Visitors Guide) to half a dozen museums, Calaveras’ historic adventures don’t end indoors. Step outside to explore living history at Columbia State Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, or at one of our many history-centric annual events, from the annual Sierra Nevada  Logging Jamboree, to monthly events at the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House to the Mark Twain Wild West Fest, and West Point’s epic annual Lumberjack Day event, there is plenty of history for everyone.

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Mark Twain Wild West Fest in Angels Camp CA I Courtesy of Calaveras Visitors Bureau – Kaedence Eaton

8. August in Calaveras – Experience Seasonal Nature Highlights in August

Nature events not to miss:

As summer winds down, the High Sierra in August means wildflowers, the Perseid meteor showers, and crowd-free water sports. Yep, you heard us right. In the High Sierra, August is a great time to catch wildflowers as well as cool off with a little High Sierra swimming. August in Calaveras is perfect for late summer camping, backpacking, scenic drives, and getting out on the water without the crowds. With fall colors just beginning at the lower elevations in August, plan to explore Ebbetts Pass fall colors in September or October alongside one of our great fall events such as many of these charmers listed below.

Local’s tip: Find hidden swimming holes and epic lakes around the county here.

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Night sky at New Hogan Lake in the Valley Springs tri-lake area I Courtesy of Instagrammer @jossscelyn


Save the Date BONUS: Great Fall Events in Calaveras

August in Calaveras heralds the end of summer and the beginning of some of Calaveras’ most iconic festivals. Save the date to these great festivals by visiting our Calaveras annual events list here to explore the biggest events each month. Click any event you are interested in for additional information.

The biggest, longest running grape stomp in California I Courtesy of Calaveras Grape Stomp

Make sure to save the date for the 25th annual Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire competition held October 5th 2019 in historic Murphys, CA. Want to participate Lucy-style in the stomp? Learn more about the event and how to sign-up, here.

Take advantage of the Calaveras Visitors Bureau expert free information service. We’re at your service 7 days a week via email at or by phone at 1-209-736-0049.