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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Experience 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.
8. August in Calaveras – Experience Seasonal Nature Highlights in August
Nature events not to miss:
- High Sierra wildflower viewing in the Ebbetts Pass corridor.
- The 2019 Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on August 13th 2019. Some shooting stars associated with the Perseid meteor shower are expected to be visible each night from July 23rd 2019 to August 20th 2019.
- Perseid Telescopes provided: Annual Perseid Meteor Shower viewing at New Melones Lake in Angels Camp, at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday August 10th.
- Perseid Educational Astronomy night event with telescope and a viewing screen at Calaveras Big Trees State Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday August 8th
- After the Perseid meteor shower has passed: Educational Astronomy night event at Calaveras Big Trees State Park beginning at 8:00 p.m. Thursday August 29th.
- Find more through our calendar of events.
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.
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.
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.