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.

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Exploring Art Events I Enjoying Live Theater I Car Events to Rev Your Engine I Discover the Biggest Concerts of August I Explore Calaveras Farmers Markets I Treat Yourself to a Food/Wine/Beer Event I Go Wild Exploring History I Experience Seasonal Nature Highlights I BONUS: Explore Fall Events

1. August in Calaveras – Exploring 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.

Calaveras Art Gallery Guide

Prestidge Gallery in historic Angels Camp I Courtesy of Kaedence Eaton


2. August in Calaveras – Enjoying Live Theater

Shakespeare, wine, moonlight. If professional live theater is your thing, you’re in luck. Great for first time theater-goers and theater aficionados alike, The once a year Shakespeare on the Vine theater company production takes place in August each year. With clear night skies, 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 schedule of Murphys Creek Theatre indoor live theater performance here.

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

Shakespeare on the Vine Theater Company – Macbeth Starring Elyse Sharp as Macbeth


3. August in Calaveras – 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. If classic cars are your thing, you won’t want to miss Murphys Historic Hotel‘s Classic Car Cruise Night Thursday August 16th, or the Motherlode VW Show and Swap Meet taking place at Utica Park in Angels Camp Saturday October 13th.

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


4. August in Calaveras – Discover the Biggest Concerts

Whether you’re feeling household name artists like Willie Nelson, the B-52s or Stone Temple Pilots playing 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.

Ironstone Amphitheater, Ironstone Summer Concerts, Ironstone Vineyards

Ironstone Amphitheater I Courtesy of Instagrammer @____aldrich____


5. August in Calaveras – Explore Calaveras Farmers Markets

Summer is all about bounty, and with August being the month that California’s heirloom produce reaches it peak of diversity, it’s the perfect time to shop, sip, and nibble your way through Calaveras Farmers Markets. With farmers markets running Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the county and fresh local produce available at more traditional locations 7 days a week, get the low down on the best farmers markets near you here.

 Instagrammer @sarah_bossuwe enjoying Lemon Love at the Angels Camp Farmers Market. 

6. August in Calaveras – Treat Yourself to  Food, Wine, and/or Beer Event

From the second annual Calaveras Wine, Cheese, and Olive Festival in Valley Springs August 5th to farmers markets featuring killer food trucks and wineries (like the Angels Camp Farmers Market and Copperoplis Town Square Farmers Market) to wine tasting events and 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 event during your next visit.

If you’re a foodie at heart, make sure to save the date for the 25th annual Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire competition held October 6th 2018 in historic Murphys, CA. Want to participate Lucy-style in the stomp? Learn more about the event and how to sign-up, here.

Having fun at the Calaveras Grape Stomp in Murphys, CAI Courtesy of Kaedence Eaton.


7. August in Calaveras – Go Wild Exploring History

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.

Calaveras Halloween Fun

Calaveras Fall Fun at the Mark Twain Wild West Fest I Courtesy of Kaedence Eaton


8. August in Calaveras – Experience Seasonal Nature Highlights

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.

August in Calaveras, Valley Springs

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


BONUS: Save the Date for 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.

Elephant Grape Stomp | PAWS

Meet Maggie at the Elephant Grape Stomp in San Andreas each fall. I Courtesy of PAWS


Looking for lodging? Explore lodging options in Calaveras County here.

Take advantage of the Calaveras Visitors Bureau expert free information service. We’re at your service 7 days a week via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-225-3764.

Featured image at top of post courtesy from Twisted Nights in the Garden at Twisted Oak Tasting Room in historic downtown Murphys, CA.

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