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

⚠️Local’s Tip: During California’s wildfire season, remember the basic rule of thumb: if you can smell or see smoke, outdoor recreation is not advisable. You can view Calaveras County current air quality conditions here, and read on for fun activities out of the smoke line. More information on regional fire conditions can be found at Visit California. Need help planning your trip? We’re available to answer questions 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 or via email at [email protected]. Happy travels!

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 Valley Spring’s outdoor art park at Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture, to Quyle Kilns at Brice Station Vineyards, our local artists put on quite the show. 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

If professional live theater is your thing, you’re in luck. From the super charming Murphys Creek Theater, to the once a year Shakespeare on the Vine theater company productions, August is the perfect time to enjoy live theater in Calaveras County. For the 2018 season, enjoy Director Tara Kayton’s take on The Tempest, running Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from August 9th to September 1st. At Murphys Creek Theatre, enjoy your last chance to catch the comedy The Foreigner playing Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees August 3rd through August 5th.

Shakespeare on the Vine by Leda Mast

Shakespeare on the Vine I Courtesy of Leda Mast


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 a 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:

  • High Sierra wildflower viewing in the Ebbetts Pass corridor.
  • The 2019 Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 13 August 2019. Some shooting stars associated with the Perseid meteor shower are expected to be visible each night from 23 July to 20 August.
  • Telescopes provided: Annual Perseid Meteor Shower viewing at New Melones in Angels Camp.
  • Astronomy night events at Calaveras Big Trees State Park August 9th and August 23rd.
  • Get updated on 2019 events – 2018 Summer Camp for Grown-Ups at Bear Valley Mountain Resort.

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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