Calaveras After Dark – Calaveras Summer Just Got Cooler

With the heat of summer it can be easy to overlook just how spectacular Calaveras starry nights and evening activities can be. This year, why not beat the heat and try one of Calaveras’ After Dark activities.

Angels Camp

Angels Camp Theater, Angels 6 Theatres, Cinema West
Angels Camp Theater Courtesy of John Slot Photography

Angels Theatre Has Re-Opened!

WHEN:  Check for the latest shows and times    WHERE: 1228 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA


Photo Courtesy of the Gateway Hotel

Copperopolis – Summertime Music Events at The Square at Copper Valley

WHEN: July 24, 2021 6:00 PM  WHERE: The Square at Copper Valley  WHO: Star Dogs
COST: Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase.

Come enjoy a night of 70’s pop/dance music with Star Dogs on July 24th from 6 pm – 9 pm! The Town Square at Copper Valley will be hosting this amazing group featuring Rick Deputy, former drummer for Montrose and Tommy Tutone, Scott Moughton former guitarist for Geoff Tate, Lead vocalist of Queensryche/Operation Mindcrime, and Brian Jirka former bassist for Cabby, Bison and Last Caravan. Keep an eye on Copper Valley on Facebook and Instagram for more events at The Square at Copper Valley.

WHEN:  July 31, 2021 7:00 PM   WHERE: The Square at Copper Valley  WHO: Towne Square Street Dance featuring The Columbia Kicks Big Band

Come on over to The Town Square for the Town Square Street Dance with the Columbia Kicks Big Band on July 31st at 7 PM. 40’s Costumes Contest – Prizes – Vintage Cars – Vendors – Raffle – What more can you ask for! There is a no host bar. Proceeds for this event will go to Copperopolis Elementary School, so we hope to have you there!

Make sure to check out the absolutely beautiful, brand new Gateway Hotel located in the heart of the Square.


Murphys Pourhouse Trivia Night

Photo Courtesy of Murphys Pourhouse

WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.   WHERE: Murphys Pourhouse lawn in Murphys, CA   COST: Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase.

Join them every Wednesday at 6:00 pm for weekly Trivia Night hosted by their very own Trivia Master – Jeff Carrico!

Shakespeare on the Vine

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WHEN: August 3rd – August 8th I Doors open at 7:00pm. WHERE: Brice Station Vineyard Hilltop in Murphys, CA  COST: $20/ticket. Purchase Shakespeare on the Vine tickets here.

Shakespeare? Check. Elegant local award winning wine? Check. Moonlight? Check plus. Whether you’re looking to experience something one of a kind, or already love live theater, you are in luck. You won’t want to miss Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company‘s The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged!) starring Tyler Mattson, Elyse Sharp, and Clocky McDowell. Bring a picnic and light layers. Have some locally grown wine from Brice Station, bottled on site, while you enjoy the moon rising over this unforgettable production.

San Andreas

The Metropolitan Theatre. Photo courtesy The Metropolitan theatre

The Metropolitan in San Andreas, CA

WHEN: View the full schedule of Metropolitan events here.   WHERE: The Metropolitan 59 Main St., San Andreas, CA  COST: Varies by event (see link above).

From live theater, to open mics, to murder mystery dinners, to retro movie nights and more, The Metropolitan and its partner, Fourth Wall Entertainment Troup are ramping up their theater and dining events. View the full schedule of Metropolitan and Fourth Wall Entertainment Troup events here. Newly renovated, The Metropolitan currently serves as a restaurant, bar, event venue, and theater. They provide interactive theatrical experiences by producing quality entertainment through drama, dance, music, comedy and culture. The Metropolitan’s walls are filled with beautiful Art Deco paintings around the light fixtures. The red bar makes you feel like you are stepping back in time, and the modern commercial kitchen is a pleasant surprise in the otherwise retro building.

BONUS: Countywide Calaveras After Dark

Perseid Meteor Shower Events

WHEN: July 17th 2021 to August 26th 2021
Calaveras County and the Ebbetts Pass Corridor

Active between July 17 and August 26, 2021, the Perseids will max out the night of August 11, 2021.

Calaveras Gold Country and High Sierra skies are perfect for brilliantly clear starry night adventures, and what better adventure for star gazing than star gazing during the annual Perseid meteor shower? The 2021 Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on August 11th 2021. The moon will only be 13 percent full and will set just as the meteors start to appear, so expect to see around 50 to 75 meteors per hour on the peak night.

Well prepared adventurers can strike out on one of our many epic wilderness or rural locations for stargazing solo or with their own stargazing expedition party. New Melones Day Use areas such as Heron Point and Black Bart are great places to watch the meteor shower because the gates do not close until 11:00 PM.  For those who want an overnight stargazing experience, we welcome you to check out some of the campgrounds here in Calaveras County


Bear Valley area Starry Sky Union Reservoir I Courtesy of Instagrammer @saul_510s

Countywide After Dark Events

To find even more awesome events happening after dark in Calaveras County during your visit, check out our on-line calendar of events at

While you’re at it, check out our recent guides to Calaveras Concerts in 2021 and Calaveras Farmers Market Season 2021.

Villa Vallecito Lodging
Starry skies over Villa Vallecito Casita I Courtesy of Villa Vallecito