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 try something new, Calaveras After Dark, with one of our many new activities available after dark, below.

Angels Camp – Calaveras After Dark Events

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

1. Angels Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17th | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Historic Downtown Angels Camp, CA
Downtown Angels Camp is coming to life after dark! Every third Saturday beginning August 17th, join the after hours fun (inside and outside of participating downtown businesses) in historic downtown Angels Camp at 5pm with live music, art, activities, food, shopping and more. Follow the Angels Night Out event on Facebook to keep up with sneak peeks and info on this awesome brand new monthly event.

Mark Twain
Classics come alive in Angels Camp, CA I Kaedence Eaton

2. Angels Theatre – Flashback Cinema Nights

WHEN: Sundays and Wednesdays| Showtimes at 12:30 pm & 6:30 pm  
Angels Theatre in Angels Camp, CA
Did you know that the historic Angels Camp Angels Theatre offers not only current blockbusters but has a special Flashback Cinema showing 4 times a week? That’s right! Angels 6 Theatres is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite classics on the big screen. Checkout what’s showing this week by visiting the Flashback Cinema schedule here. Past films have included A Christmas Story, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more. See what’s playing this week at Angels Theatre in Angels Camp, CA. Costumes encouraged!

Copperopolis – Calaveras After Dark Event

Copper Valley, Calaveras After Dark, After Dark, Copperopolis

3. Copperopolis – Movies at The Square

WHEN: Next Showing TBD.
WHERE: The Square at Copper Valley in Copperopolis, CA
COST: Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase.
Keep an eye on Copper Valley on Facebook and Instagram for their next free pop up movie night in The Square at Copper Valley. During each showing, Copper Valley Cafe‘s patio is set up as the open air concession stand, with drinks, popcorn, candy, and more available for purchase. Grab your blankets or low backed lawn chairs in time for their next pop up movie night event!  Find more events at The Square at Copper Valley here.

Mokelumne Hill, CA – Calaveras After Dark Events

Mokelumne Hill, Hotel Leger, Historic Downtown, Gold rush, Easter
Enjoying the ambiance in historic downtown Mokelumne Hill, CA I Courtesy of Instagrammer @ehhleee

4. Haunted Historic Hotel Leger – Events After Dark

WHEN: View Historic Hotel Leger’s schedule of events here.
WHERE: Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA
COST: Varies by event (see link above).
Housing the county’s first courthouse, the historic and haunted Hotel Léger is much more than a hotel. With its rich Calaveras history, reported hauntings and historic cellars and saloon open to the public, the Hotel Léger is not to be missed on your visit to this charming Gold Rush town. With after dark events like karaoke, DJ Nights, live music, and more there is always something fun going on after dark in Mokelumne Hill. View the full schedule of Hotel Leger events after dark here.

Murphys – Calaveras After Dark Events

Feeney Full Moon Fling, Calaveras After Dark, Murphys CA, Feeney Park
Feeney Full Moon Fling I Courtesy of Feeney Park

5. Feeney Full Moon Fling – Feeney Park Disc Golf Fundraiser

WHEN: Friday August 16th, 2019 I Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. I Optional prize winning challenges begin at 7:30 p.m. I A ‘lit’ 18 hole tournament begins at moonrise
Feeney Park in Murphys, CA
COST: $15 I AGES: Family friendly for all ages
Join for the second of Feeney Park’s Full Moon Fling Disc Golf trilogy! The first Feeney FUll Moon Fling was a huge success, and August’s full moon disc golf event is bound to be even more fun than the last. This feel good and fun loving fundraising event aspires to bring excitement to the amazing Disc Golf course while raising funds to enhance the course for future fun. What better way  to commune under a full moon than to ‘illuminate’ the course with excitement and fundraising that benefits the whole community.

Included in the $15 price of admission:

  • A Disc Light and attachment components
  • Glow Bracelet and Necklace
  • $5 Raffle ticket drawing for fabulous locally donated prizes
  • A warm feeling inside knowing that you helped to support Feeney Park Disc Golf

Suggested things to bring/do:

  • Translucent disc for glow light or your favorite glow disc
  • Personal hydration
  • Costumes and glow-in-the-dark or illuminated outfits encouraged!
  • Friends, family, players and non-players alike to make this an even more exciting event
  • Tunes
  • Challenge winners and people demonstrating eccentricity, energy, or litty lit outfits awarded additional raffle tickets
  • Additional disc lights and raffle tickets available for purchase
Murphys Pourhouse, Murphys Pourhouse Movie Night, Calaveras After Dark
Late Night at the Murphys Pourhouse – Movie Night I Courtesy of Instagrammer @skisomm

6. Late Night at the Pourhouse – Murphys Pourhouse Movie Night

WHEN: August 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: Murphys Pourhouse lawn in Murphys, CA
COST: Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase.
Love outdoor movies, craft beer, and/or family friendly fun? Head on over to Murphys Pourhouse for Late Night at the Pourhouse. Open until 11:00 p.m. with the featured film (rumor has it, it will be The Goonies) playing on the lawn beginning at about 8:00 p.m. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for all, and craft brews will be available for the 21+ crowd, and yes, popcorn will be popping! Bring blankets, pillows, low back chairs, blankets, and the whole family for a cozy night outdoors at the Murphys Pourhouse.

Macbeth, Shakespeare on the Vine, Murphys CA, Brice Station Vineyards
Macbeth Directed by Tara Kayton and Starring Elyse Sharp I Courtesy of Shakespeare on the Vine

7. Shakespeare on the Vine – MACBETH

WHEN: August 1st through August 24th on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays I Show starts at 7:00pm.
WHERE: Brice Station Vineyard Hilltop in Murphys, CA
COST: $20/ticket. Purchase Shakespeare on the Vine tickets here.
Shakespeare? Check. Hyper 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’re in luck.You won’t want to miss Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company‘s rendition of Macbeth, directed by the well lauded Tara Kayton and starring Elyse Sharp as Macbeth. Seating is provided. Bring a picnic and light layers. Enjoy the locally wine grown and bottled on site, while you enjoy the moon rising over this unforgettable production of Macbeth, like you’ve never seen it before.

San Andreas – Calaveras After Dark

The Metropolitan Theatre. Photo courtesy The Metropolitan theatre

8. The Metropolitan in San Andreas, CA

WHEN: View the full schedule of Metropolitan events here.
The Metropolitan in San Andreas, CA
COST: Varies by event (see link above).
Ready for something fun after dark in San Andreas? Don’t miss The Metropolitan’s schedule of events after dark taking place in August and beyond! From open mic’s, to murder mystery dinners, MetroCon, to retro movie nights and more. View the full schedule of Metropolitan events here. Newly renovated, The Metropolitan currently serves as a restaurant, bar, event venue, and theater. Now partnering with Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe. 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’re stepping back in time, and the modern commercial kitchen is a pleasant surprise in the otherwise retro building.

Valley Springs area – Calaveras After Dark Event

Kayak Camanche
Sunset on Lake Camanche I Courtesy of Kayak Camanche

9. Full Moon Kayak Paddle – Guided Paddle of Lake Camanche

WHEN:August 13th & September 12th 2019
Lake Camanche in the Valley Springs tri-lake area.
COST: $50 with rental I $25 without rental
Join Kayak Camanche for a serene and peaceful guided kayak paddle on the dark waters of Lake Camanche, as the moon reflects off the surface of the water. Enjoy nocturnal wildlife sounds while paddling under the light of a full moon. From the organizers:

Wondering what to bring? Flashlights are discouraged on the water for the safety of fellow paddlers, however glow sticks are welcome attached to the kayak. Paddles and PFDs are included in the rental price. It is approximately a 2 hour paddle and begins at 7:30PM, but we encourage you to start arriving at 6:45PM so we can get everyone launched and started on time.

This guided paddle launches from Kayak Camanche’s rental location on the North Shore of Lake Camanche at 2000 Camanche Rd, Ione, CA 95640. To learn more or reserve your place today, call 209.370.4272, email or book your spot on-line via the Kayak Camanche website here.

BONUS: Countywide Calaveras After Dark

10. Perseid Meteor Shower Events

WHEN: July 23rd 2019 to August 20th 2019
Calaveras County and Ebbetts Pass Corridor (details below)

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 2019 Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on August 13th 2019 at 3 a.m. However the show continues through August 20th 2019.

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. For those who would enjoy a next level stargazing experience, we welcome you to join one of the Perseid viewing parties listed below.

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

11. 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 2019 and Calaveras Farmers Market Season 2019.

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

Now that sounds like a cool way to spend the late days of summer.

Happy travels!