In case you haven’t heard, fall in Calaveras brings next level fun, particularly in the month of October. From gorgeous fall hikes and drives, to over the top goofy events like the annual Calaveras Grape Stomp, to classy family fun in the form of silent movie nights with live music, to classic family fun in the form of Angels Camp’s Mark Twain Wild West Fest, to exploring haunted hotels and classic Halloween events around the county, Calaveras’ October events pack a punch! Read on to get the low down on local favorite Calaveras October events.
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1. Top Calaveras October Events: West Point’s Lumberjack Day
West Point’s Lumberjack Day – West Point, CA
Sat. October 6th I 7:00 am to 5:00 pm I Free Admission I West Point, CA
As classic as pumpkin spice lattes and fall colors, no fall is complete without taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the annual Lumberjack Day in West Point, California. Including a supervised play zone for the little ones in your life, the West Point Lumberjack Day is bound to become your next family favorite.
Featuring a dunk tank, car show, parade, family friendly entertainment as well as beer, food, wine and classic logging competitions Lumberjack Day in West Point is also known as the “Best Day Ever.”
Want to learn more about this great annual event? Check out the article 5 Things We Love About West Point’s Lumberjack Day, visit their Facebook page, or give us a call at 1-800-225-3764 today.
2.Top Calaveras October Events: Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire
Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire – Murphys, CA
Saturday October 6th I 9:30 am to 5:00 pm I Free Admission I Murphys Community Park and Main Street
Who’s ready to STOMP? Did you know Murphys has two major events taking place on the same day each first Saturday in October? Murphys, CA hosts the Calaveras Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Street Faire! Two epic family friendly events, just a stones throw apart.
Whether you’re cheering on the grape stomping in the park, or enjoying beer, food trucks, wine, and vendors at the Gold Rush Street Faire, channel your inner Lucy and Ethel at California’s largest (and longest running) grape stomp competition–the 25th annual family friendly Calaveras Grape Stomp. Want to learn more about these two great events? Explore Ten Things We Love About the Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire or give us a call at 1-800-225-3764 today.
3. Top Calaveras October Events: Mark Twain Wild West Fest
Mark Twain Wild West Fest – Angels Camp, CA
Saturday October 20th I 10:00 am to 5:00 pm I $45 per person/trip I Historic Downtown Angels Camp
Did you know Mark Twain got his literary start in California? –In Angels Camp, California to be exact! The Mark Twain Wild West Fest is a free, full day of entertainment with historical re-enactors, live music, wild west gun shows/activities, storytelling, and fun family-friendly activities. Celebrating Angels Camp’s Mark Twain connection as well as life in the Wild West, this is one memorable annual event. Taking place annually on the third Saturday in October, join the festivities on Saturday, October 20th 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Want to learn more about this awesome event? Explore our Top Tips for Mark Twain Fun at the Mark Twain Wild West Fest this year.
Local’s Tip: Did you know you can stream the family friendly international award winning documentary on Mark Twain’s time in the area on-line? Check out the award winning 88 Days in the Motherlode streaming on-line here.
Win your own piece of Calaveras gold! This year, six real, solid gold nuggets worth $5,400 in total, will be raffled off to one lucky winner. Choose to take the nuggets or $3,000 in cash.The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:00 pm on the day of the Mark Twain Wild West Fest. Second prize is a getaway to Virginia City, Nevada. Winners need not be present to win. Enter the Nuggets of Gold raffle (or learn more) here.
4. Top Calaveras October Events: 41st Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire
41st Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire – Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA
Fri. Sat, & Sun. October 19th-21st I Fri/Sat: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm & Sun: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm I $8 weekend pass
Calling all crafters! Featuring wine tasting, scholarship raffles, handmade treasures, vendors selling fabrics, fashionable and decorative items, food for purchase, free parking, and additional fun, the crafters and quilt lovers in your life won’t want to miss this great annual 3 day event. Brought to you by Ironstone Vineyards and the Independence Hall Quilters, this fabulous annual event will keep you inspired all year long.
Throughout the weekend you have access to view and purchase locally made quilts, dolls, needle art, wall hangings, and wearable art alike. You will also have a chance to view the 2018 member challenge quilt and wall hangings as well as the beloved Independence Hall Quilters Bicentennial Quilt, which started it all. Each $8.00 admission fee is good for the entire weekend, and all proceeds go towards a private scholarship fund for Bret Harte High School seniors.
Looking for more art in Calaveras County? Check out our Calaveras Art Gallery Guide here.
5. Top Calaveras October Events: Downtown Murphys Witch Walk
3rd Annual Downtown Murphys Witch Walk – Murphys, CA
Saturday October 20th I 10:00 am to 4:00 pm I Free Admission All Ages I Historic Downtown Murphys, CA
Calling all good witches and warlocks.Dress up or just come for the great witch watching. Gather your friends to eat, drink, and shop in downtown Murphys while you revel in wonderfully wicked treats, discounts, prizes, raffle, live music and time with friends. View the full schedule of events on the Murphys Witch Walk FB event here.
6. Top Calaveras October Events: Phantom of the Opera – Silent Movie Night with Live Opera Singer and Organ Player
Silent Movie Night – Phantom of the Opera – Ironstone Vineyards
Fri. Oct. 26th 6:00pm & Sat. Oct. 27th at 12:00pm I $35/person I Ironstone Vineyards
Looking for a classically haunting and beautiful Halloween season experience? Look no further than Ironstone Vineyards silent film night featuring Phantom of the Opera with Dave Moreno on the historic Alhambra Pipe Organ and live opera singer Linda Small. Your $35 ticket includes a full buffet, dessert, popcorn, and film showing.
Learn more about what makes the Ironstone Vineyards’ Alhambra Pipe Organ such a special part of the experience by clicking the link above.
7. Top Calaveras October Events: Copperopolis Trick or Treat Street
Copperopolis Trick or Treat Street – Copperopolis Town Square
Thurs. Oct. 11th through Wed. Oct. 31st I View full schedule here.
Forget dodging traffic, come on out to Copperopolis Town Square’s Trick or Treat Street for your Halloween fun. Offering 20 days of fun, get your pumpkins from the Pumpkin Junction, decorations, & yummy pumpkin treats! Enjoy everything from a scarecrow auction & lasagna feed, costume parade and contest, free candy and fright night movie, all culminating in one epic kid-friendly Halloween party during Trick or Treat Street on October 31st. View the full 20 day Copperopolis Halloween schedule here.
Find more information on the Copperopolis Town Square Facebook page.
8. Top Calaveras October Events: Halloween Events throughout the County
Halloween Events – Calaveras County
Check the Calaveras Calendar of Events for Halloween Events throughout the Month
Calaveras County and the surrounding area are perfect fall-colored destinations for Halloween season fun. From exploring haunted Calaveras, to pioneer cemeteries, the Rocky Horror Picture Show showing at the Murphys Creek Theatre, pumpkin patches, local trick-or-treating, or joining in for the Moaning Cavern Zipline Pumpkin Smash, explore all there is to see and do during the dates of your travel by using our on-line calendar of events here.
BONUS: Calaveras November Event – Murphys Day of the Dead
Murphys Day of the Dead – Murphys, CA
Sat. Nov. 3rd I 11:00 am to 6:30 pm I Free I Downtown Murphys, CA
Murphys Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos is a heartwarming celebration of those we’ve lost. We honor this festival’s Mexican roots with traditional music, dancing, ofrendas, Catrina and Catrin costumes and community spirit. Join us for the celebration in Murphys Community Park and in downtown Murphys Main Street featuring fabulously colorful artisan vendors, traditional food and drinks, face painters, Folklorica dancers, Rondalla musicians, and more. This is a great family friendly event for loved ones of all ages.
For more information, explore Murphys Day of the Dead guide here.
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