5 Things We Love about West Point Lumberjack Day

Learn why the popular 44th Annual Lumberjack Day in West Point is known as the “Biggest Little Celebration in the Mother Lode.”

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. Featuring family friendly entertainment as well as beer, food, wine and classic logging competitions out the wazoo the West Point Lumberjack Day is bound to become your next family favorite.

Lumberjack Day 2016…success!

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 Instagrammer @tori.zeidler and company celebrating a successful 2016 West Point Lumberjack Day adventure.

In honor of the West Point Lumberjack Day’s 44th year, read on to find five things we love about this great family friendly event.

When: Saturday, October 6th 2018; 7:30am to 5pm
Where: West Point, California
Cost: FREE General Admission
Where to Stay: Staying overnight? We recommend lodging in the cute-as-a-button historic Mokelumne Hill.

1. The Lumberjack Day Setting: West Point, CA!

Playing in West Point is like having your own secret mountain getaway filled with awesome, warm, and friendly creative locals in a quaint mountain town setting a stones throw from the Bay Area. But please, don’t tell ALL of your friends about this hidden gem in the Sierras, it’s too cute to share.

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West Point’s Lumberjack Day also known as the Best Day Ever I Courtesy of Instagrammer @rachaelbianchi

2. Classic Lumberjack Day Competitions and Events

Chock full of local color and humor, events from the annual West Point Lumberjack Day parade, to the soap box derby (with contestants from all over Northern California), The Lawn Chair Brigade (performing now for over a decade) are not to be missed. However,it is the highlight lumberjack competitions of the festival (with big timbers, an axe throwing contest, Jack and Jill bucking, and chainsaw contests) that will really put some hair on your chest. 

Kid Zone: Unlike most festivals, the West Point Lumberjack Day goes all out with a supervised children’s play area. This awesome family friendly ups the fun with a supervised kid zone featuring bounce houses, climbing walls, a live Wild West Gunfighter show and a free petting zoo.
Food: Take your Lumberjack Day festivities to the next level this year with firehouse BBQ sandwiches, classic festival food, draft beer, wine, and fresh margaritas.
Don’t Miss: Don’t miss out on the arts and crafts booths, dunk tank, classic cars and numerous raffles.

Instagrammer @aweidenbachphoto captures the action at the 2016 West Point Lumberjack Day. 

3. Bustin’ Out the Lumberjack Day Flannel

You know it, I know it–we’re all looking for any and every opportunity to wear those Lumberjack Day flannels year round. Well Saturday October 6th is your chance to rock your flannel loud and proud without the faintest hint of hipster stigma. Now that’s not a chance that rolls around just any old day.

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4. Creative Lumberjack Day Costumes Abound

From whimsical forest creatures, to comedic wild west costumes, or classic lumberjack looks; with West Point’s Lumberjack Day right around the corner, there’s no need to wait until Halloween to flex your creative costuming potential. Even if you may not be brave enough to don a barrel, photo opportunities will abound at this family friendly event in West Point. Let your imagination run wild…


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Instagrammer @oreivainu gives the lumberjack theme a whimsical twist. 

First Saturday of October every year. #westpointca #smalltowngirl #lumberjackday #lumberdrunkday

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West Point Lumberjack Day enthusiast @mikastemple has creative costumery over a barrel, don’t you think?

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Instagrammer @eyeheartprettythings knows how to keep it in the family with this adorable lumberjack theme. 


5. Getting to know the locals at West Point Lumberjack Day

No West Point event would be complete without a shout out to the warm-hearted locals that make each year’s festivities happen. And while the humans are busy making sure each Lumberjack Day activity goes off without a hitch, the four-legged locals take West Point life from epically charming to epically adorable. Come on folks, we’re talkin’ BABY. GOATS. here.

Need we say more?

Thanks to West Point’s own Old-Fashioned Polly (at @ofpfarms_officialpage) for keeping us in a lifetime of baby goat pictures. Psst, hey, Polly–do you have room for us on your farm??

Looking to find your own top five things to love about West Point Lumberjack Day? You can learn more about this great event at the West Point Lumberjack Day directory page, or by giving us a call at 1-800-225-3764. We’re here in person 7 days a week to help make sure your next Calaveras trip is tailored to your groups tastes and interests, so give us a call.

We’ll see you in West Point!

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 Instagrammer @corey_matthew and co take advantage of one of the many great photo ops abounding at West Point’s Lumberjack Day.

BONUS: Can’t Get Enough Gold Rush Fun?

  • Lumberjack enthusiast unite! If you love all things Lumberjack, make sure to check out the annual Arnold Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree every Labor Day weekend in September.
  • October is jam packed with awesome Gold Rush cultural events including the Lumberjack Day, the annual Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Street Faire, as well as the inimitable Mark Twain Wild West Fest. That’s right, you heard us right–Mark Twain. Did you know Mark Twain got his literary start not in the south, but right here in Calaveras? Learn the story today, and come meet the man in person at the annual Mark Twain Wild West Fest celebration the third Saturday in October rain or shine.
  • Looking for additional annual events or mid-week happenings? Visit our Calaveras Annual Events page or check out our online Calaveras events calendar.

Looking for lodging? The closest lodging to West Point’s Lumberjack Day is the historic Hotel Léger in charming downtown Mokelumne Hill. Or find more Calaveras County lodging below.

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