The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee kicks off the third weekend in May each year, running Thursday thru Sunday. Get ready for classic Frog Jump fun with our top five activities that make the fair so darn fun.
Pro tip: Plan ahead. Scout out what kinds of activities are available ahead of time by skimming the 2019 Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee schedules by day here. Check out individual days here: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
1) Frog Jump Fun: Get Hip to the Children’s Ukulele Band
Our hipster status does not end at flannel. Here in Calaveras, we start ’em early with ukuleles. Part of the Children’s Parade, you can meet princesses, cars in top hats, funky dancers and painted horses–you won’t want to miss the Children’s Parade which kicks off the festivities in downtown Angels Camp Thursday morning.
2) Frog Jump Fun: Tour the “Frog Spa.”
Yup, that’s right, our frogs live it up in the luxurious Frog Spa underneath the Main Stage at the Calaveras Fairgrounds where the International Frog Jump Competition is held annually. Tours start daily at 10:30 a.m. After getting inspired at the frog spa make sure to pamper yourself with a trip to the funnel cake car. Mmmmm…funnel cake…
Insider’s Tip: Looking for place to take the kids for a bite between fair food adventures? Grab our guide to Family-Friendly Dining in Angels Camp here.
3) Frog Jump Fun: Forget the beer tent, belly up to the wine tent.
This is Calaveras Wine Country, and the fair wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of the best wines in the area. Belly up to the wine tent (open every day of the fair) to taste the winning wines for yourself. With professional wines (privately judged by 15 to 20 esteemed wine tasting experts from Sacramento and the Bay area) before the fair begins, you’ll have a chance to not only see the full spread of local award winning wines on display, you’ll also be able to taste some of the award winning wines as well. In addition to tasting, 2018’s wine tent gave away free VIP cards to get access to discounts throughout the county, and featured kid-friendly sustainability workshops related to viticulture and daily life–including a live owl demonstration. If 2018’s turnout is anything to judge by, you are certainly going to want to make sure you catch the wine pavilion in 2019! Contact the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance here to learn more about the offerings available at this year’s wine tent.
4) Frog Jump Fun: Destruction Derby!
When’s the last time you got to watch one of America’s lost spectacles…cars smashing into each other? Need we say more? Grab your spot in the grassy hillside early Sunday evening. This one’s popular so be ready to grab your seats early. Want to make it an extra special experience? Enjoy a classic old school “diner-stye” dinner by pre-registering for Derby typically begins at 5:30 p.m.
5) Frog Jump Fun: Become a famous frog jockey.
This isn’t just-for-locals fun. You can come and jump your very own frog and take on Rosie the Ribeter’s world record jump, which was set back in 1986. In fact, you don’t even have to bring your own frog. For $7, you can choose one of the 400 jumpy little guys waiting for some action down in the Frog Spa. Visit the Rosie the Ribeter stage for an easy-as-pie tutorial to see how it’s done, or get an edge on the competition by checking out our recent blog detailing secrets of successful frog jumpers here. Find the Frog Jump entry booth before 3:30 p.m. every day to enter into that day’s heat. Frog Jump Finals happen Sunday at 3 p.m.
Thursday only: It pays to be cute! Kids 12 and under compete for free until 5pm!
With dozens of different events happening each day of this awesome annual event, we’ve just barely skimmed the surface of everything you can do at the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee.
For the full fair schedule, ticket information, Frog Jump rules, directions and more give us a call 7 days a week at 1-209-736-0049. We’d be happy to help you hop along!
Enjoy this absolutely ribbiting event!
Featured image (at top of post) courtesy of Instagrammer @bregrets