Murphys Event: Murphys Irish Day | Charity Maness

We have a rich tradition of year-round festivals and events here in Calaveras County, with many taking place in charming, historic Murphys. Whether you’re interested in daffodils (yes we have a daffodil festival), wine & food, live music or holiday-related events, we have all these and many more. Scroll down to see our biggest events, listed in chronological order, beginning with the first big event of the year: President’s Wine Weekend, and ending with our Holiday Open House. Visit our Murphys Festivals & Events directory for more Murphys events and our current events calendar for what’s happening right now.

Murphys Festivals & Events: President’s Wine Weekend

Technically, President’s Wine Weekend takes place throughout Calaveras at multiple wine-tasting rooms. However, since most of our tasting rooms are located in historic downtown Murphys, we’ve co-opted it for the sake of this article. Why? Because you don’t want to miss this fun weekend-long event. Simply purchase a $40 commemorative wine glass at any participating location and enjoy a free, limited-tasting flight at all participating wineries. It’s Calaveras winetastic!


Murphys Event: Presidents' Wine Weekend

Newsome-Harlow Wines | Jason B. Smith

Murphys Festivals & Events: Irish Day

Murphys Irish Day is a  fun, festive event celebrating the Irish heritage of Murphys and takes place over St. Patrick’s Day weekend every year. The entire town, turns out and parties in green with a parade, singing, dancing and great food. Thousands of visitors flock to the event to enjoy bagpipers, cornbeef and cabbage, green beer and all of the traditional elements of a classic St. Paddy’s day celebration.

Murphys Event: Murphys Irish Day by Jim Last

Murphys Irish Day | Jim Last

Murphys Festivals & Events: Ironstone Vineyard’s July 4th Celebration

Calaveras’ premier winery, Ironstone, holds a spectacular Independence Day celebration in its scenic grounds. According to in a 2012 report, Ironstone Vineyards’ annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks is one of the best small-town Independence Day events in the nation. We can’t say we disagree 🙂

Murphys Event: Ironstone Vineyards Fireworks Display

Ironstone Vineyards Independence Day Fireworks Display

Murphys Festivals & Events: Ironstone Amphitheatre’s Summer Concert Series

The music scene here in Calaveras has a long and illustrious history, with multiple summer concert series around the county. By far, the largest of these is the Ironstone Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, attracting national headliners to perform, and thousands of music-lovers to enjoy. Set in their beautifully manicured grounds, the outdoor amphitheatre is a magical place to enjoy classic rock and country stars and up-and-comers.

Murphys Festival: Summer Concert Series at Ironstone Amphitheatre

Ironstone Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series

Murphys Festivals & Events: Calaveras Grape Stomp & Street Faire

A celebration of Calaveras wine, the Calaveras Grape Stomp & Street Faire features multiple teams competing in a fun grape stomping contest in front of thousands of spectators, lots of wine tasting and plenty of great snacks and gourmet food. This Murphys event has been drawing participants and spectators for over a decade. Teams, many coming back year after year, dress up in humorous, clever and colorful costumes and give themselves appropriate (or, let’s face it, inappropriate) names.

Festivals & Events: Calaveras Grape Stomp | Ian Andrae, Mutineer Magazine

Calaveras Grape Stomp | Ian Andrae, Mutineer Magazine

Murphys Festivals & Events: Day of the Dead

Fast becoming one of Calaveras County’s most popular events, Murphys Day of the Dead is modeled on the Mexican festival: Dia de Los Muertos, celebating the lives of those we’ve loved and lost. Many traditional elements are included, making for a magical festival full of inspiration, art, music, dance and treats.

Murphys Event: Day of the Dead by David Gonzales

Murphys Day of the Dead | David Gonzales

Murphys Festivals & Events: Holiday Open House

Murphys Holiday Open House is an old fashioned holiday celebration, incorporating the charm of historic downtown with street music performers, carolers, a holiday parade and plenty of hot chocolate, cider and even roasted chestnuts. With colorful lights decorating the downtown, this is Murphys at its most charming, with shops staying open late for gift purchases and photo ops with Santa.

Murphys Event: Murphys Holiday Open House

Murphys Open House Parade | Calaveras Enterprise

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