2019 Labor Day Weekend Events

What better way to say goodbye to the end of summer than to take advantage of one last chance to get outside and celebrate? This is just one of the reasons why each Labor Day weekend in Calaveras is chock full of fun things to do. Read on for this Labor Day Weekend’s top events by town (with some bonus ideas of unusual things to do at the bottom of this blog).

🐠🎣Psst! Did you know that FREE FISHING is available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st 2019?? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more on the CDFW website here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Angels Camp

Historic Main Street Angels Camp | Carol Richardson

ANGELS CAMP FRESH FRIDAY FARMER’S MARKET
Friday, Aug. 30th | 5:00pm to Dusk | Utica Park
Free admission. Set in the well-shaded and lush Utica Park, the Angels Camp Farmers Market features live music and a different highlighted winery attending each week. Including over 30 vendors, from produce and crafts, to food from local restaurants, live music, and food trucks. This family friendly event welcomes well-behaved dogs on leash.

HOT AUGUST FRIDAY NIGHT – Poetry, Wine, Jazz, and Food
FRIDAY, AUG. 30th | 6:00pm – 10:00pm | Prospect 772
Picnic under the stars at the gorgeous Prospect 772 in Angels Camp, while listening to free live music. Bring your own spread and Prospect 772 Winery will provide wine for purchase by the glass or bottle. Grill will be hot if you want to bring food to grill. And for those who choose not to bring food, pizzas will be made on site fresh to order.

FREE FISHING – SATURDAY ONLY
Saturday August 31st ALL DAY I  CDFW Regions
Cost: FREE! See Details below

Did you know that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a FREE FISHING day available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more about FREE FISHING rules and regulations here.

LIVE MUSIC AT VINO METATE
Sunday Sept. 1st I 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm I Vino Metate Tasting Room in historic downtown Angels Camp
Enjoy fine Spanish wine with warm and approachable, passionately knowledgeable local Vino Metate winemakers and friends while taking in the spirited sounds of one man gypsy band, Nicholas Leffler, in a beautiful historic Gold Rush era building in downtown historic Angels Camp every Sunday.

Staying for the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Angels Camp here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Arnold & Ebbetts Pass Corridor

Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree

Labor Day Weekend Event: Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree | Cindy Micheli

REGGAE IN THE PINES
Thursday August 29th I 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm I Cameo Plaza in Arnold, CA
Cost: $15 I All ages invited
Sponsored by Murphys School of Music and Artsy Parts in Arnold, CA Reggae in the Pines will feature live reggae music courtesy of Ras Beekan Dan and Cali Rebelz, as well as killer food and interesting local vendors. All ages welcome!

🐠FREE FISHING – SATURDAY ONLY
Saturday August 31st ALL DAY I  CDFW Regions
Cost: FREE! See Details below

Did you know that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a FREE FISHING day available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more about FREE FISHING rules and regulations here.

24TH ANNUAL SIERRA NEVADA LOGGING JAMBOREE 
Saturday, Aug. 31st |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
Looking for entertainment with a sense of adventure? Catch the Logging Jamboree action live with logging competitions including axe throwing, choke setting and hot sawing, concessions, family friendly activities and more. Children under 12 are free; Adults, $8 each (or $15 for two adults). Looking to cool off? Don’t forget to duck into the air conditioned Logging Museum for spectacular displays of the region’s rich timber industry. Afterwards, swing by the 45th annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival (details below) and then take a dip in White Pines Lake (within walking distance of both events). You can even rent stand up paddle boards and other gear at the nearby Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, or hop on the trail to hike among giant sequoias on the Arnold Rim Trail or just up the road at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Looking for more historic fun? Don’t miss West Point’s Lumberjack Day, the first Saturday in October, each year and the Mark Twain Wild West Fest in Angels Camp Saturday, October 19th. Click the links above to learn more.

47th ANNUAL LABOR DAY ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Saturday & Sunday, Aug 31st – Sept.1st | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and 4:00 pm Sunday | Next to Bristol’s Ranch House CafĂ©
Free admission. Arnold’s popular 45th annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival is an end-of-summer celebration featuring over 50 vendors offering original crafts, antiques, and art of all kinds; not to mention gourmet foods as well as activities for kids and adults alike, all set to a backdrop of live music.Ebbett’s  Pass Volunteer Fire Department will be serving local Calaveras County beers as well. The Arnold Lion’s Club will also be holding their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast of ham, eggs, & pancakes both days from 7:30 am – 11:00 am.

SUMMER SWEETNESS – CALAVERAS BIG TREES ASSOCIATION
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday Aug. 31st – Sept. 2nd I 12:00pm – 4:00pm I Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Coming to Calaveras Big Trees State Park Labor Day weekend? Enjoy frozen treats, lemonade, and other snack items for $1 each in the Warming Hut Saturday through Monday from noon to 4pm. These affordable treats taste extra good once you realize that each purchase supports the volunteer organization CBTA (Calaveras Big Trees Association) that brings many fabulous events and improvements to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. What a nice way to begin or end an adventure among the ancient giant sequoias.

GUIDED HIKE – NORTH GROVE CALAVERAS BIG TREES
Saturday, Aug. 31st I 11:30am and 1:00pm I Calaveras Big Trees State Park Visitor Center

Included for free with admission to the park ($10/vehicle or less). This family friendly walk is 1.5 to 2 hours, across level terrain and takes place daily at 11:30am as well as at 1:00 pm. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

ADDITIONAL ARNOLD, CA EVENTS 
Labor Day Weekend 2019 I Arnold, CA
Find additional Labor Day weekend fun events such as the Arnold Bistro concert series and Cameo Plaza Summer Concert series by exploring our on-line calendar of Calaveras events by day.

BONUS: HERMITFEST
Saturday September 7th, 2019 I Hermit Valley
From the event organizers: “The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting our 11th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 8th, 2018.  We invite all you music and mountain fans to ‘Come Party on the Pass’ with us and enjoy one of the last free, outdoor, live music events of the year. The centerpiece of our celebration will again be our day long, live music event in Hermit Valley which we affectionately refer to as Hermitfest but visitors should definitely make a weekend of it and spend some time checking out the entire Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway from Arnold to Bear Valley and beyond all the way to Markleevile, CA.”

Staying for the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Arnold here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Copperopolis

Copperopolis Town Square

Live music at The Square in Copper Valley.

MUSIC AT THE SQUARE IN COPPER VALLEY
Saturday, Aug. 31st | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Copper Valley Square
Free admission. Join the final Copper Valley Concert of the season. Explore the shops and restaurants of Copperopolis, before settling in to enjoy live music courtesy of Oaktown Gold.

FREE FISHING – SATURDAY ONLY
Saturday August 31st ALL DAY I  CDFW Regions
Cost: FREE! See Details below

Did you know that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a FREE FISHING day available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more about FREE FISHING rules and regulations here.

COPPER VALLEY – SATURDAY MARKET
Saturday, Aug. 31st | 8:00 am – 11:00 am | Copper Valley Square
Free admission. Join the final Saturday Market at the Square in Copper Valley for the 2019 summer season.  Markets are your place for fresh produce, live music, kid friendly fun, gourmet food and artisan crafts. Although this is not a certified farmers market, if you get a kick out of supporting local farms, you can verify which vendors are sharing verified Calaveras farm goods and products by visiting the Calaveras Grown resource guide here today. This family friendly event welcomes well-behaved dogs on leash.

Staying for the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Copperopolis here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Mokelumne Hill


Instagrammer @moke_hill_fig enjoying some improved fun at Backyard Blues and BBQ.

VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
Saturday, Aug. 31st I 9:00 am – 12:00 pm I Historic Hotel Leger
Join Mary Kate at the historical Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, California for a special Vinyasa Yoga workshop. Whether you are an advanced yogi or new to the practice, you will learn yogic tools which help support a more aligned life. MK will guide participants deeper into their practice through: intuitive intentions & movement, specialized posture foundations & sequence, Kundalini Yoga meditation, and a healthy snack. This workshop qualifies for 4 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education training hours. All levels are welcome! $40 early bird price thru 8/5/2019 or ​$50 after 8/5. Please wear comfortable clothing and any props you enjoy using. Space is limited, so sign up now. Questions can be directed to www.namastaymk.com.

FREE FISHING – SATURDAY ONLY
Saturday August 31st ALL DAY I  CDFW Regions
Cost: FREE! See Details below

Did you know that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a FREE FISHING day available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more about FREE FISHING rules and regulations here.

BACKYARD BLUES & BBQ
Sunday, Sept. 1st  | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Historic Hotel LĂ©ger
If BBQ or blues is your thing, you do NOT want to miss the final Backyard Blues & BBQ event of the summer season at Hotel Léger Restaurant & Saloon! Enjoy awesome food and beverages available for purchase at this fabulous historic pool-side venue. Concessions include house-made BBQ, as well as side dishes, desserts, tasty alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a full bar, all made that much sweeter with live blues music playing throughout! Entry fee is $5 (free for children 12 and under) and includes pool access and two complimentary raffle tickets. 

Self-guided ghost hunting kits – Did you know you can borrow ghost hunting kits to go on a self-guided ghost hunting tour of the historic Hotel LĂ©ger any day of the week? Featured in numerous ghost hunting shows, borrow a kit from the Historic Hotel LĂ©ger in Mokelumne Hill, CA to explore the unknown this Labor Day weekend.

Staying the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Mokelumne Hill here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Murphys

Ironstone Amphitheater, Ironstone Summer Concerts, Ironstone Vineyards

Ironstone Amphitheater Courtesy of Instagrammer @____aldrich____

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE AT IRONSTONE AMPHITHEATRE
Friday, August 30th I 7:30pm I Ironstone Vineyards
Three titans of alternative rock – Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult – will come together for the first time this summer for the “tri-headlining” Revolution 3 Tour at the gorgeous Ironstone Amphitheater. Learn more about Ironstone Amphitheatre today, to explore all of the different perks available to VIP members, as well as all of the amazing things to do before and after the show on their gorgeous, expansive grounds. 

Pride in the Park Unicorn Carriage Rides. I Courtesy Tri-County LGBT Alliance

4TH ANNUAL PRIDE IN THE PARK
Saturday, Aug. 31st | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Murphys Community Park
Free for all ages. Hosted by the Tri-County LGBT Alliance servicing Calaveras, Alpine, Amador, and Tuolumne counties. This inclusive family friendly non-profit event features a variety of entertainment and educational events for all ages including a unicorn carriage ride, live music, DJ, photo booth, merchandise, silent auctions, beer & wine booth, food vendors, and more. Well-trained dogs are welcome on leash.

HILLTOP CONCERT SERIES
Sunday, Sept. 1st | Doors Open 5:30 pm I Music 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Brice Station Vineyards
Risky Biscuits and Poor Man’s Whiskey performs at Brice Station Vineyards’ second to last Hilltop Concert Series performance of the season. Admission to this family friendly event under the stars is $20 with lovingly crafted food and drink available for purchase. Well-trained dogs are welcome on leash. 

CALAVERAS COMMUNITY BAND LABOR DAY CONCERT
Monday, Sept. 2nd I 5:00 pm I Murphys Community Park
A free Labor Day Concert by the longest “laboring” band in the County, the Calaveras Community Band, will take place at the Murphys Community Park on Monday, September 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.  (Please note this time is earlier than usual starting times.)  Did you know the Calaveras Community Band has been in existence since the 1880’s? Now that’s a treat! Bring your friends and family, young and old, “laboring” or not, to Murphys Park to enjoy the live music on this holiday. (Well-trained dogs are welcome on leash.) You might want to bring a picnic dinner and your swimsuit for a dip in the creek, while the Band performs patriotic pieces, Latin music, a Gershwin tune or two, a medley from Phantom of the Opera, as well as other familiar favorites.  There will be something for everyone.

Staying the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Murphys here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend in Calaveras Outdoor Recreation

Labor Day, Northern California, Calaveras County, Angels Camp, Arnold CA, Murphys CA, Valley Springs, Lake Tulloch, Copperopolis

Labor Day Family Fun on Calaveras Lakes I Courtesy of Instagrammer @tomandthe_t

Explore fun Labor Day outdoor recreation through one of our guides below:

FREE FISHING – SATURDAY ONLY
Saturday August 31st ALL DAY I  CDFW Regions
Cost: FREE! See Details below

Did you know that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a FREE FISHING day available Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st? No license is needed for this day ONLY. All Fish and Wildlife laws are still in effect. Have a great day fishing on our Highway 4 corridor. Learn more about FREE FISHING rules and regulations here.

Northern California 2019 Labor Day Weekend Music, Food &/or Wine Tasting 

Calaveras wine adventure | Joel Metzger

Calaveras wine adventure | Joel Metzger

MUSIC & WINE TASTING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
Various venues – Check calendar for details

From the Woody Show at Hotel Leger in Northern Calaveras to Nocturnal Happenings educational event at New Melones Lake in Southern Calaveras; and tunes, wine, beer and eats mingling throughout numerous venues in between, Calaveras is rich with live music, food, wine, beer, art, shopping and educational events throughout the county this Labor Day weekend. Get in on the action by visiting our on-line calendar of events to find your venue of choice today.

đŸ·Explore the Calaveras Vineyard and Wine Tasting Experience here, or peruse a full list of Calaveras wineries here.

đŸșExplore Northern California Beer Lovers Guide to Calaveras here.

Unusual Labor Day Activities in Northern California

Labor Day Weekend

Ready for an adventure? I Courtesy of Moaning Cavern Adventure Park Adventure Park

If you’re looking for some adventure this Labor Day Weekend, check out a couple of our top picks here:

CAVES: With 3 caves in the county, Calaveras offers fun guided tours as well as wild cave expeditions and thrilling zip lines. Call ahead, reservations are required for some activities.
SEAPLANE TOURS: Get a beautiful view of some of our prettiest lakes with Foothill Aviation.
MUSEUMS: Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush, logging industry, the Miwok people who pre-date western settlers, see a 19th century courthouse, classic schoolhouse or the largest crystalline gold nugget pulled out of the Mother Lode at one of our many museums.

BONUS: Events after Labor Day Weekend

Pioneer Day at Turner Park.

Pioneer Day at Turner Park. Photo | Donna Schantz, San Andreas Merchants

Looking to dodge Labor Day weekend travel? Explore our on-line calendar of events to find fun things to do year round, such as the annual historic Pioneer Day & Pet Parade event that takes place annually in San Andreas, CA. Find more fun things to do in San Andreas, CA here. Activities at this great family friendly annual event include: Black Bark Pet Parade dress your pet and yourself as Black Bart (entry fee-canned or day pet food), Vendors, Food, Fire Bucket Brigade, Calaveras Community Band, Bike Pumptrack Demonstration and more at Turner Park, Saturday September 7 2019.

Get the full picture of all there is to see and do during your Calaveras getaway by using our handy digital Calaveras Experience Guide. Need help finding something in particular? We’re available by phone or email 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 or [email protected]


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