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).
2018 Labor Day Weekend in Angels Camp
ANGELS CAMP FRESH FRIDAY FARMER’S MARKET
Friday, Aug. 31st | 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.
ONE HOT AUGUST NIGHT – Poetry, Wine, Jazz, and Food
FRIDAY, AUG. 31ST | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Cascabel Restaurant
Featuring poetry, wine, live jazz, and an optional dinner at Cascabel Restaurant in historic downtown Angels Camp, Vino Metate and Manzanita Arts Emporium present a pleasurable evening of wine and poetry reading “Between the Sheets” with musician Anthony Delany’s sultry jazz rhythms. Before the event, Cascabel Restaurant will offer a blushingly romantic dinner entree. Call 209-890-7336 to make a reservation for two.
Staying for the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Angels Camp here.
2018 Labor Day Weekend in Arnold & White Pines
23RD ANNUAL SIERRA NEVADA LOGGING JAMBOREE
Saturday, Sept. 1st | 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 20th. Click the links above to learn more.
45th ANNUAL LABOR DAY ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 1st-2nd | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Next to Bristol’s Ranch House Café
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 country-swing music by the band “Homegrown.” Show some extra he Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Fire Department. will be serving local Calaveras County beers as well.
SUMMER SWEETNESS – CALAVERAS BIG TREES ASSOCIATION
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday Sept. 1st – 3rd I 12:00pm – 4:00pm I Calaveras Big Trees Warming Hut
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.
BISTRO ESPRESSO PRESENTS – MUSIC IN THE PARK
Saturday, Sept. 1st | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Arnold Bistro Espresso
Free admission. Come enjoy Arnold Bistro Espresso’s new location in the heart of Arnold at the Cedar Center. Enjoy great eats, drinks, live music with the Jank Tones and family friendly fun this Labor Day weekend. Well-behaved dogs welcome on leash. No outside alcohol, please.
GUIDED HIKE – NORTH GROVE CALAVERAS BIG TREES
Saturday, Sept. 2nd I 1pm 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. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Bring water and comfortable walking shoes.
Staying for the weekend? Find more fun things to do in Arnold here.
2018 Labor Day Weekend in Copperopolis
COPPER TOWN SQUARE CONCERT SERIES
Saturday, Sept. 1 | 7:00pm | Copper Town Square
Free admission. Join the first Copper Town Square Concert of the season, running Saturdays through September. Explore the shops and restaurants of Copperopolis, before settling in to enjoy live music courtesy of Faithfully Live (A Journey tribute sensation) in the charming Copperopolis Town Square.
COPPER TOWN SQUARE – Sunday Market
Sunday, Sept. 2 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Copper Town Square
Free admission. Sundays from June through October 1st. Copper Town Square’s Sunday 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.
Instagrammer @moke_hill_fig enjoying some improved fun at Backyard Blues and BBQ.
2018 Labor Day Weekend in Mokelumne Hill
BACKYARD BLUES & BBQ
Sunday, Sept. 2 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Historic Hotel Léger
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 Léger any day of the week? Featured in numerous ghost hunting shows, borrow a kit from the Historic Hotel Léger 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.
2018 Labor Day Weekend in Murphys
SHAKESPEARE ON THE VINE PRESENTS: THE TEMPEST
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays through Sept. 1 I Open 5:00pm; Play Begins 7:00pm I Brice Station Vineyards
Now in their 4th season, Brice Station Vineyards and resident theatre company, Shakespeare on the Vine presents William Shakespeare’s comedy, The Tempest. Directed By Tara Kayton, Shakespeare on the Vine’s annual performances have become a regional treasure of wine, moonlight, and live theater out under the stars. With beautifully crafted sets, this theater company hails from all over the country to bring Shakespearean magic to Brice Station Vineyards. Frequently compared with the heartfelt artistry of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival on a smaller scale, if you love to laugh, art, or live theater, you won’t want to miss this award winning event. Buy tickets here.
REVOLUTION 3 TOUR – BUSH, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, & THE CULT AT IRONSTONE AMPHITHEATRE
Friday, August 31st 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.
2ND ANNUAL PRIDE IN THE PARK
Saturday, Sept. 2nd | 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 family friendly event features a variety of entertainment and educational events for all ages including live music, DJ, photo booth, carriage rides, merchandise, silent auctions, beer & wine booth, food vendors, and more. Well-trained dogs are welcome on leash.
HILLTOP CONCERT SERIES
Sunday, Sept. 2nd | Doors Open 5:30 pm I Music 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Brice Station Vineyards
Poor Man’s Whiskey performs at Brice Station Vineyard’s 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. 3rd 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 3, 2018, 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.
2018 Labor Day Weekend Music, Food &/or Wine Tasting
MUSIC & WINE TASTING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; Sept. 1 – 4 | Various venues – Check calendar for details
From the Hwy 4 Blues Band performing at the Camp Connell Beer Garden in Eastern Calaveras, to The Woody Show in Northern Calaveras; and tunes, wine, beer and eats mingling throughout numerous venues in between, Calaveras is rich with live music, food and wine 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.
More Activities to Round Out your Calaveras Getaway
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.
HIKE or BIKE: With multiple beautiful trail systems, there’s no limit to your hiking or biking adventures in Calaveras County.
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]