Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events in Calaveras feature history, live music, food and wine. From our famous Frog Jump to our logging jamborees, grape stomp, summer concert series and the Mark Twain Wild West Fest (pictured above), you're sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy.

There’s no shortage of festivals and events in Calaveras. Check out our online calendar find out what’s happening today. Here’s a full list of all annual events in the entire county. You can also see the top annual events that happen in each of our towns by visiting their individual festivals & events pages: Angels Camp | Arnold area | Copperopolis | Mokelumne HillMurphys | San Andreas area | Vallecito area | Valley Springs. For a roundup of some of our top annual events, read on.

Festivals & Events: Angels Camp

Our most famous festival in the entire county happens here, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds as part of our annual county fair. The Jumping Frog Jubilee was inspired by Mark Twain’s story that was in turn, inspired by his visit to Angels Camp. The four-day event includes not only the famous frog jump – which you can participate in by renting a frog – but also live music, rodeo, demolition derby, wine and craft exhibits, an outhouse race and lots of classic fair food and rides. Read more about the fun and festive events in Angels Camp.

Festivals & Events: Jumping Frog Jubilee - Calaveras County Fair

Jumping Frog Jubilee | Calaveras County Fair

Festivals & Events: Arnold area

This High Sierra town surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest features annual events ranging from the Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree, to free concerts in the park, to the Sierra Nevada Arts & Craft Festival to Winter Wonderland at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Read more about the fun annual events in the Arnold area.

Festivals & Events: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderand: Horse-drawn carriage rides through the big trees | Alan Beymer

Festivals & Events: Murphys

Murphys was named for two Irish brothers and the town celebrates this heritage with its biggest festival of the year: Murphys Irish Day, which takes place on St. Paddy’s Day and includes a raffle prize of a trip to Ireland. Another big festival here celebrates the huge, local wine culture in the form of the Calaveras Grape Stomp which is as much fun to watch as to enter as a grape stomping team. Add Music in the Parks, Dia de Los Muertos, Ironstone’s Concours d’Elegance and Spring Obsession Art Show and you get a taste of the diversity of festivals you can enjoy. In addition, you won’t want to miss the stellar Shakespeare performances in the outside amphitheater at Brice Station Vineyards’ Shakespeare on the Vine. These performances are legendary. Find out more at Murphys’ top festivals and events.

Festivals & Events: Murphys Irish Day by Jim Last

Murphys Irish Day | Jim Last

Festivals & Events: Copperopolis

With one of the most picturesque town squares you’ve ever seen, Copperopolis is perfectly situated for some fun events including their annual Old Fashioned Holiday & Christmas Tree Lighting, farmers markets, Summer Concert Series, Hot Copper Car Show and seasonal favorites.

Festivals & Events: Copperopolis Town Square | Jack Forkner

Copperopolis Town Square Annual Christmas Tree Lighting | Jack Forkner

Festivals & Events: Mokelumne Hill area

One of Calaveras County’s most popular festivals takes place just outside of Mokelumne Hill in West Point. The annual Lumberjack Day packs a lot of fun into this full-day event including a soapbox derby, parade, logging show and axe throwing contest, vintage car show, petting zoo and more. Other Mokelumne events include the Goldrush Writers Conference, Backyard Blues & BBQ, and the Spring Fine Arts Concert Series. See more Mokelumne Hill area annual events.

Festivals & Events: Lumberjack Day axe throwing compettion

Lumberjack Day, West Point

Festivals & Events: San Andreas area

There are just a few annual events in the San Andreas area – and one of them gives you the opportunity to see Calaveras from above. The Calaveras Air Fair is one of the best events in the county – with a large display of military, specialty and experimental aircrafts with flyovers and the opportunity to purchase short flights for a view of this beautiful part of the county. Get more info on San Andreas area festivals.

Festivals & Events: Calaveras Air Fair

Take a ride in an airplane at the Calaveras Air Fair

Festivals & Events: Vallecito area

Vallecito, though small, enjoys a couple of our favorite events: the Twisted Folk Concert Series at the beautiful Twisted Oak vineyard, and Caroling in the Cave – a concert that takes place inside Moaning Cavern, and culminates with Santa rappelling 154-feet to deliver gifts. Moaning Cavern Adventure Park also offers the thoroughly fun Zip Line Pumpkin Smash. Get full details on these events.

Festivals & Events: Caroling in the Cave at Moaning Cavern

Carolers in Moaning Cavern

 

Festivals & Events: Valley Springs

Valley Springs may only have four annual events – but they’re all worth checking out. Imagine enjoying Independence Day fireworks over one of the most picturesque lakes in California – you can enjoy this magical experience free of charge at New Hogan Lake. And then there’s the Calaveras Oktoberfest with all of the Bavarian festivities you’d expect, plus wiener dog races. Find out more about Valley Springs events.

Festivals & Events: Fireworks Over New Hogan Lake | John Fernandez

Fireworks over the lake 2017 | John Fernandez

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