There’s still so much more summer ahead of us, especially for those of you lucky enough not to have school – or jobs – on the calendar. Nevertheless, it’s still tough to fit in all the great summer activities that Calaveras has to offer, so we thought we’d offer up a little summer hit list of things we think should be on your radar over the next month.
Be a Lumberjack for a Day
Logging Jamboree – We’ll go out on a limb here and say that you probably don’t often get the chance to throw axes and swing chainsaws for sport. But why not a little friendly competition among aspiring lumberjacks? Step up and unleash your inner woodsman (or woman) at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum’s annual Jamboree. Amateurs are welcome to compete in the morning (if you’re the type to enter arm wrestling contests, this might be for you), beginning at 9am, then get out of the way for the pros, who start competing at noon. It’s a full day of history, food and entertainment celebrating the town’s rich timber industry past, plus you’ll get to browse their really cool collections of vintage logging equipment and scale models of mills and logging camps. After this, you’ll definitely nail those trivia questions about cross-cutting and hot-sawing.
WHEN: August 30, 9am – 5pm
WHERE: Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
2148 Dunbar Road, White Pines, CA 95223
CONTACT: 209-795-6782 | sierraloggingmuseum.org
COST: Free Admission
Discover a New World Underground – Or Fly Above it
You may have heard Calaveras County has caves – actually, we have nearly half the show caves in the entire state, where you can suit up in coveralls and headlamps for an unforgettable adventure tour of the limestone netherworld at California Cavern, or take a more convenient walk through amazing geological displays at Mercer Cavern. Is it stalagmite or stalactite? Something to ponder as you rappel 165 feet into the abyss at Moaning Cavern! Or step out to the Moaning Cavern Adventure Park and harness up to their zip lines – which now offer tandem zips, so kids under 70 pounds can zip with an adult (pretty much the highlight of an 8 year old’s vacation).
WHEN: Any day, year round. Reservations required for wild caving expeditions only.Details:
WHERE: California Cavern in Mountain Ranch | Mercer Caverns in Murphys | Moaning Cavern Adventure Park in Vallecito
CONTACT: California Cavern & Moaning Cavern – 209-736-2708 caverntours.com | Mercer Caverns 209-728-2101 mercercaverns.com
COST: Varies depending on activity. Check websites for details
Prefer Water Adventures to the Underground? Check out the recent article about our lakes!
Family Fun Among the Giant Sequoias
Big Trees Family Day – This popular annual event in the park’s North Grove has horse-drawn carriage rides, live birds of prey and reptiles, crafts, games, food and more. It’s a unique way to experience a truly unique State Park!
WHEN: August 16, 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 3 miles east of Arnold on Highway 4
CONTACT: 209-795-2334 | bigtrees.org
COST: Park admission fee: $10 per vehicle, $9 senior admission. Most activities free. Wagon ride $3
MORE INFO: gocalaveras.com/calaveras-event-calendar/family-fun-day/
Beautiful Music in an Alpine Setting
Bear Valley Music Festival – Set at 7000 feet in the High Sierra, the festival is in its 46th year and draws audiences for its eclectic line-ups of broadway show-tunes, opera, chamber music, educational programs, and guest artists from around the world. Spend a day in the upcountry outdoors and an evening listening to some of the best.
WHEN: Festival continues through August 10th
WHERE: Bear Valley, CA 95223
COST: Varies by performance. Check website for details
More cool outdoor concerts to attend – From wineries to community parks, there is an opportunity to see some great music every week in August, check out the following links for info:
Free concerts in the park – calaverasarts.org/musicpark.html | Music at Brice Station Vineards – bricestation.com/upcomings | Twisted Folk concert series – twistedoak.com/events | Ironstone Vineyards – ZZ Top and Jeff Beck concert
Get Local with Wine & Food
Metzger Farms Tasting Tuesdays – Come hang out at this San Andreas family farm market and sample their freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as Metzger Wines. You’re welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the season’s bounty.
WHEN: Tuesdays through summer and fall, all day
WHERE: Metzger Family Wines Tasting Room
1706 Gold Hunter Road, San Andreas, CA 95249
Tour Some History in Angels Camp
Historic Tours in Downtown Angels Camp with Gold Rush Guides – one of Angels Camp’s newest attractions. Join your guide, Kelly Smith, for an entertaining and educational tour through historic downtown Angels Camp and meet some of the present-day shopkeepers along the way.
WHEN: Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: Downtown Angels Camp, leaves from the Calaveras Visitors Center
1192 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222
CONTACT: 209-772-2742 | goldrushguides.com | [email protected]
Hunt for Treasures at Annual Yard Sale
Independence Hall Flea Market – Arnold’s community center, near White Pines Lake, holds its annual fund-raiser the first weekend in August every year and is a haven for pickers and yard salers. Donations are accepted all year but the sale only happens this weekend! Parking and entrance are free. Lunch, desserts, BBQ burgers and dogs available for purchase.
WHEN: August 2-3
WHERE: Independence Hall Community Center
1445 Blagen Road, Arnold, CA 95223
CONTACT: 209-795-2152 | independencehallarnold.org
COST: Free Admission and Parking