There has never been a better time to plan a trip to Gold Country than right now, just in time to catch Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties’ Rope, Ride, and Ribbit extravaganza in May.
What the heck are we talking about exactly? One big week with three premiere events happening back to back to back–the 55th Annual Mother Lode Round-up and Parade, Amgen Tour of California’s Stage 4 start in Sonora and our favorite for obvious reasons…the world famous Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp.
From Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 20 all anyone has to do to have an unforgettable California vacation is show up to the area for these three fun-for-everyone events. Here’s a closer look at each event:
55th Annual Mother Lode Roundup
Saturday, May 12-Sunday, May 13–One of the major “events to see” in California, the Mother Lode Roundup kicks off with a parade of epic proportions that rolls thru historic downtown Sonora and attracts nearly 50,000 spectators annually. After the parade, the action (real live rodeo action) moves to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds where visitors can tap into their inner cowboy and cowgirl selves for the rest of the weekend.
Wednesday, May 16–The Amgen Tour of California features elite cyclists from around the world taking on more than 750 miles of scenic roads in eight days as part of one of the country’s most prestigious and largest cycling events. This year, the City of Sonora hosts the Stage 4 start where visitors can gather to be a part of all the excitement. Cycling enthusiasts or not, this major event is a sight to see.
Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee
Thursday, May 17-Sunday, May 20—The Jumping Frog Jubilee, held annually at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, is not only one of the longest running events in California, but perhaps the quirkiest. A classic county fair with concerts, exhibits, livestock and carnival rides, the event’s signature event is the Frog Jump, where visitors are welcome to join in on the fun and try to break the world record from jump set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribiter.
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