Every October people descend upon the historic gold rush town and up-and-coming wine destination of Murphys, CA to channel their inner Lucy and Ethel in a true, down and dirty grape stomp competition. The event is held in conjunction with a Gold Rush Street Faire for a full day of family-fun and entertainment.
- Where to Look for Team Registration 2019: Get ready to register your Calaveras Grape Stomp team here.
- Book Lodging Early: Lodging can fill up quick for this popular annual event. Explore and book available Calaveras lodging today.
- Keep an eye out for fun activities happening throughout the entire weekend: Explore our on-line calendar of events by day.
New for 2019: Harvest Celebration Winemaker Dinners and Private Weekend Events and the Gold Rush Street Fair will be bigger and better than ever with music, entertainment and family fun. Watch for the schedule of events to be published in mid August 2019.
Calaveras Grape Stomp: How it Works
Teams of two—a Swabber and a Stomper—have exactly three minutes to try and stomp the most juice out of barrel of grapes for a chance to advance to the finals and win fabulous prizes. You know you want to do this! And even if your team doesn’t stomp your way to the finals, you could take home the prize for best costume (this is where the serious competitors come in!). Want to stomp? Scroll down for the full rules.
Meanwhile, spectating is just as fun. You get to wander in and out of Murphys Community Park throughout the day to watch the various stomping heats, enjoy the Street Fair and taste your way through as many wineries as you can get to in a day. In case you haven’t been in awhile, there’s now 22 wine tasting rooms on Main Street alone.
Here’s a video from 2014:
Sounds like you’re going to need to book a room! Don’t worry, there are still a few to be had right in town, and even more available just down the road. Make this your fall getaway.
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