October’s Unique Cultural Events

Lumberjack Day axe throwing compettion
When the beer can explodes, you know you’ve hit the bullseye.

October Events: Lumberjack Day, West Point

October 1, 7:00am-3:00pm
West Point, CA

Lumberjack Day takes place on the first Saturday in October and celebrates the history and traditions of the Calaveras County lumber industry. Start the day at 7:00 am at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall with their pancake breakfast, followed by the Soap Box Derby at 8:30 AM, and then the spectacular small town parade at 11:00 AM. Festivities will also include the crowning of the King and Queen Scholarship, singing of the National Anthem, the car and motorcycle show, the flower show, the $5 entry to the children’s play area includes a climbing wall, face painting, bouncy house, and petting zoo and will open after the parade, and lumberjack competition with big timbers, axes and chainsaws. Live music, firehouse BBQ, horseshoe throwing, food and beverage vendors, and craft vendors will be available all day. Admission is free. Parking is $5 with the proceeds benefiting Calaveras High School FFA.

Entry Forms at

West Point Lumberjack Day Committee, Parade entries Angel O’Meara 209-293-7657, Booths/Vendors Karan Bowsher 209-293-7809, Logging Show Dorrie & Mike Klith 209-293-2207, information Danielle Bianchi 209-293-3100, or Diana Inslee 209-293-7135

October Events: Calaveras Grape Stomp
Calaveras Grape Stomp | file photo

October Events: Calaveras Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Street Fair, Murphys

October 1st, 9:00am-5:00pm
Murphys Main Street and Murphys Community Park

Every first Saturday in October the historic town of Murphys transforms into a frenzy of activity with two renowned events – the Calaveras Grape Stomp and the Gold Rush Street Faire. Both events run simultaneously between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and benefit Feeney Community Park on Highway 4 in Murphys.

Organized by the Calaveras Winegrape Association, the Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp takes place in picturesque Murphys Park. The day’s events include energetic stomp competitions every half hour, live music in the gazebo, silent auction, BBQ, team costume contest, children’s games and face painting, belly dancing performances, and wine tasting. Sign up your stomping team today at early ‘cuz this crazy, costumed, competition fills up FAST!!!!

October Events: Murphys Witch Walk, Murphys

October 15th, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Murphys Main Street

The Murphys Witch Walk will feature multiple vendor bazaars, charity raffles, live music at local businesses, and unrivaled costumed camaraderie. Be sure to dress to impress as your best Witch of Eastwick, Harry Potter character, Maleficent, sorcerers Saruman or Gandalf, Sanderson Sister, the witches of MacBeth or the Good Witch of the North, the Wicked Witch of the East, or whatever other fascinating fantastical mystical character you can think of.  Street Festival Admission is FREE – Vendor Bazaar Admission Tickets Start at $5.00 and include a Murphys Witch Walk Tote Bag, Commemorative Bumper Stickers and Five Raffle Tickets. Order vendor bazaar tickets with goody bag in advance at: For more information, email or check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Astronomy Night at Big Trees State Park
Astronomy Night at Big Trees State Park. Photo courtesy: Betty Chase, CBT Association

October Events: Astronomy Nights, Calaveras Big Trees

October 20th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold

Come look at the stars! Docents will be sharing information and telling stories as everyone gazes at the night sky. Two telescopes and astronomical binoculars will give you a closer look at the moon, planets and deep sky objects. The park is excited to have a webcam for one of the telescopes, so images can be shown on a 40” monitor in real time. No more standing in line to look through the big telescope!

Meet at the Scenic Overlook in the park, just a few miles past the Visitor Center. This is one of the best night sky viewing areas in the region. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

The Astronomy program is made possible by an entirely volunteer group of docents and sponsored by the Calaveras Big Trees Association. Call 209-795-7980 with any questions or visit their website at for more information.

Get Inspired at the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Festival I Courtesy of Instagram quilter and artist @ruthdevosart

October Events: Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire, Murphys

October 21st – 23rd, 9:00am-4:00pm
Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

See beautiful, hand-crafted quilts and wearable artwork at the Independence Hall Quilt Faire held at Ironstone Vineyards October 21st – 23rd.  Plenty of quilting vendors will be on hand, and you get to vote for your favorite quilts!  For more information, contact the friendly Independence Halls Quilters at

Photo courtesy of LoveCamp Music I Dia De Los Muertos

October Events: All Hallows Fair – Celtic New Year’s – Dia De Los Muertos Celebrations, Angels Camp

October 29th  12:00 pm-10:30 pm; October 30th 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp

This fun, family-friendly two-day event on the last weekend of October celebrates All Hallows Eve, Celtic New Year’s Celebration, and La Celebracion De Dia De Los Muertos in a blend of harvest and Halloween fantasy. Usher in fall with this festival that includes Live Music, Stage Shows, Fire Show, Costume Contests for all ages and costume designs, Craft Vendors and more. Located at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds at 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. To find more information about purchasing tickets, contest categories, dates and times, or being a vendor, visit their website

Saturday Night only:
Burning of the Harvestman Fire Extravaganza.  Brought to you by Phoenix Fire Family

For more events in Calaveras County, visit our Calendar of Events. Planning an extended stay? Click here for a list of lodging in Angels Camp and surrounding areas.  Give us a call at 209-736-0049 or drop us an email here at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau for help planning your stay in Calaveras County!