Wakamatsu Colony Festival — May 18, 2013
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy Taiko drummers, sword demonstrations, Japanese folk music and dancing, traditional Japanese arts and crafts, history, and hay wagon tours. Sake, wine and sushi tasting. This fundraiser supports and honors the site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm, the first known Japanese colony in North America. At the Graner House, Cold Springs Road, Gold Hill. $15 adults ($20 on day of event), $7 youth, free for kids 10 and under. (Food and beverages not included in ticket price.)
American River Trailfest — June 9, 2013
Enjoy live performances, great food, local wines & beers, silent and live auctions, and activities for kids to help generate funds for the South Fork American River Trail at this benefit for the American River Conservancy. Dance under the stars at EarthTrek’s Camp in River Park Village located on Hwy 49 in Lotus. For more information call (530) 621-1224.
32nd Annual American River Festival — September 7 - 8, 2013
The American River Festival is one of the longest running whitewater festivals in the country. Fun and spectator-friendly slalom races will be held on September 8th, 2013 at The Nugget, just upstream from Chili Bar. Entrance to the Nugget is free for racers and spectators alike that weekend. See the ARF website for registration and detailed schedules.
Then stop by Henningsen-Lotus Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, and check out the great deals on used rafting and kayaking equipment at the Friends of the River Gear Swap. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the gear swap. For more information, call The River Store at 530-626-3435.
7th Annual American River Music Festival — September 13 - 15, 2013
Bringing you the finest in American roots music, the 2012 festival presented over 25 performances, including Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Dangermuffin Tony Furtado, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Tom Russell, Wheeler Brothers, Ray Bonneville with Nina Gerber, the Joe Craven Trio, Birds of Chicago, Rita Hosking, Cousin Jack and more. Music will be at the riverfront main stage in Henningsen Lotus Park and at three riverfront campgrounds. Enjoy kids’ activities, art vendors, live art, music jams, dancing, a Friday night showcase, freshly prepared food, local beverages and much more. Several different ticket packages are available. For more information, call (530) 622-6044.