Gold Discovery Day — January 24, 2014
Celebrate Marshall Gold Discovery State Park with historic demonstrations, tours, speakers, and Gold Rush music at this annual commemoration of the discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Hwy 49 in Coloma. event website
Easter Egg Hunt — April 19, 2014
This year marks the 15th annual Coloma-Lotus Community Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic. The egg hunt starts at noon in the meadow behind Back Street in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. It’s open to local children ages 10 and under. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon in the Park. Sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, Gold Trail Grange #452, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and local families.
Mother Lode Century — May 10, 2014
This annual scenic bicycling event features three options to choose from, a mild 28, a challenging 64 and wild 100-mile routes. There will be SAG support, meals, snacks and a riverside post-ride BBQ served along the American River. This ride helps support the American River Conservancy and El Dorado Trail. event website
American River Trailfest — June 8, 2014
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.
2014 is the American River Conservancy’s 25th anniversary, which makes this a particularly special year for us. TrailFest donations will help fund several projects in 2014 and 2015. One such project is the completion of a trailhead and trail connection at Salmon Falls Ranch, another is the creation of a connector trail between Henningsen Lotus Park and Monroe Ridge Trail in partnership with Marshall Gold Discovery State Park and El Dorado County. The third major project is ongoing maintenance of existing trails that are part of the SFAR trail system. ARC has retained ownership to 3 parcels of land that provide trail connectivity between BLM-owned parcels.
This year’s event will take place at EarthTrek’s Camp in River Park Village located on Hwy 49 in Lotus. For more information call (530) 621-1224.
River Tunes — July 27 - 31, 2014
Enjoy three and a half days of acoustic music instruction from instructors who come here from all over the United States. (707) 678-1351.
Lobster on the River — September 6, 2014
Each year Coloma Resort hosts “Lobster on the River.” Proceeds from this well-attended event benefit local projects, students, and organizations through the Placerville Rotary Club and the Placerville Soroptimist. Come enjoy live music and dancing under the stars set in a romantic setting right next to the river! Generous portions of lobster tails and or tender filet mignon with appetizers, clam chowder, fresh veggies and dessert are on the menu. For more information on this local charitable event call 530-621-2267.
8th Annual American River Music Festival — September 12 - 14, 2014
Bringing you the finest in roots music, the 2014 festival will present over 25 performances in 10 locations throughout our friendly river town. Music will be at the riverfront main stage at Henningsen Lotus Park, in our three sponsoring riverfront campgrounds, on our river walk, our river trip, and Coloma hotspots. Enjoy fun kids’ activities, cool art vendors, live art, music jams, dance, a Friday night showcase, freshly prepared food and beverages and much more. Several different ticket packages are available. For more information, call (530) 622-6044.
Coloma Gold Rush Live — October 9 - 12, 2014
Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era. Enjoy live music, live history tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations, and a merchants market. There is gold panning for kids and adults, as well as sawmill demonstrations and historic reenactments —you will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with the adventurers and historical figures who helped create the worldwide rush to California.
Historic Holiday Houses — November 29 - 30, 2014
Enjoy the magic of the holidays combined with the rich history of the Marshall Gold Discovery Historic Park for this great Seasonal event. Take a tour of Coloma’s historic homes all dressed up for Christmas on Saturday November 29, and Sunday November 30. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association have teamed up to revive this classic event and get us in the holiday mood!
Your whole family can enjoy music, a campfire, wreath making, wagon rides, crafts and a visit with Santa. The entry fee of $8 per car gives you admission to the Park, museum, shops and vendors. (State Park annual passes are also accepted.) Additional fees may apply to some activities.
For an additional $7 you can purchase a wristband that allows you to tour inside the Historic Holiday Houses. For a group of 4 people the price drops to $25.00. For each additional person (beyond 4) the price is $3.50 per person. The homes are open from 10 AM to 4 PM.
This year the Gold Trail Grange #452 is hosting a “Holiday Market” to compliment “Historic Holiday Houses”. From 10-4 they will have over 16 quality local vendors, food and beverages. Working in conjunction with the other local businesses, like the Argonaut Cafe, the Grange is helping to revive the spirit of Christmas in Coloma!