• Living History Days
    2nd Saturday of each month

    Join us at the Living History Days at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.

    Our Living History Program is held once a month, occurring on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This hands -on history day features many historical interpreters who come out to demonstrate different aspects of pioneer life during the Gold Rush. Visitors can experience candle dipping, meet the Mountain Men, chat with ladies doing their sewing or spinning, make some rope, help the carpenters saw a log, and ask the cooks “What’s fer lunch”.

    For more information about this event please contact Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at 530-622-3470.

    peeling apples at the Gold Rush Live tent city
  • Gold Discovery Day
    January 21, 2017

    January 24th marks the anniversary of James Marshall’s momentous discovery of gold in the tail race of Sutter’s Mill. This event is commemorated every year with living history, interactive period trade demonstrations, music and a Gold Rush Symposium featuring noted authors and scholars on gold rush history. Time: 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Parking is $8.00 per car. For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.
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  • Springtime Poppy Walk
    March 26, 2017

    (actual date depends on bloom time)

    Robin and Bill Center (longtime ARC supporters and Coloma river-front property owners) will lead this annual one-of-a-kind Poppy Walk. With glowing orange fields overlooking the crystal water of the South Fork of the American River, the stunning contrasts and vibrant colors are a sight few have the fortune of witnessing. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity, sign up TODAY! The river trail is steep in places but has a good flat bed. Hiking to the flowers takes about 15-20 minutes. The river trail also has views of some of the earliest land that ARC protected around Triple Threat Rapid. Desserts, healthy snacks, and punch will await your return to the house. Please call ARC @530-621-1224 for meeting location (Coloma/Lotus area) and to sign up. Cost: $25 per person

    (Donations support ARC’s American River Trail Campaign).

  • Easter Egg Hunt
    April 15, 2017

    This year marks the 17th annual Coloma-Lotus Community Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic. The egg hunt starts at 11 AM 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.

    Easter Egg Hunt
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour Coloma
    May 13, 2017

    American River Conservancy (ARC) is hosting the 2017 on-tour Wild & Scenic film festival with a special emphasis on positive stories. The focus of this unique Festival is all about citizen empowerment. Given the overwhelming horror stories you typically see in most environmental films, ARC’s Wild & Scenic Positive Power Film Festival will give you a break from all that environmental negativity polluting your mind.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Imagination Theater, El Dorado County Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. Find out more about American River Conservancy at www.ARConservancy.org.

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    SYRCL Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Coloma Springtime River Festival
    June 4, 2017

    Come join the American River Recreation Association (ARRA) and kick off a great summer on Sunday, June 4, 2017, 5:30-10:00pm at Earthtrek’s campground. Enjoy great food, live music, silent & live auction. Funds raised at this event will support the ARRA, a non-profit supporting river advocacy here on the South Fork of the American River. Tickets available online May 2017.

  • The South Fork Film Festival
    June 10, 2017

    The South Fork Film Festival celebrates all river recreation paddle sports with headliner films from the National Paddling Film Festival 2017 collection. Opening the FilmFest will be submitted short films and classic films from local community members.

    FilmFestTickets are $5, which includes a drink ticket, and from 5 to 6 PM children under 12 are free. There will be food for sale and a variety of beverages. Proceeds will go to maintaining the Grange as a Coloma-Lotus community hall and restoring the Grange riverfront.

    Join us June 10th from 5 PM to 10 PM at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma, CA.

    American River Festival kayak competition
  • Motherlode Century Fall Classic
    September 10, 2017

    Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Motherlode Century ride! The Motherlode is conveniently staged in the foothills of the  El Dorado County Gold Country, and offers four tours from 35 leisurely to 95 challenging miles.  Please see our Routes page for maps and descriptions.

    The start/finish is located in the beautiful Coloma Valley just upstream of the gold discovery site that brought the 49’ers west.  Our host camp is American River Resort located in Coloma, CA on the South Fork of the American River.

    This bike ride partners with Friends of El Dorado Trails, building a trail from South Lake Tahoe to Folsom, Susan G. Komen , meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer, and the American River Conservancy, ensuring healthy ecosystems within the Upper American and upper Cosumnes River Watersheds through land conservation, stewardship and education.
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  • Coloma Gold Rush Live
    October 12-15, 2017

    Come visit a living history encampment of the Gold Rush era. Pan for gold, listen to music of the miners, and hear the re-enactors tell stories of the days of old. Call the museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for more. (530) 622-3470
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    docents showing children how to run sluice box