• Gold Discovery Day — January 21, 2017

    January 21, 2017 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.; 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. Parking is $8.00 per car. For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.

    Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

  • Springtime Poppy Walk — March 26, 2017

    (actual date depends on bloom time)

    spring poppies along the American RiverRobin 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).

  • Opening day on the South Fork American River — April 8, 2017

    American Whitewater invites paddlers to the 5th Annual Opening Day of the South Fork American River Celebration organized by California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 4th for a day full of whitewater clinics, free shuttles and BBQ/Party, complete with a raffle and chance to win some great river gear!

    Join us for Opening Day Saturday, April 8th on the River at the CCK Outpost in Coloma! Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous contributions and to all of you for coming out and participating in this fun and memorable whitewater event!

  • Easter Egg Hunt — April 15, 2017

    Community Easter Egg Hunt

    This year marks the 18th annual Coloma-Lotus Community Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic. The egg hunt starts at 11 AM in front of Sutter’s Mill Replica at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE. All public parking should be done at the North Beach parking lot. It’s open to local children ages 10 and under. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon in the Park, but be aware that after 1:00pm day use fees will apply. Sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, Gold Trail Grange #452, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and local families.

  • Author - Gary Noy — May 6, 2017

    Gold Rush Stories bookAuthor Gary Noy Speaking May 6th, 2017 at 11am in the Museum

    Gary Noy wrote Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck which will be published May 1st 2017. His presentation will last 45-60 minutes and will touch on aspects of the gold rush.

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

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  • ARC’s Wild & Scenic Positive Power Film Festival Saturday, May 13th, 2017 — May 13, 2017

    Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    Every Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. Viewers are encouraged to transform into activists dedicated to saving our planet. We show short films that illustrate our Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work people are doing to protect it.

    American River Conservancy is hosting the 2017 on-tour festival with a special emphasis on positive stories.  Through their valiant and dedicated actions, average and extraordinary citizens are creating positive environmental change.  You can too.  The purpose of ARC’s Positive Power Film Festival is to inspire every viewer to commit to an environmental project, work undaunted toward positive results, and tell their stories to multiply the power of positive environmental change.

    Negativity is contagious. Positivity is a bug you want to catch!  American River Conservancy is hosting the 2017 on-tour festival focused on positive stories.  Average and extraordinary citizens are creating positive environmental change.  You can too.  Join this festival to boost your positivity.

    For Tickets: http://www.arconservancy.org/wild-scenic

    Saturday, May 13, 2017, Morning & Afternoon Sessions, Full Event is 9:30 to 3:30

    Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667

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  • Coloma Springtime River Festival — June 4, 2017

    Come join ARRA and kick off a great summer on Sunday, June 4th 2017 5:30-10:00pm at Earthtrek’s campground enjoy great Food, Live Music, Silent & Live Auction. Funds raised at this event will support American River Recreation Association 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 Fest will be held June 10th 5 PM to 10 PM at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma, CA.  The FilmFest 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.

    Tickets 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.

  • Mother Lode Century — September 10, 2017

    September 10, 2017      Motherlode Century Fall Classic

    Rolling through ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards the 6th Annual Motherlode Century fulfills what avid cyclists search for.  The 35 mile (2,824’ of climbing) loop provides a sampling of all the good elements of riding in the Gold Country, while the 66 mile (6,430′ gain), 82 mile, and 95 mile (9,177′ gain) routes add a remote canyon with two rewarding climbs and awe inspiring scenery. Attentive SAG support ensures riders a comfortable experience, and everyone will enjoy well stocked aid stations, a big lunch (66 – 95 mile riders), and a delicious riverside dinner welcomes you at the finish.  Post ride soak in the cool river, hot showers, massage, craft beers and local wines.

     This ride helps support the Friends of El Dorado Trails, building trails throughout the County.                                  

    Our host venue American River Resort offers $10 camping, tent cabins, RV spaces and cabins to serve all your lodging needs; or try some of the other hotel and B&B’s.  Other valley attractions include rafting, hiking in the State Park, and more wineries and breweries than you can visit in a weekend.   

    More information:  Rob Swain    530-545-0698         motherlodecentury.com

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  • Coloma Gold Rush Live — October 12 - 15, 2017

    tent city at Coloma Gold Rush Live

    Coloma Gold Rush Live October 12-15, 2017.

    If you live in the Gold Country, you’ve probably heard about or attended Coloma Gold Rush Live! This event is one of Marshall Gold’s biggest special events which is a reenactment of an 1850’s gold mining encampment. Visitors will step back in time to a vibrant and bustling tent town rubbing elbows with miners, gamblers, a doctor, a pharmacist, pioneer cooks, musicians, visit a post office as well as a bakery and candy shop. Activities include kids games, tin punching, candle dipping, rope making and more. There is a portrait studio for old time photos, wagon rides, and a saloon where you can grab some spirits or a sarsaparilla…. and so much more!

    Parking will be $8.00 per car and the event is free. For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.

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  • Historic Holiday Houses — December 9 - 10, 2017

    Historic Holiday Houses will be held on Saturday & Sunday December 9th-10th, 2017 from 10am until 4pm. We invite the public to come out and see thirteen historic buildings in Coloma that will be open and decorated for Christmas. Each building will feature a period interpreter who will share the unique history of their building. We will have refreshments, wreath making, music, carolers, wagon rides, and Father Christmas will even be in town!

    Some of the buildings that will be open this year include the Coloma School House, Saint John’s Church, James Marshall’s Cabin, and the Wah Hop Store. Our Cooperating Association, the Gold Discovery Park Association, will be hosting a fundraising BBQ so enjoy lunch here at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park!

    Parking will be $8.00 per car and the event fee is $5.00 per person (age 5 and under free). For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.

    Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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