Coloma Gold Rush Live — January 24, 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.
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
Wakamatsu Colony Festival — May, 2014
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.
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.
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. 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, 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.
33nd Annual American River Festival — September 12 - 14, 2014
7th Annual American River Music Festival — September 12 - 14, 2014
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.
Christmas in Coloma — December, 2014
Our annual old-fashioned Christmas Celebration features period crafts, music, strolling musicians, historic trade demonstrations, 19th-century children’s games, wreath making, and vendors featuring hand-made crafts and foods for sale. A visit from Santa Claus is a colorful highlight of the day. Snow pile if weather permits. The park’s historic buildings will also be open for visitors’ enjoyment.