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.
Springtime Poppy Walk — March 31, 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 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 18th 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.
Author - Gary Noy — May 6, 2017
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park presents, Author 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
Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour Coloma — May 13, 2017
The 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic on Tour May 13 at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fair Grounds. Time TBD.
Wild & Scenic On Tour partners with environmental groups, nature centers, museums, nonprofits, outdoor retailers, conscious businesses, schools and colleges who host the film festival to raise awareness for their campaigns, attract new supporters, raise funds, and bring global and regional issues to the local level. Contact ARC at 530-621-1224 for more information.
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
Coloma Gold Rush Live — October 12 - 15, 2017
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.
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.