Living History Days
2nd Saturday of each month
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park presents a Living History Program 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”. Each program also has a cultural or historic theme. For more information about the Living History days, please contact Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at 530-622-3470 or visit their website.Learn More
Coloma Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30th, 2018
Please join us on the beach at Earthtrek to light up the Christmas Tree and ring in the holiday season.
Hang out around the campfire, do some Christmas Caroling and who knows maybe Santa will show up…….
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
This is a family friendly event.
Parking available up top by Squally’s, walk down the dirt road between the bridge & Squally’s to access the lower lot.
December 8-9, 2018
At the Gold Trail Grange Located in beautiful downtown Coloma CA
December 8 & 9, 2018.
Come find that perfect one of a kind Christmas gift at the Gold Trail Grange annual Holiday Bazaar.
Vendor space available for the bazaar. Contact Teal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Holiday Houses
December 8-9, 2018
Visit the historic buildings in Coloma and hear its history told by costumed docents. Talk with Santa, play in the snow, and make a wreath for your door. For ticket information for the house tours, call the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park museum at (530) 622-3470.Learn More
Gold Discovery Day
January 26, 2019
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. Join us in celebration on Saturday, January 26th 2019 -Time: 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Parking is $8.00 per car. For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.Learn More
Springtime Poppy Walk
With glowing orange fields overlooking the crystal water of the South Fork of the American River, the stunning contrasts and vibrant poppies are a sight few have the fortune of witnessing. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! 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. Healthy snacks and punch will await your return to the house. Cost: $25 per person. Time: 2-5pm. Contact the American River Conservancy (ARC) for meeting location and to sign up. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. Donations aid the Bill Center Memorial Fund supporting river frontage and trails.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 2019
This year marks the 20th annual Coloma-Lotus Community Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic. The egg hunt starts at 11 AM in the meadow at the Sawmill 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 Business Council, Gold Trail Grange #452, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, local business and families.
South Fork FilmFest
June 1, 2019
The second annual South Fork film festival will again feature the best of river paddlesports from the Sierra Nevada to the East Coast to exotic international locales. Showcasing work from local amateur filmmakers and accomplished professionals from around the world, South Fork FilmFest will highlight the thrill and joy of whitewater paddling. See our FilmFest trailer on YouTube for an advance look!
FilmFest runs from 5 PM to 10 PM at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma, CA. 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 go to maintaining the Grange as a Coloma-Lotus community hall and restoring the Grange riverfront.Learn More
June 6th, 2019
From June 6th to 9th, 2019, the American River Conservancy invites the public to participate in history! All are welcome to join WakamatsuFest150, is a sesquicentennial celebration of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. Exactly 150 years after the first Japanese colonists arrived at landmark Wakamatsu Farm, the 4-day event will honor the marvelous culture of Japanese American people and their extraordinary role in American history.Event Website
Coloma Gold Rush Live
October 11-13, 2019
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) 622-3470Learn More
Pumpkins on the Bridge
October 30, 2019
It was once said that Pumpkins on the bridge started as a way to get rid of the evidence of trickery. A family woke up to lots of pumpkins placed in their yard one day. They decided to move them to the bridge. As so the legacy began and is still strong today.
Come join in the fun, bring your carved pumpkin(s) and candles to the bridge after dusk on October 30th. Come back the next night & replace your candle with a fresh one for Halloweens eve.
Good Times are Had By All. This is a free event and is family friendly.
Clean up crew please report to the bridge on Nov 1st at 8am
If you have animals that eat pumpkin please on 11/1 by 9am come help yourself to them.