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
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
Opening day on the South Fork American River
April 6th, 2019
American Whitewater invites paddlers to the 6th Annual Opening Day of the South Fork American River Celebration organized by California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak. Mark your calendars for a day full of whitewater clinics and BBQ/Party, complete with a raffle and chance to win some great river gear! Contact CCK for more information about this event.
Contact the Coloma Shuttle at 530-303-2404 for your shuttle needs.
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. 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 3rd 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 6-9th, 2019
June 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019 – WakamatsuFest150 from 10:00 to 4:00 daily at Wakamatsu Farm, 941 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA. Grand sesquicentennial festival celebrates 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine at the landmark site of the first Japanese Colony in America established 1869. Ticketing and festival information at ARConservancy.org/wakafest150, or call 530-621-1224.Event Website
South Fork Fest
July 10th, 2019
Join South Fork Arts and Recreation for our 2nd annual fundraiser. South Fork Fest will be a festive gathering to celebrate the wonderful communities of Coloma and Lotus. Join us at Earthtrek Campground from 5:30-10 PM for good food, beer, wine, music and company!
Funds raised from South Fork Fest will go toward the Community Art Work Project that will be installed on the new retaining wall at Lotus Road and Hwy 49. Come see the preliminary design ideas and help support an exciting art sculpture partially made out of rebar from our old bridge.
Returning favorites from The American River Music Fest “Dangermuffin” will be providing us with some wonderful tunes. You can see more about this great band HERE
Tickets will go on sale in May 2019. $15.00 per person 13 and over. 12 & under are free with adult admission.
Please no dogs.
National Night Out
August 6th, 2019
Marshall Gold Discovery SHP will be hosting National Night Out this year on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at the North Beach parking area from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The goal of National Night Out is for the local communities to come out and meet their local agencies, businesses, and public officers so that we all know what resources are available to us in emergencies. The focus is also on health and safety and being connected as a community.
For more information on this event please contact Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at 530-622-3470Learn More
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.
Coloma Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1st, 2019
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 1st, 2019
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.
Christmas in Coloma & Historic Holiday Houses
December 14-15, 2019
Christmas in Coloma is back! Join us for this traditional family holiday event.
Live Music, Wreath Making, Games and Crafts, Carriage Rides, Campfire, Refreshments, and more. Historic Holiday House Tours: Visit 13 historic park buildings decorated for the holidays. Docents in period attire provide the history of each building and its inhabitants.
Parking $8. House tour $5 per person (age 5 and under free).
Don’t miss the Holiday Bazaar at the Historic Gold Trail Grange.
December 14-15, 2019
At the Gold Trail Grange Located in beautiful downtown Coloma CA
December 14th & 15th, 2019.
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