Mother Lode Century — May 11, 2013
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, 2013
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. Dance under the stars at EarthTrek’s Camp in River Park Village located on Hwy 49 in Lotus. For more information call (530) 621-1224.
River Tunes — July 28 - August 1, 2013
Enjoy three and a half days of acoustic music instruction from instructors who come here from all over the United States. (707) 678-1351.
32nd Annual American River Festival — September 7 - 8, 2013
The American River Festival is one of the longest running whitewater festivals in the country. Come watch and participate in this fun weekend on water and land! Fun and spectator-friendly slalom races will be held on September 8th, 2013 at The Nugget, just upstream from Chili Bar. Entrance to the Nugget is free for racers and spectators alike that weekend. The slalom races are open to and appropriate for all class 2+ and above paddlers, so don’t feel like you can’t participate because you are a newer boater. On Saturday the 7th there will be practice sessions and impromptu clinics for non-racers or any paddlers wishing to try kayaking on slalom gates. Current Adventures will have kayaks to demo, and will help provide gate education and registration. See the ARF website for registration and detailed schedules.
Then stop by Henningsen-Lotus Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, and check out the great deals on used rafting and kayaking equipment at the Friends of the River Gear Swap. A portion of the sales go to support Friends of the River. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the gear swap. For more information, call The River Store at 530-626-3435.
Lobster on the River — September 7, 2013
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.
6th Annual American River Music Festival — September 13 - 15, 2013
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.
Coloma Gold Rush Live — October 11 - 13, 2013
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. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Gold Discovery Day — January 24, 2014
(Check with the Park for details on which day we will be celebrating the gold discovery. If the official date does not fall on a weekend, we often move the celebration date.) 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. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Hwy 49 in Coloma. event website