Annual Events

Annual historical and cultural events happen year-round here. Music, reenactments, festivals, fairs: there's a lot to choose from! Here are some highlights.



Gold Discovery Day in Coloma

Gold Discovery Day

Activities include a gold discovery reenactment on the banks of the American River, mill carpenter demonstrations, a Miwok Village, free wagon rides to Marshall’s Cabin, gold panning, and Gold Rush period music and entertainment. More information here.




Chocolate Affair

On the weekend before Valentine's Day, local wineries and breweries pour their wares, while restaurants, caterers, bakeries, chocolatiers and others sample out luscious food items and treats. It's fun and indulgent. And for a worthy cause. More information here.

Cuisine on Carson

Cuisine on Carson

Wine tasting and food pairings at each of the wineries on Carson Rd. in the beautiful Apple Hill area. It's free if you bring your own wine glass. More information here.





El Dorado Wineries Passport Weekends

El Dorado Wineries: Passport Weekends

The most anticipated annual event in El Dorado wine country. A self-guided winery tour. Each winery offers wine, foods, exhibits and activities based on that year's Passport Weekend theme. Two weekends in April. More information here.




Wakamatsu Colony Festival

Taiko drummers, sword demonstrations, Japanese folk music and dancing, traditional Japanese arts and crafts, history, and hay wagon tours. More information here.

Motherlode Century

Motherlode Century Ride

Bicycling event through the Gold Country with three ride options. The Gold Dust (31 miles), The Gold Nugget ( 67 miles), and the Motherlode (100 miles). More information here.


American River Trailfest

American River Trailfest

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. Dance under the stars. More information here.

El Dorado County Fair

El Dorado County Fair

The best of El Dorado County on exhibit, plus rides, concerts, events, and everything else you'd expect in a classic county fair. More information here.

Bell Tower Brewfest

Bell Tower Brewfest

They shut down Main Street for this event. Dozens of local craft breweries pour samples to the sound of live bands. Shops and restaurants stay open late. Tickets sell out every year for beer tasting, but there's plenty to do and plenty of beer to buy without the need for tickets. Info here.



River Tunes at American River Resort


A multi-generational roots music & creativity camp held at American River Resort. Four days of acoustic music instruction, performance opportunities, evening activities, jamming, dance and more. More information here.





American River Music Festival

American River Music Festival

A celebration of music and the river. Music performances, join-in-shops, kid's activities, jams, dance, "live" art, artisan shops, fresh food and local beverages, river trips, camping. It takes three days to do it all! More information here. 


During the event, ARR hosts a Festival BBQ on Friday and Saturday and a Festival Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. More information here.

American River Festival

American River Festival

Competitive kayaking events, including whitewater rodeo, slalom competitions and races. Activities for kids and adults include swimming, demonstrations, games, kayaking for kids. More information here.

Art in the Orchard at Apple Hill

Art In The Orchard

Enjoy live music, storytelling, a petting zoo for the kids, wine and beer tasting for the adults and fine art at the farms at the orchards and vineyards of the Apple Hill area, just 20 minutes away. More information here.



Coloma Gold Rush Live

Coloma Gold Rush Live

For a few days in October the Gold Rush lives! Costumed volunteers fill the town, recreating the sights, sounds and goings-on of an 1850s mining camp. Experience live music, live history tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations, a merchants market, gold panning for kids and adults, sawmill demonstrations and historic reenactments. More information here.

Apple Hill is 15 minutes from American River Resort

Apple Hill Autumn Harvest

The Apple Hill harvest season is celebrated September into December. But the peak celebration happens all month long in October. More than 50 orchards in the Sierra foothills, starting 4 miles east of Placerville, celebrate with hay rides, pumpkin patches, scarecrows, hay mazes, craft booths, and of course apples, apples, apples, and the opportunity to buy fresh produce direct off the farms. Apple Hill is just 15 minutes from ARR. More about Apple Hill and Apple Hill website (particularly helpful are the Kid's Activity button found at the top, the Product and Attraction Guide found here, and other links down the left side of the page.)





Christmas in Coloma

Christmas in Coloma

Coloma transforms into an 1850s Gold Rush town at Christmas time. Costumed volunteers demonstrate traditional Christmas crafts, including candle-making, wreath-making, rope-making, corn husk doll-making and ironware blacksmithing. There are holiday plays, music, games and food and craft vendors. More information here.


Foothills Christmas Trees

Each year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, thousands of families come up to the beautiful forested foothills of El Dorado County to choose and cut their Christmas trees. A stay at American River Resort adds convenience and fun to your family tradition. List of kid-friendly tree farms within short driving distance from ARR.