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Placer County Fair and Festivals


Placer County's rich gold mining, railroading, and diverse cultural history provides its communities with ample opportunities for signature events.

The arts play a significant part in Foothill life. Symphony orchestras, art walks, clay festivals, art shows, and much more are available for the interested traveler.

These vary from Mountain Mandarin Festival to Auburn's Festival of Lights Parade. Throughout the year local towns bring their relationship to gold mining, or railroading to life. Newcastle also hosts the work of early aviation pioneer R.G. Fowler as well as its railroad history. Foresthill steps back in time each summer with a pioneer day festival that boasts a qualifying round for the final National Gold Panning Championships, site of the 1848 gold discovery. The arts play a significant part in Foothill life. Symphony orchestras, art walks, clay festivals, art shows, and much more are available for the interested traveler.

Contact the California Welcome Center, 1103 High Street, Auburn for more detailed information regarding literally hundreds of events, festivals, and parades that occur annually in Placer County. Our staff can provide you with information leading to events and times that correspond to your travel plans. They can often refer you to a local Chamber of Commerce to secure reservations where needed as well as good places to eat and stay.

Regardless of your particular interest, Placer County will provide the themes, places, and events to create a truly memorable vacation.

The Valley

Berryfest

Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 786-2023

Celebrating the harvest of the Strawberry with great Strawberry Food, fun shows, contests, shopping, pageant, (Pre-1973) Car Show, concerts and musical entertainment. For more information about the Berryfest, visit their website at www.placercountyfair.org


Placer County Fair

Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd.
Roseville, Ca
916 786-2023

Visit a traditional old-fashioned country fair - the kind you remember. The Placer County Fair is held in June at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. For more information about the fair, visit their website at www.placercountyfair.org


The Gold Country

Cinco de Mayo Festivities

Old Town Auburn
Main Street
Auburn, CA
530 888-1585

The annual celebration held in May includes craft and food vendors, dancing horses, the Folkloric Dancers, raffle prizes and a street dance. For more information about Cinco de Mayo Festivities, visit their website at www.oldtownauburnca.com.


Spring Street Antiques Fair

Old Town Auburn
Auburn, CA
530 823-3836

In the spring, on the 3rd Sunday in May, the Spring Street Antiques Fair is host to over 200 vendors selling antiques and collectibles. For more information about Spring Street Antiques Fair, visit their website at www.oldtownauburnca.com.


Spring Green Festival

Main Street
Colfax, CA
530 346-7250

Join your family and community to have fun and learn more about keeping our earth green. This event is held in May and for more information about Spring Green Festival, visit their website at www.colfaxarea.com.


Gold Country Fair

Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High Street
Auburn, CA
530 823-4533

Carnival rides offering thrills, farm animals with their 4-H families, junior livestock auctions, arts and crafts, exhibits, food, fun and stages of entertainment. For more information about the Gold Country Fair, visit their website at www.GoldCountryFair.com.


Foresthill's Heritage Festival

Foresthill, CA
530 367-2474

Every year at the end of summer the community of Foresthill remembers its colorful past seated in gold mining, timbering and outdoor recreation with California's State Gold Panning Championships, a Logging Contest, American Legion's Pig Roast, a Chili Cook Off and many activities for children. For more information about the Foresthill's Heritage Festival, visit their website at www.foresthillchamber.org


Railroad Days

Main Street
Colfax, CA
530 346-8888

The two day celebration for the whole family features a huge Antique Model Train display, living History Demonstrations, Pony, Wagon and Train Rides, Gold Panning, History Walks, Scarecrows, Stroll thru Town in Period Attire, Live Music, Art and Antique Show. For more information about the Railroad Days, visit their website at www.colfaxrailroaddays.org.


Auburn Wine and Food Festival

Downtown & Old Town Auburn
Auburn, CA
530 885-9644

Wineries and restaurants from in and around Placer County pair up to showcase their finest vino and edibles held the second Saturday in October. For more information about the Auburn Wine and Food Festival, visit their website at www.auburnwineandfood.com.


Fall Antiques and Collective Street Fair

Old Town Auburn
Auburn, CA
530 823-3836

Held the third Sunday in October, many vendors are selling antiques and collectibles. For more information about the Fall Antiques and Collective Street Fair, visit their website at www.oldtownauburnca.com.


Auburn Community Festival

123 Racetrack
Auburn, CA 95603

Family fun at the Auburn Recreation District Park...giant pumpkin contest, scarecrow competition, music, lots of food and crafts are all included in this free event. For more details check the website at www.auburncommunityfestival.com


Eggplant Festival

Downtown Loomis
Loomis, CA
916 652-7252

The town of Loomis takes on a purple hue for the annual Eggplant Festival held the first Saturday of October. For more information about the Eggplant Festival, visit their website at www.loomischamber.com.


Loomis Cowpoke Poetry

Blue Goose Fruit Shed
Taylor Road
Loomis, CA
916 787-0878

The Cowpoke Poetry Fall Gathering is held in November. The cowboys and cowgirls share their poems and songs in the historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed. This event features well-known cowboy poets from all over the west.


Mountain Mandarin Festival

Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High Street
Auburn, CA 916 663-1918

The sweet and tangy citrus scent of Mandarin oranges permeates the crisp November air. Featuring fresh locally grown Mandarin oranges, food vendors serve up Mandarin infused drinks, salads, grilled meats, ice creams, marinades and syrups. For more information about the Mountain Mandarin Festival, visit their website at www.mandarinfestival.com.


Festival of Lights Parade

Downtown Auburn
Auburn, CA
530 885-5616

One annual tradition that Auburn residents do not let slip by quietly is the Festival of Lights Parade. Last year more than 100 entrants brought floats, carriages, or just themselves to the parade usually held on the first Saturday in the month of December. The Parade will travel from Gold Country Fairgrounds through downtown and end on Lincoln Way. For more information about the Festival of Lights Parade, visit their website at www.auburnchamber.net.


Country Christmas in Old Town Auburn

Old Town Auburn
Auburn, CA
530 823-3863

Country Christmas in Old Town Auburn is scheduled for the second and third Thursday nights in December. Old Town regains an old-fashioned 1859s ambiance when vendors light their booths with lanterns. With holiday decorations and lights on historic buildings, it truly looks like a Currier and Ives painting. With over 75 crafts and food booths, a bonfire, hayrides and pony rides, carolers and lots of entertainment, Country Christmas promises to have something for every visitor. For more information, visit their website at www.oldtownauburnca.com.


Colfax Parade of Lights

The annual Colfax Parade of Lights proceeds down Grass Valley and Main Streets. After the parade the traditional lighting of the tree at the corner of Main and Church Street,with music and the annual bonfire lighting is held near the historic Freight Depot Building. For more information, visit their website at www.colfaxprideinc.org/Winterfest.html.


The High Sierras

SnowFest Winter Festival

Laugh, play and reminisce this winter at the North Tahoe SnowFest, a 10-day winter carnival celebration held in March. The SnowFest has truly become a part of the North Lake Tahoe culture with its many unique events. In the past, the festival has featured opening ceremonies and fireworks at Squaw Valley, Sunnyside Restaurant's luau, the Mardi Gras in the Mountains Parade, SnowFest Dog Pull, Gar Wood's Polar Bear Swim, Kings Beach SnowFest Winter Community Parade and much more. Activities and events are always designed to provide one-of-a-kind entertainment, For more information, visit their website at www.tahoesnowfestival.com.


Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance

The Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Week is a 7 day festival honoring classic wooden boats.  Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, which takes place during the first two days of Wooden Boat Week, is a gathering of over 100 classic wooden boats with many dating from the late 19th century.  It is the premiere wooden boat show in North America and is held in August at the Obexer's Boat Company Marina, 5355 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood. For more information, visit their website at www.laketahoeconcours.com.