Regardless of when you’re planning to visit El Dorado County, our Northern California destination offers natural beauty and activities for everyone year-round. From holiday delight to wine and beer festivals, these spectacular Placerville events will make you want to return to the area time and time again. For a small city, Placerville definitely isn’t lacking things to offer its visitors! Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide for more on how to make your trip to the Gold County the best it can be!
The Four Seasons of Placerville Events
One of the best things about Northern California is the mild winter weather. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and celebrate at these fabulous holiday events! The Placerville Christmas Tree Lighting takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving and officially marks the start of the Christmas season. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal downtown, festive carols, and gift shopping for their families. The Hangtown Christmas Parade is another community favorite holiday tradition. This themed parade makes its way through Main Street, featuring dogs, dancers, motorcycles, floats, and more.
Luckily, the fun doesn’t stop once the holidays are over! Coloma’s Gold Discovery Day commemorates the day in 1848 when James Marshall discovered a gold nugget on the banks of the American River. Join locals at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for a gold reenactment, period music, gold panning, and free wagon rides.
The sun is coming out, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming. It’s officially time for the El Dorado County Farmers Market to reopen! Come and savor fresh-picked produce from local farmers at one of the five different market locations. If you’re hoping to bask in some fresh spring air, the Placerville Art Walk is perfect for you. Every third Saturday of the month, Downtown Placerville’s Main Street features open studios, wine tastings, and extended shopping hours for visitors to enjoy.
It’s time to beat the heat! The El Dorado County Fair is fun for families, couples, and friends alike. Experience live entertainment, carnival rides, a homemade wine competition, and horse shows over the course of this four-day event. If you’re looking for an adults-only event, the Placerville Brewfest is the place to be. Historic Downtown Placerville will host 40+ breweries, cideries, meaderies, and wineries as well as a cigar lounge and live entertainers.
One of the most beautiful events in the area is the Bluestone Meadow Lavender Festival. The picture-perfect meadow features endless fields of lavender. Surround yourself with fragrant lavender, go on a train ride around the grounds, and take part in a free lavender seminar. Due to lavender’s short blooming season, the meadow is only open for a few days a season. Don’t miss the chance to experience the festival this summer!
End your summer on a high note at one of the most exciting local events of the year, the Dry Diggings Festival. Spend the weekend splashing in the water park, drinking beer from featured breweries, and, of course, listening to live music.
The leaves start to turn. The air becomes crisper. The Placerville Art and Wine Festival gets closer. Sample dozens of selections from local foothill wineries and admire this year’s collaborative community art project. Then, continue the festivities at the Placerville Oktoberfest. Don’t miss the keg tapping, beer games, and polka dancing that occur every year. There will also be plenty of live Bavarian music and German cuisine to contribute to the authentic atmosphere.
Before you know it, it will be spooky season once again. The Hangtown Festival is a Halloween-themed music festival that’s perfect for fall fun. Put on your favorite costume, indulge in food from local businesses, and check out the Sierra Nevada tent. There are plenty of activities to participate in, like games, yoga classes, and pumpkin carving.
With so many excellent Placerville Events to attend during your stay, you deserve to come back to an evening of relaxation. There’s no better place to unwind than your room at the Eden Vale Inn. With amenities like a full gourmet breakfast and use of Eden Vale robes and slippers, you’re guaranteed to have a luxurious getaway. When your stay in our Live Oak room, you’ll enjoy a private deck with a deep-soaking tub for two. Spend your days overlooking our serene gardens and your nights cozying up next to the gas fireplace.
When it’s time to leave your worries behind and have some fun, there’s no better place to stay than Eden Vale Inn. Check our availability and book today!