The Best Fall Events and Festivals in Placerville, CA

As the heat of the summer comes to an end, cool winds and fall colors make a trip to California a must for intrepid autumn travelers. Experience the best of local events like Placerville Oktoberfest, Placerville Art and Wine Festival, and more! Pick apples in a serene orchard, explore nearby trails and celebrate the turning of the leaves with the best of everything Placerville has to offer.

craft beer tasting at Placerville Oktoberfest

“Prost” to The Placerville Oktoberfest

The Placerville Oktoberfest is a now decade-long tradition of the area, first established in 2011, and truly offers something for everyone. Get a taste of the excellent craft beers and El Dorado County wines, watch live Bavarian music, Polka dancing, and so much more! Browse through local vendors and find a souvenir to take home with you, and with Christmas right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to pick out some unique gifts for friends and family.  Visitors can also enter to compete in a variety of fun contests and challenges, including chugging, Steinholding, or even yodeling! Whether you prefer to participate or stand and watch from the crowd, it’s always a fun time.

Dachshund racing in Placerville

There’s no requirement to be over 21 to enter Placerville Oktoberfest, and there is fun to be had for all ages. If there are younger members in your party, check out the family-friendly area with tons of games and activities for the kids to enjoy. The Wiener dog races always draw a large crowd and are easily one of the most entertaining events of the whole festival. There’s nothing cuter than watching a pack of Dachshunds compete in an exhilarating race toward the finish line. Supported by local volunteers at Animal Outreach, the proceeds from the race go toward their mission in El Dorado County and surrounding areas. If you happen to have a Dachshund participating in the race, then consider a stay at Eden Vale Inn, as we are dog friendly and would be happy to offer lodging to both you and your pet for your stay during the festival.

The event is always held in downtown Placerville and is a great opportunity to see some of Historic Main Street while you’re there. Admission and entertainment are free, but beer and wine tokens can be purchased ahead of time to streamline the process if you wish, or food and drink can be bought directly at the festival. If you plan to compete in the beer games, we highly recommend pre-registering ahead of time.

band playing at a Placerville music festival

Mark Off Your Calendars for More Fall Events

A popular tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Placerville Oktoberfest is an absolute must-see if you are planning a visit to Placerville, CA during the fall. Try fantastic beers and wines, crazy contests with the chance to win prizes, delicious German cuisine like pretzels and sausage, live music, and so much more! Admission is free, so bring your friends or partner along and celebrate with us this October! In addition to Placerville Oktoberfest, the Placerville Art and Wine Festival is held in September and offers a more casual experience where you can sample excellent Sierra Foothill wines with over 35 selections from local wineries, all while perusing local masterpieces and enjoying unique art found nowhere else. For all those Halloween lovers out there, make sure to come back for the Hangtown Festival at the end of October. This spooky, Halloween-themed music festival offers four full days of exciting thrills and chills with food from local vendors and fun activities like pumpkin carving. No matter what time of year you visit, there is always a reason to celebrate in Placerville!

Comfortable guest room at Placerville, CA bed and breakfast

Stay at Eden Vale to Explore Placerville’s Best Festivals

If you’re looking for the best accommodations near Placerville Oktoberfest or any other autumn event mentioned above, look no further than Eden Vale Inn! We are a luxury bed and breakfast in Placerville, CA just minutes from the festival and located near the best of local restaurants, wine tours, and attractions. Come back to an evening of relaxation after a fun-filled day of celebration and unwind in your luxurious guest room. Enjoy a soothing massage at the spa, cozy up next to the fireplace with a glass of fine wine, or soak your cares away in one of our outdoor tubs included in every stay. 

Relaxing massage at our Placerville bed and breakfast


Start the day off right with a delicious complimentary 3-course breakfast delivered to your room each morning with a selection of fresh fruits, pastries, and both eggs and meats sourced locally from nearby farms. Each of our comfortable guest rooms is thoughtfully appointed with in-room fireplaces, private bathrooms, plush bathrobes, and top-notch amenities. For a truly unforgettable experience, we recommend reserving our Juniper Room. Located on the main floor, this private oasis features its own enclosed deck with a couple’s deep soaking tub, a king-size bed, and a romantic fireplace sitting area. Whether you are visiting for Placerville Oktoberfest or any other special event in the fall months, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time at Eden Vale Inn, our Placerville, CA B&B.

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