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Sierras and Gold Country Festivals – 2024

Outdoor adventures, visiting cool little museums and sampling tasty Sierra Foothills wines are just a few of the many things to see and do in the Sierras and Gold Country area, but including a local event on your itinerary will almost certainly add to the fun. Some people even plan their trips around these dates!

Fiddler's Jam Festival in Fiddletown, CAThe festivals list below, arranged by month, can help you easily determine if there’s one happening during your visit. You’ll notice that the spring and fall seasons are the most popular time for events of this type, and that’s because the summers here can get a bit warm. Spring and fall are fabulous, though!

You’ll find a bunch of festivals in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, as well as in Mammoth Lakes and all the historic Gold Country towns.

You may also notice that wine is a popular draw, which is quite fitting since the area is known for its award-winning vines. Alternatively, many of the events feature beer, and music is often thrown into the mix for good measure. There’s truly something for everyone in this area.

For each entry on the list, you’ll find the date(s) it’s scheduled to occur, the host city, plus a link to a website that provides additional details. We recommend you make note of the website because it’s wise to check again and verify the event details closer to the actual date.

The list includes dates for 2023 festivals as well as some with 2024 dates. ***Events for which a 2024 date is available are marked with a triple-asterisk.***

Many of these are annual events that are held around the same time every year. While we plan to check and update this list from time to time, if a 2023 event looks interesting you can always click through to see if the organizer’s website has been updated.

You may just want to browse the list to see if any of the festivals especially appeal to you. Or, if your travel dates are already set, you can use these handy jump links to advance to a specific month’s events quickly:

January ### February ### March ### April ###
May ### June ### July ### August ###
September ### October ### November ### December

January

Twain Harte Soroptimist Crab Feed at Tuolumne Memorial Hall, Tuolumne City
January 13, 2024***

Burns Night Supper, Placerville
January 25, 2024***

Yosemite Chef’s Holidays
CANCELLED for 2023

February

Mariposa Lions Club Crab Feed
February 3, 2024***

Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebration
February 10, 2024***

Snowfest, Tahoe City
February 29 through March 10, 2024***

Valentine’s Day Food and Wine Pairing
at Lusso Della Terra Winery, Fiddletown

February 10-12, 2023

Mardi Gras Celebration, Lusso Della Terra, Fiddletown
February 17-19, 2023

March

St. Piran’s Day Festival, Grass Valley
March 2, 2024***

The Foothills Celebration, Grass Valley
March 16, 2024***

Behind the Cellar Door, Amador County
March 23 & 24, 2024***

Haus Snowfest Brewfest
March 4, 2023

April

Taste of Mariposa
April 6, 2024***

Lodi Wine Festival
April 6, 2024***

THE GREAT OUT THERE Passport Weekend, El Dorado County
April 20 & 21, 2024***

Lincoln Wine Fest
April 27, 2024***

Calaveras Spring Wine Weekend, Murphys
April 22 & 23, 2023

May

Amador Four Fires Festival
May 4, 2024***

Made in Tahoe Festival, Palisades Tahoe
May 25 & 26, 2024***

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer & Wine Festival
May 13 & 14, 2023

Placer Wine & Ale Trail
Summer Passport (various venues)

May 15 thru August 31, 2023

Westside Tribute Band Brew Fest, Tuolumne
May 20, 2023

Wine on the Water Wine Dinner
at Trokay Restaurant, Truckee

May 25, 2023

June

Truckee Thursdays (11-week street festival)
June through August 2023

Summer Farm Tours
June through October 2023

Wine on the Water Wine Dinner
at Sage Leaf Restaurant, Incline Village

June 1, 2023

Taste of Calaveras at Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys
June 3, 2023

Rocklin Brewfest
June 3, 2023

Wine on the Water, Incline Village (NV)
June 4, 2023

Sample the Sierra, South Lake Tahoe
June 10, 2023

Tahoe City Food & Wine Classic
June 10, 2023 – Tickets on sale March 1 (see also info about “Grab Your Glass” pre-party on June 9)

El Dorado County Fair
June 15-18, 2023

Lavender Blue Festival, Apple Hill
June 17 & 18 AND June 24 & 25, 2023

RIDGE Vineyards Weekend Getaway, Lake Tahoe
June 22-25, 2023

Placer County Fair, Roseville
June 22-25, 2023

Mother Lode Fair, Sonora
June 29 through July 2, 2023

July

Amador County Fair
July 25-28, 2024***

Truckee Thursdays (11-week street festival)
June through August 2023

Summer Farm Tours
June through October 2023

Mammoth Jazzfest Wine Walk
July 14 & 15, 2023

Downieville Mountain Brew Fest
July 22, 2023

Bass Lake Fest
July 28-30, 2023

Mammoth Villagefest
July 28 & 29, 2023

August

Truckee Thursdays (11-week street festival)
June through August 2023

Summer Farm Tours
June through October 2023

Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, Mammoth Lakes
August 3-6, 2023

Taste of Gold, South Lake Tahoe
August 5, 2023

Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley
August 9-13, 2023

Mammoth Margarita Festival
August 11 & 12, 2023

All American Rib Cookoff, Auburn
August 12, 2023

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest,
Palisades Tahoe
August 12, 2023

Mammoth Wine Weekend
August 17-20, 2023

Apple Hill Growers Farm-to-Fork Dinner, Camino
August 19, 2023

Placer Wine & Ale Trail Winemaker &
Brewer’s BBQ, Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle

August 19, 2023

Angels-Murphys Rotary Club
Shrimp & Pasta Feed, Murphys Park

August 19, 2023

Mammoth Rocks Taste of the Sierra
August 25 & 26, 2023

Tahoe Brewfest
August 26, 2023

September

Summer Farm Tours
June through October 2023

Mammoth Rock N Rye Whiskey Festival
September 1-3, 2023

Mariposa County Fair
September 1-4, 2023

Tri-County Fair, Bishop
September 2-5, 2023

Alpen Wine Fest, Palisades Tahoe
September 3, 2023

Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings,
Palisades Tahoe
September 8, 2023

El Dorado Hills Brewfest
September 9, 2023

Barbera Festival, Plymouth
September 9, 2023

Aloha Festival, Auburn
September 16, 2023

Fiddletown Fiddlers’ Jam
September 16, 2023

Tahoe City Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023

Coulterville CoyoteFest
September 23 & 24, 2023

Oktoberfest, Palisades Tahoe
September 30, 2023

June Lake Autumn Beer Festival
September 30, 2023

October

Summer Farm Tours
June through October 2023

Amador Big Crush Harvest Festival
October 6-8, 2023

Oktoberfest on Main Street, Placerville
October 7, 2023

Truckee Wine Walk
October 7, 2023

Calaveras Grape Stomp, Murphys
October 7, 2023

Loomis Eggplant Festival
October 7, 2023

Downtown Grass Valley Brewfest
October 14, 2023

Columbia State Park Harvest Festifall
October 14 & 15, 2023

Springville Apple Festival
October 21, 2023

Mariposa Friends of the Fair Sausage & Suds Event
October 28, 2023

November

Foothill Wine Festival, Folsom
November 11, 2023

Mountain Mandarin Festival
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn

November 17-19, 2023

December

Murphys Open House
December 1, 2023 (first Friday in December)

Nevada City Victorian Christmas
Sundays – December 3, 10, & 17, 2023 (1:30-6pm)
Wednesdays – December 6 & 13, 2023 (5-9pm)

Auburn Old Town Christmas
December 9 and December 16, 2023

Yosemite Bracebridge Dinners
CANCELLED for 2023 due to Ahwahnee refurbishment project

Yosemite Grand Vintner’s Holidays
CANCELLED for 2023

If you know of any other Sierras and Gold County festivals that we should add to this list, would you please use our Contact form to let us know? (Thanks in advance!)

Photo of Fiddletown Fiddler’s Jam Festival by Bruno Rijsman via flickr (Creative Commons).

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