All Events are subject to change. Please verify date, time and location before attending. Select one of the following for more information:
- Stagecoach Rides (Nov & Dec)
- Visits With Santa (Dec)
- Annual Christmas Parade (12/4)
- Merry Merchant Marketplace (Dec)
- Toys For Tots (12/10 & 12/11)
- Late Night Shopping
Free Stagecoach Rides, monthly on the 3rd Saturday, 12pm-3pm
Historic Downtown Placerville, at The Bell Tower.
Free stagecoach rides on Historic Main Street will be featured every 3rd Saturday of the month in GOOD weather (except June & September in 2016) and are provided by Davey “Doc” Wiser and his cowboy crew. For information please call PDA at 530-672-3436.
Third Saturday Night ArtWalk, monthly, 5pm-9pm
Historic Downtown Placerville.
Main Street galleries and merchants host changing art shows and late night shopping every third Saturday of the month. Demonstrations, refreshments, music and more. For information please call 530-672-3436.
Music in the Courtyard, twice-monthly May-Sep, 2pm-5pm
The Courtyard near the Cary House had wonderful music on two Saturday afternoons each month from May through September. Here’s the performers and the types of music that happened in 2016:
- Tiffani Shiro and Hugh Hoeger; Pop,Country
- Jazz Gitan; Django Reinhardt style Gypsy Jazz
- Dan Jaurequi; Top 40 i.e Beatles/James Taylor/Eagles etc
- Red Dirt Ruckus; Bluegrass/funk/string band
- Phillip Reddin; Classical Guitar
- Brazilian Choro Music; Brazilian Jazz sorta Flamenco/Bossa Nova/Gypsy Jazz
- Alan Fuller trio; Bluegrass/ Americana
- Keith Little; Bluegrass/Country
Watch for more great Music in the Courtyard in 2017!
Girl’s Night Out, Saturday May 14, 12pm-3pm
This fun event focuses on activities that appeal to women. The 9th Annual Girls Night Out was re-invented and featured new and improved activities and a longer event! Merchants stayed open late to showcase all the great things they had to offer. This year’s event included Bling Bags stuffed with great little goodies and an Event Program booklet filled with coupons and offers for before and after the event! Bling Bags were pre-sold for $10 each, while supplies last. When the bags sold out, Event Program booklets were available for $5 each, while supplies lasted. Merchant activities included entertainment, games, trunk shows, door prize drawings, health and beauty specials, massage, restaurant specials, demonstrations, sales & promotions, food, chocolate, olive oil samplings, and much more. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more information call 530-672-3436. See what’s in store for 2017 soon!
Hangtown Car Show, Sunday May 15, 9am-3pm
This great car show was on Historic Main Street, Placerville and was sponsored by the Placerville Lions Club. Participation was limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking were free for spectators.
The Placerville Lions Club will have another great Hangtown Car Show in 2017!
Saturday Farmer’s Market, mid-May through October, 8am-Noon
This event features fresh produce, flowers and other items from local farmers on Historic Main Street in the Ivy House lot near Cedar Ravine. For info call 530-622-1900.
Banners on Parade, June 4 – October 12
This community art project features artistically decorated banners on light poles along Main Street in Placerville. This is our 12th annual collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in historic downtown Placerville. These beautiful banners are displayed on Main Street and sold at a Silent Auction at the October, 2016, Art & Wine Festival. For more info contact 530-672-3436. Find out how you can help with this effort! Read more information about this project here!
Wagon Train & Street Dance, Saturday June 11, 3pm-8pm
Historic Main Street welcomed the Highway 50 Association’s 67th Annual Wagon Train on Saturday, June 11th. The train stayed for a few minutes for the community to view and photograph. Placerville was the end of the trail for the week long trek that began in Nevada earlier in the week. Following the Wagon Train, Shauna Lea & the Hired Guns performed during the Wagon Train Street Dance. Food, beer and more were available for purchase on Main Street during the evening. Line dancing instruction was featured during band breaks, too. Admission was free. For more information on all the activities please call to 530-672-3436.
Wednesday Main Street Farmer’s Market, mid-June through mid-October, 4pm-dusk
This event features fresh produce, flowers and other items from local farmers. For updated info, please call (415) 250-5337.
Bell Tower Brewfest, Saturday June 25, 6pm-9pm
This popular Placerville event on Historic Main Street was hosted by downtown merchants and included a street closure for the enjoyment and safety for all patrons. Entertainment featured live music during the festival. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact 530-672-3436.
This great annual event will happen again in June, 2017!
Completion of Main St. Construction, Friday July 8, 4pm-6pm at the Bell Tower
This was a celebration of the completion of the Main Street Rehabilitation project at the Bell Tower. Raley’s provided cakes (with a “road” theme!) and beverages for the public to enjoy. The City of Placerville made announcements during the celebration at the Bell Tower, featuring some of the key elements and people involved with this important project. “Before” and “after” road construction photos were on display near the Bell Tower for the public to view and compare. See before and after photos and a page about the project here. Main Street is looking sharp with the new road surface and the enhanced crosswalks, bulb outs and lighted bollards. This project spanned 2 years (see a summary of the project here) and The City of Placerville and its staff and contractors did a really great job!
Dancin’ in the Street, Saturday July 16, 3pm-8:30pm at the Bell Tower
El Dorado Arts Council hosted the biggest dance event of the year! A free community festival promoting dance, health, fitness, and fun. Dance demonstrations and live entertainment. Food and beer were available for purchase. Sponsored by the El Dorado Arts Council. For more information contact El Dorado Arts Council at 530-295-3496
Craft Faire, Sunday August 14, 8am-3pm
The 20th Annual Craft Faire in Historic Downtown Placerville featured artisans and their pottery, jewelry, woodwork, quilted and decorating items, dolls, garden items, soaps, candles, food, and much, much more. Admission and parking were free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact 530-672-3436.
Stay tuned for the 21st Annual Craft Faire in 2017!
Hangtown Thursday Night Car Show, August 25, 5pm-8pm
This Thursday Night car show was sponsored by Placerville Lions Club. Participation was limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking were free for spectators. For info please call Mike at 530-622-1731. There will be another great Hangtown Thursday Night Car Show in August, 2017!
Kacie’s Ride for Hope, Saturday September 10, 8am-11am
Main Street was closed to host this important Motorcycle Run that raises awareness and funds for the fight against domestic violence. Funds raised help support The Center for Violence Free Relationships. For info, see kaciesrideforhope.com or contact email@example.com.
World Gold Panning Championships Parade of Nations & Opening Ceremonies, Tuesday September 13, 6pm-7pm
Nations participating in the World Gold Panning Championships (WGPC) from 9/11/16-9/18/16 marched in this Parade of Nations and participated in the opening ceremonies at the Bell Tower in Placerville as the kickoff event for the Championships and El Dorado County Gold Week. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. Admission was free. For complete event info, see the World Gold Panning Championship website or call 530-672-3436.
Placerville Oktoberfest, Saturday September 17, 3pm-8pm
This fun event featured German music (complete with Chicken Dances!), Wiener Dog Races, Children’s Games, Adult/Beer-related Games, Bavarian Dance Demos, a Scarecrow Contest (new in 2016) and bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel, beer, etc.! Sponsored by Placerville Downtown Association. Admission was free. For complete event info 530-672-3436.
Antique Street Faire, Sunday September 25, 8am-3pm
The 28th Annual Antique Street Faire closed Main Street to host antiques & collectibles peddlers for this popular event. Food, refreshments, and more. Admission and parking were free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call 530-672-3436.
Pink in the Night, October 1-31
To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink lights were featured in the windows on Historic Main Street and on the Bell Tower during the month of October. See the “Pink In The Night” postcard here. This project was sponsored by Images of Hope and Marshall Medical Center, and was also featured at the Placerville Downtown Association’s Art & Wine Festival on Oct. 15th on Main St. For more info please contact 530-672-7050.
Art & Wine Festival, Saturday October 15, 6pm-9pm
Over 30 foothill wineries offered samples of their wines inside merchant locations on Historic Main Street in Placerville. In addition, the works of many local artists were featured in the galleries, the Banners On Parade community art project was displayed and the banners were sold during the silent auction that evening, and the Images of Hope Project was featured too. There was music at the Bell Tower, art demonstrations & hors d’oeuvres. You could sample award-winning wines in one convenient location without driving to all the wineries! Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact 530-672-3436.
Trick or Treat on Main Street, Monday October 31, 4pm-6pm
Main Street merchants handed out candy (while supplies lasted) to trick-or-treaters for this great family event. There was a DJ at the Bell Tower and a Costume Contest (sponsored by the 20-30 Club) at 6PM. Town Hall also hosted a Carnival for children 10 and under (sponsored by The Placerville Lions Club). For info call 530-672-3436.
Festival of Lights, Friday November 25, 5:30pm-8pm
The old-fashioned festivities closed Historic Main Street and began around 5:30pm at various locations up and down Main Street with music, entertainment, visits with Santa, and the tree-lighting at 6PM at the Courthouse. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. See more here or call 530-672-3436.
Free Stagecoach Rides, November & December
Free Stagecoach rides are available throughout the season on most weekends in Historic Downtown Placerville; in November on the 3rd Saturday and on Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26; in December, Free Stagecoach Rides are available on most weekends before Christmas (in good weather). See more here or call 530-672-3436.
Merry Merchant Marketplace, November 25 through December 24
Participating merchants will be providing Calendars of Holiday Events for customers and visitors. On the back of the calendar, find information on a tie-in program with the El Dorado County Christmas Tree growers. The Merry Merchant Marketplace runs from November 25th to December 24th.
Merchant’s Open House, Friday November 25 & Saturday November 26, ’til 9pm
Historic Main Street merchants welcomed visitors with coffee, cider and seasonal goodies. Visitors enjoyed hometown holiday shopping and hospitality in one convenient setting. Free parking, entertainment, and more. See more here or call 530-672-3436.
Visits with Santa, Special Saturdays in December, 1-4pm
Santa arrives in Historic Downtown Placerville at the Candystrike to listen to those special wishes from 1-4pm. Photos will be available for purchase, but are not required to visit with Santa. See more here or call 530-672-3436.
Annual Christmas Parade, Sunday December 4, 1pm-3pm
This big parade starts on Broadway in Placerville and continues down Main Street. This year’s theme will be announced at a later date. This event is a McIntire Family Tradition and is presented by The Mountain Democrat and City of Placerville. See more here or call 530-344-5070.
Toys For Tots, December 10 & 11, 9am-4pm at the Bell Tower
This great charitable organization will be collecting toys and donations at the Bell Tower on December 10th and 11th from 9 AM to 4 PM for local children in need.
Late Night Shopping, Fridays & Saturdays in December (until 8pm)
Merchants on Historic Main Street will have extended evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays in December to help visitors find unique gifts for those on your shopping list! See more here or call 530-672-3436.