Special Events

Columbia SHP Annual Events

paradeColumbia State Historic Park provides year-round interpretive and community events for visitors to enjoy. Many take place within the historic district of the Gold Rush era town.

Several special events are sponsored by California State Parks. However, multiple events are also coordinated by other organizations. Make sure to check for additional information to learn more about each event. 

Gold Rush Days

gold rush daysWhen: 2nd Saturdays of every month

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Throughout the Park

Event Description: Columbia’s Gold Rush Days is a chance to explore the historic town of Columbia and see it come alive with living history. Throughout town you will discover park docents interpreting what it looked, felt, and sounded like during the California Gold Rush. Historic buildings not normally open to the public will be available for visiting as well as ongoing living history demonstrations.

For More Information: Visit the Columbia SHP Park Events page for more details.

Columbia's Victorian Easter Celebration

When: TBA

Time: 11:00-3:00pm    

Cost: FREE

Location: Main St. Columbia

Event Description: Dress up in your Victoria Easter finery and march in the Victorian Easter Parade. Registration begins at 11am, and the parade is at 12:30pm. Children will enjoy Columbia’s popular Easter Egg Hunts. The small Fry Egg Search at noon is for ages 3 to 5, and after the Easter Parade, the Junior Egg Poachers (ages 6 to 8) will try their luck at 1pm, and finally, the Great Egg Scramblers (ages 9 to 12) at 1:30pm. Find the golden egg and win a prize!

For More Information: This event is coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber at 209-536-1672 or www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.

Diggins Tent Town 1852

diggsWhen: May 19-22, 2022

Time: 10-4pm

Cost: $10 Adults, $2 children 12 and under

Location: Diggins Tent Town

 Event Description: Step back in time to the year 1852 and discover what life was like in a gold diggings encampment during the early Gold Rush period. Over 150 volunteers help to recreate this time in history by living the life of a miner, merchant, actor/actress, and more. School tours are led Thursday and Friday by reservation. Event open to the public Sat and Sun.

For More Information: This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. You can find our more details on their events page at www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com

Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration

4thWhen: July 4, 2022

Time: 11am – 4pm  

Cost: FREE

Location: Main Street Columbia

 

Event Description: Celebrate our nation’s birthday the old-fashioned way! Come to Columbia State Historic Park on the 4th of July and participate in the many activities the 49ers enjoyed way back when, especially a glorious parade up Main Street at noon. Enjoy a patriotic concert by the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band, dance in the street, and try your skill at the many contests popular in the early days of Columbia, including the greased pole climb, egg relay race, watermelon eating, bucket brigade, cake walk, nail pounding, egg toss, and a five-way tug-of-war. Come early for the best parking and bring lawn chairs. The festivities begin with a ceremonial flag raising and black powder musket salute at 11am.

For More Information: This event is coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Contact them at 209-536-1672 or www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.

Park Anniversary and Big Band Street Dance

big bandWhen: July 16, 2022

Time: 6-10pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Main St. Columbia

Description: Step back into the 1940s and put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his Orchestra as we celebrate the anniversary of our State Park.

For More Information: This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. You can find our more details on their events page at www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com

Stories In Stone

storiesWhen: Sept 24-25, Oct 1, 2, 2022

Cost: $25.00

Location: Columbia Cemetery

Event Description: Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by living history docents carrying lanterns were they will visit 10 gravesites. The dead come to life as interpreters tell about their lives, how they died, and how they came to lie in Columbia’s cemetery.

For More Information: This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. You can find our more details on their events page at www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com

Boo Boulevard

booWhen: October 30, 2021

Time: 3-6pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Main Street Columbia

Event Description: Enjoy safe trick-or-treating down historic Main Street in the park. Costumes are encouraged for “kids” of all ages. Lots of fun and family friendly activities. Join the costume parade and contest. Win prizes in categories such as scariest, funniest, best homemade, couple, historical, fantasy or family. Take a ghoulish selfie in the haunted photo booth, spin a web at arts and crafts, and brave your way through the Spooky Trail.

For More Information: Visit the Columbia SHP Park Events page for more details.

Lamplight Tours 

lamplight

When: December 10-11, 2021

Time: 5-10pm    

Cost: $25 per person

Location: Throughout Town. Meet at Columbia Museum

 

Event Description: Lamplight Tours are a walking play that wanders the streets of Columbia at night and ends with music, dance, and refreshments.

For More Information: Visit the Columbia SHP Park Events page for more details.

 Miners Christmas

miners christmas

When: December 18-19, 2021

Time: 12-3pm    

Cost: FREE

Location: Main Street Columbia

 

Event Description: Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he rides in on the stagecoach and wanders the streets looking for good girls and boys!

For More Information: Visit the Columbia SHP Park Events page for more details.