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2016 Events on Placerville's Historic Main Street

2016 will be another event-filled year on Historic Main Street! We will have Third Saturday Placerville ArtWalks, great music, beautiful banners, a Brewfest, our Art & Wine Festival, Holiday events and many others. We invite you to come and experience Main Street and have fun during these events! All the events listed below are tentative this early in the year, so check back frequently to see what we have in store for you!

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2016 Events on Historic Main Street

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P.O. Box 2156
Placerville, CA  95667
(530) 672-3436
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Historic Main Street, Placerville
All events are subject to change. Please verify
date, time and location before attending.

MONTHLY, Third Saturday, Stagecoach Rides
12PM to 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) and are provided by Davey "Doc" Wiser and his cowboy crew. For information please call PDA at (530) 672-3436.

MONTHLY, Third Saturday, Placerville Art Walk
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.

TWICE MONTHLY, Music in the Hidden Courtyard
2PM – 5PM. The Courtyard near the Cary House will be having wonderful music on two Saturday afternoons each month through Septermber. Here's the schedule of performers and the types of music:

  • May 14th: Tiffani Shiro and Hugh Hoeger; Pop,Country
  • May 28th: Jazz Gitan; Django Reinhardt style Gypsy Jazz
  • June 11th: Dan Jaurequi; Top 40 i.e Beatles/James Taylor/Eagles etc
  • June 25th: Red Dirt Ruckus; Bluegrass/funk/string band
  • July 9th: Phillip Reddin; Classical Guitar
  • July 23rd: Brazilian Choro Music; Brazilian Jazz sorta Flamenco/Bossa Nova/Gypsy Jazz
  • August 6th: Alan Fuller trio; Bluegrass/ Americana
  • August 20th: Jazz Gitan; Django Reinhardt style gypsy Jazz
  • September 3rd: Keith Little; Bluegrass/Country
  • September 17th: Jazz Gitan; Django Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz

May 14, 2016: Girls Night Out
3PM – 9PM. This fun event focuses on activities that appeal to women. The 9th Annual Girls Night Out has been re-invented and will feature new and improved activities and a longer event! Come out and discover Historic Main Street. Merchants stay open late to showcase all the great things they have to offer. This year's event will include Bling Bags stuffed with great little goodies from Main St and an Event Program booklet filled with coupons and offers! Bling Bags will be pre-sold for $10 each (cash only) starting on April 30th, while supplies last, at Redneck Bling, Iron Willow, Painted Owl, Winterhill Olive Oil, and online. When the bags sell out, Event Program booklets will be available for $5 each, while supplies last. For more up-to-date info, check our facebook page at Placerville Girls Night Out. Merchant activities will include entertainment, games, door prize drawings, health and beauty specials, massage, restaurant specials, demonstrations, sales & promotions, food, chocolate, olive oil samplings, and much more. See more info here! Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more information call (530) 672-3436.

MAY 15, 2016: Hangtown Car Show
9AM – 3PM on Historic Main Street, Placerville .  Sponsored by Placerville Lions Club. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking is free for spectators.

For info and pre-registration to show a car please call Mike at (530) 622-1731 for the 2016 show!

MID-MAY through OCTOBER 2016
Saturday Farmers Market, 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.

JUNE 4 – OCTOBER 12, 2016: Banners on Parade
This community art project features artistically decorated banners on light poles along Main Street in Placerville. This is an 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!

JUNE 11, 2016: Wagon Train & Street Dance
3PM – 8PM Historic Main Street will welcome the Highway 50 Association's 67th Annual Wagon Train around 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 11th. The train will stay for a few minutes for the community to view and photograph. Placerville is the end of the trail for the week long trek that begins in Nevada earlier in the week. Following the Wagon Train, Shauna Lea & the Hired Guns will perform during the Wagon Train Street Dance from 5PM to 8PM. Food, beer and more will be available for purchase on Main Street during the evening. Line dancing instruction will be featured during band breaks, too. Admission is free. For more information on all the activities please call to (530) 672-3436.

Wednesday Main Street Farmers Market 
4PM – Dusk. This event features fresh produce, flowers and other items from local farmers. For updated info, please call (415) 250-5337. .

JUNE 25, 2016: Bell Tower Brewfest
6PM – 9PM on Historic Main St. This popular Placerville event is hosted by downtown merchants and includes a street closure for the enjoyment and safety for all patrons. Entertainment features live music during the festival. See more information about the Bell Tower Brewfest here. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact (530) 672-3436. Purchase tickets online here.

July 16, 2016: Dancin' in the Street
3PM – 8:30PM at the Bell Tower. The El Dorado Arts Council hosts 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 will be available for purchase. For more information contact the El Dorado Arts Council at (530)295-3496.

AUGUST 14, 2016: Craft Faire
8AM – 3PM in Historic Downtown Placerville.
The 20th Annual Craft Faire features artisans and their pottery, jewelry, woodwork, quilted and decorating items, dolls, garden items, soaps, candles, food, and much, much more. Download the Craft Faire application form here. Admission and parking are free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact (530) 672-3436.

AUGUST 25, 2016: Hangtown Car Show
5PM – 8PM.
This Thursday Night car show is sponsored by Placerville Lions Club. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking is free for spectators. For info and pre-registration please call Mike at (530) 622-1731.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016: Kacie's Ride for Hope
8AM – 11AM. Main Street is 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 kaciesrideforhope@sbcglobal.net.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016: World Gold Panning Championship Parade of Nations & Opening Ceremonies
6PM – 7PM. Nations participating in the World Gold Panning Championship from 9/11/16-9/18/16 will be marching in this Parade of Nations and the opening ceremonies will take place on Main Street at the Bell Tower in Placerville as the kickoff event for the Championship and El Dorado County Gold Week. Sponsored by Placerville Downtown Association. Admission is free. For complete event info, see the World Gold Panning Championship website or call (530) 672-3436.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016: Placerville Oktoberfest
3PM – 8PM. This fun event features German music (complete with Chicken Dances!), Wiener Dog Races, Children's Games, Adult/Beer-related Games, Bavarian Dance Demos, a Scarecrow Contest (new this year) and bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel, beer, etc.! Come in costume to fit the theme! Sponsored by Placerville Downtown Association. Admission is free. For complete event info (530) 672-3436.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016: Antique Street Faire
The 28th Annual Antique Street Faire closes Main Street to host antiques & collectibles peddlers for this popular event. Food, refreshments, and more. Admission and parking is free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436.

OCTOBER 1 – 31, 2016: Pink in the Night
To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink lights are featured in the windows on Historic Main Street and on the Bell Tower during the month of October. This project is sponsored by Images of Hope and Marshall Medical Center, and is 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.

OCTOBER 15, 2016: Art & Wine Festival
6PM – 9PM. Over 30 foothill wineries offer samples of their wines inside merchant locations on Historic Main Street in Placerville. In addition, the works of many local artists are featured in the galleries, the Banners On Parade community art project is displayed and the banners are sold during the silent auction that evening, and the Images of Hope Project is featured too. There is music at the Bell Tower, art demonstrations & hors d’oeuvres. You can 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.

OCTOBER 31, 2016: Trick or Treat on Main Street
4PM – 6PM in Historic downtown Placerville. Main Street merchants hand out candy (while supplies last) to trick-or-treaters for this great family event. There is a DJ at the Bell Tower and a Costume Contest (sponsored by the 20-30 Club) at 6PM. Town Hall will also host a Carnival for children 10 and under (sponsored by The Placerville Lions Club).  For info call (530 672-3436).

NOVEMBER 25, 2016: Festival of Lights
5:30PM – 8PM on Historic Main Street in Placerville. The old-fashioned festivities close Historic Main Street and begin 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. For info call (530) 672-3436.

NOVEMBER & December: Stagecoach Rides
Stagecoach rides are available throughout the season on most weekends in Historic Downtown Placerville. For info call (530) 672-3436.

NOVEMBER 25 & 26, 2016: Merchants Open House
Extended Hours. Historic Main Street merchants welcome visitors with coffee, cider and seasonal goodies. Enjoy hometown holiday shopping and hospitality in one convenient setting. Free parking, entertainment, and more. For more information call (530) 672-3436.

DECEMBER 2016: Visits with Santa
1PM - 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. For more info call (530) 672-3436.

DECEMBER 2016: Stagecoach Rides
Stagecoach rides are available throughout December on most weekends before Christmas (in good weather) in Historic Downtown Placerville. For more info call (530) 672-3436.

DECEMBER 4, 2016: 38th Annual Christmas Parade
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. For info, call (530) 344-5070.

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