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P.O. Box 2156
Placerville, CA 95667
Historic Main Street, Placerville
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MONTHLY, Third Saturday, Stagecoach Rides
12PM to 4PM. Historic Downtown Placerville. Free stagecoach rides on Historic Main Street every month except June provided by Davey "Doc" Wiser and his great crew. For information please call (530) 672-3436.
MONTHLY, Third Saturday, Placerville Art Walk
5PM to 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.
Flower Baskets on Main Street Fundraiser
(ongoing event, 2013 and beyond)
Did you enjoy the beautiful blooming flower baskets that graced the light poles on Historic Main Street for the last few years? Would you miss this added beauty in the community if the baskets were gone? The flowers, soil and matting are ordered, planted, installed, watered (by MORE Workshop clients that are hired for the season) and maintained from May through October. The beautiful baskets cost a considerable amount of money each year, with the payment for watering them over 130 days being the biggest expense. Can you help us with a donation to keep these blooming beauties downtown? Why not sponsor a basket for the whole season ($200) or donate a smaller amount to help with the other costs (soil, plants, maintenance, etc)? We will recognize your generosity by including your name or business on our sponsor page. Click here for more info and THANK YOU for your support!
April 29, Flower Power Benefit Bartending
5PM to 8PM, Powell's Steamer Co. & Pub, 425 Main Street. Help celebrate Spring and support a "grass-roots" effort to beautify Historic Main Street during our March Flower Power Fundraising Campaign. This Benefit Bartending event will include celebrity bartenders. There will be drawings for great Main Street items and more! Come down and celebrate while helping with a great, local, "green" (and pink!) cause. THANK YOU for your support!
MAY 3rd, Girls Night Out
6PM to 9PM. This fun, Friday night event focuses on activities that appeal to women. The 6th Annual Girls Night Out will feature a Kentucky Derby theme, complete with a Fancy Hat Contest! Come out and express your inner "Southern Belle!" Historic Main Street merchants stay open late to showcase all the great things they have to offer. Check in at the Bell Tower to pick up a program or buy a Derby beverage and a Scavenger Hunt card. Activities include entertainment, games, trunk shows, prize drawings, scavenger hunt, health and beauty specials, massage, restaurant specials, dance instruction, sales & promotions, food, chocolate, olive oil samplings, and much more. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436.
MAY 11th, Motherlode Century Bike Ride
Rolling through ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards, the Motherlode Century guides you through some of Northern California's most beautiful landscapes.The 28 mile loop is a fine pedal with a fantastic panoramic view of the valley, while the 64 and 94 mile loops add a remote canyon with some challenging climbs, awe inspiring scenery and a cruise down Main Street in historic Placerville. Aid stations en route keep you fueled, while the full SAG support keeps you safe and comfortable. All riders will enjoy a delicious dinner following the ride. Expand your weekend experience with a rafting trip, a visit to Gold Discovery State Park, or a visit to local wineries, micro-breweries and shops. For info visit www.motherlodecentury.com.
MAY 19th, Hangtown Car Show
9AM to 3PM on Historic Main Street, Placerville. Sponsored by the Placerville Lions Club. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking are free for spectators. For info and pre-registration to show a car please call Mike at (530) 622-1731.
MID-MAY through OCTOBER
Saturday Farmers Market, 8AM-Noon
This event will feature 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 19th through MID-OCTOBER
Wednesday Main Street Farmers Market, 4PM-Dusk
This event will feature fresh produce, flowers and other items from local farmers on Historic Main Street around the Bell Tower. For info call (415) 250-5337.
JUNE through OCTOBER
Saturdays, Music in the Courtyard, 1PM-4PM
at the Fountain Plaza Courtyard on Historic Main Street. Come tap your toes to some great jazz or blues music with a new featured band each time. Admission is free. This year's music dates and groups are:
- 6/1 – Aftershock (Jazz Funk)
- 6/22 – Frankie Soul and No Control
- 7/13 – Joe and Joy Littel (featuring Jerry Jonutz from Aftershock)
- 7/27 – Kiva Rythum (Jazz)
- 8/10 – MRQ Band (Rock and Blues)
- 8/24 – The Simms Band (Rock and Variety
- 9/14 – Carol Tuttle and the Gold Country Jazz Octet (cool jazz from the 50's)
- 9/28 – Jonny Mojo and the Rusty Buckets (Americana/Bluegrass)
- 10/12 – The Pickups (Variety/Rock and Roll
- 10/26 – Aftershock (Jazz Funk)
For more info call (530) 622-4900.
JUNE 8th – OCTOBER 12th,
Banners on Parade
This community art project for 2013 features 32 artistically decorated banners on light poles along Main Street in Placerville. Read a bit of the history of this project. This is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in historic downtown Placerville. These beautiful banners are on Main Street and will be for sale at a Silent Auction at the October 19th Art & Wine Festival, as well. See the 2013 Banners on Parade here. For more info contact (530) 672-3436. Find out how you can help with this effort!
JUNE 8th, Wagon Train & BBQ Rib Cook Off
JUNE 29th, Bell Tower Brewfest
12PM-6PM – Main Street will welcome the Highway 50 Association's 64th Annual Wagon Train with a BBQ Rib Cook-Off (with sampling), Server's Races, Studebaker Wheelbarrow Demos, gold-panning, kids' games, country music, western style shoot-outs, gold panning and historical displays, a beer garden & more. The Wagon Train will come down historic Main Street at about 2pm on its way from the Broadway Village events in the morning to the closing events on Placerville Drive. Events on Main Street are scheduled for 12pm-6pm. For more information on all the family activities in Placerville please contact (530) 672-3436.
6PM to 9PM.This popular Placerville event will be hosted by downtown merchants and will include a street closure for the enjoyment and safety for all patrons. If you are interested in sampling over 35 different craft brews, tickets will need to be purchased for patrons over 21 years of age. Entertainment will feature several bands performing live during the festival. TICKETS ARE LIMITED for the brew-tasting and expected to sell out, so plan on getting them early. Help support Main Street at this big fundraiser! Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info contact (530) 672-3436.
July 4th, Red, White & Blue Celebration
10AM - 3PM in Historic Downtown Placerville. Many merchants will be open on July 4th with sidewalk sales and special events. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. Please call (530) 672-3436 for more info.
AUGUST 11th, Craft Faire
8AM - 3PM in Historic Downtown Placerville. Main Street closes to host the 17th Annual Craft Faire with over 100 artisans from all over the West featuring pottery, jewelry, woodwork, quilted and decorating items, dolls, garden items, soaps, candles, food and much, much more. Admission and parking are free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. Please call (530) 672-3436 for more info.
AUGUST 22nd, Hangtown Car Show
5PM - 8PM. Back by popular demand is the Thursday Night car show on Historic Main Street, Placerville. Sponsored by the Placerville Lions Club. Participation is limited by the number of spaces available. Admission and parking are free for spectators. For info and pre-registration to show a car please call Mike at (530) 622-1731.
SEPTEMBER 14th, 7th Annual Kacie's Ride for Hope
8AM - 11AM in Historic Downtown Placerville. Main Street closes 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.
SEPTEMBER 21st, Placerville Oktoberfest
3PM - 8PM. This fun event will feature live music (complete with Chicken Dance and polkas!) by Grand Isle Fire Brigade Band, Wiener Dog Races, Costume Contest, Children's Games, Beer-related Games, Bavarian Dance Demos, a Silent Auction, VIP Sponsor Tables in the Biergarten and (of course) sausages, pretzels, strudel & beer. Presented by Placerville Downtown Association and sponsored in part by El Dorado Disposal and The Wine Smith. Admission is free. For complete event info contact (530) 672-3436.
SEPTEMBER 29th, Antique Street Faire
8AM - 3PM in Historic Downtown Placerville. The 24th Annual Antique Street Faire closes Main Street to host antiques & collectibles peddlers for this popular event. Food, refreshments, and more. Admission and parking are free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436.
OCTOBER 19th, Art & Wine Festival
6PM - 9PM. Over 30 foothill wineries will offer samples of their wines inside merchant locations on Historic Main Street in Placerville. In addition, the works of many local artists will be featured in the galleries and the “Banners On Parade” community art project will be displayed on Main Street and sold during the silent auction that evening. Music at the Bell Tower, art demonstrations & hors d’oeuvres, too. Sample award-winning wines in one convenient location without driving to all the wineries! Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more info, contact (530) 672-3436.
OCTOBER 31st, Trick or Treat on Main Street
4PM - 6PM in Historic downtown Placerville. Merchants on Historic Main Street will provide goodies to trick-or-treaters (while supplies last) in a safe and convenient environment. Sponsored by Historic Main Street merchants. Other activities will include a costume contest and carnival and are sponsored by Placerville Parks & Recreation, Placerville 20/30 Club and Placerville Lions Club. For info call (530 672-3436).
See special Holiday Events Page
NOVEMBER 29th, Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights 5:30PM – 8PM on Historic Main Street in Placerville. The old-fashioned festivities will close Historic Main Street and begin around 5:30PM at various locations up and down Main Street with music, entertainment, visits with Santa, stagecoach rides (4-6pm) and the tree-lighting at 6PM at the Courthouse. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436.
NOVEMBER 29th & 30th, 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 2 hour parking, entertainment, stagecoach rides and more. For more information call (530) 672-3436.
DECEMBER 1st, 36th Annual Christmas Parade
This big parade takes place rain or shine and starts at the Broadway Plaza parking lot on upper Broadway in Placerville and continues down Main Street. Sponsored by The Mountain Democrat and benefitting Toys 4 Tots in our community (bring a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl). For info call (530) 344-5088 or pick up an application at The Mountain Democrat or El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce offices.
DECEMBER, (November 29 – December 12) The 12+ Days of Christmas
Shoppers will have a chance to enter a drawing for a chance to win $300 worth of Main Street gift certificates. Get your shopping done early and win $300 to spend at Historic Main Street businesses! Thank you for supporting your local independent merchants!
DECEMBER Saturdays, Visits with Santa
Santa will be arriving in Historic Downtown Placerville to listen to those special wishes on the following dates: December 7th at Kiddlywinks (262 Main) from 11AM-2PM; December 14th at CandyStrike Emporium (398 Main) 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, WEEKENDS, Stagecoach Rides
On Historic Main Street, Placerville. Davey "Doc" Wiser and his crew will be providing FREE rides (in good weather) at the Bell Tower on these dates: November 29th (4-6PM), November 30th (12-3PM), December 7th & 8th (12-3PM), December 14th & 15th (12-3PM), and December 21st & 22nd (12PM-3PM). For more info call (530) 672-3436.
DECEMBER 21st, Winter Solstice 3rd Saturday ArtWalk, 5pm-9pm
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice at the 3rd Saturday ArtWalk in December. This new event will feature fire and ice activities and performances, entertainment. and more! Don't forget to visit the galleries, restaurants, and other businesses for some last minute unique gifts, too. For more info please contact El Dorado Arts Council at (530) 295-3496. .