Summertime means longer days, warmer nights, and time to play. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate summer in El Dorado County, check out some of our favorite events.

Sample Sierra Group Smiling El Dorado County

Hangtown Days

Experience living history and greet the Wagon Train as it arrives in Placerville. This annual event is the final celebration of the Highway 50 Association’s reenactment trek that begins in Nevada and culminates on Historic Main Street with games, activities, live music, food, shopping, and a street dance. Period dress not required, but if you have it, why not wear it?

El Dorado County Fair

Summer and the county fair go together like funnel cakes and Ferris wheels. El Dorado’s annual county fair features all the traditions you’ve come to expect, along with a few new ones. Bring the family and enjoy food, rides, agricultural competitions, children’s activities, jugglers, clowns, live music, a variety show, a fun zone, and yes, mutton-bustin’.

El Dorado Wine Association Blind Barrel costumed revelers
Dress up in your Roaring Twenties finery and get ready to enjoy a night of revelry at Blind Barrel. Photo: El Dorado Wine Country

Blind Barrel

Put on your suspenders, bow ties, flapper dresses, pearl necklaces and dancing shoes for El Dorado Winery Association’s annual Blind Barrel event. They bring the food trucks, live swing band and fine wine – all you need is an appetite for everything raucous, rebellious and Roaring Twenties. Bonus points if you know the Charleston.

Brewfest crowds in downtown Placerville, El Dorado County

Placerville Brewfest

It’s where Old Hangtown meets craft beer… and the only time you’ll see the famed Bell Tower dressed as a beer stein. This annual event, held along Placerville’s Historic Main Street, features 40+ breweries, cideries, meaderies, and wineries, along with local gourmet food, a cigar lounge, and live music and entertainment.

Lavender Festival at Apple Hill in El Dorado County

Enjoy the sights and scent of lavender at Bluestone Meadow. Photo: Apple Hill Growers Association

Bluestone Meadow Lavender Festival

Apple Hill may be best known for apples, but it’s also home to a working lavender farm. Once a year, Bluestone Meadow hosts a free, family-friendly event where you can learn all about lavender, including how to grow your own. It also features craft vendors, workshops, train rides, duck races, and more.

Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival

Love to mountain bike? You won’t want to miss this annual celebration of mountain biking at Lake Tahoe. The two-day event features the famed Triple Crown Ride on Saturday (30 miles, 5,200 feet of elevation gain) along with a festival with food, brews, vendors, a raffle, and live music. On Sunday, riders can get a lift up the road and test drive a new set of wheels down Corral Trail.

WINEderlust Renegade Wine Festival graphic

Winederlust Renegade Wine Festival

Embrace your renegade side and blaze a new trail with the El Dorado Winery Association during its annual celebration of renegades, rebels, and rabble-rousers. Head for the hills (well, Henningsen Lotus Park) and experience a one-of-a-kind wine adventure with dozens of food and beverage vendors, live music, and of course, some of the region’s best wines.

Tasting El Dorado County's local spirits at Sample the Sierra, El Dorado County Bring your appetite to Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork event. Photo: Sample the Sierra

Sample the Sierra

Local libations and regionally sourced cuisine are on the menu at Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork food and wine festival. This annual event in South Lake Tahoe celebrates the region’s bounty, heritage, culture, and activities with tastings from the Sierra Nevada’s best chefs and restaurants — all created with local produce, each bite paired with tastings from local wineries and breweries.

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