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6 Fall Festivals In Tuolumne County You Don't Want To Miss

By Mackenzie Rodgers | 09/11/2019 | Eat & Drink, Events, Exploring Tuolumne County, Family, Shopping, Wine and Cider Tasting

The weather is cooling down and our calendars are filling up with fun fall festivals all autumn long, in Tuolumne County. Whether you’re wandering through an organic apple orchard or searching for the perfect pumpkin in a seasonal patch, you are sure to have an unforgettable fall vacation at these seasonal celebrations.

Kick off fall at Groveland’s 49er Festival and Chili & Salsa Cook-off. The vibrant mix of a good old-fashioned parade, gun fights, Kids Zone, chili and salsa tasting, craft vendors, poker run, live music and more resonates to a good time for all. Join “Chili Charlie” in the historic mountain town and celebrate the event’s 30th year!

49er Festival

Take a trip to the High Sierra and add Oktoberfest to your weekend itinerary. Find yourself at a beer lover’s paradise, in the little mountain town of Twain Harte, where the pine trees outnumber the locals. Sip the suds of up to 24 different beers from your commemorative mug. The beer is calling and you must go.Twain Harte sign

Forget apple picking, this fall, we’re apple sipping at Indigeny Reserve for their Fall Festival. Take a trip to this hidden gem destination, where they do the harvesting for you. Spend an afternoon tasting their flavors of hard apple cider, go for a walk through the organic orchard, and take in the fall foliage sights aboard a hay-ride. Complete your fall adventure with the perfect fall photo in their pumpkin patch.

Photo by The Taste SF

Spend an afternoon wandering the Main Street of Columbia for their annual Harvest Festifall. This authentic Gold Rush-era town will take you back in time for an unforgettable seasonal celebration complete with live entertainment among the many historic sights. Find yourself conversing with friendly vendors, dressed in 1850’s attire, as you shop for handmade goods. Treat yourself to a candied apple from Nelson’s Candy Kitchen, or a pumpkin spice latte from Brown’s Coffee.

Gather in Gold Country for an autumn adventure for all ages. Each fall,  Hurst Ranch hosts a weekend celebration with train rides, live music, local vendors, and pumpkin patch fun. Located on the outskirts of Jamestown, this family owned ranch is full of picturesque views of a beautiful pond, vineyard and barn. Find the perfect pumpkin for carving, then find the perfect bottle of red wine for sipping.

Photo courtesy of Hurst Ranch

Every year, the All Hallows Fantasy Faire takes over Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, for a spooky weekend of Halloween fun. You’ve heard of Burning Man, but have you heard of Burning Harvest-Man? Gather for a celebration of All Hallows and watch a giant scarecrow take flame. Live entertainment, costume contests, and activities for all ages are sure to make this weekend event worth a go.

Photo by II Pix Photography

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