Events Sponsored by:  Friends of Columbia SHP

Friends of Columbia SHP sponsors many events for the public and schools. See
Schools on this website. For a complete list of events in Columbia State Historic Park, click Park

Park Anniversary Celebration

with 40s Big Band Street Dance

When:  Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time:   6-10pm

Main St. Columbia

 FREE or Reserve a Table

Reserve $100 VIP Tables.    Please choose 4 people for your table when you make the reservation. if you choose less, someone else may book the other seat or seats at your table.  The cost is the same to reserve all four seats, because you are purchasing the use of a whole table, not seats at a table.
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Event Description:  Join us as California State Parks celebrates 78 years of preserving Columbia State Historic Park.  Columbia SHP contains some of California’s best Gold Rush era buildings. To celebrate the Park’s founding, we put on a 1940s style Big Band Street Dance. Put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his Orchestra as we celebrate the 78th anniversary of our beloved State Park.  The Event is free, bring your own chairs.  This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.

Paranormal Research Tour

: June 8, 2024

Time: 8:00 PM

Cost: $50 per person

: Meet at Eagle Cotage

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Event Description:  Have you ever wondered if Columbia is truly a Ghost Town? Have you ever “felt something” while stepping into one of our old buildings? Now is your chance to be a part of history and interact with paranormal researchers from Full Spectrum Paranormal out of Sacramento as they use their equipment to detect paranormal activity iat different places in the Park.  After a brief introduction at Eagle Cotage,  you will be led to different locations where you will spend time at each paranormal site with the researchers as they explain the fascinating experience and conduct their research. This event is hosted by Friends of Columbia SHP and Full Spectrum Paranormal out of Sacramento

Ghost Stories Tour

When:   TBD 2024

: 2:00-3:00pm.

: $10 per person

: Meet and pay at the Columbia Museum

Event Description
: Have you heard that there are ghosts in Columbia? Join a ghost tour to find out where they lurk and the stories behind those who lived in Columbia during the Gold Rush. This event is coordinated by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.

Back to School 1861

When: Saturday, September 21, 2024

Time: 4-7pm


Historic Schoolhouse

Event Description: 
Join us at the historic Columbia Schoolhouse and discover one of the parks most fascinating Gold Rush era buildings. During this reminiscent event, sit in on a lesson taught by a docent dressed as an 1860s schoolteacher, play games of long ago, listen to patriotic music, and help make hand-cranked ice cream.

Stories in Stone

When: Sept 27 & 28, Oct 4 & 5, 2024

Time:  7:00pm and 7:30pm

Cost:  Adults
16 and above  $25.00 per person.
Children 10 – 15. $10.00 per child Not recommended for children under 10

Location: Columbia Cemetery
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Event Description:
 Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by living history docents carrying lanterns where 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. This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park


.Boo Boulevard

When:  Saturday, October 26, 2024  

Time: 2 – 6pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Main Street Columbia

Event Description:  Boo Boulevard will return to Columbia State Historic October 2023.  Trick or Treating, Face Painting, Creepy Crafts, Fish N’ Game, and the Gargoyle Quest are from 2 – 4pm..  The Zombie Flash Mob Dance Performances will be at 3:30 and 4pm. The Photo Booth runs from 2 – 6pm The pre-carved Jack-o-Lantern Contest returns.  Everyone is invited to march in the Halloween Parade, 4:30pm, and compete for prizes in the Costume Contest from 5-6pm. Bring your family, and hang out with the ghosties and ghouls! This is a free event! This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park and Black Oak Casino.

Lamplight Tours

When: December 6, 7 2024

Time: Friday:  6 tours starting at 6:30

 9 Tours starting at 5:30
Tours every 15 minutes both nights

15 and older $25 per person. Children 10-14 $10 per child and not recommended for children under 10

Location: Throughout Town. Meet at Columbia Museum

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Event Description: Lamplight Tours are a walking play that wanders the streets of Columbia at night and ends with music, dance, and refreshments. This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park


Miners’ Christmas

When:  December  21, 22, 2024


Cost:  FREE

Main Street Columbia

Event Description:  Join the holiday celebrations at Columbia State Historic Park with a family friendly event demonstrating what Christmas in a Gold Rush town may have looked like in the 1850’s.  Stop in and listen to Christmas stories from some of the ole’ timer miners, taste chestnuts roasted over the open fire, and make a variety of old-fashioned crafts. Explore the historic buildings of Columbia adorned with old fashion decorations while you sip hot cider and coffee. You might even catch sight of Father Christmas as he visits the town of Columbia arriving by stage at 12:30pm. This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.

Diggins Tent Town 1852

When: TBD

Time: 10am – 4pm


Diggins Tent Town (located near main parking lot)

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 and booked online on our Schools page.  Park visitors are welcome all four days of the event and pay in person at the portal.  We do not sell tickets to the public online for this event. This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.