Gold Rush Days 

2nd Saturday every month – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Reserve the second Saturday of every month for Gold Rush Days at Columbia State Historic Park. You’ll get to see inside special exhibits, stores and residences not regularly open to the public. Columbia’s Gold Rush Days is a chance to explore the historic town of Columbia and see it come alive with living history. Throughout town you will discover park docents interpreting what it looked, felt, and sounded like during the California Gold Rush.
Docents in period attire will provide lots of information on the structure of their featured building, nature of its business and equipment, contents of store merchandise, or interior décor of family homes, along with history of the times for visitors. If you’re lucky, the gambling table will be set up on the boardwalk for everyone to try their hand at betting against a mining camp gambler.

Boo Boulevard

October 30, 2021  3-6 pm

Boo Boulevard returns to Columbia State Historic Park on Saturday, October 30 from 3-6pm. Trick or Treating, Halloween crafts, Fishin’ Game, Photo Booth, and the Spooky Trail are from 3-5pm. Everyone is invited to march in the parade and compete in the costume contest from 5-6pm. Bring your family, and hang out with the ghosties and ghouls! This is a free event!

Lamplight Tours

LampLamplight Tours are a walking play that wanders the streets of Columbia at night and ends with music, dance, and refreshments.

When: December 10 & 11, 2021

Time: 5-10pmh

Cost: $25 per person. Children under 8 are free.

Location: Throughout Town. Meet at Columbia Museum

Miners Christmas

miners christmas

December 18-19, 2021.        12-3pm            FREE.     Main Street Columbia

Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he rides in on the stagecoach and wanders the streets looking for good girls and boys!

Columbia’s Victorian Easter Celebration

When: April 17, 2022

Time: 11:00-3:00pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Main St. Columbia

Event Description: Dress up in your Victoria Easter finery and march in the Victorian Easter Parade. Registration begins at 11am, and the parade is at 12:30pm. Children will enjoy Columbia’s popular Easter Egg Hunts. The small Fry Egg Search at noon is for ages 3 to 5, and after the Easter Parade, the Junior Egg Poachers (ages 6 to 8) will try their luck at 1pm, and finally, the Great Egg Scramblers (ages 9 to 12) at 1:30pm. Find the golden egg and win a prize!

For More Information: This event is coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber at 209-536-1672 or

Diggins Tent Town

May 19-22, 2022.  10-4pm

$10 Adults, $2 children 12 and under

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. Event open to the public Sat and Sun. School tours are led Thursday and Friday by reservation. (See Schools page).

Columbia’s Glorious 4th of July Celebration

4thJuly 4, 2022.           11am – 4pm            FREE           Main Street Columbia

Celebrate our nation’s birthday the old-fashioned way! Come to Columbia State Historic Park on the 4th of July and participate in the many activities the 49ers enjoyed way back when, especially a glorious parade up Main Street at noon. Enjoy a patriotic concert by the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band, dance in the street, and try your skill at the many contests popular in the early days of Columbia, including the greased pole climb, egg relay race, watermelon eating, bucket brigade, cake walk, nail pounding, egg toss, and a five-way tug-of-war. Come early for the best parking and bring lawn chairs. The festivities begin with a ceremonial flag raising and black powder musket salute at 11am.

For More Information: This event is coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Contact them at 209-536-1672 or

Park Anniversary and Big Band Street Dance

 July 16, 2022.      6-10pm.       FREE.        Main St. Columbia
Step back into the 1940s and put on your dancing shoes to boogie down to the music of Rod Harris and his Orchestra as we celebrate the anniversary of our State Park.This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.

Stories In Stone

storiesWhen: Sept 24-25, Oct 1, 2, 2022

Cost: $25.00

Location: Columbia Cemetery

Event Description: Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by living history docents carrying lanterns were 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.

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