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.

Miners Christmas

miners christmas

When:  December 18-19, 2021
Time:  12-3pm
Cost:  FREE
Where:  Main Street Columbia

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.

Some activities may be cancelled in the event of wet weather.

For More Information: Email Columbia State Historic park at

Columbia’s Victorian Easter Celebration

When: TBD 2022

Time: 11:00-3:00pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Main St. Columbia

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

Diggins Tent Town 1852

diggsWhen: May 19-22, 2022

Time: 10-4pm

Cost: $10 Adults, $2 children 12 and under

Location: Diggins Tent Town

 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. Event open to the public Sat and Sun.

For More Information: This event is sponsored by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. For more information email Columbia State Historic park at

Columbia’s Glorious 4th of July Celebration

4thWhen:  July 4, 2022
11am – 4pm         
Cost:  FREE    
Where:  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

When:  July 16, 2022.
Time:   6-10pm.
Cost:  FREE.
Where:  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

Lamplight Tours


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


Time: 5-10pmh

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

Location: Throughout Town. Meet at Columbia Museum



Stories In Stone


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

Cost: $25.00

Location: Columbia Cemetery

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.

Boo Boulevard

Boo Boulevard returns to Columbia State Historic in 2022. 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!

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