Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevadas, our gold rush town is bustling every season with spectacular celebrations for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love learning about our traditions or delighting in our wonderful atmosphere, you’re sure to have a blast at any of the exciting events in Murphys, CA!
Below, you’ll find a glimpse of what Murphys holds in store throughout the year. If you’d like to discover some of the best things to do in Murphys, no matter the time of year, be sure to download a free copy of our vacation guide! It’ll be as though you have a virtual tour guide right in the palm of your hand.
Events in Murphys, CA Throughout the Seasons
Our beautiful area offers an array of annual festivals and events. Each showcases our unique culture in Murphys, CA, which is influenced in part by both wine and our history as a gold rush town.
The weather is a bit chilly during springtime in Murphys as it casts off the winter weather, but for those who enjoy cooler temperatures, it’s wonderful weather! Plus, this is when the colorful wildflowers bloom.
You won’t want to miss the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee! This event is one of the oldest events in the history of California and showcases California’s Gold Rush past. Perhaps the most famous event of this event is the frog jump, which inspired Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
- Murphys Irish Day
- Taste of Calaveras | April
- Calaveras Country Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee | May
- Spring Fiesta | May
If you’re looking for beautiful weather, summer is the perfect time to visit Murphys, CA. This is the time of year where you’ll find days that are mostly clear and sunny, with temperatures in the upper 70s to the high 80s.
The pleasant weather makes for the perfect setting for outdoor concerts, and Murphys sees its fair share of them. The biggest event that brings outdoor summer concerts to Murphys is the Ironstone Vineyards Summer Concert Series. It takes place at the Ironstone Amphitheatre, rated among the top 100 amphitheatres in the world for several years in a row. Be sure to check out our popular Ironstone Concert package if you plan to attend!
- Ironstone Vineyards Summer Concert Series
- Hilltop Concert Series at Brice Station Vineyards
- Shakespeare on the Vine | August
- Bear Valley Music Festival
As summer moves into fall, the crowds thin and the weather cools down. However, this doesn’t mean that the activity slows down! Car shows and events centered on special holidays like Halloween mean you’ll always have something fun to do.
The event of the season is unquestionably the Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire! Participate in the largest and oldest grape stomp in California, and you’ll get a chance to get up close to the winemaking experience. ( We pay the entry fee (approx $75) for the Grape Stomp for couples that stay with us.)
- Ironstone Car Show | September
- Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire | October
- Murphys Witch Walk
- Murphys Day of the Dead | November
Murphys quiets down during the winter, as the cooler weather deters warm-weather travelers. This means that winter is one of the most affordable times to visit!
Celebrate the season with a variety of exciting events, like the Holiday Festival of Wines or Murphys Holiday Open House. Marvel at the glittering Christmas Parade, and enjoy some incredible California wine as you’re bundled up and cozy at Courtwood Inn.
- Holiday Festival of Wines
- Murphys Holiday Open House
- Murphys Christmas Parade
- Presidents’ Wine Weekend | February
Host Your Next Special Event in Murphys at Courtwood Inn
Courtwood Inn is available to host your next special event from business retreats and family reunions to small elopements and girlfriends getaways. Whatever the occasion, Courtwood Inn is happy to host a variety of special events in Murphys, CA. With plenty of room for gatherings and a beautiful out of the way setting, but with the great town of Murphys so close, Courtwood Inn offers luxury and comfort for your hosted event. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan the details and check availability.
Family Reunions, Business Retreats and More!
Five guest rooms are available for events. Several smaller configurations are workable too. We will help you plan your event and work with other local resources such as caterers, rafting companies, and wineries to fit your needs. Please call the Inn so we may discuss opportunities for your special event.
Looking for A Romantic Venue for Your Elopement!
Our large Murphys, CA bed and breakfast provides you with a choice of locations for your event – on the private terrace overlooking the foothills of San Joaquin Valley or the great room on the main floor.
We offer Elopement Packages for up to 18 people. Additionally, you can also select among ‘A La Carte’ offerings to create your special day, your way. We are also happy to work with you on a customized event and to address your special requests and needs. Please call us at 209-728-8686 to discuss your specific needs.
Bear Valley Ski Getaway
Plan a Ski Getaway at Courtwood Inn in Murphys, California. We’ll assist you and your party with planning all the details from lift tickets to snow conditions and directions. Give us a call for availability at 209-728-8686.
Bring your friends to Murphys for a quilting party. Our game room and dining room are available with plenty of outlets and space.
Courtwood Inn Special Events and Gatherings at the Inn
Come Join the Fun
Courtwood Inn will be hosting a number of exciting events in Murphys, CA throughout the year including wine tasting parties, cooking classes, wine camps and other special theme events. Keep us in mind when you and your friends are looking for a fun getaway. Please check back with us or give us a call to see what’s going on at Courtwood Inn.