Colorful autumnal foliage and cool crisp air are just a few features of fall that visitors will enjoy in California’s Gold Country.

Spanning from Madera County in the south to Sierra County in the north, Gold Country’s fall season is known for its cozy small towns, enchanting countryside and exciting family-friendly events. Enjoy a range of activities along Highway 49, from seasonal festivals and wine excursions to Halloween-themed family fun.

Two examples:

Amador County

Music lovers will tap their toes during the Fiddler’s Jam, September 17 in historic Fiddletown. Enjoy food, fantastic wine, microbrews and artisan crafts during this celebration of bluegrass and old-time fiddle music. Speaking of great wine, explore Amador County wineries and vineyards during the Big Crush Harvest Festival, October 7-9. Guests will be greeted with special wine flights, small bites and fun-filled harvest activities.

Calaveras County

Vintage meets modern at the Frogtown Classic BMX Days, September 9-11. The multi-day festival features old-school style BMX racing, a bike show and a swap meet. Don’t be afraid to get your feet dirty at the oldest and largest grape stomp in California: the 29th Annual Calaveras County Grape Stomp on October 1. This yearly event brings families and friends together for a weekend of fun where guests can compete for the title of “Top Stomp.” With Halloween around the corner, put on your hat and grab your broom for the Murphys Witch Walk on October 15. Eat, drink, shop and enjoy the costume show during this festival set along Main Street in Murphys.

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