Communities across Placer County pay homage to the region’s history of gold mining, railroads and cultural diversity through its year-round signature events.

The gatherings bring history to life; excite our taste buds and bring us closer to our family, friends and community.

Here are 5 exciting events you don’t want to miss!


Mountain Mandarin Festival

Each November, festivalgoers follow their noses wherever the sweet and tangy citrus scent of Mandarins lead them during the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn.

The scent is everywhere. It extends from almost every kind of food, from Mandarin-infused drinks, salads, grilled meats, ice creams, BBQ sauces and syrups. There is no shortage of the delicious orange treat.

The festival takes place under the autumn-leaved trees of the Gold Country Fairgrounds, where area growers sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarin oranges.

In 2017, the festival will celebrate its 24th year.


Placer County Fair

Carnival games and rides, unique foods and entertainment are hallmarks of the Placer County Fair. Families come back time and again for the fair’s history of tradition and community-oriented spirit.

So step back in time and enjoy an old-fashion country fair — just the way you remembered them as a child.



Placer Farm & Barn Tour

These self-guided tours allow for the expedition of farms, ranches and vineyards along the beautiful countryside of Placer County.

Visitors can see what life is like on a working farm through various activities and samplings. Each farm venue will feature something different suitable for any ages.

After enjoying some time learning about the farms, you can also sample and purchase locally grown produce, meats and wine.


The Cowpoke Fall Gathering

The first Cowpoke Fall Gathering took place in 1955 after a couple decided to bring cowboy poetry performance to Loomis.

Ever since, cowboys and cowgirls share poems and songs in the historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Well-known cowboy poets from all over the West attend the event.

The premier showcase aims to preserve and promote the American cowboy heritage through the oral folk art forms.



This is a berry special event!

The BerryFest celebrates the harvest of strawberries with amazing foods, shows, contest, shopping, pageant and music entertainment.

Did you catch all that? We hope so because there’s more.

The action-packed event is held on Mother’s Day weekend and puts an emphasis on children and family. The BerryFest loads up on activities for kids, including a petting zoo, pony rides, strawberry shortcake eating contest and a full carnival zone.


With all of these family-friendly events lined up how could you not love Placer County?


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