What’s Happening Along the Byway in December, 2023

Can you believe that 2023 is almost over?  Make your plans to celebrate the New Year here on the mountain.

We are still waiting for the big snow to arrive, but the Calaveras Visitor’s Bureau has a great blog post on where to go and what to do in the coming weeks.

Are you hosting an event we should know about?  Don’t hesitate to contact us at; we’ll happily include it in our monthly posts.

Scroll to the bottom for a list of annual events, links to venue schedules, and more calendars.

Saturday, December 30th, 2023

Winter Concert Series with Water Tower from 7-10 pm at the Murphys Creek Theater.  Tickets available at the Murphys Music Company or online at

The Pub is THE place for fun, friends and live music in Murphys on Saturday nights! We have great live music from local, regional and touring acts EVERY DAY we are open and all year round! Jazz, Blues, Rock, Jamband, Country, Bluegrass, you name it, we’ve got it – check out our events page to find out who’s playing tonight and what the cover is –

Enjoy a fabulous Pre New Year’s Eve Party at The Bistro @ Forest Meadows in beautiful Murphys, CA, USA! Get ready to celebrate the upcoming year with the singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jill and The Giants. Charcuterie/Appetizers will be provided along with a countdown and NYE toast at 10p. Cash Bar will be open. This in-person event promises to be a night to remember! Tickets can be purchased at the The Bistro Bar before Dec 25th. No refunds on tickets once purchased.

Enjoy an early New Year’s Party at the Mystic Saloon in Avery. Celebrate NYE a night early with Mitch!! Party into the last day of 2023 on the Goodtime Express!  Featuring Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces.

Sunday, December 31st, 2023

Annual New Years Eve Party at the Lube Room in Dorrington from 9pm-1:30am – RSVP to

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Sequoia Woods Restaurant I Dec. 31st I Dinner served 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm with additional Chef’s specials. Live music from The Fabulous Off Brothers 9:00 pm to 12:30 am.  Reservations are required, so make sure to call 209-795-1000 ext. 1. Enjoy a beautiful view and lovely ambience among the pine trees plus incredible food and delightful service!

Ring in the New Year at Bear Valley Lodge!

Welcome the new year at our New Year’s Eve celebration in Bear Valley, where the slopes are just the beginning of the fun! After an epic day on the hill, head to Bear Valley Lodge for an unforgettable night of festivities! Purchase your ticket entry through the BV lodge by emailing them at or calling their front desk 209-753-2327 extension 100#

Guests simply present their receipt at the check-in table and receive a gold wristband for access to the festivities.


5 PM to 12 AM: Grizzly & Creekside bars open, setting the mood with the best libations around!
5 PM: First Dinner Service at Creekside (open to the public)
Three Course Dinner Menu-  $75 per person
7 PM: Second Dinner Service at Creekside (exclusive for ticket holders)
Three Course Dinner Menu – $75 per person
8 PM to 12 AM: Scott Rich keeping the vibe alive with his musical performance till the stroke of midnight!
12 AM: Countdown to the New Year with a champagne toast & balloon drop!
12:04 AM: Fireworks to light up the sky and your spirits!

For events in other areas of Calaveras County, check out the Calaveras Visitor’s Bureau blog post or check out the Alpine County Chamber’s calendar for east side options.

Saturday, January 13th, 2024

Winter Concert Series with Grover Anderson & The Lampoliers from 7-10 pm at the Murphys Creek Theater.  Tickets available at the Murphys Music Company or online at

June 21-23, 2024

The Woollystar Festival will be back in Markleeville for 2024 – Early Bird tickets are almost sold out, so get your tickets online here today! Tickets are for sale in-person at the Markleeville General Store (including locals’ tickets) and they make a great holiday gift.

Mark Your Calendars For These Annual Events:

Murphys Irish Day on the 3rd Saturday in March

Calaveras Wine Weekend on the 3rd Weekend in April

Murphys Homecoming on July 15th in the Community Park.  The festivities start at 11am.

Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps Bicycle Ride on July 15th on Ebbetts Pass (Markleeville to Bear Valley) – State Route 4 will be closed above Lake Alpine with no detour route available.

Bear Valley Music Festival  from July 21st through August 6th

Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire on the 1st Saturday in October in Murphys Community Park & on Murphys Historic Main Street

Murphys Downtown Witch Walk on October 21st (Event on hold until 2025)

Murphys Dia de Los Muertos on the 1st Saturday in November

Murphys Open House on the 1st Friday in December

Check out concert and event series information at the venue’s websites:

Bear Valley Music Festival – The Bear Valley Music Festival is an annual summer event in the picturesque village of Bear Valley, California, nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just above 7,200′. This vibrant and diverse music festival brings together renowned artists and ensembles from various genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop, for an enriching and entertaining experience. The festival begins on the second-to-last Friday in July and ends three Sundays later.  With its stunning natural backdrop, intimate concert setting, and family-friendly atmosphere, the Festival has been a cherished cultural tradition for music enthusiasts and nature lovers since its inception in 1967.

Big Trees State Park – Kids’ activities, hikes, lectures, night sky viewing, and more

Bistro Espresso – live music on the lawn and more

Boyle MacDonald Tasting Room – Friday Night Live Music

Brice Station Vineyards – Hilltop Concert Series, Saturday Night Live Music, and Shakespeare Series’

Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Parks Series – Music in the Parks on Wednesdays from June 15th through August 17th throughout the county.

Camp Connell General Store & Beer Garden – Live Music

Hovey Winery – Live Music, Taco Tuesday, and special events.

Ironstone Amphitheater – Summer Concerts, 4th of July Celebration & More

Jazz Cellars Tasting Room – Live Music, tastings, and more.

Locke Vineyards – Farmhouse Workshops and more.

Lube Room – Live music, food, and fun in Dorrington

Markleeville Library Music in the Park – Monthly live music on the lawn

Milliaire Tasting Room – Live Music, tastings, fashion shows, and more.

Murphys Irish Pub – Live Music and more!

Murphys Watering Hole – Live Music & featured beers

Stevenot Winery – Summer Concert Series

Calaveras Visitors Bureau – the County’s most comprehensive calendar of things to do!

Wildfires are always a concern, and the Adventure Company reminded us to share an awesome app for keeping track of fires in the area: Having an app on your phone, like Watch Duty, can alert you of wildfires and provide updates. It’s up to all of us to be fire safe.

Hiking & biking ideas from our friends at the Bear Valley Adventure Company:

A unique type of cycling adventure on gravel bikes is gaining traction in Bear Valley. Gravel bikes, which look similar to road bikes, but have more robust wheels and bigger tires, allow riders to cover longer distances on unpaved roads. – Check out this example of an advanced-level ride to the top of Calaveras Dome from Bear Valley, with spectacular views of the Mokelumne River and Wilderness. Click here for a map and more info.

Rent an electric bike from BVAC and head for a special adventure on the Spicer Reservoir Road. – Starting at the Bear Valley Adventure Co., ride down Hwy. 4, about 3.5 miles to the Spicer Road turn-off, pass over the Stanislaus River, zip past the entrance to Utica and Union Reservoirs, and coast down to Spicer Reservoir. Plan for a refreshing dip in the water before heading back to Bear Valley. The total ride is about 25 miles roundtrip.

Or check out these two hikes that take you to the Carson Iceberg Wilderness:

Inspiration Point is 3 miles roundtrip, with 650 ft. of elevation gain. Once at the top, the views are breathtaking and a beautiful way to see High Sierra sunrises and sunsets (make sure to pack a headlamp).

Duck Lake is 2.75 miles roundtrip with 340 ft. of elevation gain. This hike crosses paths with old cabins, one you can still look inside and see all the old furniture.