DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ON LARGE GATHERINGS, MOST OF THE EVENTS LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN POSTPONED OR CANCELLED IN 2020. PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR UPDATES.
For details and updated information about special events in Jackson, please go to VisitAmador.com.
Kennedy Gold Mine Tours
The Kennedy Mine is open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday, 10 AM to 3 PM, March through October. FREE Admission, fee for guided tours. Group Guided tours are available, by reservation, all year. Guided Tours are recommended for an interesting, in-depth, and educational tour of the grounds [about 1.5 hours]. You may, if you wish, purchase a self-guided tour book in our gift shop and wander on your own. Some prefer to bring a picnic lunch and just soak in the ambiance of this historic spot. Plan a Kennedy Mine Tour now! (To comply with Amador County guidelines regarding social distancing, visitors are advised to sign up for tours in advance online as space is limited.)
Celebrated 13 days after Dec. 25th...for over 100 years our Serbian-American population has marked this day with a volley of rifle shots to announce that Christ is born in front of the National Hotel, St. Sava's Church on North Main St., and St. Sava's Mission on Broadway. Know that you are safe as the rifles are not loaded with live rounds. It's your neighbor celebrating and keeping alive the rich traditions of the old country.
Tour a replica of Sherlock Holmes 221B Baker Street, guided by characters from the tales of Sherlock Holmes. Home to Holmes Hounds literary society and the Baker Street Players, Sherlockian plays, Dinner Mystery Theatre, and a variety of Afternoon Tea events are performed throughout the year. Upstairs at Hein & Co Book Store, 204 Main Street, Jackson. For performance details and tickets click on the link above.
Downtown Jackson becomes an outdoor bazaar and flea market featuring antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, food, live music, Beer Garden, kids carnival, Pancake Breakfast and a 5K run. On the Saturday and Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day. Free shuttle bus service to free parking can be found at the Amador Transit website.
Kit Carson Mountain Men Days of 49 Wagon Train
On the last weekend in April, an authentic wagon train of horse-drawn wagons and pioneer re-enactors will pull into Jackson after a journey through Amador County, with stops at the Amador County Fairgrounds (Plymouth), Italian Picnic Grounds (Sutter Creek) and Laughton Ranch (Jackson). Bring the whole family to Main Street, Jackson for a Wagon Train and Kiddies Parade. After the parade, stick around Main Street and enjoy music, Gold Rush-era activities and more -- All events free. Watch here for details on the 2021 Wagon Train.
Motherlode Cruise Car Show
It's the Motherlode Cruise on Main Street, Jackson, third Saturday in May, 10 am to 3 pm. The Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with hundreds of vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy the cars, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique shops and eateries, live music and beer garden. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!
Summer theater under the stars, performing at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy productions by a professional theatre company in a beautiful outdoor setting. Season schedule and tickets can be found at the link above.
Amador Gem & Mineral Society holds their show the first weekend in May at the Kennedy Gold Mine, Hwys 49/88 in Jackson, CA. 10 am-4 pm. Rocks, slabs, hand-crafted jewelry, beads, gemstones and other hand crafted items. FREE admission, tour of Historic Kennedy Mine for a small fee.
3rd of July Celebration
Annual celebration of our nation's birthday, sponsored by the Jackson Lion's Club. The event takes place on the 3rd of July each year and is held with traditional family fun, food, and music at the Jackson Junior High School field, culminating in spectacular fireworks after dark.
On the last Saturday of September bring your dogs to Detert Park in Jackson, 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Mutt Strut, dog games, Sheriff K-9 demo, speed zone, vendors, food and more! Bring your dog and join in the fun! Advance registration $20 Day of event $25 Seniors & military members $18. All proceeds benefit A-PAL adoption, spay and neuter programs. Registration Begins at 8:00 am, Mutt Strut Begins at 9:00 am.
A kids’ costume parade down Main Street presented by the Jackson Lion's Club annually on October 31st. Line up starts at 5 pm for costume judging, parade at 5:30, and hot dogs and goody bags for everyone at the Jackson Civic Center at the end of the parade.
Veteran's Day Parade
Every November 11, 10 am on Main Street, Jackson. All veterans welcome to participate. Be sure to sign up and join the American Legion Post 108 Veteran's Day Parade.
Remember when Christmas shopping was fun? Jackson brings back the fun and joy of holiday shopping! Foothill shoppers can skip the long lines and hassle of Black Friday at the mall and, instead, enjoy discounts and a personalized experience in Jackson’s Plaid Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. Dozens of retailers and eateries offer “plaid only” promotions -- discounts and gift with purchase for shoppers who wear something plaid to show they support small business. Download your free shopping guide at the link above.
Jackson Main Streets Holiday Open House on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, 6 - 9 pm. Santa will light the town Christmas Tree, 6 pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse, then join Santa for photos at the National Hotel. Mrs. Santa Claus reads to little ones at Hein & Co. Bookstore. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season while strolling Main Street -- free horse-drawn carriage rides, street entertainers, live music, activities for kids and treats for all at the downtown merchants.