Sonora CA Hotels: Wrap up the summer with music, movies, money, magic and mystery in the Mother Lode!

Celebrate this month’s events with one of our hotels in Sonora CA! From Musicals to film and music festivals, outdoor summer adventure and much more! Our Sonora CA hotels can accommodate your every need from free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, and much more!

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The hills are alive with music this August in the Sierra Nevada foothills as musical productions at our professional theaters and concerts in our beautiful parks and magnificent vineyards fill up the month of August. But the fun doesn’t stop with music! There are movie showings out beneath the stars, film and music festivals for lovers of the arts, gold panning events with money to win, gold rush murder mystery events, and even a night of magic in the streets of downtown Sonora, you will find that the mother lode is the place to wrap up the summer fun this year. Come stay with us at the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center or INNS of California this year, and be absolutely in the center of it all! Plus, with the opportunity to visit 3 nearby state parks, Yosemite National Park, plenty of other outdoor adventures to experience, and two casinos to play the night away, there is no better place to make the most of the end of summer 2014!

Bear Valley Music Festival until August 10th

One of the best summer attractions in the Central Sierra offering a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, and legendary entertainers. An outdoor musical experience located in a unique mountain setting and a 1250 seat tent. For more information visit http://www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org/

“Sound of Music” in Columbia until August 31st

Rejoice in “The Sound of Music”. Very possibly the most glorious musical ever created. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family in Austria, this show has it all – an irrepressible heroine who finds her calling, lonely children who find a mother, an aloof Naval officer who finds a wife, and a united family who find courage in one another as they escape the approaching evil of the Third Reich. This classic musical features the beloved songs “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Climb Every Mountain”, and “Edelweiss”. (Rated PG) For more information, show dates, and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.sierrarep.org

“Accomplice” at Stage 3 until August 10th

Written by Rupert Holmes. Come see this thriller with more twists than a bag of pretzels! Wanna know more? Come see the whole story for yourself in Sonora at Stage 3. For more information visit: http://www.stage3.org/

Wednesday Diesel Days at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park to August 27th

Every Wednesday from July 9th through August 27th, spend some time with family and friends at Railtown 1897 while you ride, tour, and experience steam trains, authentic railroad facilities, live music, and Hollywood film and television heritage – things uniquely American! More information at http://www.railtown1897.org/

August 1st

Twain Harte Movies in the Pines: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ Movie starts at 8:30pm. Please low back chairs or blankets only, no glass permitted. Good summer fun for the family! Enjoy a fun family film surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of the Sierra Nevada foothills!

August 2nd

Twain Harte Concerts in the Pines: ! Come enjoy live music in beautiful Eproson Park. Jana & Friends play Jazz/Dance music from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Eproson Park, Twain Harte.

Murder Mystery Morning at Columbia State Historic Park: History comes alive at Columbia State Historic Park as a live reenactment of the “cold-case” investigation of “The Gaherty-Jarvis Shooting” that occurred in the town in 1856. Come help to seek out the truth of this unsolved mystery by watching the reenactment of the events, walking through the crime scene, interviewing “witnesses” and participating in the resulting inquest! The mystery starts at 10:00am, and as space is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 209-588-9128. $5.00/adults and $1/children

August 8th

Magic of the Night: Come to historic downtown Sonora and enjoy magicians, live music, street acting, dancing and specialty foods. This is a night of fun for the whole family and people of all sorts and ages. Downtown Sonora will never be more magical than it will be this night!

Twain Harte Movies in the Pines: “The Nut Job” Movie starts at 8:00pm. Please low back chairs or blankets only, no glass permitted.. Good summer fun for the family! Enjoy a fun family film surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of the Sierra Nevada foothills!

August 9th

An Evening in Polynesia at Ironstone Vineyards: Spend the evening in Ironstone’s garden Breezeway and caves as we celebrate all things Polynesian! Come and enjoy a buffet dinner featuring authentic cuisine of the South Pacific and Live entertainment! Doors open at 6 pm

Please call for pricing and reservations. 209-728-1251

August 15th

Twain Harte Movies in the Pines: “The Smurfs 2″ Movie starts at 8:30pm. Please low back chairs or blankets only, no glass permitted. Good summer fun for the family! Enjoy a fun family film surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of the Sierra Nevada foothills!

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck at Ironstone Vineyards: Come spend the evening at beautiful Ironstone Vineyard for this end of summer event. Great music, great atmosphere! Show Time is 7:00 pm. All tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

August 16th

Twain Harte Concerts in the Pines: Come enjoy live music in beautiful Eproson Park. Chains Required play dance music at Eproson Ball Field in Twain Harte. Music starts at 7pm.

The Groveland Hotel presents “Life in the Fast Lane,” a tribute to the Eagles: Enjoy the music of the Eagles as well as Don Henly’s later hits like “Dirty Laundry”. Contact The Groveland Hotel for ticket information. Dinner starts at 5:30 and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets prices are $22.00

Family Fun Day at Calaveras Big Trees State Park: A fun filled day for the whole family in the North Grove area of the Park. Featured activities include: Live Birds of Prey, Live Reptiles, Meet the Ranger, Nature Crafts, Wild Things, Smokey Bear, Cocked Hat Bowling, Carriage Rides – $3, Live Music and much more. Food Sales include a Barbecue, Ice Cream Cones, Popcorn and Baked Goods. Come join in the activities at beautiful Big Trees State Park for a great day of family fun! For more information contact: http://bigtrees.org/

Murder Mystery Morning at Columbia State Historic Park: History comes alive at Columbia State Historic Park as a live reenactment of the “cold-case” investigation of “The Gaherty-Jarvis Shooting” that occurred in the town in 1856. Come help to seek out the truth of this unsolved mystery by watching the reenactment of the events, walking through the crime scene, interviewing “witnesses” and participating in the resulting inquest! The mystery starts at 10:00am, and as space is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 209-588-9128. $5.00/adults and $1/children

August 23rd

Twain Harte Concerts in the Pines: Come enjoy live music in beautiful Eproson Park. Upland Drive plays Modern Rock/Country music from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Eproson Field in Twain Harte.

Under the Stars at Twisted Oaks Winery featuring the John Jorgenson Quintet: Come enjoy an evening of “gypsy jazz” under the starts with The John Jorgenson Quintet. With Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito. Call (209)736-9080 for further information.

August 23rd and 24th

Gold and Outdoor Festival: Grab your gold pans and head out for the Gold and Outdoor Festival at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora! No gold pans? That’s okay! A sense of adventure and an interest in gold is all you really need! Presented by the Delta Gold Diggers and sponsored by Gold Prospectors Association of America and Minelab. Events will include panning for real gold, equipment demonstrations, claim jumper detecting hunt, prospecting seminars, a chance to win $3000.00 in buried treasure and $10,000 in door prizes such as a trip to Nome, Alaska! Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 10 are free! For more information visit: http://www.deltagolddiggers.webs.com/

August 25th

National Parks Free Admission Day!

August 29th to September 21st

“All my Sons” at Sierra Repertory Theatre: A powerful story of two families and a war-time catastrophe established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre. This classic Tony Award-winning drama examines Miller’s familiar themes of fathers and sons, guilt, love and personal ethics. When a company’s defective airplane parts cause the deaths of many men in World War II, one partner went to prison and the other made a fortune. The tragedies left shadows of bitterness and guilt that escalate to an electrifying climax (Rated PG-24) For more information, show dates, and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.sierrarep.org

August 29th to September 1st

Filmfest Twain Harte: Films from all over the world, shorts, full length, documentaries, and student films. Filmmakers, actors, and even celebrity guests will be on hand. Special events include a Friday VIP Reception and a Sunday Awards Dinner. Ticket packages will be available.

For more information go to http://www.filmfesttwainharte.com

August 30th to September 1st

Labor Day Weekend at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park: Regular excursion train rides depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend on-the-hour 11 am to 3 pm. More information at http://www.railtown1897.org/

August 30th

Twain Harte Concerts in the Pines: Come enjoy live music in beautiful Eproson Park. Rod Harris & Big Band play Big Band Swing & Dance Music from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Eproson Park in Twain Harte.

2nd Annual Chief Fuller Day: Event is on Highway 108 from the entance to Mi-Wuk Village to the end of the lot by the Mi-Wuk Market. Event hours are 10am – 5pm. There will be arts, crafts, face painting, kettle corn and carved bears. MAHA membership information and tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner will also be available.

Murder Mystery Morning at Columbia State Historic Park: History comes alive at Columbia State Historic Park as a live reenactment of the “cold-case” investigation of “The Gaherty-Jarvis Shooting” that occurred in the town in 1856. Come help to seek out the truth of this unsolved mystery by watching the reenactment of the events, walking through the crime scene, interviewing “witnesses” and participating in the resulting inquest! The mystery starts at 10:00am, and as space is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 209-588-9128. $5.00/adults and $1/children.

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Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks and Conference Center | 19551 Hess Avenue, Sonora, CA 95370 | (209) 533-4400

INNS of California | 350 S. Washington Street, Sonora, CA 95370 | (209) 532-3633

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