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SONORA CA HOTEL: Free annual pass to national park for all 4th graders!

Got 4th graders? Free annual pass to National Parks to all 4th graders and their family! Visit and stay at our hotel near Yosemite National Park!


Every Kid in Yosemite Park is Free!
All 4th Graders can receive a FREE park pass!

Yosemite kids free admission

Yosemite National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park and receive free entrance as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. The program provides a free annual pass for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

Beginning today, fourth grade students can visit www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and receive their voucher. The voucher can then be redeemed at park entrance stations for the Every Kid in A Park pass. The pass is valid from now through August 31, 2016.

“A primary focus of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration is to connect young people with national parks and engage the next generation of stewards for America’s treasured places,” stated Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “We are excited about this opportunity for students and their families to come to Yosemite and experience their national park.”

Yosemite National Park offers a variety of activities for fourth graders and their families to enjoy, including the Yosemite Junior Ranger program, guided nature walks, and ranger-led campfire programs. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit. You can also find fun activities, tools to plan your trip, and safety tips on www.everykidinapark.gov.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Bring the whole family to visit Yosemite National Park and our staff at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks & Conference Center will help make your stay a memorable one!

hotels in sonora california information

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
*Subject to availability. Image and information courtesy of Yosemite Anniversary Committee.
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Sonora Hotels: Events for the month of November in Sonora!

Our Sonora CA hotels have exciting events throughout this month of November! Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming and what a better way to celebrate all these special events with your family in our hotels in Sonora CA near Yosemite! 

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This Thanksgiving season come discover a memory waiting in Gold Country.

As the holidays come rolling in with the colored leaf fall of autumn, the Motherlode is the perfect place to spend quality time with the family. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada offer a variety of activities for lovers of the indoors and outdoors alike. Family friendly plays grace the stages in our fabulous theatres, holiday festival and events, including our annual Sonora Historic Downtown Christmas Parade, will fill our towns with cheer and merriment, and of course the great outdoors await here in gold country as the year lays down to rest. Come take the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park in the most colorful season of the year, spend the afternoon at one of three California State Parks, take a stroll through one of the apple orchards or vineyards of the area, or trek underground in one of the several caves nearby. With countless opportunities to make another memory for which to be thankful, the Motherlode is the place to be to truly spend time with loved ones this year.

Until November 23rd

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 

This is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has invented an unlikely hit musical about an odd set of heroes for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. You’ll find yourself rooting along while they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. (Rated PG-13). For more information, show

dates, and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.sierrarep.org

November 7th to 9th:

ITSA Film Festival

Celebrity & Industry speakers and special guests! ECA Films Screening: Emerging Cinematographer Award Films. Workshops, films, interaction with working film industry personalities. Screenings begin on Friday evening and continue through Saturday & Sunday with intermittent special events. Main venue is at Sonora Opera Hall. More information at http://itsafilmfestival.com

November 11th:


Free admission day to Yosemite National Park to celebrate Veterans Day. Enjoy Yosemite National Park with no entrance fee. Enter through Highway 120 through Groveland, closest route from San Francisco to Yosemite.

November 14th through December 21st:

Stage 3 presents “Greetings” by Tom Dudzick!

It’s a normal family Christmas – until an atheist and an angel show up. A moving comedy about family, faith and the future. For more information visit http://www.stage3.org

November 14th through December 21st:

Fallon House Theatre presents “Sanders Family Christmas”

It’s Christmas Eve in 1941, just 18 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Sanctified Sanders Family Singers are heading up the annual Christmas celebration at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, while saying a bittersweet goodbye to their only son before he ships out with the Marines. Join Uncle Stanley, Burl, Vera and their kids for a rousing, hilarious and heart-warming Christmas gospel sing-along of cherished holiday hymns and heart-warming Christmas gospel sing-along of cherished holiday hymns and carols. (Rated G) For more information visit http://www.sierrarep.org/

November 15th

Seafood Boil on the Bayou

Come and enjoy food, friends and live music at Ironstone Vineyards. Join us as we celebrate a Southern style seafood boil! Call for pricing and reservations. 209-728-1251

Doors open at 6 pm.

            “Winter Magic” at The Groveland Hotel featuring Joel Ward

At the tender age of 15, Joel placed first in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the largest magic fraternal organization. At 16, he was featured on television in the Lance Burton Young Magicians Showcase and called a “boy wonder” by Entertainment Weekly. Since then, Joel has made numerous television appearances and performed for famous movie stars. Now, he’s coming to perform for you! Reservations are required. There will be a $10.00 cover charge with your dinner entree for the magic show. Call 209-962-4000 or for more information visit http://www.groveland.com/events.

November 28th

Sonora Historic Downtown Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Sonora at 5:30 pm. Come Watch the floats and parade participants, listen to the bands,  visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and find great store specials and food all at night. Many visual and audio delights!

November 28th and 29th

Christmas Faire in Groveland

Two-day Craft Faire on Thanksgiving Weekend at Groveland Community Hall. For more information visit http://www.groveland.org.

November 28th to 30th

40th Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival

40th annual Festival at Mother Lode Fairgrounds on Highway 49 (Stockton Road). Spirited celebration of the season features music, family vaudeville entertainment, carolers, arts, crafts, food and even elves. One of California’s largest holiday shows.

10am to 5pm Friday & Saturday,

10am to 4pm Sunday.

Adults $7, Seniors/Students $5, Children $2, under 6 free. Parking $5.

Black Oak Casino Shuttle stops are Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Grocery Outlet & the fairgrounds. Sponsored by Fire On The Mountain.


hotels in sonora california information
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
*Subject to availability.
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Sonora CA Hotels: March Events. Save 15% on Celtic Faire Weekend!

 Visit our town for the month of March with these exciting events and stay at one of our hotels in Sonora CA! Save 15% off* your next stay if you visit us during the Celtic Faire weekend, March 7th – 9th. Our Sonora CA hotels are close to all of these fun March events in Sonora California!  

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Stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks and Conference Center
or INNS of California Sonora for the
Celtic Faire and receive a 15% Discount!*

Exciting March Events in Sonora California!

17th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show at Ironstone Vineyards
March 1st
1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, CA 95247
For reservations call 209-728-1251
Come and enjoy the 17th annual Spring Obsession Art Show at the stunning Ironstone Winery in Murphys. Enjoy food and wine pairings from around the world!
4:00-6:30 pm
$25.00 per person
$20.00 for Wine Club

 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire
(Save 15% of your Stay*)
March 7th – 9th
Mother Lode Fair Grounds 220 Southgate Dr. Sonora, CA 95370
For more information call 209-532-7428
California’s oldest and largest Celtic Faire: Scottish Knights, jousting, clans’ highland games, Celtic village marketplace, bagpipes, storytellers, reenactments, ethnic foods and drink. School/Family Day Friday 9 am to 3 pm. Saturday 10 am to 9 pm. Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. – See more CLICK HERE

Habitat All Mountain Challenge Food & Fire Festival
March 8th – 9th
Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area Pinecrest , CA 95364
For more information call 209-965-3474
Two exciting days packed with Alpine, Nordic and Snowshoe races for ages 30 and over, and any age all-Mountain Challenge. There will be a “Taste of Tuolumne” Saturday evening with food & beverages from local venues along with live music and fireworks!

16th Annual Wards Ferry Bicycle Race
March 15th – 17th
Wards Ferry Road, Groveland, CA 95321

For More information call 209-962-0429
Mariposa Women’s Stage Race, The Wards Ferry Road Race which is on a loop on the north side of the Tuolumne River, both on March 15. The Groveland Hillclimb, which is the women’s race from the bottom of the canyon at Wards Ferry to the top of Deer Flat is on May 17, part of the 3-day Mariposa Women’ Stage Race. The 16th Annual Wards Ferry Road Bicycle Race will take place on Saturday. Entries and information will be available on website. Also check the website for volunteer opportunities.

Northern California Daffodil Convention
March 15th – 16th
1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, CA 95247
For tickets and information call 209-728-1251
Come and experience daffodils like never before! Ironstone Vineyards puts on the annual display of daffodils as well as the Northern California Daffodil Society Convention. See Daffodils in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors! 8 am to 5 pm.

A Celebration of the Irish!
March 15th
Calaveras County, Murphys, CA 95247
For more information call 209-728-9467
Buy a glass of wine from the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance at 398 Main Street outside the Native Sons Hall and enjoy the festivities!
Murphys picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages. Continuous entertainment, pony rides, Renaissance acts, raffle to Ireland. For more information contact info@visitmurphys.com

144th Annual Fireman’s Ball
March 15th
250 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370
For more information call 209-532-4231
The historic Fireman’s Ball will be held at the Sonora Opera Hall. Call for information.

St. Patrick’s Day Shooter Scooter Race in Twain Harte
March 17th
Downtown Twain Harte, Twain Harte, CA 95383
For more information call 209-586-1976
You are cordially invited, along with four of your best friends, to participate in our Annual “Shooter Scooter” relay and Poker Run in downtown Twain Harte. Check in time 5:15 pm, Race at 6 pm.

Columbia SHP 165th Birthday Celebration
March 27th
Columbia, CA 95310
For more information call (209)588-9128
Come celebrate the discovery of gold by the Hildreth party in 1850! Gather in the middle of town fora speech, cake, punch and reenactments. Docents in costume will be about the town to give you a real feel of what it was like during this important time in California history. Free.

Dodge Ridge Annual Spring Fling Golden Egg Hunt
March 29th
Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area, Pinecrest, CA 95364
For more information call: 209-965-3474
Join us for The Annual Spring Fling Golden Egg Hunt. Be the lucky one to find the Golden Egg and win a Youth Season Pass for the 2014-15 Season. Fun for children up to the age of 11.

hotels in sonora california information
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
*Subject to availability. Celtic Faire Promotion 15% Discount is based off the best available rate.
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Exciting Events in Sonora California!

 Checkout our special events in Sonora, California this month! From exotic animals, bird shows, firm festival, to theatrical fun….
don’t miss out on these exciting events that’s enjoyable for the whole family! Choose from any of our affordable hotels in Sonora, CA! Our Sonora CA hotels are located closely to these fun events!

Enjoy these Events in Sonora California!

Hotels in Sonora California

Upcoming Events in Sonora Ca


Twain Harte Film Festival

August 30th -September 2nd

Celebrate the art of movies in a wooded setting. Special guest stars will be Sally Kirkland and Stuart Whitman.

$50 for Friday/ Saturday and Sunday

Details about films and tickets,  www.filmfesttwainharte.com or call 209.586.5989

Exotic Animals and Bird Show

September 7 9am-4pm

Mother lode fair grounds

Vender selling exotic birds, feed, toys, cages and more. Fun for the whole family.

Budgerigar competition starts at 10am

Adult $2 children 12 and under free


Don’t Dress For Dinner starts at the Fallon House

September 6- September 29

Fallon House Theater in Columbia

For more information please call 209-532-3120

A philandering husband is hoping to entertain his mistress for the weekend, has arranged for a chef to furnish the gourmet delights and is in the process of packing his wife off to her mother’s. Except the Mrs. has a few secrets of her own, the chef is mistaken for the mistress, an extra husband shows up, and each outlandish explanation if more ludicrous than the last. – See more Click Here
Hotels in Sonora California


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

*Subject to availability.

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Sonora CA Hotels hosting Celtic Faire March 8-10th


March 8-10th, Mother Lode fairgrounds * Sonora California

Sonora- America’s original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television, returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 8-10th, 2013. The 27th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire will expand to three days of never ending Celtic entertainment. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year’s event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 20 musical groups, performing on five stages, the faire offers something to every age and ear!

New this year is a large armored combat tournament. If you like boxing or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), you are going to love to see these armored warriors go at it! With full suits of armor and swords a flashing, these gladiators are will put their skills to the test. The competitors will dual it out for glorious prizes and glory. At this moment we have signed a total of 15 fighters in the competition and should be able to have three rounds of combat a day. There will be judging and each warrior will have to play by the rules. All of this armored combat along with jousting on horseback is included with your general ticket admission– DON’T MISS THE ACTION!

www.sonoracelticfaire.com for more information

Your choice of hotels in Sonora California to stay during the event: Hotels in Sonora Califoria-Medieval Martial Arts Tournament

Hotels in Sonora Califoria-Medieval Martial Arts Tournament More Info: The hotels in Sonora California is close to the Yosemite National Park. If you are looking for hotels near Yosemite National Park, look no further than the INNS of California Sonora and the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks and Conference Center!

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