If you are looking for something to do this fall, Columbia State Historic Park is just the place! Beginning on September 26th and 27th and October 3rd and 4th, take a tour of the cemetery during the annual Stories in Stone event. Visitors will be guided by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns. Several stops will be made inside the cemetery as the chosen characters come to “life” by the telling of their unique tales. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.
On Saturday, September 27rd, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce will host the 32st annual Fiddle and Bango Contest (yes, Bango!). Sign-ups for all six categories begin at 9:00am with the contest starting at 10:30am. The Fiddle & Bango Contest is free to the viewing public.A chili cook-off will also star in the event this year. Tickets for the cook –off are $5. Visitors are encouraged to come out early to purchase your tickets starting at 10:30am as quantities are limited.
The Harvest FestiFall will occur on October 11th and 12th from 9:00am-5:00pm. Booths will line the streets of Columbia as vendors offer arts and crafts, photography, face painting and more throughout the town. Visitors can enjoy live music and dance or visit with petting zoo. Sponsored by Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Dress up the family on October 25th for Trick or Treating in Columbia and the Illumination of the Jack-o-Lanterns. Bring your carved pumpkin to the Columbia museum and watch as the evening darkens and the pumpkins glow. Winners acknowledged in several categories!
Join park staff and volunteers for a Town Tour at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sunday throughout the season. The second Saturday of every month is a dedicated Gold Rush Day where volunteers in Gold Rush attire populate town and open various exhibits to answer questions and give more information on the California Gold Rush.