Miners Picnic


This Saturday, you can be part of a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s. The first miners picnic was held in 1895 in the Grass Valley area and continued as an annual tradition until 1956 when area gold mines, including Empire Mine, shut down. Empire Mine became a state park in 1975 and the picnics resumed shortly thereafter. The picnics were originally held to raise money for the widows and orphans of area miners; these days proceeds go back to support the state park.

Experience a little bit of history as you pan for gold, participate in a cake walk and check out a collection of antique cars. Enjoy live entertainment, historical re-enactments and activities for the kids. There will be food and drink available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic.

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What: Miners Picnic
When: Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Empire Mine State Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley
Cost: $3–$7