Autumn Shindig at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Take a drive into the Sierra foothills to celebrate the harvest at the annual Autumn Shindig.

Each October residents of the San Juan Ridge celebrate the end of summer with a home-made, family-friendly carnival that benefits the area's only community arts center: the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is located inside an authentic 1876 one-room school house.

This year's music stage rocks with local bluegrass inspired bands including Purdon Crossing, Cousin Cricket, the Buffalo Gals, WonderFunk, and Alisha and the South Yuba String Band.

A farmer's market features local produce, flowers and honey. Local artisans feature one-of-a-kind crafts, clothing and gifts. Food vendors are on hand with ice-cold beer, local wines, home-made tamales, hot dogs and cotton candy.

Carnival games abound. Buy tokens and take a chance at the ring toss or the dunk tank. Enter the pie making contest. Applaud the children's talent show. And don't miss the sack races and the community tug-of-war on the Schoolhouse lawn.


Latitude: 39.371544 Longitude: -120.9916807 Elevation: 2983 ft

Admission Fee (if any)

FREE. Buy tokens for carnival games.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages family fun.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessible inside and out.

Pet Friendly Notes

No dogs please.


No matter where you really live, once you walk on to the grounds of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center (a real 1876 one-room school house) you become a member of the family. Great music, food, crafts, and games. And the fall weather can't be beat.

Paul & Mary Moore, 11/5/2009

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