Events: Sutter Creek Italian Picnic and Parade2018-03-18T02:32:10+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Sutter Creek Italian Picnic and Parade
June 1, 2 & 3, 2018

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit http://italianbenevolentsociety.com.

More than 100 years of good Italian fun – Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County, California.

  • Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Hill
  • Main Street Sutter Creek for the Parade
  • Always the FIRST SUNDAY OF JUNE.

In Gold Country, they really know how to put on a party. Food, carnival, live band, dancing, and games. Bocce ball for a buck. Friday night is the Italian Picnic and Parade kids’ night and Saturday is our Italian dinner at 6 pm. The Grand Parade will be in downtown Sutter Creek on Sunday at 10:30 am. Bocce Tournament Sunday afternoon.

Since 1882, the society has hosted its Italian Picnic and Parade on the first Sunday in June. And what a parade it is. The march down State Highway 49 and the picnic that follows are well worth a weekend trip, to say nothing of the All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Chicken Feed the night before – but more about that later.

The parade itself begins in Sutter Creek at 10:30 on Sunday. Looking down Old State Highway 49, you’ll see raised rock sidewalks flanking the two-lane road, with Gold Country residents claiming spots along the parade route. A lucky few have seats on turn-of-the-century-style balconies, with bird’s-eye views of the scene: giant colored balloons, trays of snow cones, and clowns bent on selling the necessary parade accoutrements – long horns, flags, water guns, cotton candy.

Most of the county residents who haven’t staked out sideline positions seem to be involved in the parade – on a float, in a band, as a member of a marching Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or 4-H unit, riding high on county fire equipment, or dressed to the hilt on a horse. You can be part of the action yourself if you jump into your car and follow the pooper-scoopers behind the parade up the hill about 1 mile to the Italian picnic grounds.

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SUTTER CREEK CALIFORNIA

“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.