Events: Sutter Creek – Ragtime Festival2018-03-18T03:39:04+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival
August 10, 11, 12, 2018

Sutter Creek will be jumping again with the 20th Annual Ragtime Festival, presented by the Mother Lode Ragtime Society. Come to town and enter an era of Honkey Tonk music and hilarity. Some folks dress in the Great Gatsby Era attire, some dress in just plain crazyness, or come as you are and enjoy all the festivities.

The event features sparkling solo sets, the festival extravaganza concerts, mixed sets featuring the talents of several festival artists, plus all the hilarity and good music spilling on into the After Hours sessions where there is always a surprise player or two. Check back in the coming months for details about invited performers.

sutter creek ragtime festival

The festival is presented at five small venues:

  • The Ice Cream Emporium
  • Hotel Sutter
  • Sutter Creek Theater
  • Foxes Bed and Breakfast
  • Ragtime Garden.

Each offers exceptional views and are within earshot of the performers.

Early Bird Special
Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival Badges. Early bird badge prices are $70 until July 15, 2018; $80 after July 15. New this year, you can go to the website ( and pay for badges using PayPal.

There will be a $20 service charge for refunds requested prior to 7/15; no refunds after 7/15.

Reserve your badge now through the Mother Lode Ragtime Society:

  • 11310 Prospect Drive #10, pmb 12, Jackson, CA 95642
  • Cash or checks only
  • All-event badges, as well as individual day and concert passes, will be available at the door as well.

Save the dates August 10, 11, 12, 2018 and we’ll see you in Sutter Creek.

sutter creek ragtime festival

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“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.