(Victor Valley)–For nearly a half-century, the glory days of one of the largest silver mining towns in California have been revisited annually during the CALICO DAYS celebration. October 5 – 7 will bring live entertainment, a grand parade, the world-famous miner’s triathlon, and a weekend full of fun, food, camping, dancing – and more Western-themed events than you can ‘shake a stick at!’
The town opens each morning at 9 a.m. for shoppin’, eatin’, and explorin’ – and Friday ends with a 5 p.m. BBQ and entertainment by walk-around magician, Darrin Race, and a costume contest.
Saturday’s parade on Main Street in town begins at ‘high-noon’ at the entrance to town. Immediately following is the grand opening of the Calico Mining Museum at the Zenda Building. Saturday’s festivities continue throughout the day an into the evening with the rockin’ (appropriate for Calico) sounds of the Big Fat Steve Band at all-invited dance in the Silver Bowl.
The traditional crowd favorite – The Miner’s Triathlon – kicks-off Sunday morning and continues throughout the day with the burro run, rock pull, and muckraking events. To cap the fun and excitement filled weekend, Ricky Nelson Remembered, a tribute concert to Ricky Nelson, featuring his sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, kicks-off at the Silver Bowl Stage at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The concert is included in the price of admission.
Weekend activities include live performances, gunfight reenactments, and a variety of contests and games for children of all ages.
Prepare for the SCARE at Calico’s annual Ghost Haunt! If you’ve been to the Haunt, you already know what fright and fun awaits; if not, it’s high-time your family experience the area’s widest-appeal Halloween event.
No soul will leave without discovering “what’s all the rave” about the Ghost Haunt’s newest act, the artists, performers, and inventors of The League of S.T.E.A.M. These hot, “steampunk” entertainers will take visitors “back to a time of intrepid adventure, bridging the gap between the supernatural and the scientific,” as Victorian era monster hunters. Their interactive show is a fusion of spectacular technology, theatrical trickery, funky fun gadgets, and audience engaging performance.
With a list of activities and entertainers longer than a vampire’s life, the event promises something for everyone. The youngest visitors won’t have to be afraid to visit Hansel & Gretel’s Candyland, or to carve pumpkins and create some crafts, show off their costumes in the contest, or dance and sing with Twinkle Time performers. On the other hand, the not-so-faint-of-heart can visit the Psycho Shack or the Scare Zones, or attend The Dead Wedding.
The Haunt’s ‘killer’ lineup also boasts the Gypsy Time Travelers, Kent Family Magic Circus, Vincent Lords/Comedy Hypnotist, The Mad Hatter’s Laboratory, and on Saturday nights, all the spirits can enjoy the Monster Mash Dance in the Silver Bowl.
Admission for Calico Days and the Ghost Haunt is $10/adults, $5/youth ages 6-15, children 5 and under are FREE. Visitors can make camping, cabin, or bunkhouse reservations online at www.sbcountyparks.com or by contacting the park at 800-86-CALICO. For more event information, please visit www.calicotown.com.
Calico Ghost Town is located minutes off the I-15 freeway at Ghost Town Road, just north of Barstow.