Plumas County is a summer wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts with great fishing, mountain biking, day hikes, and water sports. Add the over 100 lakes in Plumas County, sandy beaches, or the perfect perch on a granite boulder to your summer vacation ideas. For quality nature time with the people you love, make sure you add us to your list.
Beyond outdoor recreation, the mountain towns of Plumas County offer summer activities for the whole family. Kick-off your perfect summer vacation in beautiful Northern California!
Plumas County offers some of the best music festivals in Northern California and Arts and Crafts fairs too.
An iconic multi-day music festival featuring famous headliners and eclectic festivities the first weekend in July. With onsite camping and a kid’s village, HSMF is a big, family-friendly party! highsierramusic.com
Chester is known for summer art shows. The Almanor Art Show is a two-day festival in late June in historic Chester, with vendors, live music, food booths, and artists selling their original wares and crafts. There is also a 4th of July Craft Fair in Chester Park and two Cooperative Arts and Crafts Markets over the summer. Check out the Lake Almanor Area Events Calendar to plan your trip.
The Drunk Brush Wine Bar in downtown Quincy has music most weekends during the summer. The three art galleries in town also host art openings the first Friday of each month. Check out the Plumas Arts Calendar to plan your visit.
From bluegrass and cowboy, to blues and folk, the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival is a lot of music packed Labor Day weekend. Square Dancing too! plumasamericana.com
Make 4th of July family memories in Plumas County with charming, small-town parades, lakeshore fireworks, and other festive events.
The Lake Almanor Basin is known for 4th of July festivities. With fireworks over the lake, an arts and craft fair in the park, a large parade through historic downtown, and a Family Fun Run 5K race, there’s something for everyone!
A bustling, cowboy classic Independence Day with a pancake breakfast, parade, and rodeo in a tiny Sierra Nevada town. It’s like stepping back in time.
For over 50 years, this quaint community has been hosting two days of family fun over the 4th of July weekend with games, a Fireman’s pancake breakfast, music, and fireworks over a beautiful pond in a park-like setting.
Experience Northern California’s cowboy country this summer with a trip to the County Fair, a local rodeo, or a trail ride up into the mountains.
Bring the whole family for a classic, rural County Fair. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair is known as the last, best little county fair and features a rodeo and Cattleman’s BBQ, stock car races, livestock shows, country music bands, carnival rides, and games.
The Silver Buckle Rodeo in Taylorsville has a pancake breakfast, parade, and classic rodeo events from team roping to bronc riding every 4th of July weekend. The second week in July is the Junior Rodeo, drawing kids and families from all over the West.
A unique Northern California dude ranch with daily trail rides available to both visitors and ranch guests. They also offer specialized kid-horse activities like grooming and arena lessons. greenhornranch.com
Support Northern California local makers, ranchers, and farmers when visiting Plumas County. Add a stop to a farmers market during your summer vacation.
Support Plumas, Butte, and Lassen County growers every Thursday afternoon and evening from June through October at Chester Park farmers market near the beautiful Feather River.
This sweet Saturday morning market at the Blairsden Garden Center offers fresh coffee, crafts, produce, grass-fed meat, and flowers just a stone’s throw away from Graeagle and a short drive from Portola.
Located just outside of the hamlet of Beckwourth in Sierra Valley, Romano’s Market is known for gourmet offerings and high-quality goods sourced from Northern California and nearby Nevada farms.
Northern California is known for great, craft beer and Plumas County is no exception. Add beer tasting and a mini brewery tour to your summer plans!
With three local breweries in nearby proximity, take a brewery tour! The Brewing Lair is tucked in the woods with outdoorsy vibes, a disc golf course, and award-winning California-style ales. Down the road in Graeagle is the Ronin Fermentation Project, offering cutting-edge craft beers in a modern taproom with a patio. Then head east to the Chalet View Lodge for full-service dining and Eureka Peak Brewing Company for dinner and a flight of IPAs and pale ales.
Tucked away on the Lake Almanor Peninsula, Waganupa Brewing is a microbrewery offering various beers, sours, and ales. With minimal online presence, this hidden gem is a favorite of Lake Almanor locals.
Quintopia Brewing Co. is a fresh take on a mountain town brewery with a tap room and patio featuring easy-to-drink beers (much lower in alcohol), some hoppy seasonal ales, and flavorful pub food, including salads, wraps, and loaded fries. It’s the perfect stop after a day on Bucks Lake or after mountain biking.
The Timber House gets a new life as a brewery! This renovated travel lodge in Chester features California-style ales, in-house distilled spirits, and a full dining experience. Check out the menu and book a stay today!
With fresh mountain air, verdant green grass, and plenty of water features, Plumas County Golf Courses are a summer retreat from the heat!
We love welcoming visitors to create lifelong memories on our beautiful lands and in our unique communities. Take the Plumas Pledge to help us care for the health of our natural places and the well-being of our communities while visiting Plumas County.
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Prioritize wildfire prevention
Leave places as you found them
Pack out all of your trash—bonus points if you pick up trash left by others!
Stay on designated trails and camp in designated areas
Check the weather before heading out
Be mindful of your energy and resource usage
Ditch plastic bottles and drink our mountain fresh tap water instead
Choose locally made products and services from local businesses
Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in Plumas
Four distinct regions define Plumas County, each with their own alluring qualities, diverse destinations, and unparalleled hospitality.
Summer in the Lost Sierra is spectacular with warm days and cool nights. Don’t forget your jacket! Because Plumas County is in the mountains, bring layers and check the weather forecast before you pack. Summers are mostly dry with big blue skies and picturesque clouds, but thunderstorms are not unheard of. Late June, July, and August can be hot–bring hats and sun protection to keep things fun.