Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee

Calaveras County | May 1-31, 2021

Holed up in the rip-roaring Gold Country mining town of Angels Camp in 1865, Mark Twain heard a tall tale that he turned into his first successful publication, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'. Since 1928, a genuine frog-jumping competition has taken place here annually, with teams now coming from across the state to participate.

Taking place in late May as part of the Calaveras County Fair, four days of qualifying lead up to the top 50 frogs competing in the International Grand Finals. Anyone can be a frog jockey — even if they haven't happened to bring their favourite amphibian.

Individuals or a team of friends and family can jump in and rent a frog, all of which are safely and humanely cared for. You never know who just might pick a winner to beat Rosie the Ribeter’s all-time best jump of more than 21 feet, set way back in 1986.

Event themes
Building on the work of the legendary Mark Twain and celebrating Angels Camp’s local history, this entertaining fair and event is perfect for families and welcomes more than 35,000 attendees every year.

  • Culture
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Outdoors