California Festivals


Portola Railroad Days

August 24-26, 2018

Portola City Park
Portola, CA
Free admission

Portola's railroad heritage and railroad town image were born out of California's lumber and mining camps. Sierra Valleys Railroad launched the train era in 1885 running goods to and from Reno. Portola and Sierra Valley were linked in 1903 to NC&O and the Boca and Loyalton railroads providing transportation between Hallelujah Junction and Clio. By 1911 Western Pacific on the south side of the Feather River became the main railway through the region.

In 1910, Portola was served by three railroads: the Boca and Loyalton (B&L), the Nevada, California, and Oregon (NC&O), and the Western Pacific. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the headwaters of the Feather River is a living museum comprised of 37 acres, including a 16,000 square foot shop building and two and one half miles of trackage. The museum is along side the busy Union Pacific Railroad mainline through the Feather River Canyon. The Feather River Rail Society at Portola, has one of the largest and most historic collections of diesel locomotives in the United States. The total number of locomotives is 40 and the number of passenger, caboose, and freight cars is 85.

The annual festival celebrating Portola's train heritage


Annual Bass Derby
Community Pool Open - FREE
Vendor Check-in
Vendor Set-up
Bounce House
Beverage Booth Open - Commercial & Info Vendors Open
Food Booths Open
Badges, Bandits and Bloomers
Ice Cream Social first 200+ while supply lasts - free of charge compliments of Leonard's Market & the Graeagle Lions Club
Stone Soup Live Music   Rock-n-Roll
Raffle Drawing

Co-ed Softball Tournament
Parade Check in & Formation
WPRM Open (Admission waived)
Bounce House Open
Vendors Open
Badges, Bandits and Bloomers
Classic Car Cruise In
Community Pool Open FREE
Bill the Magician - Strolling Magic Show
Children's Pedal Car Races
WPRM - Janet Dawson Book Signing
Badges, Bandits, and Bloomers
Bill the Magician Stage Show
Badges, Bandits, and Bloomers
Lucky Ducky Race - best observation point, Gulling Street Bridge
Guitar Town Live Music
Badges, Bandits, ad Bloomers
Blue Haven Live Music Blues

Willie Tate Memorial Run/Walk On site Registration
Pancake Breakfast at the Park by the Portola Volunteer Fire Department
Willie Tate Memorial Run/ Walk Start
Co-ed Softball Tournament
Badges, Bandits and Bloomers
Bass Fishing Derby final weigh-in at Portola West Entrance Park next to Veterans' Hall
Community Pool Open FREE

 Locomotive cab rides are available on a limited basis, fee charged. Train rides and cab rides are also planned to be available on Friday, August 21st (normal Museum admission charges will apply).


Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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