Wedding ceremonies and other small private gatherings are allowed at specified locations at Malakoff State Historic Park. The historic town site is not available for special events. All events require a Special Event Permit, which must be obtained in advance. Permits are available at the Sierra Gold Sector Special Events Office at Empire Mine SHP. The permit process takes 8-12 weeks or longer, depending on your event.
Events and weddings are scheduled on a first‑come, first‑served basis during normal park hours mid-June through mid-August only. No events will be allowed May to Mid-June and mid-August through September, due to operation of our Environmental Living Program. To avoid interfering with tours and other programs, events held during the summer are accommodated from 9:00 am-12:00 noon and 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. Please call the Special Event Office for dates and times outside the summer season. Events will not be scheduled on major holidays or their associated weekends.
Private events are limited to 100 persons. Please contact the Parks’ Special Events Office (530-272-0124 or Empire.Mine@parks.ca.gov) for rates and fees regarding your event. Insurance for your event is required.
Consideration should be given to the weather and the facilities. No rentals are provided for your event. There are no areas reserved for dressing. Outdoor weddings and events may experience spring or fall snow/rain showers or summer temperatures of 85‑90°F. Picnic tables are available in the North Bloomfield picnic area or the Skidmore House yard. These areas may be used for small private gatherings, no catering will be allowed in these areas. Restrooms are located near both areas.
Amplified music is allowed on the grounds only at China Camp site. Parking is limited to 25 vehicles at the China Camp. Guests may need maps to reach the park and a person should be designated to direct guests. The parking situation may be inconvenient for guests with health problems. It is strongly recommended that arrangements be made to visit the park and talk with staff at least 12 weeks prior to the event.
Empire Mine State Historic Park also offers weddings. Call Empire at 530-272-0124 to talk to their wedding consultant for further information.