Celebrating 150 Years

Expiration: Sep 30th 2022

Hi Neighbor,

It’s Chico’s 150th Birthday!

We’re celebrating our community roots in the very best way: with 150 days of activities specific to our hometown heritage! Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like an extended party, so you can expect a host of ongoing activities from May through September. From traditional events like Slice of Chico to unusual finds (did you know about the echo chamber downtown?), this community-wide experience honors our history and celebrates our home.

Complete as many activities as possible to be entered to win!

Every check-in at an activity you complete will count towards an entry into a grand prize drawing. If you check-in on the date noted for the activity, you'll receive a DOUBLE entry.

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August 10: Take an eco-cultural tour of CSU Chico
The land which Chico sits on has a long history which goes back to the Mechoopda, the first Native Americans in the area. As residents, we think it's important to understand these orgins of the place we live in. With this in mind, the Office of Tribal Relations invites you to embark on a Cultural...
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August 11: Visit Hooker Oak Park and absorb the history
Roam through 35 acres of living history at Hooker Oak Park in Chico. Named after a large hooker oak which had a featured role in the 1930's movie The Adventures of Robin Hood, the park has a wealth of amenites which include restrooms, sports fields, BBQs, horseshoe pits, covered picnic areas, and...
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August 12: Write a thank you note to an Enloe nurse
Like most places, Chico's Enloe Medical Center found nurses on the frontline during the pandemic. They weathered many challenges, from having a hospital at capacity to other stresses brought on by rising Covid cases. We honor their hard work and sacrifices they've had to make in order to keep us...
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August 13: Attend the Inaugural K-9 Classic at DeGarmo Park
Fans of fido will feel right at home at the K-9 classic! This event is a dog-lovers delight. Come out to Degarmo Park to watch these talented canines compete.
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August 14: Teach a kid how to play disc golf at Sherwood Forest
Got little disc golf enthusiasts? Kids can get their game on at the Sherwood Forest Disc Golf course. Located in Hooker Oak Park, this course for tots has 9 holes spread over 1,300 ft. With all holes under 300 ft, it's ideal for kids and disc golf beginners alike. And as a bonus, the course is...
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August 15: Attend MONCA's Celebrate Red Yellow Blue Exhibition
Come celebrate 5 years of MONCA at their 900 Esplanade location! Their Red Yellow Blue exhibit runs through August 21. It features artwork that has the dominant colors of red, yellow, and blue, of course! And don't miss their reception on June 18th from 5:30 -8:00 pm. It's an art extravaganza!
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August 16: Hug a cork tree at World of Trees Nature Trail
We think the World of Trees is a tree-lovers delight! But don't take our word for it. Head out to the stately avenue of cork trees which was planted over a hundred years ago, and give one of those old beauties a hug. Bonus points for checking out the historical marker at the Cedar Grove parking lot...
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August 17: Volunteer with a local non-profit
local non-profits such as Catalyst and the Torres Shelter do good work in our community. Give back by donating your time or providing a gift such as preparing and serving a meal at Torres shelter (great family or friend group activity) or donating items to help families with a hand up during a...
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August 18: Pick Fruit at the Chico State Farm
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Looking for a peachy pastime? We suggest heading down to the Chico State Farm for their annual U-pick Peaches event! While many of us have enjoyed going on tours of the farm, this event allows guests to get their hands on some of the fine produce that CSU students and helpers...
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August 19: Visit the Meyers Street District for a brewery adventure
It may not be a stretch to say Chico is the epicenter for craft beers in NorCal. Led by the legendary Sierra Nevada, many quality breweries have sprung up just south of downtown in the Meyers Street District. Find some new faves by sampling some of the beers from Secret Trail Brewery, The Commons...
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August 1: Swim in One Mile
Located within Lower Bidwell Park, One Mile Recreation Area is home to a unique oasis called Sycamore Pool. If you're in need of a refreshing summer dip, try this fresh-water pool built around Chico Creek. While it has cement walls, the pool has a natural look which blends in with the scenery. With...
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August 20: Get your groove on at Chico Summerfest 2022
Get your groove on at Chico Summerfest 2022! There will be a great lineup of live music to jam to with tribute bands playing hits from the Cars, Pat Benatar, Boston, and more. Plus, there will be food trucks ready to delight with festival food, craft beers, and other local offerings. Both kids and...
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August 21: Hike to Bear Hole and Take a dip
Need a cool spot for swimming and sunbathing this summer? We think Bear Hole fits the bill. Ringed by rocks which encourage lying in a sunbeam, this creek is a popular spot for locals to beat the heat. This serene pool of water is connected to rushing waters of the creek, so use caution when swimming in the currents!
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August 22: Only use reusable packaging for the day
Challenge yourself with an eco-initiative! Pick a day and only use reusable packaging for the whole day. Bring your own bags to stores, use tupperware for takeaway, and other sustainable choices. The planet will thank you!
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August 23: Drive up to the top of Highway 32 and look at at Chico at night
Most of us have driven Hwy 32 at some point to get from A to B, but have you ever made it a destination? Go the end of 32, park your car, and look up at night and take in the breathtaking views of Chico. It winds through the Sierra Nevada foothills and dead-ends in Deer Creek and Butt mountain.
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August 24: Wildcat Welcome Events
Calling all California State University of Chico Students! We're so glad you've chosen Chico for your university years. And what better way to get to know it than with the Wildcat Welcome Events! It's a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn about what CSU has to offer. Connect...
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August 25: Visit the Diamond Alley Arches
Ready for a promendade under the Diamond Arches downton? Artists Kathleen Nartuhi & David Barta created these colorful arches in 2003. And the sweetest part is, the structures are covered in over 3,000 handpainted tiles made by Chico schoolchildren. The tiles form a kalediscope of diamonds, a nod to the Diamond Hotel next door.
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August 26: Visit MONCA for Tales of the Tattoo
Tales of the Tattoo is MONCA's latest exhibit focusing on art on the human body. Artworks featuring tattoos will be featured in this collection. And join artists and art-lovers alike for their reception on August 26th from 5:30-8:00 PM.
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August 27: FUR Community chipping day
Friends United in Rescue (F.U.R.) is offering a free microchipping day for all Chico pets! It's the best way to keep your fur friends safe, so bring your cats and dogs and bunnies for a quick chipping. no pets of your own? Encourage a family member or friend to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
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August 28: Have an outdoor adventure and hike/bike/play disc gold at Peregrine Point Disc Golf Course
Peregrine Point is known for its stunning views of the Sacramento Valley, but there's more to do there than just scenery-gazing. Take a hike (or bike!) on one of the many trails. If you're feeling sporty, head over to their disc golf course. Created by the Outsiders, it offers targets on a variety...
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August 29: Get the scoop: Have an Ice cream or signature chocolate at Shubert's Ice Cream
Opened by Leonard Shubert in 1938, this iconic ice cream shop has been run by the same family for four generations. Locals know and love their handmade chocolates and ice cream. The rest of the country discovered our ice cream pride and joy over a decade ago on Good Morning America when Shubert's...
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August 2: Watch a sunset from upper Bidwell Park
Bidwell Park is a beloved place in Chico, and most residents have visited many times. But have you visited it at sunset? Pick a spot (or a rock!) and watch the spectacular colors blaze on the horizon. Mother Nature puts on quite a show in the Upper Bidwell area.
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August 30: Visit an exhibit at MONCA
Add some art to your existence by paying a visit to The Museum of Northern California Art. It's been a mainstay of the art scene here in Chico since it opened in the 1920's, and has exposed generations of art lovers to countless exhibits from Northern California artists.
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August 31: Visit one of Chico's disc golf courses
Fans of flying discs can take their pick at one of the many disc golf courses in Chico. With over 40 countries in the world participating in this sport, Chico is lucky to have multiple courses! Newbies can start at Sherwood Forest, while more experienced players can challenge the course at...
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August 3: Take a photo in front of the Love Mural
Paris may have the famous Love Lock Bridge, but Chico also has a monument to love with our very own Love Mural. This public art destination was created by Jed Speer in 2017 on the blank warehouse wall of the Lulu's building. With the word "LOVE" nestled atop a riot of colored hearts, it's the perfect place to snap a selfie.
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August 4: Visit the rose garden at Chico State
Lucky CSU students and Chico locals have been able to stroll through a very special garden since 1957. The George Peterson Rose Garden is a scented heaven of hunderds of different varieties of roses. This colorful ode to floral beauty is thanks to the efforts of George Peterson, a horticulturalist...
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August 5: Try out the echo chamber at Tri-Counties Bank
Take a field trip to the fantastic by visiting the Echo Chamber in front of the Tri-Counties Bank in Chico. Stand facing west in the seams of the four corners and try out some vocal variations. Listen for your echo!
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August 6: Attend a meet-up at Chico Cars and Coffee
Take part in a NorCal's coolest car culture with the Chico Cars & Coffee Meetup. Join other like-minded vehicle enthusiasts in our special community, and show off your ride in the parking lot! Talk about motors, motorsports, modifications, and more over a cup o' joe at Starbucks, and check out the...
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August 7: See the painting exhibition at Chico Art by Heather Martindale
Chico Art Center presents a new exhibition from Heather Martindale this summer. This Idaho-based painter works in oil which yields a photorealistic technique describing the motion of fabric on bodies. Don't miss the reception on Saturday, August 6th from 5-7 PM.
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August 8: Look for ducks on the Salem street bridge
Need a quiet moment of zen? Then head over to the Salem Street Bridge and see if you can spot some of the resident ducks paddling in the calm creek. While it's tempting to bring something to feed them with, remember: bread is bad for ducks! If you must, bring healthy snacks like grapes or cracked...
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August 9: Go bouldering in Upper Bidwell Park
Feel like bouldering? Then grab your gear and head out to Bidwell Park near Wildwood Ave. We may know and love the 150 ft of climbing walls there courtesy of Big Chico Creek, but don't overlook the bouldering opportunities, too. Set up your pad below one of the many big rocks made of Lovejoy...
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July 10: Take a Picnic to Honey Run Bridge
Honey Run Bridge has been an iconic part of Chico history since it was built in 1886. But when the Camp Fire came through the area in 2018, it destroyed this special landmark. But it is not completely lost, as reconstruction efforts to restore the bridge have begun. And in the meantime, locals can...
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July 11: Walk a lap around community park
Locals love Community Park for its 40 acres of fun amenities, sports fields, BBQ areas, and more. But some days it's good to keep it simple and take a stroll around the track which loops around the park. Watch some of our local teams play while you meander, and enjoy a colorful Chico day outside.
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July 12: Have a beer at the best bar sports bar in America (Riley's)
We're all proud Riley's Bar & Grill was recently voted the Best College Bar in the nation, but not suprised. Locals know it's the place to go when you need a beer and a barstool to watch a game. Riley's has been providing all the essentials for a good evening out since 1986: cheap drinks, plentiful...
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July 13: Take a tour at Chico Art Center
We all know art is alive and well in Chico, so why not learn more about it? If you are ready to become a student for a day, head over to the Chico Art Center. Not only is their mission to support local artists, but they are keen to provide high-quality educational opportunities. Founded in 1955,...
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July 14: Play a game of pool at a local bar
Is there anything better than an ice cold beer in a bar drunk 'round a pool table? We love spending sultry summer days shooting some pool, and we think you should give it a try, too. Head over to one of Chico's popular spots, and find one which has pool tables, snacks, and drinks to fuel your games.
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July 15: Check out a show at El Rey
The El Rey Theater has quite a claim to fame for Chico, as one of the oldest operating movie theaters in the USA! Opened as the Majestic Theater in 1906, it began showing motion pictures that year and has continued while expanding to hosting musical acts and other events. This historic theater...
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July 16: Visit the Coleman Memorial Community Museum
Go back to the days of the Gold Rush by visiting the Colman Musuem and Centerville Schoolhouse. This ode to the '49ers is exemplified in the memorial museum in honor of one of Chico's original ranch pioneers, D.B. Colman. In addition to gold mining equimpment, visitors can see different cultural...
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July 17: Walk Old Humboldt Road to Admire the Rock Walls and Historic Wagon Ruts
History is everywhere in Chico, and it's easy to take a walk back into the past. Start your journey on old Humboldt Road, and follow the ruts made from wagon wheels way back when. There are still remains of rock walls to admire, and if you make it to Jonesville, you can find one of the last...
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July 18: Take a photo at the Hands at City Hall
If you live in Chico, it's hard to miss the 6 foot tall sculpture called Our Hands in front of the the Municipal Building. Created in 2000 by the artist Donna Billick, the two giant hands are made of terrazo and are embedded with images from Chico. Snap a selfie with this amazing piece of art!
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July 19: Take picture of a blue striped truck (a Mathews Readymix truck)
Live in Chico long enough, and you'll have a "striped truck" encouter. For those not in the know, local concrete company Mathews Readymix has a fleet of cheery white trucks marked with a big blue band. For many of us residents, searching for these trucks has become a "Where's Waldo" game. Join the...
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July 1: Enjoy live music at The Barn
Want to listen to bands for free at the Barn? You don't have to live at Meriam Park to benefit from the rich music scene there. With a variety of jazz, blues, swing, and more, there's something on the events calendar to please everybody. And you won't go hungry thanks to their well-stocked concession stand.
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July 20: Go see the Discovery Series Group Show
Chico Art Center's group show is on this July! Check out the four talented regional artists at the Discover Series. It features works from Lisa Freeman-Wood, Carolyn Arredondo, Kevin Whalen, and David Ruiz. Attend the reception on July 30th from 5-7 pm to celebrate their incredible art.
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July 21: Walk the 1-mile Seed Orchard loop
The Chico Seed Orchard is known in Chico as a 209-acre paradise of botanical wonders. And one of the best ways to see it is by walking the 1 mile-long loop. The paved nature path is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible, and there are restrooms onsite. On-leash dogs are welcome, too, so you can...
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July 22: Take an elderly resident to lunch and ask about their youth in Chico
Chico is known for being a college town, with a decidely young population. But there's still over 10,000 senior citizens here who shouldn't be overlooked. With this in mind, why not take out an elderly person to lunch? They have a wealth of stories from Chico's past, and these will be lost when...
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July 23: Stroll the Saturday Farmers Market
Fans of farm-fresh food, rejoice! 'Tis the season for bountiful beauties from our local farms, and they can be found at the Chico Farmer's Market on Saturday. Take a stroll down the aisles of delectable produce and take a moment to chat with some of our amazing farmers.
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July 24: Ride your bike along the Steve Harrison memorial trail and view the rock walls
Named after a beloved local cyclist, the Steve G. Harrison Memorial Bikeway is a special spot. Hop on a bike and explore the 2 mile round-trip trail. The trailhead is marked with a distinctive sprocket memorial arch, and you can view the rock walls there. If you've never been, it's important to...
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July 25: Take a CARD class
No matter what age you are, it's never too late to go back to school. And we're lucky to have the Chico Area Recreational District (CARD) to help make it happen! They've got some amazing offerings like art, fitness, sewing, computers, and more. Check out their classes here for more information.
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July 26: Watch a sunrise from upper Bidwell Park
Rise and shine with the sun by taking a hike to the Upper Bidwell Park. Grab a coffee from one of our local shops, and sit and sip as the sun rises over the Sierra Nevadas. The light reflecting on the sandstone rocks is something special. And you might see a variety of wildlife heading to bed or waking up at that hour of the day.
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July 27: Make a wish at the fountain between Golden Valley Bank + Foodie Cafe
Tucked in away on a serene patio between the Golden Valley Bank and the Foodie Cafe sits a lovley circular fountain. Make a wish by dropping a coin in, and then sit for a spell on the ledge and contemplate the meaning of bronze merpeople sculptures which adorn it. It's a beautiful spot for for watching the world go by.
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July 28: Visit the Iconic Thursday Night Market
What better way to spend a warm evening! Head to the iconic Thursday Night Market for street art to commemorate Chico's 150th birthday, fresh produce and fun for all ages! Come bring your friends and family for this festive celebration of a delicous part of Chcio's history!
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July 29: Attend a film at the Pageant Theater
Founded by the Mitchell family in 1974, the Pageant Theater has been a beloved destination for filmgoers in Chico. It's been offering arthouse and independent fare for generations of movie lovers, and remains the only art theatre in the area. This small but mighty movie theater has 100 seats (and...
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July 2: Go to the Chapman Park splash pad groundbreaking ceremony
Celebrate the splash pad groundbreaking ceremony at Chapman Park on July 2nd! Thanks to a recent grant of 2.9 million dollars from a Park Development and Community Revitalization allocation, this beloved park is getting some major upgrades. Join other members of the community as they break ground and commemorate this occasion!
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July 30: Go stargazing at the Chico Observatory
We think one of the most magical ways to spend a summer Saturday night in Chico is stargazing. If you are looking for the perfect spot, go to the Chico Observatory to check out some of the celestial delights like the planets and stars--and sometimes, even asteroids. Head over to the Chico...
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July 31: Do an Ice Cream Run
Do you scream for ice cream? Then go on an ice cream run, stat! Soothe your inner savage sugar beastie with a cool treat doused with your favorite toppings. Lucky for us residents, Chico has a lot of options, from classic ice cream parlors to homemade Mexican ice cream. Looking for an ice cream...
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July 3: Pack a picnic and spend a few hours at Rotary Centennial Park
We're so proud of CARD's new Rotary Centennial Park, which was recently completed with the help of CARD staff and so many volunteers from the Rotary. It's the perfect example of Chico community teamwork! Come enjoy this beautiful new spot by having a picnic in the summer sunshine.
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July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Celebrate the 4th of July at one of the most fun places in Chico, the Silver Dollar Fair! Every year, this historic spot puts on a spectacular fireworks show. The big event usually takes place after the Speedway's dozen or more races. These family-friendly fireworks are an awesome display of light,...
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July 5: Take a selfie in the bamboo at the Chico Seed Orchard
Want a stroll through a woodland wonderland? We love the historic Chico Seed Orchard for many reasons, but it's the bamboo grove which has caputivated our hearts (and cameras). Take a selfie in the towering, majestic bamboo forest for a memorable, Insta-worthy moment. And don't forget to check out...
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July 6: Fork in the Road
We're passionate about good eats here in Chico, so it's no suprise foodies flock to Fork in the Road! This gathering of fabulous food trucks offers something unique for every palate. From smoked meats to organic cotton candy, it's a feast for the senses, and your tummy, too. Check out the complete...
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July 7: Take a walk to a coffee shop
Lazy summer days are made for hanging around in coffee shops with a perfect cup of joe. And luckily, Chico has a wealth of java offerings. From homegrown businesses to big chains, there is something for everyone. If you haven't been to them all, try a new one this season. Cool off on a hot...
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July 8: Watch a play at Chico Theater Company
The play's the thing at the Chico Theater Company, and they're back better than ever with a fresh season for 2022. From classic musicals to red-hot comedies, there's a wide range of offerings to see in this 212 seat theater. And since the productions draw from our community for actors and...
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July 9: Stroll the Saturday Farmers Market
Fans of farm-fresh food, rejoice! 'Tis the season for bountiful beauties from our local farms, and they can be found at the Chico Farmer's Market on Saturday. Take a stroll down the aisles of delectable produce and take a moment to chat with some of our amazing farmers.
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June 10: Go on a TEK Wildtending Plant Walk
Local Mechoopda Tribal member and Master Traditional Ecological Practitioner has partnered with Raphael DiGenova and the Camp Fire Restoration Project for the TEK Wildtending Plant Walk. This unique event has participants learning about the 10 year indigenous-led restoration project at Verbena...
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June 11: Pleasant Valley Pool Grand Re-Opening and Free Swim Day
Chico community members can join CARD on June 11th from 1 to 4 PM to beat the heat and swim for free in the newly renovated Pleasant Valley Swimming Pool located at 2320 North Ave, Chico, CA 95926. We’ll also have a celebration with music, free CARD swag, and much more! Free swimming is based on a first come, first serve basis.
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June 12: Play at Caper Acres
If you are looking for quintessential Chico childhood magic, Caper Acres has it. This fairy-tale themed park has been bringing kids and parents joy for ages, and it's only getting better with recent renovations. The moment you stroll through the stone arches, whimiscal delights abound. Children 12...
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June 13: Take a Picture in Front of Chico State's Kendall Hall
If there's an award for Most Stunning Adminstration Building, we think Kendall Hall at CSU should be a winner. It's an incredible example of Romanesque Architecture which features a dramatic rotunda in the middle of the building. Its striking Spanish-tile roof and army of columns would be formidale...
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June 14: Bidwell Golf Course 100 Years Celebration
Join the Bidwell Park Golf Course in celebrating 100 years! This event will include $1 specials for green fees, hot dogs, sodas, and chips. Bring your family to enjoy a bounce house, face painting, golf clinics, prize raffles, live music, and local vendors. Don't miss out on this centennial celebration!
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June 15: Take your dog (or yourself) to DeGarmo dog park
Is there anything cuter than watching the parade of pups at DeGarmo Dog Park? We double-dog dare you to beat it! But in the meantime, head over to this 36-acre park which has a playground, covered picnic areas, and a walking path. Your furry friends can frolic inside their very own fenced-in area...
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June 16: Visit the iconic Thursday Night Market
What better way to spend a warm evening! Head to the iconic Thursday Night Market for street art to commemorate Chico's 150th birthday, fresh produce and fun for all ages! Come bring your friends and family for this festive celebration of a delicous part of Chcio's history!
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June 17: Go see Encanto at the Movie in the Park in Sycamore Field
One of the nicest things to do in the summertime is to watch a movie outside in the fresh air. Luckily for Chico locals, the film Encanto will be shown on June 17th on a huge open-air screen. Whether you bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, it's a unique experience which is sure to be memorable.
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June 18: Chico Police Celebrates 150 Years BBQ
Come celebrate with Chico's police force on their 150-year anniversary, June 18, 2022 at the Meriam Park Barn! This free event is open to the public to honor Chico Police's service for 150 years. There will be live music and games for the kids and as part of the event, officers will be BBQin' and...
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June 19: See a Musical at the California Regional Theater
The California Regional Theatre has been bringing classic Broadway musicals to the community for over 30 years. Led by Bob Maness, their mission statement is "people above project." This has led to the creation of quality theater and the education of students in Chico. This group of dedicated...
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June 1: Implement a Water-Wise Wednesday with Cal Water
By now, we're all uber-aware that California is in a drought. With this in mind, Cal Water is encouraging you to mark your calendar for "Water-wise Wednesdays!" Every Wednesday, do something water-savvy. Whether it's skipping a load of laundry or taking a shorter shower, it's important. A little...
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June 20: Take a stroll through the CHICO streets: Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy, Cherry, and Orange
Show some town spirit and take a stroll down CHICO streets. That's right, spell it out with us! C is for Chesnut Street, H is for Hazel, I is for Ivy, C is also for Cherry, and O is for Orange. Snap some selfies at each street sign, and show your Chico pride.
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June 21: Plant a native plant or flower in your yard in Chico!
It's good to be green! Add some native plants like Silver Lupin and Deer Grass to your garden this season to help with the environment. Flowering plants are perfect for pollinators, and veggies are great for humans to eat. Plus, tending a garden is a wonderful way to spend time in the outdoors during the summer.
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June 22: Dine on a patio at a Downtown eatery
As residents of Chico, we're so lucky the downtown core offers almost two dozen places to eat which have patios. Soak up some of the summer sun while dining al fresco before the seasons change. It's a great way to support our local businesses!
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June 23: Visit the Iconic Thursday Night Market
What better way to spend a warm evening! Head to the iconic Thursday Night Market for street art to commemorate Chico's 150th birthday, fresh produce and fun for all ages! Come bring your friends and family for this festive celebration of a delicous part of Chcio's history!
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June 24: Attend a show at Laxson Auditorium (Chico Performances)
We're so lucky to have a world-class venue like the Laxson Auditorium at CSU! This center for entertainment pulls in big names in the industry and provides a season of unique programming. From dance to music to film festivals, it has it all. Support the arts and CSU and go check out one of their amazing performances.
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June 25: Chikoko presents "Pod" an interactive installation
Fashion event-based local business Chikoko has been wowing locals with their annual fashion and performance arts events for years. Their spectacular creations shouldn't be missed, so head over to their latest show, Pod. Abstracted themes of the beauty of solitude, the shared grief of isolation, and...
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June 26: Go see the exhibition by Andrea Bacigalupo Sculpture Exhibition at Chico Art Center
Head over to the Chico Art Center to take in a brand new exhibit from Oakland-based artist Andrea Bacigalupo. Her contemporary art has been exhibited coast to coast, from California to New York. This latest show features both sculpture and print works which encourages movement from the viewer. An...
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June 27: Play pickleball at Community Park (20th St)
Locals know Chico has an active pickleball scene, inculding a pickleball tournament. And one of the best places to practice is at the Community Park on 20th street. Whether you are a pickleball pro or have never picked up a paddle, you can play on these fab courts. But before you go, it's...
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June 28: Watch Glass Being Blown at Satava or Orient & Flume
Come see the ancient art of glass blowing right here in our very own Chico! The Orient & Flume studio has been in operation for 50 years now, and has pieces in museum collections across the country. Satava Art Glass has likewise been turning out stunning glass creations for almost a half a...
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June 29: Visit the Janet Turner Print Museum (At Chico State)
We love how Chico has a treasure trove of prints from famous artists right here at the Turner Print Museum! Former CSU professor Dr. Janet Turner collected prints from around the world for forty years from artists such as Miró, Picasso, Dalí, and more. This collector also founded the printmaking...
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June 2: Enroll the kids in a Wildcat Discovery Camp
Kids looking for something fun to do this summer? Chico State offers a variety of summer camps for kids ages 8-14. From sports to anthropology to American Sign Language to coding, photography, and rockets, there are camps for every interest. Sign up for one or more camps!
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June 30: Visit the Gateway Science Museum
The Gateway Science Museum is not just an awesome science museum for kids, but for lifelong learners, too. With a dizzying program of hands-on exhibits, activities, and competitions, it provides a unique educational experience. As a part of Chico State University, Chico, it' a S.T.E.M. museum...
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June 3: Attend a Friday night concert in the Plaza
Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, because the the Friday night concert series is back! This beloved summer tradition delights locals and visitors alike who gather at the City Plaza to listen to live music under the stars. Pack your favorite snack or grab something delicous from one of the...
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June 4: Go to Woofstock 2022!
Get ready for some Peace, Love, and Pets! The Butte County Humane Society is holding Woofstock 2022 as a community fundraiser and festival to support our furry friends in need. This event is inspired by the 60's, and will feature music, doggy demos, food, craft beer from Sierra Nevada, and more....
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June 5: 49er Faire Coleman Memorial Community Museum
Celebrate the goldmining history of our area with a family trip to the 49er Faire on Sunday, June 5th. Activities include arts and crafts, music and food, wine and beer, gold planning, a plant sale, and gift sale. Free parking and a great way to get outside for the day!

June 5
9 am - 3 pm
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June 6: Browse the shelves of The Bookstore
We think The Bookstore is everything a bookstore should be. Sure, it has over 70,000 thoughfully chosen titles in store and 150,000 more in a warehouse, but it's the lovely and helpful staff and owners which make it special. They'll guide you through the tempting maze of shelves, or nudge you...
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June 7: Take the Kids to the Children's Museum
One of the best parts about Chico is it's such a kid-friendly town with lots of chidren-focused activities. One of the top example of where kids rule is at the Chico Children's Museum. With a mission of "learn and connect through play," this non-profit has hosted galas, summer camps, and games...
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June 8: Open a library card or check out a book (chico Branch)
Libraries are magical places, and the Butte County Library, Chico Branch on Sherman Ave is no exception. Get a library card (they're also available online!) and open the door to different worlds found in books. Or if you already have a card, head down there and check out a new book or two. The...
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June 9: Shakespeare in the Park
Every year we get to enjoy our very own Shakespeare in the Park right here in Chico. And this year, the tradition continues with a new version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This dreamy comedy set in a fairy-filled forest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays for a reason.
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May 10: See the Pss Pss show at the Laxon Auditorium
Chico is in for a treat for a night on May 10th with the arrival of Pss Pss at the Laxon Auditorium. Blending contemporary clowning with theater and mime, this award-winning performance takes place without a single word being spoken. This comedy duo's acrobatics will have you loughing out loud!
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May 11: Read a book with your toes dipped in Big Chico Creek
Picture this: a sunny summer afternoon. You + a good book at Big Chico Creek = lazy day perfection. Are you ready for this challenge? Walk through Lower Bidwell and find yourself a perfect little nook! Dip your toes in Big Chico Creek while you peruse your favorite tome. We love this cool spot...
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May 12: High five, smile, and wave at a grad around town during grad week
We're so proud of our graduating CSU students! So during their commencement time, take a moment to show them some love. High five, smile, and wave at a grad during grad week when you see them around town, and show some CSU pride!
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May 13: Chico State hosting California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Tournament at Nettleton Stadium (May 11-14)
The CCAA Baseball Tournament is back! Check out these top athletes as they compete in six teams to capture the conference title. Hosted by Chico State, it will be held at Nettleton Stadium, which has 4,100 seats to accommodate local and visiting sports fans. And when you go, considering helping...
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May 14: Meet an artist at the Spring Open Studio Series: Second Saturdays
Ever wanted to meet an artist in their studio? Here's your chance with the Second Saturdays Open Studios. On the second Saturday of May and June, you can tour different local artists studios and talk to them about their work. Check the Chico Art Center's website for a list of participating studios!
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May 15: Attend the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Did someone say Beer Camp? That's right--camp isn't just for kids thanks to our famous Sierra Brewing Company. Their self-described "epic adult day camp" is back this year, better than ever. Camp activities include keg bowling, human foosball, and archery tag. Or participate in the "Zorb racing" in...
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May 16: Vist the Yo-Yo Museum
Want to see the world's largest collection of yo-yos, yo-yo memorabilia, and contest awards? Luckily, Chico is home to the National Yo-Yo Museum which is open for self-guided tours. This gem is run in conjunction with the shop Bird in the Hand and follows the same business hours. Stop by and check...
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May 17: Re-enact a scene from Robin Hood
Locals know one of Chico's big claim to fame is a movie called The Adventures of Robin Hood was shot here in our very own Bidwell Park. Re-enact scenes from this classic film in the same spots like those at Chico Creek or by the momument of the once world-famous Hooker Oak Tree which stood almost...
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May 18: Watch the Adult Soccer Championship games at DeGarmo Park
Check out the best of the best of our Adult Soccer Leagues in their final playoffs for the season. These teams have been competing and it has culminated in Championship Games during the week of May 16th. Cheer on the top teams as the vie for the title at the new 36 acre Degarmo Park! Pack a picnic...
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May 19: Visit the Thursday Night Market
Savor outdoor shopping on a summer's evening at the Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico. Explore over 100 vendors who have a wide array of farm-fresh produce, crafts, and more. Got little ones? They can enjoy face-painting, clowns, and other kid-friendly activities at the market. Both young and...
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May 1: Attend the Chico Rotary's Burrito Brunch
The fun folks at Chico Rotary are putting on another Burrito Brunch this May. It's a great excuse to have a burrito, coffee, and donuts for a good cause! Plus, guests will get to enjoy Chico's newest park, the Rotary Centennial Park, while participating in games, enjoying live music, and more....
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May 20: Go to MONCA for Gather for 3rd Fridays
Have you been to a 3rd Friday yet at MONCA? This popular gathering happens on--you guessed it--the third Friday of every month. While the acts vary, one thing stays the same. It's sure to be an evening of artmaking, music , and good conversation. These family-friendly events always features snacks...
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May 21: Take a tour of Bidwell Mansion
Go visit the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park to experience a tangible piece of Chico's history which represents a moment in time in the Victorian era. Preserved and frozen in time to reflect the late 1800's, this Italianate-style home was constructed in 1868 and was one of the most modern...
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May 22: Ride your bike to a brewery
Bikes and beer! is a common cri de coeur here in Chico. So why not take this to heart and bike to one of our fabulous and famous breweries? You can go solo or join one of the many bike groups in the area which schedule tours, meet-ups, and more. Or make it a brewery crawl and hit all of them in one day. Just remember to bike responsibly!
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May 23: Skip a stone on Horseshoe Lake
Generations of Chico residents have spent hot summer days by Horseshoe Lake. This season, we encourage you to teach a kid how to skip a stone on this iconic lake. And if you're feeling ambiitious, hike up to Monkey Face Rock while you're nearby!
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May 24: Plant a tree and help revitalize Chico's urban forest
Have you heard of Chico's Plant a Tree campaign which has a goal of planting 700 trees by the end of 2022? Help revitialize Chico's urban forest by getting one for free courtesy of the City of Chico and Butte County Enviornmental Council. All you have to do is register, and a BEC Urban Forest...
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May 25: Find some farm fresh produce at the Chico Farmer's Market on Wednesday
The Chico Certified Farmers’ Market (CCFM) has been connecting our Chico community with farm fresh produce since 1980. This popular market is one of four in Butte County, and has a dedicated following of locals who value farm fresh produce and supporting the area's farmers. Along with fruits and...
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May 26: Watch the Adult Volleyball Championship Games
Show some team spirt at our Adult Volleyball Legue's playoffs of the season! The top teams will compete for the title in a thrilling finale. The final Championship Schedule with dates and times will be posted at the Adult Sports - Chico Area Recreation and Park District site, so look there to find out when your favorite team plays!
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May 27: Bike around lower Bidwell Park
Ready to Ride? Bidwell Park is a local legend in terms of park beauty, and there's no better way to see it than on a bike. Explore Lower Bidwell park with this map and take in the natural glory of this lovely spot.
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May 28: Pack a picnic lunch and play at Wildwood
With lots of covered picnic tables and playground equipment, Wildwood Park has been a great place for Chico locals to have a picnic since 1995. And if you feel like upgrading to a cook-out, there are BBQs on site, along with water fountains and amenities like restrooms. Sports fans can play games...
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May 29: Visit the Historic 150 year old + Silver Dollar Fair!
The Silver Dollar Fair has a colorful history which goes back over 150 years. While its name was coined back in the 1950's thanks to a special order of silver dollars for the fair, it has deep roots in our Chico communtiy as a fundraiser and a place to share varieties of livestock, fruit, and more....
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May 2: Support Chico's Soroptimist with the New Clairvaux Wine Fundraiser
The Soroptimist International of Chico (SI Chico) is partnering with New Clairvaux Winery to hold a fundraiser! They are selling wine for a month from April 10-May 10, just before Easter and running until Mother's Day. And 20% of wine sales will go to SI Chico, so grab some vino for a great cause!
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May 30: Chico Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Nothing unites Chico like the shared debt of gratitude to our heroes who died in service. Come pay your respects to those who served this great country at the Chico Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and help us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Volunteers are most welcome to participate as well.
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May 31: Hike Monkey Face
Like most Chico residents, many of us have fond memories of hiking Monkey Face trail. It's worth revisiting this iconic trail which winds for a short workout up the mountain top where you're rewarded with stunning views of the park and city.
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May 3: Listen to an episode Enloe's "Health Matters" Podcast
DId you know that Enloe Medical Center has podcasts the community can listen to for free? Head over to their Health Matters site and check out some of the great offerings they have there. Every Tuesday a new podcast drops with helpful health topics and "Survivor's Stories" of medical ordeals.
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May 4: Visit the Nature Center
Want some fun for your little ones focused on the great outdoors? Our very own Chico Nature Center offers a wonderful program which is entertaining and educational. Both kids (and adults!) can learn about the wonders of nature through tours and exhibits, thanks to the dedicated help of the center's volunteers.
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May 5: Kickoff at Thursday Night Market
Most of us anticipate the start of the Thursday Night Market season, but this year is going to be extra special! On May 5th, the first Thursday Night Market will kick off with a special 150 year celebration. There will be street art, like live easel painting and other events to commemorate Chico's...
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May 6: Ice Cream Social
Is there anything sweeter than ice cream on a hot day? If you agree, head over to the Stansbury Victorian Ice Cream Social for a scoop. Bring the family and step back into the 1800's at one of Chico's loveliest historic homes. Presented by RECOLOGY, this event is in celebration of Chico's 150 year...
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May 7: Chico Air Museum Annual Open House and Fly-in
Let your imagination take flight at the Chico Air Museum Annual Open House and Fly-in! We locals know the museum is one of the best places to take kids, but adults are in for a treat, too, thanks to the special private plane fly-ins during this event. Plus, there will be special guest speakers...
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May 8: Give a mom a hug!
We love Chico moms of all kind! Whether of the four or two-legged variety, be sure to give a mom in your life an extra little love today. Send a text, make a card, give a hug - just show them you care!
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May 9: Sign up for Explore Butte County's Adventure Pass!
Don't miss out on adventure this summer! Instead, get an Adventure Pass from Explore Butte County. It offers 30 different spots to hike, paddle, and bike in where you can take in the natural beauty of Butte County. Check in and win with quarterly drawings, and share your pics on social media with...
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September 10: Attend the Chico Creek Nature Center End of Summer Social
Say sayonara to summer by attending the Chico Creek Nature Center End of Summer Social. This beautiful spot in Bidwell Park is the perfect place for a soirée, so bring your friends and family!
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September 11: On September 11th, visit the 9/11 memorial at the Firestation at the Elks Lodge
September 11th is a day of rememberance. Join other residents of Chico in honoring those who lost their lives on that tragic day by visiting the memorial at the firestation at the Elks Lodge. It's a fitting way to keep their memory alive, and never forget.
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September 12: Soak up some street art at the Peace and Harmony mural
Street art really shines in Chico, and one of our stars is the new Peace & Harmony mural. Dreamed up by Shepard Fairey back in 2018, this bold creation is a propoganda-style piece done in black, white, burgandy and gold. It's a part of the rich public art scene which makes Chico an outdoor art gallery.
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September 13: Take a stroll with the Beatles (mural) on Main street
Beatle-mania may have started almost 60 years ago, but it's still alive and well in Chico. Check out the Fab Four strutting their stuff right here in our town in front of 127 Main Street. This homage in metal was inspired by the Abbey Road album released in 1969 and the famous photograph which has...
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September 14: Take a pic under an oak
Did you know Chico used to be home to the largest Oak Tree in the world? Before the famous Hooker Oak tree fell in 1977, it was estimated to be around 600-1000 years old and 110 ft tall. While it may be gone, Chico still has some remarkable Valley Oak specimens around town which are just waiting to...
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September 15: Donate a book to a neighborhood free library
Have you heard of Little Free Library? This amazing organization allows people to donate and take books at "Little Free Library" locations all across the country. Anyone can put up their own little library box, as long as they allow LFL to put the location on a map so readers can find it. Even If...
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September 16: See the film Sing 2 outside at Movie Night in Sycamore Field
Don't let the summer end without seeing a movie in Sycamore field! Catching a film under the stars is an awesome thing to do on a summer night, especially if it's a toe-tapping hit like Sing 2. This family-friendly flick is fun for adults and kids alike. So grab your friends and a blanket or lawn...
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September 17: 35th Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup Event
Join your fellow Chicoans to help clean up Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks at this 35th annual event put on by BEC (Butte Environmental Council). Visit their website for details and what to bring. The event is followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ at Hooker Oak Park. By getting involved, you'll...
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September 18: Spend an afternoon visiting all 16 mosaic benches downtown
Pay a visit to the Luminary Benches & Pedestal Art Seats downtown and learn about the some of the visionaries who helped make Chico what it is today. Each of the 16 tiled benches has a unique look and theme, like the Chinese Luminary Art bench which is in remembrance of the Chinese workers who...
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September 19: Take a pic of the rock walls
One of the most unique features of Chico is the presence of rock walls which are over 100 years old. Built to keep livestock corraled, these incredible artifacts have stood the test of time thanks to their precise craftsmanship. Visit one of the many sites in Chico and take a selfie with them (at a respectful distance, of course!)
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September 1: Hmong Cultural Events
Chico is a town rich with many different cultures which contribute to the identity of this place. One of them is the Hmong people, and they have one of the most sizable populations here in the United States. Many of them arrived decades ago as refugees while fleeing the war in Vietnam after aiding...
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September 20: Tune in to Chico's past on Deer Creek Media
Chico is having a big year, with all kinds of festivities for the celebration of our 150 year history. And Deer Creek Media is adding to the fun by running special programming on their radio stations. Tune to relive and hear fun facts about Chico's history on channels like KPAY Newstalk, KPAY Sports, 1035 Blaze, Mix 951, and KZAP.
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September 21: Snap pics of your Klean Kanteen in different places in Chico
By now everyone in Chico is proably acquainted with Klean Kanteen, a family and employee-owned company which has its roots right here in town. Famous for their resuable stainless steel bottles, Klean Kanteen has gone from a local phenom to an international brand. And it's no wonder, considering how...
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September 22: Look up old historic things in chico (like where you tie up a horse)
The past is present in Chico in many ways, and it's easy to find remnants of days gone by scattered around town. Challenge yourself to find and photograph some of these relics. From old horse-head hitching posts to scultpures on the old graves at Chico Cemetery, there are plenty of things to see.
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September 23: Learn more about mental health with North Valley Community Foundation
If you or someone you know is in need of some emotional or mental health support, don't delay in getting help. Start the journey by visiting the North Valley Community Foundation's website. They have a wealth of resources available through their Thrive program online which can connect you with the right tools and personel.
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September 24: Celebrating 150 Years Capstone Event
Come one, come all! The Celebrating 150 Years Capstone Event is happening at Meriam Park! Food, fun, and live music is just the beginning. Open from 2PM - 6PM. All ages welcome! More details coming soon!
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September 25: Visit Chico History Museum
Ready to dive into the past? Then head over to the Chico History Museum. This unique musuem located in the historic Andrew Carnegie Library has been on a mission to educate and communicate the incredible history of Chico to the community since 1986. Check out one of their many exhibits, like the...
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September 26: Book a weekend tour of Stansbury Home
We think one of the loveliest things about Chico is the presence and preservation of historic buildings. And luckily, you can step back in time when visiting the Stansbury Home. This unique Italianate-Victorian home was built in 1883 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975,...
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September 27: Play putt putt at Funland Chico
Heed Funland's motto of "come out and play!" and start with a round of putt-putt on their miniature golf course. With 18 holes, water features, and shaded landscaping, it's great for both beginners and practiced mini-golfers. All ages and abilities can play, and night owls can enjoy one of their...
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September 28: Support a local artist by visiting Made in Chico
Chico is known for supporting our local artists. And one of the best ways to do this is to purchase some of their products at the Made in Chico Store. Located in the historic Nottelmann Building, it houses works from over 400 different artists and companies. Check out items from local legends Kleen...
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September 29: Grab your produce at Thursday Night Market
What better way to spend a warm evening! Head to the iconic Thursday Night Market for street art to commemorate Chico's 150th birthday, fresh produce and fun for all ages! Come bring your friends and family for this festive celebration of a delicous part of Chcio's history!
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September 2: Attend a Chico State, PV, or Chico High Sporting event
Hey Chico sports fans, get your game face on! This season, go see a Chico State, PV, or Chico High Sporting event. We hope you'll join us in showing a little team spirit and support our amazing local athletes. Check out the Chico State Athletics page for info on the game times and more!

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September 30: Join a golf Tournament
Take tee time to the next level and enter one of Chico's many golf tournaments this season! Check out one of the many golf greens for their schedule and sign up for one (or more). It's a great way to meet and compete with other golfers in town. From Bidwell Park to private clubs, there are many...
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September 3: Visit the Patrick Ranch Museum
Located on the outskirts of Chico, the historic Patrick Ranch Museum is a well-preserved example of a bygone era in Chico's farming history. This grand 28 acre property and home were gifted by the last ranch owner, Hester Grimm Patrick to the Far West Heritage Association with the hope it would be...
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September 4: Take a historic walking tour of downtown Chico
Immerse yourself in the rich history of days gone past on a self-guided Historic Walking Tour in Downtown Chico. This 11-block walk hosted by the Chico Historic Association covers some of the most prominent locations which helped shape the city's history. Wear comfortable shoes!
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September 5: Go tubing on the Sacramento River on Labor Day
Beat the heat and the crowds this Labor Day by participating in a Chico tradition--tubing! Grab your favorite flotation device and head down to the Sacramento River. Join other water revelers at a spot on Chico Creek and take a dip. Just remember, there's no alcohol allowed there on September 5th!
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September 6: Bring your Chicobags to the grocery store
If you live in Chico, you are no doubt familar with our amazing home grown company, ChicoBag. Founded by Andy Keller, this local business creates sustainable bags to use as an alterative to plastic. (Psst...and don't forget to check out their ToGoWare line for eco-friendly food containers and...
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September 7: Attend a Sprint Car Race at Silver Dollar Raceway
Off to the races! If you feel the need to watch speed, head over to the Silver Dollar Speedway to catch the races this season. Come check out these stunning examples of Winged Sprint Cars, B Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks as they compete. It's a family-friendly fun night out!
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September 8: You Do Chico - Show us your favorite Chico thing to do
When asked about our favorite things to do in Chico, we've all got a specific answer. Whether it's heading out to a go-to taco truck for late lunches, a quiet walk in the park, grabbing your favorite dessert, playing disc golf, or visiting the university farm, there's something special. Every...
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September 9: Take it from Golden Valley Bank: Pay It Forward!
Pay it forward is one of Golden Valley Bank's favorite sayings. This financial institution is very invested in our Chico community, so take a cue from them and do something nice for somebody here today! Whether it's buying a cup of coffee for a stranger in line behind you or just picking up a piece...
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