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Chico Events and Festivals

Chico Events and Festivals

I would venture to say there are more Chico events per capita than almost any city or town in all of California. Visit Chico California any day of the year and I can guarantee you there will be something going on in or around Chico that will delight you!

You'll find community participatory events put on by Downtown Chico, the local business association; and nationally acclaimed performances brought to Chico by California State University, Chico.

Then there are the plays presented by several local theatre groups; the performances by the North State Symphony Orchestra;

the farmers markets and the bike rides and racing; not to mention the nature festivals and the agricultural fests; the list goes on and on!

There's at least one actual event or festival every month of the year - and that does not even count the numerous plays, the diverse musical entertainment, the country and regional fairs, and everyday happenings like special programs at the local library or the Nature Center.

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Chico Events and Festivals:
January through June

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The Snow Goose Festival

The Saturday Farmer's Market runs year round

Chico Bridal Show


The Butte County Sheriff's Posse Antique Show

North State Sportsman Expo


The Bidwell Classic Run

The Chico Bach Festival

The Soroptomist Home, Garden,
and Antique Show

Chico Kite Day


Friday Night Concerts in the
Plaza start in May

The Silver Dollar Fair


The California Nut Festival

The Wildflower Century Bike Ride

The Thursday Night Market begins in April and continues into the Fall


Shakespeare in the Park starts this month

The Country Faire and Threshing Bee

Chico Events and Festivals:
July through December

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The Annual 4th of July
Celebration, of course!

The California Worldfest

A Slice of Chico


The Chico World Music Festival

The Silver Dollar Speedway
Gold Cup

A Taste of Chico

The Chico AirFest


The Bidwell Mansion SHP Harvest Festival

The Guided Wildlife Refuge Tours

The Downtown Christmas Preview


The Thursday Night Farmers Market runs from April to  September

Enloe Tuesday Farmers Market is active June to September


Fall Home & Garden Show

The Sierra Oro Farm Trail

The National Yo-Yo Contest

Artoberfest and the Open Studios Art Tour


The Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Not Enough Chico Events and Festivals for You?

If I included all the Chico Performances that are brought to town by Chico State; Joan Baez, Mikhail Gorbachev, the San Francisco Symphony...

And all the performing arts projects that are produced by Chico Theater Company and the Blue Room, among others...

And the musical venues hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Senator Theater, et al...

And all the fine art events sponsored by Chico State, the Arts Council, and the Chico Downtown Association...

And all the arts and crafts festivals, and the literary evenings, and the ballet and symphony presentations...

I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Chico events! And that's no exaggeration - there's always something going on in Chico!

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But these are the really major Chico Events that you'll want to know about. So take a look at each one, and plan your trip to Chico according to what you're most interested in attending!

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