Bidwell Park Events Calendar

Submit events for the calendar to info@FriendsOfBidwellPark.org

Note: Park commission committee meetings may be canceled if there's no need to meet--call 896-7800 to confirm.

December 2014
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27 (9 am to noon) -- Comanche Creek Greenway Workday Join community & neighborhood volunteers at the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway, the eastern boundary of the city-owned Comanche Creek Greenway. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves if you have them. For more information, call 966-6861. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels.
January 2015
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Annual Polar Bear Swim across Lower Bidwell Park's Sycamore Pool Map starting at 1 pm.  This is a no-host event--you just show up at the appropriate time. Even if you don't want to brave the chilly waters, this is a fun park event to attend and you're sure to see some of your neighbors and friends!

New Year's Day Upper Bidwell Park Maidu Rock Shelter Hike to view early spring flowers and the last of the fall flowers.  Lunch at an Indian rock shelter. Sponsored by the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Meet at 10 am at Parking Area E Map.  Bring lunch & water and wear hiking gear.  This is about a 3.5 mile hike. Rain cancels. Call Gerry (530) 893-5123 for more information.

New Year's Day Walk Meet at the Five Mile Recreation Area Map parking lot off Centennial Ave at 1 pm for a 1-2 hour walk.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club Yahi Group. For more information, call Jeanne at (530) 321-7279.
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7 Middle Bidwell Park Hike Meet where Centennial Ave and Chico Canyon Road join at their east ends. Walk along the south side of Big Chico Creek, crossing at the golf course and proceeding to the start of the Yahi Trail. Objective is to look for mushrooms. Sponsored by the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Bring lunch & water and wear hiking gear. Rain cancels. Call Gerry (530) 893-5123 for more information.
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Natural Resources Committee of Bidwell Park and Playground Commission--Public Meeting starts at 6:00 pm in City Council Conference room 2 Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 

(1pm-4pm) Picnic Site 8 invasive weed and trash removal Park at the Chico Creek Nature Center and walk north through Bears Lair, then walk east along South Park Drive until you get to site 8. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Call Heidi for directions or more information 526-5000.
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11 11th Annual Frost or Fog Quarter Marathon and 5K Starts at Sycamore Bypass levee near Five Mile Recreation Area Map (starts at 9 am for Marathon, 9:10 am for 5K). About 500 participants, costs $20-25.  Sponsored by Under the Sun.  For registration information, vist Fleet Feet at 241 Main or see Frost or Fog.
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22 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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23 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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24 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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25 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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27 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
February 2015
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14 6th Annual Habitat Home Run & Kids Fun Run-- 5K race, fun run, kids run. Starts at One Mile Recreation Area Map at 8:45 am. Sign up at Fleet Feet Sports Chico or Habitat Home Run
March 2015
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1 Upper Bidwell Park South Side Hike Meet at the Five Mile Recreation Area Map parking lot off Centennial Ave at 8:30 am for car shuttle and a 6-7 mile hike.  Bring boots, water and lunch. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Yahi Group. For more information, call Alan at (530) 891-8789. Rain cancels.
April 2015
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5 Easter Sunrise Service in Upper Bidwell Park at the Easter Cross Map. From 6-7:30 am. Hosted by Vineyard of Chico Church. 
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11 5rd Annual Poppy Walk & 5K Run Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Care benefit.  Registration at One Mile from 8-8:45 am.  \Walk and run start at 9 am.  For more information and to register, see registration.
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18 6th Annual Butte County NAMI Benefit 5k Walk Check-in/registration at 9 am at Downtown City Plaza, walk starts at 10 am, looping through Lower Bidwell Park.  For more information, see Butte County National Alliance on Mental Illness or call (530) 636-0642.
May 2015
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36th Annual Endangered Species Faire at One Mile Recreation Area  Map from 10 am to 4 pm.  Live animals, music, activities for kids, booths, food.  Limited parking so carpool or bicycle to event.  For more information, see Butte Environmental Council

July 2015
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4 Independence Day 5K Run/Fun Walk in Lower Bidwell Park. Starts at 7 am at One Mile Map , entry fee $25 (includes t-shirt and breakfast). See 5K for details and registration options. Sponsored by Chico Running Club and CARD.

4th of July Celebration at One Mile Map in Lower Bidwell Park  Pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, horseshoe contest, music, food, activity & craft booths, pie-eating contest, family games.  For schedule of events and times, see 4th of July.  Sponsored by CARD, Do-It-Leisure, Chico Rotary and Chico Park Division.
September 2015
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5 Chico Palio at One Mile & Sycamore Field from noon to 5 pm. Kickoff event for October's Arteroberfest.  See Chico Palio for schedule of activities.
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19 (9 am to 12:30 pm) Bidwell Park and Creeks of Chico annual cleanup.  Help Butte Environmental Council clean up Bidwell Park, Little Chico Creek, Big Chico Creek, Teichert Ponds and Lindo Channel. Includes snacks and a free lunch afterwards.  Bring gloves and water and wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants preferable. For the park cleanup (suitable for children), meet at Hooker Oak Park parking lot Map.  For the creeks cleanup, meet at 1057 Park Ave (at 11th St). Your help is especially needed if you have a pickup truck.  For more information and to pre-register, contact BEC. Funding for event provided by City of Chico and numerous local businesses.
October 2015
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24 (9 am to noon) Make a Difference Day Come make a difference in Bidwell Park and other city-owned open spaces!  Trash pickup, weed removal, painting and more, with various work sites. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Tools and water provided, but if possible bring your own water container. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PROJECT ASSIGNMENT FOR YOUR TEAM OR FAMILY IS REQUIRED.  Registration form will be available online shortly. If you're under 18, please bring release form signed by parent or guardian.  For more information, contact the park volunteer coordinator at (530) 526-5000. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.
November 2015
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26 Run for Food Help provide meals and shelter for Chico's homeless by participating in the 10th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk in Lower Bidwell Park starting at 9:00 am.  This is one of the park's largest events. For more information or to -pre-register, see Run for Food.  Sponsored by the Jesus Center. 

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