Things to Do

Embrace the North State

With an average of 279 days of sunshine in the North State, opportunities for outdoor adventures are all around us.

Bidwell Mansion

Memorial Way and Esplanade

Take a tour of the most historic home in Chico. Formerly the home of John Bidwell, founder of Chico, Bidwell Mansion(opens in new window) is a beautiful three-story, 26-room Victorian House Museum. A nearby gift shop plays a 25-minute movie about the Bidwells.

Bidwell Park/Nature Center

1968 East 8th Street

Whether you hike through Upper Park, walk through Lower Park, or swim at one of its many swimming holes, Bidwell Park has it all. The 3,618-acre municipal park extends for five miles up into the foothills, making it a unique and spectacular feature of Chico. The Chico Creek Nature Center(opens in new window) offers educational programs and information on nature and preserving the park.

Chico Performances

Corner of 3rd St. & Chestnut St.

In 2011, Chico Performances(opens in new window) celebrates its 30th year of bringing the world’s top performers in theatre, music, dance, and the spoken word to Laxson Auditorium on campus. From Desmond Tutu and Jane Goodall to B.B. King and Yo–Yo Ma, Chico Performances engages the North Valley in celebrating the best in performance art.

Gateway Science Museum

625 Esplanade, near Bidwell Mansion

The Gateway Science Museum(opens in new window) is dedicated to educating the community about Northern California’s natural heritage and habitat. Opened on the Chico State campus in 2010, the museum offers many educational programs for children and adults, and is a great place to experience science first-hand.

Thursday Night Market

Downtown Chico

Held every Thursday April through September, the Thursday Night Market(opens in new window) is a street festival and certified farmers’ market. With farm-fresh produce, delicious food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment, Thursday night is a great time to mingle with local Chicoans young and old and get a real feel for the funky side of Chico.