• Get involved with Picnic Day!

    Apply to be an assistant director, host an exhibit, march in the parade, and more!

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  • Download the Picnic Day mobile app

    The Picnic Day app is the best way to plan your day. Get all the details on events, food options, parking, and more! Available for free on iOS and Android.

  • Interested in being a sponsor?

    Contact business@picnicday.ucdavis.edu for more information!

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The 105th Picnic Day will be on April 13, 2019!


This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

All events and parking are free! Picnic Day is one of UC Davis’ most revered traditions and serves as the university’s annual Open House for prospective and current students, families, alumni, staff, faculty, and the greater Davis and regional communities.

Picnic Day begins with the parade opening ceremony at 9:30am, and the parade begins at 10:00am.
Most events hosted by Picnic Day run from 10:00am to 3:00pm or 4:00pm. All events hosted by Picnic Day start after 9:00am and end before 5:00pm.
There are other independent events on Picnic Day that run into the evening, including Battle of the Bands and Davis Dance Revolution, which end around 10:00pm.

Popular Traditional Events:

  • The Battle of the Marching Bands
  • Doxie Derby Race
  • Chemistry Magic Show
  • Fashion Show
  • Parade
  • Cockroach Races
  • Entertainment Stages
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