Tons of Fun for Everyone in the North State
By Enjoy Magazine
Of Fun And Festivities
Story by Aaron Williams
FROM FUN RUNS to mushrooms to music and more, the North State offers plenty to keep folks busy throughout the late spring and summer. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up.
Boomtown Festival - May 3-4
The Boomtown used to be the Shasta Damboree but was rebranded several years back.
But not much has changed in terms of fun activities offered in Shasta Lake City. The Boomtown Festival will have its staple – the parade down Shasta Dam Boulevard – with the theme of Shasta Lake Strong in a nod to how the community came together in the wake of last summer’s fires. Other activities are still in the planning phase, but rest assured there will be music in Clair Engle Park all day Saturday, organizers said. In the 82nd year of celebrating the area, Boomtown Days were originally held as a fundraiser to build what is Toyon Elementary, Boomtown Days president Stephanie Griffin said.
Feather Fiesta Days - May 4-5, May 11-12
It’s been Oroville’s hometown celebration for more than 70 years and offers two weekends of fun this year.
From the Grand Parade to the Gold Rush car show, craft fairs, chili cook-offs and a spicy salsa contest, Feather Fiesta Days celebrate the best of the Butte County community on the weekends prior to Mother’s Day. With a Friday Fiesta kickoff on May 4, Myers Street closes for a show and shine, creeper races and other downtown celebrations. May 5 features free entrance to Bidwell Canyon Recreation Area, the salsa taste-off and a rib cook-off. The following weekend is highlighted Friday by the 70th Kiwanis “Kiddies” Parade, a show and shine at Feather Falls Casino and wraps up Saturday with two pancake breakfasts, the Oroville Downtown Business Association’s Gold Rush Street Fair and the Exchange Club’s Grand Parade.
Shasta Mud Run - May 11
Life is messy. So, too, is the Shasta Mud Run – a military-style obstacle course at Ross Ranch designed to push athletes of all skill levels … and get them filthy, muddy to boot.
Participants can choose the 5K or 10K trail, each featuring muddy obstacles, soupy landings and giant sloppy slides. And after you’re done leaping, crawling, running and cleaning off there’s a free after party featuring music and food vendors. Adult race entry is $60 for the 5K and $80 for the 10K; 5K youth entry is $30.
99th Annual Tehama District Fair - May 2-5
Grow it… sew it… show it…
The Tehama County Fair is coming earlier this year. Through the years, the dates and name of the fair have changed, but their commitment to showcasing local agriculture and bringing the community together has remained. Fun events for the kids, including a kids’ rodeo and hands-on workshops. Attend the family-friendly free concert (with your fair entry) with country recording artist Tyler Rich, and of course, the livestock auction, carnival, Miss Tehama County Pageant, craft and vendor booths and much more.
Weaverville Frontier Days - May 11, 10am - 4pm
Roll back time to the 1850s for the 2nd annual Weaverville Frontier Days.
Frontier Days incorporates art, history, and pioneer activities with actors, vendors and partners from all over the North State. Enjoy a full day of family fun the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
Glenn County Fair - May 16-19
“Let the Good Times Grow” at the 103rd Annual Glenn County Fair.
Experience four days of live entertainment, a display of competitive livestock and still exhibits, tractor pulls, auto racing, destruction derby, livestock auctions, the Miss Glenn County Pageant, food, carnivals and much more.
Redding Rodeo Week - May 13-18
It’s time to saddle up and enjoy the 71st annual Redding Rodeo and all the pageantry surrounding the community staple.
This year’s theme is Country Stores and Saloon Doors.
In addition to the prestigious PRCA Rodeo held Wednesday through Saturday, the week also holds long-standing community traditions. The Asphalt Cowboys’ Pancake Breakfast promises to feed 10,000 of your friends and neighbors on Friday morning as downtown Redding is turned into Roaring Gulch. And don’t forget to check out the Redding Rodeo Parade winding its way through the streets as marching bands, community floats and the Asphalt Cowboys entertain for your delight.
Silver Dollar Fair - May 23-27
The Silver Dollar fairgrounds will be jumping for five days in May as the annual fair – started in 1887 – brings in classic rock legend Eddie Money for a Monday performance at 8 pm on the Blue Moon Stage.
The Butte County fair also spotlights country act Dylan Scott on Friday and local act Decades on Saturday, in addition to all the usual fair fare – carnival rides, shows galore, the livestock auction and the sinfully delightful fair food. The Silver Dollar Speedway ignites Saturday with the 200-lap Enduro Auto race at the PG&E Grandstand. www.silverdollarfair.org
The McCloud Mushroom Festival - May 25-26
If you love mushrooms, there’s no better place to be on Memorial Day. The 15th annual McCloud Mushroom Festival is a two-day extravaganza dedicated to those delightful fungi.
Celebrating the wild mushroom hunting that happens each spring in and around the old logging town, the Mushroom Festival turns the streets of McCloud into a haven for those who love their mushrooms. From trips to seek out some for yourself to vendors selling mushroom-based foods, the Mushroom Festival is always a good – and delicious – time. In addition to the vendors, local restaurants will incorporate mushrooms into their dishes.
Whiskeytown Regatta - May 25-26
The annual event was in doubt for a time following the devastation brought on the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area – specifically the Oak Bottom Marina – by last summer’s Carr Fire.
But in a signal of #ShastaStrong and the resilience of the North State, organizers have announced the 55th annual Memorial Day event will go on as planned. The Regatta is open to dinghies, centerboard, multi-hull and keel boats. The Whiskeytown Sailing Club was established shortly after President Kennedy’s visit and dedication of Whiskeytown Dam and the annual Regatta is a spectacle to see on the serene waters just west of Redding.
Happy Valley Strawberry Festival - May 25-26
In a word – YUM! The 79th Happy Valley Strawberry Festival once again delights and dazzles with the community’s favorite fruit.
The festival has moved to West Valley High School but remains a celebration of all things strawberry – including the oh-so wonderful strawberry shortcake. Enjoy the sweet treat as you wander through arts and crafts booths, sign up for the pie-eating contest or enjoy entertainment on three stages. The 4-H Swine Club pancake breakfast is a perfect way to start the day. But get there early as strawberries are served from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday … or until they’re gone. Don’t miss out.
Annual McCloud Flea Market - June 2
Eight hours of the biggest gathering of collectibles, arts, crafts, antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more is set for the first Saturday in June on Main Street in the former logging town.
The 48th annual flea market opens with a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. in the bank parking lot. And whether you’re looking to buy, browse or just escape the valley heat, the trip to the McCloud Flea Market is a guaranteed good time with food and beer vendors in addition to all the treasures waiting to be had.
Taste of Redding - June 9
The 13th annual Taste of Redding brings the best food and drink to City Hall’s Sculpture Park as a benefit for The Redding West Rotary Club.
More than 20 local restaurants are already signed up along with a handful or two of the region’s best vintners. Tickets run from $35 for food sampling to $45 for food, beer and wine sampling and always sell out in advance. Entertainment this year includes The Billies, Anna Repetto and the Scott Durbin Band, Cali Vibes and Morris –n– Love. And all proceeds benefit the Redding West Rotary Club’s many service projects throughout the community.
Shasta District Fair - June 19-22
The annual fair in Anderson is aptly themed “Shasta Strong” after the trying summer and winter the community has endured.
After all, the fairgrounds were a major staging area during
the devastating Carr Fire last summer.
Parmalee with Chad Bushnell opening highlights the Friday entertainment this year and Late Models, Legend Bomber and Hornets take to the Shasta Speedway on Saturday. Of course, the junior livestock auction, vendors and rides are all a big part of the four-day fun and festivities at the Shasta District Fair grounds.
Susanville Bluegrass Festival - June 21-23
Blue Highway highlights a stellar lineup for the 10th annual festival.
Other acts include Edgar Loudermilk – featuring Jeff Autry, The Greg Blake Band, Steve Spurgin, Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin, Red Dog Ash, The Sierra Sweethearts and Mosquito Road. Early bird three-day passes are available for $65 before June 7 ($75 after). Daily tickets are $30 for Friday and Saturday, $25 for Sunday. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A music camp will be held June 18-21, and a quilt room will be set up during the festival.