The fun really does start in "Oroville" ... with something planned nearly every month & lots of independent resources for your recreating pleasure ... Enjoy!
Historic Downtown District (Every First Friday)
Every first Friday of the month, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Historic Downtown District hosts a fun and entertaining themed street party for visitors, shoppers and shop owners. More information at: http://www.orovilledba.com/
Wildflower & Nature Festival (April)
With an abundance of wildflowers blooming in early Spring, it's time again for the Wildflower Festival in Oroville. The Feather River Recreation and Park District hosts the annual Wildflower Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park located at the west end of Montgomery Street, west of Highway 99. In addition to the festivities at Riverbend Park, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be at the top of Table Mountain to lead hiking tours. With an abundance of wildflowers blooming now, it's time again for the Wildflower Festival in Oroville. In addition to the festivities at Riverbend Park, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be at the top of Table Mountain to lead hiking tours. Attendance is free. Food will also be available at the event. More information is available at: www.frrpd.com
Feather Fiesta Days
For well over seventy years and through a few name changes, Feather Fiesta Days has been Oroville’s hometown celebration. Many elements come together to produce this fantastic event including the grand parade, the gigantic car show, craft fairs, mini-festivals and a chili cook-off.
The big day is always the day before Mother’s Day. Smaller events are scattered through the week preceding the big day.
Here’s a sample of some of the things happening at the Feather Fiesta Days:
- Feather Falls Casino Show & Shine
- Bidwell Bar Day
- Butte County Beer-fest
- Kiwanis Kiddies Day Parade
- Eagles Pancake Breakfast
- Gold Rush Car Show
- St. Thomas Spring Fest
- Craft Fairs at Sank Park and in the Historic Downtown District
- Exchange Club GRAND PARADE
- Art in Soroptimist Park
- Oroville Fire Fighters Chili Cook-off & Beer Garden
- For more information, contact the Chamber at (530) 538.2542 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org … you can also visit “Oroville Feather Fiesta Days” on Facebook
Ishi Gathering & Celebration (May)
Usually held at the Ehmann Home, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (530) 538-2542 for the exact location.
Ishi (c. 1861 – March 25, 1916) was the last member of the Yahi, a group of the Yana of the U.S. state of California. Widely acclaimed in his time as the "last wild Indian" in America, Ishi lived most of his life completely outside modern culture. At 50 years of age, in 1911, he emerged near the present-day foothills of Lassen Peak, also known as Wa ganu p'a. He was captured attempting to forage for meat near Oroville, California, after forest fires in the area. "After the native was noticed by townspeople, the local sheriff took the man into custody for his own protection". The "wild man" caught the imagination and attention of thousands of onlookers and curiosity seekers.
Ishi means "man" in the Yana language. The anthropologist Alfred Kroeber gave this name to the man because in the Yahi culture, tradition demanded that he not speak his name or that of anyone who was dead. When asked his name, he said: "I have none, because there were no people to name me," meaning that no Yahi had ever spoken his name. He was taken in by anthropologists at the University of California, Berkeley, who both studied him and hired him as a research assistant. He lived most of his remaining five years in a university building in San Francisco.
4th of July Fireworks (July 4th)
Another Oroville tradition…a spectacular fireworks show over Thermalito North Forebay which starts 30minutes after sundown. Celebrate at Nelson Sports Complex's free event with food, crafts, swimming & music from 6:30-8:30. Enjoy a great view of the fireworks show from Nelson Sports Complex, North & South Forebay State Recreation Area (Park Fee Applies) & Feather River Center (Park Fee Applies). Lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets & coolers are welcome.
Salmon Festival (Always the last Saturday in September)
Come See Thousands of Returning Chinook Salmon! Every September, the streets of Oroville between Historic Downtown and the Feather River Fish Hatchery burst with fish-flavored activities during the Annual Salmon Festival.
Friday evening kicks off the celebration with a sit-down outdoor dinner above the Feather River featuring your choice of grilled fresh salmon or tasty tri-tip and all of the tasting trimmings including dessert. Live music for dancing or just listening! Advance tickets for the dinner are a must and available at the Chamber of Commerce or on line at www.salmonfestoroville.org.
On this special weekend Oroville celebrates the thousands of spawning salmon that annually make their way from the ocean back up the Feather River. Environmental education, music, salmon tasting, tours of the hatchery and fun for kids and adults highlight this FREE event. Craft booths, music, live entertainment, a wine & beer garden and lots of tasty freshly prepared food and snacks.
For more information, contact the Chamber at (530) 538.2542 or email us at email@example.com or visit the Salmon Festival website www.salmonfestoroville.org
Perry Mason Days
An Oroville legend and honored resident, Erle Stanley Gardner is one of the world's most prolific writers and the mastermind behind the Perry Mason Novels, the Court of Last Resort, among other interests. Gardner attended Oroville High School until his expulsion for a prank in 1906.
But regardless of how he left Oroville, the connection to the town has been celebrated for the past nine years with Oroville's annual Perry Mason Days, a celebration of both the famous detective and the famous man who once called Oroville home.
"We all grew up in the 50s and 60s during the Perry Mason television series," said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. "That inspired me to go to law school."
"The important thing Perry Mason always stressed was feting the bad guy and seeking justice," Ramsey said. He also has a connection with Gardner: Ramsey attended Oroville High School as well and his librarian liked to remind students she knew Gardner in 1906.
Veterans' Day Parade (November 11th)
Always on November 11th, starting promptly at 11:00 A.M. on Montgomery Street beginning at Feather River Blvd. and ending in front of the Oroville Veterans’ for all of Butte County Memorial Park. Come honor our Veterans and see marching bands, floats, historic military vehicles and much more.
Parade of Lights (December)
A tradition for over fifteen years marching bands and vividly lighted floats and vehicles will delight you and put you in the holiday spirit.
Olive Festival at the Ehmann Home
Come taste olive oil and olives from the many area olive producers and purchase their products to take home. Every year there we add more vendors, and a Craft Fair. Lunch, featuring Italian sandwiches, will be served from 11 am to 1 pm. Tours of the Ehmann Home-“The House that Olives Built” are given. There is also a beer garden featuring beer tasting by Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co; music by Oroville’s own Feather River Gypsies; ice cream topped with flavored olive oils; delicious smelling Kettle Corn; drawings; olive theme gift items; area history books for sale; and of course Ehmann Olives. Admission is free. For more information, call (530) 877-7436 or (530) 533-9418.