Summer vacation time is running out, though the temperatures might say otherwise, and we’re down to our last official summer month in Butte County. August is that perfect, flexible time of year where you can either try to cram in every last bit of summer fun possible, or simply start catching up on your rest and relaxation before the school year resumes. Explore, or decompress—there are no wrong answers here, and the Butte County area is rife with opportunities to do both!
An awesome mix of history and adventure, the “Flying Legends of Victory” Tour makes its way to the Chico Air Museum at the Chico Municipal Airport from August 12-18. Sentimental Journey, a Boeing B-17 described as a “heavy bomber bristling with armament,” is famed for its ruggedness that allowed it to also serve as an Aero Union wildland fire air tanker in the 1960s and ’70s. It is considered one of the rarest historical military planes in the world.
A ground tour of the famed bomber is available for just $15 per person, with no reservation required. Those truly seeking a thrill will be delighted to know that rides are also available for purchase—including exclusive bombardier and navigator seating—but space is extremely limited.
The B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey” & the B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade” will be in Chico, CA Aug 12-18, 2019. Come see them up close and personal, and better yet--fly in one!Read more
What is summer without a trip to the county fair? Once again, Gridley hosts the three-day, something-for-everyone event from August 22-25. Affordable entry is a license to fill up a day with activity, from piglet racing, animal exhibits and livestock judging to a range of rides ranging across a spectrum of thrills.
And, of course, no county fair would be complete without a few culinary pleasures: funnel cake, hot dogs, Sno-Cones, and soft pretzels are all ready to help nail that essential late-summer county fair vibe. Best of all, you can take the whole family on the cheap, especially if you go on Thursday: seniors (62 and older) and children under 12 get in free, and adult admission is only $5 each! If you go Friday-Sunday, adult prices are still just $10 a ticket, and seniors pay $5. Children still go free on Friday, but Saturday-Sunday, it’s $5 for ages 6-12.
The last day of the month is when volunteers from the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation host the Downtown Chico Public Art Tour, an hour-long walk examining public sculptures, paintings, and more in the area.
It kicks off at 10am, before the heat really sets in, and it makes a perfect post-breakfast (or pre-brunch) activity if you’re heading downtown to eat anyway. It starts at “Our Hands” near the city municipal building. If you ever were interested to know the stories or origins of downtown’s enduring public art, this is a fantastic way to start, and you might even make some new friends!
From June through September on the last Saturday of the month, join dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers from the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation on an educational and informative tour that explo…Read more
The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, under the direction and ownership of the Chico State Research Foundation, contains almost 4,000 acres of canyon and ridge habitats for native species of flora and fauna over 4 ½ miles of Big Chico Creek.
To visit the reserve is an exercise in wonderment: Because of the fragile nature of the ecosystems being protected here, few recreational activities outside of nature hikes are allowed. But you’ll certainly be grateful you brought a camera, whether it’s to capture the natural scenic beauty or to document a rare and special sighting of local wildlife.
It’s a bit of real wilderness right here in the area, and in some ways it’s foreboding: Here in this natural setting, you truly are a visitor, and it creates an immense sense of appreciation for the natural world around us.
Heading up Highway 32 in the summertime can yield opportunities for fishing, hiking and camping without the heat that comes so naturally in the valley. Just outside of Forest Ranch up the Deer Creek Highway, the creek itself offers a multitude of shaded fishing and swimming spots. Overlooking the canyon, the ecological reserve and, closer to Chico, Upper Bidwell Park, the drive itself is a breathtaking one.
With a stop in Butte Meadows, it’s almost a rite of passage to visit the Bambi Inn. It’s pretty much always open, whether for overnight visitors, hungry passers-through, or locals looking for a place to tie one on.
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly way to spend a leisurely afternoon or if you’ve got exploration in mind, you’ve got plenty of creative options this month.
Classic car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 41st annual Concours d’Elegance, the county’s premier car show. Held at lush and scenic Butte Creek Country Club this year, the event dates back to 1979, when Chico Concours started the annual endeavor of showcasing beautiful classic automobiles. With growing community support each year—and now the introduction of classic motorcycles—the Concours d’Elegance is one of those events that started with niche appeal and has grown into a full-fledged tradition.
The event takes place August 24. Last year’s Concours d’Elegance featured winners in 24 different classes, plus nine special award winners among classic muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and more.