6 October Events in Butte County
Did you know that fall is most Americans’ favorite season? When you consider the reprieve in weather, the changing of the colors in the foliage, and the abundance of festive holidays approaching, it’s easy to understand why.
But in Butte County, there is a particularly agricultural twist that adds to the overall feel of autumn in the area, and it really makes its presence felt in October with a slew of events, all building up a decidedly “fall harvest” vibe.
Chico Art & Wine Walk
A selection of Downtown Chico businesses participate in this month-long Chico Art & Wine Walk that kicks off Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 from 5-8pm, and features live music and a display of local artists’ works, including paintings, ceramics, and sculptures—and it’s all paired with complimentary tastings from area wineries and breweries.
Johnny Appleseed Days
A major Paradise pride point is its two-day fall festival now known as the oldest harvest in the state, one that dates back to 1888. All things apple are on display in celebration at Johnny Appleseed Days, which popularly feature apple pie and ice cream as well as DIY apple pie kits, a children’s area with face painting and games, nonstop entertainment over the course of the festival, and even an appearance from Johnny Appleseed, who shares some stories with young visitors.
In 2021, the festival runs Saturday 10/2 and Sunday 10/3.
Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale
A kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Downtown Chico gets things going with the Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale on October 9, 2021, with merchants showcasing their businesses and goods with specials and sales all weekend. Participating downtown restaurants will offer fall-themed menu items and signature dishes, and Downtown Chico will adopt a distinctly fall vibe as storefronts and the town decorate appropriately with hay bales, scarecrows and pumpkins.
Sierra Oro Farm Trail
The annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail is back in 2021 and bigger than ever! Rather than a one-weekend event, you can know visit the participating farms and wineries across the whole month of October. Foodies and beverage enthusiasts will be right at home in this hugely popular local ode to the agricultural gifts Butte County gifts each harvest. Whether it’s a self-guided tour of a local trail, a chance to meet local farmers or winemakers, or an opportunity to visit the area’s specialty farms, passport holders will have special access on the Farm Trail.
Wholesome Halloween? Sold! Designed to be a safe adventure for children 12 and under, the setup for Treat Street couldn’t be simpler: Supervised children in costumes cruise Downtown Chico going door to door trick-or-treating, and businesses hand out treats for Halloween!
A ton of activities and entertainment are on hand, plus local police and fire pros offering safety tips for trick-or-treaters who will be continuing their night into other neighborhoods. Local Rotarians also will be present to help guests cross downtown streets safely.
Whether you are looking for a family-friendly way to appreciate the fall harvest and Halloween or seeking a getaway to take in the local agricultural scene, Butte County has plenty of activities to fill your October calendar.
Chico Concours d’Elegance
Classic car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 42nd 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 Sunday, October 10. In 2019, the Concours d’Elegance featured winners in 24 different classes, plus nine special award winners among classic muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and more.