8 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.
Watch the Seasons Change
With a rich abundance of tree varieties in the area (especially in Chico, “the City of Trees”), Butte County is spoiled for some breathtaking views as foliage starts to turn colors. While the area starts to see some colors turning in late September, when the oaks and sycamores begin to turn, the explosion of yellows, oranges and deep reds really takes off in October; a drive down the Esplanade in Chico is probably the most well-known local scene for tree-gazing.
Orchard country, however, is also beautiful in the fall. In Durham, the bursting pinks and greens of spring that preceded harvest season will soon give way to a brief but gorgeous yellow-and-orange rush of lined trees. Whether you’re cruising the back roads of Butte County or decide to take your bike out for a ride specifically to catch these views, you might consider bringing a camera along.
Sierra Oro Farm Trail
For the whole month, explore dozens of wineries, farms, and other local growers during the annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail. 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.
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.
Celebrate in 2022 on Saturday Oct. 1 and Sunday Oct. 2.
Chico Art & Wine Walk
A selection of Downtown Chico businesses participate in this month-long Chico Art & Wine Walk that kicks off Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 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.
Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale
A kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Downtown Chico gets things going with the Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale on October 8, 2022, 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.
AutumnFest at Patrick Ranch
The Patrick Ranch Museum is one of Durham’s most- and best-used agricultural event centers, and it will host AutumnFest three weekends October, starting this weekend with the opening of its pumpkin patch—but that’s far from the end of it.
Hay rides, pony cart rides, Glenwood Farm House Tours and, of course, pumpkin patch activities are tailor-made for the whole family, with other special children’s activities and interactive learning opportunities at the ranch. Local gifts are available in the gift shop, and the Midway Cafe will provide refreshments for those looking to make an extended day of their visits.
Chico Concours d’Elegance
Classic car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 43nd 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 Saturday, 10/22.
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.