Downtown Oroville: The Ultimate Guide
Nestled next to the Feather River, Downtown Oroville features dozens of shops and restaurants to explore. Stretching from Table Mountain Boulevard to Pine Street, the heart of Downtown Oroville is the 10-blocks within the boundaries of Montgomery, Oliver, High, and Lincoln streets. Here, the streets are filled with small business owners, artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, chefs, and more, who are all passionate about the fun to be had in Downtown Oroville.
There’s plenty to explore, so learn more about the different micro-regions and offerings in Downtown Oroville. And for more information about everything happening in Downtown Oroville, check out the Downtown Oroville Business Association.
Montgomery & Myers
Running from Highway 70 to the Feather River, Montgomery Street is the main thoroughfare through Downtown Oroville—and also the one where you’ll find the most activity, along with its sister street, Myers. At any time of year, the intersection at Montgomery and Myers is the unofficial starting point for Downtown Oroville adventures, with coffee, dining, and shopping just a crosswalk away from the primary parking lot. These two streets are also home to many of the most popular spots in Downtown (we’ll get to those later).
When it comes to events, Montgomery is the route for the annual Feather Fiesta Days Parade, while Myers hosts the Show N’ Shine Car Show during the annual Salmon Festival. And every December, the Oroville Parade of Lights ends its route by marching through Myers and Montgomery.
If you’re more interested in scenic walks than retail shops, you’ll find that just a block away from Montgomery along the Feather River. On Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive, you can take in the views at Centennial Plaza. From there, you can stroll along the Feather River Trail, which you can follow for photos in front of the iconic green Table Mountain Bridge or even cross the bridge to visit the Feather River Fish Hatchery. If you prefer, stay on the south side of the river and cross Table Mountain Blvd to head to the Bath House Museum & Feather River Nature Center, where you can get a different view of the bridge or explore the expansive Brad Freeman Trail.
There is, of course, plenty more to do along the Feather River, which you can explore beyond the Downtown district.
Arts, Culture & History
Downtown Oroville is also full of unique arts, culture, and history experiences. Just south of Centennial Plaza, on Broderick Street, you’ll find Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum and the Oroville Chinese Temple, two of the six museums in Downtown Oroville. You can explore them all, along with other cultural centers in the city, by following the Greenline Tour.
On Montgomery, Brushstrokes Art Studio and Gallery is great for browsing locally made art, or even taking a class to create your own. Just up the block on Myers, the historic Oroville State Theatre showcases live performances and classic film showings—and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch an event where their Wurlitzer Organ is being played! For more intimate shows, head to the Birdcage Theatre for live theatrical performances.
Miners Alley is an up-and-coming cultural hotspot. A long-standing historic resource, due to its location behind a number of Downtown’s historic Gold Rush-era buildings, Miners Alley is currently being revitalized into a unique event space stretching from Huntoon to Downer. When it’s complete, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, performance art, art shows, history talks, and other revolving entertainment. For now, you can snap a few selfies in front of the iconic Miners Alley archways on Myers Street.
No day out is complete without food, and Downtown Oroville has plenty of options.
Those needing caffeine to start their day should check out Mug Shots Coffee House or JC Java. For lunch or dinner, Union serves up not only great food but also live music every weekend, and you can enjoy both on its spacious patio.
Asian-inspired options abound, with Nori Downtown, Pho Noodle House, and the longtime favorite Tong Fong Low all within a few blocks of each other. The Italian Kitchen, and The Boss Burger are also popular.
There’s no shortage of retail options in Downtown Oroville. For cute clothes, check out Red Fly Clothing, Nelson’s Footwear, or, for the tiniest members of your family, TinyHinies. You can also find stylish options at Gallery Interiors, which sells chic home décor. For antiques or refurbished home décor options, Well Worn and Treasures from the Past are full of great pieces.
If you’re looking for uniquely Oroville gifts, the nationally known Mary Lake-Thompson has an outlet store where you can find her whimsical designs at a great price. For handmade gifts, Bird Street Vendors features items from nearly two dozen local makers in one convenient location.
We could go on, but why not explore the streets of Downtown Oroville and discover the other gems for yourself?
Of course, as the heart of the city, Downtown Oroville is home to many events throughout the year.
In addition to the aforementioned annual Feather Fiesta Days, Salmon Festival, and Parade of Lights, and other seasonal events, Downtown Oroville is home to monthly events that celebrate the local shopping and history.
Downtown Oroville’s First Friday is a monthly event in which select shops keep their doors open late and invite you to enjoy an evening of shopping and festivities, with a different theme each month.
The following day, you can step back in time and discover Oroville’s rich (and sometimes racy) history on the first Saturday of every month during the Downtown Oroville Historic Walking Tour. The free tour has multiple tour times on that Saturday, and the topic changes monthly to cover different aspects of the city, making it a great way to discover more about Oroville.