Top Events and Activities in May in Butte County
With a variety of events and attractions, Butte County is a great spot to explore in the month of May! From concerts to festivals, road trips to bike rides, Butte County has it all. So get ready to explore some of the top things to do in Butte County in May.
May is National Bike Month, and what better way to celebrate it than taking a bike ride in Butte County? The region has several bike-friendly trails and scenic routes that offer a unique way to explore the area. The Guardian Trail in Chico, Bidwell Canyon Trail in Oroville, and Midway Bike Path through Durham are just a few popular routes that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. So, rent a bike or bring your own, and hit the trails to experience the natural beauty of Butte County up close. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch and some sunscreen to make the most of your biking adventure.
Kick off the weekend with a free concert during Oroville's Spring Concerts in the Park starts May 5, 2023, and runs through June 2 at the scenic Riverbend Park. The family friendly event is perfect for enjoying local live music by talented bands. Shop local vendors from 4pm-8pm, with live music from 6pm-8pm.
As Oroville’s premier hometown celebration, Feather Fiesta Days has been a local favorite for generations. The annual double-weekend celebration features a parade, classic car show, local vendors, live music, and more across the city. Head to Downtown Oroville on May 6, 2023 for the jam-packed BIG day.
Calling all chocolate lovers! The Paradise Chocolate Fest returns May 13 with a day ‘choc’-ful fun and delicious activities, including a chocolate pie eating contest, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, and of course, chocolate tastings. Indulge in your favorite sweets while enjoying live music, kids activities, and other (savory) food vendors.
Always the third Saturday in May, Red Suspenders Day is a classic Gridley event that honors local firefighters and police. Since 1961, this family friendly event has featured a parade running through historic Downtown Gridley as well as local vendors, a classic car show, firemen’s games, and more.
Celebrate National Road Trip Day on May 26 with a road trip to (or through) Butte County! The region is home to some of California's most scenic drives, including the Feather River Scenic Byway, the Skyway through Paradise Ridge, and Highway 32, which all offer breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, and rivers. If you're looking for a more guided experience, check out our list of road trip itineraries! So pack your bags, fuel up your car, and hit the road!