A Picnic For All Ages

Apr 22, 2024 | Out and About

The 110th Picnic Day brought out the crowds on Saturday for more than 200 events, including DIY activities, performances, animal demonstrations, research exhibitions, giveaways, food service and more. Believed to be the largest student-run event in the nation, this year’s Picnic Day celebrated the theme “Picnic Palooza,” and a gorgeous California day made everything even brighter.

Photography by Gregory Urquiaga


Parade Fun

After the opening ceremony, the parade kicked off on campus before meandering through downtown Davis. This year’s parade marshal was Sheri Atkinson, associate vice chancellor for student life, campus community and retention services in Student Affairs.

Maze Matters

A perennial Picnic Day favorite: Visitors navigated their way through a maze made entirely of laser beams inside Kemper Hall.

Off to the Races

The Doxie Derby always provides a little cuteness with the tiny dogs running across the Pavilion floor to cheering audiences.

Egghead Art

At the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, visitors made their own mini interpretations of campus Egghead sculptures. In celebration of the public art installations, licensed Egghead merchandise was also available for sale.

Giveaways Galore

The day wouldn’t be complete without a nod to our agricultural prowess: Visitors enjoyed plenty of giveaways, including tomato plants, strawberry plants and dried corn that could be shelled for popcorn.