A whole day for picnicking? Well sort of if you’re used to picnics with cow milking, cockroach races and of course intoxicated students. Most universities have that one crown-jewel event that draws a whole lot of people to their campus (UCSD=Sun God, UCSB=Halloween, Cal Poly Slo=Slotopia, University of Phoenix=?) but unlike others, Picnic Day appeals to more than the intoxicated crowd.
Since its inception in 1909, Picnic day is the largest student-run event in the nation with the goal of showcasing the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service, and campus life. There’s just something about seeing a wiener dog race that lets you know great achievements have been made. With great events, exhibits, food and people, there is so much to do but so little time. As former students and attendees to numerous picnic days, City Bicycle Co. is ready to help you with the top 10 things to do at Picnic Day.
See cockroaches in another perspective besides smashed under your shoe. Make wagers with your friends as these bugs compete for glory and recognition. Did we mention that they are AMERICAN cockroaches…damn straight.
What are the kids wearing these days? See the talents of student made collections and designs showcased on the big runway.
All great celebrations need a parade, that’s just a fact. See what Davis has to offer as clubs, departments, fraternities/sororities and organizations from all over Davis strut their stuff. It’s kind of like Carnival but with more clothes and less dancing (unless you choose otherwise).
Davis Dance Revolution
Watch crews serve it up at the biggest dance competition of the year. This event is not free so get your tickets Student Presale- $14 General Presale- $16 Children- $8 Student at the Door- $16 General at the Door- $21
Plant Pathology Picnic Day Display and Give Away
Did you know that UC Davis has a world famous strawberry breeding program and helped make California the world’s largest strawberry producer accounting for more than 80% of the strawberries produced in North America? Well you do now. Go learn about all sorts of plants as well as getting a free one! They are giving out the hottest strawberries plants in the streets (ground) all for FREE!
Liquid nitrogen Ice Cream
Freshly made FREE ice cream!! Did we mention it’s FREE!
Cow/Goat Hand Milking
Anyone who has been near the dorms at Davis can attest to the occasional crappy smell. Luckily, it’s not the freshmen and just the cows on campus. As a well-known agriculture school it’s just fitting to learn to milk an animal. So lube up those hands, grab those utters and squeeze out that sweet cream.
Battle of the marching bands
UC Davis Type One Bike