UC Davis Picnic Day [April 2023]

by | Apr 11, 2022 | Community

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Countdown to Picnic Day 2023








UC Davis Picnic Day to Return for 2023

In information found on the UC Davis Picnic Day website, website, the UC Davis Picnic day will be back again on April 15, 2023.

The 2022 UC Davis Picnic Day was a huge success even though we were emerging from the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. With in-person events for the previous two years having been cancelled, the 2022 Picnic Day celebration was a breath of fresh air. A wonderful in-person event.

The COVID-19 restrictions caused the 106th and 107th Picnic Days to be celebrated virtually. No on-campus events. No parade.

Picnic Day 2020 photo gallery: Shadows of Picnic Day

Plans are under way for the 109th UC Davis Picnic Day celebration. Details for that event are forthcoming. Will keep you posted about all parade-day information as it surfaces.

Picnic Day Central

Visit the official UC Davis Picnic Day website

Picnic Day Theme

We do know for sure that there will be a theme for the 2023 UC Davis Picnic Day. Just not sure what it is just yet.

Past Themes

With each new Picnic Day comes a new theme. If you are interested in reviewing the themes of yesteryear, have a look at: https://picnicday.ucdavis.edu/picnic-day-theme/

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Picnic Day Schedule of Events

On the Official UC Davis Picnic Day website, you will be able to see what is in store for visitors to the UC Davis campus. A full line-up of in-person events are to be scheduled for the 2023 UC Davis Picnic Day.

The traditional favorites should definitely back!

  • Parade
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Doxie Races
  • Chemistry Magic Show
  • Fashion Show
  • Food on the Quad
  • Live Entertainment


Photography from previous Picnic Days

Parade Map

The UC Davis Picnic Day Parade is the biggest highlight of the day. The parade starts on campus, travels around the UC Davis Quad, and then winds its way through Downtown Davis. There are plenty of spots from which to watch the parade.

Here is a  map of the Picnic Day Parade Route for 2022 (based upon the 2022 printed map)  along with some choice locations to watch the parade and to grab a bite to eat. The parade route has not changed in years, so this should be good to go for 2023

If you would like to see the original map, you can download the PDF.

For the best views and some professional announcing, check out these locations along the parade route:

  1. Grandstands on North Quad Ave. across from Wickson Hall
  2. 2nd and D St. in front of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate Inc.
  3. F St. in front of PDQ Fingerprinting
  4. 3rd and D St. near the Newsbeat

City of Davis Safety Enhancement Zone

As with any event, they come with their fair share of problems. The City of Davis and UC Davis are no strangers when it comes to “over celebration” on Picnic Day.

As a result, the City of Davis implements a Safety Enhancement Zone from 6:00 pm the evening prior to and through 6:00 am the morning after Picnic Day. So, from Friday evening to Sunday morning, think of safe ways to celebrate the rich history of UC Davis.

A list of ideas on how to safely celebrate UC Davis Picnic Day along with a list of enhanced fines can be found at:


Enhancement Zone Map

Here is a map of the Safety Enhancement Zone from 2022.  It is highly likely it will be very similar for 2023.

Note: This map is for illustrative purposes only and varies from the actual Enhancement Zone Map. You can find more information about the Safety Enhancement Zone and the original map at:


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