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Near Lassen

Volcanic National Park &

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Includes events & festivals in Lake Almanor, Chester, and Mill Creek, Quincy, Susanville and Red Bluff, California



Lassen Photo Contest Winner

2012 Photo Winner taken by I-Ting Chiang

Enter your favorite photos of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the winning photo will be on the 2017 Lassen Annual Pass. Photographs may be submitted beginning May 1 and ends early Sept. 2016. For more information, please contact 530-595-4444, ext. 5148



Dates of Free Entrance to Lassen Park – January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day  4th Annual Winter Film Festival

 – April 16-24: National Park Week   

– August 9th:  Lassen Park’s 100th Birthday

– August 25-28th: National Park Service’s Birthday Weekend

 – September 24: National Public Lands Day

 – November 11: Veterans Day

For Kids! Junior Ranger Program

Check out the special programs for kids in the park. Join one or more of the ranger-led Junior Ranger programs. Special programs run during the summer months. To get started complete the Junior Ranger Activity Book and Field Journal then turn it into a park ranger in person at Lassen National Volcanic Park.

Events & Festivals of interest near Lassen Volcanic National Park are listed in chronically.

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks

Winter Events at Lassen Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks at Lassen Park

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks at Lassen Park

Saturdays and Sundays Jan. 2- April 3rd, 2016

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lassen Park website for details.  Space is limited to 40 guests.  Lassen Park provides snowshoes with a 1.00 donation.  Tickets must be obtained at visitor center day of event.

Chester Winterfest Sled Dog Races

Dates:  Feb. 6th and 7th, 2016

Winter Event Chester Dog Sledding

Hours:  9 am – 3 pm

 Join sled dog mushers  from all over the western states competing in the Chester Winterfest Dog Sled Races.  The race is organized by the Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers.  Purse 1,400.

Races start behind the Cedar Lodge near the Junction of Hwy 36 and Hwy 89, 3 miles west of Chester.

The starting line is a great place to view dogs and meet racers.

More information at

 Groundhog Fever Festival

Date:  Sat. Feb. 6th

Winter Festival Quincy, Ca









Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club Poker Run

Date:  Saturday February 13, 2016

Winter Snowmobile Event- Poker Run

Location:  Chester/Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park.

Cost:  25.00 for poker hand and lunch

Hours:  9 am – 3 pm

Contact person:  Tom Gaither at 530-375-7781


 6th Annual Chilly Chili Cook-off

Date:  Saturday February 13, 2016th

Winter Festival, Chester Ca Chili cook-off

Hours:  1 pm- 4 pm.

Plumas Bank parking lot on Main Street in Chester, Ca.

Tasting kits 8.00.  Or bring a team and entry your best Chili.  Entry fee 30.00.  Registration accepted until Feb. 11th.  More information on Chili Cook-off.

Winter Snow Fest & Long Board Races

Feb. 21st and March 20th, 2016   Johnsville Skill Hill

Schedule of Events

Winter Festival

Winter Snow Fest and Long Board Races










95th Annual Red Bluff Round-Up

Dates: April 15th – 17th, 2016

Red Bluff Event Red-bluff-roundup-lassen


Once again, the Annual Red Bluff Round-Up is more than just a rodeo! You will find a whole host of activities throughout “Tehama County”, sponsored by several area organizations and coordinated by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. Round-up festivities are kicked off with the Chili Cook-off, live entertainment, pony rides, a kiddie parade, a car show and rodeo events. For tickets and more information, call 530-527-1000.



Geology 101:  From Soda Rock to Melones Fault

Date:  May sierra-geology-soda-rock-to-grizzly-dome

Explore the geologic evolution of the Northern Sierra Nevada over the past 300-million years with Feather River College’s Dr. Derek Lerch. Our tour begins in Taylorsville and will lead us down the North Fork of the Feather River, where the river’s erosive properties have created world-class exposure of the region’s foundational bedrock. With various stops along the way Dr. Lerch will give us the geologic history of this area.

9:00 am Meet at the Sierra Institute office in Taylorsville, California – 4438 Main Street.  Morning Refreshments and Introductions. To register for this tour, call us at 530.284.1022 or contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta directly via email with any of your questions:  


19th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair

16th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair Festival May 28th & 29th, 2016

Collins Pine Park in Chester We have only handmade items, from yard art, log furniture, clothing, pottery, rugs, jewelry and much more. We have local non-profit organizations that are our food vendors and other clubs have displays. (There are also food vendors and non-profit displays.) The event is a great way to kick-off the summer season. Rain or shine we will be there!! This event is free to the public and if you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Cheri McIntire 258-2516.


19th Annual Spring Century Bike Ride

Annual Spring Century Bike Ride Event Event Held: Sat.  May 28, 2016

The ride travels through the Indian Valley to Genesee and around Antelope Lake, and back to Greenville. Cost $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children with pre-registration. The price goes up after May 1st. The ride has two different ride levels, the longest being 100 miles. This all day event includes patch and a great catered lunch. Call Lillian at 530-284-6633 or go to for more information.








Birding Tour, Olsen Barn Nature Preserve

May 29th, 2016

7:30 am -10:30 am

Birding Event and History Event

Olsen Barn by Jan Davies

Ryan Burnett  will again be leading a tour of  Olsen Property on the eastern edge of Chester (learn more about the Olsen Barn and Meadow). Explore the last vestige of Big Meadows in search of yellow warblers, willow flycatchers, osprey, bald eagles, barn owls and other raptors.

Make sure to bring water, snacks and dress in layers for these outdoor events. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear good walking shoes too. For more info call 283-5758.  We look forward to seeing you out on the land!

Stay to learn the history of this property and barn from local historian Marilyn Quadrio at 1 pm.

Marilyn is an expert on our region’s past and is the author of Big Meadows and Lake Almanor as well as the Director of the Chester Museum.


Stairway of Power


BELDEN_POWERHOUSEFollow the Stairway of Power from Lake Almanor to Caribou Powerhouse. Discuss impacts of hydroelectric production on rural communities, recreation, ecosystems, and fisheries with PG&E and USFS personnel. Travel back through the Chips Fires burn ares for discussions on the affects of fire on riparian areas.




Domingo Springs & Wilson Lake Tour


Indian Valley Pioneer Days

June 11th

10 am – 4 pm

Pioneer Day Festival


Fun for the whole family.  Parade, Rib cook-off, Old west shoot out.  Open house for the Hardgrave Stage at the old Creamery Building 10 am – 4 pm.

34th Annual Mile High Century Bike Ride

Mile High Century Bike Ride










Date: June 18th, 2016

The start and finish location for all rides is at Chester Park on the Feather River. The Mile High 100 Bike Ride has 3 different routes to choose from. Century Ride 108 miles. Metric Century 56 miles and Half Metric Century Ride 33 miles.






 Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds

Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds   Dates: June 24th – 26th, 2016


Four days of Bluegrass for only $40 for adults and children under 12 free with advanced ticket purchase. Evening only tickets $10. Jamming Class will be offered again by Rick Sparks. No jamming experience needed to join in.   Kati Penn will be leading the Bluegrass Music Camp. For all the Quilters out there; a special air-conditioned room with stage music piped in. You can work on you quilting projects all week and not miss the music. Room will be locked at night to keep your projects safe. For details, performances schedule, and music camp Susanville Bluegrass Festival website.  Pets are welcome.



A Few Brews and a Banjo

Date:  June 25th, 2016

Hours: 2pm- 6pm

530-259-3757 banjos & Beer

An afternoon of great fun sampling micro brewed beers and listening to music along the Feather River. The music and family fun are free! Beer sampling is $25.00 per person. All proceeds support the Chester High School music and drama programs.   Expected Brewers include:  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Great Basin Brewing, Lassen Ale Works, Anchor Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Firehouse, Anderson Valley, Lagunitas and Bear Republic. Featuring Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin. Check for music line-up.

July 4th Events

Silver Buckle Rodeo: Taylorsville Rodeo Grounds Tickets: 530-284-6237 4th of July Parade on Main Street Chester, starts 11:00 am 530-258-2426 4th of July Fun Run, starts 8:30 am.  3.25 miles.  Registration 4th of July Craft Fair in Chester Park 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, can be seen at various spots around Lake Almanor. Starts 9:00 pm 5th of July Old Towne Beer Stroll

26th High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy

High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy July 2nd- 5th, 2016

Four-day festival with multiple stages, late night music, on-site camping, great food and drink. For more information 510-595-1115 or




Lassen County Fair – Susanville

Lassen County Fair Susanville

Dates:  July 20th – 24th, 2016

Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville Susanville, CA 96130 530-251-8900 lcfair@co.lassen.caus From 1 to 100 there is something for all ages at the Lassen County Fair. Friday night features country western concert, Saturday night races, and the junior livestock sale is on Sunday. There are also rides, food vendors, games and activities throughout the week. Be sure to join us for the Lassen County Fair parade on the 20th beginning at 10 am, where local businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals will strut their stuff down Main Street. For more information and show times:

53rd Annual Gold Digger Days Greenville

51st Annual Gold Digger Days Greenville July 16th and 17th A celebration of gold mining heritage featuring a parade, arts & crafts, street dance, horseshoe pitching, softball tournament, gold panning, firemen’s muster and more. Call 530-284-6633. Sat. 16th Gold Digger Days Masonic Breakfast: Greenville 7-10am 284-7875 Sat. 16th Gold Digger Day Celebration- Parade, Street Faire, Dance & MORE 284-6633 Sat. 16th Classic Hot Rod Show & Get Together Evergreen Market parking lot Sun. 17th Horseshoe Tournament  

Dark Sky Festival Lassen Volcanic National Park  

dark sky festivalDate:  August 12th – 14th

Lassen Volcanic National Park, 530-595-4480   Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park after dark at the third annual Dark Sky Festival. Lassen is one of the last sanctuaries of natural darkness. The event includes ranger-led programs, NASA demonstrations and talks, ranger-led hikes, and special junior ranger astronomy programs. All events are free and open to all ages.  Schedule of Events


Almanor Art Show – Chester

Aug. 6th and 7th, 2016

Collins Pine Lawn 500 Main Street Chester, CA 96020 530-283-3402 43rd Anniversary Almanor Art show – Beautiful things in a beautiful place. One of Northern California’s oldest and most respected exhibitions of fine Arts & Crafts. Live music both days, lots of shade, food and cold drinks. There will be 100 juried vendors at this art show.   The Maidu of Indian and Genesee Valleys with Beverly Ogle Date:  August The Maidu long inhabited Indian and Genesee valleys, leaving behind a rich history of their lives and the transformations once the Euro-American settlers moved in the valleys. Beverly Ogle, Maidu historian and author (Whispers of the Maidu) takes us on a journey through the valleys telling stories, relating histories, and showing sacred sites.  Registration information

Plumas-Sierra County Fair – Quincy

Spike McGuire - Comedy that Rocks - Plumas-Sierra County Fair - Quincy

Aug. 10th – 14th, 2016

530-283-6272 One of the state’s oldest county fairs, this four-day family event features 4-H and FFA exhibits, a midway, bull riding, auto races, musical entertainment, kids area, wine tasting, commercial booths, food and drink.


Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K

running with the bears Date: August 20th, 2016

Featured in “Competitor” and “Marathon and Beyond” Magazines   Located right here in Plumas County, Running with the Bears is America’s smallest Boston Qualifier! For those not ready for the full 26.2, we also offer a half marathon and a 10K. Come race with your dog, your earphones, and an after-party that can’t be beat! Slow? No biggie, we don’t have a time limit. This is Plumas County- we don’t race by the same rules! 100% of Running with the Bears proceeds support children and youth in foster care served by your local Mountain Circle office. Participants can sign up to raise even more as a Charity Runner, or register as usual. Either way, they are making a difference to the nearly 100 children and foster families we serve each day. This event is limited to 300 regular-division runners and 200 Charity Runner for a total of 500. We expect to sell out by March so register soon!  More details

 Grebe Festival Chester/Lake Almanor

Dates:  August 19 – 21st.

Grebe Festival

Join us for the Grebe Festival

New event hosted by the Plumas Audubon Society.  Grebe Festival information.

33rd Annual Portola Railroad Days

Portola Railroad Days

Date: Aug. 19th – 21 st, 2016

530-836-6811 Portola Railroad Days is a 4-day community event that includes: train rides, railroad hand car rides, a model train expo, street dance, food, music, vendors and more. Directions: From Reno or Susanville: Take Highway 395N to Hallelujah Junction and then take Highway 70 to Gulling St. and turn left at the stop light in Portola. From Quincy: Take Highway 70 to Portola and turn right at Gulling St. From Truckee: Take Highway 89 to Sierraville and take County Road A23 to Beckwourth and then turn left at Highway 70 and continue into Portola. Go to the stop light at Gulling St. and turn left at the stop light





 2nd Annual Courage Triathlon

Date:  August 27th, 2016

Starts 10:00 am


Courage Triathlon Event


Make plans to participate in this great fundraiser.

Compete as an individual or bring a team.

2.8 mile run

7.1 mile bike

4.1 mile kayak

This event is a fundraiser for  It helps provides homes for girls rescued from sex trafficking.  To Register


29th Annual Street Rod Extravaganza & Motorcycle Exhibition

Event: Annual Street Rod Extravaganza and Motorcycle Exhibition

Sept. 10th

192 Main Street, Chester, CA 800-350-4838, 530-258-2426, Annual Street Rod Extravaganza. Friday night kicks off with live music, food, farmers market (every second Friday 5-8pm), arts & crafts, and great small town fun! Saturday includes the car show on the Feather River at Chester Park, a Poker Run around Lake Almanor and a Poker Walk through the charming town of Chester. Something for everyone! Experience the premier Northern California poker run, poker walk, hot rod contest and cruise 35 miles around Lake Almanor, one of the top scenic drives in the US. Come experience a weekend out of the heat and join us at the beautiful Lake Almanor.

Old Towne Beer Stroll

Sept. 19th

5-7 pm

Stroll Chester’s Old Towne Shops while sampling some great specialty beers.  This is a fund raiser for restoration and maintenance of the Olsen Barn.  Tickets $20.00 on sale the day of the event both at St. Andrew’s Academy and the Bidwell House

Art & Wine Festival Lassen Park

Date:  September 17th

This Art and Wine festival grows each year.  Join us in celebrating 100 years of Lassen with local artists, wines and music.  As part of the celebration of Public Lands Days admission into Lassen Volcanic National Park is FREE.

The 24th Annual Manton Apple Festival

Date:  Oct 1st, 2016   9 am – 4 pm

It is amazing to think the Manton Apple Festival has been here for 23 years! The festival seems to grow every year. The festival starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. There will be vendors, kids events, and live music all day long.  Both admission and parking are free. Follow the signs to the Manton School.  Last year more than 180 pies where sold and over 100 booths.   While in Manton visit the wineries!

24th Annual Rails to Trails Festival- Susanville

Annual Rails to Trails Festival- Susanville

Date: Oct. 8th, 2016

530-257-3252 This three day outdoor event is fun for the whole family. Between the railroad handcar rides, chili cook-off and arts and crafts fair you won’t know where to start! There are even children’s activities, music and food vendors. With all the fun and excitement, don’t forget about the Friday night barbeque!




 Annual Bizz Johnson Marathon

Annual Bizz Johnson Marathon


Susanville 530-257-3252 The Bizz Johnson Marathon features a full Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5K. This scenic run is on packed dirt and fine gravel trail that’s easy on the knees. The remote area inaccessible by roads. Great marathon for first-timers and veterans alike. USAT&F certified Boston qualifier. Details available at:

Heritage Day Celebration – Burney

Heritage Day Celebration - Burney

On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, the park hosts Heritage Day, featuring demonstrations and recreations of activities and crafts common to people during the late 19th century. 530-335-2777 Free Relive the day-to-day experience of the Intermountain area in the 1880’s. Free admission to the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park to observe and participate in candle making, quilting, spinning & weaving, black smithing, apple pressing, and more.

Fall Art on the Land at the Heart K Ranch

Fall Play Day at the Heart K Ranch

Saturday Oct. 24

Fun filled day at the historic Heart K Ranch in beautiful Genesse Valley. Special hikes, games, music and food! During the day save time to enjoy Plumas’s County wonderful fall colors and watch for the Barn Quilts throughout the county.







 Big Bike Weekend

big bike Weekend Dates:  Oct.

Noon-10p, Sat 9a-10p, Sun 9a-2p 1900 Hilltop Drive (main venue the Holiday Inn Convention Center) Redding, CA 96002 530-276-5802 3-day registration $30, Free to spectators Registration includes three days of raffle runs to win hundreds of dollars of prizes. Door prizes valued at over $2,000. Merchandise vendors, dealer displays and food vendors. Located on Hilltop Drive in walking distance to many restaurants and special events being held during Big Bike Weekend. 300 registered riders can go on an hour long police escorted green light Remembrance Ride honoring those in public service. Saturday’s featured ride is the Veterans Honor Ride. Entertainment includes the Cal-Neva (Police Motor Competition), Strongman Competition and music. For detailed information visit

4th Annual Chester Old Towne Oktoberfest Date:  October  4-7 pm With a donation to St. Andrew’s Academy local scholarship fund, you will receive an Old Town Pub glass and a map to the games, food and festivities where you may: Play an Oktoberfest Game Sample Beer and Brauts Experience Old Town hospitality Hear Live Music View Classic Cars Check-in begins at 3 pm and is available at two locations: The Bidwell House Bed & Breakfast, 1 Main Street and St. Andrew’s Academy 198 Main Street .

Return of the Salmon Festival- Anderson

Return of the Salmon Festival- Anderson                     Date:  Saturday October

9am-4pm 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road Anderson, CA 96007 530-365-8622 Free Admission View salmon spawning operations, “salmon aquarium” natural resource information booths, child fingerprinting, recreational displays, sporting equipment, wildlife art, Shasta Blood Center blood drive, children’s activities, food by University Prep School, fish tagging, salmon bake. Free shuttle buses from Anderson Wal-Mart to Coleman Fish Hatchery. Checkout website for updates:

Mountain Harvest Festival

Mountain Harvest Festival Date:  Oct. 15th, 2016


Harvest fair is mostly about Fun, Culture and Community. This Mountain Harvest Festival is one of the major fund-raising efforts for the Plumas Arts. Plumas Arts provides art education at the local schools and supports local artists and performers, manages a gallery featuring the work of regional artists. Event admission is $7. Tasting Passes include event admission and a souvenir tasting glass for $35. Event is held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds 530-283-3402 for details.

34th Annual Western Open Fiddle Championships- Red Bluff

Dates:  Oct. 20th – 22nd, 2016

Tehama District Fairgrounds Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-527-6220 The festivities officially begin Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. with a free country dance held at the Tehama District Fairgrounds. Contests begin Friday morning and last until Saturday night with fiddlers from all age groups participating. Come join the fun!

Dawn Institute Apple Fest

Dawn Institute Apple Fest

When: the last Sunday in October, 12 noon until dusk Where: Dawn Gardens’ Community Center & Apple Orchard What do you get when you combine bluegrass music, autumn leaves, a toasty bonfire, picnics on the lawn and bushels of juicy apples? The annual Dawn Gardens Apple Fest, of course! Every year, the Dawn Gardens opens up their Community Center and heirloom apple orchard to the public for a free apple harvesting festival. The Apple Festival takes place on the last Sunday in October, and begins at noon with a potluck, music, apple harvesting and apple press instruction, and fun for all ages that will last until dusk. Participants are encouraged to bring picnic blankets/lawn chairs, and a potluck dish, as well as jars and bottles from home to contain your fresh squeezed apple juice! Several apple presses will be available on site, and some adventurous folks even bring their own apples, grapes, presses and musical instruments so that they can add to the fun. People come from as far away as Chico, the Bay Area and beyond to enjoy this popular family event. Additionally, kids will enjoy the squash decorating and other family style craft activities. It’s a full day of (free) family fun and frolic… and where can you find THAT these days? Come on out and join the fun! Directions: Dawn Gardens Community Center and Apple Orchard is near Indian Falls… located at 10101 Highway 89, about 2 mile north of the Greenville Hwy (2 miles past the junction of Highways 70 & 89, on the left or west side of Highway 89).

Christmas Tree Cutting Begins

Christmas Tree Permits are available in Lassen Forest beginning November 1st. Spend a family weekend in beautiful Lassen Forest cutting your own Christmas Tree. Christmas Tree permits are available at the Almanor Ranger Station 900 E. Hwy 36 Chester.