L&S at Picnic Day 2019

gown made by 2018 design major show at Fashion Show

Picnic Day April 13, 2019

This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC

Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, Student Organization Fair, Children’s Discovery Fair, Parade and much more. Parking is free.

Picnic Day is one of UC Davis’ most revered traditions and serves as the university’s annual Open House for prospective and current students, families, alumni, staff, faculty, and the greater Davis and regional communities. 

College of Letters and Science Picnic Day Events

The College hosts its own exciting events, presentations and exhibitions on Picnic Day, including the wildly popular Chemistry Show, the annual Fashion Show, free performances by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and hands-on activities in geology, physics, math and stats.

College of Letters and Science Informational Table

Rock Hall
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come meet students and staff, learn more about the College and all of the ways you can support our programs, students and faculty during Give Day.

Adventures in Math and Stats

Mathematical Sciences Building Courtyard 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more about the fascinating worlds of Mathematics and Statistics! Play fun games to learn how math and stats play a part in your everyday life!

UC Davis CalTeach Mathematics and Science Teaching Program

Mathematical Sciences Building
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Build your own kaleidoscope, create cubic bubbles, solve a math problem to open our treasure chest, and participate in other fun STEM activities with CalTeach/MAST

Open House: Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success

Memorial Union
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success in collaboration with the Chicanx/Latinx Alunmi Association and the Latinx Staff and Faculty Association invite you to join us for a meet and greet.


Young Hall
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Become an anthropologist for a day! Explore human and animal biology, diverse cultures, ancient technologies, and language through hands-on activities!

C.N. Gorman Museum of Native American Art

Hart Hall
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by and see the solo exhibition "Comings & Goings: Works on Paper by Rick Bartow"

KDVS 90.3 FM Open House

Freeborn Hall
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come visit the station of 90.3 KDVS and take a tour of UC Davis' radio station and see one of the largest public music collections in the country. Tours will be held every 15 minutes.

Avengers: Infinity Wire

Roessler Hall
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you excited for Avengers: Endgame? Did you want a refresher on the first film? Come join the Physics Club as Tony Quark and his young pupil Peter Plancker stop Thorium Americium Osmium (ThAmOs) from collecting the fundamental particles and altering reality. Come see our show, Avengers: Infinity Wire!

Chemistry Show

Rock Hall and Chemistry Courtyard
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Magic Show start times: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

The chemistry show features spectacular demonstrations that reveal the amazing chemical reactions involved in everyday life. Weather permitting, hands-on exhibits will also be available in the Chemistry Courtyard. Come experiment with us! Fun for all ages!

Physics is Fun!

Roessler Hall
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hands-on demonstrations reveal the fun side of physics while exploring the forces that shape our world.

UC Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory

Memorial Union
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested in marine life? Then come check out our Touch Tank with marine invertebrates and algaes and use microscopes to take a closer look! You can also learn about the new UCD Marine and Coastal Science Major, UC Davis marine science courses, and research at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Kid friendly and an all day event!

Musics of the World Expedition

Pitzer Center
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Play or see instruments and music from around the world, and hear experts in their fields talk about them. Facility tours available.

Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis

Earth and Planetary Sciences Building
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Earth and Planetary Sciences are out of this world! Come for the dinosaur hat; stay for the science! Exhibits and demonstrations for all ages!

Library Open House & Children's Storytime

Peter J. Shields Library
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Adventure awaits at Shields Library! Join Storytime in Shields Courtyard (ages 2-5) at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and  1:15 p.m. with English Professor Frances Dolan. Visit exhibits on Harry Potter, Whole Earth Festival, and the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Try our scavenger hunt, then slow down with our train-themed coloring sheet. Pick up a free cookie or book jacket while they last!

Seams Unreal 2019 Picnic Day Fashion Show

ARC Ballroom
Shows start at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Tickets required. Visit the Arts website for more information.

What better way to kick off Picnic Day than to attend the once-a-year Picnic Day Fashion Show? All collections and single garments are made by UC Davis students!

UC Davis Big Ideas Exhibit

Outside Peter J. Shields Library
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UC Davis Big Ideas are forward-thinking, interdisciplinary programs and projects that will build upon the strengths of the university to positively impact the world for generations to come. Learn about how UC Davis is working to solve the world's most pressing problems, play games and earn prizes!

UC Davis Design Museum

Cruess Hall
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

See the exhibition “Weaving & Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership.”

Physics Public Lectures

Roessler Hall
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

UC Davis faculty share their insights into the Universe we live in, from the cosmos to the microscopic quantum world.