Picnic Day 2018: College Events

Chemistry Magic Show at UC Davis Picnic Day
Chemistry Magic Show at UC Davis Picnic Day

College of Letters and Science at Picnic Day 2018

Come celebrate with us 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, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

All events and parking are 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. Search the full schedule of events and download the Picnic Day app to stay on top of all things Picnic Day

L&S 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.


Outside Young Hall, South Side Patio Steps
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

CalTeach/Math and Science Teaching Program

Mathematical Sciences Building Courtyard
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Build your own kaleidoscope, and participate in other fun STEM activities, with the CalTeach/Math & Science Teaching Program!

Adventures in Math and Stats

Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 1147 and Courtyard
9 a.m – 3 p.m.

Explore the fascinating worlds of Mathematics and Statistics! Play fun games to learn how math and stats exist in everyday life!

College of Letters & Science Informational Table

Rock Hall Lawn
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Play a game to win a prize or just catch up on all the latest news from the College of Letters & Science!

Yazzie-Animal Family at the Gorman Museum
"Animal Family" at the Gorman Museum.

“Contemporary Prints: A Selection of Recent Gifts to the Museum Collections” 

C.N. Gorman Museum, Hart Hall
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This exhibition features an array of recently acquired works on paper and fabric donated by individual artists and collectors. 

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory

Memorial Union Tables 14 and 15
10 a.m. – 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 UC Davis Marine and Coastal Science major, UC Davis marine science courses, and research at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Kid friendly and an all-day event!

Earth and Planetary Sciences Exhibit

Earth & Physical Sciences Building, Room 1348
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We are out of this world! Come for the dino hat, stay for the science! Exhibits and demonstrations.

Chemistry Show

Rock Hall
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Behold the power of chemistry! Chemists will produce explosions, color changes, precipitations, and evaporations by breaking and making chemical bonds.

Lord of the Strings

Roessler Hall, Room 66
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gammadalf and the half-grads travel on an epic physics quest to defeat the Imaginary i of Tauron! Physics demonstrations galore! Hosted by Physics Club, for all ages.

Physics is Fun!

Roessler Hall, Room 168
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Aspire gown, shown at the 2017 Picnic Day Fashion Show
Aspire gown, shown at the 2017 Picnic Day Fashion Show.

“Impression/Expression” Fashion Show

Activities and Recreational Center (ARC) Ballroom
Two shows, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets required

The student-run Fashion and Design Society’s annual runway show is one of the day’s hottest tickets. This year’s show features 19 original student-designed and executed collections that boldly move fashion into new realms. 

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra 

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
Noon to 1 p.m.

This year’s brief program includes works by Beethoven, Elgar and Mahler. 

“It’s Bugged: Insects’ Role in Design”

Dragon Robe, on display in the Design Museum's "It's Bugged" show
Dragon Robe, on display in the Design Museum's "It's Bugged" show.

UC Davis Design Museum, Cruess Hall
Noon to 4 p.m.

The creative relationship between people and insects is explored in this popular and vibrant art and design installation. Ideal for all ages.

Physics Public Lectures

Roessler Hall, Room 55
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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