The Chico Experience
With The Chico Experience Week, one can expect a wide variety of entertainment, good eats, and exceptional community-based events. This year, you can celebrate the Chico Experience, in addition to Queer Week, Greek Week, Suicide Prevention Week, and Family Weekend, all with a variety of fabulous and fun events in October…which is also Hispanic Heritage Month…which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month…which is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Phew! Say all that five times fast!). The schedule is jam-packed with more than 90 events on campus and in the community, so here is a preview of some of our top picks for the 10 days to come:
Chico State Arboretum Tour
10 a.m., meet at Colusa Hall (directions)
Chico State Sustainability Tour
11 a.m., meet at Colusa Hall (directions)
Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, located in the University Art Gallery in the new Arts and Humanities Building
Chico State Annual Faculty and Staff Art Show: September 26–November 3
Kendall Hall, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Chico Art Center Open Studios Art Tour Gallery Art Show: October 7–30
450 Orange Street, Ste. 6
530-895-8726 | Chico Art Center
Habitat Lab, 199 East 13th Street
Sponsored by Stonewall Alliance Center, Coming Out for Art is an art show that provides a creative outlet for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to fully express their feelings and attitudes surrounding sexuality and gender in a productive and positive way.
School Of the Arts Presents Into The Woods: ($) October 11–15, 7:30 p.m.; October 16, 2 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State
Hosted by Chico State School of the Arts, musical theater legends Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine adopt everyone’s favorite storybook characters and blend them into one incredible evening of theater. Into the Woods connects the dots between Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After and explores the question of what happens next.
All of Chico State’s art galleries are free and open to the public! Throughout the week, come check out the Janet Turner Print Museum for a curator’s talk (October 13, Zingg Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.), the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology for an exhibit on dragons, and the Jackie Headley University Art Gallery for an artist’s talk and reception (October 13, 6:30 p.m., ARTS Room 121).
Chico’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s: October 8
7th Annual Chico Out of Darkness Walk: October 15
Downtown Chico Plaza, 10 a.m.
Chico State Adventure Outings is also offering numerous outdoor excursions, including hiking and white-water rafting! For full schedule and to register, click here.
CSU, Chico Low Brass Choir: October 7
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Chico State, 7:30 p.m. (Free)
Formed in 1995 and composed of tubas, trombones, euphoniums, and French horns, CSU, Chico’s Low Brass Choir will present a concert full of highly enjoyable music from all genres!
Catalyst Domestic Violence Services’ “Love is…” Acoustic Showcase: October 25, 7–9 p.m.
Held in October every year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a month of events to raise awareness about intimate partner violence in our community.
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presents It Gets Better: October 14
Laxson Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Oro Passport Weekend: October 8–9
Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online sales closed October 1, but tickets can still be purchased in person at Butte County Tri Counties Bank locations or the Chico, Oroville, or Paradise Chambers of Commerce.
CSU, Chico Young Almuni Fall Mixer:($) October 7
A Chico State Alumni Association Event from 6:30–8 p.m., B Street Public House, 117 Broadway, $10
Kick off The Chico Experience Week with the Young Alumni Network at B Street Public House in downtown Chico. Delicious appetizers will be provided while you connect with other young alumni and build professional relationships in a relaxed environment.
Tickets (also available at event)
Chico Chapter Fall Mixer:($) October 13
TJ Farms, 3600 Chico Avenue, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 7th annual The Chico Experience Week at the Chico Chapter Fall Mixer! Bring the entire family to explore the pumpkin patch and other goods available for sale at TJ Farms. Registration is $10 and includes delicious appetizers. Children under 5 are free.
CAVE 50th Anniversary Dinner:($) October 15
BMU Auditorium, Chico State, 6–9 p.m.
6 p.m.–7 p.m. Cocktail Hour
7 p.m.–9 p.m. Dinner and “CAVE Talks”
Money Savers (Favorite Freebies)
Don’t forget to bring your blankets, chairs, or whatever makes you comfy on the lawn for another great outdoor movie experience. We’ll have free popcorn, candy, and hot coffee and cocoa (while supplies last). Open to Chico State students and their families only.
Make A Difference Day at Chico State: October 15
Volunteer for Make A Difference Day! Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Includes a free T-shirt and BBQ lunch. Volunteers should meet at Trinity Commons at 7:45 a.m., Walk to Bidwell Park 9-1 p.m., BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Chico State Speech and Debate Team present the Great Debate Warm-Up: October 12, 7:15 p.m
Leave the mudslinging, personal insults, and scandals behind and come to a meaningful, civil debate! The Speech and Debate Team will show you what a REAL debate looks like!
Being Latinx and LGBTQ+: October 10
Bell Memorial Union, Room 210, 6 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Healthy Relationships: October 11
Colusa Hall, Room 100B, 2 p.m.
Speaker: Sam Dylan: Intersections of Mental Health and Queerness: October 12
UHUB, 6 p.m.
Drag Show, benefit for Orlando: ($) October 13
BMU Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Pride March: October 14
Start from Trinity Commons, 6 p.m.
“Can”struction Food Drive: October 12
Student Services Plaza, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: October 15
Lower Bidwell Park (One Mile), 7 a.m.
Parade of Lights: October 15
Downtown Chico, 7:30 p.m.
Greek Talent Show: October 16
BMU Auditorium, 4 p.m.
For a full list of events and any further information, go to The Chico Experience Week website, or contact The Chico Experience Week Info Center, Sapp Hall 530-898-6472 or the Chico Chamber of Commerce, 441 Main Street, Suite 150, 530-891-5556.