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Events at Lassen Volcanic Park

Lassen Volcanic Park Photo Contest

Enter your favorite photos of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the winning photo will be on the 2022 Lassen Annual Pass. Photographs may be submitted beginning May  and ends early Sept. 2021. For more information, please contact 530-595-4444, ext. 5148

Free Entrance Days at Lassen Volcanic Park 2021

  • January 18th : Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 17th: First Day of National Park Week
  • August 4th: Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary
  • Aug. 25th: National Park Service Anniversary
  • September 25th: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th: Veteran’s Day

    Please visit the National Park Service website for additional information on free passes for 4th graders, veterans and gold star families.

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.

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks

For 2021 Lassen Volcanic National Park will not be hosting Ranger-led Snowshoe walks.

 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. Early Jan, snow is still limited in the park, please call ahead to make sure the snowshoe walks will be held. 530-595-4480

Guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours hosted by Lassen National Forest,Chester, Ca. Participants must be at least eight years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, but cross-country skiers must provide their own equipment. Reservations required. More Information or to register, contact Stacy Kronner at (530) 258-2141

Walks are 2 hours in duration. Leaders will discuss basic winter survival skills, environmental education and local history. Tour destination varies depending on current snow conditions. Locations include: Morgan Summit, Locherman Canyon, Almanor Recreation Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Tours are geared for beginners, however they can be strenuous in deep snow or fresh powder. Great way to learn how to snow shoe and basic winter survival skills.

Reach Higher Trail Challenge

Will likely return spring of 2021

Take the Trail Challenge and take your fitness level to new heights! New challenge for 2020. The challenge form invites participants to hike at least seven miles and learn more about Lassen’s very own Sierra Nevada red fox. Pick-up forms at St. Bernard Lodge or either visitor center in the park. Complete the challenge and turn in your completed form to earn a commemorative bandanna. Are you ready for the challenge?

Acrylic Plein Air Painting Workshop organized by Lassen Associatin

Cancelled for 2020.  Watch for this workshop again in 2021

Instructor: Yvonne Jordan-Sherwood. Location: Meet at the Devastated Area Parking Lot. Cost: $30 per person Lassen Association members $25 per person Kids 10-18 $10 with a paid adult


Plein Air means painting on location. This 3 hour course will be geared towards the beginner who may have never painted with acrylic before but any level of painter is welcome. Children 10 and up are able to attend class with parent participation. This class will cover how to choose what to paint from the overall view, basic techniques such as painting on canvas, applying paint, brush strokes, and finishing with the detail work. When you’re done, you go home with a work of art painted by you! This will be a fun class for anyone interested in trying their hand at acrylic painting! Laughter and fun encouraged as you paint! Supplies: Paint and canvas will be provided. When you register for class a detailed list of supplies will be given to you. Please bring a chair you can sit at a table with.


Workshop details and registration at Loomis Museum, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, online at www.lassenassociation.org or call 530-595-4464 Class limit: 20 people – Ages 10 to Adult.

Guided Hike Manzanita Lake

 August 1st, 2020 4- 6 pm

A great beginner walk and talk with author Tracy Salcedo around Manzanita Lake. This easy trail winds gently around Manzanita Lake and is an ideal choice for families or others unable to hike on difficult terrain. The walk is well shaded by looming Jeffrey pines and bordered by lush willows, this trail offers a welcomed respite from the heat of the day. As the trail wanders along the shoreline numerous openings offer hikers an opportunity to spot ducks, geese and the occasional muskrat and beaver. The surrounding forest also offers birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts opportunities to catch glimpses of woodpeckers and deer.

Experience Level: Beginner to Experienced
Ages: All
Cost: $10 per person; Kids under 10 are free
Instructor: Tracey Salcedo

To register for this event please visit lassenassociation.org or call 530-595-4464

Lassen Dark Sky Festival

August : Dates to be determined.  Please check back in spring

Art Wine & Brew of Lassen 

2021 Date to announced usually Sept.

Winter Events

Chester Winterfest Dog Sled Races


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. 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 www.sndd.org

Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club 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

Spring Events

100th Annual Red Bluff Round-Up

April 15-18, 2021

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 other rodeo events. For tickets and more information, call 530-527-1000 or visit www.redbluffroundup.com.

22nd Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair

May 29 & 30

Come to the memorial weekend craft fair to browse and purchase an impressive variety of handmade items, including yard art, log furniture, clothing, pottery, rugs, jewellery and much more. There will be food vendors on site. The event is a great way to kickoff the summer season. This event is free to the public.

22nd Annual Spring Century Bike Ride


The ride travels through the Indian Valley to Genesee and around Antelope Lake, and back to Greenville. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 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

Summer Events

Dark Sky Festival

August Dates to be determined

The Lassen Dark Sky Festival is a three-day festival dedicated entirely to celebrating the majesty of the night sky. Rangers, astronomers, astrobiologists, and novice star-lovers alike all flock to Lassen for this one-of-a-kind festival. Over the course of the weekend, there will be nightly constellation and stargazing tours as well as ranger-led hikes and hands-on educational activities. The Lassen Dark Sky Festival is also an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best, most informed people in the business. There will be presentations and demonstrations by luminaries from NASA, the International Dark Sky Association, RECON, and the Astronomical Society of Nevada. Whether you are an experienced astronomer or an amateur star-lover, the annual Dark Sky Festival promises a little something for anyone who appreciates the stars, planets, and little-known wonders of outer space.

36th Annual Mile High Century Bike Ride

June 19th, 2021

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. Half Metric Century Ride: 33 miles. www.milehigh100.com

Annual Bluegrass Festival

Cancelled until June 25th- 27th 2021

The Bluegrass Festival offers four fun-filled days of Bluegrass music for only $40 for adults. Children under 12 get in for free with advanced ticket purchase. Evening-only tickets go for $10. In addition to live music performances, there will be jamming classes, quilting, and more. Pets are welcome.

 High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy

Re-scheduled for June 30th – July 3, 2022

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

Lassen County Fair – Susanville


From one to 100, there is something for all ages at the Lassen County Fair. Come for great live music, stock shows, rides, food vendors, games, and a variety of 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: www.lassencountyfair.org.

55th Annual Gold Digger Days Greenville

July 17th

Gold Digger Days is a one-of-a-kind 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.

Almanor Art Show

July 31st & August 1st

The Almanor Art Show is all about beautiful things in a beautiful place. It is one of Northern California’s oldest and most respected exhibitions of fine Arts & Crafts. There will be live music both days, lots of shade, and food and cold drink vendors. There will be 100 juried vendors at this art show.

Portola Railroad Days


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.

Fall Events

Annual Street Rod Extravaganza & Motorcycle Exhibition

Sept. 11th, 2021

800-350-4838, 530-258-242

Experience the premier Northern California poker run, poker walk, and hot rod contest as well as cruise 35 miles around Lake Almanor, one of the top scenic drives in the US. Friday night of the festival kicks off with live music, food, farmers market, arts & crafts, and all sorts of 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. More information.

Art & Wine Festival Lassen Park

A growing local festival featuring local artists, delicious local and international wines, and great local music at the park’s visitor center.

Manton Apple Festival


The Manton Apple Festival has been around for over 20 years and continues to grow and improve with every new year. The festival starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. There are vendors, kids events, and live music all day long. Both admission and parking are free. Last year more than 180 pies where sold at over 100 different booths. While in Manton, be sure to visit the wineries!

Rails to Trails Festival


This fun-filled three day outdoor event offers fun for the whole family, including railroad handcar rides, chili cook-off, and an arts & crafts fair. There are also children’s activities, music, and food vendors. Don’t forget the tasty Friday night barbeque.

Chester Old Towne Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest is the quintessential fall festival. With a donation to St. Andrew’s Academy local scholarship fund, you will receive an Old Town Pub glass and a map to the festival’s games, food, live music and other festivities.

Mountain Harvest Festival

Sept. 23rd -26th

The Mountain Harvest Festival is one of the major fund-raising efforts for the Plumas Arts community. Plumas Arts provides art education at the local schools, supports local artists and performers, and 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.

35th Annual Western Open Fiddle Championships


Elks Lodge Red Bluff


Fiddlers of all age groups participate in this fun and entertaining local championship. The festivities officially begin Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Contests begin Friday morning and last until Saturday night.

Dawn Institute Apple Fest


Dawn Gardens’ Community Center and 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, 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! 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?

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