Local Events

Events at Lassen Volcanic Park

Lassen Volcanic Park Photo Contest

Enter your favorite Lassen Volcanic National Park photos, and the winning photo will be on the 2025 Lassen Annual Pass. Photographs may be submitted beginning in May and ending in early Sept. 2024. For more information, please get in touch with 530-595-4444, ext. 5148

Reflection Lake at Sunset                Lassen Peak and the Chaos Crags illuminated orangish-pink by the setting sun reflected on the still waters of Reflection Lake.

Free Entrance Days at Lassen Volcanic Park 2024

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 summer. 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 2024, Lassen Volcanic National Park will be hosting Ranger-led Snowshoe walks.

 Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, January 6, 2024, through March 31, 2024, on Saturday and Sunday. 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 the visitor center on the event day. Weather is unpredictable. Please call ahead to make sure the snowshoe walks will be held. 530-595-4480

Lassen National Forest Snowshoe Walks

Guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours hosted by Lassen National Forest, Chester, CA. Participants must be at least eight, and an adult must accompany minors. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, but cross-country skiers must provide their equipment. Reservations required. For 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 toward beginners. However, they can be strenuous in deep snow or fresh powder. This is a great way to learn snowshoe and basic winter survival skills.

Reach Higher Trail Challenge

Check back for 2024 dates

Take the Trail Challenge and take your fitness level to new heights! Watch for a New challenge for 2024. The challenge form invites participants to hike at least seven miles and learn more about Lassen’s very own Sierra Nevada red fox. Forms are available at St. Bernard Lodge or the park visitor centers. Complete the challenge and turn in your completed form to earn a commemorative bandana. Are you ready for the challenge?

Acrylic Plein Air Painting Workshop organized by Lassen Association

  Watch for this workshop again in 2024

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 and 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 are available at Loomis Museum, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, online at www.lassenassociation.org, or by calling 530-595-4464. The Class limit is 20 people, Ages 10 to Adult.

Guided Hike Manzanita Lake

 TBD 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 rugged 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

Please check back in late spring of 2024 for dates.

A new business, Lassen Sight Seeing Tours, offers a night sky viewing tour.

Art Wine & Brew of Lassen 

2024 Check back summer of 2024 for exact date

Winter Events

Ice Skating Chester Park

2024 is the second year for a Community Ice Skating Rink in Chester Park. 


The ice skating rink is open Fridays from 4 pm – 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm until March 26th. The cost is 5 dollars and includes the skates—online waiver.



Ground Hog Fever Festival

February 3rd, 2024
1 pm to 5 pm
Plumas County Courthouse
Main Street Quincy

Meet our world-famous groundhog, Chuck Wood, pick your favorite chili, browse local vendors and participate in one of our mini-contests for great fun, food, and friends!

Will Chuck Wood see his shadow?! Vote for your favorite chili, browse local vendors, the infamous BACH auction, and more.

Chester Winterfest Dog Sled Races

February 10th and 11th,  2024
8 am to 3 pm

Join sled dog mushers from all over the western states competing in the Chester Winterfest Dog Sled Races. The Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers organize the race. 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


Chilly Chili Cook-off

February 17th, 2024
1 pm to 4 pm
Chester Park

An afternoon of fun with an ice carver, music, a toque contest, and 15+ chilis to sample.  Check out the ice skating rink while you are at the park.



Spring Events

103rd Annual Red Bluff Round-Up

April 19- 21, 2024

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.
The Red Bluff Round-up is now the largest 3 day rodeo in the country.

24th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair

May 25 & 26th, 2024

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, jewelry, and much more. There will be food vendors on site. The event is an excellent way to kick off the summer season. This event is free to the public.

Big Time Logging Jamboree

June 1, 2024
12 noon to 5 pm
Chester Park

All-Around Logging Winner wins 1,000 cash.

11 events with cash prizes
Business Ac Throwing Competition
Food and Drink Vendors
Artisans and Craft Vendors

Free Admission.  Family fun afternoon.


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 flock to Lassen for this unique festival. Over the weekend, there will be nightly constellation and stargazing tours, 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 something for anyone who appreciates the stars, planets, and little-known wonders of outer space.

41st Annual Mile High Century Bike Ride

June 15th, 2024

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

Bicylist oon Johnson Grade with Lake Almanor in background

53 rd Almanor Art Show

June 22nd & 23rd

Collins Pine Lawn
Main Street Chester
10 am to 4 pm

The Almanor Art Show is all about beautiful things in a beautiful place. It is one of Northern California’s oldest and most respected fine Arts & Crafts exhibitions.

Live music on both days will feature Hank Alrichts and Suzanne de Martinprey as food and cold drink vendors.

The event is free to attend.


Annual Bluegrass Festival

June 21-23rd
Susanville Fairgrounds

The Bluegrass Festival offers adults four fun-filled days of Bluegrass music for only $40. Children under 12 get in for free with advanced ticket purchases. 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


 July 4th – 7th, 2024

It is a four-day festival with multiple stages, late-night music, on-site camping, and great food and drink. For more information, call 510-595-1115 or visit the website for details of the 2023 High Sierra Music Festival.

Lassen County Fair – Susanville

July   17th – 21st  2024

From one to 100, the Lassen County Fair has something for all ages. 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 a.m., where local businesses, organizations, clubs, and individuals will strut their stuff down Main Street. For more information and show times, visit www.lassencountyfair.org.

56th Annual Gold Digger Days Greenville

July 20th

Gold Digger Days is a one-of-a-kind celebration of gold mining heritage featuring a parade, arts and crafts, street dance, horseshoe pitching, a softball tournament, gold panning, a firemen’s muster, and more. Call 530-284-6633.


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, mu7

Fall Events

Annual Street Rod Extravaganza & Motorcycle Exhibition

Sept. 14th, 2024

800-350-4838, 530-258-242

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

October 5, 2024

The Manton Apple Festival has been around for over 25 years and continues to grow and improve with every new year. The festival starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. There are vendors, kids’ events, and live music all day long. Both admission and parking are free. Last year, more than 180 pies were sold at over 100 different booths. While in Manton, be sure to visit the wineries!

Rails to Trails Festival

October TBD
10 am – 3 pm

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

Mountain Harvest Festival

October 19th, 2024

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.

38th Annual Western Open Fiddle Championships

October 2024 TBD

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 Saturaday.

Plan Your Visit

Planning your trip

If you need help planning your trip, please, call St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382.  Even if you are not staying with us, give us a call for current weather conditions and other questions you may have about events and activities.

Check out our rooms. For availability at St. Bernard Lodge, visit our reservation page.


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