L&S at Picnic Day 2017

Picnic Day Laser Maze

Parade Marshals

This year’s Picnic Day Parade Marshals are both faculty in the College of Letters and Science. Bryan Enderle is a popular Chemistry Lecturer who was awarded the ASUCD Excellence in Education Award in 2012. Isao Fujimoto is the founder of the Community Development program and Asian American studies program and is a Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award winner. Enderle and Fujimoto were honored for promoting the growth and inspiration of UC Davis students and the community as a whole.

Picnic Day April 22, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Hands-on geology activities, displays and fun for all ages!

1362 Earth & Physical Sciences Building, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Physics Show


Physics demonstrations galore! Hosted by the Physics Club.
66 Roessler Hall


Physics is Fun

Experience cool demos and learn how modern technologies are applications of basic physics.
168 Roessler Hall, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Physics Public Lectures

Research talks geared toward a general audience.
55 Roessler Hall, 2 p.m.-4p.m.

Adventures in Math and Stats

Learn more about the magical worlds of Mathematics and Statistics! Play fun games to learn how math and stats play a part in your everyday life!
Mathematical Sciences Building Courtyard, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Chemistry Show

The popular UC Davis Chemistry Show will return for Picnic Day. Four shows will be held in Peter A. Rock Hall at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Table demonstrations will take place in the Chemistry Building courtyard adjacent to Rock Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the Chemistry Show are free and will be handed out from the ticket booth in front of Rock Hall on Picnic Day. Tickets will be available on a first-come basis with a maximum of two tickets per person in line. Ticket distribution begins at 9 a.m. for the two morning shows and 11:45 a.m. for the two afternoon shows.

Design Museum: A Site for Convergence

10 a.m.–4 p.m., Free
Exhibition features photographs, drawings, scale models and prototypes associated with the design process for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.


"Aspire," Picnic Day Fashion Show

ARC Ballroom, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Ticketed event
A professionally-staged runway show spotlighting stunning garments created and executed by students in the UC Davis Department of Design. Live streaming available for 1:30 p.m. show.

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Mondavi Center for the Arts, 12 noon, Free
Under the direction of Christian Baldini, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-hour concert.


Jazz @ UC Davis

Ann E. Pitzer Center, 10 a.m., Free
Under the direction of Sam Griffith, members of the Jazz Ensemble perform selections from their repertoire. Live streaming available.


"The 39 Steps Buskers"

Pitzer Center, 9:30 a.m., Mondavi Center, 11:30 a.m., Free 
Strolling street entertainers perform funny condensed scenes from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.