Calendar of Events

All events free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Information: (530) 752-4880

Map and directions to event meeting places

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Saturday, April 18
Annual Picnic Day Celebration
10:10 a.m.- 12 p.m., parade float, campus and downtown parade route
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., hands-on activities, Vanderhoef Quad
Enjoy eco-pot and olive wreath making, and more hands-on activities highlighting the Arboretum and Public Garden’s focus on sustainable gardening at our table in the Vanderhoef Quad.

Friday, April 24
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, April 25
PUBLIC PLANT SALE
9 a.m.-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
(Garrod Drive across from Vet Med), UC Davis campus
We know that many homeowners out there are in the process of developing their “New Front Yard” by replacing high-water use plants with low-water alternatives. That’s why you are going to find just what you need and get the best selection at our first plant sale of the spring season. We are going to have the area’s largest selection of attractive, drought-tolerant, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. LEARN MORE

Sunday, April 26
Nature Discovery Drop-in Days
12-2 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a couple of hours throughout spring quarter in the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Come explore a variety of topics including ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and more through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The event is free. Biking or walking is encouraged however free parking is available in nearby lots.

Saturday, May 2
What the Funk?
7 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Join us for a free evening of music with the jazziest funk band in Davis–Dank Ocean! Appropriate for adults. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Sunday, May 3
Arboretum GATEway Garden Community Festival
1-3 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a free festival to dedicate our newest garden—the Arboretum GATEway Garden. This beautiful garden provides a new entry to the campus and the Arboretum, showcases plants native to our region, sustainable features and community connections. Enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, garden tours, music, refreshments, and more!

Sunday, May 3
Ethnobotany Tour of the Arboretum
2:15-3:30 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Learn more about the many ways plants can be used in everyday life. Join us for a FREE guided ethnobotany tour followed by a tea tasting. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Tuesday, May 5
Big Day of Giving
All day, anywhere!
24 hours to give where your heart is! Show your LOVE for the Arboretum during this 24-hour regional celebration of giving. Visit our home page on May 5, select the Big Day of Giving button, and make a secure online gift starting at $25.

Friday, May 8
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, May 9
Nature Discovery Drop-in Days
12-2 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a couple of hours throughout spring quarter in the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Come explore a variety of topics including ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and more through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The event is free. Biking or walking is encouraged however free parking is available in nearby lots.

Wednesday, May 13
Wednesday Walk with Warren
Noon, Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always-engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and plant collections.

Saturday, May 16
Nature Discovery Drop-in Days
12-2 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join us for a couple of hours throughout spring quarter in the Arboretum GATEway Garden. Come explore a variety of topics including ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and more through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The event is free. Biking or walking is encouraged however free parking is available in nearby lots. oin Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always-engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and plant collections.

Friday, May 15
Stargazing in the White Flower Garden
9 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Need to get away from it all? Join us for a relaxed, shared experience appreciating the wondrous night sky. Conditions permitting, we will be in for a slim crescent moon and a lush tapestry of stars. Bring the whole family! This free event is sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Saturday, May 16
PUBLIC PLANT SALE (Clearance Event)
9 a.m.-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
(Garrod Drive across from Vet Med), UC Davis campus
It's our last plant sale of the spring season! We know that many homeowners out there are in the process of developing their “New Front Yard” by replacing high-water use plants with low-water alternatives. That’s why you are going to find just what you need and get the best selection at our first plant sale of the spring season. We are going to have the area’s largest selection of attractive, drought-tolerant, easy-care, region-appropriate plants including California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. LEARN MORE

Sunday, May 17
Storytime Through the Seasons: Under the Tuscan Sun
1-3 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Explore the natural, cultural, and flavorful world of the Mediterranean in this program for children and families. Take part in readings, tastings, and hands-on activities in the Arboretum’s spectacular Mediterranean Collection. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Friday, May 22
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Saturday, May 30
Bugtopia 4.0: Discover Everyday Insects
1-3 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Learn about the hidden insect wonders of the Arboretum from UC Davis Entomology Club members and Arboretum Ambassadors. Tour the collections and learn insect names, trapping methods, and ecology.

Sunday, May 31
Wild Family Day
1-3 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join Wild Campus—a UC Davis student organization dedicated to the conservation of local flora and fauna—in partnership with the Arboretum and Public Garden for our 4th annual Wild Family Day. Enjoy fun games and activities as well as educational displays and live animals! For more details, email wildcampus411@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 31
Yoga in the Arboretum
1-2:30 p.m., just east of Putah Creek Lodge (Rain location: Environmental Horticulture 146)
Join us for 90 minutes of yoga appropriate for all skill levels led by certified instructor Loshan Ostrava. Dress comfortably. Please bring a towel or yoga mat and water bottle. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Friday, June 5
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Wednesday, June 10
Wednesday Walk with Warren
Noon, Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always-engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and plant collections.

Wednesday, June 10
4th Annual Farewell Reading of UC Davis Creative Writing
7 p.m., Wyatt Deck
The Creative Writing Master of Arts program and the Arboretum present the 4th annual student reading on Wyatt Deck. Graduating writers will read selections from their work.

Friday, June 19
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.