Picnic Day


The annual UC Davis Picnic Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016. 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. We hope you are all able to join us in celebrating UC Davis!

Visit the UC Davis Picnic Day webpage for more information about Picnic Day events and activities.

If you’re planning to have your own Picnic Day celebration, there are many simple and easy ways to make it a fun and safe event. Visit the Picnic Day Safe Celebrations information page to learn more.

Picnic Day Community Covenants

Picnic Day is, at its roots, a family-friendly open house for UC Davis. The campus and the community have the opportunity to put their best faces forward. In addition, the many visitors to the community can provide an economic gain for many businesses. As one of the largest student-run events in the country, Picnic Day also provides an opportunity for young people to gain leadership skills and real-world experience in event planning.

In past years, off-campus drinking and partying has contributed to serious public safety concerns throughout the entire community. Selling alcohol is a serious responsibility and requires great consideration to ensure the health and safety of customers and the public, especially on Picnic Day and the days leading up to it.

As a result, many local businesses participate in the Picnic Day Community Covenant to encourage the safe provision of alcohol.

Safety Enhancement Zone

Since 2011, the City of Davis has established a "Safety Enhancement Zone" covering the central part of the City during Picnic Day. Within the boundaries of the zone, penalties (fines) for violations of certain Municipal Code sections are increased. The Safety Enhancement Zone has helped reduce the occurrence of undesirable behavior in covered areas during Picnic Day. The City Council expanded the Zone this year to include most of central Davis.

View a map showing the boundaries of the Safety Enhancement Zone.

The zone will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on April 15, 2016 to 6:00 a.m. on April 17, 2016.

View the City Council Staff Report on the 2016 Safety Enhancement Zone.