Each year the Oroville Salmon Festival celebrates the return of the salmon to the Feather River. Join the celebration by viewing the salmon run at the fish hatchery, running in the 3k Salmon Dash, wandering through the street fair, and tasting salmon dishes prepared in various styles. This family-friendly event always takes place on the fourth Saturday in September. This year it will be held on September 22.
The official 2018 schedule of activities below is full of fun for the whole family.
Most activities take place at the following 3 locations.
See the salmon run first-hand from the observation platform and the windows into the water. Free Guided Tours every half hour.
Take a stroll through historic Downtown Oroville and enjoy music, food, crafts, and fun! Organized by the Oroville Downtown Business Association.
Visit Salmon Court and enjoy fresh barbecued and smoked salmon, cartoonist Jon Shultz, the Oroville Hospital Health Fair, kids art activities, and more.
This annual dinner kicks off Salmon Festival on Friday and is held on the levee at Salmon Court, overlooking the Feather River. For dinner, guests have the option of either grilled Alaskan salmon or tri-tip, and beer and wine are available for purchase. This family-friendly event is held under a large tent with live music by The Crawlers and dancing. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce and at Chico Paper Company.
Adults $25 | Children (under twelve) $12 | Purchase Tickets Online
Proceeds from the dinner support both the Feather River Nature Center and the Salmon Festival.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm – Fish Hatchery Tours
Take a tour of the Feather River Fish Hatchery to see first-hand the run of the salmon from the ocean to their native rivers. Outside at the fish barrier dam, watch salmon swim up the fish ladder from the observation platform and the windows into the water. Inside the main hatchery, watch spawning operations through an observation window. Guided tours begin every half hour starting at 9:00 am. Click here for more information about the Feather River Fish Hatchery.
7:00 am to 10:30 am – Pancake breakfast at the Fish Hatchery
Adults: Pancakes, Eggs, Juice, and Coffee – $7 or Pancakes, Juice, and Coffee – $5
Children: Pancakes & Juice $3.50
Presale tickets available at the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Lunch at the Fish Hatchery. Enjoy tri-tip, hot dogs, tacos, nachos, and SUPER nachos.
10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Downtown Street Fair and BCOE Children’s Fair.
Union Square Market & Miner’s Alley
Beer garden and live music at Union Square Market, brought to you by Miner’s Alley Brewery. There will be vendors, good food, and drink specials, plus live music.
10:00 am to 11:00 am – Sean Corkery
11:15 am to 12:15 pm – The Strung Nugget Band
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – The Gnarly Pints
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Mark 3 Band
10:00 am to 4:00 pm – On the levee at Arline Rhine Drive, behind the Municipal Auditorium.
Non-Stop Entertainment, Grilled and Smoked Salmon, Oroville Hospital Health Fair, Children’s Art Project, Food Trucks, Beer, Wine and Bloody Mary Garden, Jugglers and Cartoonist for the kids and more.
10:05 am – Kowkow Valley Maidu Tribe – First Salmon Ceremony
10:30 am – Feather River Recreation & Parks District Children’s Dance Classes Performance
11:00 am – African-American Family & Cultural Center Dance Performance
11:30 am – Shalamar Dance Company Belly Dancing
12:00 pm – Hillcrest Ave. Band playing live rock music by local high school students
1:00 pm – Feather River Gypsies playing live gypsy/jazz music
2:00 pm – Surf Noir Kings playing live original surf music
2:00 pm – Jeff Pershing Band playing live rock music
The Salmon Grilling Contest, put on by the Native Sons of the Golden West, lets you sample Salmon grilled in many different ways. Other Salmon dishes are also available for you to enjoy at the Food Court.
Oroville Hospital Health Fair
Be an active participant in your health! Receive free flu shots, health screenings and health education at Oroville Hospital’s Salmon Festival Health Fair. Prepare for flu season and ward off illness by getting your flu vaccination early.
Register today for Oroville Hospital’s 3K Salmon Color Dash Walk/Run. This event is the perfect blend of exercise and fun, with a huge dose of color! And this year, we’re bringing the ’80s back to Oroville. Wear your best ’80s workout gear to be entered in our Fitbit raffle! This totally rad event is perfect for the whole family and will be a fun-filled day you will all remember.
8:30 am – Registration & Check-In
9:30 am – Color Dash Begins at the Oroville Centennial Plaza
Adults $25 | Kids 12 and Under $15
Feather River Salmon Spawning Rafting Tours
at the Oroville Salmon Festival
Tickets: May be purchased online (link below), or at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce Office at 1789 Montgomery St, Oroville, CA 95965
$25 in advance (until Friday, September 21) (+2.50 online convenience fee)
Many streets and areas downtown will be closed off to vehicle traffic. There will be two convenient parking locations with free shuttle service:
Free shuttle service will run in a continuous loop. At the Butte County Offices, shuttle service begins at 9:30 am. The last shuttle will run at 4:00 pm.
Once you have parked, take the free shuttle to the event in historic downtown Oroville.
There are two options for becoming a vendor at Salmon Festival, the first in the charming Historic Downtown Street Fair, and the second on the levee at Salmon Court.
For additional information about participating in Salmon Festival, please contact the sponsoring organizations directly.
For additional information about this year’s Salmon Festival, please contact the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.
1789 Montgomery St.
Oroville, CA 95965