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Monday, February 26, 2024

Picnic Day calendar

Picnic Day, UC Davis’ annual open house, is upon us! With hundreds of events, displays and educational exhibits, Picnic Day can be overwhelming, whether you’re a complete neophyte or a sixth-year senior. To guide your day of fun, The Aggie offers this partial listing of events happening at UC Davis.




Petting zoo

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cole A

Bring the kids to meet goats, calves and sheep!


Underdog agility

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hutchinson Field

These dogs might surprise you! Often misunderstood breeds of dogs will perform agility and other activities.


Cow milking10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cole A

Don’t forget to bring cookies! Learn how to milk a cow, but be in line by 3 p.m. to avoid disappointment.


Meat lab tours

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cole C

Ever wonder about the magical process that turns daisy the cow into a double double burger? Take a tour of UCD’s own USDA-inspected meat processing plant!


Yolo County SPCA adoptions10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dutton Field

Do you have room in your home and heart for a dog in need? Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption.


Dog breed showcase

Noon to 1 p.m.

Dutton Field

Not sure what kind of dog is for you? Information about breed history, temperament, and medical problems will be available.


Police dog demonstration

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Russell East Field

See how law enforcement canine units protect you!


Goat milking

Noon to 3 p.m.

Cole A

Learn how to milk goats! Be in line by 3 p.m. to avoid disappointment.


Sheep dog trials

Noon to 4 p.m.

Hutchinson Field

There’s nothing sheepish about these dogs’ performance! Watch these working dogs herd sheep through a course.


Horse breeding demonstration

1 to 2 p.m.

Cole A

Learn the birds and the bees of modern horse breeding at this artificial insemination demonstration.


Ranch Kids Olympics

1 to 3 p.m.

Cole A

Turn your kids into bona fide ranchers at this event. They can learn and compete in roping, paint branding and other events.


Doxie Derby

1 to 4 p.m.

ARC Pavilion

The much anticipated 35th annual event is back! Watch these short limbed dynamos race to the finish line – or into the stands.


Horseback vaulting demonstration

2 to 3 p.m.

Equestrian Center Front Arena

Watch Aggie vaulters along with Morning Star vaulters and Pacific Coast vaulters performing acrobatics on horseback.


Police dog demonstration

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Russell East Field

See how law enforcement canine units protect you!


Dog breed showcase

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dutton Field

Not sure what kind of dog is for you? Information about breed history, temperament, and medical problems will be available.




Women’s Rugby demonstration11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Russell IM Field (West)Rugby is tough. These nationally ranked ladies are tough. Learn how you can be tough be coming to the women’s rugby team’s demonstration to kick off a day of Picnic Day athletics.


Men’s Lacrosse vs. UC Santa Cruz11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Dairy IM FieldCome watch the men’s lacrosse team swing their sticks against UC Santa Cruz.


Field Hockey Game vs. Chico State1 to 4 p.m.A Street FieldThis isn’t regular hockey, so leave your ice skates at home. The field hockey team faces off against Chico State.


Soccer scrimmage2 to 3 p.m.Dairy IM FieldAre you ready for some (European) football?? Watch the men’s and women’s club soccer teams play in an exhibition scrimmage.


Men’s Club Water Polo game2 to 4 p.m.Hickey PoolTake a break from the field games and hang out poolside as the men’s club water polo team plays the alumni team.


UCD Club Baseball demonstration3 to 4 p.m.Dairy IM FieldIt’s spring and that means it’s baseball season. Come join the UCD Club Baseball team in some drills.


Alumni vs. Men’s Varsity Polo Team3 to 5 p.m.Cole FacilityPolo is more than just a fancy shirt. Join the men’s varsity polo team for a friendly match against the alumni. Bring the kids to come pet the horses as well.




Residency Quartet performance

10 a.m.

Mondavi Center Rumsey LobbyThis group of UC Davis Students has been training with the Kronos Quartet, and will perform.


Beach Birds screenings

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Studio Theatre, Mondavi CenterThis is a film of choreographer Merce Cunningham’s dance, partly conceived as a tribute to James Joyce. The film is 28 minutes long.


Kronos Quartet11 a.m.

Mondavi Center Perelman DeckThe renowned Kronos Quartet will play a free concert.


Greek folk dance 11:40 to 11:55 a.m.East Quad Stage

Levendia club will give a performance of mythic proportions.


Lounge Lizards11:40 to 11:55 a.m.

Freeborn Plaza StageDon’t miss this UC Davis a cappella group, founded in 1995!


UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Noon

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center Conductor D. Kern Holoman will lead this incredible student orchestra for a free performance!

Hansori performance

12:05 to 12:20 p.m.East Quad StageWatch this performance of traditional Korean drumming.


Davis Swing kids12:05 to 12:20 p.m.Freeborn Plaza StageWatch these teenaged swing sensations bump and jive across the stage!


Aftershocker performance

12:30 to 12:45 p.m.East Quad StageDavis rock band Aftershocker will play covers and originals.


Liquid Hotplates12:55 to 1:10 p.m.Freeborn Plaza StageThis pop/rock a cappella group is a Davis original!


Please Quiet Ourselves

1 p.m.

Grandstand Stage

Do you like Modest Mouse, Broken Social Scene or Pavement? Then this cheery high school collective is right up your alley, and they’ve been known to bring down the house here in Davis.


African drum and dance1:20 to 1:35 p.m.

East Quad StageLocal dance group Jodama will give you a taste of African culture through this performance.

Mobility1:20 to 1:35 p.m.Freeborn Plaza StageThis hip-hop dance group will get you hyped!


Letters and Science

1:20 to 1:35 p.m.

Academic Hip Hop Duo

“Hooked on Phonics” has nothing on hip-hop when it comes to getting A’s, according to UC Davis students Blake Jamieson and Scott Stawicki. Rhymes will be in abundance – make sure you take some notes.


The Standard Tribesmen

2 p.m.

Grandstand Stage

This psychedelic post-punk outfit boasts all Aggies – Stephanie Wickizer, Erik Magnusson, Chris Thielen and Julian Elorduy, to be exact. Expect casual beats, extreme volumes and a touch of saxophone from the Tribesmen (and woman).


Butterscotch Clinton performance2:10 to 2:25 p.m.East Quad StageDon’t miss this local star, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” for her beat boxing and singing prowess!


The Spokes

2:10 to 2:25 p.m.Freeborn Plaza StageThis all-female a cappella group sings pop with flair!


Sex, Funk and Danger

2:10 p.m.

Silo Stage

The name says it all – this band of Aggie students comes with a fun-to-be-had guarantee. Watch dancing and singing along spread like a disease on the Silo Patio.


UCD gospel choir

2:30 to 2:45Freeborn Hall

Don’t miss your chance to see this choir for free!


Crazy Ballhead

2:35 p.m.

Silo Stage

Crazy Ballhead is one of Sacramento’s most notable hip-hop figures not only for his clever rhyme-beat combinations, but also for a dynamic stage presence.


New Star Chinese School performance2:55 to 3:25 p.m.Freeborn HallSee Davis students of this K-8 school perform Chinese dancing and singing.


Danzantes del Alma3:50 to 4:05 p.m.East Quad StageThis Davis dance group performs traditional Mexican folklorico dance.




Doxie Derby

1 to 4 p.m.

ARC Pavilion


Women’s Rugby Demonstration11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Russell IM Field (West)


Butterscotch Clinton performance2:10 to 2:25 p.m.East Quad Stage


This calendar was compiled by NICOLOE L. BROWNER, CAITLIN KELLY-SNEED and EDDIE LEE. For a full schedule of Picnic Day events and exhibits, please visit picnicday.ucdavis.edu.XXX


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