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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Wednesday, January 10
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of winter in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections. This event is free. Parking can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 in metered spots or by purchase of a $9 daily pass.

Friday, January 12
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, January 20
Winter Birds in Davis: Slide Show and Tour
10:30 a.m., 146 Environmental Horticulture
Our fine feathered friends are fascinating! Join us to learn about birds that winter in Davis during a slideshow and talk, then take a guided walk to see birds in the Arboretum (weather permitting). The event is free; parking is free on weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. Look for signs from the parking lot to the meeting location. Click here for a map.

Tuesday, January 23
Learn & Shop: Winter Pruning Techniques and Tips
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
COST: $24/per person for Friends members | $29/per person for non-members (cost includes $9 parking permit)
Puzzled by when to prune and how to do it? Purchase tickets for our January Learn & Shop event! The first 90 minutes will be an exclusive demonstration and talk with our resident plant expert and nursery manager, Taylor Lewis. He will demonstrate techniques and share tips for winter pruning in home gardens. Following the talk with Taylor, stay and enjoy shopping in the Arboretum Teaching Nursery for a few new treasures for your garden. It's not too late to plant!

Friday, January 26
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, January 28
Crafts & Cocoa
1-3 p.m., Wyatt Deck (Rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture)
Love art and the Arboretum? Ever wonder about the botany of cocoa? Come sip some hot cocoa with the Arboretum Ambassadors and participate in sustainable crafting including leaf pressing, face painting, watercolor painting, and more. We’ll explore the botany of cocoa as we savor and create! The event is free; parking is available at no charge on the weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Friday, February 9
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 10
Planting Self-Love
12-2 p.m. Lake Spafford (near Mrak Hall), UC Davis Arboretum
We are redefining Valentine’s Day not only as a day for expressing your love for others, but also for yourself. Come join us to plant your self-love in the Arboretum by making nature-themed cards, water-coloring, and creating a self-appreciation tree! The event is free; parking is available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Wednesday, February 14
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of winter in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections. This event is free. Parking on Wednesdays, January 10 and February 14 can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 in metered spots or by purchase of a $9 daily pass.

Saturday, February 17
UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Good Life Garden
9 a.m.-4 p.m., multiple locations throughout campus (see website below)
Go behind the scenes to explore and engage with scientists and students as you learn about the diversity of life right here on campus from 12 different university museums at this popular, all-ages open house event. Make the Arboretum one of your stops anytime between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but be sure to take in the other 11 participating museums anytime between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information, visit http://biodiversitymuseumday.ucdavis.edu.

Friday, February 23
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, February 24
Amazing Acacias
2 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge
Don’t miss the spectacular late winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove! Join us for a guided tour featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. The event is free; parking is free on weekends in Putah Creek Lodge Visitor Parking Lot off Garrod Drive. Click here for a map of the location.

Sunday, February 25
Native Californian Elderberry Flute-making Workshop
1-3 p.m., 146 Environmental Horticulture
Learn how to make and play an elderberry flute with East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores who will talk about the craft and culture of Native Californian flute making as well as the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 5. Click here for a map of the location.

Saturday, March 3
Rang Barsey – A celebration of Holi
12–4 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
The Indian Graduate Student Association, in collaboration with the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, present “Rang Barsey”—a celebration of Holi.  Have a fun-filled time in this magnificent celebration of joy and love with colors, water, and lots of Indian food at the Arboretum Gazebo. Stay tuned for updates including ticket prices. Parking on weekends is available at no charge along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Sunday, March 4
Botanic Fanatics 
12-2 p.m., Wyatt Deck
There will be plant-y of things to do at the Botanic Fanatic! Come join us to learn about unusual edible plants and how make plant-based essential oils, potpourri, and dyes.The event is free; parking is available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Sunday, March 4
Spring Surprises in the Garden
2 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo
Take a guided tour to explore succulents, perennials and more in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, one of our popular low-water demonstration gardens. Parking on weekends is available at no charge along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55.

Friday, March 9
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.

Saturday, March 10
MEMBER APPRECIATION PLANT SALE
to Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Our first spring sale is for MEMBERS ONLY. Not a member? Call ahead or join at the door! All members receive 10% off their purchases and at this sale members receive a $10 off member appreciation gift; new members receive an additional $10 off as a thank you for joining. The benefits of membership far outweigh your cost! For more information on the benefits of membership visit: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/join_the_friends.aspx. The event is free; parking is free and available in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 (click here for location) or Visitor Parking Lot PCL (click here for location).

Wednesday, March 14
Walk with Warren
12-1 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters
Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of winter in the UC Davis Arboretum's gardens and collections. These events are free. Parking can be found in Visitor Parking Lot 47 with the purchase of a $9 daily pass.

Friday, March 23
Folk Music Jam Session
12-1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive.