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Spring into Action: Blossoms, Bites, and Handmade Delights in Davis this April

April in Davis is not just about the blossoming spring; it's a month packed with events that cater to all tastes, from craft fairs and cultural festivals to food showcases and agricultural markets. Here’s what you can look forward to in Davis this April.

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Davis Craft & Vintage Fair: A Haven for Creativity

Mark your calendars for the Davis Craft & Vintage Fair on April 7th and 21st. This event is a treasure trove for those who appreciate handmade crafts and vintage finds. Explore an assortment of unique items from local artisans and vintage dealers including local handmade and original art, crafts, quality vintage items, upcycled treasures, earth-friendly creations, good food, and free live music!

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California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art CCACA 2024

An event featuring lectures and demonstrations by Ah Leon, Sean Henry, Lisa Reinertson, Chris Theiss, Lisa Clague, and Morel Doucet, CCACA 2024 brings the ultimate ceramic sculpture event to Davis. The largest sculptural ceramics conference in the world, CCACA 2024 (April 12 - 13, 2024) provides an intimate setting where you can interact with top artists in a way that may not be possible at other venues. Meet in person with distinguished ceramic sculptors you might only read about; see and hear from the artists what makes them top in their field.

There is still time to book your stay in Davis for this event! Explore Davis and choose from a variety of hotels to stay in Davis, each offering its unique charm and comfort.

Davis Cherry Blossom Festival: A Celebration of Spring

The Davis Cherry Blossom Festival is back for 2024! Featuring live music and taiko, food vendors, cultural demonstrations, a local artists gallery, and much more, the free festival celebrates Asian American joy, culture, and belonging! Join us all weekend, April 13 - 14, from 11 am - 8 pm at Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Activities and workshops, local food vendors, local artists, event merch, and exclusive Sudwerk Cherry Blossom Festival beer brewed specially for the festival.

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Picnic Day: A Davis Tradition

One of the largest student-run events in the nation, Picnic Day showcases the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community. Mark your calendars for the ultimate Davis bash, beginning Saturday, April 20th at 9:30 am with the parade opening ceremony. This year's theme is "Picnic Palooza" and you'll have a packed day of activities with more than 200 events planned, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Choose between the children's discovery fair, animal events, live music and shows, more than 80 exhibits, and food options for everyone (most food trucks accommodate various dietary restrictions).

Extend your Picnic Day excitement with a weekend getaway in Davis and explore all we have to offer, including some amazing lodging deals!

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Contestants and judges pose with Guy Fieri for the “Best Bite in Town,” filmed in Davis’ Central Park.

Davis Farmers Market: A Culinary Highlight

Six Davis restaurants are featured in the premiere of Food Network’s newest series “Best Bite in Town,” which airs Sunday, April 7 at 10 p.m. The six restaurants are Handheld Sweet & Savory Pies, Hikari Sushi & Omakase, The Hotdogger, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Tommy J’s Grill, and Zumapoke.

Three of those restaurants are vendors at the Davis Farmers Market and will be available at the Saturday, April 6 market in downtown Davis. From 8 a.m. to noon, Handheld, The Hotdogger, and Zumapoke will be at the Davis Farmers Market, in Central Park, 301 C St. in Davis. The park is where the competition segment of the show was filmed. The winner will not be announced before it airs.

Year-round in downtown Davis, thousands gather every week to shop for what is grown, raised and made locally. Since 1976, the Davis Farmers Market has connected and supported communities, area agriculture, farmers, and artisan food producers. It educates the public about nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and the local economic value of buying food and products directly from the producer. The Davis Farmers Market’s signature markets are Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons/evenings in Central Park. Since 2000, its Davis Farm to School program has supported the Davis Joint Unified School District, providing farm and garden-based education, increasing farm-fresh foods in school meals, and reducing solid waste through recycling and composting.

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Experience Davis Differently - On Two Wheels

On the last Sunday of every month (April 28), Sudwerk Brew hosts the Sudwerk Brewery's Davis Brewery Bike Loop. Bike through town and enjoy your favorite Davis beers while immersing yourself in the amazing Davis bicycling community. Ride starts at 2 pm at Sudwerk!

Going a little beyond April, but you'll want to mark your calendar to make it a weekend getaway with us, on Sunday, May 5, from 10 am - 2 pm Davis is hosting Loopalooza. Loopalooza is the ultimate biking event in Davis! Cruise the scenic 12-mile Davis Bike Loop at your own pace. This beloved family-friendly tradition is a free event that allows your family and friends to visit local greenbelts, picnic at the park, and connect with friends and neighbors. Participants can start anywhere on the bike loop and ride in either direction.

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This April, let Davis be your canvas for new experiences, your plate for exquisite flavors, and your home away from home. Join us next month for more events, but until then, keep exploring, keep tasting, and keep celebrating the spirit of Davis.


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