On this special weekend, Oroville celebrates the thousands of spawning salmon that annually make their way from the ocean back up the Feather River. Environmental education, music, salmon tasting, tours of the hatchery and fun for kids and adults highlight this FREE event. Crafts, beer garden and food trucks on the downtown side festivities. Fish Hatchery tours and exhibits conclude at 3pm.

September 23, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: FREE – check online for any other fees and more information.

Feather River Fish Hatchery, 5 Table Mountain Blvd.
The Feather River Fish Hatchery will be open for this year’s festival! Learn everything there is to know about salmon by taking a free tour of the hatchery. Watch the salmon jump over the fish ladder and get up close with them at the viewing window. There will also be a mobile fish exhibit, nature related booths, live animals, and food available.

Food Court & Beer Garden Hosted by Feather Falls Casino & Lodge and Feather Falls Brewing Company
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lower Oroville Convention Center Parking Lot, 1200 Myers St.

In the lower Oroville Convention Center Parking Lot there will be a variety of food for you to try out from local vendors, food trucks, and the well-known BBQ Salmon made by the Oroville Optimist Club. Pair your meal a delicious drink from Feather Falls Brewing Company or margaritas served by the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Throughout the day you can view live entertainment from local bands. Show us your moves on the dance floor!

A variety of vendors will be in the Lower Convention Parking Lot, along Montgomery Street, and in the Kingdom Community Church Parking Lot. Get a head start on holiday shopping while checking out our vendors and learn more about our local businesses!

Salmon Festival Motor Mania
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Throughout Historic Downtown Oroville

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to start your engines and head to Downtown Oroville on September 23rd for the Salmon Festival Motor Mania! As the town welcomes back the salmon, we welcome all of you to join us in showing off your ride!

Pre-Registration is open for the Salmon Festival Motor Mania. Click Here to pre-register your vehicle.

Downtown Oroville Activities
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Throughout Historic Downtown Oroville

Come on down to the beautiful Historic Downtown Oroville for a variety of activities and things to see. The stores and restaurants that are a part of the Downtown Oroville area will be open for business with a variety of items and food to check out.

The Oroville YMCA will be open for restrooms and a cooling center. They will also have local groups performing inside and the LPO Alliance Band will be running a snack bar.

The Oroville State Theatre will be hosting nature videos provided by the Department of Water resources. These videos will feature the natural wonder of the Feather River basin and a free to watch.

The Feather River Senior Center will be serving their delicious chicken salad croissant sandwiches and ice cream tacos.

Kids Zone
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Upper Oroville Convention Center Parking Lot, 1200 Myers St.

The Father’s House Church and Oroville Christian Faith Center will have plenty of activities for your children to participate in. There will be inflatables, water activities, and face painting.

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