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Beyond the Books: 5 Fun Diversions for UC Davis Summer Session Students

Staying in Davis for the summer session? There's more to do here than you might think! Keep yourself entertained with these fun events and activities.

Many students stay in Davis over the summer for jobs, internships, or summer session. The challenge? What to do in your down time in our dry cow town (how many times do you really want to go to the movies?). As this list shows, there’s a lot to choose from to help you stay active and have fun.

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1. Say hello to Off-Off Broadway

Sacramento is filled with arts and theater venues that put on shows throughout the summer. They’re different from movies because sometimes the actors have to get creative and improvise scenes, leaving you guessing about what might come next. Check out these two theater productions of Disney films:

The Little Mermaid
June 15–July 8 (Fridays to Sundays)

Newsies
July 10–15

2. Go beyond the Farmer’s Market

If you love the infamous Davis farmers market, then you’re sure to enjoy Woodland’s Sunflower Weekend and the Historic Folsom Farmers Market Peach Festival. The Woodland Weekend is a tour of all things sunflowers. It’s on the pricey side ($199) but includes a hotel stay on Friday night and brunch Saturday morning. If you can’t afford it this time, you can take a self-made tour on Highway 16 to see the sunny flowers.

There is also the Historic Folsom Farmers Market Peach Festival, which offers free admission. That way you can spend your money on sweet peaches instead.

Woodland’s Sunflower Weekend
June 29–30 or July 13–14

Historic Folsom Farmers Market Peach Festival
July 14, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

3. Soak up the sun

Even if the scorching heat is unbearable, getting some sun is part of what makes summer so special, and the Davis area has some great options. For a $7 ticket, you can go to Roseville’s 81st annual Placer County Fair to hang with friends and and enjoy live music, carnival rides, and delicious and unique foods. Be on the lookout for livestock and auctions, too.

If you’re looking for a way to cool down, visit the Animal Den Pet Resort’s Dog Days of Summer Pool Party. Your pup can go for a swim and you can sit back and enjoy a cool beverage. It’s $10 per dog, but humans are free.

Placer County Fair
June 21–June 24, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.

Dog Days of Summer Pool Party
August 4, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

4. Enjoy a star-spangled celebration

Fourth of July is known as a day for fireworks and fun, so where’s the best spot to enjoy the celebration in Davis? The Community Park on 14th and F Streets puts on a free, city-coordinated festival at 9:30 p.m. It’s the best bet for you and your friends for staying in town and lounging around to watch fireworks.

If you’re looking for an adventure outside of Davis, check out Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration, with a carnival and parade; or Raley Field’s Annual Fourth on the Field with food trucks and contests.

Davis City Fireworks
July 4, 9:30 p.m.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
July 3–4; fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. each night

Raley Field’s Fourth on the Field
July 4, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.

5. Tour the Capitol

You’re near California’s capitol, so make the most of it! Explore the California State Capitol Museum for free. Tours are available hourly, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

California State Capitol Museum
Weekdays: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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