City Plaza in downtown Chico, CA is the plaza of events.


City Plaza offers a welcoming area with a beautiful concert area, a charming water feature, trees and plants, and a veteran’s monument. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting each year in the epicenter of City Plaza uses a large Blue Atlas Cedar Tree. The plaza plays host to copious music performances, art shows, cooking fairs, and large city events.


The City Plaza with more than 100 events per year that it holds bring up to 2,000 people a day.


History of the Plaza

John Bidwell deeded the land to the town in 1872 retaining the right that a county courthouse was to be built there. Since then the square has undergone some changes and upgrades that make it the place for events today.


When originally planned, the square was lined with Elm trees that led to a raised center fountain. Since then the fountain was replaced with a gazebo, the gazebo replaced by a fountain again and the trees removed. Tables and benches have been added throughout the plaza for people to sit and enjoy playing chess, reading, eating lunch, or people watching.


Today there are many amenities added that make it the place to be for events.


City Plaza is open from 5:00 am-2:00 am and host many different events throughout the year as well as a place for the community to gather where you can play chess, read, enjoy lunch, or just people watch.


City Plaza Chico Square



Amenities for City Plaza Include:

? Standard (15 amp) household electrical outlets found in numerous locations throughout the Plaza as well as outlets servicing the stage

? 100 amp electrical service appropriate for super special bands, events and other happenings

? Non-potable water prepared with the use of a water coupler key (applicant must bring their hose)

? Drinkable water available in the maintenance room

? Lavatories (event bathrooms available for large gatherings)

? Water Fountains


If you would like more information on City Plaza for an event you can contact:


General Services Department – Park Division

965 Fir Street / P.O. Box 3420

Chico, CA 95927-3420

(530) 896-7800 Fax: (530) 895-4731



Events include concerts, tree lighting, Arts shows, Harvest sidewalk sales, Halloween, Christmas, as well as events such as A Slice of Chico that features downtown shops and restaurants to explore.


Things to see and do around the City Plaza include; The National Yo-Yo Museum, Janet Turner Print Museum, you can stay at the Hotel Diamond and check out the restaurants and little shops and eateries around the area.


No matter what the event, the time of year or the weather there is always something going on at the City Plaza. Come on by and check it out.


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See directions here:

City Plaza

132 W 4th St, Chico, CA 95928, USA


Head northeast on W 4th St toward Main St

2 min (0.4 mi)


Take Vallombrosa Ave to Crister Ave

4 min (1.6 mi)


Turn left onto Woodland Ave

374 ft


Use the right lane to turn slightly right onto Mangrove Ave/Pine St

423 ft


Slight right toward Vallombrosa Ave

157 ft


Turn right onto Vallombrosa Ave

1.4 mi


Follow Crister Ave and Filbert Ave to Wayne Ln

2 min (0.5 mi)


Turn left onto Crister Ave

0.3 mi


Turn right onto Filbert Ave

0.2 mi


Turn left onto Wayne Ln (!Destination will be on the left)

161 ft


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