Happy BICENTENNIAL year!
This year marks John Bidwell's 200th birthday and we are planning a year-long celebration in his honor. We would love for you to join us for several BMA and community events. See below for our monthly events—many events are free, so gather up your friends and family and help us celebrate!
If you would like to participate or volunteer for an event, please let us know—we'd love to have you!
Love Letter Dinner —SOLD OUT--
Friday, February 15
Tickets: $100 per person
Limited to 16 guests
Celebrate the unique love story of John and Annie Bidwell with an intimate dinner party in the Bidwell Mansion. Featuring a historically-inspired menu taken from Annie's diary, live readings from John and Annie's love letters, and more!
Annie Bidwell’s Birthday Tea
Saturday, June 22
Inside the Bidwell Mansion
Tickets: $45 (available at the Bidwell Mansion Visitor Center & Made in Chico)
Two Seatings: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (each seating is limited to 40 people)
Grab your favorite tea hat and enjoy a traditional formal Victorian tea with Annie Bidwell inside the Mansion in honor of her 180th birthday and in celebration of the Bidwell Bicentennial. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to support the Mansion while enjoying delicious delicacies, tea, live music, and friends. The tea will have two seatings: one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. As this tea is inside the Mansion, each seating is limited to only 40 people. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon and be one of only 80 people to sip tea and nibble on scones inside the Mansion.
Tickets may be purchased at the Bidwell Mansion SHP visitor center (530-895-6144) and Made in Chico (530-894-7009).
Twilight Family Night at Bidwell Mansion – Bidwell Throughout California
Saturday, July 13
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
John Bidwell is well known for his influence in Chico, but did you know his influence was felt throughout California? Join us as we travel the State with John and experience his many adventures. This fun, outdoor event is a wonderful way to enjoy a summer night with the family. All ages are welcome to this free event. Bring something to sit on, as we will be on the lawn area behind the Carriage House.
Annie’s Star Quilt Guild Exhibit
Tickets: General park entrance fee: $6 for adult, $3 for children 5-17, and free for children 4 or younger
Come see beautiful quilts on display at the Mansion and Visitor Center. Each quilt has been wonderfully made by members of the Annie's Star Quilt Guild. There will even be an opportunity quilt.