Event Information



Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival is the largest pet-friendly community event held annually at Sycamore Field in Lower Bidwell Park in Chico, CA. Now in its seventh year, Bidwell Bark will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 8 am to 1 pm.


Bidwell Bark combines the fun and excitement of a carnival atmosphere with the spirited fundraising power of a team-oriented 5K Run & 2K Walk. Join the more than 1,500 animal lovers and dogs who gather to enjoy Bidwell Bark’s unique combination of dog-friendly activities and family-style entertainment, all located in the scenic jewel of Lower Bidwell Park.


Bidwell Bark is one of the largest annual fundraisers for Butte Humane Society.


May 5th Festival – FREE to attend

The Bidwell Bark festival is free to attend! Come out with your furry friend to enjoy a day in the park with other animal lovers. Canine Demonstrations and activities in the Dog Fun Zone are free to enjoy. Participation in the Dog Contests and certain areas of the Kids Fun Zone request a small donation. There will also be many local vendors giving out free goodies and specials.

May 5th Fun Run and Walk – Register

We ask that anyone wanting to participate in the Fun Run or Walk please register for the event. With registration you receive the official Bidwell Bark T-shirt, access to the Refuel (Breakfast) Tent, and your own customizable webpage to help fundraise for animals in need!