Picnic Day Tickets Available for Doxie Derby, Fashion and Dance Shows

Small dogs race in the Doxie Derby.
The Doxie Derby will start at noon inside the University Credit Union Center, and will also be livestreamed. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Quick Summary

  • Picnic Day expected to draw thousands to campus Saturday, April 20
  • Tickets available for Doxie Derby, Fashion Show, Davis Dance Revolution
  • Most other events do not require tickets

Updated April 12: Tickets to the Doxie Derby are sold out, but the event will be livestreamed.

Faculty and staff, start planning your Picnic Day itineraries: Free tickets to the Doxie Derby are available online starting today (April 9).

The tickets, distributed at no cost online ahead of the event, were made available to students Monday and will open to members of the general public tomorrow.

The Doxie Derby is always one of the most-attended attractions of Picnic Day, and organizers expect this year to be no different. They said student demand caused problems with the ticketing website Monday.

To order a free ticket, visit the UC Davis ticketing website and use the promo code 7AV4JRHTZCDHHKZ, which is designated for faculty and staff only. After ordering a ticket, attendees will receive an email with a QR code, which must be printed prior to the big race.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the race, which is scheduled to start at noon in the University Credit Union Center.

For those unable to attend, the Doxie Derby will also be livestreamed.

Fashion Show

Model walks in 2022 Picnic Day Fashion Show
Crowds watch the 2022 Picnic Day Fashion Show. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Tickets are also available for the 2024 Picnic Day Fashion Show, presented by the UC Davis Fashion and Design Society, or FADS. This year’s theme, “Revival,” explores an improvement, an instance of becoming relevant again, a reawakening, or a restoration of physical and mental vigor to life or sporting success. 

The event will be presented live and outdoors twice on the Cruess Hall Makerspace Courtyard, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale for $12 through April 13, and can be purchased online:

After April 13, tickets are $15. At each show, there is no-cost standing room in designated sections. 

Davis Dance Revolution

A dozen dance groups will face off at this year’s Davis Dance Revolution, set for 7 p.m. in the University Credit Union (doors open an hour prior). The event, presented by the Center for Student Involvement, will feature dance styles ranging from hip hop to cultural, contemporary and more.

Tickets are available now for $20 (tickets are $10 for those ages 12 and younger), and can be purchased on the UC Davis ticketing website.

Theme, schedule

The 2024 Picnic Day, the 110th event, carries the theme of “Picnic Palooza.” The parade marshal will be Sheri Atkinson, associate vice chancellor of student life, campus community and retention services in Student Affairs.

Media Resources

Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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