Special Events

Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

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Dark Sky Festival
Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, 2015
Join us for this annual event as visitors, park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists celebrate all that is out of this world. Special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities will be offered during the festival.

Ash cloud rising from Lassen Peak, Manzanita Lake in the foreground.

Lassen Centennial
On May 22, 1915 a large explosive eruption of Lassen Peak brought national attention that set the stage for the establishment of Lassen Volcanic National Park on August 9, 1916. Beginning spring of 2015, Lassen Volcanic, along with neighboring communities, will celebrate Lassen's 100th anniversary. Special park and community events will occur in 2015 and 2016 to commemorate the special event.

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NPS Centennial
Along with Lassen Volcanic National Park, the National Park Service turns 100 in 2016. Join us in celebrating a legacy of protection, preservation, and enjoyment at Lassen and over 400 other NPS units. To celebrate the centennial, we invite you to Find Your Park through special experiences at Lassen Volcanic and national park sites worldwide.
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Reach Higher Trail Challenge
Earn a commemorative bandana just by hiking and burning calories! Participants can pick up a brochure at an entrance station, the Loomis Museum, or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Once you've completed the challenge, bring your brochure to the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center to receive your free bandana.
Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Vehicle Free Days
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | Vehicle-free day handout
Enjoy walking, running, or biking on the park highway vehicle-free! Come prepared for cool weather especially in the early morning and late evening. Don't forget clothing layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Restrooms will be available at various stops along the highway. Water will be available only at the Loomis Museum, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, and Lassen Peak parking area. Leashed pets are permitted on pavement. Read the May 2015 vehicle-free day handout to learn more.

Lassen usually offers a vehicle free weekend in the spring season prior to road opening. The dates are dependent on road clearing which varies from year to year. Previous vehicle free days: May 2, 2015 | May 16-18, 2014 | May 11, 2013. View photos from the park's vehicle free days.

A Mountain Chickadee perched on snow

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday, December 17, 2015
Join in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and be a part of this special contribution to conservation. Volunteers ready to enjoy a beautiful day in the woods are invited to meet at the administration building in park headquarters at 8 am. The bird count will continue through 4:30 pm, however you can participate for an hour or two, or the entire day.

Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Be sure to bring a lunch, snow boots, gloves, warm clothes, and binoculars.

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Lassen Film Festival
The 2016 Film Festival dates will be announced at a later time
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
Discover winter at Lassen through outdoor fun and film at the third annual Lassen Film Festival. Join us for this free event celebrating Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film.

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Art & Wine of Lassen
Saturday, September 26
Celebrate local art, wine, and music at Lassen. Returning for its sixth year, this popular event featuring local businesses is held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Taste wine from local vineyards, sample products from regional entrepreneurs, and enjoy music from local artists. Park admission is free September 26 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

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