California Bigfoot Festival


Willow Creek Big Foot Daze Parade & Festival

July 8, 2023, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Festival in Veterans Park
100 Kimtu Rd.,
Willow Creek, CA 95573
Free admission,

Bigfoot Daze Parade

July 8, 2023, 10 a.m.

Parade in Downtown Willow Creek
Highway 299
Willow Creek, CA
Participation is the best way to donate and have fun at the same time, so join the parade, set up an activity booth, food booth, or retail booth. Some examples of possible parade entries are: floats, heavy equipment, livestock, and groups on foot, bike, or walking. Parade entry fees are charged for businesses. All non-profit organizations/clubs and personal entries are exempt from this fee. Prizes are given for Best Float, Best Vehicle, Best Walking Group, Best Use of Theme, Best Animal Entry and Best Overall.

Music & Concerts

12:15-1:15 p.m. DJ Pandemonium Jones
2-3:30 p.m. Arkangelle & Winstrong with The Wisedem Band
4-5 p.m. Absynth Quartet


12-4 p.m. Lumberjack Competition Demo
12-5 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament
1:15-2 p.m. Bigfoot Calling Contest
3:30-4 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest
July 9, 2023, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Softball Tournament

Ice Cream Social

11 a.m. approx., when parade finishes
Willow Creek-China Flat Museum
38949 CA-299
Willow Creek, CA
Cool down with some ice cream (till gone) at the home of the renowned Bigfoot Collection. The museum includes a miner's cabin, gold mine and blacksmith shop, plus displays of historical artifacts, antique logging and mining equipment.

  • Bigfoot Call Contest usually starts around 1 p.m. with kids first
  • Softball Tournament
  • Waterslides, Bounce House and Rock Wall
  • Horseshoe Tournament
  • Car Show
  • Food
  • Adult and Kids Bikes Games
  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Logging Competition
  • Live music
  • And much more......

This non-profit community event relies on generous donations from local businesses, across the county and beyond. All monies raised fund the festivities for next year.

Travel Directions
Located in beautiful Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital is one hour east of Eureka and two hours northwest of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Bigfoot Scenic Byway, Highway 96. Willow Creek is located on the Trinity River in the middle of Six Rivers National Forest.

Bigfoot Lore
Rooted in Native American story-telling and reports, the story goes that a huge manlike creature and his family dwelled in the Bluff Creek area along the Klamath River. The earliest known report of this man-animal was possibly recorded in Crescent City around 1886. There were numerous reports from the area between Willow Creek and Happy Camp of large human-like creatures seven to eight feet tall and weighing from 350 to 800 lbs. These creatures were reported to be man-like, with a light covering of hair on their bodies. These prehistoric-looking man-apes faded away for many years only to appear again in 1935 when huge tracks were found in snow on a nearby mountain.

In 1958, in the Bluff Creek area, an entire new epic of Bigfoot was begun. Heavy equipment was moved, loaded drums were tossed about, foot prints were everywhere, and workers were followed about through the dense underbrush by foul-smelling, haunting visages. In 1960, there were sightings by reliable people and over 50 sightings have taken place since that time. Perhaps the most talked about encounter happened in 1967 in a nearby canyon of Bluff Creek where the famous, or infamous, Patterson/Gimlin video was shot showing what appears to be an adult Bigfoot crossing the creek bank.

Willow Creek settled in the early 1800's as China Flat, became a gold rush supply center for the Northern Sierra mines. A postwar (WWII) boom brought lumber mills and logging companies to the area with demand so high for local quality timber that mills ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for several decades through the 1970s.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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