Arts, Entertainment & Events
Performing arts fans will find a plethora of entertainment at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, and Theatre on the Ridge, the longest running community theatre in the Northstate. Northern California Ballet attracts dancers from all over the world to train and perform with local youth. Donn Thomson leads a lively and thriving Square Dance group at the Vets' Hall. Paradise Symphony Orchestra presents several concerts each season. We even have a Seven-Plex Cinema!
The natural beauty of our mountain home entices artists, painters, and photographers from all over the world for inspiration.
Paradise is home to several festivals, arts and craft shows, and annual events. Three large festivals feature vendor booths, entertainment and attractions to delight young and old alike. Gold Nugget Days celebrates our rich Gold Rush history with several events culminating in a parade that's everything a small town parade should be. Learn more from the Gold Nugget Museum, and download a parade entry form form. The Paradise Chocolate Fest unites chocolate lovers, vendors, wine merchants, bikers and kids young and old for a festival encompassing several events that raise funds to support youth on the Ridge.
Johnny Appleseed days, proudly sponsored by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce since 1937, celebrates the agricultural history of the Paradise Ridge. More information and vendor applications here.
Parks & Recreation
Paradise Recreation & Park District offers several fine indoor and outdoor venues for picnics, play and recreation. There is even a dog park! Additional parks include:
Paradise Community Park, at the corner of Pearson Black Olive. Visit the railroad museum and caboose. More information is available from The Town of Paradise.
Clotilde Merlo Park, Stirling City.
Adjacent to the Gold Nugget Museum is Paradise Memorial Park. For more information, call 530-872-8722.
Paradise Lake offers walking, biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, events, group picnics, children's playground and boating.
Lake Oroville Marina offers many recreational opportunities including fishing, boating and camping.
Hiking & Nature Trails
Through the center of Paradise runs the Memorial trail. Formerly a railroad line, the Memorial trail's four-mile gentle incline is now home to walkers, joggers, and leashed dogs. Additional trails are found on either slope of the Ridge and in Magalia.
Download a hiking guide: Hiking in Paradise.
The Paradise Ridge is a community with plenty to offer its youth in terms of educational choices, recreational opportunities, and community service.
Paradise Unified School District is comprised of four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, as well as alternative programs. PUSD also provides pre-school education and after school programs.
Paradise Adventist Academy is a private K-12 school.
Paradise Recreation and Parks District offers a variety of programs for preschoolers, kids and teens. League sports activities are available through Paradise Little League and Paradise Ridge Youth Soccer.
Theater and Dance
Stagecoach Youth Theatre Program provides acting and stagecraft opportunities for local children, and Northern California Ballet attracts dancers from all over the world to train and perform with local youth. Paradise Dancers offers classes and performance opportunities for pre-teens, teens and adults.