Sacramento Annual Events, Activities & Shows

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Sacramento Annual  Events, Activities & Shows

Serving as the California state capitol and the source of gold fever during the California Gold Rush, Sacramento sits at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s vast Central Valley.

Sacramento comes to life with a variety of annual events throughout the year, all which celebrate some unique part of Sacramento, beginning with the State Fair.

Held annually during July-August at the Cal Expo Center, the California State Fair has been bringing together the best of the state’s industries, agriculture and diversity of its people.

Sacramento Events

Dat Phan: "Last Comic Standing" Champion

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 28
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
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Thu, May 28
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
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FULL PRICE: $13.00 - $19.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.50

Dat Phan, best known as the winner of the first season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing", brings his clever and funny observations about everyday -- and not-so-everyday -- life in America today to Punch ... [more+]

Dat Phan, best known as the winner of the first season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing", brings his clever and funny observations about everyday -- and not-so-everyday -- life in America today to Punch Line Sacramento. Since winning the hit TV stand-up competition, Phan has been seen on "The Tonight Show" and Fox's "Family Guy", and headlined clubs and theaters across the country. The culturally insightful comedian has even been included in The Smithsonian Institution's exhibition of The Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese-American Individuals. [less-]

Surrealistic Journey of Love and Loss: "God's Ear"

at California Stage, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Grief takes many forms. But one thing is for sure -- at some point it strikes us all. When a couple suffers a tragic accident, their grief propels them into a fantastical world where the Tooth Fairy s... [more+]

Grief takes many forms. But one thing is for sure -- at some point it strikes us all. When a couple suffers a tragic accident, their grief propels them into a fantastical world where the Tooth Fairy sings, their flight attendant is a cross-dresser and G.I. Joe offers family counseling. It's a lyrically absurd journey of love, loss and laughter. "God's Ear" was written by Jenny Schwartz, who was praised by "The New York Times" for "her witty linguistic collages" and "quirky lyrical riffs ... The cleverness of the writing is undeniable." [less-]

Romance, Race and Drama in the Old South: "Levee James"

at Celebration Arts, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Fri, June 05
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Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Sun, June 07
Fri, June 12
Sat, June 13
Sun, June 14
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 20
Sun, June 21
Fri, June 26
Sat, June 27
Sun, June 28
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Set in 1920s rural Georgia, "Levee James" explores the intersection of race and prosperity in a place where lynchings and violence are common. More than just a look at strife and societal ills, this f... [more+]

Set in 1920s rural Georgia, "Levee James" explores the intersection of race and prosperity in a place where lynchings and violence are common. More than just a look at strife and societal ills, this folk play is also a powerful love story about finding the courage to live without restraint. With her poetic drama, award-winning playwright S.M. Shephard-Massat explores just how far everyday people will go to hold onto their dreams. Sacramento's Celebration Arts brings this riveting period drama to life on stage. [less-]

See the Murals, Taste & Sip on the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour"

at "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 27
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Fri, May 29
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 27
Wed, July 01
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FULL PRICE: $68.00
OFFER PRICE: $36.00

Sacramento's main streets are great, but there's hidden treasure to be found down its alleyways, behind corners and on tiny one-way streets. On the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", you'll see the l... [more+]

Sacramento's main streets are great, but there's hidden treasure to be found down its alleyways, behind corners and on tiny one-way streets. On the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", you'll see the local urban art murals hidden throughout the Midtown area of Sacramento, pop in for a visit -- and a sip -- at a few wine and port tasting rooms and duck into mom-and-pop eateries and bakeries while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of this truly hidden gem of the city. It's the complete recipe for a fun-filled and educational experience. Learn about the artists and how their work came to be, meet the chefs and hear their secrets, and savor tasty sips and bites during the three-and-a-half-hour guided tour. With groups limited to 12 or fewer, the tour is an interactive and intimate experience. [less-]

"Catch Me If You Can": A High-Flying Musical Comedy

at 24th Street Theatre, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Sun, May 31
Fri, June 05
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Fri, May 29
Sun, May 31
Fri, June 05
Sun, June 07
Sat, June 13
Sun, June 14
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 20
Sun, June 21
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FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.00

Based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the incredible true story that inspired it, the Tony-nominated musical "Catch Me If You Can" follows the life of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who uses ch... [more+]

Based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the incredible true story that inspired it, the Tony-nominated musical "Catch Me If You Can" follows the life of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who uses charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks to create his ideal future. Abagnale successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- and wins the girl of his dreams -- before FBI agent Carl Hanratty finally catches up to him. The dream team behind "Catch Me If You Can" includes playwright Terrence McNally ("The Full Monty", "Ragtime") and composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray"). Don't miss this high-flying musical at the 24th Street Theatre. [less-]

Comedian Bruce Bruce (BET, Comedy Central)

at Tommy T's Comedy Club, Rancho Cordova
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 29
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
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Fri, May 29
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
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FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Bruce Bruce's captivating improv skills and larger-than-life comedic style have helped set him apart from other stand-up comedians. Before entering the comedy business, Bruce used to entertain his cus... [more+]

Bruce Bruce's captivating improv skills and larger-than-life comedic style have helped set him apart from other stand-up comedians. Before entering the comedy business, Bruce used to entertain his customers while cooking at a BBQ joint, and he has also had a job as a Frito-Lay salesman, working the room during corporate meetings. Known for his superior wit, spontaneity and adult humor, Bruce was the host for two seasons on BET's "Comic View" and has headlined the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. He's starred in movies like "The Wash" and "Who's Your Caddy?" and is a popular performer on the festival circuit. Catch him perform live at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Rancho Cordova. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Doubletree Hotel Sacramento , Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 30
Sat, June 06
Sat, June 20
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Sat, May 30
Sat, June 06
Sat, June 20
Sat, July 11
Sat, July 25
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FULL PRICE: $85.75
OFFER PRICE: $51.45

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll n... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring snacks and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening, not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

One-Hour Historical Sacramento River Cruise

at Hornblower Yachts Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Thu, June 04
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Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Thu, June 04
Thu, June 04
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Thu, June 11
Fri, June 12
Sat, June 13
Thu, June 18
Thu, June 18
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 20
Thu, June 25
Thu, June 25
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Spend a leisurely hour on the Sacramento River learning about the waterway's part in transforming a former trading colony and stockade into the major American city that Sacramento is today. On this in... [more+]

Spend a leisurely hour on the Sacramento River learning about the waterway's part in transforming a former trading colony and stockade into the major American city that Sacramento is today. On this informative Hornblower cruise, you'll sail past Old Sacramento's famous historical sites including the Delta King, the I Street Bridge, the Tower Bridge and the Air Force Docks, and hear fascinating stories about the town's history. You'll also see the point where the American and Sacramento Rivers converge, and experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important river has to offer. Every cruise is fully narrated and packed with great sights and interesting information. [less-]

Close to You: Tribute to The Carpenters

at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, May 31
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter reigned as pop icons in the '70s, scoring more than a dozen Top Ten singles, three Grammy Awards, and a ton of TV appearances, including their own top-rated specia... [more+]

Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter reigned as pop icons in the '70s, scoring more than a dozen Top Ten singles, three Grammy Awards, and a ton of TV appearances, including their own top-rated special. Their career was cut tragically short by Karen's death from anorexia in 1983. But now you can experience their signature soft-rock sound live on stage at Harlow's in Sacramento, via this tribute concert starring vocalist Michelle Whited, backed by a full band. The Carpenters' legendary hits include their first No. 1, "Close to You," followed by "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Sing," "It's Going to Take Some Time" and many, many more. [less-]

"Origins of Sacramento" Walking Food and Cultural Tour

at Local Roots Food Tours Meet Up, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 02
Fri, June 05
Tue, June 09
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Tue, June 02
Fri, June 05
Tue, June 09
Sat, June 13
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FULL PRICE: $62.00
OFFER PRICE: $34.00

Sacramento has a diverse cultural tradition and rich history, which you'll discover as your friendly and knowledgeable guide shows you national landmarks, gorgeous mission-style churches, and famed ar... [more+]

Sacramento has a diverse cultural tradition and rich history, which you'll discover as your friendly and knowledgeable guide shows you national landmarks, gorgeous mission-style churches, and famed architecture throughout period neighborhoods. Explore the culinary traditions of the city from Midtown Sutter's colony Nueva Helvecia to East Sacramento's Fabulous Forties, where Ronald Reagan once resided. You'll also make several stops along the way to taste fare from hidden-gem eateries off the beaten path, and get the opportunity to meet talented and passionate chefs while sampling their fresh local-ingredient creations. This fun, informative and filling three-and-a-half-hour tour is great for both visitors and residents alike. [less-]

Sacramento Comedy Showcase: Top Locals & More

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Wed, June 03
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Laugh the night away with some of the hottest stand-up stars in town at the Punch Line's Sacramento Comedy Showcase. Top area comedians and up-and-coming pros take the stage, breaking boundaries and s... [more+]

Laugh the night away with some of the hottest stand-up stars in town at the Punch Line's Sacramento Comedy Showcase. Top area comedians and up-and-coming pros take the stage, breaking boundaries and showcasing their best and most original material. Every show is different, featuring various styles, stories and wit, but since there's so much to find funny about Sacto's political culture, you'll most likely be treated to some wry observations about the California capital and its particular tendency towards larger-than-life personalities, like the state's last two governors. [less-]

Comedian Colin Kane ("Howard Stern", "Opie & Anthony Show")

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 04
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
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Thu, June 04
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
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FULL PRICE: $13.00 - $19.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.50

Following a two-year run at Caroline's on Broadway and an evening at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, comedian Colin Kane takes the stage. A New York native, Kane's uncensored comedy and s... [more+]

Following a two-year run at Caroline's on Broadway and an evening at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, comedian Colin Kane takes the stage. A New York native, Kane's uncensored comedy and sharp crowd work earned him the top spot in Howard Stern's "Kill or Be Killed" competition, and he is a regular radio guest on "The Opie & Anthony Show". Kane has played the New York comedy club circuit as well as venues in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Boston, Mexico City, Norway and Stockholm, and Dennis Miller calls him "the next really big comedian." [less-]

The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: Zoso

at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 04
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

The power and mystery of prime '70s-era Led Zeppelin comes to the Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub stage, brought back to life when L.A.-based band Zoso rolls into Sacramento. Together 20 years, Zoso... [more+]

The power and mystery of prime '70s-era Led Zeppelin comes to the Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub stage, brought back to life when L.A.-based band Zoso rolls into Sacramento. Together 20 years, Zoso re-creates the distinctive sound, look and feel of the sonic magic originally created by vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The group has toured extensively, traversing the country with sets that include Zep favorites such as "Stairway to Heaven," "Communication Breakdown," "Heartbreaker," "Dazed and Confused," "The Song Remains the Same" and "Whole Lotta Love." [less-]

Comedian Mark Curry ("Hangin' With Mr. Cooper")

at Tommy T's Comedy Club, Rancho Cordova
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
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Fri, June 05
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Sat, June 06
Sun, June 07
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FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Best known as the star of the hit ABC show "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper", Mark Curry got his start as a stand-up comedy star. With a charming stage presence and infectious energy, Curry serves up disarmin... [more+]

Best known as the star of the hit ABC show "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper", Mark Curry got his start as a stand-up comedy star. With a charming stage presence and infectious energy, Curry serves up disarmingly funny lampoons of hypocrisy and race relations, from Hollywood celebrities buying black babies to caffeine addicts lined up outside Starbucks. In addition to performing to sold-out crowds across the country, Curry has hosted "Showtime at the Apollo", Comedy Central's "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" and BET's "Coming to the Stage", and currently stars in Nick At Nite's "See Dad Run" and Bounce TV's "One Love". Catch Curry's stand-up at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Rancho Cordova. [less-]

"The Magic of Ryan Kane": Magic Champ Conjures Up Daring Show

at Green Valley Theatre, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

The 2012 San Francisco Stage Magic Competition winner and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather's and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, "Please Enjoy Respons... [more+]

The 2012 San Francisco Stage Magic Competition winner and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather's and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, "Please Enjoy Responsibly". Kane began honing his craft as a teenager on the streets of Old Sacramento where he attracted audiences with his deft magic and charming personality. In his show, minds are read, whiskey bottles appear out of nowhere and a paintball gun is fired at the man responsible for it all. Sacramento welcomes their hometown magic hero when he returns to Green Valley Theatre. [less-]

Old Sacramento Ghost Tour: Laughs & Frights on a "Hysterical Walk of the Dead"

at Hysterical Walks Meet Up, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 06
Sat, July 25
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

"There's ghosts in them thar hills!" Old Sacramento was once a booming Gold Rush town, but these days its biggest claim to fame is as one of the most haunted places in the country. Now the seriously f... [more+]

"There's ghosts in them thar hills!" Old Sacramento was once a booming Gold Rush town, but these days its biggest claim to fame is as one of the most haunted places in the country. Now the seriously funny folks of Hysterical Walks & Rides are offering more than their usual comedy-filled tours of Old Sacramento -- mixing funny banter, historical facts and even a few scares -- in their "Hysterical Walk of the Dead". This frightfully funny guided tour provides plenty of spine-tingling supernatural tales as you check out some of the spookier haunts and back alleys of this historic town. Your guide will lead you on this terrifying tour for all ages, which has been known for its face-to-face encounters with the unknown. [less-]

"BlackOut Comedy Showcase": The Best Urban Comedians

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, June 07
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Some of the West Coast's funniest and wildest urban comedians come to Punch Line Comedy Club to show off their talents at the "BlackOut Comedy Showcase". Headlining the show will be comics Cameron O'B... [more+]

Some of the West Coast's funniest and wildest urban comedians come to Punch Line Comedy Club to show off their talents at the "BlackOut Comedy Showcase". Headlining the show will be comics Cameron O'Bannon, Tre Watts and Kiry Shabazz. Corey Calvert will be hosting and Robert Omoto will be a special guest. Their raw and original outlooks on family, relationships and life in general have made this one of the hottest comedy shows in Northern California. Come see these guys before they're famous. [less-]

Comedian Nikki Carr ("Last Comic Standing") at Punch Line

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 11
Fri, June 12
Fri, June 12
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Thu, June 11
Fri, June 12
Fri, June 12
Sat, June 13
Sun, June 14
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FULL PRICE: $15.00 - $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

A finalist on the 2014 season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing", rising star Nikki Carr headlines an evening of comedy at the Punch Line in Sacramento. Lovingly called "The Quiet Storm" by other comics, ... [more+]

A finalist on the 2014 season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing", rising star Nikki Carr headlines an evening of comedy at the Punch Line in Sacramento. Lovingly called "The Quiet Storm" by other comics, Nikki is quiet and shy in her personal life -- but then when she gets on stage, all bets are off. Nikki was raised in the Bronx and when she's performing, she has attitude to spare. She's appeared on BET's "Comic View", Martin Lawrence's "1st Amendment Stand Up", Showtime's "Stand Up for Family" and "One Mic Stand" with Kevin Hart to name a few. She can also be seen in the movies "Golddigger Killer", Dynasty Pictures' "Change the Game" and Charlie Murphy's "Crash Comedy". [less-]

Country Star Brad Paisley ("Whiskey Lullaby," "I'm Gonna Miss Her")

at Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 12
FULL PRICE: $40.50 - $59.75
OFFER PRICE: $20.00 - $30.00

One of the most bankable -- and likable -- stars in country music lights up the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland this summer on his "Crushin' It World Tour". Brad Paisley's sold more than 12 million a... [more+]

One of the most bankable -- and likable -- stars in country music lights up the Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland this summer on his "Crushin' It World Tour". Brad Paisley's sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards and become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His swift rise to the top came on the strength of his original songs, often laced with humor and pop-culture references, not to mention his insane guitar talent. He never fails to put out crowd-pleasing tunes that hit the sweet spot between country and pop, with favorites like "Whiskey Lullaby," "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" and "Southern Comfort Zone." Catch openers Justin Moore (reigning Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year) and Mickey Guyton ("Better Than You Left Me"). [less-]

"Old Sacramento Hysterical Walk": A Fun, Informative Tour of the City's History

at Hysterical Walks Meet Up, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 13
Sat, July 18
Sat, August 15
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

The historical becomes hysterical on this fun guided tour though Old Sacramento, a national historic landmark set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. Myrtle,... [more+]

The historical becomes hysterical on this fun guided tour though Old Sacramento, a national historic landmark set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. Myrtle, your in-character guide, is a sassy cowgirl who'll wax poetic about Old Sac's rich historic sites -- though she's been known to, as she put is, "stretch the truth just a pinch." You'll laugh yourself silly listening to your tour guide's hilarious anecdotes of the city's history and experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills and surprises that add a new layer to the city's traditional image. The "Old Sacramento Hysterical Walk" is a great way to get the lay of the land and discover a bit of California's fascinating past. [less-]



For 160 years, the fair has been the yearly culmination of entertainment, fascinating exhibits, popular livestock venues, over-the-top thrill rides and calorie-packed food.

Also held at the Cal Expo fairgrounds are the annual Sacramento Independence Day and Oktoberfest Celebrations.

Highlighted by the largest-scale pyrotechnics display the state, the Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday, while Oktoberfest features authentic German food, contests, games, live music and dancing, and Volkz Brau — a custom-brewed ale made specifically for this event.

Other ethnicities are also celebrated around Sacramento during the annual Ukrainian Festival, and Brazilian Independence Day, which is an amazing free festival demonstrating Brazil’s colorful culture.

For those interested in the arts, Sacramento has plenty of events scattered throughout the year, starting with the Chalk It Up! to Sacramento Art & Music Festival.

Held over Labor Day Weekend at Fremont Park, the three-day event draws over an average of 30,000 and features more than 200 artists creating chalk art on the sidewalks of downtown Sacramento. There is also live music, hands-on art activities for children and more.

Also held downtown and just shortly after Labor Day, is the annual Capital Artists’ Studio Tour at Verge Center for the Arts. The tour is one of the only times when artists open their studios to the public, offering a unique experience to all.

The first weekend of the event features open studios in Downtown, Midtown, Land Park and West Sac, followed on the second weekend by the studios in East Sac, Arden, Tahoe Park, Carmichael and Fair Oaks.

Good food and drink are enjoyed by all, and there are several annual events celebrating Sacramento’s farming and food tradition, including the Farm-to-Fork Festival and Capitol Beer Fest.

Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival is a free event where attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more.

The Capitol Beer Fest is held each March, and closes out Sacramento Beer Week at downtown’s beautiful Capitol Mall. This annual event in features over 100 craft breweries, serving over 300 different varieties of high quality craft beer, including Sacramento-area breweries.

Finally, visitors should get ready to turn back time to the 1850s, during the Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days over Labor Day Weekend.


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