Aug 24, 201603:44 PMThe Weekender

Eat, drink and dance your way through these 11 International Festivals

Eat, drink and dance your way through these 11 International Festivals

Whether you're up for sipping Armenian coffee, munching on lumpia, or dancing the hora, here are 11 great ways to celebrate the Sacramento region's cultural diversity from now through October. 

Brazilian Arts & Cultural Dance Festival

Aug. 28 Even though the Rio Olympics have come to a close, this fourth annual festival will continue the celebration of Brazil’s food, music and dance in midtown Sacramento. Nab a bowl of moqueca de camaroes (Brazilian shrimp stew) or a savory chicken and rice dish and watch drumming and dancing groups take the stage. To honor the Olympic Games, adults and kids can channel their inner Neymar during a soccer penalty shoot-out competition. Free. 1-7 p.m. 20th St. between J and K streets. 588-5463.

Sacramento Greek Festival

Sept. 2-4 Head to the Sacramento Convention Center for this big, fat Greek fiesta. Learn traditional Greek dances like the Kalamatiano (a 12-step circle dance where everyone joins hands), or roll up your sleeves for hands-on cooking demonstrations on how to manipulate phyllo dough to make delicious traditional treats like baklava and spanakopita (a flaky pocket stuffed with spinach and cheese). As always, there will be no shortage of Greek foods to feast upon—yearly favorites include moussaka (a layered eggplant and beef dish) and the doughnut-like loukoumades. $5. Hours vary by day. Sacramento Convention Center. 1400 J St.

Mediterranean Food and Music Festival

Sept. 17-18 This 12th annual festival will offer a wide assortment of authentic Mediterranean fare, including stuffed grape leaves, gyros with lamb, fresh vegetarian dishes like falafel, hummus and tabouli, and sugared doughnuts for dessert. Middle Eastern vocalist Nader Zaki will perform Arabic songs with his band on Saturday, and this year’s admission proceeds will support the music and jazz program at West Sacramento's River City High School. $3. Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 12-7 p.m. Holy Virgin Mary Church. 3060 Jefferson Blvd. 955-4736.

Jewish Food Faire

Sept. 18 Jewish fare is the star at this 39th annual food festival in Carmichael. Nosh on chicken matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, pastrami sandwiches and breads like rye and pumpernickel straight from delis in Los Angeles and New York. This year, the faire is introducing brisket sandwiches and vegetarian options like homemade hummus with vegetables and mushroom soup. Burn some calories by learning the hora, or line dance to beats by local DJ Terry Press-Dawson. Plus, browse art booths, book stalls and take premade and frozen food home for later. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom. 4746 El Camino Ave. Carmichael. 485-4478.