The Weekender

Spring is in the air at these nine great warm-weather events

04/06/16

Spring is in the air at these nine great warm-weather events

From blossoming garden tours to outdoor festivals, here are nine great ways to catch spring fever throughout the Sacramento region. Doggy Dash April 9 Land Park goes to the dogs at this 23rd annual pup-themed 2K and 5K walk, which benefits the Sacramento SPCA. Post-race, canines and their two-legged companions can woof it up at the Bark at the Park Festival, which will include a Frisbee competition and the Ruff Mutter mud obstacle course, and contests like So Ugly I’m Cute and Best Pet-Owner Lookalike. Sip suds at the beer garden hosted by Oak Park Brewing Company and nosh on fare from SactoMoFo food trucks. $30-$40. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. William Land Park. Sutterville Rd. and Freeport Blvd. 504-2802. sspca.org Picnic Day April 16 For the 102nd time, UC Davis will open its...

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Ring in Easter with these 10 festive weekend celebrations

03/21/16

Ring in Easter with these 10 festive weekend celebrations

Easter is just around the corner, and we’ve rounded up 10 festive celebrations throughout the region, from an epic bunny battle against trolls and goblins to a golden egg hunt filled with real gold dust. Sacramento River Train Easter Egg Express March 24, 26 & 27 Hop aboard the Easter Egg Express, which follows the river from Old Sacramento and features a basketful of activities like Easter bag decorating and a live reading of Sierra’s Easter Train Adventure, written and illustrated by Davis-based author Shelle Hart. When the two-and-a-half-hour train ride reaches its ultimate stop at Elkhorn Landing, kids can hop off to greet the Easter bunny or use their freshly made bags during a park-wide egg hunt for tiny trinkets like candy and toys. The Easter bunny will...

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Catch a glimpse of the past and future at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium

02/24/16

Catch a glimpse of the past and future at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium

The future will meet the past at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium and Bazaar on Saturday, Feb. 27. The annual show, which started in 2013 and is organized by the Sacramento Steampunk Society, will showcase handmade goods with hints of sci-fi and vintage like top hats with affixed goggles, custom-made corsets, laser-cut wooden gear pendants, and costume jewelry made from broken watch parts and antique keys. Attendees typically come dressed the part, including in Star Wars and Doctor Who costumes. While browsing, keep an eye out for traveling comedy troupe Aether Brigade, who will be circulating around the market and emceeing the emporium’s giveaways. Also on hand will be authors like Sacramento-based fantasy novelist Dover Whitecliff, who will debut and...

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Hit the street in boxers and briefs at the fifth annual Sacramento Undy Run

02/10/16

Hit the street in boxers and briefs at the fifth annual Sacramento Undy Run

Boxers or briefs? Race with your choice of skivvies at Sacramento’s fifth annual Undy Run/Walk, which will take place in William Land Park on Feb. 27. Hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the charity event invites Sacramento runners to partake in a timed 5K or 1-mile walk wearing underthings, from the blue camouflage boxer shorts provided for registered runners to themed attire like superhero costumes. “We’ve seen dogs in tutus and people dressed as Superman, Batman and even Colon Cancer Man,” says Gabrielle Nadel, coordinator for the Colon Cancer Alliance. “It puts a lighthearted, easy spin to something that is very serious.” Kids can scamper along a 1-mile fun run, and racers can compete in a costume contest and walk through a massive...

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10 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

02/03/16

10 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

From a cupid-themed midtown pub crawl to a romantic train ride along the river, we’ve rounded up 10 events taking place this Valentine's Day weekend that are sure to make your heart skip a beat. Cupid’s Revenge Pub Crawl Feb. 13 At this interactive pre-Valentine's Day pub crawl, participants will partake in a photo scavenger hunt with tasks such as kissing a stranger’s head or singing a Katy Perry song at the top of their lungs. Crawlers hashtag finds on Instagram and Twitter and perform Yelp check-ins at bars along the midtown route (the names of which will be announced the day of) to receive drink specials like pink “Cupid’s kiss” shooters. Don’t forget your bow and arrows—there will be a costume...

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