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Celebrate fall at 7 great pumpkin patches around town

09/30/16

Celebrate fall at 7 great pumpkin patches around town

October is just around the corner, bringing with it autumnal activities and a chance to roam the region’s pumpkin patches for the perfect jack-o’-lantern canvas. Sip apple cider slushies, get lost in corn mazes and bounce around on hayrides at these seven great patches. Bishop's Pumpkin Farm Though Oct. 31 Like an amusement-park-meets-county-fair, this 90-acre farm in Wheatland is tailor-made for hours of exploring. Wind your way through the 3.5-acre corn maze, go hog-wild at the “Naspig” races, catch a train through the apple orchards, or take a hayride to the pumpkin patch—where you can choose from 50 different varieties of the autumnal squash. Adrenaline junkies can line up for a 200-foot zipline, and foodies can queue up at the Cider Mill or...

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Catch the high-flying action at the 11th annual California Capital Airshow

09/26/16

Catch the high-flying action at the 11th annual California Capital Airshow

The sky will be the limit at Mather Airport on Oct. 1-2 during the 11th annual California Capital Airshow, which will feature the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.  A fleet of 300 planes will be on hand for a weekend of powerful jet noise, dizzying aerobatics and exhibitions touting the history of aviation and its modern advances, with opportunities to chat with pilots and step inside cargo aircraft. “It’s beautifully choreographed and a feast for the senses,” says Darcy Brewer, the California Capital Airshow’s executive director. On Saturday and Sunday, the gates of Mather Airport will open at 9 a.m., with the first aircraft taking to the skies at noon. Accompanying the Blue Angles for overhead demonstrations will be the Royal Canadian Air...

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Weezer and Panic! At the Disco to headline second annual City of Trees music festival

09/08/16

Weezer and Panic! At the Disco to headline second annual City of Trees music festival

The second annual City of Trees music festival is moving to Bonney Field this year, on Sept. 10, with headliners Weezer and Panic! At the Disco. The event’s 2015 debut at Gibson Ranch in Elverta saw heavy traffic and limited parking, but Danielle Palermini, event coordinator for Entercom Sacramento, which manages the festival, says that with a bigger venue and better preparation, City of Trees is ready to welcome up to 12,000 attendees for a day filled with a music, food and an energetic vibe. The acts at City of Trees will rotate between the main stage and the "discovery" stage and include performances from the two headliners, along with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Phantogram, The Struts, The Unlikely Candidates, Weathers and The Rebel Light. Several local...

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The 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival brings the laughs

09/06/16

The 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival brings the laughs

The Sacramento Comedy Festival will bring the funny to Sactown for its sixth annual event Sept. 9-11, featuring 28 stand-up comedians, improv acts and sketch comedy groups from all over the country. “The festival is a celebration of all things comedy,” says Crall, owner of midtown's Sacramento Comedy Spot, which is hosting the event. “We want people to start recognizing Sacramento as hot spot for comedy talent, and one of the ways we do that is by putting on [this] festival.” This year’s lineup includes Keith Lowell Jensen, who has appeared on Spike TV; Robert Berry, a veteran comic who has performed at Sacramento’s Punch Line and Laughs Unlimited; Nameless Numberhead, a sketch comedy duo from South Carolina; and Jill Maragos, a Los...

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Six sweet spots to visit in Apple Hill this season

08/31/16

Six sweet spots to visit in Apple Hill this season

For Sacramentans, the onset of fall means one very important thing: Apple Hill season is upon us. Labor Day weekend marks the official opening of the foothills apple farm region, and we've plucked six delicious destinations to check out this year. Abel’s Apple Acres Why it’s special: Pony rides? Picnic tables overlooking a peaceful pond? Homemade caramel by the quart? This four-generation family ranch in Placerville ticks all of those boxes, and also offers a craft fair with items like jewelry, candles and stained glass art, as well as a book nook with children’s stories and cookbooks of Apple Hill family recipes. What to try: Abel’s buttermilk apple pie, made with fresh buttermilk custard, a secret blend of fall spices and a mound of crisp apples...

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