The Weekender

11 ways to have fun during the Labor Day weekend in Sacramento

08/31/15

11 ways to have fun during the Labor Day weekend in Sacramento

From a Wipeout-inspired fun run to an anime convention and a boot-scootin’ Old Sacramento festival, we’ve rounded up 11 fun ways for you to make the most of summer’s last hurrah during the upcoming three-day weekend.  Brazilian Independence Day Street Festival Sept. 5 Music and dancing will fill the streets of midtown for this Brazilian Independence Day celebration, which was founded in 2013 to bring an appreciation of Brazilian folkloric arts and culture to Sacramento. This year’s event features a new line-up of performances by the Casa de Brazilian Folkloric Arts, like drumming, capoeira (Brazilian martial arts that combine acrobatics and dance) and Samba dance lessons. Then cool down with a glass of caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail,...

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Paddleboarding race to raise money for Sacramento’s drowning rescue team

08/07/15

Paddleboarding race to raise money for Sacramento’s drowning rescue team

Make a splash for a good cause on the Sacramento river at the first Paddle 4 D.A.R.T. fundraiser on Aug. 8, when stand-up paddleboarders will compete to benefit Sacramento’s Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T). At this inaugural fundraiser, you can watch from Crawdad’s on the River and enter a raffle to win a paddleboard or gift card from restaurants and businesses like Crawdad’s, Chevys and Flow Stand Up Paddle. Crawdad’s will feature menu specials benefiting the fundraiser and a DJ will be spinning music on a floating stage in the river. “We’re always encouraging water safety and there’s a really big stand-up paddleboarding community here in Sacramento, so [the event] took off from there,” says Kelsey...

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The 6th annual Sacramento Banana Festival paints the town yellow this weekend

08/05/15

The 6th annual Sacramento Banana Festival paints the town yellow this weekend

Eat, dance and go bananas at Sacramento’s sixth annual Banana Festival, which will be held on Aug. 8 and 9 in Land Park. This year’s theme, “Viva La Banana,” embodies the spirit of Las Vegas with everything from variety shows to dance performances and an Elvis Presley impersonator. More than 8,000 visitors are expected to head to William Land Park for this year's celebration, which is produced by the National Youth Academic Corps and the Sojourner Truth Museum and will also feature a fashion show, youth talent competition and a magician act. Kids can also spend the day going on train rides, pony rides and rock climbing.  “People have said when they come to the banana festival, it makes them feel like they’re [experiencing] Mardi Gras or...

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County fairs bring fun, food and festivities to the weeks ahead

07/31/15

County fairs bring fun, food and festivities to the weeks ahead

The 17-day California State Fair may be over, but that doesn’t mean the revelry of fair-going has to end. From Woodland to Grass Valley, check out these hometown festivals around the region with plenty more fried food, dizzying carnival rides and outdoor activities to keep the summer alive.  Yuba-Sutter Fair Jul. 30-Aug. 2 The Yuba-Sutter Fair descends upon Yuba City, living up to its theme “where fun grows.” Watch local ropers show off their skills in the team roping competition on Thursday or vehicles battle it out at the “Tuff Trucks and Mud Bogs” destruction derby show on Saturday. Live bands like The Chris Gardner Band, The Madison Hudson Band, and Yuba City country singer Tyler Rich will perform at this year’s fair, and...

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Five fun ways to experience whitewater rafting this summer

07/22/15

Five fun ways to experience whitewater rafting this summer

Summer is on, and whitewater rafting is alive and well in the wake of California’s historic drought. Despite the lack of rainfall and snowpack, the South Fork and Middle Fork of the American River are still churning with rapids, thanks to their locations downstream of hydro-electric dams, which are required to release water on a schedule to generate electricity for the surrounding communities. “[SMUD and PG&E] have to release the water anyway, they are just doing it within a certain time frame so we might have this other recreational possibility, and also satisfy the natural environment and generate power,” says Arnie Chandola, owner of American Whitewater Expeditions. “It’s a big cycle and the rafting is only a small part of it.” The...

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