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Two new lantern festivals will light up the region in May and October

03/26/18

Two new lantern festivals will light up the region in May and October

Everything will be illuminated at two new lantern festivals that'll be lighting up the region this year. Ready, set, glow. Luminara Festival May 26 Following its inaugural event in San Jose in April, the Luminara Festival will descend upon Roseville’s At the Grounds venue (formerly the Placer County Fairgrounds) in late May with almost 3,000 multicolored lanterns suspended in the air, blending the centuries-old tradition of Asian lantern ceremonies with the vibe of a modern outdoor festival. At this fête—which will also feature live music and a motivational speaker (the lineup will be announced later this month)—guests can select from red, blue, purple and orange paper lanterns that are lit with LEDs and decorate them with...

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7 egg-cellent ways to celebrate Easter in Sacramento

03/21/18

7 egg-cellent ways to celebrate Easter in Sacramento

Easter hops into our calendars early this year on April 1, bringing underwater egg hunts, adult egg hunts and other events to Sacramento as spring gets underway. Here are seven festive ways to celebrate the holiday. Easter Egg Express March 24-31 Hop aboard this Sacramento RiverTrain excursion for a two-and-a-half-hour adventure through Yolo County that departs from West Sacramento and makes a stop at Elkhorn Park, where the Easter Bunny will greet families and guide kids through an egg hunt for candy and toy prizes. Little ones can also go crayon crazy at a decorating station for egg-collecting bags, take part in a bunny hop contest and listen to a reading of the storybook How to Catch the Easter Bunny. $10-$45. Dates and times vary. West Sacramento...

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Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

03/13/18

Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

From a pedal-powered pub crawl to a bagpipe-powered parade, here are six lively ways to live it up in Sactown this St. Paddy’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland March 15 The Harris Center in Folsom will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and dance, featuring the three-member Kerry Voice Squad, who will sing classics like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and will be accompanied by musicians on traditional instruments like fiddles, uilleann pipes, flutes, guitars, banjos and the bodhrán drum. Irish dancers will also jig under the leadership of Connor Reider, who is part of the professional dance troupe Celtic Fyre and has performed with six-time Grammy Award-winning band The Chieftains. $18-33. 7:30 p.m....

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How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

02/21/18

How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

On Sunday, March 4, we’ll collectively hold our breath as the 90th annual Academy Awards air on ABC at 5 p.m. Lady Bird—Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s semiautobiographical story about her senior year in high school—received five nominations, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress and best supporting actress. Here are some ideas to help you cheer on "the Fellini of Sacramento." Start Oscar morning with a Lady Bird walking tour What better way to get in the Lady Bird party-throwing mood than to follow in Gerwig's footsteps? At 9 a.m. on March 4, Sac Running Tours will lead a 3.2-mile, two-hour walking tour through East Sacramento that will highlight stops at sites featured in the movie, like Club Raven,...

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Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

01/31/18

Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

The 20th annual Sacramento Museum Day takes place this Saturday, Feb. 3, and more than two dozen museums, libraries and cultural centers will open their doors with free admission. Here are 10 spots where you can try everything from hopping into a flight simulator to channeling your inner poet. Aerospace Museum of California This aviation museum in McClellan will display almost 40 aircraft—from Russian MiGs to Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jets (yep, the kind Goose and Maverick flew in Top Gun). Hop inside some of these high-flying machines during the museum’s Open Cockpit Day (which only happens a few times a year) and take flight in a new motion simulator that allows make-believe pilots to soar with the Wright brothers, travel on the space shuttle...

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