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Ring in Fourth of July with 10 vibrant fireworks shows

06/24/16

Ring in Fourth of July with 10 vibrant fireworks shows

We’ve rounded up 10 ways to celebrate this year’s Independence Day, with dazzling fireworks shows and festivals. So don your best red, white and blue attire and get ready to commemorate the nation’s most explosive holiday. Cal Expo July 4 As it does every year, this coming Fourth, Cal Expo will once again host one of the biggest fireworks shows in the Sacramento region. The sky will light up for 20 minutes, starting at 9:30 p.m., when spectators can marvel at the massive, colorful display from their seats in the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. When the gate opens at 4:30 p.m., food trucks from Spectra, the exclusive caterer of Cal Expo, will offer a variety of carnival fare like burgers, hot dogs and cotton candy, and local country music band...

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7 fun events to take dad to this Father’s Day

06/14/16

7 fun events to take dad to this Father’s Day

For this Father's Day weekend, we've rounded up eight great events to show dad a fun time, whether he wants to take a ride in a classic hot rod, go on a nature hike, or salute Captain Kirk. Wizard World Comic Con June 17-19 This third annual comic book gathering at the Sacramento Convention Center is the perfect opportunity for dad to geek out on rare comics and new releases from indie graphic novel producers and powerhouses like Marvel and DC. Catch photo ops with celebrities like actors Sebastian Stan (Bucky from Captain America), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) and Dean Cain (The Adventures of Lois & Clark), as well as former Yankees star Reggie Jackson (aka Mr. October) and Captain Kirk...

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10 fun things to do on Memorial Day weekend

05/24/16

10 fun things to do on Memorial Day weekend

From music in the streets of Old Sacramento to barbecue and baseball at Raley Field and the county fair at Cal Expo, we’ve got the scoop on 10 fun ways to spend Memorial Day weekend throughout the region.  Sacramento County Fair May 26-30 Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with five days of festival fun at this annual fair, which takes place at Cal Expo over Memorial Day weekend. Check out competitions like a corn-dog-eating contest and diaper derby (tiny tots have 90 seconds to crawl from one cheering parent to the other), and agricultural displays like the yearly Farm Garden in a Wheelbarrow exhibit. Youngsters can visit a petting zoo, take pony and camel rides, or hop on one of over 10 rides in the kids’ carnival, and hungry fair-goers can munch...

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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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