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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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6th annual Bastille Day Waiters' Race set to storm midtown July 12

06/30/15

6th annual Bastille Day Waiters' Race set to storm midtown July 12

Vive la France! The Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters' Race & Street Festival, which was inspired by the Parisian footrace that celebrates the French holiday, returns for its sixth year in midtown’s Handle District on Sunday, July 12. The event will feature up to 50 local restaurant servers in traditional black and white Parisian-style uniforms speed walking around the block twice while balancing a tray holding a bottle and two glasses. The goal is to be the first to cross the finish line before spilling the contents of their tray. A street festival featuring food, drinks and entertainment will take over the Handle District during the event, with French fare from the likes of Crepeville and Brasserie Capitale, as well as local wineries and tastings from...

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with 10 dazzling fireworks displays

06/26/15

Celebrate the Fourth of July with 10 dazzling fireworks displays

Be proud to be an American: We’ve got the scoop on 10 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, with fireworks, food and old fashioned family fun. Don your stars and stripes and check out these Independence Day events throughout the Sacramento region.   Cal Expo July 4 For more than 20 years, Cal Expo has boasted the biggest 4th of July display of fireworks in the Sacramento region, and this year is no different. In partnership with the City and County of Sacramento, Cal Expo will light up the sky with a massive fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. The Sacramento-based country rock quintet The Cripple Creek band, rock cover band Radio Billionaires and folk singer-songwriter Hannah Jane Kile will regale the crowd with their music as a warm-up to the main...

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Eight great ways to celebrate Father’s Day in and around Sacramento

06/18/15

Eight great ways to celebrate Father’s Day in and around Sacramento

From old-school bands to classic cars and a beer tasting train trip, here are eight great ways to show Pops he’s the world’s best dad this weekend. George Thorogood and Brian Setzer, The Beach Boys, SuperHuey Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20 Take dad back in time this weekend with these three retro concerts. The high-energy combo of blues-rocker George Thorogood and rockabilly idol Brian Setzer will rock the Friday night stage at Thunder Valley Resort Casino, where Thorogood will play vintage tunes like “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “Bad to the Bone” with his band The Destroyers, while Setzer’s set will mix classic riffs (“(She’s) Sexy & 17,” “Stray Cat Strut”) with songs from...

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