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Stay local and go global at these 8 international festivals

08/21/18

Stay local and go global at these 8 international festivals

You can stay local and go global, thanks to these eight cultural festivals throughout the Sacramento region this fall. From Jewish matzo ball soup to Armenian pizza and a Greek doughnut-eating contest, these international extravaganzas are bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of the world right to the River City's backyard.  Elk Grove Multicultural Festival Aug. 25 This seventh annual fête, which closes out Elk Grove's Cultural Diversity Awareness Month, will showcase performances from dozens of local artists and groups like Sacramento-based Kristy Oshiro, who will lead a taiko drum presentation, and Elk Grove's Otahi Marama, whose members will perform the hula. Guests can also sample...

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Keep the summer fun going at these four county fairs

08/02/18

Keep the summer fun going at these four county fairs

The 2018 California State Fair may have wrapped up its 17-day run last Sunday, but the summer fun continues. Here are four county fairs around the Sacramento region where you can get your carnival fix. Yuba-Sutter Fair Aug. 2-5 Mark this county fair’s 160th anniversary with four days of festivities, which will include train tours on Cowboy Ken’s Rawhide Express, little oinkers fighting for first place in the Great American Pig Races, and live music on three stages from the likes of Yuba City rock group The Catfish Hunter Band and Sacramento country act Madison Hudson Band. Wash down the fair fare—including turkey legs and cheese on a stick—with suds from the beer garden. Youngsters can race on pedal tractor pulls or meet...

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Outdoor movie series for grown-ups returns with four coming-of-age films

07/25/18

Outdoor movie series for grown-ups returns with four coming-of-age films

Call the babysitter and grab the popcorn: The "no kids allowed" Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival returns to Fremont Park this September for its second consecutive year with a quartet of coming-of-age stories.  Robert Hayes, whose company Sacramento Outdoor Movies provides equipment and setup for many of the outdoor film series around the region, founded the inaugural adults-only cinefest last year, which screened four films by the Coen Brothers, including Fargo and The Big Lebowski, and drew nearly 1,000 people).  This year's festival will take place over two weekends this fall, kicking off Friday, Sept. 28, with a screening of The Graduate, Mike Nichols’ 1967 classic starring Dustin Hoffman as a...

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Feast your way through these 7 food festivals this summer

06/21/18

Feast your way through these 7 food festivals this summer

'Tis the season to be a bounty hunter in American's Farm-to-Fork Capital. Here are 7 sweet (and spicy and savory) food festivals to dig into this summer. The Pepper Festival June 23 This inaugural festival will heat things up in Auburn by paying tribute to the titular vegetable, from sweet and mild varieties like multicolored bells to the mouth-burning strains like the infamous Carolina Reaper. Each food maker at this spicy soiree, including Che Buono, Cousins Maine Lobster and The Dive, will create a pepper-infused dish, and heat hounds can visit Hot Sauce Row to taste small-batch condiments. Folks can also jump around in an adult bounce house, join a hot pepper-eating contest, or check out a performance from bands like the Nevada City-based Dixie outfit Earles of...

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Auburn to host typewriter exhibition and film screening this fall

06/20/18

Auburn to host typewriter exhibition and film screening this fall

This fall, an Auburn event will pay tribute to the ye olde word processing machine that's making a comeback: the typewriter. Billed as "The Typewriter Revolution,” the celebration—which was concocted by Auburn-based writer and journalist Gary Moffat and Ole Kehlet, owner of Sacramento's only typewriter repair shop—will take over the State Theater on Saturday, Oct. 27, and will feature a screening of the 2017 documentary California Typewriter, which focuses on the titular typewriter repair shop in Berkeley and the country's renewed interest in the vintage machines. The film includes interviews with typewriter enthusiasts like Tom Hanks (who owns about 250 typewriters and refuses to open thank-you emails), Pulitzer Prize-winning author David...

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