The Weekender

2015

Five fun things to do for Day of the Dead in Sacramento

10/28/15

Five fun things to do for Day of the Dead in Sacramento

For 3,000 years, communities have celebrated the memory of departed loved ones on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with elaborate altars, food, parades and dance. Observe this timeless tradition at one of these five local events for the living. El Panteón de Sacramento Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Midtown’s La Raza Galeria Posada brings classic Día de los Muertos traditions together with the spirit of Mexico at this sixth annual El Panteón (the cemetery) of Sacramento. This two-day event (that drew more than 5,000 attendees last year) will feature an altar created by local community members and artists, as well as a parade and a 12-piece street band with a Mexican flair. Marigolds will be available for altar offerings to help guide spirits home, along with...

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Six must-visit spots to hit in Apple Hill this fall

10/23/15

Six must-visit spots to hit in Apple Hill this fall

With 50 farms and ranches that call Apple Hill home, it can be hard to know which ones to hit. Here's the lowdown on six of our hilltop favorites. Rainbow Orchards The aroma of hot apple cider donuts greets hundreds of visitors every year as they enter the colorfully painted farmhouse of Rainbow Orchards. The addictive fried cakes are served hot and made to order using cider pressed on-site from the farm's own apples and sprinkled with granulated sugar. If you're looking for baked goodness, try the Pink Lady apple pie, a twist on the traditional holiday dessert made with sweety Pink Lady apples (instead of the usual tart Granny Smith) or the new nectarine pie. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 2569 Larsen Dr. Camino. 530-644-1594. rainboworchards.net Grandpa’s...

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Six big ways for little ones to celebrate Halloween

10/20/15

Six big ways for little ones to celebrate Halloween

Young ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates can get into the Halloween spirit this season with festival games, pumpkin bowling and, of course, candy galore at these six costume parties around town. Night of 1,000 Pumpkins Oct. 23 Kids can trick-or-treat along the streets of Historic Folsom, which will be illuminated by 1,000 glowing jack-o’-lanterns. Also on hand will be a pop-up dance performance by Cynthia’s Dance Studio, a costume parade and contest, and an outdoor screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Free. 6-10 p.m. Sutter St. Folsom. 985-7452. historicfolsom.org Safe and Super Halloween Oct. 23-25 A treasure chest of treats awaits at Fairytale Town’s pirate-themed Halloween hoopla. Tykes can make golden coins, strut their...

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Eight haunted attractions scare up some fun this Halloween season

10/09/15

Eight haunted attractions scare up some fun this Halloween season

Monsters and goblins and brains, oh my! We scared up eight hair-raising haunted attractions that are sure to make the month of October a spook-tacular one. Callson Manor Watch a serial killer take on the electric chair, navigate an insane asylum and escape supernatural demons trying to take over your body this season at the Roseville-based terror fest. Hosting seven haunted houses spanning 2.5 acres of the Placer County Fairgrounds, the Callson Manor aims to make visitors feel like they are entering a horror film. This year, it has also added the free GETBIT Vision Augmented Reality app for an even more interactive experience. $29-$60. Open Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 26, and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. 7:30-10 p.m. Placer County Fairgrounds. 800 All America City Blvd. Roseville. 295-0002....

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Gorge on autumnal fun (and pie!) at these eight Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

10/02/15

Gorge on autumnal fun (and pie!) at these eight Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

Whether it’s for a spooky jack-o’-lantern, sweet and spicy pie or just a little festive décor, we found eight places around the region where you can get your pumpkin fix this fall. Load up on homemade fudge, hay rides and mazes galore at these praise-worthy patches.  Abel’s Apple Acres Through Oct. 31. With five photo cutouts, horse and pony rides and the “amazing maze,” Abel’s Apple Acres remains one of Apple Hill’s most crowd-pleasing pumpkin patches. This year, Abel’s has added a scavenger hunt on Saturdays and Sundays where plastic apples will be hidden around the site with vouchers for a free piece of pie or candy apple. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade fudge in flavors ranging from vanilla nut to cappuccino, or...

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Four harvest festivals help usher in the fall season

10/02/15

Four harvest festivals help usher in the fall season

From eggplant derbies and mandarin beignets, here are four fun ways to experience the bounty of the region this fall. Loomis Eggplant Festival Oct. 3 You'll find fare like eggplant pizzas or hot dogs with eggplant relish at this 28th annual festival. You can also create eggplant-themed artwork, race to the finish in the Eggonopolis 500 Pinewood Derby, learn how to prepare various dishes with the purple vegetable, or showcase your own cooking skills by entering a homemade eggplant dish in a cooking contest. For kids, the event will offer rock climbing, face painting, scavenger hunting, and the “amazing animal world” exhibit. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Loomis Train Depot. 5775 Horseshoe Bar Rd. Loomis. 652-7252. loomischamber.com Hoes Down Harvest Festival Oct. 3-4 At...

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Sacramento’s first PorchFest turns porches into live music stages

09/22/15

Sacramento’s first PorchFest turns porches into live music stages

Get ready to stomp, clap and sing to that midtown sound. For the first time in Sacramento, the Sac PorchFest will transform the porches of multiple midtown residences into stages showcasing local artists and musicians. The festival, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 26, will be centered on the intersection of 21st and I streets, an area known for its Victorian-style homes. Mike Phillips, one of the event’s coordinators, says there are many porch festivals throughout the U.S., but the idea for a local jamboree developed as an effort to unite the community with its local music scene. “It’s really open to the community,” Phillips says. “It’s an opportunity for folks to come together, have some fun and enjoy some great music.” A lineup...

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5 can't-miss things at this year's TBD Fest

09/15/15

5 can't-miss things at this year's TBD Fest

TBD Fest is back for its second year from Sept. 18-20, and it's bigger than ever, with three days of food, art and, of course, music, featuring 90 acts on four different stages along the West Sacramento riverfront. Here are five things you won't want to miss at this year’s festival. The Music Headliners like Chromeo, Tyler the Creator, Canadian synth-pop duo Purity Ring and British new wave pioneers Tears for Fears will lead the lineup at TBD Fest this year. Also featured will be the hip-hop group Pretty Lights, and Australian indie band Cut Copy, plus several homegrown acts like rap group Death Grips, indie pop band Doombird and electronic producer Dusty Brown . The Food Michael Hargis, who co-founded TBD Fest with Clay Nutting, calls this year’s food...

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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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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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Sacramento Australian Football League to host the Western Regional Tournament in Davis

06/10/15

Sacramento Australian Football League to host the Western Regional Tournament in Davis

Sacramento’s Australian Football League will put their best foot forward on Saturday, June 27 when for the first time ever, it hosts the annual Western Regional Tournament, which this year will be the largest regional Australian Football tournament in the country. Eleven teams from the western United States, plus one from Hong Kong, will be playing Australian rules football on the Nugget Fields in Davis on June 27 beginning at 9 a.m. The Sacramento Suns and Lady Suns will represent the capital city against teams from Portland, Seattle, Mesa, Ariz., and San Francisco (their rivals), and others in the biggest regional “footy” tournament prior to the league’s national tournament, which will be held Austin, Texas, in October. “[The game is] pretty...

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10 great things to do around town this Memorial Day weekend

05/20/15

10 great things to do around town this Memorial Day weekend

Summer is just around the corner. To get a jump-start on the sun-soaked season, we found 10 ways around town—from outdoor concerts to fireworks—to make this three-day Memorial Day weekend that much more memorable. Sacramento County Fair May 21-25 This annual Memorial Day weekend extravaganza offers five full days of exhibits, wildlife and festival fun. Watch acts like the Acrobats of Heibei China, hypnotist Steve Bayner and Fandango (a ZZ Top tribute band), take part in a corn-dog eating contest, or browse the livestock pavilion and agricultural displays like the Farm Garden in a Wheelbarrow. Junior fairgoers can play at a kids’ carnival with 15 child-friendly rides, visit the petting zoo or ride on a pony. $5. Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-10...

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Gunther’s Ice Cream rings in 75th anniversary with ice cream social

05/11/15

Gunther’s Ice Cream rings in 75th anniversary with ice cream social

Let's all scream for ice cream on Saturday, May 16 when Gunther’s Ice Cream serves up a massive outdoor bash to celebrate the shop’s 75th anniversary in Curtis Park. The outdoor ice cream social, which is expected to draw over 1,500 attendees, will take attendees back in time to the shop’s grand opening in 1940 with employees dressed in Gunther’s original uniforms, as well as ’50s music mixed by a live DJ. “I’m very proud of Gunther’s,” says co-owner Marlena Klopp, who took over the business in 1974 with her husband Rick after its original founders Herman and Iva Gunther passed away. “We have a very loyal following and people who just appreciate historical businesses and the memories that they’ve made....

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Amgen Tour of California kicks off in Sacramento

05/06/15

Amgen Tour of California kicks off in Sacramento

On May 10, Sacramento will gear up for the third time to host the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California, the nation’s most prestigious cycling race. More than 140 elite cyclists from teams across eight countries will take off from the State Capitol at 10:50 a.m. This year’s all-star roster features Germany’s Marcel Kittel, a two-year winner of the first and last stages of the Tour de France; England’s 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendesh and four-time U.S. national champion Freddie Rodriguez. Roughly 30,000 people are expected to attend the race, which offers a front-row view as racers exit downtown across Tower Bridge and wind through Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove along the Sacramento River. Riders will then head north into...

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10 sweet brunch destinations for Mother’s Day

05/05/15

10 sweet brunch destinations for Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day rolls around on May 10, we’ve rounded up 10 scrumptuous Sunday brunches around town—from strawberry trifle cake in Old Sacramento to crème brûlée French toast in El Dorado Hills—where you can give thanks to Mom. The Firehouse Make Mom feel extra special with this three-course meal prepared by Firehouse executive chef Deneb Williams. The holiday luncheon starts families off with an artisanal cheese and charcuterie meat platter followed by entrées like the Dungeness crab Benedict and blackened wild salmon that’s char-grilled with Cajun rub, dressed with chipotle aioli and accompanied by a side of bay shrimp ceviche. Guests can finish their meals with a dessert duet offering a milk chocolate mousse drizzled in...

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Six fun ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday

04/28/15

Six fun ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday

The 141st annual Kentucky Derby takes over Churchill Downs on May 2 and although local favorite California Chrome isn’t competing this year, we’ve rounded up six fun ways to saddle up for the country’s biggest equestrian showdown, from festive hat competitions to variations on the quintessential Derby drink, the mint julep. Cal Expo Race over to Cal Expo for its annual Derby Day bash, where you can participate in some friendly wagering with other Derby fans while enjoying the race at the event center’s newly remodeled club house, which just reopened last spring. The festivities include breakfast and lunch buffets serving gourmet dishes, such as carved tri-tip, roast turkey and gravy, Derby scrambled eggs and rice pilaf, as well as specialty drinks,...

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Whole Earth Festival springs up at UC Davis on Mother’s Day weekend

04/24/15

Whole Earth Festival springs up at UC Davis on Mother’s Day weekend

Mother Nature will take center stage Mother’s Day weekend at the 46th annual Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis from May 8 to 10. The three-day, eco-friendly festival invites earth lovers to spend a weekend filled with environmentally conscious festivities, such as browsing over 150 craft tents (offering handcrafted items like stained glass wind chimes, sports team-themed birdhouses and hand-sewn bohemian purses and clothing) or munching on vegetarian eats from over 20 organic food vendors, including Davis Indian cuisine favorites Raja’s Tandoor and Preethi Indian Cuisine, specialty pastry shop Butterfly Vegan Bakery, and offbeat popsicle maker Fat Face. “People come from all over the United States to be [at this festival], because it has values they agree with...

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Pet-A-Palooza lets the dogs out for a canine-friendly festival

04/21/15

Pet-A-Palooza lets the dogs out for a canine-friendly festival

The sixth annual Pet-A-Palooza returns to Sacramento on April 25, with bone-a-fide fun for both dogs and animal lovers alike. Expect over 1,000 four-legged friends to join this year’s party, which will include a live concert by “Bubbly” artist Colbie Caillat and British pop singer Katy Tiz, known for her single “The Big Bang.” “[This is] a very pet-friendly and pet-oriented event,” says Valerie Masters, Sacramento SPCA's community services director. “It’s a one-stop shop for people to learn about what’s going on in the community for animals, whether it’s rescue groups or shelters." Every dog will have his day at the Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course, in which Fido can chase furry toys through tubes and...

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Ruhstaller opens its hop farm for classes

04/20/15

Ruhstaller opens its hop farm for classes

Craft beer aficionados will have the opportunity to get their hands on some hops beginning May 2, when the Sacramento brewery Ruhstaller begins offering classes at the Farm & Yard in Dixon, where the company has been growing hops since 2013. Ruhstaller owner J.E. Paino has partnered with the Center for Land-Based Learning, the Winters-based non-profit dedicated to promoting youth farming education programs, to create the classes, which will focus solely on hop production—from planting and farming to harvesting and processing. Interested parties can show up to Ruhstaller’s 7.5-acre hop farm on Saturday mornings between 6:30 and 7 a.m. (the classes will be drop-in at first, but there may be a way to sign up on Ruhstaller’s website in the near future) and...

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CMND SHFT expo to bring together designers from around the state to the Crest

04/15/15

CMND SHFT expo to bring together designers from around the state to the Crest

Image will be everything at CMND SHFT, an all-day graphic design event that will be held at the Crest Theatre on Saturday, April 18. A collaborative effort between the Crest Theatre, Mother (the neighboring vegetarian restaurant) and local design cooperative Interval Press, CMND SHFT will comprise speakers, a panel discussion, film screenings and interactive collaboration to explore the artistic and business elements of the world of two-dimensional art. “There is a need for a group [event] like this. Right now there are designers and they are kind of on their own islands—a lot of them work from home,” says Ryan Donahue, co-owner of Mother and co-founder of the expo. “Anytime you can get like-minded people together and provide them with pertinent...

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Walk (or dance) down memory lane this summer with concerts by Huey Lewis, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men and more

04/10/15

Walk (or dance) down memory lane this summer with concerts by Huey Lewis, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men and more

Do you love the '80s? What about the '60s, '70s or '90s? From The Beach Boys to Boyz II Men and Huey Lewis & the News, a new lineup of retro acts are coming to the Sacramento region this summer. Get ready to have some fun, fun, fun in the sun. Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick June 6 British guitarist Peter Frampton co-headlines with rockers Cheap Trick at Thunder Valley this June. Frampton, a Grammy-winning artist who was inducted into Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014, will perform classics like “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Baby! I Love Your Way,” while Cheap Trick will bring what Rolling Stone characterizes as a “blend of Beatles-style pop, hard rock chops, and a cartoonish stage act” to the table with hits like...

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Sacramento to attempt world’s largest Easter egg hunt

03/27/15

Sacramento to attempt world’s largest Easter egg hunt

Ready to hop your way into the record books, Sacramento? On Saturday, April 4—the day before Easter—kids from around the Sacramento region are invited to search for some of the 505,000 Easter eggs that will be strewn about Capitol Park and Capitol Mall in an attempt to break the 2007 Guinness world record that was set in 2007 when 9,753 children made off with 501,000 eggs at the Cypress Garden Adventure Park in Florida. And while "The World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt" is free to all kids 12 and under (accompanied by an adult, of course), $20 VIP tickets are also available, and all proceeds from the sale of those tickets will go to support Blue Heart International, a Sacramento-based nonprofit that combats child sex trafficking and rehabilitates survivors....

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10 warm-weather ways to “spring” forward this season

03/26/15

10 warm-weather ways to “spring” forward this season

’Tis the season to go outside and smell the roses. From garden tours, to a scenic 10K and a strawberry festival, here are 10 ways to have the ultimate spring fling this year. Midtown Foodie Grub & Pub Crawl March 28 Eat, drink and be merry at three midtown restaurants (Capital Dime, Hot Italian and Kupros) during this interactive walking tour. Tickets get guests 21 and over one signature dish (presented by the chef who created it) and drink at each restaurant, and a behind-the-scenes look of the kitchens. Guests will be able to take full advantage of spring weather with patio seating at Capital Dime. And be sure to bring some cash: Raffles for prizes—such as a stay at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and gift cards to restaurants like Trick Pony—benefiting the Active...

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7 festive events to check out this Easter

03/23/15

7 festive events to check out this Easter

With Easter rolling in, it’s time to dig into a basket full of egg hunts and other festivities we’ve picked up in and around town. From an epic egg hunt where trolls and goblins lurk to visiting the Easter Bunny aboard a train or river cruise, here are 10 Easter celebrations to hop to this holiday. Easter Egg Express March 28–April 5 All aboard for this trip through West Sacramento—a three-hour train ride (which runs through two weekends and the week in between) where parents and children can decorate bags while listening to an on-board reading of the storybook Sierra’s Easter Train Adventure (which select ticket holders can also take home), written and illustrated by Davis-based author Shelle Hart. The train will make a stop at Elkhorn Park, where the...

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6 fantastic farm tours where you can spring into the new season

03/16/15

6 fantastic farm tours where you can spring into the new season

Warming weather, flowers abloom, fresh produce and cute baby animals are telltale signs that spring is almost here. And to kick off the new season, many of our region’s farms are offering public tours of their picturesque grounds—here are six of them taking place around the Sacramento area. Open Farm Day at Full Belly Farm March 22 Fans of Full Belly’s “Organic Farm Box” CSA program can get to know the source of their produce a little better at this event—and maybe even get to know one of the more than 150 baby lambs frolicking around the farm during this afternoon open house. This year’s lamb-and-wool theme includes a Sheep to Shawl event at the Grange Community Hall (where visitors can participate in hands-on activities of spinning...

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Ring in the new year (again) at Little Saigon's inaugural Lunar Flower Fest

02/12/15

Ring in the new year (again) at Little Saigon's inaugural Lunar Flower Fest

If New Year’s festivities are your favorite kind of celebration, then the denizens of Little Saigon Plaza—a growing cultural destination on Stockton Boulevard—have you covered all weekend with their inaugural Lunar Flower Fest. Coming to the plaza on Feb. 14 and 15, the festival invites guests from around the region to participate in traditional preparations for the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 19. Popularly known as Chinese New Year, the colorful multicultural celebration (observed by the area’s Korean and Vietnamese communities as well) recognizes the first day of the lunar calendar. With a goal of promoting diversity and supporting local businesses, Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce president Mai Nguyen says her organization...

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