The Weekender

2016

Go walking in a winter wonderland at one of these six idyllic Christmas tree farms

12/08/16

Go walking in a winter wonderland at one of these six idyllic Christmas tree farms

It’s time to deck the halls and pick out that perfect evergreen. You can find your own Tannenbaum, be it a noble fir or a Sierra redwood, and also have a holly, jolly time roasting marshmallows or taking a train ride at one of these six local tree farms. Billy’s Farm Located just outside of Elk Grove, this 40-acre farm grows many varieties of certified organic Christmas trees, including Monterey pine, golden Deodar cedar and Sierra redwood. Cut your own tree or pick out a pre-cut one, then cart it home in your own sleigh or opt to have it delivered straight to your home. Stop by Star’s Craft Barn to select a handmade ornament to commemorate the tree-cutting experience, or pick up a 3-pound bag of organically grown walnuts. Stock up on other festive treats like...

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Five farms to open their doors for Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

11/30/16

Five farms to open their doors for Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

’Tis the season for twinkling lights, gift-giving and—if you live in the Sacramento region—those plump orange orbs called mandarins that we've grown to covet. For two weekends each December (this year's dates are Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 17-18), dozens of Placer County mandarin farms and orchards open their doors to offer a bushel of events and homemade goods in celebration of the popular citrus. You can view a map of all of them here. Read on for five juicy highlights. The Flower Farm Citrus lovers can dig into farm-fresh mandarins, naval oranges, blood oranges and Meyer lemons at this bucolic farm in Loomis, which also offers a tasting room featuring Loomis’ Casque Wines. Visit the cafe for a mandarin salad with arugula, feta cheese, toasted sesame seeds...

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The Manetti Shrem Museum's grand opening will feature a unique ribbon created by UC Davis alum

10/14/16

The Manetti Shrem Museum's grand opening will feature a unique ribbon created by UC Davis alum

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum will be tied up in a one-of-a-kind ribbon for its grand opening ceremony on Nov. 13. Through Verge Center for the Arts, the museum commissioned Bay Area-based artist and UC Davis alum Lisa Rybovich Crallé to create the ribbon concept. The three-dimensional ribbon, which Crallé likens to a piece of jewelry because of its chain-like quality, comprises more than 400 interlocking, fabric-covered foam loops, each measuring three and a half feet in diameter, and is expected to clock in at 1,500 feet long when it is installed on the exterior of the Manetti Shrem Museum during the first week of November. Also wanting to incorporate the community in the creation process, Crallé has hosted two...

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Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall

10/10/16

Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall

Hop aboard a spooky train, do the Monster Mash at a dance party and trick-or-treat the night away at these seven family-friendly Halloween events happening throughout Sacramento. Spookomotive Oct. 15-30 This train ride boasts a different theme every weekend, such as Princesses and Pirates (Oct. 22 & 23). The train, decorated with skeletons and bats, will also host a mad scientist’s laboratory. $8-$25 ($8 for ages 2-17; free for ages 2 and under). Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Pacific Railroad Train Depot. Front St.  between J and K streets. californiarailroad.museum Safe & Super Halloween Oct. 21-23 During this year’s superhero-themed Halloween festivities at Fairytale Town, tots can make their own masks, trick-or-treat at 17 candy stations,...

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Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events

10/06/16

Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events

Get ready to don your lederhosen and hoist a cold one in celebration of beer at these four regional Oktoberfest events. Oktoberfest at Sacramento Turn Verein Oct. 7-8 Sacramento Turn Verein in East Sacramento is hosting its 49th annual celebration. Sip authentic German beers like Weihenstephaner, which is made in a hilltop abbey in Bavaria that was established by Benedictine monks in 1040 and is known as the oldest continually operating brewery in the world. Nosh on sausages and chicken sandwiches and do a polka on the dance floor to the tunes of the Gruber Family Band, who will be playing German music both nights. $20 ($5 for children 6-12; free for under 6). 6 p.m.-12 a.m. on Fri. & 3 p.m.–11 p.m. on Sat. Sacramento Turn Verein. 3349 J St. 442-7360....

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Celebrate fall at 7 great pumpkin patches around town

09/30/16

Celebrate fall at 7 great pumpkin patches around town

October is just around the corner, bringing with it autumnal activities and a chance to roam the region’s pumpkin patches for the perfect jack-o’-lantern canvas. Sip apple cider slushies, get lost in corn mazes and bounce around on hayrides at these seven great patches. Bishop's Pumpkin Farm Though Oct. 31 Like an amusement-park-meets-county-fair, this 90-acre farm in Wheatland is tailor-made for hours of exploring. Wind your way through the 3.5-acre corn maze, go hog-wild at the “Naspig” races, catch a train through the apple orchards, or take a hayride to the pumpkin patch—where you can choose from 50 different varieties of the autumnal squash. Adrenaline junkies can line up for a 200-foot zipline, and foodies can queue up at the Cider Mill or...

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Catch the high-flying action at the 11th annual California Capital Airshow

09/26/16

Catch the high-flying action at the 11th annual California Capital Airshow

The sky will be the limit at Mather Airport on Oct. 1-2 during the 11th annual California Capital Airshow, which will feature the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.  A fleet of 300 planes will be on hand for a weekend of powerful jet noise, dizzying aerobatics and exhibitions touting the history of aviation and its modern advances, with opportunities to chat with pilots and step inside cargo aircraft. “It’s beautifully choreographed and a feast for the senses,” says Darcy Brewer, the California Capital Airshow’s executive director. On Saturday and Sunday, the gates of Mather Airport will open at 9 a.m., with the first aircraft taking to the skies at noon. Accompanying the Blue Angles for overhead demonstrations will be the Royal Canadian Air...

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Weezer and Panic! At the Disco to headline second annual City of Trees music festival

09/08/16

Weezer and Panic! At the Disco to headline second annual City of Trees music festival

The second annual City of Trees music festival is moving to Bonney Field this year, on Sept. 10, with headliners Weezer and Panic! At the Disco. The event’s 2015 debut at Gibson Ranch in Elverta saw heavy traffic and limited parking, but Danielle Palermini, event coordinator for Entercom Sacramento, which manages the festival, says that with a bigger venue and better preparation, City of Trees is ready to welcome up to 12,000 attendees for a day filled with a music, food and an energetic vibe. The acts at City of Trees will rotate between the main stage and the "discovery" stage and include performances from the two headliners, along with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Phantogram, The Struts, The Unlikely Candidates, Weathers and The Rebel Light. Several local...

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The 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival brings the laughs

09/06/16

The 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival brings the laughs

The Sacramento Comedy Festival will bring the funny to Sactown for its sixth annual event Sept. 9-11, featuring 28 stand-up comedians, improv acts and sketch comedy groups from all over the country. “The festival is a celebration of all things comedy,” says Crall, owner of midtown's Sacramento Comedy Spot, which is hosting the event. “We want people to start recognizing Sacramento as hot spot for comedy talent, and one of the ways we do that is by putting on [this] festival.” This year’s lineup includes Keith Lowell Jensen, who has appeared on Spike TV; Robert Berry, a veteran comic who has performed at Sacramento’s Punch Line and Laughs Unlimited; Nameless Numberhead, a sketch comedy duo from South Carolina; and Jill Maragos, a Los...

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Six sweet spots to visit in Apple Hill this season

08/31/16

Six sweet spots to visit in Apple Hill this season

For Sacramentans, the onset of fall means one very important thing: Apple Hill season is upon us. Labor Day weekend marks the official opening of the foothills apple farm region, and we've plucked six delicious destinations to check out this year. Abel’s Apple Acres Why it’s special: Pony rides? Picnic tables overlooking a peaceful pond? Homemade caramel by the quart? This four-generation family ranch in Placerville ticks all of those boxes, and also offers a craft fair with items like jewelry, candles and stained glass art, as well as a book nook with children’s stories and cookbooks of Apple Hill family recipes. What to try: Abel’s buttermilk apple pie, made with fresh buttermilk custard, a secret blend of fall spices and a mound of crisp apples...

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10 festive events to check out this Labor Day weekend

08/30/16

10 festive events to check out this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial last hurrah of summer, and the Sacramento region is going out with a bang. From a fireworks show to food truck festivals, a comic convention and a chalk art street party, here are 10 festive events where you can celebrate all weekend long. Journey with The Doobie Brothers Sept. 2 Journey owned the ’70s and ’80s with a string of hits like “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Faithfully,” “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Any Way You Want It,” all of which can be heard in Wheatland this summer, with Arnel Pineda replacing former lead singer Steve Perry. Grammy-winning roots-rock trio The Doobie Brothers will also take the stage with perennial favorites like “Listen to the...

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Eat, drink and dance your way through these 11 International Festivals

08/24/16

Eat, drink and dance your way through these 11 International Festivals

Whether you're up for sipping Armenian coffee, munching on lumpia, or dancing the hora, here are 11 great ways to celebrate the Sacramento region's cultural diversity from now through October.  Brazilian Arts & Cultural Dance Festival Aug. 28 Even though the Rio Olympics have come to a close, this fourth annual festival will continue the celebration of Brazil’s food, music and dance in midtown Sacramento. Nab a bowl of moqueca de camaroes (Brazilian shrimp stew) or a savory chicken and rice dish and watch drumming and dancing groups take the stage. To honor the Olympic Games, adults and kids can channel their inner Neymar during a soccer penalty shoot-out competition. Free. 1-7 p.m. 20th St. between J and K streets. 588-5463....

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Hot Italian hosts its seventh annual Italian festival

08/08/16

Hot Italian hosts its seventh annual Italian festival

Get set to live la dolce vita when Hot Italian’s Moderno Italiano Festival returns for its seventh year Aug. 12-14 with outdoor screenings of Italian films, bocce ball competitions, calcio (soccer) contests and more. Drop by the pizzeria's midtown location on Friday evening, where you can nab one of its celebrated pizzas and an amaretto-infused affogato (a dessert featuring espresso over gelato) and picnic on the lawn across the street at Fremont Park, where Hot Italian will hold a free screening of the 2015 film Palio about the famous horse race of the same name held every year in the Tuscan city of Siena to celebrate the Catholic feast day Ferragosto (which falls on Aug. 15 this year). Saturday, the park will be bustling with an Italian-themed...

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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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Catch a glimpse of the past and future at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium

02/24/16

Catch a glimpse of the past and future at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium

The future will meet the past at Sacramento’s fourth annual Steampunk Emporium and Bazaar on Saturday, Feb. 27. The annual show, which started in 2013 and is organized by the Sacramento Steampunk Society, will showcase handmade goods with hints of sci-fi and vintage like top hats with affixed goggles, custom-made corsets, laser-cut wooden gear pendants, and costume jewelry made from broken watch parts and antique keys. Attendees typically come dressed the part, including in Star Wars and Doctor Who costumes. While browsing, keep an eye out for traveling comedy troupe Aether Brigade, who will be circulating around the market and emceeing the emporium’s giveaways. Also on hand will be authors like Sacramento-based fantasy novelist Dover Whitecliff, who will debut and...

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Hit the street in boxers and briefs at the fifth annual Sacramento Undy Run

02/10/16

Hit the street in boxers and briefs at the fifth annual Sacramento Undy Run

Boxers or briefs? Race with your choice of skivvies at Sacramento’s fifth annual Undy Run/Walk, which will take place in William Land Park on Feb. 27. Hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the charity event invites Sacramento runners to partake in a timed 5K or 1-mile walk wearing underthings, from the blue camouflage boxer shorts provided for registered runners to themed attire like superhero costumes. “We’ve seen dogs in tutus and people dressed as Superman, Batman and even Colon Cancer Man,” says Gabrielle Nadel, coordinator for the Colon Cancer Alliance. “It puts a lighthearted, easy spin to something that is very serious.” Kids can scamper along a 1-mile fun run, and racers can compete in a costume contest and walk through a massive...

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10 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

02/03/16

10 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

From a cupid-themed midtown pub crawl to a romantic train ride along the river, we’ve rounded up 10 events taking place this Valentine's Day weekend that are sure to make your heart skip a beat. Cupid’s Revenge Pub Crawl Feb. 13 At this interactive pre-Valentine's Day pub crawl, participants will partake in a photo scavenger hunt with tasks such as kissing a stranger’s head or singing a Katy Perry song at the top of their lungs. Crawlers hashtag finds on Instagram and Twitter and perform Yelp check-ins at bars along the midtown route (the names of which will be announced the day of) to receive drink specials like pink “Cupid’s kiss” shooters. Don’t forget your bow and arrows—there will be a costume...

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10 exhibits and events to check out on Sacramento Museum Day

02/01/16

10 exhibits and events to check out on Sacramento Museum Day

Mark your calendars—Sacramento Museum Day is back on Feb. 6. Here is the lowdown on 10 museums and parks around the region that are opening their doors for free admission. Happy exploring! Aerospace Museum of California Get a high-flying experience without leaving the ground at this McClellan museum’s rare open cockpit day, during which you can climb inside aircraft like fighter planes, a Convair VC-131D that once flew the California governors, a Boeing 727 formerly operated by FedEx and an Air Force helicopter nicknamed the Jolly Green Giant. The museum will also host an aviation-themed art contest for kids and talks with members of the Tuskegee Airmen’s local chapter and World War II reenactors, who will discuss that era of aviation history. 3200 Freedom Park...

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