The Weekender

2017

Sacramento Archives Crawl will celebrate the city’s historic oddities

10/03/17

Sacramento Archives Crawl will celebrate the city’s historic oddities

In honor of National Archives Month, four local institutions will display rare artifacts and treasures from their collections for the seventh annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Oct. 7. During the free event, the California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento Public Library and California State Library will lead visitors on tours of their facilities, including temperature-controlled rooms where artifacts are kept under lock and key. This year’s theme “It Came from the Archives?!” pays homage to the Northern California’s unusual relics. “A lot of people think that archives tend to have serious documents and we do have those,” says Dylan McDonald, deputy city historian at the Center for Sacramento History and a coordinator of...

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Find cooking demos, fresh fruit, food trucks and more at the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival

09/19/17

Find cooking demos, fresh fruit, food trucks and more at the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival

On Saturday, Sept. 23, over 65,000 people are expected to descend upon Capitol Mall for the fifth annual Farm-to-Fork Festival, a free event that celebrates the region’s agricultural bounty. Between 3rd and 7th streets, event-goers can peruse booths from over 100 regional purveyors, like local farms, wineries and breweries, which will be serving up their signature fare and forking over samples. Expect scoops of plum gelato from Conscious Creamery, wildflower honey from East Sacramento’s The Bee Box and loaves of birdseed bread from Upper Crust Baking Co. Popular downtown Sacramento brewery Ruhstaller will be pouring its Three Families Hop Sac ale at the beer and wine pavilion, while local growers like Capay Organic and Soil Born Farms offer up fresh samples of...

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See what's brewing at the third annual California Craft Beer Summit

08/23/17

See what's brewing at the third annual California Craft Beer Summit

The California Craft Beer Summit is once again doubling down on the notion that today's beer lovers want to do as much learning as tippling. On Sept.7-9, the summit returns to Sacramento for three hopping days of beer discussion, education and tasting, culminating in a mega festival on the Capitol Mall. At the third annual event, you can hone your sudsy spidey-sense with classes on how to analyze hop flavor profiles, take a historical and geographical tasting tour of the Golden State's brewing industry, or get schooled on beer pairings by Grange chef Oliver Ridgeway at a demo where he’ll serve guests a meal that explores the connection between Indian food and West Coast IPAs. Then on Saturday, Sept. 9, test your newfound knowledge at the Capitol Mall festival, which...

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Eat, drink and dance your way around the world through 7 international festivals

08/17/17

Eat, drink and dance your way around the world through 7 international festivals

From Scandinavian meatballs to cinnamon babka, and from Brazilian drumming to Greek circle dancing, here are seven fun ways to celebrate the diversity of Sacramento’s communities. Sacramento Scandinavian Festival Aug. 19 If your idea of eating Scandinavian food is lining up for a plate of Swedish meatballs at Ikea, you’re in for a treat at this 34th annual festival at East Sacramento’s Scottish Rite Masonic Center, where a veritable smörgåsbord awaits. Sample the Viking-on-a-Stick (a giant beef meatball deep fried like a corn dog), as well as Danish sausages and open-faced shrimp sandwiches. For dessert, there’s limpa (sweet rye bread) and shortbread spritz cookies. Post-feast, check out the model of a Viking warship, built by local...

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What to expect—and eat—at the 2017 Japanese Food & Cultural Festival

08/07/17

What to expect—and eat—at the 2017 Japanese Food & Cultural Festival

On Aug. 12 and 13, the summer tradition known as the Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar returns for its 71st year to cook up over three tons of chicken, two tons of beef, 1,500 pounds of rice and 500 pounds of shrimp. About 30,000 festivalgoers are expected to flood the Buddhist Church of Sacramento in Land Park for its annual August fête and fundraiser. A team of 750 volunteers uses the above-mentioned ingredients and others to prepare everything from sesame chicken, shrimp tempura and barbecued short ribs to poke bowls, sushi rolls, inari (rice wrapped in sweet fried tofu), korokke (potato croquettes) and chilled somen noodles. Every year, the charcoal grills get such a workout that organizers say the fire department can almost always be counted on to show up—based on...

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Bastille Day Waiters’ Race and Street Festival returns to midtown

07/07/17

Bastille Day Waiters’ Race and Street Festival returns to midtown

This Sunday, midtown's Handle District will be transformed into a Parisian neighborhood as the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race & Street Festival returns for an eighth year of thrills and spills. During the race, 50 servers from restaurants all over the city will speed-walk around the flag-adorned business district, completing two laps of the block bounded by 18th and 19th and L Streets and Capitol Avenue—all while balancing a bottle of Perrier and two half-filled glasses on a tray. (Watch a video of the race action below). The first waiter and waitress to cross the finish line without dropping or significantly spilling the contents of their tray will each take home $500, while second and third place winners in both the men’s and women’s...

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Six festive farm events to attend this summer and fall

07/06/17

Six festive farm events to attend this summer and fall

As America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento has no shortage of agricultural bounty and verdant countryside, and this summer and fall bring plenty of chances take advantage of this heritage. From grape stomping and wine tasting to dinners under the stars, here are six events to get down on the farm. Dinner on the Farm July 15 Three miles east of downtown Winters, the Farm on Putah Creek is the lush site of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s 8th annual plein air dinner. This year, Stazi Dulman, former executive chef of Nola in Palo Alto and the current executive chef at Nugget Markets, will prepare the five-course meal using fresh ingredients from local purveyors like Green Almond Farm in Winters, Hearty Fork Farm in Dixon and Six O'Clock Farm in West Sacramento...

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Take Dad to one of these seven fun-fueled events in the region on Father's Day weekend

06/08/17

Take Dad to one of these seven fun-fueled events in the region on Father's Day weekend

Whether Dad is into biking, beer, bluegrass, barbecues or Batman, tell Pops he's the tops by taking him to one of these seven fun-fueled events around town on Father's Day weekend. Father’s Day Festival June 15-18 At the 43rd incarnation of this annual Grass Valley festival, some of the most famous names in bluegrass, like seven-time Grammy nominee Doyle Lawson and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Osborne, are set to perform. Visit a workshop to take songwriting lessons with Los Angeles-based country and bluegrass band The Brombies, or learn to play the fiddle with North Carolina-based quartet The Piedmont Melody Makers. Kids can get their faces painted while you sip Sierra Nevada brews and vino from Guglielmo Winery. Meander through the booths with musical...

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7 fun things to do around town on Memorial Day weekend

05/22/17

7 fun things to do around town on Memorial Day weekend

Whether it's dancing in the streets of Old Sacramento or indulging in an IPA in Elk Grove, here are 7 fun ways to spend Memorial Day weekend. Elk Grove Brewfest May 26 Say “cheers” at this second annual festival that will fill Elk Grove’s Old Town Plaza for a Friday evening of suds and sustenance. Join other beer enthusiasts as you sip samples from local favorites like Rubicon, Knee Deep, Big Sexy and Bike Dog brewing companies, as well as regional contenders like Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. If you’re more of a wino than a beer drinker, don’t miss pours from area wineries like The Dancing Fox and Pondl. Food trucks including Bella Familia Wood Fired Pizza, Fuzion Eatz, Tailgater 44 and Che Buono will be on hand to serve up festival fare that...

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The Broadway Corridor will come to life during Sunday Street festival

05/09/17

The Broadway Corridor will come to life during Sunday Street festival

Summer's (almost) here and to celebrate, the City of Sacramento is hosting a brand-new event called Sunday Street, which promises to become one of the city’s largest free open-air festivals, with performers, fitness demos, yoga sessions and family-friendly games on May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will energize a nearly 2-mile stretch of Broadway, from Riverside Boulevard to 26th Street, where it takes a jog and resumes on 2nd Avenue from 26th to Broadway (see map below). Jennifer Donlon Wyant, Active Transportation Program Specialist for the City of Sacramento, says Sunday Street is part of a global movement to temporarily close streets to vehicle congestion and activate them with community-building events. Cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago already...

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Sacramento kicks off the Amgen Tour of California for third exciting year

05/08/17

Sacramento kicks off the Amgen Tour of California for third exciting year

National Bike Month already has Sacramento spinning its wheels, but the year’s biggest weekend of cycling events will soon begin as the seven-stage, 575-mile Amgen Tour of California bike race rolls into town. This is the ninth time Sacramento has hosted a stage of the Amgen Tour and the third time it has hosted the start of the race. The fast-paced cycling action will begin near the west end of the Capitol on Sunday, May 14 as the men’s teams ride over Tower Bridge toward the Delta and loop back on a 104-mile course that finishes with three laps around the Capitol and two heart-pounding sprints (View the route map here). The River City will also host the conclusion of the women’s race, with a stage from Elk Grove to Sacramento on Saturday, May 13 and the overall...

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Five festive fiestas to ring in Cinco de Mayo

05/02/17

Five festive fiestas to ring in Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. It’s time to drink tequila, feast on tacos and listen to mariachi music. Here are five festive ways to celebrate the Mexican holiday all weekend long. Salud! Bottle & Barlow May 5 Watch Mexican wrestling and chow down on tacos during this fiesta at the R Street Corridor’s hip bar and barbershop. You can taste 80-proof tequila like Ocho Añejo and Don Julio Reposado, or opt for cocktails like the Cool Runnings with mezcal, Jamaican rum and grapefruit juice, and the Rhubarbarian with blanco tequila, strawberries and cinnamon. Lucha Libre wrestling will be blaring on the bar’s flat screens and hungry fiesta-goers who are up for a challenge can compete in a taco-eating contest, during which 12 competitors will have...

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Celebrate Mom at one of these six festive Mother’s Day activities

04/28/17

Celebrate Mom at one of these six festive Mother’s Day activities

From tea parties to a fruity festival and an outdoor tour that’s not so garden-variety, we’ve rounded up six fun ways to make this Mother’s Day all about you-know-who. Junior Kings Mother’s Day Clinic May 13 Your mom, aunt or grandma will be treated like an all-star at this Junior Kings basketball clinic, where the whole family can learn how to handle a basketball like a pro. Trainers will be on hand to teach the basics of the game, essential skills like passing, shooting and dribbling and how to work as a team, and participants can get insider tips from former members of the Sacramento Monarchs like Olympic gold medalist and hometown hero “Mighty Ruthie” Bolton. The event is BYOB (in this case, “bring your own basketball”) but...

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7 ways to celebrate Earth Day this year in Sacramento

04/20/17

7 ways to celebrate Earth Day this year in Sacramento

Whether you know it as the City of Trees or the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America, Sacramento has always been hip to Mother Nature. Here are six fun ways to celebrate Earth Day this weekend, from a human-powered spin class to guided nature walks. Celebrate the Earth Festival April 22 Kids can learn how to save the Earth during this event at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center featuring chemistry experiments, an animal show with alligators, snakes and hawks, and a scavenger hunt that asks participants to answer conservation trivia throughout the museum for chances to win eco-friendly prizes, like a sink modifier that reduces runoff. Gather in Mahany Park for classic rock from the Ant Bee Band and fare from food trucks like Kazoku Teriyaki and Dave’s Dawgs. Free. 10 a.m.-3...

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Have a hoppin' Easter at these 11 weekend celebrations

04/07/17

Have a hoppin' Easter at these 11 weekend celebrations

From pancake buffets to a Fido-focused egg hunt, here are 11 events in the Sacramento region to hop to during Easter Sunday weekend. Easter Egg Express Through April 15 All aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain for this two-and-a-half-hour Easter adventure, offered during the first three weekends of April. The train departs from West Sacramento and winds its way to Elkhorn Slough, where an epic egg hunt and bounce houses await. After munching on candy and chocolate, kids can ride home accompanied by the Easter Bunny. $10-$65. 12:30 & 4:30 p.m. 400 N Harbor Blvd. West Sacramento. 800-866-1690. sacramentorivertrain.com Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs April 8 Tongues and tails will be wagging at the Rocklin RRUFF Dog Park’s fourth annual Easter egg hunt for canines. Cheer...

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Get outdoors this spring with these 10 warm-weather events

04/05/17

Get outdoors this spring with these 10 warm-weather events

Spring is in the air, bringing more sunshine and warmer weather to the Sacramento region. From food fests to outdoor concerts, here are 10 fun ways to welcome in the new season. Doggy Dash April 8 William Land Park will go to the dogs at this 24th annual event hosted by and benefiting the Sacramento SPCA, during which pooches and their humans can strut through the scenic neighborhood on a 5K or 2K run/walk circling the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland and the golf course. Stick around afterward for the Bark in the Park Festival, which will feature contests in categories like “Cutest Wag” and “So Ugly I’m Cute,” with toys and treats as prizes. Two-legged participants can browse more than 80 booths featuring pet-friendly products like toys,...

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River City Marketplace series kicks off in April with local makers, music and good eats

03/28/17

River City Marketplace series kicks off in April with local makers, music and good eats

Shop (local) ’til you drop at the third annual River City Marketplace series, where local makers will offer one-of-a-kind goods ranging from the whimsical to the practical, starting April 1 at Fremont Park. The five events, which take place at popular Sacramento-area parks on select weekends from April through October, will feature handcrafted gift items from about 120 area artisans, as well as food, live music and lawn games. Browse dozens of maker booths with items like gold stacking rings from jeweler Tula in Bloom, lavender soap from Figs and Feathers Farm, upcycled Bluetooth speakers from Rare Bird Stereos and abstract pottery from Sean Bill Ceramics. The markets will also feature fare from the likes of Los Angeles-based mobile eatery The Nacho Truck,...

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It's game on at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade

03/21/17

It's game on at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade

Roll some dice, shoot some aliens or play your best cards at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade, April 8 at the West Sacramento Community Center. The gaming convention, hosted in part by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), invites fans to test out tabletop, card and video games and demos designed by over 30 indie developers from around the region, as well as a selection of classics from Nintendo, Atari and other gaming giants. “The indie arcade is a collective, cooperative event,” says Gabriel Gutierrez of Rancho Cordova, who serves as the chair for the city’s IGDA chapter and has been organizing the event alongside business partner Briana Aea since 2014. “It’s a celebratory event. Play, learn and inspire; that’s what we...

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A new outdoor movie series for grown-ups launches in June with four Coen brothers films

02/23/17

A new outdoor movie series for grown-ups launches in June with four Coen brothers films

Get out the popcorn and pop the cork: An al fresco movie series geared toward grown-ups will debut in June with four selections from the Coen brothers’ eclectic repertoire. The Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival, which will be held at Fremont Park in midtown, is the brainchild of River Park-based media guru Robert Hayes, whose company Sacramento Outdoor Movies provides the equipment and setup for the majority of under-the-stars cinema programs around the region. “Most of the [outdoor screenings] around town are for the families with young children,” says Hayes. “Everybody loves them and I love doing them, but I wanted to do a series of outdoor movies for ‘big kids.’ These are movies that small kids wouldn’t be interested in, or [that]...

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10 fun places to explore for free on Sacramento Museum Day

01/30/17

10 fun places to explore for free on Sacramento Museum Day

More than two dozen museums, galleries and cultural centers will open their doors Saturday, Feb. 4, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for this year’s Sacramento Museum Day. From gold panning to a historic scavenger hunt, here are 10 ways to make the most of the region’s annual cultural deal. California Automobile Museum Be among the first auto enthusiasts to check out a British sports car exhibit that opens here on Sacramento Museum Day, featuring vehicles from across the pond dating back to the 1970s. Or catch the special exhibit Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture, which showcases many makes and models of the two-wheeled vehicles, from Harley-Davidson to Honda, and documents how a subculture was formed within the state. The museum will have food...

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