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2018

9 spooktacular Halloween events for grown-ups in and around Sacramento

10/23/18

9 spooktacular Halloween events for grown-ups in and around Sacramento

If you're #adulting this year—i.e., not trick-or-treating—you can still get your Halloween on at one of these nine fangtastic events, from a glittery jazz-era gala to a scream-worthy, pitch-black haunted house and a haunted escape room. Enchambered Ongoing Spend your Halloween trying to escape from the clutches of paranormal creatures in one of the locked rooms at Arden-Arcade escape room Enchambered. Co-owner Theresa Morrison ranks the “The Legend of the Skull Witch” room—in which participants are trapped by an evil voodoo sorceress in a run-down cabin on the edge of a New Orleans swamp—as the facility's scariest challenge yet. You’ll have one hour to find and solve puzzles while the unnerving sounds of the witch’s...

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The first-ever Brew Street festival to take over midtown

10/09/18

The first-ever Brew Street festival to take over midtown

Get ready to soak up the suds. After three years of working with Deschutes Brewery’s to bring the “Worlds Largest Pop-Up Pub” to Sacramento, this fall, Elk Grove-based nonprofit Runnin for Rhett will be striking out on its own to create Brew Street, an equally mammoth outdoor beer garden with over 100 taps. Anchored by a bar at 18th and Capitol, the event will stretch out in each direction to cover four midtown blocks on Oct. 13 and feature almost 40 different suds from four California breweries, including Brew Free! or Die Blood Orange IPA from San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery; Juicier Than Thou pale ale from Fairfield’s Heretic Brewing Company; Mexican lagers and coconut stouts from San Diego’s Saint Archer...

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Travel back in time during the Sacramento Archives Crawl

09/26/18

Travel back in time during the Sacramento Archives Crawl

Planes, trains and automobiles—and however else our River City forefathers got from point A to point B—will be the focus of this year's Sacramento Archives Crawl, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6.  In celebration of National Archives Month, the California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento Public Library and California State Library will showcase artifacts and photos centered around this year's theme "Going Places: A Journey Through Archives," highlighting how locals traveled during the 19th and 20th centuries, including by rail, car and boat.  The Center for Sacramento History will spotlight rare items related to Sacramento railroads in the 1800s such as...

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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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7 fun things to do this Memorial Day weekend

05/23/18

7 fun things to do this Memorial Day weekend

From music and film festivals to barbecue with the River Cats and brunch down Old Sacramento’s Front Street, here are 7 fun ways to spend this Memorial Day weekend. Sunset Sip May 24: Get a head start on the weekend along Old Sacramento’s newly refurbished Sacramento River embarcadero with an evening of wine tasting at the Sunset Sip. Attendees can fill their complimentary Old Sacramento Waterfront glasses with tastes of 40 unique pours from 20 El Dorado Wine Association wineries, including Placerville’s Boeger and Somerset’s Oakstone. Pre-registered guests can chat with the makers themselves or sample holiday munchies from Delta Bar & Grill and The Chefs’ Olive Mix, the latter of which will provide olive oil and breads to pair with the vino,...

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Two new lantern festivals will light up the region in May and October

03/26/18

Two new lantern festivals will light up the region in May and October

Everything will be illuminated at two new lantern festivals that'll be lighting up the region this year. Ready, set, glow. Luminara Festival May 26 Following its inaugural event in San Jose in April, the Luminara Festival will descend upon Roseville’s At the Grounds venue (formerly the Placer County Fairgrounds) in late May with almost 3,000 multicolored lanterns suspended in the air, blending the centuries-old tradition of Asian lantern ceremonies with the vibe of a modern outdoor festival. At this fête—which will also feature live music and a motivational speaker (the lineup will be announced later this month)—guests can select from red, blue, purple and orange paper lanterns that are lit with LEDs and decorate them with...

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7 egg-cellent ways to celebrate Easter in Sacramento

03/21/18

7 egg-cellent ways to celebrate Easter in Sacramento

Easter hops into our calendars early this year on April 1, bringing underwater egg hunts, adult egg hunts and other events to Sacramento as spring gets underway. Here are seven festive ways to celebrate the holiday. Easter Egg Express March 24-31 Hop aboard this Sacramento RiverTrain excursion for a two-and-a-half-hour adventure through Yolo County that departs from West Sacramento and makes a stop at Elkhorn Park, where the Easter Bunny will greet families and guide kids through an egg hunt for candy and toy prizes. Little ones can also go crayon crazy at a decorating station for egg-collecting bags, take part in a bunny hop contest and listen to a reading of the storybook How to Catch the Easter Bunny. $10-$45. Dates and times vary. West Sacramento...

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Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

03/13/18

Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

From a pedal-powered pub crawl to a bagpipe-powered parade, here are six lively ways to live it up in Sactown this St. Paddy’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland March 15 The Harris Center in Folsom will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and dance, featuring the three-member Kerry Voice Squad, who will sing classics like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and will be accompanied by musicians on traditional instruments like fiddles, uilleann pipes, flutes, guitars, banjos and the bodhrán drum. Irish dancers will also jig under the leadership of Connor Reider, who is part of the professional dance troupe Celtic Fyre and has performed with six-time Grammy Award-winning band The Chieftains. $18-33. 7:30 p.m....

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How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

02/21/18

How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

On Sunday, March 4, we’ll collectively hold our breath as the 90th annual Academy Awards air on ABC at 5 p.m. Lady Bird—Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s semiautobiographical story about her senior year in high school—received five nominations, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress and best supporting actress. Here are some ideas to help you cheer on "the Fellini of Sacramento." Start Oscar morning with a Lady Bird walking tour What better way to get in the Lady Bird party-throwing mood than to follow in Gerwig's footsteps? At 9 a.m. on March 4, Sac Running Tours will lead a 3.2-mile, two-hour walking tour through East Sacramento that will highlight stops at sites featured in the movie, like Club Raven,...

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Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

01/31/18

Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

The 20th annual Sacramento Museum Day takes place this Saturday, Feb. 3, and more than two dozen museums, libraries and cultural centers will open their doors with free admission. Here are 10 spots where you can try everything from hopping into a flight simulator to channeling your inner poet. Aerospace Museum of California This aviation museum in McClellan will display almost 40 aircraft—from Russian MiGs to Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jets (yep, the kind Goose and Maverick flew in Top Gun). Hop inside some of these high-flying machines during the museum’s Open Cockpit Day (which only happens a few times a year) and take flight in a new motion simulator that allows make-believe pilots to soar with the Wright brothers, travel on the space shuttle...

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Stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Walking Dead” and more announced for new comic con

01/25/18

Stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Walking Dead” and more announced for new comic con

A brand-new comic con is making the River City its first stop on a national tour in 2018, bringing celebrities and comic artists to the Sacramento Convention Center from June 22-24. The Fandemic Tour, the brainchild of John Macaluso (the former CEO of Wizard World Comic Con) has announced that it will feature stars from hit TV shows like The Walking Dead, including Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Steven Yeun, as well as Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker from Guardians of the Galaxy (Rooker also appeared in The Walking Dead). Also on hand will be fellow GOTG alum Chris Sullivan, who stars in the hit NBC series This is Us and grew up in Gold River. The confab will also welcome artists like animator Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons, Muppet Babies), comic book artist Neal Adams, known for...

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