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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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