Out & About for September and October 2023

Tracy Morgan starts a tour at Cache Creek, Janet Jackson ends one at Thunder Valley, and more. Legendary comedians, powerhouse musicians, heartfelt plays and a multicultural parade round out some of Sacramento's can't-miss events in September and October.
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan (Photo by Paul Mobley, Courtesy of Cache Creek Casino Resort)


Tracy Morgan

Sept. 15  “I am the new Black,” quips the powerhouse comedian, who brings the sarcastic sass and brass wherever he goes—be it on TV (SNL, 30 Rock) or the silver screen (Spirited, Coming 2 America)—keeping the blade of his humor sharp for almost 30 years. This fall, Morgan will kick off his latest stand-up tour at Cache Creek Casino Resort. cachecreek.com

Alejandro Fernández

Sept. 8 Chart-topping Mexican ranchera singer and humanitarian Alejandro Fernández has earned three Latin Grammys, dedicating his last golden gramophone win in 2020 to hurricane victims and donating a million pesos. First performing alongside his father Vicente at the age of 5, Fernández takes the Golden 1 Center stage half a century later with his son Alex during their “Amor y Patria” (aka, “Love and Homeland”) tour. golden1center.com

Alejandro Fernandez

Alejandro Fernández (Courtesy of Golden 1 Center)

On Golden Pond

Through Sept. 24 Best known by the 1981 Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond originated with a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson. Bittersweet and timeless, this slice of life, love, loss and longing comes to Sutter Street Theatre. sutterstreettheatre.com 

Papi, Me and Cesar Chavez

Oct. 4-28 After discovering that his younger patrons didn’t know who Cesar Chavez was, Anthony Garcia, executive artistic director of Denver’s historic Su Teatro, created this play about the legendary labor activist in 2000. B Street Theatre will stage the work—which recounts the Chavez-led 1966 farmworker march from Delano, California, to Sacramento—for its family series. bstreettheatre.org


Oct. 12 “Party emphatically started by superhuman pop star,” declared a headline in The Guardian about Pink’s recent acrobatic concert in Horwich, England. The singer and winemaker—who studied oenology at UC Davis!—gets a new party started at the Golden 1 Center this October in support of her ninth album, Trustfall. golden1center.com

Folsom Lake Symphony

Oct. 14 Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Folsom Lake Symphony opens its milestone season with “Emerald Extravaganza” at the Harris Center. The performance features renowned Korean violinist Chee-Yun (pictured below) and a wide-ranging line-up that includes Tchaikovsky’s 1878 Violin Concerto and music by mid-century jazz master Dave Brubeck. harriscenter.net

Folsom Lake Symphony Chee Yun

Chee-Yun (Photo by Jinju Kang, Courtesy of the Folsom Lake Symphony)

David Spade

Oct. 14 As longtime fans of David Spade, it didn’t take even a Hollywood minute for us to decide that we’ll be front row for the comedian’s upcoming Sacramento stand-up concert. The Emmy-nominated actor and popular podcaster (who hosts Fly on the Wall—one of our favorite pods—with fellow SNL alum Dana Carvey) will stop by the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center during his “Catch Me Inside” tour. ticketmaster.com

Julie Fowlis

Oct. 27 Gaelic songstress Julie Fowlis’s lilting voice captivated the world in 2012 with her breakout hit “Touch the Sky” from the Pixar movie Brave, but the Scottish government had already anointed the beloved folk singer its first National Gaelic Ambassador back in 2008. Come soar with her over the Scottish Highlands when she brings her modernized take on traditional music from her homeland to the Mondavi Center. mondaviarts.org

Janet Jackson

Oct. 27 Come on, let Miss Jackson take you on an escapade. The pop icon wraps up her block-buster tour with a final “Together Again” concert at Thunder Valley, performing favorites like “Control,” “Miss You Much,” “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Rhythm Nation.” thundervalleyresort.com

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson (Courtesy of Thunder Valley Casino Resort)

The Second Annual Golden Harvest Parade 

Oct. 28 From Chinese lion dancers to Brazilian samba performers, this multiethnic festival will roll out a globally inspired cavalcade to Capitol Mall. The event will also feature over 50 booths of international eats (like Asian fusion BBQ from Mak & Grille), crafts and demonstrations, and a theme of “Greener Tomorrow for Youth” for an eco-educational twist. goldenharvestparade.org