The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 6-8

Courtesy of Gold Country Fair
Head out to Auburn's Gold Country Fair this weekend for some local eats and deep-fried treats.

In this weekend’s roundup of must-dos, get summer lovin’ at a Beach Boys concert, eat your heart out at a county fair in Auburn, check out the local premiere of a Tony-winning play in midtown, and rock out to bands like Imagine Dragons at the fifth annual Launch festival.

The Beach Boys (Friday)
You’ll be picking up good vibrations tonight at this concert with The Beach Boys, which is returning to Thunder Valley after playing a sold-out show there last year celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary, and will perform classic summer tunes like “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Kokomo.” $37.50-$83.50. Concert begins at 8 p.m. Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777.

Launch 2013 (Friday-Sunday)
Sacramento’s fifth-annual “celebration of creativity” continues tonight with a fashion showcase at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria headlined by Johana Hernandez and Ronnie Escalante from NBC’s Fashion Star and Sacramento-based Project Runway alum Richard Hallmarq. The festival will go out with a bang with Saturday and Sunday concerts at Cesar Chavez Plaza boasting dozens of performers, including indie rockers Imagine Dragons, whose recent single “Radioactive” was declared the “biggest rock hit of the year” by Rolling Stone. Friday: $30-$95. Fashion show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. 828 I St. Saturday and Sunday: $20-$75 (per day). Concerts start at 11:30 a.m.  Cesar Chavez Plaza. 910 I St. 877-463-2875.

Gold Country Fair (Friday-Sunday)
This Auburn fair—which continues through Sunday—spotlights agriculture and local food this year through everything from tonight’s wine-tasting gala featuring Placer County Vintners Association members to a demonstration vegetable garden. Feeling competitive—and hungry? Sign up for a group watermelon or pie-eating contest, or channel Betty Crocker for the “Crazy For Cupcakes” and “Chewy, Gooey, Decadent Brownie” recipe face-offs. Traditional fun treats include funnel cakes, cotton candy and deep-fried zucchini. $10 (free for ages 12 and under); $5 parking. Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds. 1273 High St. Auburn. 530-823-4533.

Clybourne Park (Friday-Sunday)
Capital Stage begins its season with this prequel-sequel to A Raisin in the Sun. The drama, which earned a Tony Award last year for best play, imagines the events leading up to an African-American family’s move into the all-white Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park in 1959, and then jumps forward 50 years to 2009, when the family’s property gets purchased by a young white couple who intend to raze and renovate the house, causing a backlash in the now mostly African-American neighborhood. $24-$35. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Capital Stage. 2215 J St. 995-5464.