Beer and Chili Festival

The 7th Annual Beer & Chili Festival is on Saturday April 21 at Roosevelt Park from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festival features a chili cook off competition, beer tastings from local breweries. The event is a fundraiser for 4 R Friends and raises money to keep pets happy, healthy, and at home.

Admission is $20-$35 depending on Chili Only Ticket, Beer Only Ticket, Beer and Chili Ticket. Children under 10 are free.
Children 10 & up must purchase a Chili Only Ticket.

Get tickets here.

Dogs are welcome. Children are allowed at the event but must be accompanied but an adult at all times.

Roosevelt Park
1615 9th Street
Sacramento, 95814

Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Rain or Shine
Admission: $20-$35
Bike Parking Available

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Daylight Saving Time

Sunday March 11 is time to spring forward at 2:00am to 3:00am.

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National Pancake Day Celebration

Tuesday (February 27, 2018) participating IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day with a free short stack of pancakes. You will be asked to consider leaving a donation ($5.00) for local charities.

Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.
Find your IHOP here.

IHOP: “There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount. “

IHOP National Pancake Day
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM — Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.

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Valentine’s Day

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Theatre of Lights

The 9th Annual Theatre of Lights has been running in Old Sacramento since November 22 and will continue through Christmas Eve.

There will be a 20-minute live dramatization of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” on the balconies above K Street. The 150-year-old building facades light up with color.

Theatre of Lights shows continue throughout the holiday season, Thursday through Sunday nights 6:00 & 7:30pm. Beginning December 19 shows Tuesday through Sunday. One show at 6:00pm on Christmas Eve.

This Family-Friendly event is free.

Old Sacramento is located along the east bank of the Sacramento River between the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge.

Two public parking garages are available:
Old Sacramento Garage, entrance on I Street between 3rd and 2nd.
Tower Bridge Garage, entrance on Capitol Blvd at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.

Parking Services


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Supermoon 2017

Credit: Sky and Telescope

There will be a Supermoon December 3 and 4. A Supermoon is a new or full moon that comes close to Earth in its elliptical orbit; this is called a Lunar Perigee.

The full moon comes on December 3 and lunar perigee takes place on December 4.

The best time to observe the Supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset:

Sunday Morning, Dec. 3 –  Moonset — 6:45am
Sunday Evening, Dec. 3 –  Moonrise — 6:15pm
Monday Morning, Dec. 4 – Moonset — 7:56am
Monday Evening, Dec. 4 – Moonrise — 6:57pm

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you — Neil deGrasse Tyson

NASA: A Supermoon Trilogy

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Global Winter Wonderland 2017

Ready to spend money? Global Winter Wonderland returns Saturday 11/11/2017 through Sunday 1/7/2018 to Cal Expo.

There will be multi-colored illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays from around the world. Yup, general admission gets you in to see bright lights. It costs extra to go on the thrill rides, go ice skating and of course have food and shop.

Rides range from 3 to 5 tickets each to ride ($3.75 – $6.25); one ticket is $1.25. An Unlimited Ride Wristband is available for $36.00 (remember, that does not get you in the door).
Most of the children rides require a minimum height requirement of 36″. Thrill rides height requirements range from 42″ to 50″ depending on the ride.

Ice Skating is $12.00 for one 45-minute skate session (skate rental is included).

Adult General Admission (ages 13-61) — $18.00 *
Child/Senior General Admission (Ages 4-12 or 62+) — $16.00 *
Ages 3 & under General Admission — Free *
* Ride tickets still required for rides.

Tickets online (+ service fee), also available at the door.

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, 95815

Parking: $10.00

11/11/2017 — 1/7/2018

Sun 4:30 – 10:00 except 12/31 4:30 – 11:00
Fri 5:00 – 11:00 beginning 11/24
Sat 4:30 – 11:00
Monday – Thursday (weeks beginning 11/20, 12/25, 1/1) 5:00 – 10:00

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Veterans Day Parade 2017

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

The 7th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 along Capitol Mall.

The parade not only include of veterans, but also includes military organizations, high school marching bands, vintage military vehicles and community organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts.

The event begins at 10:00am on the 5th Street main stage with a program “Saluting Our Veterans.” Following at 11:00 is the parade.

Capitol Mall Greens
1300 7th Street
Sacramento, 95814

(916) 808-6789

November 11, 2017
10:00 am – noon

Parking Services (plan ahead)

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Fall Back 2017

This Sunday at 2:00 am, November 5, we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time.

Remember, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2017 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
2021 March 14 November 7
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Sacramento Arts Festival

November 3 through 5 is The 20th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival at the Convention Center.

The festival features many contemporary crafts people and fine artists. Every category of fine art and contemporary craft-including drawings, printmaking, photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, wood, decorative fiber, leather, metal, stone, and more.

Festival visitors have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and craftspeople. There will be some items available for purchase.

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, 95814

Entrance at 14th and J Streets

Hours: Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Tickets at the Door – $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, Children under 12 Free

Parking garages located nearest to the Convention Center:
1056 13th Street (between J & K Streets)
1135 12th Street (between K & L Streets)
900 13th Street (between I & J Streets)

Parking Map

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Ultimate Terror Scream Park

Ultimate Terror Scream Park offers 3 haunted houses on select dates in Sacramento.
The 3 haunted houses include (1) Lobotomy Psycho Show, “venture into the abandoned asylum for loonies where some of them may have never left”, (2) Begrudge, “a lair filled with disgusting lavatories that haven’t been used in decades”, (3) The Superstition Killer, “venture into a horrific murder scene in a deserted household.”
“The attractions are not recommended for children under the age of 12.”

Admission varies: General Admission $25 – $30; Fast Pass Admission $32 – $40; VIP Admission $40 – $50.

Tickets at the gate or online here.

Ultimate Terror Scream Park
4909 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, 95841
(530) 794-8511

Sept 29 & 30.
October 6,7,8,12,14,15, 18 thru 22, 24 thru 31.
November 3 & 4.

Open 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm; except October 14,20, 21, 27,28 & 31 — Open 7:00 pm until midnight.

Parking is free and on-site.

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Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days – Sacramento’s heritage celebration – Labor Day Weekend 2017.
Transforming Sacramento’s historic district into the Gold Rush era of the 1850s. With costumed performers taking on the roles of celebrities, personalities and just plain folks. Bluegrass pickers and old-time musicians will perform on several stages.

Visit Tent City: A recreation of town life in early Sacramento City where you can visit saloons, a gambling tent, doctors, dentists, and even an undertaker. Also in Tent City available for purchase: fish & chips, roasted corn on the cob, fresh-made kettle korn, homemade sarsaparilla, root beer, draft ale, local wines.

Artisan Alley: Tinsmiths, Blacksmiths, Lace makers and other artisans.

There will also be historic reenactments of Sacramento’s legendary history.

Gold Rush Days Events start on Saturday (Sept. 2) and go until Monday (Sept. 4).

Old Sacramento
1014 2nd Street
Sacramento, 95814

Saturday, Sept. 2 — 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3 — 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 4 — 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

: The district of Old Sacramento is shut down to vehicle traffic during Gold Rush Days, please use the following parking garages, both garages take cash and credit:
Old Sacramento Garage – 2nd & I Street (entrance off I Street)
Tower Bridge Garage – At Neasham Circle (entrance off Capitol Mall)

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Total/Partial Eclipse of the Sun

The eclipse is August 21, 2017 (see below for times).

A solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and us.  Those of us in California will see a partial eclipse.  If you wish to see a total eclipse, head on up to Salem, Oregon.

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. One way to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing is with eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses are available from Amazon from about $8.00 to $18.00; also from Walmart online.

Partial eclipse in Sacramento begins 9:02 am and ends 11:39 am with maximum 10:17 am.
Total eclipse in Salem, Oregon begins 9:05 am and ends 11:37 am with maximum 10:18 am.

Check out NASA’s Eyes Eclipse 2017 Web Application. “In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse.” On the right under Explore the 2017 Solar Eclipse click Launch Interactive.

Watch online with NASA’s Eclipse Live Streaming.

Various eclipse activities at the Powerhouse Science Center beginning August 5.

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The Comedy of Errors

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival presents The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, it tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities.

William A Carroll Amphitheatre, William Land Park
3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, 95822

Performance dates: July 9, 14, 16, 22, 27, 29
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: Performance at 8pm — Box Office opens at 6pm
Sundays: Performance at 6pm — Box Office opens at 4:00pm

General Admission — $18.00
Students — $15.00
Seniors — $15.00
Persons with Disabilities —$15.00
Children ages 6-12 — Free
No children under 6.


Parking is available in the lot immediately adjacent to the amphitheatre and in the lot behind Fairy Tale Town. Parking is free. Disabled parking is available in front of the amphitheatre with a placard. Park disabled parking is available in the lot down near the front entrance off of Land Park drive.

William A Carroll Amphitheatre information:
1. Box office opens at 6:00/4:00pm, gates open at 6:30/4:30pm, GreenShow 7-minute performance starts at 7:15/5:15pm, curtain is at 8:00/6:00pm.
2. A blanket or a sweater, because even the warmest days will feel refreshingly cool late into the evening! Blankets will be available to rent for a small donation.
3. Short lawn/beach chairs for the lawn area, taller chairs to sit between or in front of the benches. No tall chairs on the lawn area. Blankets are great for the lawn area as well.
4. Amphitheatre is equipped with backless benches.
5. Stadium chairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
6. A picnic to snack on before and during the show.
7. Bug Repellent, remember we are outdoors! But please, no candles.
8. Cash, checks or credit cards to buy your tickets at the park.
9. Small bills for concessions during intermisson.
10. Spare change for donation.
11. Get here early if you wish to sit in the front lawn area as it usually fills up first.
12. No photography or video recording of any kind allowed during the performance.
13. Refrain from texting, phone calls or using your phone during the performance. The light is very distracting to your neighbors and it can be seen from stage.
14. No smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and vapes) is allowed within the fence.

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July 4th Fireworks 2017

Sacramento has two locations for viewing fireworks; one free and one with a fee.

The free event is in Old Sacramento on both the west and east sides of the Sacramento River near Tower Bridge.

The other event is at Raley Field from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music, games and other activities. Fun playground area for the kids. Adults, 21 and over, can enjoy foosball, ping pong tables, and dart boards in the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club with a Legacy Club ticket.

NOTE: No outside food, beverage, alcohol, cans, glass or folding chairs will be permitted inside the stadium.

The Sacramento River Cats will be on-the-road playing the Albuquerque Isotopes.

General admission tickets — $10
Legacy Club tickets (21 +) — $15
Children 12 and under tickets — $5

The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will be open on the day of event at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are also available online here.

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, 95691

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