By Alyssa Green
The month of October is National Arts and Humanities month and the Sacramento region has embraced this opportunity to share with it’s residence the importance of art in our community through a month long celebration.
Artober – 31 Days of Art and Soul was launched in 2010 by Mayor Kevin Johnson with the purpose of “increasing the visibility of talent in Sacramento.” Communities throughout the region have planned special art events in celebration. From music…to theater…to dance and literary readings, there is something to spark the interest of any person, of any age. Below are five family friendly art happening that are definitely worth your consideration.
October 2 – Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival – Old Sacramento. The Sac World Fest is a FREE annual event for the whole family which celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Sacramento Region through dance, musical performances poetry, culinary offerings, and more.
Your kids will be mesmerized by the cultural dances and musical happenings in the streets. In the Global Village they’ll learn about different cultures through crafts, art activities, musical instruments and dance clinics. In the Old Eagle Theater they’ll hear stories, poetry and other readings geared towards youth audiences. There is also a bonus Sac World Fest kickoff on Saturday Octber 1st. For more information click here.
October 8-9 – Harvest the Arts Festival – South Natomas Community Center – with live music, Sac Show Biz Dancers, theater make-up demos and arts and craft activities for children. Come support Natomas’ first annual harvest and arts festival!
October 9 – Community Center Theater Open House – This is a fabulous opportunity for your kids to see what goes on behind the scenes of a theater production. Open from 1 to 5pm, this FREE event offers tours of the theater as well as presentations by professionals, students, and community groups. Probably best for kids 5 and older.
October 15 – Acorn Day – California State Indian Museum – Come on out to the Indian Museum for a fun and educational day in celebration of the “Acorn” – a main food staple of the American Indians. Kids can participate in native arts and crafts, games and other hands on activities. Basketry, beadwork and clothing artifacts will be on display as well as basket making demonstrations.
October 16 – Water: A Free Family Festival – Crocker Art Museum – Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water celebrates water as an essential part of living as well as creative inspiration in art. There will be hands on activities, performances and demonstrations all centered around water in every day life. Perfect for families with young children. And as usual, we recommend you take the Story Trail tour and stop in at Tot Land for more kid friendly artsy experiences.