Weekend Family Fun

10/5-7 – Golden State Street Rod Nationals Plus at Cal Expo – Vehicles will be driven from all parts of the United States to make this a truly unique gathering of vintage automobiles featuring nearly every make, model, and style. This event includes vehicles from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, adding to the automotive excitement created by street rods. Spectators will be treated to the sights and sounds of some of the best constructed, most beautiful vintage automobiles ever to gather in one place.

This event will include manufacturer displays representing leading automotive specialty and aftermarket suppliers, as well as a “Women’s World” area with arts and crafts. Special exhibits, such as the “Tether Cars” adds to the experience and helps the spectator find plenty of things to do.

Designed with fun for the entire family in mind, the 11th Golden State Street Rod Nationals Plus is the place to be!

10/6 – Blockbuster Madagascar 3 DVD Release Party – Blockbuster is hosting a party  to celebrate the release of Madacascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted! Pre-order your copy today and receive a $5 gift card! Follow the link to find a Blockbuster location and PARTY! There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities, such as face painting, pin-the-tail on Gloria, Madacascar crafts, and a viewing of the first two Madacascar movies.



10/6 – 2nd Annual Fire Fighter Chili Cookoff at Safetyville USA – Enjoy chili tasting and voting; raffles and giveaways; interactive fire safety stations such as ladder truck rappelling, hands-on use of a fire extinguisher, basic first aid practice, stop drop and roll; and much more. The event also includes entertainment, food, demos, vendors, door prizes, raffles, and of course fun. Bring the whole family for a whole day of fun!

10/6 – Asian Food & Cultural Bazaar – The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church will host its annual Asian Food and Cultural Bazaar. The bazaar will feature teriyaki chicken, sushi, sesame chicken, chow mein, udon, Korean short ribs, and more, cooked on-site by church members and friends. Free entertainment will include performances by the Sacramento Taiko Dan, Ohana Dance (hula), and Na Aikane Ukulele group. The event will also feature handmade items crafted by the Boutique and Craft Clubs and children’s games.

SJUMC is having a food drive for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) Food Closet and asks bazaar attendees to bring a can of food to help provide food for 4,000 families and individuals in need each month.

10/6 – Papel Picado & Paper Flowers at the Sacramento History Museum – Come create your own Dia De Los Muertos papel picado and colorful flowers. Papel Picado, cut-paper banners, and paper flowers are used for a variety of Mexican celebrations including Day of the Dead.

This event is part of Souls of the City, presented by Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation

10/6 – Star Wars Reads Day  – At the Sacramento Public Library, South Natomas Branch, children ages five to twelve are invited to celebrate Star Wars and reading!  Kid can decorate Star Wars masks in honor of Star Wars Reads Day.




10/6-7 – SacWorldFest 2012 – Get ready to be inspired by exciting sights and sounds from around the world during the 5th Annual SacWorldFest 2012. This spectacular multi-cultural event showcases the region’s amazingly rich and diverse communities through live musical performances, visually-exciting ethnic dance, engaging storytellers, and a dynamic global village complete with entertaining cooking and dancing demonstrations plus a fun fashion show.

The family-friendly extravaganza kicks off Saturday evening with a very special international headliner performance by Band H’sao during a Spotlight On: Africa! outdoor event at Waterfront Park. Then on Sunday, Old Sacramento is transformed into an elaborate and sprawling multi-cultural center complete with multiple stage areas offering free public shows, entertaining children’s theatre performances, hands-on activities, exhibits, and more. In addition, visitors of all ages will enjoy visiting booths with innovative and interactive educational opportunities to learn about different cultures.

10/6-7 – Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival – From the pages of Mother Goose and other beloved children’s tales comes the 18th Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove. Join The CSD at Elk Grove Park on the first weekend in October as they unfurl a festival of whimsical storybook wonder.

Activities include: -Miraculous magic seeds? It’s not a beanstalk, but Jack would be envious of the pumpkins grown in the Giant produce weigh-off.  Rub a dub dub…It’s the Pumpkin Regatta, a race between pumpkin tubs across Strauss Lake! Conquer castles & dance on a dragon; magical activities abound at the festival. Little princes and princesses can explore an enchanted land of carnival games, a pumpkin patch, giant tea cups, a caterpillar roller coaster, and inflatable castles and dragons. Fairy tales: Bibbity…Boppity…Boo! Fashion a scarecrow honoring your favorite fairy tale for this contest and you could earn more than just magic beans.  A Merry Mix of Entertainment. Dance a jig with Celtic rocker, The Young Dubliners, or watch a graceful waltz by Vienna Rhythm. Storytellers, lion dancers, and other marvels await your family on two entertainment stages.

10/6-7 – American Lebanese & Middle Eastern Annual Festival – Our Lady of The Rosary Maronite Catholic Community of Sacramento will be hosting a two day American Lebanese & Middle Eastern Festival. Come enjoy great Mediterranean/authentic food & desserts, music, dance, and Dabke performance. Also come and join for the backgammon and tarneeb tournaments. This is a great family outing as there will also be fun kids’ games & activities: bounce house, face painting, and much more!



10/7 – Nature Fest at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The 2nd Annual Naturefest, dedicated in memory of Carol Doersch, will feature a full day of nature-related activities. This event includes: a birds of prey display featuring a California Golden Eagle, two “Raptor Experience’ flight Shows, and over fifteen nature-related booths with activities and Ethnobotany walks.


10/7 – Family Concert Series – Camellia Symphony Orchestra will once again present its very popular Free Family Concert Series with its instrument petting zoo. This year, the family concerts will also include a visual art element presented by I Can Do That! (formerly Very Special Arts) who will offer “funshops” for children to create art related to the musical experience. Leading the orchestra for this season’s concert series will be CSO’s new music director and conductor, Dr. Christian Baldini.


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