8/30 – 9/2 – Gold Rush Days – Get ready to turn back time to the 1850s! Free to the public and a wildly favorite Sacramento heritage celebration, Gold Rush Days 2013 returns to Old Sacramento over Labor Day weekend. Nearly 200 tons of dirt will transform the streets of Old Sacramento’s 27-acre historic district into a scene straight out of the Gold Rush era.
Guests to Old Sacramento will be entertained by talented musicians performing live on several stages, Old West theatrics, and family friendly melodramas such as a dramatic “damsel in distress” skit featuring the Hook & Ladder Fire Brigade, history re-enactments such as Squatter’s Riots and Pony Express Relays, horse-drawn carriages, cowboys on horseback, ladies riding side saddle, wagon rides, gold panning, Artisan Alley, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, watermelon eating contests in the Save Mart BBQ Patio area, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, and much more.
8/30 – Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Families attending will enjoy bike riding in an enclosed safe riding area, food court selling hot dogs, sodas, and other snacks, a special designated area for the young riders, bike safety clinic, and local area bike vendors on hand for bike assistance and questions. This event also features CHP involvement and presentation.
8/30 – 9/1 – Tejano Conjunto Festival – The seventh annual Sacramento Tejano/Conjunto Festival celebrates the sound and spirit of two musical traditions. Blending Mexican-Spanish vocal traditions with Czech and German dance tunes and instruments, Tejano (“Texan”) and Conjunto (“Group”) music have spread far from their humble roots in the Lone Star State.
8/30 – Hot Summer Nights Concert Series: Motown at Laguna Town Hall – Bring your family out to this free musical event with Motown Sound featuring Men N Black. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair and enjoy live music in the outdoor amphitheater. Blanket policy: No blankets or lawn chairs allowed in the amphitheater before 4pm. Items placed before 4pm will be removed by staff. No pets permitted, except service animals. Food available for purchase.
8/31 – Living Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs. Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in the pond.
8/31 – Great Train Robbery with Sacramento River Train – Take a ride back to the old west on the RiverTrain. On this 3-hour trip departing from West Sacramento, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Fortunately, there is the Marshall on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson. This trip includes the Western show and fun train ride and a barbecue beef & chicken dinner on board.
8/31 – 9/2 – Chalk it up! to Sacramento Festival – Now in its 23rd year, is a fun, family friendly outdoor event that celebrates great art and music. The three-day event features over 200 sidewalk paintings created at the festival by local artists who donate their time, energy, and talent. The artwork is rendered with chalk pastels in a variety of methods. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals sponsor each sidewalk square to further the mission of Chalk-It-Up to Sacramento in support of children’s art programs. Fremont Park is wide open for the weekend and all activities at the festival are free.
8/31 – 9/2 – Labor Day Campout at the Discovery Museum – Don’t want to deal with the crowds going out of town this weekend? Bring your family to the Discovery Museum for some Labor Day camping fun. There will be a “campground” set up for kids to play in with tents, sleeping bags, and even a pretend fireplace. Celebrate National Trail Mix Day by kids making their own sample trail mix snack to enjoy outside.
9/1 – Outdoor Movie Night in Old Sacramento – Come out and see John Wayne come to Gold Rush Sacramento in “In Old California.” See this outdoor movie on the lawn in Old Sacramento where the story actually takes place. John Wayne plays a squeaky clean Boston pharmacist, who heads to west to Sacramento and runs afoul of the corrupt city boss. It’s got everything a good Western needs, bar fights, horse chases, good guys, and of course bad guys. Oh yes, and how could we forget a love quadrangle.
9/1 – Hawk Talk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come learn about these amazing raptors that have color vision eight times better
than humans. Get a rare close look at one of our resident hawks and learn more about the hawk family.
9/2 – Little Buckaroos Day at the Crocker Art Musuem – Families will have a yee-haw time at the third annual celebration of Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles in this event featuring live performances, craft-making
demos, hands-on art-making, and even a petting zoo. See if you can spot trick roper James Barrera and fiddler Steven Zdybel roaming around the Museum!