Weekend Family Fun

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9/26 – 9/28 – Weekend in Greece 2014 Greek Culture and Food Festival – Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church invites you to a Weekend in Greece 2014. This three-day festival features a celebration of Greek culture and food. Saint Katherine invites everyone and their families as the event is open to the public. The festival features live, authentic Greek dancing performed by parishioners and their children in traditional Greek costumes and dances to Greek music. There will also be live bands, excellent food, and kids activities including bounce houses.

9/27 – 2nd Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall – Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival has proven to be one of the region’s most popular events. The free event, hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts an exciting selection of farm-to-fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more. The UC Master Gardeners will be hosting a plant clinic and will be answering questions throughout the festival as well.

9/27 – Smithsonian Museum Day – These five Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian Magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering FREE admission to ticket holders all day long. California Automobile Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, State Indian Museum, The California Museum.

9/27 – Galls for Fall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist for a walk in the nature preserve to explore those inventive insects who build their homes in plants.

9/27 – Romanian Festival – Enjoy love music, traditional folk dances, children’s activities, authentic food and art exhibits at this annual festival celebrating Romanian culture.

9/27 – Red Panda Day at the Sacramento Zoo – Join for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids and adults can become Red Panda Rangers after stopping at the various Red Panda Stations and completing the Panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the Red Panda exhibit.

9/27 – 9/28 – Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival at Fairytale Town – Join Fairytale Town for the 14th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region. Enjoy readings and presentations from authors and illustrators, then shop at the official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth to purchase your favorite story. The event also features storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a book fair, and more. Plus literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy programs offered in the region.

9/27 – 9/28 – Fall Foliage Fun at the Discovery Museum – Welcome fall by trekking around the museum grounds and learning to identify trees using their Nature Trail Guide. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is here to visit and work with guests on learning some tree-rific facts. Families with children 12 and under make a leaf headband to celebrate the first weekend of Autumn.

9/27 – 9/28 – Farm-to-Fork Weekend Excursion: Pear Giveaway – All aboard from Farm-to-Fork! Coinciding with the second annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration in the Sacramento region, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and Sprouts Farmers Market in South Land Park will showcase the important role the region’s railroads have played in supporting agriculture on this final weekend of regular season excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad. In addition to delighting in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River, train ride guests will be treated to free pears donated by Sprouts Farmers Market (while supplies last) upon their exit. Appealing to all ages, the train ride experience offers guests with the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. Those aboard are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats, and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

9/27 – 9/28 – Sacramento Reptile Show – The Sacramento Reptile Show is back for its 17th year. For 2014 they have brought back the ever popular venomous reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species from around the world including King Cobras and Black Mambas. Brads World Reptile will also be setting up a reptile education center to teach you about the world of reptiles. And, who can forget Izod the Alligator? Izod and Wild Things will be back to give you an opportunity to meet a 10ft 100lb alligator.

9/28 – Sun Seekers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs, some don’t. Can you guess what they are? Join and meet one of these cold-blooded critters up close.

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