Memorial Day weekend in Sacramento seems to mark the acceptance of warm weather and the unofficial beginning of summer – and there’s a lot to do to celebrate this weekend! Enjoy diversity at William Land at the International Kids Festival, ride the ferris wheel and eat a corn dog at the Sacramento County Fair, head down to Old Town and Downtown to enjoy the Sacramento Music Festival, take in a baseball game or simply make a patriotic windsock at the Discovery Museum. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy!
11th Annual International Kids Festival at William Land Park – Hosted by Russian American Media, this one day event celebrates Sacramento’s diverse cultures by bringing together children and families of Eastern European, Asian Pacific, Hispanic, Indian, Native American and African-American descent for one big celebration! Festivities will include a magic show, pony rides, mini-train rides, jump houses, face painting as well as live music and entertainment. 5/23, 10am to 4pm.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds at Raley Field – Bring the family out to Raley Field throughout the weekend to watch the River Cats play the Memphis Redbirds on their home turf. Be in attendance on Friday for the Giants T-shirt giveaway and fireworks show, Saturday for princess and pirate night and fireworks, bring the dog on Sunday for Bark in the Park, and Monday for Nashville Sounds and a Memorial Day BBQ. 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25.
Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo – Affordable and safe, the Sacramento County Fair is a great alternative to it’s big sister the California State Fair. Enjoy traditional county fair competitions, agricultural displays and animals, hands-on activities, entertainment, food and a carnival. General admission is $5, kids 12 and under are FREE. 5/21-5/25 at 10 am.
Sacramento Music Festival – The 42nd edition of the Sacramento Music Festival offers diverse musical talent for 2015. Some of the bands for this year’s Festival include Tower of Power, Everclear, Eve 6, Shawn Mullins, Gloriana, and the Latin-tinged rock and roll group, Malo. In addition to contemporary bands, fans of the Music Festival’s jazz roots can enjoy the sounds of artists like Sister Swing, the Dixie Company, Vivian Lee and Stephanie Trick. Popular acts Mumbo Gumbo, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and Wonderbread 5 will also be returning, rounding out a diverse lineup of close to 300 sets of music performed throughout the holiday weekend. One of the highlights of the Sacramento Music Festival is the annual parade through the streets of Old Sacramento. The parade is free to the public, and a fun chance to hear live music and explore the historic district, and perhaps pick up tickets to the festival. Come out with the family and enjoy a taste of what the Sacramento Music Festival has to offer. 5/22-5/25, opening and closing times vary.
Create a Patriotic Windsock at the Discovery Museum – Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s Space Quest exhibit and Nature Discovery Room, then creat a patriotic windsock to fly at home during the Memorial Day weekend. 5/23-5/25, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.