Top 5 Fun Family Events in Sacramento over Labor Day Weekend

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Where did the time go?  It seems like we were all just at the California State Fair and cooling off at Sunsplash or Raging Waters.
Well, if you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to hot days and warm nights, then we have several events going on around town to keep you enjoying the last days of summer here in  Sacramento. Take a look at this list of my top 5 family fun events you won’t want to miss Labor Day weekend:

1.       53rd Annual Sacramento Greek Festival at the convention center.  Friday through Sunday, enjoy live music, dancing and lessons, cooking demonstrations, great food and entertainment.   There will also be a loukoumaes eating contest!  This is always a fun event for the entire family.

2.      Old Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush days.  Friday through Monday, visit Old Sacramento as they transform into a scene straight of the 1800s. Live entertainment, costumed performers and everyday folk will bring history to life during this three-day event.   Activities for the whole family include pony and carriage rides, live music and dancing, cannons, gun tales and more! And don’t forget to come in costume as you enjoy being transformed back to the gold rush days.

Gold Rush Days

3.      Catch one of the final River Cats  baseball games. The Cats play the Fresno Grizzlies all weekend long at Raley Field in West Sacramento (within walking distance of Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento.) Games begin at 7:05 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5:05 pm on Sunday, and 1:05 pm on Monday, Labor Day. Don’t forget to stick around for the after-game fireworks shows on Friday and Saturday nights.

Raley Field

4.      The 5th annual Rhythm and Blues Festival on Saturday, September 3 from 11am-7pm at Miller Park in Sacramento.   Enjoy live music from talented R&B and gospel singers.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

5.      Chalk it up!  I absolutely love taking my kids to this fun family event.  Full of great artists, music, hands on demonstrations (for the kids) and just a great vibe.   Friday through Monday, Freeport Park in downtown Sacramento transforms into its own art studio.  Some of the most talented artists in the area come out and purchase a square to “chalk it up” on.   If you have kids who love art  or who just like to get messy with chalk, this is a great event to attend. 

Chalk It Up Festival

I hope this list gives you an idea of what’s happening around town.   Whether you choose to stay close to home and BBQ, or enjoy one of these family friendly events- we hope you have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.

By Heather Crivellone



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