WIN TICKETS: Sacramento’s Harvest Festival Goes Beyond Holiday Shopping with Live Music, Holiday-Themed Performers and a Hands-On Kids Zone













Just like that, Halloween is over, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is three weeks away and Christmas just seven. It’s time to start planning your holiday shopping which means scouring the Internet and store ads for deals, and strategically planning your Black Friday shopping schedule. While you may already have some ideas of what to get friends and family, there always seems to be that one person on the list that is difficult to find a gift for. Enter the Harvest Festival, the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast.

Held at Cal Expo, the Sacramento Harvest Festival boasts thousands of unique items – all handmade and embellished within the United States. From clothing to specialty foods, to original art and photography, the this festival has got you covered. In addition to shopping, enjoy music by the Fargo Brothers, laugh with comedian John Park and the “Funny Waiter” show, take pictures with Mama Claus, Eddie the Elf and stilt-walking Santa, grab a bite or two to eat from the many varied food vendors and let the kids play at the KidZone area presented by Lakeshore Learning.

Sound like fun? We’ve got four family packs, that’s right – FOUR – to give away to four lucky readers. The family packs include four admission tickets and $10 in “harvest money” to spend at your favorite vendor booth. If you would like a chance to win, watch the Harvest Festival video here, and tell us in the comment section below what you plan to shop for when you attend. Leave your comment by 5pm on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Winners will be chosen on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Good luck!

WHAT: Sacramento Harvest Festival

WHEN: Nov. 17-19, 2017, 10am to 6pm

WHERE: Cal Expo, Sacramento

TICKETS: $9 adults, $7 youth, $4 kids, free ages 12 and under

*be prepared to pay a parking fee


Five Unique Sacramento Activities To Do With Kids During The Thanksgiving Week Holiday

turkeytt_categoryBy Alyssa Green

Thanksgiving is next week, and while you have probably plotted and planned your actual Thanksgiving day dinner and activities, have you thought about how you are going to keep your kiddos busy during their vacation from school?  That’s right, your kids most likely have the ENTIRE week off and I bet you’ll want to keep them busy.  Here is a list of five “unique-to-Sacramento” activities you may want to check out.

1.  Turkey Trot at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – There is no better place for your kids to learn about America’s favorite bird this time of year, than at our very own nature center.  Beards, wattles and snoods? What strange things to find on a bird! Look and listen for wild turkeys as you explore their world on this guided walk through the Nature Preserve.  11/24

2.  Indian Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair at the California State Indian Museum – Looking for an authentic shopping experience on Black Friday?  Then Head on over to the Indian Museum.  Native artisans from all over California offer their wares for sale each year, on the two days following Thanksgiving. Enjoy browsing through jewelry, basketry, pottery, hand-painted gourds, ornaments, and much more, as you select those just-right gifts for the holidays.  11/29 – 11/30

3.  Small Train Holiday at the California State Railroad Museum – Your kids will think they have died and gone to heaven!   The whole family will get into the spirit of the season when the California State Railroad Museum presents a Small Train Holiday. Visitors will be dazzled by roving musical entertainment; fun, interpretive hand car rides; amazing scale and model toy train display; story time with Mrs. Claus and much more—all happening inside the Museum!  11/29-11/30

4.  Theater of Lights in Old Sacramento – This is a must for any family visiting Sacramento during the holidays!  Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights blends a symphony of lights, sounds, and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings. The free outdoor performances artfully mix the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for all visitors. 11/27-12/31

5.  Old Sacramento Underground Tours – Underground tours offer a fun fall excursion for individuals, families and groups of friends! Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Finishing out its fourth season, visitors have the opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.  Thru 11/30

***Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on Thanksgiving crafts and projects your kids can do at home!