The Harvest Festival Offers Sacramento A Unique Holiday Shopping Experience


We have (2) family packs of tickets to give away to a couple of lucky followers, so keep reading!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you know what that means…shopping! If you are dreading Black Friday and the thought of fighting your way into favorite retailers just to get a good deal on what your kiddos want…well, you might want to take a different shopping approach this year.  The Harvest Festival Art and Craft Show is coming to Sacramento next week.

“Ranked as one of the top craft shows in the country, the Harvest Festivals offer over 24,000 unique handmade gifts that are all handmade in America. Guests can browse original art, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, pottery, toys, home décor and more. With musical acts such as local favorites the Fargo Brother and Sister Swing, attendees come for the shopping but stay for the entertainment. There will also be strolling performers such as Mama Claus and Eddie the Elf wandering the aisles and serenading shoppers. Be on the lookout for WC Willy who will be towering high above the festival on his stilts.

Children are encouraged to “go green” as they take part in eco-friendly art projects at the interactive KidZone, hosted by Nature of Art for Kids, a company offering non toxic and repurposed art supplies. Plus, New York Life will be on hand offering free child ID kits.

The AT&T Pioneers have been invited back as the official non-profit partner of the Sacramento Harvest Festival. The volunteer network, which helps local communities through aid to educational programs, local food drives, and natural disasters, will receive half of the proceeds from shopping bag sales, as well as all the proceeds from the bag and parcel check and the gift wrapping station. Elk Grove Food Bank Services will also return to the festival with its annual food drive. The non-profit organization will be on site providing a $2 off discount admission to anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation.

Each day there will be a grab bag prize giveaway, and one lucky winner will be chosen on Sunday for the grand prize drawing for an iPad mini.”

What:        The Sacramento Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show

When:       November 21-23, 2014 at Cal Expo, (1600 Exposition Dr., Sacramento CA, 95815)

Hours:      Friday and Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5pm

Tickets:     Adults: $9, Seniors (62+): $7, Youth (13-17): $4, Kids 12 and Under: Free

If you want to win four admission tickets to this year’s festival, check out the website here, and then come back to this post and tell us what you think your kids would enjoy most at the event.  Two lucky readers will be randomly selected to win a family four-pack on Wednesday, Nov.12, 2014.



Win Tickets To This Weekend’s Sacramento Arts Festival

dollaroffcoupon_smThe 16th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival returns to the Sacramento Convention Center November 1-3, 2013.  The festival features 225 of America’s best contemporary crafts people and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works.

“Attendees can also shop from a wondrous selection of handmade wearables and accessories or from an extensive assortment of functional and decorative glass. In fact, every category of fine art and contemporary craft-including drawings, printmaking, photography, decorative fiber, leather, metal, stone, and two and three-dimensional mixed media-is thoroughly represented by a variety of exhibitors.

Shoppers will find spectacular works of art and craft in all price ranges for themselves, their homes, and as one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.  In addition to all the visual art, the festival features continuous live Main Stage entertainment including the GG Amos Blues Band, the Kurt Ribak Jazz Quartet, Dirk K, jazz soloist and Scott Meltzer & Katrine Spang-Hansen, comedy jugglers.  And hungry festival goers can dine on Restaurant Row from great area restaurants offering a variety of delicious edibles including Greek,Indian and American cuisine.”

Here are the details:

Sacramento Arts Festival

• Nov 1 & 2, 10am to 6pm

• Nov 3, 10am to 5pm

• Sacramento Convention Center

• $8/adults, $7/seniors, Free/children 12 and under

If this sounds like fun and you would like to attend with your family, leave a comment at the end of this post telling us why you think you should win tickets. Four lucky readers will win a set of tickets to the festival through a random drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 30th.  And remember, kids under 12 years of age are free, so you can bring the whole family!

New Sacramento Cityscape Play Table at the Sacramento Children’s Museum

If you haven’t been to the Sacramento Children’s Museum recently, you’ll want to add it to your calendar, especially with summer just a few weeks away.  SCM has added two new exhibits to their already fun line-up.  In the popular Waterways, your kids will find a new life-size “boat” for some good pretend play.

Waterways Collage 1

And the new highlight of the museum is City Ways – a Sacramento cityscape play table complete with the California State Capitol, the Tower Bridge, the Sacramento and American Rivers, trains, and more.  Your kids can follow instructions to build the capitol building out of blocks, or use their imagination to create their own Sacramento buildings.  At SCM, there are no limits to your child’s imagination

Cityscapes Collage 1

And don’t forget about the museum’s other popular exhibits – Raceways, Airways, the art studio and more.  Click here for more information on the Sacramento Children’s Museum. 

Sacramento Harvest Festival

I mentioned this event in my Weekend Family Fun round-up, but wanted to give it another “shout out.”  If you are ready to start shopping for the holidays and are looking for some unique gifts, the Sacramento Harvest Festival is the place to be this weekend.  It is a family friendly event, so bring the entire family.  Check out more about the event below. 

“The Sacramento Harvest Festival returns to Cal Expo, November 16-18, to offer Sacramento area residents the best Holiday shopping, showcasing hundreds of vendors, exciting entertainment, unique food inspiration for Thanksgiving, and much more.

The Harvest Festivals are the largest indoor arts and crafts shows on the West Coast, boasting over 24,000 unique handmade gifts that are all made in America. Guests can browse jewelry, clothing, fine art and photography, pottery, toys, home décor and more, all while mingling with the artists that create each piece.

Throughout the weekend there is high-energy live entertainment, including the Bad Catz and Cash Tribute, a Johnny Cash tribute band. There will also be the usual strolling entertainers such as Washboard Willy, Mama Claus and Eddie the Elf and WC Willy dressed as an elf and hovering high above the festival on his stilts.

The official charity of the Sacramento Harvest Festival® are the AT&T Pioneers, a volunteer network that helps local communities by aiding educational programs, running local food drives, assisting after natural disasters, and much more. The AT&T Pioneers will receive half of the proceeds from shopping bag sales, as well as all the proceeds from the bag and parcel check and the gift wrapping station.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services will also be on site at the front of the entrance and will give a $2 off discount admission to anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation to the event.

Nature of Art for Kids, a company offering non toxic and eco friendly art supplies, will be hosting the interactive KidZone and will have hands on art activities for children. Plus, there will be a special Child ID stations where parents can go to register their child’s information.

Don’t miss the chance to find that perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift at the Sacramento Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show.”

What:        The Sacramento Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show

When:       November 16-18, 2012 at Cal Expo, (1600 Exposition Dr., Sacramento CA, 95815)

Hours:      Friday and Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5pm

Tickets:     Adults: $9, Seniors (62+): $7, Youth (13-17): $4, Kids 12 and Under: Free

Info:          For tickets and additional information, please call 800-346-1212 or visit

Visit Auburn For An Old Town Country Christmas

By Alyssa Green

We are a bit late in reporting about this event, but luckily not too late.  This Saturday, December 17th, take a scenic drive into nearby Auburn for the 2nd of a 2-weekend family holiday celebration. 

The 25th annual Old Town Country Christmas comes alive on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm, rain or shine.  All shops and restaurants will be open as well as over 75 craft and food vendors, entertainment, visits from Santa, hayrides, pony rides, a bonfire and Old Town holiday lights.  

What a great way to finish up your last minute Christmas shopping or just bundle the kids up and spend a fun night out with the family!

Join Arden Fair Mall In Welcoming Santa For The Season

                                                                                                             By Alyssa Green

Santa Claus is coming to town already?  Yep.  Come on down to Arden Fair Mall on Saturday, November 12th at 10am to welcome the one and only Santa Claus.  Oh, and bring the kids…it’s a family celebration!

In addition to the opening of Santa and his village (which you can visit after the festivities) breakfast treats will be served and Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Crew will be on hand to lead the kiddos in holiday caroling.

There will also be holiday crafts and activities (like making reindeer food) as well as an opportunity for the kids to write letters to Santa.

This wonderfully festive Kids Club Event is FREE and benefits several local charities.  If you are able, Arden Fair is asking that each participant bring in a new pair of children’s pajamas, or a new unwrapped toy to donate to the charities.  In appreciation of your donation, each child will receive his or her own set of angel wings.  How cute is that?  I can’t wait to see all those little people running around the mall in angel wings!

This is surely an event you don’t want to miss!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Arden Fair Management Office at (916) 920-4809.  You can sign up for the monthly Kids Club at Arden Fair’s Information Desk in front of J.C. Penney.  Have fun!

Introduce Your Kids To The World Of Art During Sacramento’s Artober

By Alyssa Green

The month of October is National Arts and Humanities month and the Sacramento region has embraced this opportunity to share with it’s residence the importance of art in our community through a month long celebration.

Artober – 31 Days of Art and Soul was launched in 2010 by Mayor Kevin Johnson with the purpose of  “increasing the visibility of talent in Sacramento.” Communities throughout the region have planned special art events in celebration.  From music…to theater…to dance and literary readings, there is something to spark the interest of any person, of any age.  Below are five family friendly art happening that are definitely worth your consideration.

October 2 – Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival – Old Sacramento.   The Sac World Fest is a FREE annual event for the whole family which celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Sacramento Region through dance, musical performances poetry, culinary offerings, and more. 

Your kids will be mesmerized by the cultural dances and musical happenings in the streets.  In the Global Village they’ll learn about different cultures through crafts, art activities, musical instruments and dance clinics.  In the Old Eagle Theater they’ll hear stories, poetry and other readings geared towards youth audiences.  There is also a bonus Sac World Fest kickoff on Saturday Octber 1st.  For more information click here.                                                  

October 8-9Harvest the Arts Festival – South Natomas Community Center – with live music, Sac Show Biz Dancers, theater make-up demos and arts and craft activities for children.  Come support Natomas’ first annual harvest and arts festival!

October 9Community Center Theater Open House – This is a fabulous opportunity for your kids to see what goes on behind the scenes of a theater production.  Open from 1 to 5pm, this FREE event offers tours of the theater as well as presentations by professionals, students, and community groups.  Probably best for kids 5 and older. 

October 15Acorn Day – California State Indian Museum – Come on out to the Indian Museum for a fun and educational day in celebration of  the “Acorn” – a main food staple of the American Indians.  Kids can participate in native arts and crafts, games and other hands on activities.  Basketry, beadwork and clothing artifacts will be on display as well as basket making demonstrations.

October 16Water: A Free Family Festival – Crocker Art Museum – Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water celebrates water as an essential part of living as well as creative inspiration in art.  There will be hands on activities, performances and demonstrations all centered around water in every day life.  Perfect for families with young children.  And as usual, we recommend you take the Story Trail tour and stop in at Tot Land for more kid friendly artsy experiences.