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.

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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.

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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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Top 6 Ways to Celebrate Dad this Weekend for Fathers Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and what are you planning for dear old dad? Sacramento has many options to keep the dads in your life happy and enjoying the day dedicated to them. Here is a quick list of some places to take them and local events that are celebrating Father’s Day:

  1. Take dad to see our professional soccer team the Sacramento Republic at Cal Expo.  These games are always-action packed and fun (even if you are not a soccer fan).  This weekend they will be playing at 8pm against Rio Grande Valley FC Toro.  Tickets are available on their website and it’s sure to be an action packed evening!

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2. On June 18, from 5:15 – 8pm, visit Old Sacramento and watch as the Great Race cruises into town.  The Great Race is an annual event that showcases 120 of the world’s finest collector cars for a week-long time/distance/endurance rally across the United States.  The route travels from the famous Lincoln Highway, beginning in San Rafael and ending in Moline, Illinois.   View these classics as they roll into Old Sacramento at one-minute intervals for two hours, winding their way down Second Street, then onto L Street and finishing on Front Street. This is a FREE event for the family.

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3. Enjoy a family fun day at a River Cats game!  Grab some hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks and watch our area’s favorite minor league baseball team.  This weekend, they are taking on the El Paso Chihuahuas.  Enjoy a Father’s Day Pregame BBQ on Saturday, or just enjoy the Sunday Family Day at the afternoon game.  Friday night and Saturday evening games begin at 7:05 pm and Sunday afternoon’s game begins at 1:05 pm.

River Cats at Raley Field

4. Take Dad on a Father’s Day River Cruise.  Hornblower River Cruise departs from Old Sacramento and will take you and your family on a one hour narrated tour.  You can see the sights of Sacramento and hear about the history of the Sacramento River in this fun and relaxing afternoon.  Tickets are available for $20 and the cruises will run from 12-4 on Father’s Day.

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5. Enjoy some Classic Cars, Craft Beers and Corn Dogs at the Annual Dad’s Day Event at Denio’s market on June 18.  From 10am-2pm, you and dad can enjoy a car show and cruise the swap meet with your beers for this fun filled event.  Denio’s market is located at 1551 Vineyard Road in Roseville.

6. The Annual Rides in Classics hosted by the California Automobile Museum will be June 19 from 10am – 5pm.  Enjoy rides to Old Sacramento in some amazing classic cars and view exhibits.   Best part of the day?  Dads get in FREE to the museum on Father’s Day.

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So, whatever you choose to do to make Father’s day special for the dads in your life, we hope you take the time to celebrate and enjoy with family and friends.  This is just a short list of things to do – I didn’t even mention my dad’s favorite – GOLF.  We have so many courses in the area; I couldn’t choose a top one to highlight.

I hope this helps in deciding something fun for you and your dad. If not, just do what we will be doing, grilling in the backyard and celebrating our favorite men!

By Heather Crivellone

 

 

Weekend Family Fun

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6/13 – Old City Cemetery Tour: The Unlucky 13 – For your evening pleasure, as luck would have it, the Old City Cemetery is conducting a summer tour – “The Unlucky 13”. For one night in June on Friday the 13th, hear 13 stories about bad luck and poor souls being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Are you superstitious? We’ll dare you to walk under a ladder or step on a crack (especially if your mother is with you). Come early or stay after your tour to win prizes, if you’re lucky, in the “Test Your Luck” area. This promises to be a fun-filled event for the whole family for only $13 per person. Good luck — it’s also a full moon!

6/13 – 6/14 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town –  Spend the night at Humpty’s House! This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

6/13 – 6/15 – Western States Horse Expo – More than 40,000 horsemen from around the country will come together for the 16th Western States Horse Expo, a family friendly event that features contests, demonstrations and more. You’ll find more than 400 exhibits with some of the top companies in the horse industry showcasing their products. Special events include the Magnificent 7 stock horse championship, a trail symposium and up close and personal clinics from a variety of experts, and an Equine Dream Art Show and Sale. For the kids, there’s a Young Rider Park with horseshoe painting, pony rides and more.

6/14 – 16th Annual Family Safety & Health Expo – Safetyville USA’s 30th Birthday Party is being celebrated at the 16th Annual Family Safety and Health EXPO with giveaways, raffles, live stage performance, and over 80 booths focused on health, safety, and youth recreation resources for families in the Sacramento region.

6/14 – Six-Legged Sensations at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist for a close look at insects commonly found in and around the Nature Area. Then, take a creature safari and observe insects in their natural habitat.

6/14 – Third Annual Cupcake Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – The Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites daddies and their daughter(s) to the Museum to dance the night away for the third annual Cupcake Ball! Princess dress-up is encouraged, and each daughter will receive a princess halo. Cupcakes and light refreshments will be served.

6/14 – Personalized Grill Apron Father’s Day workshop at Orchard Supply Hardware on Arden Way – Orchard Supply Hardware is celebrating Father’s Day by offering patrons the chance to create personalized grill aprons.  Orchard Supply Hardware will supply the apron and fabric markers. There will be an area setup for the kids to paint their special creation for Dad, so bring your imagination.

6/14 – 6/15 – palaeontologists Past and Present at the Discovery Museum – Rumor has it that T-rex and stegosaurus “fossils” have been discovered on the grounds of the Museum! They have a brand-new dig pit where little ones can make their first exciting discoveries looking for fossils beneath the sand. What a fun way to introduce your children to the science field of paleontology.

6/15 – Hornblower’s Father’s Day River Cruise – Get on board the Capitol Hornblower and spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day. Departing from Old Sacramento, this one hour river cruise features a narration of the nature and history of the Sacramento River ways in a fun relaxing environment.

6/15 – Father’s Day at McConnell Estates – Bring the family out to share family fun games out in the yard and savory wines for the adults this Father’s Day. Games to include volleyball, bean bag toss, bocce ball and much more!

6/15 – Fathers and Falcons at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Celebrate Father’s Day by bringing your dad to meet Rocky, the Nature Center’s resident Kestrel. Learn all about what makes the Kestrel North America’s smallest falcon and how Rocky ended up at the Nature Center. After a good look at this handsome bird, make a Kestrel bracelet to remember your new friend.

6/15 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs – The Sacramento River Cats take on the Iowa Cubs in the third game of this series. Kids of all ages will enjoy K-LOVE Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters, balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on field after every Sunday home game!

10 Free Sacramento Summer Activities for Kids

It’s hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner…and you know what that means, the kids will soon be out of school.  You don’t need to spend a fortune keeping them busy all summer long.  There are plenty of fun activities and events that are free or nearly free right here in town.  Take a look – the fun starts now! Summer Collage

1. Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long at Fireside Lanes 5/1 – 9/2 – Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl FREE program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.  You can sign up online and your kids can bowl 2 free games every day of the summer.  Special discounts are offered to parents, too!

2. Holiday Mondays and 3rd Sundays FREE at the Crocker Art Museum 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/1 – The Crocker started off the summer with a FREE Family Palooza holiday Monday on Memorial Day.  Stay tuned for the next Holiday Monday, later in the summer on Labor Day.  Meanwhile, through the generous support of Western Health Advantage, the Crocker Art Museum will provide free access to the general public on the third Sunday of each month. “Pay What You Wish Sunday” is part of the Crocker ‘s commitment to provide Museum access to the entire community.

3Sacramento Fire Department Open Houses 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 9/6, 9/12 – You are invited to bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

4. Pops in the Park 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 – FREE family friendly summer concerts the whole family can enjoy!  Each Saturday throughout the month of June, you’ll be entertained by various artists at various East Sacramento Parks.  Bicycle valet parking, food and drink is available.

5. Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field6/18 – Mommy & Me Days are non-ticketed, FREE events open to children ages 6-and-under and their parents. They are exclusive opportunities for families to enjoy a fun play date at Raley Field.  Children will enjoy a variety of activities on the baseball field, including running the bases, playing catch, and exploring the River Cats’ inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. In addition, the River Cats’ beloved mascot Dinger will be on hand to entertain children and parents alike.  Free parking, free snacks and drinks for the first 1,500 children.

6. Family Bike Nights at Safetyville, USA 6/19-20, 6/26-27, 7/3-4, 7/10-11, 7/17-18, 7,24-25, 7/31-8/1, 8/7-8, 8/14-15, 8/21-22 – This FREE event is open to all ages and skill levels.   A special area will be provided for smaller riders in the center in front of the capital. Additionally each event will include a safety or health lesson with a special guest speaker for the families that attend; i.e.: how to fit a bike helmet, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, etc.  Helmets required, snacks and drinks will be available.

7. Wells Fargo Wednesdays at the Sacramento Zoo 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30 – Bring your kids to the Zoo for FREE on three Wednesdays in July thanks to Wells Fargo! Up to four kids, ages 2-11 will be admitted for free with a paid adult. Wells Fargo will offer a free train or carousel ride to kids. On July 30th the famous Wells Fargo Stage Coach will be at the Zoo too! Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

8. Free Kids Day at the California State Fair 7/15, 7/22 – On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under get FREE admission to the California State Fair, and all rides are only $1 for all ages!

9Screen on the Green8/2, 8/9 – Screen on the Green is a series of FREE movie screenings held at various parks throughout the district. The program is made possible by contributions from Councilmember Steve Cohn and the Pops in the Park project.  This year’s movies include How to Train your Dragon, and 101 Dalmations.

10. Gold Rush Days8/29-9/1 – Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young’uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from back East.  Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill. During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento you’ll find yourself transported back to the days of gold and glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of yesterday!  Admission is FREE.

Bonus:

Parks with Water Features – there are plenty of neighborhood parks that have water features (splash grounds, kiddie pools, misters.) Take advantage of these fabulous and FREE ways to stay cool!

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Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The Nature Center is part of a 77-acre nature preserve with riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats.   There are three self-guided trails that are equipped with interpretive signage along the way, pointing out interesting features.  There are also classes, workshops and family outings to participate in.  While admission to the center is always FREE, there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

Regal Cinemas Summer Movies – June through August, Regal hosts the Summer Movie Express.  Kid-friendly movies are just $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  This is a great way to get out of the heat when the temperature rises.

Other Summer Activities Not to be Missed:

River Cats Baseball – Sacramento’s triple A baseball team is one of the best in the league.  Take advantage of a good old-fashioned night out with the family at Raley Field.  Enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday home games, and $1 hot dogs and desserts on Tuesdays.  And don’t forget about the Dinger Kids Club!

Raging Waters – Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages. Thrill slides include favorites such as Splashdown, Hurricane, Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Breaker Beach Wave Pool and the Shark Attack Waterslide complex. Those park goers in the mood for more chill than thrills can cool down in the tranquil waters of the Calypso Cooler Lazy River or explore Treehouse Reef, our new 5-story children’s attraction with water slides, secret tubes and hundreds of water activities.   And don’t forget, when you buy the Sacramento Season Pass, you also get REE admission into the State Fair!

Weekend Family Fun

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5/10 – 7th Annual National Train Day – To celebrate the seventh annual National Train Day, the California Railroad Museum will offer a spectacular array of eye-catching locomotives along with a variety of hands-on activities, live entertainment, educational booths and a special presentation that collectively demonstrate the past, present and future of railroading.

5/10 – Meet the Machines – Children of all ages have the opportunity to touch, climb on and explore 30 different types of exciting machines and unique vehicles. The event will also feature other activities such as a Segway Polo game, bounce houses, games, face painting, music and food. Just added, Brainy Zoo Toys will let the little ones test out some of their new toys.

5/10 – 5/11 – 23rd Annual Placer County Berry Festival – What makes a happy mom on Mother’s Day? A happy family! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, hosted by local boy scouts, a Kid’s Zone, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, A Strawberry Classic Car Cruise, over 100 arts and craft vendors — and, of course — strawberry eats and treats for all!  The Strawberry Kitchen will host strawberry kitchen demos with Chef Michael Marks all weekend long and the very popular strawberry shortcake eating contest.

5/10 – 5/11 – Marvelous Mother’s Day Weekend – The Sacramento Children’s Museum think moms are simply the best! That’s why they are offering free admission for all moms — just their way of saying ‘thank you!’ for all that you do. They will also have special Mother’s Day activities in the Art Studio.

5/10 – 5/11 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – Buy mom a Sacramento River Cats Mother’s Day brunch package including 1 Senate seat for the Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees at 1:05 p.m.,  and 1 Pregame brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. including scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and green onions, smoked bacon and black forest ham steak, home fried potatoes with red onion and fresh herbs, assorted pastries and muffins, sliced seasonal fresh fruit with yogurt, assorted juices, coffee, and hot tea – 1 lucky mother will be chosen to throw out the first pitch!

5/11 – Mission Orangutan Mother’s Day Book & Bake Sale – Buy some delicious palm oil-free baked goods, a good book, and learn about how orangutans are excellent mothers. Purses for Primates will be at the front of the zoo selling gently used purses. All proceeds go to support Orangutan Outreach Missing Orangutan Mothers (MOM), an organization that aids orphaned orangutans in the wild.

5/11 – Amgen Tour of California – The Capital City region will kick-off the Amgen Tour of California once again! There are two chances for spectators to watch the cycling action: Sacramento for the Official Start and in the City of Folsom for the Stage 2 time trial.  Riders from the Sacramento community will have the opportunity to ride a portion of the official Amgen route. The ride will begin at the Amgen starting line at 1:30 p.m. and be approximately 30 minutes.

5/11 – Mother’s Day River Cruise – This Mother’s Day, treat you mom to a narrated, one-hour cruise on the Sacramento River. You’ll learn about Old Sacramento’s most famous sites and hear stories about Sacramento’s history, from John Sutter to the wild first days of the Gold Rush and the Pony Express. This is truly a Mother’s Day gift idea to remember!

10 Free Sacramento Summer Activities for Kids

***UPDATED FOR 2015***

It’s hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner…and you know what that means, the kids will soon be out of school.  You don’t need to spend a fortune keeping them busy all summer long.  There are plenty of fun activities and events that are free or nearly free right here in town.  Take a look – the fun starts now! Summer Collage

1. Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long at Fireside Lanes 5/1 – 9/7 – Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl FREE program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.  You can sign up online and your kids can bowl 2 free games every day of the summer.  Special discounts are offered to parents, too!

2. Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays at the Crocker Art Museum6/21, 7/29, 8/16, 9/20 – Through the generous support of Western Health Advantage, the Crocker Art Museum will provide free access to the general public on the third Sunday of each month. “Pay What You Wish Sunday” is part of the Crocker ‘s commitment to provide Museum access to the entire community.

3Sacramento Fire Department Open Houses 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/12, 9/19 – You are invited to bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

4. Pops in the Park 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27 – FREE family friendly summer concerts the whole family can enjoy!  Each Saturday throughout the month of June, you’ll be entertained by various artists at various East Sacramento Parks.  Bicycle valet parking, food and drink is available.

5. Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field6/22 – Mommy & Me Days are non-ticketed, FREE events open to children ages 6-and-under and their parents. They are exclusive opportunities for families to enjoy a fun play date at Raley Field.  Children will enjoy a variety of activities on the baseball field, including running the bases, playing catch, and exploring the River Cats’ inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. In addition, the River Cats’ beloved mascot Dinger will be on hand to entertain children and parents alike.  Free parking, free snacks and drinks for the first 1,500 children.

6. Family Bike Nights at Safetyville, USA6/18-19, 6/25-26, 7/2-3, 7/9-10, 7/16-17, 7/23-24, 7/30-7/31, 8/6-8/7, 8/13-14, 8/20-22 – This FREE event is open to all ages and skill levels. A special area will be provided for smaller riders in the center in front of the capital. Additionally each event will include a safety or health lesson with a special guest speaker for the families that attend; i.e.: how to fit a bike helmet, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, etc.  Helmets required, snacks and drinks will be available.

7. Wells Fargo Wednesdays at the Sacramento Zoo 7/15, 7/22 & 7/29 – Bring your kids to the Zoo for FREE on three Wednesdays in July thanks to Wells Fargo! Up to four kids, ages 2-11 will be admitted for free with a paid adult. Wells Fargo will offer a free train or carousel ride to kids. On July 30th the famous Wells Fargo Stage Coach will be at the Zoo too! Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

8. Free Kids Day at the California State Fair 7/14, 7/21 – On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under get FREE admission to the California State Fair, and all rides are only $1 for all ages!

9Screen on the Green8/28, 8/29 – Screen on the Green is a series of FREE movie screenings held at various parks throughout the district. The program is made possible by contributions from Councilmember Steve Cohn and the Pops in the Park project.  This year’s movie is Big Hero 6. FREE popcorn provided!

10. Gold Rush Days – 9/4 – 9/7 – Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young’uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from back East.  Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill. During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento you’ll find yourself transported back to the days of gold and glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of yesterday!  Admission is FREE.

Bonus:

Parks with Water Features – there are plenty of neighborhood parks that have water features (splash grounds, kiddie pools, misters.) Take advantage of these fabulous and FREE ways to stay cool!

Almost Free:

Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The Nature Center is part of a 77-acre nature preserve with riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats.   There are three self-guided trails that are equipped with interpretive signage along the way, pointing out interesting features.  There are also classes, workshops and family outings to participate in.  While admission to the center is always FREE, there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

Regal Cinemas Summer Movies – June through August, Regal hosts the Summer Movie Express.  Kid-friendly movies are just $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  This is a great way to get out of the heat when the temperature rises.

Tower Theatre Summer Movies – The mid-week, morning screenings will run for nine weeks, from mid-June to mid-August for just $1. The coolest movie playing this summer? The Wizard of Oz on July 1 & 2.

Other Summer Activities Not to be Missed:

River Cats Baseball – Sacramento’s triple A baseball team is one of the best in the league.  Take advantage of a good old-fashioned night out with the family at Raley Field.  Enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday home games, and $1 hot dogs and desserts on Tuesdays. Parking is FREE this season.  And don’t forget about the Dinger Kids Club!

Raging Waters – Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages. Thrill slides include favorites such as Splashdown, Hurricane, Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Breaker Beach Wave Pool and the Shark Attack Waterslide complex. Those park goers in the mood for more chill than thrills can cool down in the tranquil waters of the Calypso Cooler Lazy River or explore Treehouse Reef, our new 5-story children’s attraction with water slides, secret tubes and hundreds of water activities.   And don’t forget, when you buy the Sacramento Season Pass, you also get FREE admission into the State Fair!

Weekend Family Fun For August 24-26th

8/24 – Raley Field Fiesta with the River Cats – Enjoy Latin music, salsa dancing, and drink and food specials as the River Cats celebrate with a Raley Field Fiesta! It will also be Family Value Night so enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 desserts with the family. The River Cats will be taking on the Salt Lake Bees in this baseball game.

 8/24 – Family Friday: Silver at the Crocker Art Museum – Pick out something sparkly silver to wear and get excited for sights and sounds by the Asian Community Center (ACC) Pocket Pickers Ukulele Club. Performers will sing a variety of standards from the silver age of swing, early rock ‘n’ roll, Hawai’ian, and country songs. All are welcome to watch or jive along with the hula dancers and line dancers that will accompany the tunes.

8/24-26 – Time Travel Weekend in Old Sacramento – Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento! For the third consecutive summer, visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively and interactive street theatre as part of the hugely popular “Time Travel Weekends” to delight guests near and far. The streets of Old Sacramento will come to life with talented performers who put on spontaneous and often-elaborate skits and performances.

8/25 – 14th Annual Race for the Arts – Grab your running shoes, friends, family, co-workers and neighbors and run or walk through shady William Land Park for the 14th Annual Race for the Arts. For the serious runners (5k timed by D-tag) – and the not-so-serious.

Sports, fresh air, arts and family-friendly, come out for the Race and stay for the Arts Festival with music, entertainment, over 40 interactive booths, food and fun. Try your hand at the Instrumental Discovery Zone, make a hat, get your face painted, learn a couple dance steps, try any of the hands-on booths, or sit and enjoy the non-stop stage entertainment. Race for the Arts is more than a run, it’s an experience.

8/25 – Signing Time with Rachel Coleman – Emmy-nominated, co-creator and star of Signing Time, Rachel Coleman will be performing to benefit the Signing Time Foundation which helps make sign language fun and accessible to all children here in the US and outreach to help Deaf children in Ghana.

If you love Signing Time, don’t miss this event that is sure to make memories to last a lifetime. There will be time to meet and greet with Rachel and Hopkins for photos and autographs and an amazing concert where Rachel will perform some all-time favorite songs from Signing Time. All events will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

8/25 – Water Fight Sacramento at Southside Park – Bring water guns, water balloons, slingshots to fire off water bombs, and your swimwear. As a sign of respect to everyone including the city lets make a rule of thumb where after the event you help clean up at least as many water balloons as you threw. It’s fair, and many hands make light work. Bring your own water source as places to re-fill will be limited. Water bottles are a quick and portable way to carry extra water around to refill your guns and bombs.

8/25 – Plant Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Stroll through the Nature Preserve with a naturalist and learn to identify many common plants while discovering their traditional uses.

8/26 – Free Music in the Park: On Air – This rollicking outdoor musical treat features entertainment for kids and grownups, providing the perfect setting to relax with family, friends and neighbors. With a blanket and a picnic basket everyone can enjoy great music in a wonderful outdoor venue.

The featured band for the grand finale of the three-part series is On Air. For 25 years, On Air’s 11-piece power horn, classic rock sound has captured audiences with classy musicianship, quality showmanship, and an attitude of sheer joy.

8/26 – Fan Appreciation Night with the River Cats – The Sacramento River Cats players, coaches, and staff will be greeting fans at the gate before the final home game of the regular season. Fans will also receive great prizes throughout the night! It will also be Sunday Funday so there will be a pregame autograph session and kids may run the bases postgame. The River Cats will be playing against the Salt Lake Bees in this baseball game.