Discover Sacramento’s Diversity This Labor Day Weekend

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Americana in Old Sacramento will celebrate America’s rich history. (Photo courtesy of Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau)

It’s no secret we live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in America, and this Labor Day weekend features many events celebrating our colorful Sacramento community! I thought I’d share a few noteworthy happenings that you should check out during your extra long weekend. Enjoy!

Time Travel this Weekend:
Americana in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento; Thurs-Sun Various Times
In lieu of the annual Gold Rush Days (due to drought concerns), this festival celebrates American history with live music, vintage vehicles, museum fun, and so much more. Plus, there’s a beer garden, so how are you going to say no to that?

Mexican-American Music and Fun:
Tejano Conjunto Festival
Cesar Chavez Plaza; Sun Noon-7:30pm
The biggest names in conjunto — also known as Tejano or Tex-Mex music will perform at this cultural event where there will also be a Selena (R.I.P. Bonita) singing contest and, my favorite, margaritas!

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Global Local will feature live performances by local artists in celebration of arts, culture, activism, and healthy living. (Photo courtesy of Sol Collective)

Art on a Global Scale:
Global Local
McClatchy Park; Fri 2pm-7:30pm
This co-created event is a celebration of arts, culture, activism, and healthy living and will feature live performances by A Tribe Called Red and others!

Rastafari Roots and Reggae:
One Love One Heart Reggae Festival
Rio Ramaza Marina & Event Park; Fri 6pm-2am, Sat & Sun 10am-2am
Somewhere Bob Marley will be looking down with a huge smile on his face as this amazing line-up of reggae musicians will honor Rastafari culture on the Sacramento River.

Japanese Pop Culture:
SacAnime: The Sacramento Anime Convention
Sacramento Convention Center; Fri & Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-6pm
More than 10,000 people will dress in their favorite anime costumes to provide Japanese-influenced pop culture fun for the entire family!

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Chalk It Up! is a fun family event that celebrates our amazing art community. (Photo by Alan Dismuke)

Local Art Creatives:
Chalk It Up! to Sacramento 2014 Art & Music Festival
Fremont Park; Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
Listen to live music all day long as you watch 200 artists create masterpieces — only using chalk! This fundraiser has several hands-on art activities for children, making it a great way to get the entire family creating.

Show Your True Colors:
Rainbow Festival
Midtown; Sun 10am-6pm
This colorful festival includes events at local nightclubs, a street fair, performances by local and regional talent, political speakers, and much more! Come see how far this amazing community has come and help raise awareness and money for local Gay and Lesbian charities.

Make this Labor Day weekend event better – find nearby restaurants, bars, and even hotels (perhaps you plan to have some drinks while you’re out tackling the town?) and Make It A Night! And for even more things to do this Labor Day weekend, check out Sacramento365’s Holiday Events page.

***This blog post was written by’s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/25

This Week: Summer’s Last Hurrah

in Old Sacramento

Aug 28-Sept 1
Old Sacramento
A few highlights:
Drought Days Beer Crawl; Fri 6pm-Midnight
Country Western Dance; Sat 7pm-10pm
Gold Rush Movie: Pale Rider; Sun 8pm

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Fremont Park
Aug 30-Sept 1
Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
Marvel at chalk art masterpieces and support youth arts education programs at the beloved festival.

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Ace of Spades
Aug 30
Sat 7:30pm

The original funkateers will bring the boogie to Sacramento.

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Born to Stand Out

(L to R) Brian Steven Shaw (Angelique), Brent Barrett (Georges) and Adam Lendermon (Chantal) in La Cage aux Folles. Photo by Charr Crail.

(L to R) Brian Steven Shaw (Angelique), Brent Barrett (Georges) and Adam Lendermon (Chantal) in La Cage aux Folles. Photo by Charr Crail.

With hit after hit, Music Circus will wrap up its 64th season with the hilarious La Cage aux Folles. After reading about its storied Tony Award-winning history and catching a glimpse of the flashy musical’s theatrics at Badlands, Sacramento audiences are in for a treat. Truly, we all need a little glitz, glamour and a few white lies to shake up our weekly routines.

Based on Jean Poiret’s play of the same name (which I still struggle to pronounce) and the inspiration for the late Robin Williams’s film, The Birdcage, the bawdy musical takes the simple act of meeting the parents… and adds a fresh dose of drag, deceit and dance. Madness ensues as gay couple, Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub (played by Broadway veteran Brent Barrett), and his drag queen partner Albin (captured perfectly by touring regular Alan Mingo Jr.) attempt to conceal their true selves to blend in with the ultra-conservative parents of Anne, the fiance of Georges’s son, Jean-Michel. Thankfully their colorful personalities outshine their dull “masculine” caricatures.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Music Circus this year! Catch performances of La Cage aux Folles at the Wells Fargo Pavilion August 19-24.Tickets ranges from $35-$80. Performances will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday showtimes are 2pm and 7:30pm. For more information, visit the musical’s event page on

***This blog post was written by’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/18

This Week: Mix it up this week!

Midtown_Cocktail_Week2Midtown Cocktail Week 2014
August 19-24
A few highlights:
Cocktail Competition
Harlow’s; Tues 6pm-9pm
Bright Lights, Big City Dress Up, Get Down
Grange Restaurant; Fri 6pm-9pm
Island Summer Nights
Crawdad’s on the River; Sun 1pm-4pm

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William Land Park
Aug 23
Sat 8:30am
Put on your tennis shoes and support local arts organizations at this 5K.

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Punch Life Comedy Club
Aug 23-26
Sat & Sun 7pm; Tues 8pm

Catch this rare opportunity to see the legendary comedian.

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Make It a Theatre Night: Little Women

Little Women

Photo courtesy of Red Bench Entertainment.

From large scale musicals to make shift theatre in local coffee shops, Sacramento is blessed with a thriving and diverse theatre scene. That’s why I can’t wait to see Red Bench Entertainment‘s take on Alcott‘s classic tale, Little Women.

The Sacramento-based, nonprofit theatre and film group is truly unique, working actively to nurture untapped potential. Its mission is to offer artistic guidance to anyone with a desire to perform and create — be they photographers, singers, actors, etc. — despite their age, economic status, or even their mental abilities. It seems fitting that a theatre group that grows talent perform the tale that details the growth of four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March — from childhood to womanhood.

This weekend make it a theatre night (or day!) at the Sierra II Center’s 24th Street Theatre. Red Bench Entertainment will perform Little Women on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 from 7pm-10pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday, August 17 from 2pm-5pm. A special VIP reception will be held prior to Saturday evening’s show. Tickets range $5-$40. For information, visit its event page on

***This blog post was written by’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/11

This Week: Brewing up some social fun!

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Ace of Spades
Aug 14
Thurs 7:30pm-11:30pm

Get ready for a circus of local creativity at this event that celebrates local artistic talent.

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Lake Natoma Inn
Aug 15
Fri 6pm-10pm

Attend this first ever craft brew fest held in historic Folsom.

Sac_Bridal_Couture2Sacramento Couture Runway & Bridal Show
Memorial Auditorium
Aug 17
Sun 1pm-5pm
Brides will be blown away by this showcase of designer gowns and wedding trends.

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Ballyhoo!: The Boys of Summer

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Photo by Becky Sahm (Big Picture Media).

It’s August, the month of where everyone and their mother seems to be on vacation. Great for them, but not so much for the rest of us left behind during the workplace Rapture. Need to escape but can’t afford to sip on overpriced cocktails on the beach? Like Calgon, tomorrow’s BALLYHOO! concert at Assembly will take you away and cure you of your FOMO (fear of missing out) — at least for a couple of hours.

With their pop reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! is a fun, fan-loving band whose music embodies the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, mixes slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice; drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats; Nick Lucera as their new bass player; and Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band’s signature sound on keys.

The band comes to the 916 to promote their new 3-track EP, Halo, and its independently released fifth studio album, Pineapple Grenade. (I’m a big fan of the smile-inducing song, “Beautiful Day.” and their cover of Bruno Mar’s “The Lazy Song.”)


Want to bob your heads and forget your worries this Tuesday night? Join me and these boys of summer at Assembly, Tuesday, August 5 at 8pm. For more concert information, visit its event page on

***This blog post was written by’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.