Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/29

This Week: Party On.

Elton_JohnElton John and His Band
Sleep Train Arena
Oct 1
Wed 8pm
The Rocket Man returns to perform iconic hits from his incredible five decade career.

TBD_FestTBD Fest
The Bridge District
Oct 3-5
Fri 3pm-12:30am; Sat &Sun 10am-12:30am
Music, design and food take over West Sacramento for the biggest party of the year.

Princess_Promenade2Princess Promenade
Discovery Park
Oct 5
Sun 8am
Feel like the belle of the bike trail after pedaling your way through the American River Parkway.

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Make It A TBD Night!

MIA_TBD_N2One of the biggest events to hit Sacramento this year (dare we say ever?) is upon us…TBD Fest! Formerly known as Launch, the indie festival has rebranded, revamped and relocated to bring music, art, design, fashion and now, food to West Sac’s Tower Bridge District (TBD… get it?) October 3 through 5.

While the memories you’ll make over the weekend are TBD, has gathered a few tips on how you can gear up, fuel up and rest up to make the most of your festival experience!

Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need to survive this epic weekend.

Your open ears:
You’ll be blown away by this year’s eclectic lineup of over 70 acts — from electronic, hip hop and new wave, music lovers of any genre will NOT be disappointed! Justice, Blondie, Moby, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun and Explosions in the Sky are just some of the killer acts you can see and hear at one the 1, 2, 3…4 (!) music stages. Find a full list of performers here.

Your appetite:
The talent isn’t limited to the music. Sacramento’s food scene will be on full display at The Pit, a cooking demonstration zone that will bring our farm-to-fork restaurants to the masses. Engaging in “friendly fire,” restaurants will face off in Top Chef-esque competitions and will create bites for the craft beer garden. Over 20 food trucks will also be present to tantalize your taste buds.

Your eye for design:
Fashion and art are paramount to TBD’s ethos. So feast your eyes on boho collections by local boutiques, seek solace underneath mind-warping structures, and rethink art with a pop up gallery featuring the work of local painting phenom, David Garibaldi.

Your yoga mat:
Centering your chi will not be a problem. Every morning, yogis will help you recharge from your previous night’s debaucheries with some guided yoga flow. If you’re feeling adventurous, there will even be an “Experimental Playground” where festival goers can try out acro yoga, hooping and slacklining. Namaste.

Other festival essentials:

-Money (We recommend a safe, discreet holder as well)
-Your smartphone…or if you’re fancy, that DSL camera in your closet
-Extra phone batteries/charger for said smartphone or camera
-Your stretchy-est yoga pants and comfiest shoes
-A good attitude (There will be thousands of people at the festival. As Shakira would say, “No fighting!”)
-Pick-up lines and breath mints (You might bump into someone cute. Be prepared.)


Get lost in TBD’s creative spirit. Photo by Raoul Ortega.

Yes, there will be plenty of things to see and do within the festival’s gates, but TBD is the perfect excuse to explore downtown and West Sac. (Remember, in-and-out privileges are only for three-day pass holders, so allow yourself time to scope these sights before and after the festival.)

-Stock up on sugary sweets from Candy Heaven in Old Sac.
-Caffeine it up with a cup of joe from Insight Coffee Roasters.
-To get you through the next 12 hours, grab a break”fest” of champions at West Sac’s iconic Carol’s Restaurant (The portions are HUGE!) or Pourhouse in Midtown (the Oktoberfest Pigs & Pints brunch on Saturday sounds delish).
-Snap some Instagram pics near the CA Railroad Museum and Tower Bridge. Your outfit of the day will pop in front of these Old Sacramento landmarks (or drop by the Crocker Art Museum Saturday morning for the World Wide Instameet!).

-Get some late-night eats and drinks at Broderick Roadhouse (less than a mile a way!) or cruise over to the Shady Lady for a swanky nightcap.
-Catch more live music at River City Saloon in Old Sac.
-Continue the dance party and get grimy at Starlight Lounge or The Press Club.

The festival’s venue, the Tower Bridge District, is exactly where you would expect it to be – near Sacramento’s golden landmark. Held on the West Sacramento side of the bridge, the grounds are easily accessible by car, train, bike and public transit. Festival multi-day pass holders may want to consider snagging a hotel room to avoid transportation headaches – and many are offering special packages throughout the weekend.

Check out these hot hotel deals:
-Reserve your room at Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento Old Town with promo code “TBD Fest” to get a low rate of $89 (plus tax). Bonus, the deal includes a hot breakfast and parking!
-Just a quick ride on I-5, Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento South Natomas has special room rates of $109 and $119 that include parking, wifi and cook to order breakfast for up to four guests (I smell after party…).
-Live it up near the Capitol and downtown hot spots at The Hyatt Regency with rooms for only $119 per night.


Don’t miss out on your chance to be covered in confetti! Get your last minute tickets with a little help from us. Photo by Rachael Lankford.

We’ve teamed up with TBD Fest on some special offers for our fans:

Latebirds: If you haven’t bought your tickets, what are you waiting for? Get 20% off a three-day or single day pass with promo code SAC365.

Earlybirds: Attendees who purchased their tickets at the Earlybird rate can bring a friend for the same price! Use the same email address you used to buy the original ticket on the Eventbrite page and you’ll be given a special code to use for an additional three-day pass ticket at a discounted rate of $99! More details here.

Now that we’ve schooled you on ways to make it a TBD night, use this knowledge wisely…and share your experience with us! Tag your social snaps by tagging @Sacramento365 with the hashtag #Sac365xTBD. See you across the river!

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

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/22

This Week: Tradition, Tunes and Tractors

A_Evening_of_Sound_AdviceAn Evening with Sound Advice
Crocker Art Museum
Sept 25
Thurs 7pm
Capitol Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak will chat with Clay Nutting about artists performing at TBD Fest.

Native_American_Day47th Annual Native American Day
CA State Capitol – North Steps
Sept 26
Fri 10am-2pm
Tribes will convene at the Capitol to celebrate water, Native peoples and their cultures.

??????????????????????Farm-to-Fork Festival
Capitol Mall Greens
Sept 27
Sat 11am-6pm
The Sacramento region’s farm-to-fork offerings will take center stage at this free festival.

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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/15

This Week: Make Your Week Legendary!

??????????????????????Legends of Wine
CA State Capitol West Steps
Sept 18
Thurs 6pm-8:30pm
Join sommeliers Darrell Corti and David Berkley at this event celebrating the region’s finest vino.

United_Parking_2014Sacramento United Park(ing) 2014
MARRS Building
Sept 19
Fri 10am-6pm
See how small spaces can have a big impact on our urban fabric.

Forget_Me_KnotForget Me Knot Wreath Laying Ceremony
Rio City Cafe
Sept 20
Sat 1pm
Maritime veterans will lay wreaths along the Sacramento River to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/8

This Week: Farm to Fork…To Fun!

CA164BirthdayCalifornia’s 164th Birthday
CA State Capitol – North Steps
Sept 9
Tues 11am
Celebrate the Golden State’s birthday with cake, ice cream, and live music.

F2FRW_2Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks
Downtown Sacramento
Sept 13-28
Various Times
Restaurants around town will serve up Farm-to-Fork dishes for the next two weeks!

Sac_Open_StudiosSac Open Studios 2014
Verge Center for the Arts and Various Galleries
Sept 13-21
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
For the next two weekends, explore the works of over 125 Sacramento artists!

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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 9/1

This Week: A Sizzling September Awaits

150YrsQuiltShow2150 Years of State Parks Quilt Show
Leland Stanford Mansion
Sept 3-28
Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
Quilts depicting the California’s 57 state parks will be on display.

RollerDerbyPlayoffs2WFTDA Roller Derby Division 1 Playoffs
Memorial Auditorium
Sept 5-7
Fri & Sat 9:30am-10pm; Sun 9:30am-7pm
Ten leagues will battle it out in their quest for roller derby glory.

CACapitalAirshowCalifornia Capital Airshow
Mather Airport
Sept 6-7
Sat & Sun 9am-4:30pm
Get ready for high flying fun this weekend at the base.

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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!

chalk it up

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.