2nd Saturday Roadmap: A guide to a colorful, festive night

It may be a cold, wet weekend here in Sacramento, but our city’s 2nd Saturday festivities are really heating up! I’ve found some vibrant art, unique holiday experiences, and a performance that will have you laughing out loud.

Bundle up and prepare for some fun as I show you some of the coolest events and exhibits happening this weekend.

Get Wild:
After hitting up one of the busiest breakfast spots in town — the Tower Cafe — I’ll make the pilgrimage to William Land Park to relive one of my favorite childhood memories: watching the Sacramento Zoo’s Holiday Magic festivities. I always looked forward to the animals opening their brightly colored enrichments (a.k.a. presents) as a child; this year is no different. Even if there’s rain, watching the animals playfully open their gifts should not be missed.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Art to Make You Merry:
After watching the animals romp around with their gifts, it’ll be high time for me to treat myself. I’ll warm up with a coffee from Old Soul Co. then head across the street to the Brickhouse Gallery to treat my eyes to Visual Revel featuring the art of Sacramento365.com April Featured Artist, Demetris “B.A.M.R.” Washington. You might want to stick around the Gallery for an open mic with Candace Goodwin and Jenny Lynn later that evening.

Photo courtesy of B.A.M.R

Photo courtesy of B.A.M.R

Last Minute Shopping:
Fun fact: There are only two more weekends left before Christmas! If you still haven’t found a gift for the special people in your life (like me), Fe Gallery is having their Christmas Table-Top Sale, featuring some great gifts from local artists. The best part? A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Developmental Disabilities Service Organization’s (DDSO) Short Center North. DDSO helps better the lives of people with developmental disabilities primarily through art.

After shopping ’til I drop, I’ll swing around the corner to Hoppy Brewing Company for a pint of their Burnt Sienna Ale.

Photo courtesy of the Fe Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Fe Gallery

Say Anything IRL:
Next, I will take part in Sacramento’s inaugural Unsilent Night. This event was created by composer Phil Kline in an effort to bring the community together for a unique “caroling” experience. Unsilent Night is built upon audience participation, so make sure to download the tracks and bring a boombox. Of course, I will have to stop by Hot Italian for some Magnini pizza after hand. There are very few things better than pizza; being a part of a new event is one of them.

Photo by Noel Y. Calingasan

Photo by Noel Y. Calingasan

Whether you choose to follow my map of fun or blaze your own trail, this 2nd Saturday is certain to be a delight!

If you’re looking to make your own plan, check out Sacramento365.com’s 2nd Saturday and Holiday sections. Brave the rain, and have a jolly old time this weekend with me!

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

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