Be Grateful at these Sacramento Thanksgiving Events

ThanksgivingAs Turkey Day steadily approaches, we at have searched far and wide for local outings that’ll put you in the spirit of giving (and eating)! Feel-good turkey trots will support local nonprofits and keep your metabolism high for your Thanksgiving feast, while local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday celebrations will ensure that our community (and wallets) benefit from holiday spending.

Be driven to share…

8th Annual Turkey Drive*
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Fri (11/20) 4:30am-7pm

*Families interested in receiving a turkey can go to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Service Building on Monday, November 23. Distribution begins at 8am.

If you want to move for a great cause, consider one of these Thanksgiving Day races:

Run to Feed the Hungry
Sacramento State
Thurs (11/26) 8am

Folsom Turkey Trot
Folsom Parkway Trails
Thurs (11/26) 8:50am

A number of local groups will be offering free Turkey Day meals for those in need:

Thanksgiving Community Meal
Ray Robinson Oak Park Community Center
Thurs (11/26) 11am-1pm

20th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Pannell Meadowview Community Center
Thurs (11/26) 11am-2pm

Don’t stress out this Black Friday…treat yourself to some fun activities while supporting local:

Free Admission Day: Canned Food Drive
Fairytale Town
Fri (11/27) 10am-4pm

Brewery Black Friday: 3rd Annual Party
New Helvetia Tasting Room
Fri (11/27) Noon-Midnight

Sacramento Kings v. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kings Food Drive Game
Sleep Train Arena
Fri (11/27) 7pm

Search the Holiday Events page for a cornucopia of things to do during the long holiday weekend.

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

Get to Know November Featured Artist Parie Wood

Parie_Nov_Guitar - CopyThis month wants you to Make It a Music Night, so it’s only fair that our November Featured Artist is acclaimed singer/songwriter Parie Wood. With the purchase of an guitar at the age of 10, Wood unknowingly discovered her true calling in life — to create meaningful, deeply personal music. Her innate talent earned her two JAMMIES and has allowed her to perform across Northern California. Despite the accolades, the artist hasn’t let her success get to her head; the artist is forever grateful to her family, friends, and fans.

It’s time to get personal with the soft-spoken, music prodigy here.

Make It an ARTober Halloween Night!

Light pumpkin on Halloween

Halloween is this Saturday! Like many of you, we at are counting the days to play dress up, nosh on candy corn, and scream at the top of our lungs. And with National Arts and Humanities month (a.k.a. “ARTober”) in full swing, the Sacramento area also happens to have a number of artistic outings with a haunted twist!

You’ll find plenty of thrills at one of these #ARToberSac events below:

Got brains?
Zombie The Musical
The Sacramento Comedy Spot
Oct 30-31
Sacramento comedians Eric Barger and Lincoln Bartlett add musical numbers and a zombie twist to Shakespeare’s classic tale, Romeo and Juliet.

Holiday fun on R Street!
Fall Carnival and Casa de los Espiritus

Casa de Espanol
Oct 31
Casa de Espanol adds a little bilingual fun to traditional Halloween fare! The Center’s new R Street digs will be transformed with a pumpkin patch, haunted house, and cultural games and activities. Proceeds from the event will go to the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Scholarship Fund.

Have a titillating adventure!
Halloween Burlesque & Variety Show
Tommy T’s Rancho Cordova
Oct 31
During this special ghoulish-themed Halloween night performance, you’ll “flip out” and laugh out loud to the aerial and comedic antics of this burlesque troupe.

Calaveras y huesos
Souls of the City: Día De Los Muertos 2015
Old Sacramento
Nov 1
Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation are honoring those who’ve passed with a celebration of the vibrant Mexican holiday. Join a rhythmic procession and try your hand at ofrenda (offering) making, sugar skulls painting, and more.

Pooches and pumpkins
Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade
Marshall Park
Oct 31
Head to the heart of Midtown for an afternoon filled with craft-making, trick-or-treating, and adorable prancing canines. The Food Literacy Center will also be on hand with healthy snacks and an interactive photobooth.

Looking for more haunted outings? Check out our Holiday Events page for plenty of spooky (and not-so-spooky) events that will please ghouls and goblins of any age!

And remember to get social and share how you experience the Sacramento arts scene by using the hashtag #ARToberSac on your Instagram pics. Your snap could earn you a box of local treasures from The Sacramento Box!

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

ARTober 2nd Saturday Adventures: Art, Beer, and Fun

2nd Saturday in Sacramento is always a great idea, but a 2nd Saturday during ARTober — National Arts and Humanities Month — is extra special! Galleries and arts groups across the region will show off our bustling arts scene this October 10th and we at have curated a few artsy adventures so you can have your very own ARTober day and night!


Kick off the day by checking out the Rainbow Crosswalks Community Unveiling at the intersection of 20th St and K St. These crosswalks will add a touch of pride to the Lavender Heights neighborhood and to the region’s LGBT community. Afterwards, head Pachamama Coffee Co-op for some freshly roasted, farmer-owned coffee, then grab fruits and veggies at the Midtown Farmers Market. Rumor has it that the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will be performing throughout the day! …You can keep the good vibes rolling by checking out the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Rainbow crosswalks photo courtesy of Midtown Business Association

Rainbow crosswalks photo courtesy of Midtown Business Association


Head over to White Buffalo Gallery to see their new exhibit W(rapper) Dreams from Michelle Vo. This is Vo’s first exhibit and from what we’ve seen of her work so far, her collection will be one to see. After taking in a fill of Vo’s playful portraits, we’d suggest heading over to Bonn Lair for some fish and chips — and an English stout too.

W(rapper) Dreams photo courtesy of White Buffalo Gallery

                                                                 W(rapper) Dreams photo courtesy of White Buffalo Gallery


Help the Crocker Art Museum commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Teel Family Pavilion by partying down at Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party III! The museum-wide, celebration of art and creativity, not only features great exhibits, but also an Absinthe bar! Making a stop at Strings Urban Kitchen to slurp on steamed mussels is always an excellent suggestion.

Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party photo courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum

                Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party photo courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum


If a more intimate space is what you’re after, Little Relics Boutique & Galleria might be up your alley. The Mark Fox and Friends Art Show showcases a colorful homage to classic cubist artists like Pablo Picasso with this series of portraits. After perusing these quirky masterpieces, take a beer pit stop at Kasbah Lounge.

Mark Fox and Friends photo courtesy of Little Relics

                                                        Mark Fox and Friends photo courtesy of Little Relics


Morphing isn’t just for Power Rangers…local artists will defy genetics and imagination with Kennedy Gallery Art Center’s Morphed Art Show. Curious creatures like chicken snails will line the walls of the charming Victorian gallery. Head on over to Low Brau to finish off the night with some good ol’ comradery.

                                                                 Morphed photo courtesy of the Kennedy Gallery Art Center

Whether you choose to follow these road maps or to blaze your own ARTober trail, you’re sure to have a blast this 2nd Saturday! Learn more about these and other events using 2nd Saturday page.

And be sure to share what your artsy adventures all month long by using the hashtag #ARToberSac!

***This post was written by Dylan Fisher the Content Specialist for

Get to Know October Featured Artist Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

Oct2015_ProfileIn honor of #ARToberSac — or Arts and Humanities Month — chatted with one of Northern California’s most prolific (and possibly busiest) artists. Though originally a Brooklyn baby, the painter/entrepreneur/teacher/juror known as Gayle Rappaport-Weiland has made quite the name for herself here in the Golden State: her expressive fine art graces homes, businesses and local galleries up and down the coast; her courses at Sierra College fill up fast; and her presence in the Sacramento art world continues to grow through her online channel, Art Revealed Show. Despite her never-ending list of projects, she has no plans for stopping…and we thank her for that!

Get to know our more-than-accomplished Featured Artist here.

Get to Know September Featured Artist Thomas Ramey

Sept2015ProfilePicYou might recognize our September Featured Artist from his epic dreadlocks or from your television set. Thomas Ramey, the sought-after sculpture/metalworking artist and occasional reality television design star, works to create high-quality furniture and architectural projects, many of which can be found in upscale homes and galleries across the country. Despite his many successes, Ramey’s ego is nothing like his larger-than-life artwork. The artist is as down-to-earth as it gets – and perhaps, a little too humble.

This month, it’s time to get personal with the guy who loves to spark up a lathe (metal cutting machine), rock out on bass, and pound vanilla milkshakes here.

Get to Know August Featured Artist Melissa Uroff

AugustFA_Uroff_ProfileThis August, we connect with photographer/muralist/media-maker Melissa Uroff. The truly original (and multi-hyphenate) artist works tirelessly to share the artist experience through her “dark yet colorful” pieces and through online storytelling with her online magazine TUBE. When she is not creating, you can find her frequenting art and music shows, playing her accordion, hanging with her dogs, and traveling where she pleases.

Read on and learn more about the surprisingly bubbly “grunge photographer” here.