Sports365: Off With a Bang

Sports365BlogHeader

This month is loaded with fun sports happenings in the heat. Luckily for you, I’ve rounded up the best events in this month’s Sports365! Whether you want to see our country’s top young athletes, do some tailgating, stretch out, or take a moonlit ride, Sacramento has got you covered!


Sacramento will host the 50th Annual Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at the end of the month from July 25-31 at Sacramento State. This event has hosted many of America’s past Olympians and maybe even a few who should be competing in Rio this summer.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Only the best-of-the-best young athletes, ages 7-18, are invited to participate, so you’ll get a chance to see world-class athletes growing into their potential.

Hurdles, shot put, long jump, and more; what more could you ask for? Whether you don’t know a thing about track and field or you’re a relay running fiend, there’s something for everyone. This weekend will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy great performances, nice weather, newly renovated facilities, and a great community of fans and family.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

If you want to get more involved in the championships, but weren’t invited to compete (or are just too old like me) then make sure to join the Sac Event Crew. This dedicated group of volunteers will get up and close to the action and make sure that the events run smoothly.

For more information about this event, click here.

Party, Play, and Philanthropy:
If the track and field championships are too competitive for you, then check out these more lighthearted events.

Sacramento PRO Rugby Tailgate
Woodlake Park
July 9
Nothing goes better with sports than a great party! This is your chance to join the first official Sacramento Express tailgate and score discount tickets to the game!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Express

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Express

The Beer Yogis
Yolo Brewing Co.
July 21
I’ve always wanted to get into yoga, but never quite had the guts to try it out. Now, I’ve got the chance to partake in a little liquid courage while working on my flexibility. Sounds perfect!

Photo courtesy of the Beer Yogis

Photo courtesy of the Beer Yogis

Lunar Lunacy
Capitol Mall Greens
July 23
Riding your bike is always fun, but cruising with hundreds of others under the glow of the moon really kicks up the excitement. Plus, you’ll help raise funds for local charities!

Photo courtesy of Lunar Lunacy

Photo courtesy of Lunar Lunacy

Check back with Sports365 in August to see what activities I am most excited for…or plan ahead on your own by checking out Sacramento365.com’s Sports page!

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

Advertisements

Celebrate Pops this Father’s Day Weekend

Father's Train

Photo courtesy of Sacramento RiverTrain.

This Sunday it’s time to cheer for Sacramento’s doting dads and fabulous father figures! June 19 is Father’s Day, so why not give the men in your life — and maybe even yourself — a much needed day (or weekend) of fun.

Sacramento365.com has curated a short list of local outings that’ll help you give thanks all weekend long:

For the real-life superhero:
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento
Sacramento Convention Center; Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Think your daddy-io has super powers? Let him show them off this weekend at the region’s ultimate gathering of sci-fi and animation fans!

For the foodie father:
Father’s Day BBQ Train
Sacramento RiverTrain; Sun 10am-1pm
Memories make the best gifts, so give the men in your life a Father’s Day adventure they won’t forget with a ride aboard the RiverTrain. Plus, they will appreciate the momentary break in BBQ duties!

The Great Race

Photo courtesy of Great Race.

For the auto aficionado:
Dad’s Day at Denio’s
Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet; Sat 10am-2pm
Celebrate early and bring the father’s in your life to Roseville for classic cars, craft beers, live music, and hand-dipped corn dogs!

Great Race
Old Sacramento; Sat ~5:15pm-8pm
See 120 of the world’s finest collector cars as they make a pit stop in the historic district; these classics will be making their way to Moline, Illinois along the famous Lincoln Highway.

Father’s Day Celebration at the California Automobile Museum
California Automobile Museum; Sun 10am-5pm
Along with receiving free admission, dads of all ages can take a free ride in one of the riverside museum’s hottest cars. Other automotive treats will be on hand to show ’em how much they mean to you!

For the sports lover:
Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game
Sleep Train Arena; Fri 7pm
Does he love hoops? Take him out to celebrity game brings together 30 current and former professional athletes from around the country and includes many sports heroes from the greater Sacramento area.

Sacramento Republic FC v. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Bonney Field; Sat 8pm-10pm
Although Sacramento isn’t near the Copa América action, you can still see live soccer action this Saturday night! Their games are always action packed and fun.

Sacramento River Cats v. El Paso Chihuahua
Raley Field; Sun 1:05pm
Join the River Cats as they celebrate all things dad this Father’s Day! As well as peanuts, and Cracker Jack, families can enjoy a special pre-game barbecue.


To find even more Father’s Day festivities, visit the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page. However you decide to celebrate the day, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!


***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Sports365: Clash of Nations

Sports365BlogHeader

Summer is really here and whether you want to heat up your competitive spirit or cool off and have some fun, our Content Specialist Dylan Fisher has found the perfect blend of sports fun for all.


This June I’ll be kicking back, staying cool, and watch the professionals show off their athletic prowess. No matter what you’re into, there’s sure to be something for you in this month’s Sports365 roundup!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

This month, the USA Rugby Eagles return to Bonney Field to take on Russia in a friendly match (as friendly as rugby can be). This will be the Eagles last match of the summer, so you won’t want to miss your chance to chant “U-S-A.”

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

More importantly, the Eagles will be defending two unbeaten streaks in this match. The Eagles have never lost a match at Bonney Field (beating Canada and Japan in 2015) and will defend a six-game win streak against the Russians — in fact, they’ve never lost to them!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

And if you’re a fan of our local Pro Rugby squad, the Sacramento Express, then you can also root for our home squad’s Olive Kilifi as he helps defend our nation’s honor. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Eagles as they soar to another victory against Russia! For more information about this match, click here.

More Playtime:
If your itch still hasn’t been scratched, then check out these fun local sporting events.

Paddle 4 D.A.R.T.
Crawdad’s River Cantina
June 11
Help raise funds for D.A.R.T. (Drowning Accident Rescue Team) by testing your balance on a stand-up paddleboard.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game
June 17
Sleep Train Arena
Basketball returns to Sleep Train Arena with a celebrity game featuring many prominent sports figures, including Terrell Owens and Mark Cuban!

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

California Storm vs. Primero de Mayo
June 18
Elk Grove High School
June is the month for soccer! Check out Sacramento’s amateur women’s soccer team as they take on Primero de Mayo.

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Check back with Sports365 in July to see what activities I am most excited foror plan ahead on your own by checking out Sacramento365.com’s Sports page!

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

Sports365: Pedal Powered Fun

Sports365BlogHeader

May is Bike Month and that means the region is abuzz about all things bicycle. Content Specialist Dylan Fisher will give you the lowdown on ways you can rack up your cycling miles throughout the month!

If two-wheeling it isn’t your jam, then there are some really fun events for those who prefer to keep their legs on the ground…and in the water!


This May is full of some of the biggest, most creative, and fun active events all year long. Whether you want to grab the handlebars or watch the experts showcase their skills, there’s something for everyone in this month’s Sports365.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

The AMGEN Tour of California returns to Sacramento this May. This year, instead of kicking off the festivities, the statewide race will conclude in the River City. After pedaling over 90 miles in scenic Sacramento, a new champion will be crowned on the steps of the Capitol. No matter the outcome, the AMGEN Tour is a wildly fun experience for the entire family.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Going to the AMGEN Tour of California has become something of a tradition for my family, we’ve watched the race from the sidelines for almost a decade. While we may not be on the same level as the pros, it’s very fun to see the pinnacle of biking in action. The peloton  (a group of cyclists) itself is a sight to be seen and heard: the hum of riders approaching is louder than a swarm of hornets, but at the bat of an eyelash, hundreds of riders will disappear from sight.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

The Fishers will also be stepping up our engagement to more than just watching the race; we’ll be a part of it (sort of). The Sutter Health Community Ride allows the community to ride “alongside” the pros to get an up-close glimpse of what it takes to be a world-class cyclist. The most exciting part about this ride is the finisher’s party that lets you take part of the celebration at the AMGEN Tour of California finish line…and you’ll get to log all those miles on your May is Bike Month account!

If you don’t want to miss a minute of AMGEN Tour of California action, makes sure to stop by at one of the official viewing parties located at 3 Fires Lounge, Cafeteria 15L, Federalist Public House, Firestone Public House, Hook & Ladder, Hot Italian, Iron Horse Tavern, KBAR, Mix, and R15.

Race to the Finish:
If cycling isn’t your sport, then be sure to check out these other racing events.

National Beer Mile
Raley Field
May 14
Exercise and drink at the same time this Saturday! Can you beat the record of 4:47? Probably not, but everyone should attempt this challenging mile at least once!

Photo courtesy of National Beer Mile

Photo courtesy of National Beer Mile

Niello BMW Corporate Run 3.1
Capitol Mall Greens
May 26
Gather up your co-workers and bond during Sacramento’s largest office party! After sweating it out during the 3.1-mile course, hang out at the Corporate Village afterparty!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commision

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships 2016
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
May 27-29
See the pinnacle of NCAA Women’s Rowing right here in Sacramento!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Check back with Sports365 in June to see what activities I am most excited for or plan ahead on your own by checking out Sacramento365.com’s Sports tab.

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

Sports365: Saying Goodbye to Sleep Train Arena

Sports365BlogHeader

April will be a bittersweet month as Sacramento says farewell to Sleep Train Arena. But while our city bids adieu to the concrete landmark, we have much to celebrate as the Sacramento Republic FC kicks off a new season and the Sacramento River Cats step up to the plate.


Sunny weather means the return of outdoor sports. Catch some Vitamin D with me and check out what I’m most looking forward to this month!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder (4/9) at Sleep Train Arena:
Whether you knew it as Sleep Train Arena, Arco Arena, or the Power Balance Pavilion,  the home of the Kings is full of memories. From Peja’s threes to Boogie’s jams, this will be the last chance for Kings fans to relive their favorite moments in the team’s home for the past 28 years. Next year, the crown will be passed to downtown’s Golden 1 Center.

I’ll be there in my lucky shirt and noshing on my lucky meal — chicken tenders and jalapenos. I’ve been attending Kings games since I was seven years old and barely understood the rules of the game; while I have a better idea of what’s going on now, I still feel awestruck every time I enter the Arena’s gates.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

One of my favorite Sleep Train traditions is getting there early and watching the arena come to life. After grabbing my snacks and seat, I relish in watching players warm up, hearing the buzz of fellow fans, and seeing the once empty building fill up with thousands of cheerful faces. The hairs on the back literally rise up. By tip-off, I feel like I’ve taken an adrenaline shot directly to the heart.

I know that feeling will be amplified this Saturday when the home squad takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with an exciting game, you can expect a few (by a few, I mean a few dozen) former Kings to be in attendance; giving you a chance to cheer on both the current squad and your all-time favorite Kings.

Make sure to jump on this chance to see the Kings hold court at Sleep Train this one last time. For more information about the final Sleep Train Arena game, click here.

Take it outside:
Get out of the house and head outside for some fun in the sun! Here are other events that will have you moving this month.

ZooZoom
Sacramento Zoo
April 17
Cruise around Land Park like an animal at this fun run. Be sure to stop by the Zoo after for free admission (for runners only) and a post-race party.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Pro Rugby: Sacramento vs San Francisco
Bonney Field
April 17
Rugby is one sport I’ve never had a chance to get into. Luckily for me, Sacramento now has its own rugby squad!

Photo courtesy of Pro Rugby

Photo courtesy of Pro Rugby

Sacramento River Cats vs Las Vegas 51s (Greek Life Night)
Raley Field
April 21
I may not have been in a fraternity, but I can’t turn down baseball and $2 beer.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats

Republic FC vs Orange County Blues FC
Bonney Field
April 30
Watch Sacramento’s beloved soccer team take on a rival from down south.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC

Check back with Sports365 in May to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

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

Sports365: A New Season

Sports365BlogHeader

Spring is in the air and that means it’s safe to be outside again! Celebrate the outdoors by preparing for the return of the River Cats, exploring our surrounding wetlands, and kicking a ball or two!


Winter sports have never been my cup of tea. Sure, if you strap me to a snowboard and push me down a hill I’ll make it to the bottom, but there is no guarantee I’ll be in one piece. That’s why I am extra excited to welcome spring and the return of some of my favorite sports! Celebrate the resurgence of outdoor activity with these fun events.

River Cats Pre-Season Party (3/6) at Raley Field:
The return of spring means you don’t have to wait much longer to get your River Cats fill! Of course, the actual baseball season isn’t until April, but fans of the team can partake in the pre-season party this weekend.

Make sure you stop by Raley Field this Sunday for the ultimate fan experience! If you’ve ever wanted to explore a baseball park free of charge this is your chance. Not sure how you feel about America’s pastime? This event will definitely sway you in the right direction. There are tons of activities that the whole family will love, plus you’ll be able to grab some ballpark treats for free!

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Kids will love the face painters and bounce houses, and of course, everyone’s favorite mascot Dinger will be there hanging out. The ballpark will also be unveiling its Raley Field Gardens, grown by Green Acres! If that isn’t enough action for you, take a swing in the batting cage to help raise some funds for the River Cats Foundation. The On Deck Store will also be open, so you can grab your River Cats swag.

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Photo courtesy of the River Cats.

Most importantly, the Pre-Season Party will be your first chance to get your hands on River Cats tickets, including the upcoming March 30 exhibition game between the River Cats and the San Francisco Giants!

For more information about the Pre-Season Party, click here.

More events to pounce on:
If you want some more active ways you can celebrate the end of winter,  then check out some of these spry events.

Vernal Pool Critter Walks
Sacramento Splash Education Center
March 6-13
Trek into some local wetlands to check out some local wildlife.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Splash

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Splash

Super, Super Soccer (CANCELLED)
Gibson Ranch Regional Park
March 13
If regular soccer doesn’t do it for you then this souped-up version definitely will. This game will have two balls on the field at all times, which is sure to stir up some craziness.

Yoga Night
Sacramento State
March 17
If you want a way to break into yoga, then this is the perfect night for you!

Check back with Sports365 in April to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

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

Sports365: A February Kick-off

Sports365BlogHeaderThis month you can help the Sacramento Republic FC kick off their season right, bowl for the kiddos, drink a cold one for the Kings, and pop-a-wheelie on some of the coolest two-wheelers in the nation.


Love may be in the air, but a fierce competition is brewing in Sacramento as Republic FC looks to start 2016 off with a bang against a Major League Soccer opponent.

Sacramento Republic FC vs. Colorado Rapids (2/13) at Bonney Field:
The boys are back at it! Local favorites Sacramento Republic FC, return to the pitch this weekend to kick-off their 2016 campaign. Republic FC starts off the year with a friendly match against the Colorado Rapids. This match will pit the United Soccer League (Republic FC) against one of the oldest Major League Soccer teams (Rapids), a perfect battleground to show that Sacramento is #MLSReady.

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Republic FC has been working hard towards its goal of reclaiming the championship (the team won the USL championship its first year). The club returns home this week from a week-long training session in Mexico that helped them get in shape and bond as a team. I’m excited to see how this training intensive will help the reformed Republic FC perform on the field. This will be my first time checking out the squad since last year’s season finale. I’m looking forward to seeing where the team is at and watching them play in their new uniforms for the first time.

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

While the Sacramento Republic FC’s season won’t be decided on this friendly match, a win against an MLS team could really raise the team’s confidence. Join the club as they battle with the Rapids on Bonney Field. This will also be your chance to show the Rapids what some of the best soccer fans in the country look like! And if you tell the Sacramento Republic FC what you love about Sacramento with the #‎SacramentoLoves hashtag by V-Day, you could win some sweet swag from the club.

Also, be sure to document your experience by using the #Sacramento365 hashtag!

For more information about this match, click here.

More Ways to Get Your Sports Fix:
If you are looking for a way to kick-back and take in some more relaxed recreation after an intense soccer match, I’ve found some less tense events to help you unwind.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Sacramento Convention Center
Feb 26-28
Stop by the Convention Center to check out some seriously cool handmade bicycles.

Photo courtesy of North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Photo courtesy of North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Long Live the Kings (Sacramento Beer Week)
Track 7 Brewing Co. (Natomas)
Feb 26
What is better than Kings basketball? Beer and basketball! Join Track 7 for a brew before heading over to catch the Kings take on the Clippers. Sidenote: This pairing is just one of many Sacramento Beer Week events happening in the region!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Country Club Lanes & Event Center
Feb 27

Whether you need the bumpers (like me) or can roll a perfect 300, you’ll feel great helping raise funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento.

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Check back with Sports365 in March to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

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