Sports365: Off With a Bang

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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.

Brew Up Some Fun

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NorCal’s greatest breweries will batter up this Friday night. Photo courtesy of Raley Field.

This Friday (6/12) you can experience the ultimate American Dream: drinking beer on a baseball field! If you love beer or the ballpark experience (minus the baseball part), don’t miss the 9th Annual Raley Field Brewfest. You’ll be able to sample brews from over 40 breweries — and if that’s not enough — you can thrash with the totally tubular ‘80s party band 8 Track Massacre. But most importantly, the Raley Field Brewfest is a great way to bond with friends and experience Raley Field in a whole new way.

Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to most at this year’s festivities:

  1. Trying some new creations from my favorite breweries — Lagunitas, Anchor Brewing, and Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  2. Sampling local brewing scene. I wonder what Hoppy Brewing, New Helvetia Brewing, Ruhstaller Beer, and Track 7 have up their sleeve!
  3. Reliving my glory days on the field. In my tee-ball heyday, I was a hitting machine.
  4. Possibly dance to some of favorite ‘80s jams…this depends on how much sampling I’ve done.
  5. Eat all kinds of ballpark food. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza, you better watch out!

Join me for some fun on the field at this year’s Raley Field Brewfest. Tickets are on sale now for $40 online or $45 at the door. For more information, check out the Sacramento365.com event listing. I look forward to seeing you there!

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

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 Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Make the Most of the Sacramento Music Festival And Jubilee!

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Old Sacramento will get in the party spirit with the Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There are a lot of Sacramento events that I look forward to, but the Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee is by far my favorite. This Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26) I can’t wait for Old Sacramento to transform into one giant party! I’ve compiled a quick list of do’s and don’ts to help you make the most of your time at the festival.

DO: Get ready to hear great music
This year there will be more than 80 (yeah, you read that right) blues, rock, swing, and jazz bands performing, so plan ahead to make sure you can see all of your favorites. For a full schedule of performances, click here.

DON’T: Forget to eat
I always like to start my day by hopping aboard the Delta King and ordering a Bloody Mary and appetizers to get fueled for the day’s festivities. After cruising around from venue to venue, you can probably find me midday at Ten22, sipping on a cold beer at the restaurant’s beautiful back patio. The Firehouse Lot or Riverfront Refuge are also great places to grab a quick nightcap.

DON’T: Limit yourself to Old Sacramento
Did you know that the festival expands to Downtown Sacramento as well? You can catch even more great live music at the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Grand hotels. I wouldn’t mind finishing my day off at one of these spots, especially with the amazing room deals they’re offering all weekend long.

DO: Know where you’re going
This festival always draws in a large crowd; make sure to do your parking and transportation research before hand. Here is a great guide and map I will be using to help get me to Old Sac and other venues as safely and conveniently as possible.

DO: Enter our Sac365 TixFix
Share your own Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee do or don’t on our Facebook page here or in the Blog comment section below for a chance to win two one-day passes!
Contest ends Thursday, May 21 at Noon. (See, sometimes happiness IS free!)

There you have it! Follow these tried and true tips and you’ll enjoy the Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee as much as I do. For even more details about the event, visit the festival’s Sacramento365 event page here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Sac365 Top 10: Sneak Peek for the Week of May 19, 2014

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Cal Expo
May 22-26
Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm; Mon 10am-7pm
Celebrate Sac County’s ag heritage this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Old Sacramento
May 23-26
Fri & Sun 11am; Sat & Mon 10am
Collective Soul, Mat Kearney & others will get you dancing in the streets this three day weekend.

Beer_and_BalletBeer & Ballet
Sacramento City College Art Court Theatre
May 23-June 1
Wed-Sat 7pm; Sun 2pm

Drinking with friends just got classier thanks to the Sacramento Ballet.

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5 Reasons to Attend the Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival

The 2014 Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival is coming up this Saturday, April 19, and boy we are getting hungry over here at Sacramento365.com! Sure, it’s probably not going to be a great day for my diet, but when an event title includes both beer AND chili, what’s a girl to do? There are a lot of things to look forward to at this third annual festival, but I’ve identified five great reasons why you and your friends should attend!

Reason #1: Red Hot Chili Samples

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Getting hungry? This festival will allow guests to sample an unlimited amount of chili throughout the afternoon. (Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo.)

This year’s cook-off will include four categories — individual, industry, vegetarian, and the People’s Choice. While I won’t be participating in the cook-off, I will gladly test every bowl I can get my hands on. Yum!

Reason #2: It’s For a Good Cause

Did you know this event is actually a fundraiser for the The Sacramento Artists Council? All proceeds will go to art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families, and adopt-a-school art programs in the Sacramento region. Yes, you read that right, we are all invited to get our grub and drink on all for the children!

Reason #3: Fun For The Whole Family

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Children can hang out at the Kidz Zone and have their face painted at  Fremont Park. (Photo by Flickr user Phalinn Ooi.)

There will be an awesome Kidz Zone where children can make crafts, get their faces painted, and let loose on the playground! While parents enjoy their beer, kids (and designated drivers) will be able to sip on juice from the Metro Juice Company. I apologize in advance for hogging the monkey bars…one day I will make it across!

Reason #4: Great Tunes to Entertain

Local bands Twilight Drifters, Hans Eberbach, As Yet Untitled, and UR-DOM will be rocking the stage throughout the event. WARNING: Just because there is a stage does not mean you are invited to perform on it. Leave it to the professionals, people.

Reason #5: Beer!

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More than 25 local breweries will be giving out unlimited tastings to pair with your delicious chili samplings. (Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival.)

Don’t let this pic fool you; your cup will be filled all day long as you sip the day away with unlimited beer tastings. Over 25 local breweries will be there. We were going to make this the number one reason, but we didn’t want you to go running to the park just yet!

Bonus: Pets Are Welcome!

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Your four-legged friend can join in on the festival fun — as long as he or she is on a leash! (Photo by Flickr user AlbertHerring.)

Friendly and leashed dogs are allowed at the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival. Cat365.org‘s Sir Meowington approves! (although he is advocating for cat attendance in coming years…)

Find more information about the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com‘s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Sac365 Top 10: Sneak Peek of the Week of April 7, 2014

Sacramento_Has_TalentSacramento Has Talent
Crest Theatre
April 10
Thurs 7pm
Access Sacramento found some of the best artists & performers in the region — come see them perform!

Carnival1st Annual Spring Carnival
Placer County Fairgrounds
April 12
Sat 10am-2pm
Come one, come all for this fair-themed fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance!

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Sacramento Zoo
April 13
Sun 8am
Find out if you’re as fast or slow at this 5K/10K run benefiting the Sacramento Zoological Society.

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