Celebrate the 4th in Sacramento!

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season—warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun. On the other hand, Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country. Sacramento events this weekend take on both those meanings, with ways to honor those that have fallen, plus plenty of outdoor festivities and summery fun – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/memorial-day-weekend-events-in-sacramento-v1#sthash.qAYFqN0I.dpuf
Want to celebrate the 4th of July the right way? Then check out these awesome Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. Not just your one-day celebration, these events will have you eating, running, and partying before and after the 4th. – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/sacramento365s-special-feature-4th-of-july-events#sthash.Nbtu4kkM.dpuf
ant to celebrate the 4th of July the right way? Then check out these awesome Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. Not just your one-day celebration, these events will have you eating, running, and partying before and after the 4th. – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/sacramento365s-special-feature-4th-of-july-events#sthash.Nbtu4kkM.dpuf
Fireworks

Showing your national pride could never be more fun this Fourth of July weekend!

Not sure how to celebrate the USA’s birthday next Monday? Then check out this lineup of Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. With amazing fireworks, spectacular parades, social festivities, and more, you’ll be eating, partying, and even running before and after the 4th of July.

Boom goes the dynamite:

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration
Cal Expo; Mon 5pm~10pm
Come and enjoy the largest annual fireworks show in the region! This year’s event includes music from iHeartMedia stations, a new kids festival area, and even more food and fun!

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field; Mon 6pm-10pm
Celebrate the USA’s birthday at the ballpark! Bring your blankets and grab a spot on the field for food, fun and — of course — a killer fireworks show.

Salute to the Red White and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park; Mon 4pm-10pm
Be a part of Elk Grove’s premier patriotic celebration marking the nation’s freedom! Along with fireworks, families can enjoy live music, great food, and games in the park.

Independence Day pomp and circumstance:

Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade
Howe Park; Mon 10am-1pm
See creative floats, patriotic bikes, decked-out classic cars in honor of America’s birthday. After following the parade route, Howe Park will be filled with informational booths, family activities, and food vendors.

City of Roseville 4th of July Parade
Downtown Roseville; Mon 9am-1pm
Come out for a parade and stay for the fun in Royer Park! Carnival games, bounce houses, food vendors, and music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band are just some of the festivities planned.

Other festive fun:

Folsom Pro Rodeo
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena; Sat-Mon 6pm-10pm
Come experience a great American tradition! The Folsom Pro Rodeo has been kickin’ it for over 50 years. Don’t miss this fun family event that includes: bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, mutton busting, and a nightly fireworks show.

Red, White, and Brews
Old Sacramento; Sun 5pm-2am
Why wait for the fourth of July when you can party on the third? Old Sacramento bars will be celebrating the holiday early with a 15 bar crawl and $3 drink specials on American beers!

Rancho Cordova’s 4th of July 5K Color Run
Hagan Park; Thurs 4pm-11pm, Fri Noon-11pm
Dazzling colors aren’t just limited to the skies — get doused with powdered dyes before heading out to Rancho Cordova’s annual Independence Day festival!


For even more ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in the region, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.


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

Make Memories this Memorial Day Weekend!

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season—warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun. On the other hand, Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country. Sacramento events this weekend take on both those meanings, with ways to honor those that have fallen, plus plenty of outdoor festivities and summery fun – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/memorial-day-weekend-events-in-sacramento-v1#sthash.qAYFqN0I.dpuf
Vettes for Vets and American Muscle Car Show_ Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum.

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season — warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun! Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country.

Luckily, events taking place this weekend take on both meanings — giving you plenty of ways to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice AND hit up some outdoor festivities and summery fun. See below for just a taste of what to expect this long weekend in the Sacramento area:

Sacramento County Fair
Cal Expo
Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm, Mon 10am-7pm

Honor Sacramento’s agricultural heritage and eat carnival-style food for five days straight! New to this year’s festivities are the Welcome to the Jungle display and the Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Added bonus: Kids Ages 12 and under are free.

St. Anne’s Greek Food and Wine Festival
St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-8pm

Come enjoy the smells and sounds of Greece at this annual Memorial Weekend festival. Specialty foods on the menu include souvlaki, lamb, pastitiso, mousaka, and baklava (full vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be available). Don’t forget to wash down these great flavors with a shot of ouzo or Greek beer!

Sacramento Music Festival
Old Sacramento
Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight; Sun 10am-11pm; Mon 10am-4pm

Old Sacramento will be the place to be this weekend! You could be dancing in the streets with over 60 world-class soulful and rockin’ blues, country, jazz and rock acts — including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Stray Cat Lee Rocker.

Multicultural Family Festival
William Land Park Amphitheater
Sat 10am-4pm
Along with pony rides, magic shows, and jump houses, youth groups of different ethnic backgrounds will proudly perform song and dance numbers representing their cultures.

Inaugural Memorial Day Block Party
Track & Brewing – Curtis Park
Sat 3pm-9pm
Raise a glass of Track 7’s Roots Rock Red Ale as you jam to the sounds of Arden Park Roots this Saturday! Along with great tunes, you can welcome the long weekend with food from Squeeze Inn Burger, Masa Taco Kitchen, and Smokers Wild BBQ.

FamilyPalooza
Crocker Art Museum
Sun 11am-3pm
A family that plays together stays together! Come celebrate the arts, creativity, and good old-fashioned fun at the Crocker’s FamilyPalooza. This year’s event will turn the museum into Whoville! Note: The museum will also be open from 10am-5pm free of charge!

5th Annual Torch Fest
Torch Club
Sun 4pm-Midnight
Torch Fest is back and it’s better than ever! There’s no better way to celebrate this holiday weekend than with live music at the Midtown landmark!

Vettes for Vets American Muscle Car Show
California Automobile Museum
Mon 9am-3pm
The annual museum car show serves as a memorial to military veterans and to beautiful American made cars. Veterans and active duty military (and their family members) can also take advantage of free admission to the California Automobile Museum.


For even more ways to celebrate this Memorial Day, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.


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

Sports365: Pedal Powered Fun

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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

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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.

10 Unique Ways to Enjoy Sacramento Beer Week

Beer GlassSacramento Beer Week is back! Starting February 25 and ending March 6, our region’s local breweries and taprooms will be celebrating all things craft beer, starting with the Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase and ending in grand style with the popular Capitol Beer Fest. While Beer Week is technically longer than seven days (it’s eleven this year), with all of the events happening in the region, I’d say that the length is oh-so necessary. (And who’d complain about having more time to enjoy a cold one?)

The folks behind the Beers In Sac smartphone app sat down with Sloppy Moose Running Club to find out some of the lesser known and unique beer outings happening this year; lucky for you, I’ve paired their guide down to the handy chronological Top 10 list below. Cheers, and hope to see you at one of these events!


Locals Only
Capitol Beer and Taproom
Fri 2/26
Kick off Sacramento Beer Week with special releases from 916 breweries.

Girls Scout Cookie & Beer Pairings
Track 7 (Curtis Park and Natomas locations)
Sat 2/27
Try Nukin’ Futz Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter with Peanut Butter Sandwiches; Soulman Stout on nitro with Thanks-A-Lots; Discord Sour IPA with Lemonades; and Call Boy Imperial Coffee Porter with Caramel Delights.

The IPA, Specialty IPA and Anything Goes Invitational
Track 7 (Natomas)
Sun 2/28
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this sold-out event, you’ll get to taste and judge exceptional IPAS from breweries across the Western United States.

Beer and Food with Bike Dog
Sacramento Co-Op
Mon 2/29
Great food paired with beers from Bike Dog is just what you’ll need on a Monday.

Sante Adairius Hoeybier Release
Pangaea
Tues 3/1
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Sacramento — enough said!

Beer Tap

Oregon Brewer’s Night
Final Gravity (Roseville)
Wed 3/2
The taproom will highlight some of the Beaver State’s best beers from Crux (Bend), Gigantic (Portland), Heater Allen (McMinnville), Deschutes (Bend), and more.

Man’s Best Friends
Der Biergarten
Thurs 3/3
What’s better than dogs and beer? The Sacramento SPCA will be there and one dollar of every beer sold will benefit them. And yes, you can bring your own dog!

Beer Prom
California Automobile Museum
Fri 3/4
A totally tubular tasting event that allows you relieve the best decade!

Sacramento Brewing Tap Takeover
Rubicon
Sat 3/5
Local breweries re-creating Sacramento history with Sac Brew beers.

Milk Stouts Gone Wild
Bike Dog
Sun 3/6
You can try 11 varieties of my favorite Bike Dog beer variety.


For even more Sacramento Beer Week fun, you can visit Sacramento365.com or download the smartphone app, Beers In Sac. Available all year round, the app will keep you in the know about what’s brewing in the Sacramento region!

**This blog post was written by Mike Ungerbuhler, the Beer Guru at Beers In Sac.

Too Much Good Stuff this Labor Day Weekend

Chalk It Up Festival_ Photo courtesy of Chalk It Up

Photo courtesy of the Chalk It Up Festival.

This Labor Day in Sacramento is absurd. Truly, I have never seen so many events I’ve wanted to attend in a matter of days. If you are searching for ways to be creative, explore your culture (or a new one), or just something that’s free to do, you WILL find something right up your alley this long weekend. See below for a few noteworthy happenings that you MUST check out here in the River City. Enjoy!

Party Like It’s 1850!
Gold Rush Days 2015
Old Sacramento; Various Times
It’s back! The wildly fun and free heritage celebration offers a variety of family-friendly special activities that take place throughout the historic district to help visitors experience what life was like during the Gold Rush.

Get Animated
SacAnime
Sacramento Convention Center; Fri & Sat 10am-12:30am, Sun 10am-10pm
More than 10,000 people will dress in their favorite anime costumes to provide Japanese-influenced pop culture fun for the entire family!

It’s All Greek To Me
Sacramento Greek Festival 2015
Sacramento Convention Center; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat Noon-11pm; Sun Noon-9pm
Opa! Don’t miss out on the vibrant entertainment and delicious dishes you’ve been craving all year at the 52nd Annual Greek Festival.

Do Look Down
Chalk It Up Festival
Fremont Park; Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
Listen to live music all day long as you watch 200 artists make masterpieces with chalk! Now in its 25th year, this fundraiser has several hands-on art activities for children, making it a great way to get the entire family creating.

Brazilians Do It Better
Brazilian Independence Day Sacramento Street Festival 2015
Outside the MARRS Building; Sat 4pm-9pm
Shake your bum bum with the folks of Casa de Brazilian Folkloric Arts! The spirit (and delicious food) of Rio de Janeiro comes to Midtown this Saturday.

Let Your True Colors Shine Through
Sacramento Rainbow Fest
20th St and K St; Sun 10am-6pm
This colorful block party includes events at local nightclubs, a street fair, performances by local and regional talent, political speakers, and much more! See how far the LGBTQ community has come and help raise money for local charities.

Scream and Shout!
Tejano Conjunto Festival
Cesar Chavez Plaza; Sun 1:30pm
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 grito (shouting) contest and margaritas!

Be a Local Globetrotter
Fiesta En La Calle: Latin America Independence Celebration
Southside Park; Sun Noon-6pm
No need for a passport! Celebrate all of Latin America’s many independences with the region’s music, food, art, culture, and traditions.

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 and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Celebrate Dad This Weekend

Father's Day2015This Sunday it’s time to cheer for doting dads and fabulous father figures! June 21 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 and suds. Sacramento365.com has curated a short list of local outings that’ll help you give thanks to pops:

Dad’s Day at Denio’s
Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet; Sat 10am-2pm
With live entertainment from Just Musik, craft beers, hand-dipped corn dogs, and classic cars, celebrating dad will be easy peasy.

Folsom Rhythm and Brews
Palladio at Broadstone; Sat Noon-6pm
Get a jump-start on Father’s Day with 40+ craft brewers, fantastic food choices, and two stages of entertainment!

2nd Annual Rides in Classics
California Automobile Museum; Sun 11am-3pm

Know a man who’s car crazy? Bring ‘em down to enjoy rides in classics, a complimentary Show ‘n’ Shine, a card making station, and a brand new exhibit to explore. Plus, dads get in for free.

Father’s Day BBQ
Revolution Wines
; Sun 11:30am-9pm
Treat Dad to a special day of BBQ and wine at your favorite urban winery. Chef Teddy will create the manliest BBQ plate of brisket, ribs, corn bread, and potato salad. No reservations are required.

Tripel Play
Ruhstaller Farms & Yard; Sun Noon-8pm
It’s all about the “B” — beer, bluegrass, and barbecue that is! Have a family-friendly Sunday Funday, complete with games and a photobooth at the craft brewery’s farm.

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.