Ring in the Fourth Locally!

Photo courtesy of Folsom Pro Rodeo.

This Saturday marks the 239th birthday of the United States of America. Not sure how to celebrate our nation’s big day? Sacramento365.com searched high and low to find the best Independence Day events happening in the Sacramento region this weekend.

With fireworks, parades, and even a bit of croquet, you are guaranteed to have plenty of patriotic fun!

 Get in the Spirit Early

Folsom Pro Rodeo & Historic Cattle Drive
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena; Thurs-Sat 6pm

This annual tradition is a tribute to the cattle ranches which used to be spread across the Folsom foothills. Before the official start of the Folsom Pro Rodeo, don’t miss out on the cattle drive down historic Sutter Street.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
Hagan Park; Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat Noon-11pm

The fun starts a day early with a carnival, concert, and fireworks mini-show. On the Fourth, start off with a brisk 5K run, watch a Fourth of July Parade, then spend the rest of the day in Hagan Park for more family-friendly activities.

Red, White, and Brews
Old Sacramento; Fri 6pm-Midnight

Be the first to celebrate the Fourth by having a little fun on the Third! Ten participating Old Sacramento bars are offering select American beers for only $3.

Those Flashing Lights:

19th Annual Salute to the Red, White, and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park; Sat 4pm-10pm

Elk Grove’s premier Fourth of July celebration is a patriotic salute to the birth of the nation. The festivities begin in the evening with live music and food – and ends with a bang!

Independence Day Celebration
Cal Expo; Sat 5pm

Cal Expo will join the City and County of Sacramento and CBS Radio to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area on the Fourth of July.

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field; Sat 6pm-10pm

The ballpark is bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with delicious food trucks, live music by Nunchuck Taylor, and a dazzling display of fireworks over the Sacramento River.

Ring in the Fourth Uniquely

4th of July Picnic and Croquet Tournament
Old Sacramento; Sat 11am-2pm

Play ball? Join the Sacramento History Museum’s Living History re-enactors as they celebrate Independence Day in historic style.

Celebrating American Music
Midtown BarFly (formerly Club 21); Sat 9pm

Want to avoid the big crowds while celebrating America this year? Join the Midtown Moxies burlesque troupe for an intimate evening with their very own brand of fireworks.

Sacramento Moonwalk: In Loving Memory of Michael Jackson
Harlow’s; Sat 9:30pm

Hosted by Reggae star Xsample, this contest will give $500 to the best Moonwalk contestant and $500 to the best Michael Jackson impersonator.

To find even more Fourth of July festivities, visit the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page.

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


Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 6/29

This Week: Celebrate the Great U.S. of A.

FolsomProRodeoFolsom Pro Rodeo & Historic Cattle Drive
Sutter Street & Dan Russell Rodeo Arena
July 1-4
Wed-Sat 6pm

The rodeo is a tribute to the cattle ranches which used to be spread across the Folsom foothills.

SacShakesSacramento Shakespeare Festival
William A. Carroll Amphitheatre
July 3 – August 2
Various Times
The festival kicks off its 30/50 season with Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field
July 4
Sat 6pm-10pm

Celebrate the birth of our nation while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party.

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Brew Up Some Fun

Raley Field Brewfest

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.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 6/8

This Week: Stimulate Your Mind (and Senses)

ArtMixPrideArt Mix: Pride
Crocker Art Museum
June 11
Thurs 5pm-9pm
Find your muse with games inspired by David Ligare’s nod to Greco-Roman classicism.

TedXTedX Sacramento 2015
Community Center Theater
June 12
Take a break from your day-to-day routine to go on a full-day long intellectual journey.

Brewfest2Raley Field Brewfest
Raley Field
June 12
Fri 6pm-10pm

Don’t miss this event where you can enjoy local craft brews, ballpark eats, and a live band.

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Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 4/6

This Week: Time to Get Active

Taste_For_The_CureTaste for a Cure
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
April 7
Tues 4pm-7pm
Sample the region’s best food, wine and beer to help fight against leukemia and lymphoma.

River_CatsRiver Cats Home Opener
Raley Field
April 9
Thurs 7:05pm
Baseball season is back! See the new SF Giants Triple A affiliate take on the Salt Lake Bees.

Cirque_Du_SoleilVarekai by Cirque du Soleil
Sleep Train Arena
April 9-12
Thurs 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 4pm & 7:30pm
Sun 1:30pm & 5pm

Cirque du Soleil acrobats will take you to a magical forest where everything is possible.

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Standing Next to Greatness

SF Giants

Loyal fans (myself included) bore witness to the San Francisco Giants’ 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series trophies.

Yesterday was a great day to be a baseball fan in Sacramento! Raley Field hosted the S.F. Giants Commissioner’s Trophy Tour and for two hours loyal fans had a chance to pose with the glimmering mementos of the Giants’ most recent World Series wins. As of last year, the Sacramento River Cats are an affiliate of the winning MLB team; this new connection drew masses of local fans (myself included) to this potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (Who would pass up seeing greatness up close?). While the Trophy Tour has come and gone, this viewing event was one for the record books.

The buzz around Raley Field was electrifying; just walking around the sea of orange and black and hearing the cheers of “Let’s Go Giants” was enough to raise goose bumps. Approaching the gate, visions of Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off home run and Pablo’s final, game-clinching catch as a Giant crept into my mind. The frenzy continued inside the ball park as the line snaked its way onto the field and the trophies came into view. When I finally made it up to the trophies I was awestruck; never did I think that I would be so inspired by three statues of sterling silver. My moment with the trophies was cut shorter than I would’ve liked, but necessary to leave enough time for the hundreds of ravenous fans behind me to have their chance.

Thankfully, Sacramento doesn’t have to wait too much longer for our own local baseball action. The Sacramento River Cats 2015 season starts April 9 at Raley Field. Hopefully the Giants’ even-year magic continues in 2016…though I wouldn’t mind getting a chance to see four trophies again next year!

***Blog post written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist Dylan Fisher.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 1/5

This Week: Start off 2015 #Winning

SF_Giants_Trophy_TourSan Francisco Giants Trophy Tour
Raley Field
Jan 7
Wed 4pm-6pm
See the Giants’ 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series trophies at the ball park

Tig_NotaroTig Notaro
Ace of Spades
Jan 9
Fri 7pm
The deadpan comic shares candid moments and observations during this rescheduled performance.

couchbleachers2nd Sat: couchbleachers
Verge Center for the Arts
Jan 10
Sun 6pm-9pm

Artist Nate Page stacks sofas to create an accessible, interactive community space.

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