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

Kicking Off ARTober with a pARTy!

artjamAll October long, is celebrating ARTober — National Arts and Humanities month. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than by pARTying the night away for a good cause at Art Jam this Saturday, October 3rd!

With no speeches, sit down dinners or auctions, this event, put on by Friends of SMAC (Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission), brings interactive arts, artisanal food and libations, extraordinary pop-up art installations, music, dancing and cool people all in an industrial warehouse.

The list of the event’s featured artists is a friendly reminder (in case you needed one) of the remarkable and diversified talent we have in our community. A few that I’m excited for are Karisa Gold, Pat Mahony, Anthony Padilla, Robert Ortbal, and Marcy Friedman.


See artists like Robert Ortbal in their element.

Advocating for the Arts

Friends of SMAC are strong advocates for providing arts education programs in our local schools. Currently, only 5 of our 13 school districts in Sacramento County have an arts lead, an administrative staff person whose job it is to develop and coordinate arts learning for the district. Without this position, there is often no one person in the district charged with ensuring students get arts classes and those districts generally have very few arts offerings.

Growing up, I was grateful to have exposure to a variety of art programs in school. Arts education and after-school programs instilled me with confidence, challenged me creatively, and helped build a strong foundation for my ever-growing appreciation of the arts.

If you’re like me and love an excuse to party, I hope you will join me this Saturday, October 3rd at Art Jam, A modern pARTy. For more details or to get your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

Throughout October, get social and share how you experience the arts locally using the hashtag #ARToberSac.

This post was written by Karlee Cemo, Content and Marketing Manager for

Earth’s XTREME Experiences

As a circus newbie, I was unsure what to expect going into this crazy show for the first time. Sure, there would be elephants and other cool animals, but what else? I went in expecting excitement, but I was floored by the extraordinary and “Xtreme” performance put on display at Sleep Train Arena. If you’d like to experience everything the world has to offer, but don’t have the budget to jet set around the world then Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey has the answer for you! Circus Xtreme: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will have little ones (and the whole family) jump for joy! Experience a vast swath of wildlife (from snakes to camels), some of Earth’s most majestic regions (you’ll see some clowns climb Mt. Everest), and get up and “move-it-move-it” to tunes played by an elephant DJ.

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

This circus breaks from the 140-year old tradition of just plain merrymaking and instead takes the audience on a worldly experience. You’ll still see all of the acts you’ve heard about, but the global theme take this circus to another level. Yes, you’ll see someone get shot out of a cannon (you won’t be disappointed), but you’ll also see acts never thought possible — like glowing-neon-bungee-swingers. One of the coolest things about this show is the live band. Playing almost the entire show, musicians perfectly build anticipation and tension for performances.

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

I was most entertained by the human acts, particularly the Mongolian strongmen. These guys threw people around and played catch with them. The strongest of the men lifted four people at once! The final balancing act had two guys supporting over 800 pounds on their bellies, yet this was not even the most impressive balancing act of the show! The high wire tight rope aerialists had a woman balance topping a pyramid of three other performers — mind you, they were about 40 feet in the air while doing this!

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

All-in-all, the circus is a great experience for the whole family– and greatly impressed this first-timer! The combination of great music, stunning stunts, and cool critters should be enough for anyone to get excited.

Round-up your family and head down to Sleep Train Arena by Sunday, September 20 because the circus won’t be in town long! For more information about Circus Xtreme: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, check out the event listing.

This post was written by Dylan Fisher, Content Specialist for

Kick Cancer and Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC

Boom, boom, KICK! Still looking for something to do this Saturday, September 19? Then join me and Relentless Republic 650 to kick out cancer! This rowdy group of Sacramento Republic fans will be banding together to fill up Section D to cheer on our home team and raise awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Plus, purchasing tickets from the Relentless Republic 650 is the only way you can join in on the 26th consecutive sold-out game!

Meet me and the "Ballhead Bill" at Bonney Field this Saturday.

Meet me and the one and only “Ballhead Bill” at Bonney Field this Saturday.

Tickets include a special edition “Rowdy Rally Rag” and the chance to walk on the pitch after the game. So if you want to support the Sacramento Republic FC and a great cause, this is your chance!

rally rag

Limited Edition Rowdy Rally Rag

For more information about this exciting event check out the event listing. To purchase your last-minute tickets through Relentless Republic 650, click here.


This blog post is written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

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
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’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Life Moves: A Celebration for CORE

Looking for something to do this Friday? Then join me at CORE Contemporary Dance’s 3rd Annual Gala, taking place at Beatnik Studios. Why miss out on an evening full of music, dancing, food, libations, and a silent auction where 100 percent of the profits go to support CORE’s performances, master classes, and outreach programs?

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Founded in 2007 by Kelli Leighton and a group of dancers, CORE was established with the desire to do more than just “go through the motions” of choreography. CORE stands for “Collection Of Real Experiences”, and draws from the pain or triumph of the dancers’ real life experiences.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to this event. With every year, my appreciation continues to grow for the arts, and the role the arts community plays for our region’s culture and growth.

So if you’re looking for a lively event on Friday, I hope you will join me at #COREGala2015. CORE’s tagline is “Life Moves”, so embrace the evening and even bust a move on the dance floor. For more details or to purchase your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Marketing Manager Karlee Cemo.

A Good Feeling to Know

You can get that old-time feelin’ this Friday, August 21, and hear one of the greatest voices of rock and roll/country rock, singer-songwriter Richie Furay at Harlow’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1997, is known for his groundbreaking work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed in 1966 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin; and Poco, formed with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner. Each band has left an indelible mark on the rock and roll landscape: Short-lived Buffalo Springfield is best known for ushering in the folksy California Rock sound and Poco was part of the first wave of West Coast country rock.

Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman” for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know” with Poco. With two books under his belt, For What It’s Worth, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and Pickin’ Up The Pieces, his own life journey — Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in eight years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers,” was written about the formation of Poco.

The quirky The Empty Pockets will open the show.

Don’t miss your chance to get nostalgic with one of rock’s greatest storytellers. Concert begins Friday, August 21 at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $37.50 ($40 at the door). For more information, visit the concert’s event page here.

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