Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 5th – May 6th, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 5th – May 6th! Don’t miss our last bookstore craft event at Avid Reader Broadway at 1pm – 3pm on Sunday!


SATURDAY, MAY 5TH

Music on the Bus featuring musician Jared Johnson. Live near Davis? Come check out the free pilot live music program they are starting on their free farmer’s market red double-decker shuttle bus (to downtown Davis & UC Davis campus) Saturday 9am – 12:30pm… Jared Johnson, local super-talented accordion player, will be playing a repertoire ranging from classic French tunes to modern jams like the theme from “Game of Thrones” or your favorite video game soundtrack. We’ve heard him play songs from the film Amelie, and it is magic. The bus runs every 20 minutes! Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program More info…

Cinco de Mayo Party at Waterman Brewing Company. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with craft beer made right here at Waterman Brewing Company! The party features Mexican entrees, live music by band Conjunto Castillo, meet and greet with bay area luchador legend Chicano Flame, live art show by painter Heather Gorton, and face-painting for kids and adults by professional special effects and make-up artist Lamira Herrera! All ages. $10. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. More info…

Strawberries are in season at 24 Carrot Farm! U-pick will be available soon, but until then, there’s a bounty of fruits and vegetables to be had at this beautiful farm in Placerville. Take a picnic and make a day of it. Open Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Print Day in May. Myrtle Press is proud to host Print Day in May. Print Day in May is part of a worldwide printmaking event. Schedule: 11am-4pm: Make a print, 4pm-5pm: Demonstration of printmaking techniques, 5pm-6pm: Refreshments and social hour. Just drop by to see what is happening, meet printmakers, find out about Myrtle Press, and see prints being made. Print Day in May began in 2007 at the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA.Print Day in May is one day each year when printmakers all over the world come together through printmaking and then share about it on the Official Print Day In May Blog. Sat. 11am – 5pm. $5 to make a print. Myrtle Press, 625 S St. More info…

River City Marketplace at Fremont Park. Shop local, support art, handmade goods and small businesses of Sacramento. River City Marketplace will be hosting over 100 vendors on Cinco De Mayo at Fremont Park. Enjoy live music and local bites while you shop, and see what Sacramento’s talent has to offer. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Children’s Arts & Crafts. Children of all ages are welcome to come in to Garden Party Coffee & Tea, 5972 S. Land Park Drive from 9:30 to 11:00 to work on crafting projects to take home and celebrate these special festivities. Free of charge but donations for crafting materials are welcome. Sat. 9:30am – 11am. More info…

Take older kids to Puccini’s Tosca performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Christoph Campestrini to conduct. $18-40. Sat. 8pm, Community Center Theater. More info…

Free Comic Book Day presented by Diamond Comic Distributors. Free Comic Book Day is founded on the belief that for every person out there, there is a comic book perfect for them. Free Comic Book Day offers you the opportunity to support a local business and get a free comic out of it! Check out other local comic shops nearby to see how they are celebrating Free Comic Book Day! Then, on May 5, you can to the shop to pick up some free comic books! Keep in mind, some shops do it up really big, hosting cosplay contests, creator signings, raffles and more! Contact your local shop to find out more. Free. Sat. 11am, Comics & Collectibles. More info…

Free Comic Book Day Festival at Empire’s Comics Vault. Celebrate the joy of reading comics with 20,000 free comic books, Supreme Pro Wrestling, roller derby athletes, cosplayers (including West Coast Avengers, Vader’s First: the 501st Legion, and more), and so much more at this Free Comic Book Day event. Free. Sat. 8am – 8pm. More info…

Writing the Picture: A Comic Book Workshop. Join a hands-on free Comic Book Day workshop with comic book author Eben Burgoon! During this workshop, you will learn the basics of writing scripts for a comic book and collaborate with others or individually to create the basic framework for writing your own comic. Free. For ages 10 & up. Space is limited, registration is required. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Kidtopia. A festival built for kids, offering everything kids of all ages will love. From giant slides and inflatables to mad science experiments, crafts, selfie galleries, sports activities, video games, laser tag and cool vendors, plus interactive areas with fun for all kids. Come see Disney Channel stars Sofia Carson from Descendants, Descendants 2 and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists along with Asher Angel from Andi Mack performing on the California Family Fitness Stage and meet Miranda May from Bunk’d! General $12. Sat. 10am – 4pm, Fair Oaks Park. More info…

Under the Oaks at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve, and who may be living in them. Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Arrive 30mins before start time, space is limited. More info…

Take older kids to the Metmorphosis: American River College Spring Fashion Show. Metamorphosis represents women’s fashion through stages of her life. With the hard work and innovation from our fashion merchandising students and with the creativity and passion from student fashion designers, American River College is able to bring this fashion show to you. General $12, Students/Kids $10, Parking in Lot A or B $2. Sat. First show 3pm – 3:45pm, Second show 6:30pm – 7:15pm. American River College. More info…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The classic tale of The Wizard of Oz adapted by Tim Kelly and directed by Jill McMahon. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion on their way to meet the Wizard of Oz. This production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is interactive and is fun for the whole family. Dorothy and Toto find themselves in a strange land when their house is picked up by a tornado and deposited in Munchkin Country. On their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, they run into many interesting creatures: a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman, a Cowardly Lion, a good with, a wicked witch., flying monkeys, and fighting trees. $5 at the door. Sat. 11am and 2pm. Theater One. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH

Fiesta En La Calle Cinco De Mayo Festival. Head to the largest celebration in the Sacramento area! Performers include Maya, Sugar High, Don Gato, and De’Anza. The celebration also features ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, salsa dancers, crafts, and a great display of classic cars and bikes. No outside food or drinks or pets are allowed at the festival. Free. Southside Park. Sun. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Free Modern Clay Pendant Craft & Book Signing. Make a necklace for a special someone on Mother’s Day! Come on down to the Avid Reader bookstore, grab a pen, and draw your favorite words or designs for mom on a modern cut white clay pendant. All ages welcome. Free coffee and juice boxes. You don’t need a kid to join in the crafting fun. Author Sabrina Nishijima and illustrator Sarah Golden will be on-hand to sign their book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (and the Young at Heart) and help with the craft project. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Avid Reader, 1245 Broadway. More info…

Mike’s Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive. OK, so, I love this event. Such a great idea. All the latest camera gear, telephoto lenses, and other gear will be available for use at the Sacramento Zoo this Sun. 9am – 4:30pm, free with zoo admission. Mike’s Camera people will be on-site to give you photography tips and tricks! Test out cameras and lenses that you’ve been wondering about. There’s no better place to do this than the zoo. More info…

Sacramento Yacht Club 68th Annual Opening Day Boat Parade. The Old Glory-themed boat parade begins at the Sacramento Yacht Club on the Sacramento River at noon with a Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. Boaters will proceed upriver through Old Town Sacramento, turn around at the Virgin Sturgeon restaurant, make the return pass of Old Sacramento, and return to the Sacramento Yacht Club. Boats will be judged in various classes with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place per category. The parade can be viewed anywhere along the Sacramento River with the best vantage point being Old Sacramento. Come watch the parade, enjoy the Old Glory-themed day, and join in welcoming the Opening Day of the 2017 boating season. Sun. 12pm. Awards ceremony at 4pm. Old Sacramento. More info…

Dreaming of Musical Landscapes. Join the Sacramento Children’s Chorus as it takes you on an adventure through the mysterious night, the boundless sea, and the soaring sky in the final concert of its 25th season, “Dreaming of Musical Landscapes.” From classic melodies of Mozart, to movies like Brave and Lilo and Stitch, to Broadway’s Wicked and Hamilton, the Chorus will present music — some chosen by our singers themselves — that helps remind us of how nature can be a constant and comforting presence in our lives. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. General $20, Student $10. More info…

Ho’ike Hula. The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke’alaanuheaokalaua’e is a non-profit, multi-generational hula halau where students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities are exposed to the Hawaiian culture and music through traditional hula. Because Ohana means “family”, their goal is to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere where students can enjoy learning about the Hawaiian culture. Join them for a special afternoon of Hawaiian culture and music, and share in the feeling of Aloha (love). There will be a silent auction at the event. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust Fund. Sun. 2pm. Adults $25, Youth $10. The Center at Twenty Three Hundred. More info…

Harmony for the Homeless. Harmony for the Homeless is a joint concert of the UC Davis Concert Band, San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and Camerata California Chamber Choir to benefit Joshua’s House–California’s first homeless hospice. Currently, one to three people die on the streets in Sacramento each week, many due to advanced illnesses. Joshua’s House is dedicated to providing comfort and care to our community members who are most in need. The Harmony for the Homeless benefit concert will raise funds for the establishment of Joshua’s House, as well as promote awareness of the various issues surrounding homelessness and healthcare. The program will include: Rhapsody in Blue (featuring Richard Glazier, piano), American in Paris, West Side Story Overture, Candide Overture and Suite, and more. Sun. 2pm. Adults $20, Kids $10. McClatchy High School. More info…

Intergalactic Expo. A local science fiction and fantasy convention, known as the Intergalactic Expo or IGX for short, launches into the West Sacramento Civic District. Previous years conventions have featured a rush of attendees dressed as their favorite sci-fi characters that come to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, artists and informative panels. Other highlights include one of a kind photo ops, where attendees snap photos with a variety of props including a Tardis à la Doctor Who. This year props will include an AT-AT, the large land roaming transport as seen in the Star Wars movies. This year’s IGX theme is time travel, with vehicles from the Back to the Future trilogy making an appearance. Sun. 10am – 5pm. General $10. Up to two children (0-8) free with each adult. West Sacramento City Hall Galleria. More info…

Gifts from Mother Nature at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Create a one-of-a-kind craft from Mother Earth as you learn the skill of polishing abalone to make a necklace. Free, $5 parking.  Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins early, space limited. More info…

Last day of Children’s Book Week. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with storytime, activities, and giveaways each day of the week! From April 30 through May 6, join us on the Mother Goose Stage each day at Noon. A different book will be featured each day with storytime and craft activities inspired by the selected book. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair with books for sales. It’s a week of literary fun! Children’s Book Week activities are free with paid park admission. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take older teens to… Opera in Disguise. Sac State’s Opera Theatre presents two tales with Opera in Disguise, a fully staged production with orchestra. An engaged couple don disguises to learn more about each other in “The Game of Love and Chance.” And a doctor’s wedding night is interrupted by a string of patients in “The Night Bell.” Sun. 2pm. Students $8, General $15. More info…

Gold Fever Tours. Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever!guided tours. Tour guests take on personas of characters in history, or “real-life rascals”, who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! tours last approximately one hour. Kids 5 & under, Free. 6-17 $6. Adults $10. Sacramento Visitor’s Center. Sat. & Sun. 10am. More info…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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