TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! JUNE 7TH – JUNE 9TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of June 7th – June 9th! Have a picnic with a pig, celebrate summer reading with snakes, meet artist Penelope Lenaerts, look for baby fawns, learn how to glamp, hike 2 miles to look for old growth, go to a kids art gallery show, go on a French picnic, go to Sac Anime, go to an upcycle pop-up market, celebrate World Refugee Day, march in SacPride, go to a comic book signing for Teslaman (a climate change-fighting superhero), go to DOCO’s 2nd Sat. Arts & Crafts, knit in public at Crocker Art Museum, celebrate black culture at the Mahogany Festival, walk around a real miniature city, learn centuries-old sewing techniques to make a handmade doll or coin purse, paint mountains on a lake, swap clothes, see the Beatles perform (kinda), learn about the first woman lawyer who helped Mary Todd Lincoln get out of an insane asylum, visit with bats at the library, celebrate Oaxaca culture and food, go to a Japanese Bazaar, meet author Jeff Kubiak, watch a fancy polo match, go to a storytime reading of Moon’s First Friends, watch Goonies & Raiders of the Lost Ark for free at Sutter’s Fort, spend the night at the zoo, go to Pops in the Park, eat cake in an art gallery, see a high school musical about people who buy their grades, see Madagascar, go to the air guitar championships, see a charcoal art exhibit, join a drum circle at PanGaia Fest, bowl to raise money for youth bowlers, go an a Spanish-speaking underground tour, learn how to cook food from the Philippines, see German expressionism paintings while listening to German composers, and more! Saturday is projected to be 92, mostly sunny. Sunday should be 98 and cloudy. Stay cool and have fun exploring this weekend!!

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A few things going on for FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2019:

Have a picnic and paint with a Genevieve the Pig. The Big Yellow Barn EDH will provide the Pig, the Play, and the Paint. You just provide your own picnic. $15 per child Fridays 11am-1pm (drop-in). Coffee/tea/lemonade available for a small donation. The Big Yellow Barn provides a peaceful, supportive, and empowering space for local families and at-risk youth. More info…

And… [FREE] Celebrate the Summer Reading Kick-Off with Snakes. Papaya Pythons will bring an assortment of snakes and reptiles for us to see, tell us about each one and their original habitats, and even let us pet some of these incredible animals. Then stay for a snake-themed craft and to sign-up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. If you arrive early, enjoy the library’s children’s area, filled with books, toys, computer games, and more. Free. Fri. 3:30pm – 5pm. McKinley Library. More info…

There’s also [FREE] Oak Park First Fridays, a free night of community where artists come together and celebrate art, food, and live musicians. Free. Fri. 5pm – 10pm. More info…

The kids can also explore KidZone–a safe, fun place for kids to play and be entertained while parents enjoy the Oak Park First Friday events. Parents can register online or at the Guild Theater (2828 35th) where  their child / children to watch movies and play games with trained staff between the hours of 5pm-8pm. Parents are required to sign a waiver and pay $15 for up to 3 hours. More info…

Mosey on down to WAL Public Market between 6-8PM for a special Kids Exhibit by kid artists and the [FREE] family-friendly opening reception of “Papier” an exhibit of work by Penelope Lenaerts. “As an artist, I care about issues regarding sustainability and human interaction in the natural world. The female experience plays a large role in my life and practice, and my work celebrates feminine form…These pieces [included in Papier] are an expression of the movement of feminine forms through nature. I think a lot about nostalgia while I draw; a longing for simplicity and dreamlike images from my childhood become expressions of my past. Repetition and pattern in my work talk about movement and mirror the organic shapes of the natural world.” The gallery is located at 1104 R St, inside the WAL Public Market, down the hall past Fish Face Poke Bar and Camellia Coffee Roaster. All artwork can be purchased inside Shop Old Gold. First Fridays include Open Studios at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (next door). More info…

And for any glamping enthusiasts out there… There’s still a couple spots left in the Deluxe Camping Workshop at the Roseville REI. Join REI’s expert guides to learn to be the envy of every other camper. In this hands-on experience, you’ll learn tips and tricks for decking out your tent and campsite, and learn the secrets to becoming the coziest creature at camp. You’ll get the chance to try out various camp comforts, and learn the secrets for a speedy campsite set up. All equipment is provided. No experience necessary. $10+. Fri. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. REI in Roseville. More info…

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2019

Hike for 2 miles off-path looking for old growth. This is the follow-up to Tom Petersen’s Pitch Pine carving demonstration earlier this year with the American River Conservancy (ARC). On this hunt for old-growth, participants will hike about 2 miles to an unmaintained trail looking for samples in the wild and enjoy a streamside picnic area for lunch. You will also visit an abandoned mining site along Empire Creek. Responsible teens+ welcome. Rain postpones. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Garden Valley area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. Sat. 9am – 11am. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. More info…

Go to the Sac Anime convention. Originally a strictly comic book show, SAC-CON has grown to encompass all forms of pop-culture entertainment, with a large emphasis on anime and manga. Kids 8 & under Free, General $31+. Sat. 8am – 11:55pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

[FREE] Get crafty and sustainable at UpcyclePop Saturdays. UpcyclePop is a playful pop-up market, an all-ages interactive market with live entertainment, eco-friendly repurposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, and inventions. Enjoy art demonstrations, try something yourself, and experience local creativity. UpcyclePop will be right by where you get on and off the train, a fun local fair for sustainable living. Watch eco-friendly artists create works of art from discarded items, meet eco-conscious inventors and play with the interactive art installations, all while finding locally made, crafty, and sustainable items. UpcyclePop will be at the old North Public Market every Saturday from the nd of May to the beginning of August. UpcyclePop seeks to promote local creativity and education on the need to discard our social norm of the throwaway mindset. It is free with something for everyone and every age. Knowing it is impossible to indefinitely run a linear system on a finite planet, Upcycle Pop is America’s first Upcycle Market, the inducer of play, sustainability, kindness, and circular economy reasoning. Remake, shop, play, explore, and get creative. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Get active at The Festival of Dreams. The Festival of Dreams powered by California Family Fitness is back @TheGrounds in Roseville. Stop by the Hall of Heroes, where you can save the world alongside your favorite super hero! Meet your favorite fairytale princesses and get a royal makeover at the Royal Court. Visit a faraway galaxy and learn to be a space trooper. Plus, interactive games, crafts & bounce houses. $12+. Sat. 10am – 4pm. @TheGrounds in Roseville. More info…

[FREE] Go to a storytime reading of Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship, by Susanna Leonard Hill. From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. When is it her turn? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

[FREE] Go to Sacramento World Refugee Day at Papa Murphy’s Park. Bring your family for a free day of soccer, international food, an international women’s fashion walk, children’s activities, a community resource fair and so much more. You will have the opportunity to celebrate Sacramento as the “most welcoming city” in the U.S. alongside our newest refugee and immigrant neighbors. Free. Sat. 8:30am – 3:30pm. 11am-3pm: Adult Soccer Tournament, 11am-3pm: Community Resource Fair, 11am-3pm: Family Fun. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Comic Book Signing for Teslaman, a kid-friendly climate change-fighting superhero. Spanish Press is proud to announce the publication of the bilingual (English/Spanish) comic Teslaman Fights Dirty! Teslaman, along with his partners (Pachi, Windmill Giant, and Nerdy Boy), are ready to take on the villains that are destroying Planet Earth (Paul Looter, Stynky, Poysun, and Smogman). Celebrate with this author signing at Pachamama Coffee. The purpose of this graphic novel is to engage the public and raise awareness of an issue impacting our planet and lives. The publication is also a captivating classroom resource appropriate for all grade levels, especially for elementary school children.After more than five years, esteemed CSU Sacramento Professor Emeritus Jorge A. Santana’s cause célébre has created a superhero whose mission in life is to save Planet Earth from a wide cast of villains who foment pollution, greenhouse emissions, and the illegal use of toxins. The fantastic illustrations are by graphic design artist Mimi Cortazar. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Pachamama Coffee on 20th St. More info…

[FREE] Visit DOCO for 2nd Saturday Arts & Crafts: School’s out. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activities. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Downtown Commons. More info…

[FREE] Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day. World Wide Knit in Public Day is an international event that encourages experienced and novice knitters alike to come out and knit together in public places. Not a knitter? Not a problem! Join the Corcker Art Museum and learn from accomplished knitters in a delightful, low-key atmosphere. Supplies will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. Free. Sat. 10am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] Celebrate black culture at the Mahogany Festival. People of all nationalities welcome. Celebrate black unity, natural hair, music, black business, black economics, black education and black people. This event is also a celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Mahogany Urban Poetry Series. Mahogany has been a place for activism for 20 years and counting. Every Wednesday night, poets, comedians, and entertainers grace the stage to tell their stories. This year’s theme is “seize the time.” Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 6pm. William Lee College Prep. More info…

[FREE] Walk around a miniature city. The newly revamped Family Day at Safetyville is a free event designed to give families valuable information and access to community resources in the Sacramento area. The event takes place in our unique miniature city that is designed to teach children safety skills. Enjoy food and refreshments, safety and health giveaways, raffle tickets, and safety demonstrations. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Safety Center (Safetyville USA) on Bradshaw Road. More info…

[FREE] Drop-in at the Powerhouse Science Center’s Nature Discovery room to listen to a science-themed story. Afterwards, participate in fun, hands-on activity. This Saturday, they will be reading Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo. Afterwards, you can hang out to view dinosaur egg models and pretend to be a baby dinosaur. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 11:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to Demonstration Days at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past! Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. $5+ (Kids 5 & under free). Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Learn about Living History: Sewing Techniques at the Sacramento History Museum. Visitors are invited to watch and learn different sewing techniques used by ladies who lived in early Sacramento. Each guest can will then have the fun opportunity to apply what they learned to make their own hand-made doll or coin purse to take home. The Sacramento History Museum is proud to introduce and offer monthly Second Saturday Living History Day activities both inside and outside the museum located along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. With always-popular and free gold panning activities happening outside the museum on Second Saturdays, games of chance and special hands-on crafts will be offered inside the newly renovated Sacramento History Museum. Plus, Living History characters in period attire will roam inside and outside the museum to entertain and engage with interested guests. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Take teens to a Mountains on the Lake Acrylics Class and come away with a 16” x 20” work of art on canvas. Discover the joy of painting in this landscape art class led by local artist Lizzy Mailho. In this class, Lizzy will guide painters in mastering puffy clouds, mountain ranges, pine trees, and lake water, in a scene not unlike a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe. You will use tabletop easels, palette knives, and two-inch bristle brushes to create your masterpiece, in a style inspired by a beloved television painter with a cult following. All painting styles are welcome, especially beginners because there is no such thing as mistakes, only happy accidents. All materials provided. This class is designed for adults, but mature teens are welcome. $40. Sat. 11am – 2:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Go to a French picnic & petanque event. Join the Alliance Française de Sacramento for their end-of-session family picnic and Pétanque event, open to the public. Enjoy the start of Summer by playing Pétanque, reminiscing about the South of France, and spending time with AF members and non-members alike. The Alliance will supply water, boules, and snacks. Participants should bring blankets and chairs. Everyone is welcome. They are currently having some website issues, so if you want to purchase tickets, call them at 916-453-1723. $5 members & non-members, Kids 12 & under Free. Sat. 11:30am – 1:30pm. East Portal Park. More info…

Get creative at Art for Families. Head over to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece. Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. $5 per family. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. More info…

Take teens to swap clothes at the Trendy Thrift Fashion Event. Clean out your closets and get ready to swap. Bring five or more clean, gently used women’s clothing, shoes, or accessories and leave with a bag full of new-to-you fashion items. $10+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Shepard Garden and Art Center. More info…

Go to a Beatles concert (sort of). In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the great songs of that epic recording to life, plus all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. $42+. Sat. 2pm (also on Thurs., Fri., and Sun.). Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take older teens to Mary & Myra. On May 20, 1875 Widow of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, was sent to an insane asylum by her only living son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and her friend, Myra Bradwell the first woman lawyer comes to her aid. Sat. (and Sun.) 1pm. Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. More info…

[FREE] See live bats at the library. Learn about bats and meet some real, live ones at the Colonial Heights Library. All ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Colonial Heights Library. More info…

Celebrate OaxaCA with a lively street festival. Experience the magic of Oaxaca, México and enjoy their world-renowned art, food, drinks, and music. Various indigenous master artisans from Oaxaca will be in Sacramento to showcase their traditional crafts with live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. This is a family-friendly event. This festival is part of a week-long series of educational events. Proceeds from the festival will help fund free family events at various schools and community centers throughout the Sacramento region. Tickets include: Live Oaxacan music Oaxacan performances by el Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno Oaxacan calenda-style street parades Live artisan demonstrations Kids art zone with free activities Street market featuring Oaxacan master artisans and local artists Various artisan-led alebrije, textile and ceramic workshops will be available at an additional price of $5-15 to cover materials. Participants will be able to sign up for the workshops the day of the festival. Oaxacan inspired street food and drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. Early bird ticket sales will end June 7, or until sold out. At the door, adult tickets will be $15 and kids will be $10. Sat. 3pm – 8pm. Casa de Espanol. More info…

[FREE] Meet author Jeff Kubiak. The Avid Reader is pleased to welcome author Jeff Kubiak and his debut work of fiction for children, One Drop Of Kindness. Kubiak’s novel tells the story of one-time orphan Gus who goes through life thinking that hurtful words and actions are the only way to behave and communicate with others. Gus lives in a town that holds a mysterious secret which finally gets unlocked by something that was hidden away. By unlocking this secret, you too can join the ripple effect of kindness that Gus, along with his school and town, is experiencing with the rest of the world. Free. Sat. 4pm. The Avid Reader in Davis. More info…

[FREE] Go to Family Day at Bethany Park for free food, ice cream, games, water activities, and more. Presented by the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church. Free. Sat. 4pm – 10pm. Bethany Park.More info…

Watch a fancy polo match. The Saint John’s Program for Real Change combines the excitement of sport with the sophistication of high fashion, fine dining and live music, all in support of the up-to 270 women and children we serve each day at Saint John’s. The host and longtime Saint John’s supporter, Steve Chamberlain of Chamberlain Ranch, will open up his property to more than 900 guests for the third year running on June 8, 2019. Proceeds from the event, will directly support the families of Saint John’s as they work hard on their journeys, moving from poverty and dependence to confidence and self-sustainability. $15 for child lawn ticket, $35 for adult lawn ticket Sat. 5pm – 9pm. Chamberlain Ranch in Wilton. More info…

[FREE] Go to Gather: Movies at the Fort and watch Goonies & Raiders of the Lost Ark. After a successful first season of free outdoor movie nights in Midtown that launched last year, the Sutter District is excited to present “Gather: Movies at the Fort” happening this summer on the exterior grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. The fun and free monthly outdoor movie program is presented by Midtown’s Sutter District restaurants and Sutter Health and in partnership with Unseen Heroes, California State Parks and Friends of Sutter’s Fort. The evening event begins at 5 p.m. with a spirited DJ, beer, wine & cocktails (for ages 21 and over), a relaxing Lounge area, a lively Art Market, and the family-friendly movies start at sundown on the historic walls on the west and east sides of Sutter’s Fort (corner of 26th & L Streets & corner of 28th & L Streets). The community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the grassy areas outside Sutter’s Fort. Also, a number of food options will also be available (for purchase) on-site each movie night including a concession stand with local popcorn makers and a special food menu created by Sutter District restaurants. Free. Sat. 5pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Block Party in midtown and grab some eats. AUTOGRAF headlines the June edition of THIS Midtown Block Party. Also performing: Adam Jay, B Funky, and Rich Soto. Free, cost of purchases, all ages. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. In front of the MARRS Building. More info…

Go to Family Overnight at the Zoo. Enjoy a fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime zoo has to offer. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

[FREE] Head to Bertha Henschel Park for Pops in the Park. Expect a rockin’ lineup, great food, a new beer vendor and Bogle wine. This yearly event is a fundraiser for our under-funded neighborhood parks. Hear Dana Moret & Zen Voodoo on June 8. Pops in the Park is a family-friendly outdoor concert series brought to you by City Councilmember Jeff Harris. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm, food booths open at 5pm. More info…

[FREE] Eat some cake and art. The Art Studios will be celebrating their 23rd Artiversary (Anniversary) in their hidden away off-I-Street location on Second Saturday with an anniversary show in the gallery and cake for all their guests. The Art Studios is one of the oldest artist collectives in Sacramento and has been home to scores of new and established artists over the years. The Art Studios is currently home to 14 resident painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, and glass and ceramic artists. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. The Art Studios. More info…

Take older kids to Ranked: A New Musical. Buy your grades. Buy your future. But what happens when the rest of the world finds out? After the tremendous success of the original production of Ranked: A New Musical at Theatre at Granite Bay, writer Kyle Holmes and composer David Taylor Gomes will mount a concert version of the show at the Crest Theatre this Saturday at 7pm. This one night only alumni concert will feature the original cast from Theatre at Granite Bay, and will be directed by local theatre professional Joelle Robertson. Ranked, which was featured locally and nationally in the press asks – What are you worth? Who decides? And what do you do when it all comes crashing down? $15+. Sat. 7pm. Crest Theatre. More info…

See Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr., presented by performers ages 6-12 with Musical Mayhem Productions, at the Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin friends as they escape from their home in New Yorks Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Juliens Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape with the help of some prodigious penguins to explore the world. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. $10. Sat. 7pm. Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. More info…

Take older teens to the Air Guitar Championships. Head to The Sofia, home of B Street Theatre in Sacramento, to witness some of California’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent Sacramento in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show. Part comedy act. Part spectacle. US Air Guitar allows ordinary people to become rock stars! Up to 20 competitors give us their best air guitar performances, being judged on technical merit, stage presence, and airness, to crown one winner. In 2019, US Air Guitar, the official governing body of competitive air guitar in America, is holding competitions in 20 cities coast-to-coast to crown the Nation’s best air guitarist. US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation’s unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the national and world stage. $15. Doors 8:30pm, starts 9pm. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2019

Do some vintage treasure hunting. More than 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. You’ll find vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more. Event is rain or shine. No pets please. $3 adults, Free for kids 16 & under. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. Sacramento Antique Faire, 2350 21st St., Sacramento. More info…

[FREE] Rainbow up for the Sacramento Pride Parade, which kicks off nearby at 11am. Go to the pre-parade festivities at Crocker Art Museum. Streamers, crowns, face paints, and more will be available to decorate babies, kids, mamas, papas, allies, and friends as well as strollers, bikes, and wagons. Light refreshments are provided to help fuel the fun. Walk in the parade with Crocker friends and staff, or just be a colorful spectator. Presented in partnership with Sacramento Rainbow Families. Free. Sun. 9:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] See the charcoal art exhibit by Brad Morlock. Brad Morlock is an award-winning Sacramento-based charcoal artist whose work has been published in the Calaveras Station Art and Literary Journal. With his debut solo show titled “Into the Woods,” Brad employs his signature large format drawing style to create photo-realistic landscapes. His work invites the viewer to explore the metaphor of nature mirroring the human experience. “I’ve created pieces that the viewer can imagine stepping right in to and contemplate the human component of something as simple as a single tree,” Morlock said. Free. Gallery open Sun. 10am – 4pm (and Sat. 10am – 6pm). ARTHOUSE on R Gallery & Studios. More info…

Go to the WakamatsuFest150. American River Conservancy invites the public to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in America at the historic location of their 1869 tea and silk farm in Placerville, CA. WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, booths, historical interpretation, and more.  Each day includes the world premiere live play, “Gold Hill Samurai” on Main Stage.  Local and international visitors, dignitaries, and tour groups will join this event. WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, booths, historical interpretation, and more.  Each day includes the world premiere live play, “Gold Hill Samurai” on Main Stage.  Local and international visitors, dignitaries, and tour groups will join this event. $10+. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.).  Wakamatsu Farm. More info…

[FREE] Join a drum circle at the PanGaia Festival. A delightful event of vendors, performers, and presenters distilled down from the best of the best of magical festivals over the past fifteen years, PanGaia Festival invites you to be a part of its fun and light-hearted festivities. Key staff members from festivals of the past came together to form the North Western Circles Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to hosting high-quality magical events and raising funds for local charities. PanGaia Festival is about the fostering of loving, inclusive, and joyful relationship in the magical community and working together to create a blessed and fun-filled event for those who wish to celebrate Litha, the Summer Solstice, with joyful, friendly people. This event will include contests, opportunity drawings, awesome vendors, live music, fabulous performers. This event will have a Pagan County Fair atmosphere. After the sun goes down, O’CRAVEN and LIPSHOK are Saturday’s grand finale. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 6pm (and Sat. 10am – 8pm). VFW Center Township Post in Fair Oaks. More info…

[FREE] Go gallery-hopping in El Dorado Hills and see artists in their studios. El Dorado Hills Arts Association invites you to join in their 10th Annual Art Studio Tour through 12 locations in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, and Folsom. The tour is free and it’s a wonderful chance for the public to see award winning local art to talk with the 36 participating artists, and to purchase art directly from them. Featured artwork includes paintings in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, as well as jewelry, woodworking, fabric arts, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Start your adventure at any place on the tour, including The Gallery at 48 Natoma Street where samples of the artists’ work will be on display. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat.) More info…

[FREE] March in SacPride 2019. SacPride has grown from just a few thousand people in a neighborhood park to 18,000+ participants on Capitol Mall with Sacramento’s picturesque Capitol as the perfect backdrop on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This year’s two-day festival will host several hundred organizations, nonprofits, corporations, and small businesses. This event intends to center the voices of the community, and show the diversity that makes Sacramento and California such a beautiful and unique space. Not only will there be dozens of local, queer singers, dancers, and comedians, but the day will also feature top-notch talent from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Lizzo! For the full entertainment lineup, click here. SacPride is a family-friendly event and will have zones catered to families, youth, interactive art and lawn games. Sunday will be the free Pride March — it begins at Southside Park, heads down T Street, and north on 10th all the way to the Capitol. The march is free to participate, but the festival passes start at $10. Sat. & Sun. 11am – 5pm. Pride March starts at 11am. Capitol Mall Greens. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Japanese Food Bazaar and Rummage Sale. The Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church hosts its annual summer food bazaar and rummage sale featuring a wide variety of Japanese foods alongside snow cones and raffle prizes! The bazaar will also include a rummage sale featuring an eclectic assortment, including many Japanese language books. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church. More info…

[FREE] Take teens to meditate. They always need it. Or go by yourself. Meditation classes are approximately 1 hour long. Always drop-in. Always free of charge. Sun. 11am. Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Carmichael. More info…

[FREE] Support youth bowlers. Country Club Lanes is throwing a Summer Carnival to raise money to benefit all of our youth bowlers. Games, food and prizes will be available. Venture out for a great family time and support the youth of Sacramento. Free. 11am – 4pm. Country Club Lanes. More info…

Learn how to cook food from the Philippines (teens welcome with an adult). Join Hostelling International as Guest Chef and Hostelling International Sacramento Team Member Maribel Diaz leads participants through an interactive cooking and conversation workshop geared towards exploring culture through the lens of local cuisine. In addition to showing participants how to make two of her favorite dishes, she will be sharing stories from her life in the Philippines. $10. Note: Hostelling International cannot change the menu to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please make arrangements as necessary for your personal needs. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. Hostelling International Sacramento. More info…

Look for baby fawns. Learn all about the world of deer at the Fawn Watch at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Go have a table talk with a Naturalist before heading out into the preserve to look for baby deer. This program has a cuteness level that is off the charts. $5 adults ($4 members), $3 Kids 12 & under ($2 members), $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Join a singing circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. The Library of MusicLandria invites you to join a community singing circle where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. This month’s circle is graciously hosted by the amazing Classy Hippie Tea Co., a wonderful local business dedicated to activism and community building. How a singing circle works: Leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, you’ll create evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. There’s no need to have a “good voice,” read music, or know the words to songs. Snacks and drinks provided, please bring a re-usable water bottle. Suggested donation $10, registration recommended. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Go on a Spanish Speaking Underground Tour with the Sacramento History Museum on Second Sundays. The special Spanish-speaking tour will be led by knowledgeable and entertaining guide Alejandra Meléndez-Silva who portrays Doña Benicia (Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo), the wife of Gen. Mariano Vallejo. As part of the tour that travels back in time, Doña Benicia relates intriguing facts about her life and marvels at what the Capital City has become at that point in history. While describing Sacramento’s fight to save itself from frequent flooding, Doña Benicia tells guests about life in Mexican California, before the Gold Rush. She describes her own adventures, including riding more than four months and 600 miles on a mule – while pregnant – to reach her husband. As background, the cities of Vallejo and Benicia – named for the couple – were also state capitals before Sacramento became the permanent capital in 1854. $12+. Free for Kids 5 & up. Sun. 3pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

See German expressionism paintings and then listen to a classical piano performance with music by German composers at the Crocker Art Museum. With her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News), Steinway artist Young-Ah Tak takes inspiration from the Crocker’s world-renown collection of German painting to present a concert of German composers that includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s fiery masterpiece Appasionata. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Tak has performed across the globe and is a professor of piano at the State University of New York at Potsdam and an artist-in-residence at Southeastern University in Florida. For more than 50 years, the Crocker has proudly presented its Classical Concert Series, a monthly concert featuring the finest musicians and singers from around the region and across the world. Performances are 60 minute concerts with no intermission and draw a connection to the art on view at the Museum and offer audiences a chance to hear a variety of classical music, from Baroque to contemporary. Performers are selected by the Crocker’s Classical Concert Music Board based on experience, quality of proposed program, and, most importantly, talent and musicianship. Before the performance, at 1pm and 2pm, enjoy a docent led tour of the Crocker’s permanent collection of 19th century German painting, to help put the music in context with the art. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Online registration will close 1pm on Fri., June 7th. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] Go to the Single Mom Strong’s Kids Summer Sports Series: Soccer. The SMS Kids Summer Sports Series is an opportunity for the children of the Single Mom Strong community to get to know each other better and have some fun, while getting to know those interested in volunteering for our Men’s Mentoring program in the coming year. The volunteers and mentors will “coach” the kids in a different game each month. June is soccer, in July—Volleyball, and in August, they are inviting the moms to play too, in our finale for the summer—kickball. All children of single moms, ages 4-16 are welcome. Lack of experience or athleticism should not discourage you from participating. There are no special requirements, and you need not have attended a prior SMS event. Free. Sun. 6:45pm – 8:15pm. The Park. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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