Have a long weekend? Looking for a way to fill it? Now you have no excuse for doing nothing! There’s plenty happening—whether in honor of veterans, celebrating summer, or just simply taking advantage of a day off to get out to a cultural activity—there’s something here for you.
Food & Wine:
Wine & Dine Week: Daily, hours vary by restaurant
Continuing through Memorial Day Weekend, discover the culinary treasures that are right in your backyard with this special opportunity to enjoy great local wines & food. Enjoy a three to four-course dinner at the Sacramento region's best restaurants for a fraction of the regular price. Even better, each meal comes with tastes from the region's award-winning wines!
Sacramento County Fair: Thurs & Fri Noon-10pm; Sat & Sun 10am-10pm; Mon 10am-7pm; Cal Expo
The 2011 Sacramento County Fair celebrates 75 years of fair memories and magic at Cal Expo! Carnival, food, barn animals, music, shopping, and the popular demolition derby will entertain you, your friends, and your family.
The Who’s Tommy: Thurs-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm; Special Memorial Day Performance, Mon 8pm; UC Davis Main Theatre (Wright Hall)
This hit musical, winner of five Tony Awards, revolves around a young pinball champion who descends into a catatonic state, then rises to fame and life realizations.
Jazz Festival & Jubilee: Fri 1pm-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am-11pm; Mon 10am-4pm
Every Memorial Day Weekend since 1974, Old Sacramento and other downtown venues have drawn a horde of jazz fans to the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the top jazz festival in the West.
For the Fallen: Sun 4pm; St. John’s Lutheran Church
Kenneth Raskin will be conducting Camerata California's premiere performance of Karl Jenkins' For the Fallen, accompanied by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra. Military receive free admission.
DJ Skribble: Fri 9pm-2am; The Park Ultra Lounge
Memorial Weekend is the official start to Summer so kick it off with the king of pool parties DJ Skribble. Enjoy The Park's three full bars and huge outdoor patio.
Kids & Fam:
International Kid’s Festival: Sat 10am-4pm; William Land Park
Enjoy the stage entertainment program, professional magician show, face painting, jump houses, and lots of fun and prizes, including activities for the little ones.
Endangered Species Weekend: Sat-Mon 12:30pm-4pm; Discovery Museum
Bring youngsters to the Museum this weekend to share how important the Endangered Species Act is and what types of animals it protects.
Sports & Rec:
Star-Spangled Splatter: Sat 7pm; Foothill Skate Inn
This Memorial Day weekend, the Sac City Rollers Capitol Punishers are lacing up their quad skates to take on Antioch's Undead Bettys. There’ll be raffle prizes, vendors, a beer garden for those 21 and older, and lots of intense derby action!
Reading of the Names: Memorial Day: Sun Begins 7am with Ceremony at Noon; California State Capitol Park
Please join in honoring and remembering those California Vietnam Veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War at this Reading of the Names in honor of Memorial Day.
Monday’s the Official Day…
Memorial Day Parade: Mon Breakfast 8am, Parade 10am-Noon; Begins at Family Community Church
The North Highlands Memorial Day Parade marches down Watt Avenue for the 45th year. The theme for the 2011 parade is “A Salute to the Greatest Generation.”
Memorial Day at the California State Military Museum: Mon 10am-5pm;
California State Military Museum
Honor America's fallen heroes by visiting the Museum. Free admission!
From the multi-media presentation “Jazz in Animation” to an open art workshop inspired by the American flag, as seen in artworks by Childe Hassam, Faith Ringgold, and Jasper Johns, there is something for all ages and interests.
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