September marks the beginning of the fall season. Starting with Labor Day, Sacramento is abuzz with celebrations and festivals of all kinds. Every member of the family will find something they like. From food festivals to historic reenactments, our area’s activities are sure to please.
The California State Fair: Running from August 21 to September 7 (Labor Day), the State Fair has rides, contests and concerts. David Cook, American Idol winner, will appear in-concert on opening day. Tonic, Salvador, MC Hammer, Three Dog Night and Blake Shelton will also perform during the Fair’s run. Wednesday, August 26 is the Hullabaloo Music Festival, featuring Jay and the Americans, Cannibal and the Headhunters and Merrilee Rush. The fair is also the home of the California State Karaoke Championship and the 10th Annual Dachshund Derby. For more information on the fair, go to www.bigfun.org.
Gold Rush Days: From September 4 to September 7, Old Sacramento will bring the California Gold Rush back to life. Experience what is what like when thousands of settlers came to California to strike it rich. Reenactments of gunfights and gold panning will be offered. Admission is free for this Labor Day celebration of our past. For more information, see www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
The Greek Food Festival: On September 4 – September 6, the Sacramento Convention Center will play host to the 46th Annual Greek Food Festival. Sponsored by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Sacramento, this celebration features food, song and dancing. Come and explore the culture of Greece. For more information, see http://sacramentogreekfestival.com.
The California Capital Airshow: The weekend of September 12 -13, Mather Airport will host the California Capital Airshow. The feature performers will be the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds. The show will cap off Air Force Week in Sacramento, September 5 – 13. There will also be an F-18 demo, CDF Fire Bomber water drop, and the AFA Jump Team. For more information, go to www.californiacapitalairshow.com
St. Ignatius Family Fair and Car Show: St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish will host this festival on September 12. There will be carnival games, bingo, car show, bouncy house, and food. See www.stignatiussac.org for more information.
St. Anthony’s 16th Annual Parish Festival: Also on September 12, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church will celebrate with international cuisine. They will have carnival-style games, like ring toss and darts. For more information, see www.stanthony-sacramento.org.
California Brewers Festival: 60 brewers will offer samples of over 135 beers. Located in Discovery Park, this festival is sponsored by the Point West Rotary Club. On the stage will be Utz!and th Shuttlecocks and Velvet Tongue. See http://calbrewfest.com for more information.
12th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival: From October 2 – 4, see the works of 225 of America’s contemporary artists. At the the Sacramento Convention Center, you will be able to purchase on -of-a-kind gifts for friends, family or for yourself. The Main Stage will offer live music (jazz, blues and world music). Go to www.americanartfestivals.com.
Oktoberfest 2009: Sacramento Turn Verin Hall will host this event on October 2 and 3. Celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig I, come experience German – American culture. 3349 J Street, Sacramento, CA.
These are a sample of the many events in Sacramento this fall. Check out www.sacramento365.com for more upcoming events. Our state’s capital city has much to offer. Go out and enjoy the many ways we celebrate the fall season.