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Local museums offer hands-on booth at the California State Fair

Local museums offer hands-on booth at the California State Fair

Back by popular demand, Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) will offer a fun and interactive booth at the California State Fair (July 14-30, 2017) in an effort to showcase the variety and diversity of offerings available in the region. State Fair guests are invited to imagine, explore and discover more about local museums and destinations at the visually-exciting Sacramento Museums booth that will be located in Building B (southwest corner).

In addition to providing helpful information about the nearly 30 SAM member museums, the Sacramento Museums booth will include a number of hands-on activities every day that include the following:

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Traffic delays expected on HWY 50/Pioneer Bridge

Sections of the Pioneer Bridge will be closed through the summer for nighttime and weekend work. The Pioneer Bridge is the main connector for Sacramento and Yolo counties on U.S. Highway 50 over the Sacramento River.

Overnight Lane Closures
Nightly work begins at 7 p.m. in both directions, reopening at 5 a.m. westbound and 6 a.m. eastbound for the morning commute.

Weekend Closures
55-hour closures will also take place over several weekends throughout the summer. The first closure will be Friday July 21 from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday July 24.

Caltrans urges the public to plan ahead before traveling on the bridge and to seek alternative routes when necessary. Delays are expected during construction. Construction is expected to last through September.... Read More

Viva la Tomato!

Viva la Tomato!

This July, it’s once again time to savor the tomato when the vibrant, lively and eclectic group of Midtown’s Sutter District restaurants and watering holes celebrate Sacramento’s signature commodity -- the tomato! -- with creative menu options, drink specials and more!  A fun and FREE family-friendly “Sacratomato” festival will kick-off the celebration followed by specials all week long in Midtown engaging restaurants and bars.

Sacratomato Festival & Week returns to Midtown’s Sutter District July 22-30

Sacratomato Festival & Week returns to Midtown’s Sutter District July 22-30

Get ready to savor the tomato when Midtown Sacramento’s Sutter District presents the crowd-favorite Sacratomato Festival & Week July 22-30, 2017. The food-focused week will kick-off with a fun and FREE family-friendly festival that will take place on the grounds outside of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 9 p.m.  After that, a week-long celebration of Sacramento’s signature commodity will continue throughout the Sutter District.

Sacratomato Festival -- July 22 from 5 to 9 p.m.
To kick-off a week filled with tomato themed festivities, a large family-friendly festival will take place outside on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort SHP. The free Sacratomato Festival will include lots to see, do and taste, such as the following:

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Beer & Baseball

Beer & Baseball

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. - Brewers and ballplayers have always gone together, especially in Sacramento. With a team sponsored by a major brewery, the bases may not have been the only thing loaded. Take a walk-off and discover the hidden history of the town’s baseball teams – the colorful players, dreaded umpires, and the brewers that kept the system lubricated. No beer will be served at this event, but we will feature a special guest appearance by Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats mascot!

Buy tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3015165

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Commerce at the Fort” on July 15

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Commerce at the Fort” on July 15

Continuing a popular series of fun and interactive “Hands on History” activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Commerce at the Fort” event on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sacramento Self-Help Housing Presents 15th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” on July 13

Sacramento Self-Help Housing Presents 15th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” on July 13

Sacramento Self-Help Housing, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in our region, is proud to present the 15th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” event in celebration of Bastille Day at Beatnik Studios (723 S Street in Sacramento) on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presented by Patrick Kennedy, Supervisor, District 2, and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, District 5, guests will indulge in a fun Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, wines, brews and beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more. Guests will enjoy listening to the sounds of the multi-talented musician Gabe Dixon along with bidding in a silent auction on artwork created by some of the region’s most talented artists and wines from leading local wineries including Boeger Winery and Illuminaire Winery.

Viva la Tomato at the Midtown Farmers Market in July

Viva la Tomato at the Midtown Farmers Market in July

The Midtown Association (MA) is pleased to announce exciting special activities happening in July – many designed to celebrate Sacratomato Week happening July 22 through July 30 – at the popular and thriving Midtown Farmers Market. Proudly sponsored by Sutter Health, the Midtown Farmers Market offers up to 90 farmer, grower and vendor booths bursting with fresh fruit, produce, and gourmet or locally made goods each week.  As a highlight, a crowd-favorite activity is an entertaining cooking demonstration on the first Saturday of each month presented by a talented Midtown chef and sponsored by University of the Pacific, Sacramento Campus. The year-round market takes place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 20th Street from J Street to Kayak Alley.*  

In addition to the ongoing and bountiful offerings, Midtown Farmers Market guests can enjoy the following in July:

Cigars and spittoons

Cigars and spittoons

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - Did you know that for years a good cheap cigar was seen as a sign of how well the economy was doing? Cigars were at the center of the 19th century’s fiery arguments over race, politics, jobs and agriculture. Hear about our own local tobacco industry, and early attempts at limiting smoking and spitting. And if you’re lucky, we’ll tell you about the spittoon convention! Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818. For more information, call 916-448-0811.