Sacramento Turn Verein Octoberfest Celebration, October 7th & 8th

Looking for the Bockbierfest in April 2012?  It’s here .  Otherwise read on…

Like beer?  Like bratwurst?  Those have always been two of my favorite things although I stay away from alcohol now, have for a long time.

Still, a nice cold beer once in a while is a good thing, especially with a flavorful sausage and onions and peppers!

So, now it is Octoberfest time (or in German, Oktoberfest).  The annual German celebration each fall.

In Sacramento we have a ton of Octoberfest celebrations.  As I said in a earlier post, we even have big ones in September including the giant one at Cal Expo, the California State Fairgrounds.

But the REAL Octoberfest is hosted by Sacramento’s Turn Verein.

It is Sacramento’s German Club and they own a beautiful old building in East Sacramento right down the street from my old Junior High School, Sutter Middle School.

When is the Oktoberfest?

October 7th, 6 pm to midnight

& October 8th, 3 pm to midnight

Where is the Turn Verein?

3349 J Street


Click here for a map.

Live Polka and Octoberfest bands, dancing plus beer & food.

What is Turn Verein? 

Click here for a list of history pages about the Turn Verein (Turner Hall or Turnhalle) and about Germans in Sacramento.  Interesting stuff if you are a history nut like me.

The basics:  Germans began arriving in 1854 and the Turn Verein was established quickly.  They celebrated their 150 year anniversary in 2004 with a big party.  The building is open to the public and available for rent for your party, wedding, etc.  It is a beauty of a building, brick, 2 story and nearly 100 years old, built in 1925.

Here is a great photo slide show.

The Turn Verein has a Facebook page in German.

And some Yelp reviews are here for you including a few folks that attended the Octoberfest and the Turn Verein’s Bockbierfest.

Things To Do Duriung The Second Half Of September 2011

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There are many things to do during the second half of September.  Summer is still with us in many places, so enjoy yourselves.

Click the links below if you want more information, maps, etc

September 16 & 17
American River Music Festival in Coloma, California

Camping and music along the river in the original Gold Rush town of Coloma.

September 16, 17 & 18, 2011

Sohoba Inter-Tribal PowWow

The 17th Annual Inter-Tribal PowWow on the Sohoba Reservation in San Jacinto, California.

The Sohoba PowWow is focused on singing & dancing, crafts, Native American music, Native American videos, and more.

September 17, 2011
California Brewfest in Saramento, California

Taste some original brews and eat some good food, plus music.

September 17, 2011

Car and Bike Show & concert at Vallejo’s Restaurant & Cantina in Sacramento, California

Family event with $1.50 street tacos & DJ inside

Benefit for the Washington Neighborhood Center

September 17th, 2011

Oktoberfest At Cal Expo in Sacramento, California 

I thought this was only September??  Actually, Sacramento has so many Oktoberfests we even have one in September.

September 17, 2011

Old Highway 99 Festival in Sacramento, California

In the K-Mart parking lot

A community celebration in the Lawrence Park area featuring Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Skip Murphy Band and the Tony Perez Band. There will  also be food vendors and misc. vendors including Harley Davidson. Come enjoy  music and food while gazing at the car display.

September 17, 2011

Fair Oaks Chicken Festival in Fair Oaks, California

13,000 people expected to attend.  Old Fair Oaks allows chickens and roosters to wander throughout town.  Very quaint (and wealthy) area near Sacramento.  Make sure you get your Fair Oaks Chicken Festival T-shirt.  How many peeps ya know that have one?

September 17 & 18, 2011

Rootstock Festival in Sacramento, California

At the Sacramento Horseman’s Association. A two day music festival featuring Rockabilly, Americana, Country and Western  Swing performers. Slimm Buick will DJ both days from 5 to 8pm.

September.  18, 2011
Family Day & Kite Day in San Francisco, California

September 22, 2011
Annual Honored Elders Day in Sacramento, California

The State of California celebrates Elders Day each year with Native American music & dance, crafts & art, food and presentations.

September 23, 2011

Native American Day in Sacramento, California

The California State Indian Museum hosts this event on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort.

September 23 & 24, 2011

The Clear Lake Splash-In in Lakeport, California

“Amphibians, Grummans, Republics, Cessnas, Pipers and experimental aircraft  modified with floats – see them all at the 32nd annual event, where you can also  talk with the pilots.”

September 24, 2011

Hot Rod Heaven Car Show (pre-1972) at the Pardee Resevoir, California

The Car Show includes a poker walk, music and food. Registration for the car show is $25  (includes two lunch vouchers per vehicle). There is a $8 parking fee.

September 24, 2011

A Taste of History in Sacramento, California

Local chefs recreate historic dishes plus music, dancing and more at historic Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

September 25, 2011

Annual Capay Crush in Capay, California

Ready to get your stomp on? Come out to Capay Organic farm to tour the farm, pick grapes, stomp in a half barrel and enjoy tastings from regional wineries.  Food, music and a bonfire.

Swptember26 & 27, 2011
Festival Of Native Peoples in Cherokee, North Carolina

A large annual PowWow and festival hosted by the Cherokee peoples of North Carolina.  Food, music, dance arts & crafts and more.

September 29 to October 2nd, 2011
Bike Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas hosts one of the largest Motorcycle events west of the Mississippi River each year.  Poker runs & walks, bike run and shows, music & food.

Open ALL Month

Apple Hill
Camino, California

an annual fall festival hosted by an association of 56 apple ranchers in the Sierra Nevada foothills, incluing wineries, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, food, crafts and art as well as produce and farms products like honey, jams & jellies, applie pies and baked goods (mmmm, apple fritters) and other local fruit.

The Permanent9/11  Memorial
Sacramento, California
Cal Expo Grounds

A permanent structure which includes an original steel beam from the World Trade Center in New York City.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, California

The Monterey aquarium is one of the largest salt water and fresh water aquariums in the country located on the Famous Cannery Row in Monterey.  Of course within a short drive are the beautiful artists colony of Carmel-By-The-Sea, Pebble Beach, 7 Mile Drive, the Monterey Bay itself  and other beautiful California sites.

Old School Jukeboxes
Sacramento, California
and probably in your town

Sacramento is fortunate to have held on to quite a few original jukeboxes with their neon and all.  I love these old jukeboxes and if you are young enough to have missed the great non-CD/DVD/MP3 music boxes, make sure to check them out.

The 2011 California Brewfest in Sacramento on September 17th

Sacramento hosts the 2011 California Brewfest on Saturday, September 17th.

The 17th Annual Brewfest will have 60 breweries and distributors in Sacramento’s Discovery Park beginning at 1 pm.

And the best part?  You will be enjoying some unique beers while benefitting local charities.

What about tickets?

You can buy tickets online here.  Tickets are $25 for advance purchase.

Make sure you have a designated driver.  Designated driver tickets are just $5 and you can buy them online at the above link.

You can also buy tickets at many local pubs & breweries.


Yes, the brewfest will have entertainment.  Live bands, the beer, food vendors and cigar selections!


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Your event ticket gets you 10 samples and you can buy more tickets to sample more brews.


There is a ton of free bike parking and the Bike Trail runs along the festival perimeter and provides easy access from Arden Park, River Park, Campus Commons, Cal Expo, California Sate University Sacramento (CSUS or Sac State) , Old Sacramento, and Downtown Sacramento. Free secure bicycle parking will be provided.

Ample parking is available at the normal Sacramento County Parks day rate.

By attending the event you are helping Point West Rotary raise funds to help both local and international charities through the Rotary International network.

Where is Discovery Park???

This link has a map of the park and you can get directions at MapQuest or other mapping sites.  There are links to Yahoo & Google maps at the above map.

WHAT is Discovery Park?

Discovery Park is located at the junction of the American River and the Sacramento River near downtown Sacramento.  A great 160 acre water sports site with grassy areas, picnic sites and river access.  The park is on the beautiful American River Parkway.  The Parkway has walking, jogging and bicycle paths, local wildlife and stretches for miles along the river.

The Permanent 9/11 Memorial Monument At CalExpo in Sacramento California

Sacramento has a permanent monument to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center  in New York City, the Pentagon, and Flight 93..

Cal Expo’s 9/11 Memorial Plaza is an outdoor permanent exhibit that covers the tragic events of September 11th; Flight 93, the Pentagon attack and  the World Trade Center attack.

The 9/11 Memorial Plaza features a steel  I-Beam, a 125,000 pound piece of wreckage from “Ground  Zero” at New York City’s World Trade Center; and a 5,180 pound granite sphere and fountain facet. The granite sphere is inscribed with the names of all 3,071 victims,  and is suspended upon a fountain of water which the ball to be felt and rotated by hand to view its entire surface. In 2003, a 50-foot-tall Carillon Bell  Tower with 23 “Singing Bells” was added to the Plaza display where it soothes and entertains visitors with a number of inspirational tunes.”

Mr Larry Davis was a former Cal Expo Board Member and was instrumental in establishing the monument.  He also founded the memorial fund which sought money to build and support the monument.   Mr Davis has since passed away.

If you would like to support the maintenance of the memorial, please consider providing a donation:

9/11 Memorial Plaza Fund
In Memory of Larry Davis
California Exposition & State Fair
P.O. Box 15649
Sacramento, CA 95852

The California State Fair Memorial Plaza Foundation is a
Public Charity and has been granted a 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue
Service which allows all donations to be tax deductible. 100% of all donations
will be used for the construction and maintenance of the Memorial Plaza.

The website of the Memorial Foundation is here.

Where/What is Cal Expo?

Cal Expo is the nickname for the California Exposition and State Fair.  It is located in the California State Capitol, Sacramento.

California Exposition & State Fair
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
916/263-3000     Toll Free 877/CALEXPO

Update September 12th:  At least 300 people turned out on the 11th just to touch and rub the giant sphere (ball) with the names of the WTC victims inscribed.  @SacBee has a nice article here about the various Sacramento 9/11 observances.

9/11 Memorial Activities and Events in and Around Sacramento, 2011

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Image by Ken Lund via Flickr

Death Before Surrender

The new World Trade Center lights up the New York City sky on the night of September 10, 2011.  Thanks to Think Progress @thinkprogress

For the 10 year Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.A. there are a number of public events and activities to allow us to get together and remember the bravery of those who perished that day and celebrate the ongoing bravery of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Be safe my brothers & sisters.  My prayers are with you.

This list comes from a recent article in the Sacramento Bee, Thanks @SacBee

Friday, September 9th


7:30 p.m. – Diverse Americans Unite – Japanese, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist  Americans – presents a memorial at The Buddhist Church of Florin, 7235 Pritchard  Road. At 8 p.m., participants will ring a Buddhist gong and conduct a  candlelight ceremony.  A map can be found here.

Saturday, September 10th

West Sacramento

Noon – A 9/11 Memorial Flag Tribute with nearly 3,000 small flags  representing lives lost on Sept. 11 is at Jefferson Boulevard and South River Road. The display continues through sundown Sunday.  A map is here.

Sunday, September 11th


8:46 a.m. – The Kiwanis Club of Greater Colfax presents Reading of Names  Memorial Service behind the Historic Freight Depot, 1-4 Main St.  Twitter @Kiwanis  The map is at this link.


4 p.m. – Dixon Fire Department unveils a 9/11 Memorial featuring steel from  the World Trade Center at 205 Ford Way.  Here is your map.

Rancho  Cordova

The California Capital Airshow (details in my post here) presents a tribute with a memorial flower  drop, concluding with a Missing Man formation at Mather Airport, 10510  Superfortress Ave. A ticket to the air show is required. The cost is $15 for  general admission.  Twitter @calcapairshow  The map is here.


Noon – St. John’s Episcopal Church holds a remembrance at 2351 Pleasant Grove  Blvd. A special memorial flag with names of victims hangs in the narthex.  Twitter @StJohnsEpisCh  A map is at this link.


5:30 a.m. – A remembrance vigil and reading of names of the men and women who  died in the attacks begins at the west steps of the Capitol. There will be a  moment of silence at 5:46 a.m. Immediately following, the crowd will be ushered  into one of the three memorial sites on the Capitol grounds.  A map for the Capitol is here.

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Nor Cal Tea Party Patriots, KTKZ and Fox 40 News  presents a memorial remembrance at Cal  Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. A free pancake  breakfast for first responders, military members and their families is from  7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. At 9:07 a.m., a bell will be rung and a moment of silence  will be observed.  Your map is here.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento presents  “Decade of Remembrance” at the east steps of the Capitol.  A map is here.

Visit the Permanent 9/11 Memorial on the grounds of Cal ExpoSee my post on the Memorial here.

The Cal Expo website is here.  Maps, directions etc plus pages on all of the Cal Expo “stuff” including the 9/11 Memorial.  Here is a map as well.

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Read more:

The Sacramento Memorial 9/11 Run & Walk

Online registration is closed but walk-in registration is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 9-11, 2011).  More info is hereThe course map & directions are here.


Folsom Lake CollegeA Gift of The Heart, Homeland concertClick here for a map.

Here is a list of 9/11 events across the country

Voices of September 11th has a listing of memorial events.

Watching television may overwhelm many of you this weekend, sometimes the reporters seem so stupid.  I know they are trying, but I’m just saying…..I had to turn the TV off for a while this morning and it’s only Friday.

So, if you feel a bit heavy-hearted get together with a smaller group at one of these events or just with your family.    If you have a motorcycle, ride.

Visit your local Fire Station or Police Station.  Take some cookies or flowers or just say “Thank you”.

Professional Firefighter Remembrances, Statewide

Firefighters in California are hosting 9/11 remembrances and activities throughout the state.

Please look at the list here.

Remembering is important but healing is even more important.

Fly your flag proudly and remember those firefighters, police officers and servicemen/women who dedicate  their lives to protect us each and every day.

Never forget.

Update September 12th:  @Sacbee has  nice article about the various Sacramento 9/11 observances.  At least 300 people attended the Remembrance Spectacular at Cal Expo.   The Cal Expo event included  3,014 pairs of shoes donated by Sacramentans to honor the  victims of 9/11. The shoes will go to the Salvation Army

Firefighte4rs, police and veterans observed the bell ringing in Capitol Park at 5:46 am PST (8:46 EST) designating the time the first plane hit the WTC.

Many churches noted increased attendance for their Sunday services.

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Merlino’s Orange Freeze

Just isn’t summer in Sacramento without a Merlino‘s freeze.  I like the orange the best, but lemon and the strawberry are good too.  I like to buy it by the gallon!!!

It’s hard to describe Merlino’s but it is so cold it will freeze your brain!!

Once my girlfriends father was in the hospital and just had to have a Merlino’s.  We rushed one right over to him, hiding it from prying nurses…and now, anytime I wind up in the hospital all I want is an orange freeze.  They are like medicine on a hot day.

The original Merlino’s was an old orange painted stand across the street from what was the State Fair grounds before it moved to its current site at CalExpo (the California Exposition).

If you talk to peeps who grew up in Sacramento before the fair moved, they always have stories of going across the street to Merlino’s for a freeze.  The best part of summers in SacTown for a kid in the 50s & 60s.

The company has changed hands but is still here and still cranking out freezes in a number of locations including the one in East Sacramento at 32nd Street & Folsom Blvd, hidden away in a Mr Pickles sandwich shop.  Pretty good sandwiches, GREAT orange freezes.

Here is a map for the 32nd & Folsom Blvd site.

You can even order online & save yourself a little time!!  Here is the menu for you.

If you visit SacTown stop by Mr Pickles and say “a large orange freeze please.  Couple of bucks for some pure happiness.  You might even see the dancing Pickle.

I want one….or two…now.

The original spot with a semi-new stand.  Not Merlino’s anymore, but still pretty good even their hot dogs.

This photo says Hagen‘s on the cup but it looks like Merlino’s.  When Merlino’s was sold about a decade ago, the Hagen’s bought the Carmichael shop.

The taste seems to be the same as the freeze in the cup that says Merlino’s over at Mr Pickles.

Cheers!!! (and bring me one…..gallon!)

The Sacramento Mile motorcycle race

UPDATE  August 1 for race results see my post here As of August 18th the results post also has race videos.  Nice!!!

Sacramento Mile results from July 30 2011 More stats

The annual Sacramento Mile motorcycle race is scheduled for July 30th.  It will be held at the California State Fair located at CalExpo.

The Sacramento Mile is an AMA race.  It has been at least a decade since this race has been held in Sacramento.  Attendance dropped, but now we are fortunate and the race is back!!!!!

Your ticket includes admission to the fair, so come and spend the day.  Bring the family.

California State Fair

1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento,CA 95815


Toll-Free: (877) CAL-EXPO

Phone: (916) 263-FAIR

“The Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Center has been the site of exciting AMA competition since 1959. (not quite, it used to be held at the old Fairgrounds on Stockton Blvd.  The fair and the race moved to CalExpo in the mid-70s) Past Sacramento Mile events have routinely provided close and exciting flat track action, which is a hallmark of the AMA Pro Racing Grand National Championship series.”

This race is the Northern California National Championship for 2011.

More info here on this years Dash for Cash sponsored by Digger Phelps.  Thanks brother!!