September 1st thru September 3rd, 2012 in Sacramento: What To Do??

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This weekend, September 1-3, 2012 you have many choices of things to do in Sacramento!

Greek Food & Culture in the 49th Greek Festival.  I remember when this was small enough to be called the Greek Food Festival, now it is so much more than just food and fills the Sacramento Convention Center.

When:         August 31st, Noon to 11 pm thru September 2nd Noon to 10 pm.

Where:        Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street

Cost:           $5 general; $4 for seniors 55 and older; free for children 12 and younger

Celebrate African Culture
Diverse exhibits of African culture on display in William Land Park.   The second African Cultural Festival will feature dancing, food, art and craft exhibits, and a children’s area.
When:        September 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 9 am to 6 pm
Where:       3800 Land Park Drive
Cost:           $15 general; $8 for groups of 10 or more; free for children 7 and younger

Info:            (916) 222-5868 or

The Show ‘N Shine Car Show

The show will showcase more than autos at Southgate Plaza. There will also be a live DJ, children’s crafts, a rock wall, dancers and more. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Park Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center for students in grades K-9.

When:            September 2nd, 11 am to 5 pm
Where:            4242 Florin Road
Cost:                Free!
Info:                (916) 422-2525
The Annual Gold Rush Days
The tourist area’s yearly festival turns the clock back to 1850 for 3 full days, with wagon rides, gold panning, mock gunfights and more Old Westactivities.

When:              September 1st & 2nd, 10 am to 7 pm and September 3rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Where:             Old Sacramento
Cost:                 Free!
Check out the Sacramento Bee for more fun things to do in Sacramento this weekend!

Outdoor Dining In The Sacramento Region


Springtime brings many things:  warmer weather, flowers and plants as well as the gardening & cleanup that goes along with those things, kids looking forward to summer break (those who get one), the concert season, tomato season in Sacramento, NBA basketball championships (sorry Sacramento) & March Madness, allergies (achoo) vacation planning… many other things.

And one of my favorites each year.  outdoor dining!

When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s Sacramento actually had an ordinance prohibiting sidewalk seating.  All we had was restaurants like the Firehouse that had enclosed patios.

We had to go to San Francisco to actually enjoy sidewalk dining, and it was such a treat.  Almost a taboo!  People fought real hard to get the city to approve sidewalk dining.

Now we have so many choices, from simple fare to fine dining.  Lunchtime and dinner and late night dining as well.

Downtown, midtown, East Sacramento and all regions in the city and the county as well as surrounding area like West Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, Roseville, down the Sacramento River, up the American River.  Who does not have at least one restaurant with sidewalk dining?

There are so many outdoor dining spots it i hard to pick your favorite.  If the choice is favorite place to eat outside my is…still the Firehouse.

If the choice is limited to sidewalk eatingit is a little more difficult to choose for some reason.

Well we can choose an alley-walk rather than a sidewalk and pick Old Soul 1716 L Street, rear alley.

If the choice is a real sidewalk I would pick Three Sisters on J Street with their wonderful dining area with a bit of a wall next to the sidewalk or  33rd Street Bistro on Folsom Boulevard.  I enjoy both of these places, they have different styles of food but both try hard to provide good service and quality food.

What other places outdoors?

Well, check out the recent article in the Sacramento Bee for a lot of selections, all good.  It got me thinking about the subject, made me quite hungry and led to this post.

They list some places that I enjoy like

Mulvaneys, 1215 19th Street

Restaurant Thir13en, 1300 H Street

Juno’s Kitchen & Deli, 3675 J Street

Paesano’s 1806 Capitol Avenue

Zocalo, right down the street at 1801 Capitol Avenue

and many more that I still must try out.

What other places?  Leave me comments here or Tweet me @zenDR and tell me about your favorite joints, where and why.

2nd Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento: December 10, 2011

Sacramento is  hosting our next 2nd Saturday Art Walk event on December 10, 2011.

2nd Saturday is so popular with art, gallery openings, music, theater, special events–so much fun in SacTown!!

The Downtown Grid has a lot of 2nd Saturday information, plus you can follow them on Twitter & Facebook.

So what’s up on Saturday?

Among other things you can:

Buy some local art and have some really excellent pieces for holiday gift giving.  What better than art for Christmas?

Some day time events on December 10th are:

  • at The California Museum Join in for the “Riding Concrete: Skateboarding in California
    1020 O Street . Open to 5pm
  • Sutter’s Fort Join Sutter’s Fort for “Hands on History : A Simple Emigrant Christmas”.
    2701 L Street,10am. to 5pm
  • Governor’s Mansion Get ready to experience lavishly re-created period decor,
    an impressive array of live holiday music and
    captivating storytellers of “Christmas Memories”.
    1526 H Street, 10am. to 4pm
  • University Art (North Sacramento) University Art presents a One Day Annual Winter Holiday Acrylic Workshop with David Lobenberg. 2610 Marconi Ave.10am. to 3pm

Gallery Exhibits in the Central City:

  • Viewpoint Gallery
    Join Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint for a show of Jerry Berry’s Impressions of a New England Fall.
    2015 J Street, 5:30-9pm
  • Axis Gallery
    Axis Gallery presents “The BIG Show – New Work by Thirteen Axis Artists”
    1517 19th St. 6-9pm
  • The Art of Toys
    Join The Art of Toys for a new exhibit “Doll Dreams”by artist Kristyne DiMeo
    2110 K Street  6-9pm
  • Tangent Gallery Tangent Gallery is proud to present their fifth annual Short Center North (SCN) Holiday Art Sale. This is a benefit event and the show will mostly feature ceramic works and paintings priced between $20 and $100 2900 Franklin Blvd  6-10pm
  • J27 Gallery
    Please meet the talented Medeiros Family. Influenced by their Native Brazil, the commonality of each of the siblings is the vibrant use of color.
    2728 J St.  6-9pm
  • Milk Gallery
    Pressed: A Selection of Hand Pulled Prints.
    212 13th Street (13th & C), 6-11pm
  • Bell’Arte Studios
    Join the Holiday Boutique Sale and check out new works by Dianne Poinski, JJ Jacobs, and Ed Haag. These are perfect Christmas gifts for the hard to shop for.
    4755 J Street, 11am – 9pm
  • Maiya Gallery  Come and see new works to the gallery by Mary Czechan Coldren, Barbara De Wein, Maureen Hood, Kerstin Ronsiek, Marilyn Torchin, and others.
    2220 J Street, 3-9pm
  • Sacramento Art Complex & Gallery 2110 Let’s Be Wounded Together is a show that features artists Laura Caron and Kristina McClanahan. Mixed media.
    2110 K Street , 11am -9pm
  • Article Consigment Boutique
    Help celebrate with fashion for a cause. Nakate Spring Line Preview featuring live styling by Lisa Kennedy Watrous of Closet Candy with a presentation on Kakooge, Uganda by Nakate founder Shanley Knox. 5704 Elvas Ave. Show begins at 7pm
  • Cuffs Boutique
    Come see all new work by Sacramento-based artist Jeff Felker in his solo show, Constancy Veiled. 2523 J Street, 6-10pm
  • Legacy Boutique
    Enjoy hot chocolate, champagne, & Christmas goodies while playing your favorite Holiday movies. Plus, free gift with every $100 purchase (while supplies last). 2418 K Street, 6-9pm
  • Bows & Arrows
    Come and hear readings by Sacramento writers Richard St Ofle, Shirley Posh, Jessalyn Wakefield, and Josh Fernandez.. 1815 19th Street ,8pm
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery
    Join Solomon Dubnick Gallery for their group show Small Treasures.  1021 R Street, 6-9pm
  • Skinner Howard Contemporary Art
    Annual Group Show benefiting a non-profit organization PALS out of Lodi.   723 S Street , 6-9pm
  • Artists’ Collaborative Gallery
    An all-star gallery ensemble show. Come and browse through beautiful, original handmade items, many under $50.   129 K Street (Old Sac),5-8pm
  • Elliott Fouts Gallery
    Annual holiday gift show, Small Gems, featuring small originals.
    4749 J Street, 6-9pm

Arden/Carmichael Galleries:

  • Blue Moon Gallery
    Our Five Year Anniversary Holiday Show!!! Featured Artists: Watercolors by David Peterson & Woody Hansen Sculpture by Amy George. Live Music by Larry Mersereau. 2353 Albatross Way, 6-9pm
  • Southside Art Center 
    The Gallery is featuring the work of guest artists and Southside instructors: Antonia Hansen, Paul Basye, Jeff Allen Nelson, Amy Bothne, John Phillip Cameron 8583 Elder Creek Road, Suite 200, 10am – 8pm

This month we even have a 2nd Sunday event:

  • Sacramento Antique Faire
    Find some amazing treasures at this Outdoor Antique and Collectible Marketplace and take care of all your holiday shopping.
    21st & X St (under freeway) Rain or Shine. 6:30am – 3pm.

We have so many galleries just in that Central Town area covering Downtown, Midtown and East Sacramento it is amazing and makes for an eventful 2nd Saturday Art Walk.  There are other galleries not listed here plus Oak Park and West Sacramento which are right next door and other neighborhoods a bit further out like Fair Oaks, Galt & Elk Grove, Orangevale and Citrus Heights.

The Central area of town also has a ton of excellent restaurants and bars/nightclubs/grills many with live and/or DJ music.

So, have a lot of fun on the last 2nd Saturday of this year!!!