2012 Summer Music Festival Seaon

The 2012 Summer Music Festival Season is almost upon us!!!

Are you ready?  Do you know where you will be going?  And who you will be listening to?? Do you even care this summer???

LOVE the summer music season…usually!  This year maybe not so much.

Summer outdoor music festivals offer plentiful listening opportunities, fresh air and a chance to catch up with festival-only friends.

You know, festival-only friends. They are like childhood summer camp friends, but with more facial hair.

The idea of being able to camp and share an experience, and a living environment – you end up creating these friendships that are very intense,” said Dan DeWayne, co-founder of the 16-year-old California WorldFest in Grass Valley. “You spend more time (with festival friends) than with your best friend.”

A festival friendship “is very leveling,” DeWayne added. “No one cares what you do with your outside life – what car you drive or what you do for a living.”

At festivals, musical affinity and/or discovering new acts matter more.”

Chalk It Up Sacramento! Sept 3-5, 2011

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Image by stevendepolo via Flickr

Each year Sacramento hosts Chalk It Up Sacramento over the Labor Day weekend, this year from September 3rd-5th.

This is the 21st annual chalk It Up!

Chalk It Up is a public art event where registered artists draw/paint stunningly beautiful works of art using just chalk directly on the public sidewalks.

Chalk It Up is on Twitter @chalkitupsac

Here are a ton of photos showing the great sidewalk art from previous years.  Check it out!

In addition to the art the event has food, music and other entertainment for the very large crowds that attend.

This is another one of Sacramento’s great family-friendly events.

What bands are playing and when?  Here is the list and schedule of music

There are lots of activities for the kids and a Creative Zone just for children..

Registration for artists is closed this year, but everyone is invited to attend this FREE event.  How many great events like  this are free??

Where is Chalk It Up?

Fremont Park

One block park, bounded by 15th & 16th Streets and P & Q Streets.

You can find a map here.

here is a great youth experimental video of Chalk It Up!

Now Chalk It Up events are held in many other cities like Orlando Florida, and Edmond Oklahoma.

Here are some Yelp reviews from folks who have attended.

Chalk It Up has not been a competition in the past, but this year the public will get a chance to vote for their Top Three pieces of sidewalk art!  Cool.

See you there and have fun!!

Gold Rush Days in Sacramento, Sept 3-5, 2011

Over the Labor Day weekend Sacramento hosts our great Gold Rush Days.

It runs from Friday, September 3rd thru Monday, September 5th.

Gold Rush Days is held in historic Old Sacramento, the area of the city where Sacramento began back in 1849 with the real 49ers.

Admission to the Gold Rush Days is FREE…..how often do events like this charge no admission.  And of course it is a family friendly event.

Here are some early photos from the 2011 Gold Rush Days event, thanks to Sacramento Press (Twitter @sacramentopress):

In addition to the Gold Rush Days events, Old Sacramento has a ton of great things to see and do including the Sacramento River, the California State Railroad Museum, historic buildings from the time of the original gold rush, restaurants and shopping, an old one-room schoolhouse and railroad rides along the river down to Miller Park and the Delta King paddlewheel river boat.  The Delta King is now a great hotel right on the river!

Gold Rush Days has a recreation of an original 1849 tent city, gold panning, pony rides for the kids, arts & crafts and artisans like blacksmiths and tinsmiths and Pony Express relays.  Also we have a great Pony Express memorial.  The Pony Express terminus was in Sacramento and we have regular commemorations and re-enactments here as they do at the starting point in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Old Sacramento also hosts tours of our original city level which is now below ground.   The entire area was jacked up after many floods and what was  the first floor is now underground.  Cool!!

You can take carriage rides in the area and on into the downtown past the California State Capitol.

It is open from 10 am to 5 pm, and Old Sacramento itself is open until some of the bars close at 2 am.

.The event schedules are found here.  You will find music and dance and other presentations on a several stages throughout the area.

You can find a great map and download it here.

You will find a ton of photos from prior years Gold Rush Days here.

If you need to contact the folks that run the event call 916-808-7059.

About.com has a nice article about the Gold Rush Days in their Discover Gold site

“Stepping foot into Old Sacramento is like traveling back in time to California’s Gold Rush era. On any given visit, one can see the dirt being kicked up from the hooves of a horse drawing a carriage down the cobblestone streets. Wide and creaky wooden walkways lead up to restored buildings that used to house hotels, saloons and bathhouses. Now these structures are home to a myriad of shops, restaurants and bars entertaining the more than five million visitors to this State Historical Park.”


This video is from the 2010 Gold Rush Days.  A nice joke to start it off and then footage from the event.

The 2011 Milwaukee Rally Thru September 5th, Largest Motorcycle Rally in the Midwest

If you are not already at the 2011 Milwaukee Rally,  this is a great place to celebrate your Labor Day.  Ride your bike, show it off, check out all the others plus food, drink, chicks and….

This is the largest motorcycle rally and event in the Midwest so I know there will be a ton of good folks and bikes there.

If you still need tickets you have to check the Rally Info Tent at the dealerships during the Rally to see if any have
become available.  The 2011 VIP package and the Bingo Casino run are sold out!!

You can find the Saturday and Sunday events here (even the rest of Friday for us late-comers).

And don’t forget to check out the Harley-Davidson Museum.

And download your free Wisconsin biker guide and map here.

The most comprehensive biker guide and map available for the state of Wisconsin

In each map you will find: Wisconsin Rustic Roads, current road construction
information, featured Wisconsin destinations, biker friendly bars and
establishments, Wisconsin lodging, hotel and casino information, plus our highly
sought after motorcycle events list.

Sign up for the email updates and newsletter and get your name in early for the 2012 Milwaukee Rally.

If you are in the Midwest it is definitely the place to be.

If you are at the Rally or intending to go….ride hard be safe and have fun!

Win a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Motorcycle

This raffle is being held by the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum, and their website is here.   

Aall proceeds go to support the museum.  A truly important cause.

This is the 9th Annual raffle and this time they have a beautiful classic knuckle up for grabs.

The raffle will be held in November, don’t miss out!

You can contact the museum at   (828) 926-6266

This is one of my all time favorite bikes, check it out:








Follow Wheels Through Time on Twitter and Thanks @wtttimemachine

Here is their acticle about The Chopper Graveyard.

Rust in peace

They have a ton of great videos here.

Are you hoping to visit the museum?

2011 Days,  Hours & Prices

May 1 – October 31, 2011
Open: Thursday-Monday
Hours: 9a.m.-5p.m.


Adults: $12
Seniors (65 and up): $10
Children: $6

One of the upcoming events in just a few weeks:

40th Annual AMCA National Meet at Davenport, Iowa

Date:  September 1-3, 2011
Location:  Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
Davenport, Iowa
Official Site: www.antiquemotorcycle.orgLabor Day weekend, Wheels Through Time will be travelling to the 40th annual AMCA Fall National in Davenport, Iowa.  Hosted by the Chief Blackhawk Chapter of the AMCA, the “Big One” is renowned as the biggest and best of the AMCA nationals.  Gear up for swap meet, banquet, bike judging, and vintage races and a weekend of fun.  Davenport is fun for all ages, and whether your antique motorcycle aficionado or just want to see some great old American iron in its element, Davenport is the place for you.”Matt’s Blog has a great article and video, 30 Bikes in 30 Days.The museum is located in  Maggie Valley in North Carolina  Maggie Valley is pretty much between Knoxville and Chatanooga.  Wikipedia says the population was 607 people in the 2000 census.Go, have fun and WIN that 1936 Knucklehead.


Over?  Wha’ happened?  Can’t be July just can’t.  Plus the California State Fair starts mid-July this year.  Was always starting 2 weeks  be4 Labor Day and ending when we returned to school from summer break. Which was always early September.  Now kids don’t even get summer break.  Suxes.

Heck, keep the fair & gimme a summer break!