31 days of Artober

Julie Heffernan’s “Self-Portrait With Falling Sky.”

Julie Heffernan’s “Self-Portrait With Falling Sky.”

It's October, which means that in Sacramento, it’s also Artober. The leaves are turning golden brown, the air’s imbued with a lovely crisp chill and creativity is on display everywhere. As part of the National Arts and Humanities Month, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission has teamed up with dozens of local artists—painters, actors, musicians, writers, etc.—to shine a harvest light on the city’s best, most inspired offerings. Throughout the month, Sacramento’s calendar will be rich with events and exhibits. Take a trip to the Crocker Art Museum to check out how live jazz can be incorporated into a seemingly static visual exhibition. Or drive down Del Paso Boulevard to witness what happens when poets pair with painters. There’s also local storytelling sessions and live music, as well as myriad festivals and even an all-star Halloween-themed punk bill. It’s not all paintings and poets and songs, however. Artober also boasts zombie trains, corn mazes and, for the adults, plenty of beer and wine celebrations. Art isn’t just a medium, after all, it’s anything you want it to be—limited only by your imagination.

ARTS Still lifes and saddles, artist battles and genetic genius. Check out just a sampling of October’s art offerings.

ON STAGE Indulge your dramatic side with some choice dance, theater and music selections.

MUSIC It’s music’s harvest season, from up-and-comers to big-name acts.

DAY TRIPS Because when it comes to Artober, it’s the journey and the destination.

EVENTS Art isn’t just something you watch or see on a wall—find it on the dance floor, in a wine glass and on the marathon path.

HALLOWEEN Dress up, tune in and freak out.


Artober is a collaboration between SN&R and the regional arts community.

Art Director: Hayley Doshay

Editor: Rachel Leibrock

Writers: Julianna Boggs, Cody Drabble, Deena Drewis, Becky Grunewald, Lovelle Harris, Rachel Leibrock, Jessica Rine, Jonathan Mendick, Shoka

Copy editors: Kimberly Brown, Deena Drewis, Jessica Rine, Shoka Shafiee

Creative Director: Priscilla Garcia

Web Publishing: John Bisignano, Joe Kakacek, Jonathan Schultz

Director of Advertising and Sales: Rick Brown

Sales Team: Teri Gorman, Dusty Hamilton, Brian Jones, Rosemarie Messina, Dave Nettles, Lee Roberts, Julie Sherry, Olla Ubay, Joy Webber, Kelsi White, Gary Winterholler

Advertising Operations Manager: Will Niespodzinski

Advertising Services Coordinator: Melissa Bernard

Special kudos to: The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and SN&R owners Deborah Redmond and Jeff vonKaenel.