All-American fun


Memorial Day Weekend seems to automatically mean parties huddled around the barbecue. Those shindigs are great and all, but there are other fun activities with equally uber-American vibes worth investigating this weekend. Consider the following:

What feels more patriotic than feasting on deep-fried everything at a county fair? The Sacramento County Fair runs Thursday, May 25, through Monday, May 29, at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Boulevard). Each day has specific highlights, including monster trucks, bull riding and tractor pulls, as well as the general attractions of a petting zoo, circus, carnival rides and endless corn dogs. Tickets go for $6, parking costs $10 and children 12 and under get in free. For more details, visit

Despite constant budget woes, the Sacramento Music Festival will triumphantly return Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29. Spread across several venues in Old Sacramento, the festival best delivers on classic American genres like jazz, blues, funk and country. Regular attendees will already be familiar with much of the lineup, but Sunday’s headliner is of particular note: Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses. Louis Prima Jr. is the jazz singer, trumpeter and, of course, son of famous 1930s Italian-American jazz artist Louis Prima. Tickets range greatly depending on whether you buy an all-access pass or a single day. Check out your options at

A family-friendly, beer-focused event goes down Saturday, May 27, at Track 7 Brewing Co. (3747 W. Pacific Avenue, Suite F). The brewery’s second annual Memorial Day Block Party begins at 2 p.m. with a few food trucks and, of course, plenty of pints to go around. The free party will really get going from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., when local New Orleans-style jazz ensemble Element Brass Band is slated to perform. More at