Diverse and delicious

photo by jonathan mendick

It's been more than a decade since Time magazine called Sacramento “America's Most Diverse City” after studying Harvard University research data. But that doesn't mean the moniker doesn't ring true still. Just take a look at this weekend's two-day Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival (also called SacWorldFest) in Old Sacramento, for example.

It begins on Saturday, October 5, at 6 p.m. with Native American dance, music and storytelling. Then it continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a full day of music, dance and food. Musical highlights include the Grant Union High School Drumline, California band Los Cenzontles and Youssoupha Sidibe, a Senegalese kora (African harp) player. Performances will happen on multiple stages throughout the historic district and will feature a variety of acts, such as an Albanian juggler and a hip-hop dance battle.

Then there's the Global Village, which features art, educational and cooking demonstrations. Local groups, such as the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum, and Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association will help you feel like a world traveler just by strolling through Old Sacramento. The best part? SacWorldFest is free to attend—and, of course, there will be a diverse selection of international food (which costs extra). For more information, visit http://sacworldfest.org.