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SACRAMENTO COMEDY FESTIVAL: Laugh through four days of sketch, stand-up, improv and experimental comedy at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. 170 comedians will perform in more than 25 showcases. Highlights include appearances by Mike E. Winfield, Mary Van Note, Van Full of Candy, Bro Squad 5, Lady Business and Awkward Face. Th, 9/29-Su, 10/2.
$50 for an all-festival pass. Individual show prices vary. Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St. in the MARRS Building; (916) 444-3137; http://saccomedyspot.com.

A PLACE CALLED SACRAMENTO: Access Sacramento presents the 12th annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival, featuring the premiere screening of short films written, directed, acted by local talent and set within the capital city. Su, 10/2, 1 p.m.
$10. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.; www.accesssacramento.org.

NATOMAS HARVEST THE ARTS: Celebrate the bounty of artistic talent in Natomas with live demonstrations of painting, chalk art, crafts and cosmetology. There’s also a car show, a craft faire, kids’ art activities, live music, and performances by the Sac Showbiz Dancers. Sa, 10/8 and Su, 10/9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free. South Natomas Community Center and Library, 2921 Truxel Rd.; www.natomasharvestthearts.org.

SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the Golden State with two days of events, starting with suffrage documentary screenings at the Crest Theatre on Sunday. Monday begins with a 1911 period-costume parade through downtown Sacramento, followed by historical re-enactments and entertainment at the Capitol and the California Museum. Su, 10/9, noon-4 p.m. and M, 10/10, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Free. Various locations, www.ca2011centennial.com.

WATER AT THE CROCKER: This free family event explores the power of water, in honor of the Crocker’s new exhibition Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water. Hands-on activities and live performances will celebrate the universal solvent. Su, 10/16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.; (916) 808-7000; www.crockerartmuseum.org.

SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL: The 20th year of SIGLFF features three nights of independent films, including a special Saturday-night shorts program. Th, 10/13-Sa, 10/15, 7:30 p.m.
$10 each day, or $30 for a VIP festival pass that includes early admission, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.; (916) 677-1500, http://siglff.org.

SACRAMENTO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL: This October cinema staple offers four days of horror, thriller and science-fiction films to put you in a Halloween mood. Th, 10/20-Su, 10/23.
Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd.; www.sachorrorfilmfest.com.