Spring has sorta sprung

Illustration by Analie Foland

Sacramento seems to have shrugged off the cold with a string of mostly sunny days that make the groundhog’s prediction for winter seem misguided. If you prefer not to get your seasonal readings from a rodent, the Vietnamese American Community of Sacramento (VACOS) will be celebrating the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese lunar calendar by hosting its Tet Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 17 and 18 outside of SF Supermarket (4562 Mack Road). President of VACOS, Tido Hoang, said the free-to-attend event will have vendors selling traditional foods like spring rolls, noodle dishes and marinated, then barbecued chicken wings and pork chops. Adding to the fun? A medley of cultural performances, carnival rides for children and a beauty pageant starring women in striking silk dresses known as áo dài. With plenty to see and hear, it’s a good reason to leave your burrow. But if you miss it, they’re doing it again next weekend.