‘Tis the (festival) season
As we near the end of what feels like a nearly endless parade of festivals this year, Sacramento would like you to know that's it's not tapping out of the party the same time all the rest of the squares are putting away their white pants: This town is a whole mess of festivals this week. Of course, there's the biggest and baddest iteration of TBD Fest yet coming up midmonth, but in the meantime, Sacto is partying hard with a plethora of cultural festivities.
Over in Old Sac, the annual celebration of the city's history as a brutal place to strike it rich, Gold Rush Days, kicks off on Friday, September 4. Take part in a country-western dance party, a beer crawl, a screening of Paint Your Wagon and other events through Monday, September 7.
Meanwhile in Midtown, the 27th annual Sacramento Rainbow Festival will be taking place on Sunday, September 6,to celebrate Sacto's vibrant LGBT community, with entertainment from Ty Herndon, Luciana, Lorena Herrera and others. The outdoor festival at 20th and K streets is open to all ages. General admission tickets are $10; visit www.facebook.com/SacRainbowFest1 for more info.
If you're looking for an all-day party of sorts, be sure to head over to Miller Park (2710 Ramp Way) on Saturday, September 5, for the fourth annual R&B Festival. Hosted by the NAACP Sacramento Branch 1060, it'll feature food, vendors, kid activities, plus music from the likes of the Midnight Players. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $40 for VIP treatment. Call (916) 856-0155 for more information.
In keeping with the theme of vastly disparate events taking place Labor Day weekend, September 4 through 6, is the Sac Greek Fest at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J Street). Dancing lessons, cooking demonstrations, music and even Greek language lessons abound. General admission is $5; visit http://sacramentogreekfestival.com for more information.
Lastly, Fiesta en la Calle, a celebration of Latin American independence, will be taking place at Southside Park on Sunday, September 6, from noon to 6 p.m. with performances from Jorge Santana, Latin Touch, Cora Sol and others, and a bounty of food and drink vendors; admittance is free. Visit http://fiestaenlacalle.com for more info.