Things to do in Sacramento, California, Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day — the unofficial start to summer — is Monday, which means some Sacramentans are adding an extra day to their weekend.

If you’re looking to make the most out of your free time, you can head out to one of Sacramento’s interesting events. Here’s what’s going on in the city this weekend: May 27 to May 30.

Sacramento County Fair

1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento

Starting Thursday through Monday, you can enjoy classic county fair fun, featuring free concerts, livestock show and auction, carnival rides, corn dogs and funnel cakes, at the Sacramento County Fair.

Established in 1937, this year’s fair theme is “Banding Together.”

General admission is $10; tickets for kids 12 to 16 are $8 and kids under 12 enter free. All military personnel with valid ID can attend for free on Monday. You can buy your tickets online.

The fair is open 10 am to 10 pm Thursday through Sunday, and 10 am to 7 pm Monday.

Concert in the Park

910 I Street, Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento’s Concert in the Park enters its fourth week this weekend. On Friday, you can catch headliner Slenderbodies and other acts including Life In 24 Frames, Helladusty and SJ Lady Char.

The concert will also have art installations, vendors, food trucks, beer, wine and cocktails. It runs from 5 pm to 9 pm, but you can show your wristband to select downtown bars and get special drink prices after the shows.

Sac 10k Beer Run

1725 33rd Street, Sacramento

Forget beer crawls. Go on a beer run on Saturday. At your own pace, you’ll sprint through midtown, about one mile between each of the six different destinations. The Sac Beer Run starts at noon at SacYard Community Tap House.

Yoga in the park

3600 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento

Take a yoga and movement class hosted by Friendly Flows at William Land Regional Park. At 9 am, every Saturday, all ages can learn how to do yoga for free. Just bring a mat, if you have one, and water. Donations are accepted day of.

For more information and to sign up for a specific day, you can go on the Eventbrite page.

Drake’s Barnival

985 Riverfront Street, West Sacramento

If the funnel cakes at the county fair didn’t cure your craving, you can find more at Drake’s Barnival. You’ll also have your choice of corn dogs, fried pickles, nachos and pizza.

The free event, which runs 1 pm to 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday, will have a petting zoo, live music, ice cream trucks, carnival games and a circus show.

Old Sacramento Underground Tour

101 I Street, Sacramento

You can wind down on Sunday or Monday with a tour of Sacramento’s underground city. As you explore the excavated grounds and pathways, you can learn about what life was like in the city in 1860.

General admission is $22. Children 6 to 17 are $15 and kids 5 and under are free. You can buy your tickets online. The tour runs through the summer.

Veteran’s Memorial Day Car Show

2200 Front Street, Sacramento

The California Automobile Museum is celebrating Memorial Day with a car show. You can check out sweet rides and enjoy food trucks and vendors while you’re at it. You can also register your car for the show for $30 per vehicle.

If you just want to look at the cars, the event is free, but donations are welcomed. The donations, as well as a portion of the registration fee, will go to a veteran’s non-profit organization chosen by the museum, according to the Eventbrite page.

The museum will also have reduced admissions for the day — $5 for adults, seniors and students; veterans and active military personnel, and kids 5 and under enter free.

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Hanh Truong is a reporter on The Sacramento Bee’s utility desk. She was previously a freelance journalist, covering education and culture for PBS SoCal and music for


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