Memorial Day Weekend: What To Do?

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us. Got plans? If not, here are some options.

Sacramento Music Festival. This is the updated version of the Jazz Festival, and the music offerings have changed and expanded dramatically. Sure, there’s still Dixieland Jazz for those who want it but now there are also blues, rock, R&B…over 100 different performances in all. The Sacramento Music Festival takes place primarily in Old Sacramento, starting Thursday evening. Get your tickets here

Lady Antebellum. The country superstars kick off their summer tour at the Toyota Amphitheater on Sunday. Opening acts include Brett Young–who’s single, “In Case You Didn’t Know” is becoming THE wedding song for 2017–and Kelsea Ballerini. If you go, be sure to stop by the KNCI tent for a chance at an upgrade to “the pit”! Ticket info, click here

Elk Grove Brewfest. Beer lovers who gather in Old Town Elk Grove on Friday night from 6-10 would be best to make a plan of attack ahead of time: with several food trucks and over 50 craft breweries, the choices are many, and varied. Also, it’d be wise to arrange a safe ride home. Find out more, hereĀ 

Sacramento Beer Train. If Friday night in Elk Grove wasn’t enough for beer lovers, then the Sacramento River Train has you covered. On Saturday the train is featuring a handful of local breweries, plus live music, on a 2.5 train ride that includes your own free commemorative 6 oz tasting glass! Details? Click here

International Kids Festival. William Land Park will be jumping, in some places quite literally, at this event on Saturday from 10-4. Bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides a climbing wall and more await to wear your kid out so you can enjoy a quiet Saturday evening. Check out the video for details

Ski Tahoe. How often can you say you skied on Memorial Weekend? This year, you can. Thanks to our fantastically wet winter, Squaw Valley and sister resort Alpine will be open (they think there’s a chance they could remain open all summer, in fact). So will Mt Rose–which is featuring a “No pants weekend”, encouraging skiers to wear swim trunks, bikinis or shorts. And, to the south, Mammoth Mountain will have lifts operating. Some other resorts may as well but of course, check with them ahead of time. Also, country duo Thompson Square (“If I Didn’t Have You”) play MountBleu Casino. Details, click here

Baseball. The Giants are home this weekend for a series against the Braves. The Rivercats have a home game Friday evening, but will be out of town the rest of the weekend.

Many if not all cemeteries in the area will hold some sort of Memorial Day commemoration, so check ahead if you’d like to attend one of these ceremonies to honor our deceased veterans.

Planning on heading to a lake or river? Please remember that the water is very cold this time of year and, in the case of the Sacramento and American Rivers, they’re also running high and swift. Don’t let children near the water without a life jacket (every public beach has access to free life jackets courtesy Sacramento City and Metro Fire). And if you’re planning on boating, there was a lot of excess driftwood washed into Folsom lake last winter and there are still huge rafts of it floating around in the water. Watch your speed, pay attention and use caution. Reports on the rivers is that there are some big logs and other debris out there, too.




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