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Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

August 30, 2012

8/30- 9/3 – Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days -Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young’uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from Back East. Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill. During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento you’ll find yourself transported back to the days of Gold and Glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of Yesterday!

More than 200 tons of dirt will pave the streets of Old Sacramento as this annual festival “turns back the clock,” transforming Sacramento’s historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Hundreds of costumed performers take on the roles of celebrities, personalities, and just plain folks, bringing history to life while bluegrass pickers and old-timey musicians perform on several stages, evoking the vivid tunes of the times

8/31 – Family Friday: Red at the Crocker - Come in the color red to hear the red hot tunes of The Smash Hit Wonders, a group of LaTour Music Studio students ages 7-12. This is the last Family Friday of the summer, so make sure you have lots of fun moving and grooving as the group performs classic American soul, jazz, and funk tunes.

8/31 – Pop-Up Cinema at Fairytale Town -The yellow brick road has been followed all the way to Humpty’s gate at Fairytale Town! Celebrate the completion of the Yellow Brick Road play set with two screenings of the family classic The Wizard of Oz on the Mother Goose Stage. The first showing will feature the movie along with fun arts and crafts
activities for kids. The second screening will feature the movie played along
with the cult-favorite Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Take a unique look (and listen) at both the movie and the album, played simultaneously, and finally decide for yourself if they really do go together.

8/31 – 9/2 – Sacramento Greek Festival - The 49th annual Greek Festival returns to the Sacramento Convention Center for a Labor Day weekend filled with plenty of Greek food, Greek dancing, and much
more. Leave your worries behind and come enjoy the Greek way of life.

9/1-2 – African  Cultural Festival – Travel across the globe and immerse yourself in African culture without ever leaving Sacramento. Celebrate Africa’s rich heritage at the African Cultural Festival. Delight your senses as you smell, taste, hear, feel, and experience African culture through a variety of family-friendly activities. Enjoy African cultural dances, art and crafts exhibits, exhibitions, a wonderful kids area, authentic cultural foods, and live performances of African music, reggae, hip-hop, and so much more.

The African Cultural Festival will not only serve as a medium for bringing all Africans together, from all its diasporas, as one voice, but will also focus on promoting and enhancing African businesses in tourism, arts and crafts, restaurants and hospitality, and entertainment, as well as the industrial and manufacturing sectors of heavy machinery and import/exporting of natural resources and raw materials.

9/1-3 – Chalk-it Up Festival - Chalk It Up! To Sacramento is a fun, family-friendly outdoor event that
celebrates great art and music. What makes this festival special is that it
promotes creativity, collaboration, and community involvement. Chalk It Up
believes that there is an artist in all of us and everyone is welcome to
participate.

9/1 – The Bone Zone grand opening at the Discovery Museum - Celebrate the opening of the Discovery Museum’s newest exhibit, Bone Zone. Bring the whole family to learn about skulls, bodies, and health. Kids
can come dressed in lab coats to make-believe in the doctor’s office and
dentist’s office. Adults and children can also role play in our ‘50s-themed
Healthy Bones Diner. Bring your camera and join in on the fun by making a
glow-in-the-dark skeleton necklace to take home! Special guests from community
organizations will also be there to teach children about being active and
healthy.

9/2 – Amazing Amphibians at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center - Meet a couple of amphibious residents at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center up close and learn how they spend half their life in water and half their life on land.  All ages are welcome.

9/3 – Little Buckaroos Day at the Crocker - Back by popular demand, families with young children will have a yee-haw time at
the Crocker in celebration of Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days. The West will be
wild with wiggles and giggles at this event featuring live performances by
children’s ballet folklorico group Nube de Oro and family bluegrass band Oak
Grove. See Native American craft-making demos, join hands-on art-making, and
even visit a petting zoo.

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