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Calendar of Sacramento Events
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Sacramento Events Calendar August 2008: County fairs, festivals, and the state fair are just a few of the many activities and events waiting for you... Come and join in all the fun and excitement at these Sacramento events!

The Temptations at Cache Creek Casino Resort

What: The Temptations will be on the Club 88 stage at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Original Temptation: Otis Williams with Terry Weeks, GC Cameron, Ron Tyson, Joe Herndon, and Bruce Williamson will be performing some of their greatest hits, such as... The Way You Do The Things You Do, My Girl, Get Ready, I Can't Get Next to You, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Treat Her Like a Lady, and many more.

When: Friday, August 1 at 9pm

Where: Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16 at Wintun Road, Brooks, CA

Cost: Tickets $45–$65

Info: -or- 530-796-3118

Comedy Under the Stars

What: Comedy Under the Stars at the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival

When: August 1 at 8pm

Where: Fair Oaks Amphitheater, 7991 California Ave, Fair Oaks, CA

Cost: Tickets $12–$15

Info: -or- 916-966-1036

Show Biz Kidz -- Broadway Blockbusters

What: The Woodland Opera House presents a musical review of Broadway Blockbusters by the Show Biz Kidz.

When: August 1–3; Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm

Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St, Woodland, CA

Cost: Tickets $5

Info: -or- 530-666-9617

Harvest Day 2008

What: Harvest Day is an annual event at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, which provides educational talks, demonstations, and booths, all in a fun learning environment. Visit educational booths and vendors. Explore the edible rainbow garden and water efficient landscape areas. Sample fruits, vegetables, and different grape varieties fresh from the garden. Enjoy the fragrant herb garden and drying area and much more.

When: August 2 from 8am–2pm

Where: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA

Cost: Free Admission

Info: -or- 916-875-6913

Festa Italiana - A Food and Music Festival

What: Festa Italiana is Sacramento's premier food and music festival. Festa Italiana is a two day celebration of all that is Italian: great food and beverages, featuring all your favorite pastas and sauces, sausage and pepper sandwiches, meatballs, polenta, eggplant, lasagna, ravioli, calamari, fried seafood, cannoli, gelato, and Italian pastries and desserts. Plus you can enjoy excellent Italian wines, beers, cappuccino, and Italian specialty coffees.

When: August 2–3; Saturday 11am–10pm, Sunday 11am–6pm

Where: Sacramento Italian Cultural Society, 3730 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Cost: Tickets $10

Info: -or- 916-482-5300

Dolly Parton at ARCO Arena

What: Music legend and film star Dolly Parton performs at ARCO Arena.

When: August 4 at 8pm

Where: ARCO Arena, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Cost: Tickets $39.50–$69.50; plus $12 parking

Info: -or- 916-928-6900

My Fair Lady at Music Circus

Sacramento Events in AugustWhat: Come and enjoy My Fair Lady at the Music Circus.

When: August 5–10; Tuesday–Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm

Where: Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St, Sacramento, CA

Cost: Tickets $41–$53

Info: -or- 916-557-1999

Nevada County Fair

What: Come and enjoy the Nevada County Fair. Activities include a daily parade at 5pm, exhibits, motor sports, music, animals, and much more.

When: August 6–10 from 10am–11pm

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA

Cost: Admission $3–$8

Info: -or- 530-273-6217

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

Beijing 2008 Summer OlympicsWhat: The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing... Even if you don't watch much TV, or even if you're not much of a sports enthusiast...

The Summer Olympics only come around every 4 years. So be sure to catch some of the sports and athletic action during the next 16 days.

NBC/Universal will be offering something like 3,600 hours of Olympic action and feature stories on NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo, and other networks created just for these events.

And to view 2,200 hours of streaming broadband video coverage, you can go to...

That's a lot of Olympic coverage... enjoy!

When: August 8-24

Where: It's in Beijing, China, but for most of us, we'll be watching from our own TV's right here in Sacramento.

Cost: Being there and seeing it live and in person... expensive. Staying home and watching it on TV... virtually free.

Info: -or-

Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival

What: The 10th Annual Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival will include performers HeeBee JeeBee's, Marty Eggers, Keith Taylor, and Carl Sonny Leyland. This will be our biggest and best Ragtime Festival ever featuring a Silent Movie Night with Frederick Hodges and Keith Taylor, two Gala Festival Concerts, and six venues to choose from. Plus, there will be a special youth concert, so you can hear where the future of ragtime is going, and many more surprises.

When: August 8–10;

Where: Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA

Cost: All-Event badges $65; Youth 16 and under Free with paying Adult; check online for Day badges and individual concert tickets.

Info: -or- 209-223-0867

The Commodores at Cache Creek Casino

What: See the Commodores live! For three decades, these Grammy winning legends of Motown have been performing with emotion, excitement, and soul! The band features members... Walter “Clyde” Orange, William “Wak” King, and James Dean “J.D.” Nicholas playing some of their greatest hits, such as... Easy, Three Times a Lady, Brick House, Say Yeah, Fancy Dancer, and Too Hot Ta Trot. Come on down and enjoy the fun.

When: Saturday, August 9 at 8pm

Where: Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16 at Wintun Road, Brooks, CA

Cost: $65-$85

Info: -or- 530-796-3118

Yolo County Fair

What: It's a county fair... that means carnival rides, food, entertainment, vendors, and a lot more... including antique tractors, "hands-on" science demonstrations, dancers and dancing groups, auto derbys, eating contests, kid activities and contests, country singers and bands, clowns, animals, livestock judging and auctions, demonstrations and exhibits, and lots of food, peanuts, popcorn, and cotton candy. Bring the whole family and have lots of fun!

When: August 13–17

Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1125 East St, Woodland, CA

Cost: Free admission; $5 for parking

Info: -or- 530-402-2222

2008 California State Fair

What: It's the 2008 California State Fair... and this year's theme is Going Hollywood... so be sure to visit the new "Going Hollywood" exhibit and see how movie magic is made... featuring an interactive sound stage complete with "green screen" and "blue screen" technologies, professional stunts, and special effects. You'll also be able to see daily interactive shows and demonstrations, and be part of the movie-making experience... including story development, script writing, casting, filming, production, and so much more.

Sacramento Events in AugustAnd be sure to see the always popular California’s Counties Exhibit where each county creates an original and elaborate display showing off the incredible and unique beauty of California. This exhibit is located in the California Building.

Also, you'll want to stop by the Shopper’s Expo to see some lively product demonstrations in an indoor bazaar...

and the new Insect Pavilion is an educational exhibit that will teach you and your family about insects. This year’s special feature focuses on beneficial insects – predators that hunt garden pests...

and don't miss the ever popular Livestock Pavilion for livestock competitions, and just outside the Pavilion near the Kids Park are the cute and adorable animals of the Petting Farm, and the interactive Children’s Dairy Center where kids can milk a cow, and so much more!

When: August 15–September 1

Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Cost: Admission $5–$8; plus $8 parking

Info: -or- 916-263-3247

Solano County Tomato Festival

Tomato FestivalWhat: The Solano County Tomato Festival & West Coast Barbecue Championship... vine-ripened tomatoes and tasty BBQ are just two of the ingredients for this fun-filled, two-day event celebrating Solano County's agricultural heritage featuring... gourmet tomato products, craft vendors, farmers market, tomato eating contest, free entertainment & activities for the kids, and more, more, more... including live performances by an Elvis impersonator, Hispanic folk dancing, and several musical groups and bands... plus a chili cook-off, and salsa competition. Sounds like gobs of fun!!

When: August 16–17

Where: Downtown Fairfield, CA

Cost: Free admission


Hooverville Orchard's Harvest Daze Celebration and BBQ

What: Every year during the 3rd weekend of August, the Hooverville Orchards hosts their annual BBQ featuring barbecued pig on a spit. Also, there's lots of family fun, contests, and activities for all to enjoy. Bring the kids, and come hungry.

When: August 23 & 24

Where: Hooverville Orchards, 1100 Wallace Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Cost: Free admission to the event, picnic tables, and entertainment, but the BBQ will cost ya!

Info: 530-622-2155

Dave Matthews Band at Raley Field

Sacramento Events August25What: The Dave Matthews Band will perform a concert at Raley Field on Monday, August 25 at 7pm. Tickets for the event, which will include opening act Robert Earl Keen, are available at the Raley Field ticket office and

When: August 25 at 7pm

Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, CA

Cost: Tickets $58.50–$70

Info: -or- 916-371-4487

45th Annual Greek Festival

What: Enjoy traditional Greek food and beverages, live folk music, singing and dancing performances, cultural displays, and a Greek market where you can purchase a wide assortment of Greek products.

When: August 29–31; Friday 11am–10pm, free admission until 3pm, Saturday & Sunday noon–10pm

Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA

Cost: Tickets $4–$5

Info: -or- 916-443-2033

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

What: This Labor Day Weekend more than 200 tons of dirt will be dumped on the streets of Old Sacramento to transform this historic district into The Gold Rush Days of the 1850's. Come and enjoy this year's annual festival and you'll be rewarded with costumed actors re-enacting Wild West gun fights, musicians playing period instruments, and many other aspects of life during the Gold Rush Days.

When: Labor Day Weekend Aug 29-Sept 1, 2008; Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-7pm, Monday 11am-4pm.

Where: Old Sacramento

Cost: Admission is FREE!

Info: -or- 916-808-7777

Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg

What: Paul Bunyan Days is a wonderful festival filled with lots of outdoor events and logging competitions where Paul Bunyan wannabes get to throw axes, climb poles, and chop logs. There's also a parade, craft fair, and the Blue Ox Beer Festival... a fun-filled and hilarious dog contest which includes prizes for ugliest dog, dog and master look-alike, and smallest dog. Check website for more details.

Fort Bragg is a fabulous day-trip or weekend getaway. It's about 190 miles north-west of Sacramento, just above Mendocino.

When: August 29 - September 2, 2008

Where: Fort Bragg, CA (Various locations around town)

Cost: Free admission

Info: -or- 707-961-6300

Kings Mountain Art Fair

What: The Kings Mountain Art Fair is located within a redwood forest not far from the hustle and bustle of the city, and features the work of 135 artists, selling items like jewelry, handcrafted toys, collage, wearable art, sculpture, and art glass. Come early and enjoy breakfast with the artists. And you can drop the kids off at the Kiddie Hollow crafts and play area where they can play and have fun while you enjoy the art fair.

Woodside, CA is about 115 miles south-west of Sacramento, off of I280. Just south of San Mateo and Redwood City.

When: August 30 - September 1, 2008 at 10am–5pm; breakfast starts at 8am

Where: Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA

Cost: Free admission; fee for breakfast or lunch

Info: -or- 650-851-2710

Country in the Park 2008 - Country Music Live

What: Country in the Park at Gibson Ranch Park featuring performances by Jason Aldean, John Michael Montgomery, Carolina Rain, and Heidi Newfield. Plus a Kid's Zone for the kids featuring giant inflatable slides and bounce houses, obstacle course, bungee run, and more. And a BEER GARDEN for the bigger kids. Gates open at 11am; show starts at 1pm. In addition to the show, there will be several restaurants on site offering BBQ tri tip sandwiches, ribs, nachos, corndogs, burgers, pizza, ice cream, snow cones, smoothies, cookies, popcorn, and more!

When: August 31 at 1pm

Where: Gibson Ranch County Park, 8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta, CA

Cost: Tickets $23 in advance, $20 with coupon, $25 at gate


Editor's Note: We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information regarding the Sacramento Events Calendar.

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