21 Essential Fall Events in the Sacramento Area 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And no, we aren’t talking about tinsel and Santa Claus — yet. We’re talking about glorious autumn and all its glory — including bright orange trees, crisp air, cooler temperatures and pumpkin-themed everything. Take advantage of these quintessential characteristics at these events happening in the Sacramento area this fall!
And because we can’t wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in the month of September! From farm-to-fork events and pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Sacramento events you can’t miss this fall.
Watch as 15 local restaurants compete in a burger cook-off to see who makes the best burger in Sacramento! The best part? This local charity event raises money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. One hundred percent of the money raised through tickets and donations goes towards this incredible cause!
This four-day extravaganza in Lodi celebrates all things wine and grapes. Visit with over 50 wineries in attendance, serving samples of their exceptional wines, in addition to various vendors selling bottles of best-selling wines and new creations. Enjoy live music performances, a dance contest, a tasting seminar and more fun activities. Take a look at the full schedule of events to get prepared for this exciting wine-centric event in Lodi!
The annual California Brewers Festival has become the premier event for the craft beer enthusiast in Northern California. Head to Discovery Park along the Sacramento River to sample some of the world’s best brews in a beautiful setting. Nearly 100 breweries, cideries and distributors will be in attendance, providing samples of their finest creations. Plus, enjoy local food truck fare, live music, and a vendor village, featuring crafts and locally made foods from regional artists. 100 percent of proceeds at the California Brewers Festival benefits local Sacramento children’s charities, including WEAVE, Inc., the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.
Thousands of shoppers will flock to downtown Folsom along Sutter Street for this exciting antique and vintage market. This free event is the perfect opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind home decor pieces or start your holiday shopping early. Vendors will be selling unique antique and collectible merchandise, from furniture to dishware, and everything in between!
Sample the best wines from the region, all selected by wine legends Darrell Corti and David Berkeley at this prestigious wine event in the heart of the city. Pair your wine with artisan local cheese and other small bites in an idyllic setting in front of the Capitol, enjoying views of the sunset over Tower Bridge. Discover more about the region’s most celebrated varietals, mingle with old and new friends, and rub elbows with the winemakers, many of whom will be in attendance to personally pour their wines. Tickets for Legends of Wine are $70 for general admission.
The State Capitol region will gather on September 21, 22 & 23 to honor Mather Airport’s 100 years of service to our nation and communities. Fans will enjoy two days of non-stop action and Airshow excitement headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds along with a spine-tingling lineup of world-class performers including the Canadian CF-18 Hornet Demo, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, F-35 Heritage Flight Team, miles of amazing aircraft displays and interactive activities – combined with a spectacular Friday night airshow, including a Wall of Fire, massive fireworks display and a ‘Wonder Bread 5’ concert to make Mather Airport’s 100th Birthday Bash truly unforgettable!
We have quite the array of farm-to-fork eateries in the Sacramento area. The city’s annual Farm-to-Fork Festival is designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, bringing guests face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. Admission to the festival is free but there will be food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors available for purchase. Plus, enjoy live music, live cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches, and much more!
Become immersed in the vibrant wine culture in Amador County at the Big Crush Harvest Festival, a three-day event in Plymouth. Kick off the weekend at the Big Crush BBQ and Grape Stomp at the historic Amador County Fairgrounds on Friday, featuring great local food, live entertainment and award-winning Amador County wines. On Saturday and Sunday, see the crush in full swing, and enjoy food and wine pairings, live music and various harvest activities. Purchase tickets for one or two days to enjoy wine offerings, food pairings, entertainment, special offers and a commemorative Big Crush wine glass to take home!
Take part in the Historic Folsom Glow Run, a wild and crazy fun run full of activities, including music, a silly string battle zone, selfie stations and much more! Runners, walkers and joggers will travel along the glowing marked trail, rock out to live DJ music, and have a blast at the black-light enhanced foam dance party at the finish line! Create a costume that glows, blinks, shines or sparkles and register in advance for this action-packed night run benefitting Folsom Parks & Recreation community events and programs.
Don’t miss the best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration in the city! This famous festival features authentic German beer on tap, wine, German food, an outdoor biergarten, live music from three different bands, kid-friendly activities, German music and dancers, and more. This beloved tradition at Turn Verein invites revelers to eat, drink and dance like a tried-and-true German! Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children 6–12 years old, and free for children under 6.
Head to Davis for Rocktobrewfest, where exercise, drinks, food, music, friends and fun come together! The race, which includes 5K and 5-mile options, kicks off at 5 p.m. at Schilling Robotics in East Davis. After you complete your run or walk, enjoy beer and live music, receive a finisher medal, and celebrate with other participants. Register in advance to take part in the Rocktobrewfest festivities!
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, visit Pumpkin Nights in Auburn, an exquisite event inviting visitors to experience the essence of Halloween while walking through eight immersive lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Guests may also participate in interactive activities, and enjoy seasonal food and beverages amidst a festive setting. This outdoor, family-friendly Halloween walk-through will be open from October 17 through November 4 at Gold Country Fairgrounds.
Take your typical pumpkin-picking adventure to the next level at the Floating Pumpkin Patch at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool in Roseville. Pick the perfect pumpkin floating in the pool and decorate it at a special decorating station. Plus, stick around for carnival games, bouncy houses and story times. It costs $7 to swim and $10 to swim and pick a pumpkin, and pre-registration is required! Costumes are encouraged at this fun, festive, family-friendly event.
The 21st Annual Sacramento Arts Festival is considered the premier art and craft show in the city, featuring over 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists. Peruse an array of original works of art in all price ranges, for yourself, your home or a one-of-a-kind gift. Plus, enjoy live jazz and blues music at the main stage and an abundance of food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are available at the door; admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for children under 12.
Don’t miss the Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade, a celebration of the Midtown community and its wonderful four-legged residents. Last year, nearly 100 pups strutted their stuff and showed off an array of creative costumes for onlookers! The event highlights Midtown’s popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” and includes family-friendly activities such as face painting, a bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts and live music.
Día de los Muertos is a traditional holiday for remembrance of deceased family and friends, as well as a celebration of life for the living. Take part in Oak Park’s annual observance of the holiday on November 2 at The Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex. This free community gathering will include tributes, altars for the deceased, live traditional Mexican music, dance performances, food vendors, artists, free kids’ crafts and more.
The Sacramento Harvest Festival is one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast, taking over Cal Expo for three days of shopping, live entertainment and non-stop family fun. Peruse the collection of over 24,000 unique items handmade by vendors, artisans and small businesses from all over the country. The harvest festival features original art pieces, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, toys, home decor and more. This is the perfect opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early! Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for seniors and military, $4 for youth (13–17), and free for children 12 and under.
Take part in this beloved community tradition this Thanksgiving! Run to Feed the Hungry is owned, planned, and hosted by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, and all funds raised benefits the organization and various support programs. Take part in the 5K or 10K to help raise funds and awareness for food insecurity in our community. The race starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sac State campus and runs through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento. Register in advance to be a part of the Thanksgiving Day fun!