Summer wraps up with an exciting roster of Labor Day events happening all over the Sacramento region. Not sure what to do with your long weekend? Check out this list of free and affordable activities for all ages.
Discovery Museum, 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento
Sun & Mon, September 1 & 2, times vary
Worried about the large crowds going out and coming into town during the holiday weekend? Stay close to home instead with a camping mock up geared toward curious children and their parents. Kids can play in tents, sleeping bags and “warm” themselves near a pretend fireplace. Children aged 12 and under are also invited to create their own trail mix to enjoy outside. Bring a picnic lunch for the family.
Rio Ramaza Marina, Sacramento
Fri -Sunday, August 30 -September 1, 10am-noon
Enjoy some great reggae music featuring both local and national artists. Enjoy the live performances along with food, vendor booths and the option to camp overnight on August 30 & 31. Tickets are $65 for a weekend pass, and $95 for three days of camping and two day concert tickets.
River City Saloon, Old Sacramento
Friday, August 30, 6pm-12am
As part of the famous Gold Rush Days festivities that happen every Labor Day weekend in Old Sacramento, a beer crawl will kick off Friday night at 6pm. During the crawl, you will visit nine Sacramento restaurants & bars and get a 6-9 ounce craft beer at each location. This event is only $10 and it sells out quickly, so be sure to order your tickets as soon as possible. Ages 21+ only.
Royal Stage Studio, 1811 Douglas Blvd A-8, Roseville
Saturday, August 31, 10am
Staying in town this Labor Day weekend? Love to sing, dance or act? Come on out to Royal Stage’s annual season auditions. The season lineup includes Annie, Project 365 and a participant-driven variety show/dinner theater. Register via their website under “classes.”
The Marriott Hotel, Rancho Cordova
Aug 30-Sep 2, times vary
The Hot Jazz Jubilee is a great way to spend your Labor Day weekend. The Marriott will be hosting 16 bands, 6 guest artists and plenty of great music. Three dance floors are available so dress to move! Hotel parking is free and food is available for purchase. Tickets range dramatically in price from $10-$500 – so check out their official website for the entire event options.
Arden Playhouse, 5640 Roseville Road, Sacramento
Dates & Times Vary
Come check out Arden Playhouse’s comedy about the pursuit of happiness. Bruce Carver is considering suicide based solely on the fact he doesn’t understand what it truly means to be happy. When his path crosses with a thief holding a psychology degree, the story really gets going and is guaranteed to make you chuckle. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire, Midtown
Sunday, September 1, 10am-6pm
This annual GLBTI Pride event is held each year over Labor Day weekend. Plenty of entertainment will be performing at midtown nightclubs, a street fair will be selling food and welcoming more entertainers, and vendor booths of all types will be out on the town. Tickets are $10
Or If You Prefer to Stay Near Home….
If you don’t feel like going to a large-scale event or spending a lot of cash, consider staying close to your own backyard. Labor Day weekend brings the final days of operation for many public pools, so consider taking the family for a farewell swim. The weather promises to be nice this weekend, so visit your local park or have friends over to your house for a barbecue or outdoor movie night. Cheap summer movies have wrapped up, but the Sunrise Mall movie theater continues to offer deeply discounted recent flicks year round. Finally, catch up with your favorite stores – many are having holiday sales including Morris Terry in downtown Sacramento.