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Labor Day Weekend in Sacramento

Celebrate the end of summer with a local event.


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 Labor Day “Campout

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.

5th Annual One Love One Heart Reggae Music Festival

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.

Gold Rush Days Beer Crawl

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 Season Auditions

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.”

Hot Jazz Jubilee

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.

Be Happy

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.

Rainbow Festival

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.

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