Ways to mark Memorial Day weekend around Sacramento
By Kalin Kipling
The Sacramento Bee
Looking for ways to make the most out of Memorial Day weekend? From music festivals to food trucks to exhibits, here are some options in the Sacramento area.
Sacramento County Fair (May 25-29, Cal Expo): This year’s theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue.” Enjoy a carnival, monster trucks, bull riding, livestock, tractor pulls and duck races, among many more activities. There will be a Military Appreciation Day on Monday. Admission is free for kids and $6 for general admission. Parking is $10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Sacramento Music Festival (May 26-29, Old Sacramento): The streets of Old Sac will fill with live music from a variety of genres, 100 performances, street dancing, instruments, and food and drink. A Monday pass is $25. Prices are lower for those 12-20 years old. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Strawberry Music Festival (May 25-29, Nevada County Fairgrounds): The 65th annual festival offers dozens of performances spanning funky music genres. Don’t miss Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams and Northern California band The Steep Ravine, among many others. The music festival has everything from overnight camping to yoga to art workshops. Prices and times vary. Tickets can be purchased at the gates or online here.
Vettes & Vets and American Muscle (May 29, California Automobile Museum): The annual car show features American-made muscle cars and Corvettes spanning generations. There will be a DJ playing classic summer tunes, a military colorguard and national anthem, vendors, food and more. Cars will be judged in different categories. The event at 2200 Front St. is free for military members and their families. Others must pay the museum entrance fee: $10 ($5 for children ages 5-17; free for ages 5 & under). Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get outdoors (anytime, all over): Want to keep it simple? Enjoy hiking, biking or walking along many of the trails and in regional parks. The American River Parkway offers fun for hikers and bikers, and Discovery Park will finally be open in time to kick off Memorial Day weekend. A trip to the coast, to Yosemite, to Lake Tahoe or to see some waterfalls could even be in order. Just be careful on rivers: After such a wet season, there are plenty of dangers.