Plus: Massive closures on I-80 through Labor Day weekend.
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Today’s Forecast

60º | Partly cloudy | 8% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:04 a.m. | Sunset 4:44 p.m.

🍂 Here’s how fall will feel
We can already smell the pumpkin spice. | Photo by @lrajn
We know the question on your mind, Sacramento — when’s it going to cool down? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for September, October, and November. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what fall will bring.

Reminder: The first day of fall is Saturday, September 23.


Fall is on the way, weather you like it or not.


Photo via NOAA

🌡️ Temperature
Think warm. This fall, Sacramento has a 33-40% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation
Expect about average precipitation. Our city is predicted to experience ordinary rainfall amounts for the season.

Slip into September
September is the least humid month on average for Sacramento, with relative humidity around 45%. Temperatures average a high of 89° and low of 59° — making the days perfect for outdoor adventures + the nights a great time to crack open a window.

Obsess over October
Temperatures take a big dip in October, with the average high at 76°. Residents can expect the 3.4 days of rainfall to result in a 5% increase in average humidity compared to September.

Navigate through November
Bundle up as temps continue to plummet, with highs settling at 63° on average — and lows sitting at a nippy 46°. November marks the beginning of less sunshine as well (6.3 hours per day on average), as clocks should be set back on Sunday, Nov. 5, for Daylight Saving Time.
The most wonderful time of year to get out and explore the city is…

A. Spring
B. Summer
C. Fall
D. Winter
Friday, Sept. 1
  • SacAnime Summer 2023 | Friday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, 1401 K St., Sacramento | $30-$55 | Our local pop culture convention is back for three days of cosplay, special guests, vendors, and more.
  • First Friday Art Walk | Friday, Sept. 1 | 6-8 p.m. | 405 Main St., Woodland | Free | Discover local music, art, and goods at this monthly street fair.
  • Finesse | Friday, Sept. 1 | 9-11 p.m. | Crawdads On The River, 1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento | $10 | 24-karat magic is in the air every time this Bruno Mars tribute band performs.
Saturday, Sept. 2
  • La-BREW-Day Festival | Saturday, Sept. 2 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tipsy Putt, 630 K St., Ste. 120, Sacramento | $35-$45 | Play all the games of mini golf you want and sip on unlimited drinks from 15+ local breweries.
Sunday, Sept. 3
  • Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market | Sunday, Sept. 3 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Old Town Plaza, 9615 Railroad St., Elk Grove | Free | Shop for locally-produced goods while you enjoy live entertainment at this weekly market.
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News Notes
  • Three Sacramento City Unified School District campuses have undergone name changes to better support the district’s values. Peter Burnett Elementary is now Suy:u Elementary, Sutter Middle School is now named Miwok Middle School, and Kit Carson International Academy has been renamed to Umoja International Academy. (ABC 10)
  • Heading to the Bay Area this weekend? Think again — Caltrans has closed all westbound lanes on I-80 in Vallejo for construction until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. As one Caltrans spokesperson said, “If you are coming from Sacramento, we won’t route you into the Bay Area. Take I-5 and stay out of the way.” (CBS 13)
  • Speaking of Caltrans, the department is erecting 20+ full-color highway message boards across the Sacramento region next month. The state-of-the-art signs will also use “pictorial message” allowing for better communication with travelers who don’t speak English. (FOX40)
  • Sacramento’s Jaime Coffee became the first woman play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco 49ers this week, calling plays during the team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jaime also became the first woman to serve as a PA announcer for the NBA during a 2014 Sacramento Kings game. (FOX40)
Coming Soon
  • A new music venue is coming to Midtown. The 24R Theater — which will unsurprisingly be located at 24th and R streets — is expected to be a “midsize” music venue for 2,300 attendees. The space’s opening date has not been released. (KCRA 3)
  • Want to see a real “Saturday Night Live” cast member perform stand-up? Michael Longfellow is a featured player on “SNL’s” current 48th season, and he’ll be performing live at Punch Line Sacramento from Thursday, Sept. 7-Saturday, Sept. 9 (times vary). Grab tickets.*
  • On the topic of Punch Line Sacramento, tickets are still available for “Funny Femmes and Thems,” a comedy showcase of Sacramento’s best women, non-binary + gender non-conforming comics, happening Wednesday, Sept. 6. The more laughs, the merrier. *
Try This
  • CrockerCon. Lowriders. Sweater weather. Runway. A Halloween masquerade and a country music shindig. These are just a few of the past + upcoming themes for Crocker Art Museum’s wildly fun monthly ArtMix events. We recently checked out a grotto-themed ArtMix party. See how it went — and snag tickets for CrockerCon on Thursday, Sept. 14.*
Chalk to me, baby
We’re hoping one of the performers remixes “Walk It Out” to “Chalk It Out.” | Photo by @chalkitupsac
The Chalk It Up! Festival is back in Sacramento for its 33rd year. From Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, visitors can head to Fremont Park (1515 Q St.) for live music, activities, local vendors, and, of course, chalk art.

Here’s what you can expect from this year’s event:
  • The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. all three days
  • Admission is free for everyone
  • Kids can stop by the information booth to snag some chalk + add their own artwork to the park’s sidewalks
  • Parents can hit up the beer garden and purchase some locally brewed beverages
  • Don’t bother with parking — SacRT is offering free rides via buses and light rail
  • If you’re pedaling over, take advantage of the free bike valet
  • Make sure to snag a selfie at the Chalk Art Wall (and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @thesactoday)
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My son is so excited for Chalk it Up! this weekend — and I love anything that gets him out of the house and has free admission, so it’s a win-win.
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