Plus, 18 voting centers are opening this Saturday.
 
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Make (free) memories at these museums
An exhibit inside SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity showcases the scenery of Mars, with dusty displays of rocky terrain + an example of the Mars Explorer control room.
Museums pose the perfect place to embrace that childlike wonder.|Photo by SACtoday staff
On Saturday, March 2 + Sunday, March 3, 23 museums + parks around Sacramento will be open for unpaid entry as part of Free Museum Weekend.

To help make art + local institutions more accessible during this time, SacRT will be offering free rides on both days from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. — just show this flyer to the operator or staff in lieu of a ticket.

We’ve rounded up the participating locations. Choose a spot and let the adventure begin.

📚 For the history buffs

  • Maidu Museum & Historic Site
  • Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
  • Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
  • Sacramento History Museum
  • California State Indian Museum
  • Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum
  • Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
  • California State Capitol Museum
  • Locke Boarding House Museum
  • The California Museum
  • California State Railroad Museum

🎨 For the art aficionados

  • Verge Center for the Arts
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • California State Library

🔬 For the scientific scholars

  • Aerospace Museum of California
  • Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
  • Museum of Medical History
  • SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

🚂 For something a little different

  • California Agriculture Museum
  • California Automobile Museum
  • Sacramento Regional Fire Museum

🎈 For the little ones

  • Sacramento Children’s Museum
  • Fairytale Town
Make sure to snag tickets for your museums of interest ahead of time — spots are limited so they’ll book out quickly.
 
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D. Aerospace Museum
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Events
 
Friday, Feb. 23
  • Straight Out Scribes | Friday, Feb. 23 | 6-7 p.m. | The MACC, 10191 Mills Station Rd., Rancho Cordova | Free | A night of poetry and discourse awaits you with this mother-daughter duo addressing race and stereotypes.
  • Black History Month Celebration | Friday, Feb. 23 | 6-9 p.m. | Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center, 7833 Center Pkwy., Sacramento | Free | Join in on free food, games, and giveaways.
  • Cosmic Roots Album Release | Friday, Feb. 23 | 7-9:30 p.m. | The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento | $20 | This jazz and funk group premieres its newest record “Elements.”
Saturday, Feb. 24
  • Black History Month Family Walk/Run | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | REI Sacramento, 1790 Expo Pkwy., Sacramento | $20 | Net proceeds for this run benefit the Greater Sacramento Urban League.
  • Rekindle Your Relationship | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Couples Resource Collective, 900 Fulton Ave., Ste. 240, Sacramento | $45 | Learn how to connect + communicate better with your partner at this workshop implementing Gottman Institute methods.
  • Preparing Your Spring Garden | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova | $30 | Learn prep tips for a thriving garden with hands-on activities + informative discussions.
  • Mardi Gras Carnaval | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 11 a.m. | Old Sacramento Waterfront, 1014 Second St., Ste. 200, Sacramento | $15+ | Parades, food, drinks, live music, and more come together at this party in Old Sac.
  • South Sacramento Tet Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 24-Sunday, Feb. 25 | Times vary | Hong Kong Plaza, 4562 Mack Rd., Sacramento | Free | Celebrate Lunar New Year at this event with food, activities, performances, and more.
Sunday, Feb. 25
  • “For The Culture” Barber Battle | Sunday, Feb. 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The DoubleTree, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento | $25+ | Barbers from all backgrounds showcase their skill in this demonstration of art, tradition, and style.
  • Macrame & Mimosas | Sunday, Feb. 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Superbum Plant Co., 4800 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento | $40 | Sip on some bubbly and craft away inside this plant + vintage shop.
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News Notes
 
Biz
  • Downtown Sac is looking for vendors for a variety of events coming this summer. Farmers, food trucks, artists, and retailers are among the local businesses being sought out. Make sure to apply before Monday, March 11, to be considered.
Ranked
  • Sacramento ranked No. 9 in the top ten U.S. cities for happy, healthy dogs in 2024. Factors like number of veterinary offices, access to dog parks, annual vet costs, and overall walk scores were considered. (Sac Bee)
Plan Ahead
  • The Sacramento County Fair announced its 2024 dates, so mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27. Get ready for carnival rides, games, live concerts, food, and more. Snag your tickets now.
Drink
  • Bike Dog Brewing Co. just announced a new site coming to East Sacramento. This comes after the West Sac business launched a kitchen inside its Land Park location (915 Broadway, Ste. 200) a month ago. (Sac Bee)
Real Estate
  • The city of Citrus Heights is using a free program to encourage second unit construction on existing property sites. This incentive to generate more affordable housing offers homeowners pre-approved plans for one- and two-bedroom units online, saving them an estimated $7,000. (CBS 13)
Open
  • Raw Superfoods Cafe just opened its newest location at Howe Bout Arden. The new eatery (1600 Ethan Way, Ste. 60) is replacing former dessert shop CREAM, swapping sweets for healthy eats. The menu sports smoothies, sandwiches, tea-based lattes, and more.
Sports
  • UC Davis is the Big 12 Conference’s newest affiliate member — the Aggies women’s lacrosse team will start competing in the 2025 season. Women’s lacrosse was added as a new sport in Big 12’s lineup last November. (FOX40)
Listen
  • Oakland A’s situation is looking and feeling like a game of Monopoly that has no end. Hear from the local experts on the Oakland A’s with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    Finance
    • These four credit cards offer 0% intro APR for up to 18 months — meaning that when life piles up (unexpected tax payments, medical appointments, picking up the bill for the whole table at Brasserie du Monde — you could have almost two years to avoid interest charges.*
     
     
    Civic
     
    📍 Voting centers open near you
    An election ballet is held in the air in front of a brick building.
    Make your voices heard this primary election.|Photo by SACtoday staff
    This Saturday, Feb. 24, voting centers will open early at 18 different locations around Sacramento. Language assistance is available at select centers for the following languages:
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
    • Hmong
    • Telugu
    • Punjabi
    • Urdu
    • Chinese
    • Hindi
    All other voting centers will open on Tuesday, March 5, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. — remember mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by this day, too.

    Vote by mail

    To find a drop-off location near you, you can reference this complete list, alphabetized by city name or Sacramento zip code.

    Want to hand deliver your ballot? Bring it to one of the 18 open vote centers this weekend.

    Accommodations

    If you are a military or overseas voter, or if you are a voter with disabilities, you can reach out to your county elections office for extra voting options.
     
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    Yesterday (Feb. 22) was National Margarita Day and National California Day, so you already know City Editor Jordan and I were ready to jump in on that during our lunch break.

    We tried the Maya Margarita and frozen Mango y Chile cocktails at Mayahuel — and we will definitely be back. 🍹
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