The unofficial start to summer in Sacramento has returned. Concerts In the Park — the Golden State’s biggest free music festival — is back at Cesar Chavez Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. today to kick off 12 weeks of jams with 50+ performances.
Since the city’s longest-running outdoor music series — spanning 25+ years — has been on hold the past two years, we thought it appropriate to drop in and give a little refresher of what to expect.
Each week until July 29 (except the week of 4th of July), 4-5 acts will take the stage to rock the River City from5-9 p.m., with local band Red Voodoo headlining tonight’s opening ceremonies. Artists span all genres — from hip-hop to folk — with future acts including some larger names like The Expendables + Nappy Roots.
Drinks will be made available for purchase at the beer + wine garden (which will also have cocktails and seltzers) once attendees 21+ snag a wristband upon entry. Want to keep the party going? Concertgoers can head to participating bars — like Tiger or Republic — after the show ends for CIP Afterpartydrink specials.
Mal Blum | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | The Starlet Room | $18 | This indie rock + Americana outfit cites John Prine and Wilco as influences.
Kickback Friday | Fri., May 6 | 4-8 p.m. | Esther’s Park | Free | Unwind with music, pizza + speciality drinks at this event for ages 30 and up. 🍕
Capitol City Classic Tattoo Convention | Fri., May 6-Sun., May 8 | Times Vary | SAFE Credit Union Convention Center | $35+ | Leave your mark as you get inked by professional tattoo artists, participate in contests, and watch seminars.
Real Live Comedians | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | STAB! Comedy Theater, 1710 Broadway | $12 | It’s no lie, Pinocchio: This monthly event features real-life comedians on the stage. 🎤
Hatch: Danceworks in Progress | Sat., May 7 | 2 p.m. | Crocker Art Museum | Free+ | See the museum recontextualized + its artworks reframed with interpretive dance performances throughout its exhibits.
Onit Market Park N Shop | Sat., May 7 | 5-10 p.m. | Onit Coffee, 9250 Big Horn Blvd. Suite 101 | Free | Support local businesses + enjoy free balloons at the popular coffee truck’s first “shoppable” car meet event. 🎈
Paint with Mom | Sun., May 8 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Crocker Art Museum | $20+ | Celebrate Mother’s Day with this workshop designed for creating art + memories.
Bicycle Film Festival: Sac Region | Sun. May 8-Tues., May 31 | On demand | Virtual | Prices vary | Get back in the saddle with this celebration of life on two wheels, featuring four different short film programs, like “Cinematic” + “Cycle for Change.” 🚲
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Sacramento’s Dusty Bakerbecame the twelfth manager in MLB history and the first Black manager to earn his 2,000th career win Tuesday night with the Houston Astros’ 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. ⚾ (CBS13)
UC Davis will hold its first-ever Pride Festival on Fri., June 3. The event is open toall community members from the greater Davis + Sacramento area, and will include vendors, performers, and activities from 3-7 p.m. (The Aggie)
Local restaurateurs Trinh Le + Minnie Nguyen — the husband and wife duo behind Firehouse Crawfish, Station 38 Coffee, and Daikon Korean BBQ — will be converting the former de Vere’s Irish Pub location into their latest eatery. The couple says it will be a restaurant and lounge serving Korean food. (Sac Biz Journals)
Just in time for May is Bike Month, West Sacramento hasofficially unveiled the West Sacramento Capitol Avenue Safety and Rehabilitation Project Thursday. The $17 million project took two years to complete + spans three miles of busy roadways to make more well-defined space for bikers and drivers. 🚲 (KCRA3)
Things are looking up. New data from Redfin shows a 56% averageincrease in the number of homes listed for sale in our region compared to March 2021. 📈 (Sac Bee)
Broderick’s Roadhouse is slated to close its Midtown doors on May 15. Owner Chris Jarosz has plans to open a similar spot in Davis — which will replace D Street Steakhouse — and to resume business at the original West Sac location following a two-year closure there. (Sac Bee)
The Dixon May Fairreturns this weekend for the first time in two years at the Dixon Fairgrounds. From today until Sun., May 8, enjoy carnival rides, fried foods, farm animals + more for only $5. 🎡 (CBS13)
Shopping mall staples Auntie Anne’s + Cinnabon are coming to Sacramento as part of a new “dual-brand location” concept rolled out by their parent company Focus Brands LLC. Four locations are already planned, including one in Elk Grove, one in West Sac + two in South Sac. 🥨 (Sac Biz Journals)
In need of a last-minute gift for Mom? Check out our Mother’s Day gift guide to see local gift ideas recommended by you — our readers — for all of the mother figures in our lives before the holiday this Sun., May 8.
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Editor’s pick:Last night, I went and saw “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” at the Esquire IMAX Theatre — just as I have every Marvel Studios film since “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I really think there is no better place in the city to see superhero shenanigans, especially on opening night when the crowd is always so hyped.
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