The season is changing and that means festivals and feasts aimed at celebrating the bounty of the fall.
You might have heard of Sacramento’s tribute, a little festival known as Farm-to-Fork. Tens of thousands of people will descend on the Capitol Mall to celebrate.
But if heavy, German beer is more your thing, then head over to Midtown Sacramento for the annual Oktoberfest Midtown celebration at the intersection of K Street and 24th Street.
And just to the west on Interstate 80, the city of Davis is also holding their own version of the Farm-to-Fork Festival with their Village Feast.
The Just Exactly Perfect Music Festival in Placerville is going off all weekend long with three days of camping and music folded into the beauty of the outdoors.
But that still has barely scratched the surface of all of the great things happening around Northern California. Scroll down to see what else is going on!
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When: September 27 - 29 | Scheduled event times vary
Where: Sacramento Capitol Mall
The Farm-to-Fork Festival, Sacramento’s premier food party, is back this Sunday on the Capitol Mall.
Last year’s festival drew more than 100,000 guests and even more are expected this time around.
Spanning more than a mile, the Farm-to-Fork festival showcases local restaurants, breweries, and winemakers. Local non-profits, area farms, and ranches will be on hand with interactive exhibits for festival-goers.
Both days of the festival will feature live music headlined by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Other musical guests include ZZ Ward, Barns Courtney, Samantha Fish, Nate Smith, and Me & You. The concert, like the majority of events at the festival, is free to the public. Seating is set on a first-come-first-served basis.
Cooking demonstration stages at the festival will feature events such as The World Butcher’s Challenge as well as live recordings of a popular food and farm podcast.
The festival comes to a close with the famous Tower Bridge Dinner. Now in its seventh year, the Tower Bridge Dinner is recognized by people across the country as a unique dining experience with world-class chefs serving up locally sourced foods to hundreds of guests on Sacramento’s famous Tower Bridge.
And if you are making a trip out to the festival, be on the lookout for your
[The Tower Bridge Dinner is the only event that costs money to attend]
When: September 28 | 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Der Biergarten, 2332 K Street, Sacramento
Midtown Oktoberfest is back to take over the block of 24th Street and K Street in Sacramento this Saturday.
Hosted by Der Biergarten, this event is free to attend for guests 21 and older. Of course, there will be plenty of German beer on tap and lite German food will be served. Be sure to purchase your drink tickets early online, unless you don’t mind waiting in line. This is a cash-only event.
The German band The Alpenmeisters is also set to perform live to help build on the Oktoberfest ambiance. And if you really feel like getting into the spirit, festival dress is encouraged!
- FREE! admission
- $40 – Book of 5 beer tickets
- $20 – Oktoberfest T-shirt
When: September 28 | 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Where: Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael
The Carmichael Parks and Recreation District is marking 110 years of community with their annual Founders Day celebration this Saturday.
The event, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 guests, features one of the largest classic car shows in the area, with cars, trucks, street rods, hot rods, and customized muscle cars. There will be plenty of food trucks on-site as well.
A special kids’ zone will have an inflatable playground, a rock climbing wall, arts & crafts, basketball bungee, a bounce house, face painting, balloon art, medieval battle, and even a petting zoo.
There will also be live music with performances by the Gary Mendoza Band and Todd Morgan & the Emblems at the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion.
When: September 28 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Vernon Street Town Square, 311 Vernon Street, Roseville
The Roseville Police Activities League (RPAL) is Set to host the 5th Annual Bacon & Brew Bash this Saturday in Vernon Street Town Square.
Local and large craft breweries will be slinging the suds as guests dine on food served up by local vendors and restaurants, each serving special bacon-inspired dishes.
Other activities include live music, dancing, silent auctions, and raffle drawings. Proceeds from the event all go back to the police activities league. And whether you are coming to sample the brew or if you are the designated driver, all admission includes unlimited food!
- $55 – General Admission
- $20 – Designated Driver Admission, includes unlimited food!
When: September 28, 10 a.m. – September 29, 5 p.m.
Where: Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford Street, Folsom
The 27th Annual Folsom Renaissance Faire is back in Lion’s Park with thousands of expected to turn out for a weekend filled with unique entertainment.
According to organizers, hundreds of street and stage performers will be on hand, as will tons of local vendors. Guests are encouraged to come in period costumes and take a trip back in time to the old world.
A merchant marketplace at the faire features more than 70 vendors selling anything from jewelry to leather corsets, swords, and other medieval treasures.
The faire is headlined by the International Jousting Tournament, a full-contact battle with knights on horseback wearing 130 pounds of steel armor wielding solid hemlock lances, charging towards one another at more than 30 miles per hour. When the dust settles an Ultimate Champion will be crowned!
- $14 – Online admission special (Ages 18-61)
- $10 – Online admission special (Seniors age 62+, military members & teens)
- $5 – Online admission special (Kids ages 6 – 12)
- $38 – Online admission special | Family Pack (Admission for two adults and two children)
- $16 – Adult admission
- $12 – Seniors, military members and teens admission
- $8 – Children’s admission
[Children ages 5 and under get in for FREE!]
When: September 28 | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Central Park, 5th and B Street, Davis
The Village Feast in Davis is the city’s celebration of Farm-to-Fork month in the Sacramento region. And event organizers say Yolo County puts the “farm” in Farm-to-Fork.
The Village Feast tries to honor local Yolo County farmers through a communal meal, a Grand Aioli, for hundreds of people in Davis’ Central Park. Every last detail of this feast is a tribute to all things local down to the local wildflowers adorning each table.
The Village Feast is crafted in the tradition of late summer feasts in France, “where vast amounts of pungent aïoli—the golden garlic-mayonnaise that is a symbol of Provençal cuisine—unites people and food for a gastronomic celebration,” according to organizers.
- $95 – Early bird admission
- $115 – General admission
- $750 – Early bird admission for a table of 8
When: September 28 & 29 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield
The 7th Annual Jelly Bell Candy Palooza is going down all weekend at their factory in Fairfield.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public and packs plenty of events and activities to keep you busy for hours. There will be a full-blown carnival atmosphere outside the visitor’s center with carnival rides, arts & crafts exhibits, and live entertainment.
And before you get to thinking that this is an event just for kids, there will be the “Jelly Belly Chocolate and Wine Experience” for guests over 21. This event includes a special Jelly Belly wine glass and features wines from Suisun Valley vintners paired with chocolate created on-site!
And as always, you can take a complimentary, self-guided factory tour any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
When: September 27, 9:30 a.m. – September 30, 11 a.m.
Where: The Nugget, 7900 S. Fork Road, Placerville
The Just Exactly Perfect Music Festival at the Nugget in Placerville is a 3-day outdoor music and camping bonanza along the South Fork of the American River.
The event features local, regional and even nationally touring musical groups as guests enjoy the splendor of the outdoors, in a private campground surrounded by the forest and canyons.
Headlining artists include Melvin Seals & JGB, Poor Mans Whiskey, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, and many, many more!
Other festival events include yoga classes, morning mimosas and Bloody Marys, open campfire jam sessions and even a kids’ music special with Ms. Lisa Bond.
Food and drink will be available on-site, with food trucks and pop-up vendors. Guests are also allowed to bring their own food, drinks, and supplies. Some rules do apply.
When: September 28 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Stockton Miracle Mile, 200 W. Harding Way, Stockton
The Miracle Mile Classic Car Show and Concert in Stockton kicks off this Saturday with hundreds of classic vehicles on display.
Headlining the live concert are the bands RB/X and Agent. There will be a kids’ zone with bounce houses and games. For the adults there will be wine and beer gardens.
Popular restaurants along the Miracle Mile will also be on hand serving up food for guests to purchase.
[$25 for early registration for the car show. $35 for day-of registration for the car show.]
When: September 28 & 29 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Treasure Island, 500 Avenue N, San Francisco
TreasureFest, the Bay Area’s largest monthly festival, is back this weekend on San Francisco’s famed Treasure Island.
Featuring indie design, vintage goodies, food & drink, live music, games and entertainment, TreasureFest is a celebration of all things local in the Bay Area. And this weekend guests will be treated to a special “Shoptoberfest” theme, with craft beer and other drink specials, a happy hour, and a $100 shopping spree giveaway!
More than 400 local vendors area featured at this monthly event, which happens on the final weekend of every month between the months of February and November.
This weekend’s featured vendor is “ArtNWordz.”
Musical guests this weekend are The Happy’s and The Rudians.
- $3 – Early bird online special
- $7 – General admission
[Kids ages 12 and under get in for FREE!]
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