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10 Things to do this weekend in Northern California | Feb. 28-29, Mar. 1

Whether you like to spend your time indoors or outdoors, this weekend’s events around Northern California caters to all interests. Read on!

Great music. Great food. Great weather. It’s just an all-around great time to get out and enjoy yourself this weekend. And there is no shortage of great things to do, both inside and outdoors, to close out the month of February and say “hello” to March!

At Golden 1 Center on Saturday, country music superstar Miranda Lambert is scheduled to perform as part of her Wildcard Tour. Cody Johnson and the band LANCO open for Lambert on the tour. 

The Sacramento Roller Derby team opens its 2020 season with a double-header at The Rink. If you’re new to the sport, you can take in a friendly exhibition to get your bearings before the girls face off against the Faultline Derby Devilz from Hollister, Calif.

If you head up 80 to Auburn, you should swing by the Auburn Community Tap House to get a taste of some mouthwatering macaroni and cheese at their cook-off event.

If you plan to head to the Bay, you might consider stopping over in Napa for a beer. Yes, beer. Normally recognized for its world-class wines, this weekend Napa is hosting its second-ever Beer Mile event. Guests can take a self-guided tour of downtown Napa, stopping off at local participating breweries along the mile route.

And speaking of the Bay Area, the 27th annual Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival wraps up its final weekend of indie music, art, and culture at venues spread out across the cities.

Those are just a few of the awesome things happening around Northern California this weekend. Scroll down to see more and maybe you’ll find the perfect plan for you!

Do you have an event idea? Send your suggestions to mnuttle@tegna.com

Putts & Pups

When: March 1 | 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Flatstick Pub – DOCO, 630 K Street, Sacramento

Beginning this Sunday (and every Sunday in March!) the Sacramento SPCA and DOCO’s Flatstick Pub are teaming to raise money!

For the Putts and Pups event, all day on Sunday $1 from every beer sold and $1 from every round of mini-golf purchased will go to the Sacramento SPCA! There will also be adoptable dogs on-site looking for their fur-ever homes and to give out some free puppy love!

Additionally, organizers at the pub say guests can expect to find extra giveaways on the golf course. And SPCA members will also be on hand to talk about the organization's “Love on Loan” program, too.


Credit: Sacramento SPCA - Flatstick Pub

Miranda Lambert: Wildcard Tour

When: February 29 | Concert starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento

Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year winner at the Country Music Awards (CMA) Miranda Lambert is bringing her Wildcard Tour to the Golden 1 Center this Saturday night.

The tour, named after Lambert’s seventh studio album, has stops in Fresno (Feb. 27) and San Jose (Feb. 28) before concluding the California leg in Sacramento.

"The essence of a wildcard is always having something up your sleeve, in whatever capacity that means to you," Lambert said in a press release. "It is universal. Which is why I'm excited to kick off this tour with an incredible group of talented artists. We're going to have a blast!"

Lambert is joined on tour with fellow CMA nominee Cody Johnson and the band LANCO.


  • Ticket prices vary. Tap here for more information.
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Miranda Lambert performs "It All Comes Out in the Wash" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

When: March 1 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

This Sunday, Fairytale Town is celebrating the 116th birthday of world-famous children’s book author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss.

For this special day, Fairytale Town will host a number of Seuss-themed hands-on activities, arts and crafts. At the Mother Goose Stage, guests can enjoy readings of some of Dr. Seuss’ most famous stories going on non-stop throughout the event.

This celebration is FREE for Fairytale Town members and guests aged 1 and younger. Other guests need only pay the regular price for weekend admission. Adults must be accompanied by a child in order to attend.


  • $7 – General admission for everyone ages 2+
Credit: Fairytale Town

Sacramento Roller Derby 2020 Season Opener

When: February 29 | 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: The Rink, 2900 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento

Sacramento Roller Derby kicks off its 2020 season with double-header action this Saturday night at The Rink in Rancho Cordova.

The Juniors team, known as “The Beastie Bears”, gets the evening started with a friendly, inter-team blue versus white match. Following the friendly, the Sacramento Roller Derby B-team, “Bruin Trouble”, will face the Faultline Derby Devilz from Hollister, Calif.

Guests can also expect food and drinks for sale, as well as Sacramento Roller Derby merch, and raffle prizes!

The Sacramento Roller Derby team was formed in a combination of the Sac City Rollers and the Sacred City Roller Derby Girls, who formerly competed as separate teams for more than 10 years.


  • $15 - Adult admission (ages 13+).
  • $8 - Child admission (ages 8-12).
  • $30 - VIP admission, includes early entry, premium seating, complimentary food service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, two drink tickets for alcoholic beverages, five raffle tickets, and a dedicated volunteer to answer all your derby questions.

[Children ages 7 and under get in for FREE!]

Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Roller Derby Generic

8th annual Brazilian Carnaval - Mardi Gras

When: February 29 | 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: Old Sugar Mill, 5265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg

Put on your Mardi Gras beads and come out and celebrate Carnaval at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.

This year’s event features two DJs and three bands spread across four unique venue spaces inside the Mill: The Gallery, the Boiler Room, the Factory, and the Copa Lounge.

GALLERY: Emcee Nneka, Brazilian band SambaDa and percussionists, Brazilian Dance Company featuring dancers. Complimentary samba class at 7 p.m. by Nneka & Zouk-Fusion demo with a class at 9 p.m. Costume contest and prize for the MOST festively dressed!

BOILER ROOM: Rafinha's Sertanejo band (Brazilian country music) and DJ Sylvan spinning dance, Brazilian, Latin, and R&B music.

FACTORY: Singer Fabiana Passoni (Bossa Nova). DJ RDM, Photo Booth COMPLIMENTARY, artist face painting COMPLIMENTARY, and receive a COMPLIMEMENTARY serving of Mardi Gras Punch (wine cocktail). Main bar, a dessert bar and Brazilian finger foods (no-host).

COPA LOUNGE: A VIP Ticket grants access to this lounge hosting a delicious spread of appetizers (sweet and savory) and Private Bar (no host). Meet and greet the dancers and see a special samba burlesque show.

Food options will be available for purchase and the event will go off rain or shine. This is a ticketed event for guests ages 21+ only.


  • $30 - General admission on the day of the event.
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Outdoor Mardi Gras beads and mask on light post in sunshine

2nd annual Mac & Cheese Cook Off

When: February 29 | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Auburn Community Tap House and Bottle Shop, 1850 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn

After a successful first run, the Auburn Community Tap House is bringing back its Mac & Cheese Cook Off event for the second year in a row!

Come out and get your fill on some delicious and unique mac & cheese creations. And be sure to cast your vote for the best creative and traditional concoctions!

Anyone interested in competing can signup at the Tap House. Original recipes ONLY! None of the boxed stuff will be accepted. Prospective mac & cheese chefs need only bring at least six quarts of their entry and a vessel in which to keep it warmed to 145 degrees.

The Tap House will provide tasting cups, spoons, and voting tickets. Prizes are awarded by popular vote.


  • $15 - General admission.
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Mac and cheese, american style macaroni pasta in cheesy sauce

Persian Snow Festival 2020

When: Feb. 28 - Mar. 2 | Event times vary. Tap to learn more.

Where: Heavenly Ski Resort, 4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe

It’s that time again! The Persian Snow Festival is back in South Lake Tahoe with snow sports, outings, and other adventures for skiers of all skill levels.

There are events happening all weekend long, but guests on any given day can expect FREE skiing & snowboarding Training courses; group events for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow tubing, snowshoeing, snowman-making, Ice-Skating, and more!

Events Friday night include Persian standup comedian Laugh Kadeh at the Montbleu Resort Convention Center followed by a mingling session. This also is a FREE event, but only for guests who RSVP.

Events Saturday night include a meet and greet where FREE Chaei and Shirini will be served. Later, at Montbleu Casino’s BLU nightclub, join the Persian Snow Festival BASH Party with DJ Dr. T.

The Persian Snow Festival is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious event, and is open to the public.


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This May 17, 2019 photo provided by the Mammoth Mountain ski area shows a snow boarder making his way downhill in fresh snow at Mammoth Mountain ski area. Late spring wintry weather has brought rain, wind and snow to California, including a dusting of white on mountain peaks east of Los Angeles. (Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain ski area via AP)

Tattoos & Blues 2020

When: Feb. 28 - Mar. 1 | 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Flamingo Resort, 2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa

The 2020 Tattoos and Blues Convention returns to Santa Rosa with a weekend filled with world-renowned tattoo artists, contests, competitions, and live music.

Artists and enthusiasts from the Bay Area and all over the country are expected to attend this event, now in its 29th year.

Contests will be held for best black and gray piece, best color, best sleeve, best American traditional, best Japanese traditional, best back piece, best portrait, and worst tattoo.

Tap here to see the full schedule of events.

Fourteen bands are scheduled to perform over the weekend. Those bands include No Account; Rowdy River Special; Derek Irving Combo; Electric Grease; Sky Daniel O'Banion & Friends; The Young Barons; Del Bombers; Decent Criminal; The Vintage Vandals; Moonlight Trio; The Hellbillys; Tuesday Social Club; Sean Parnell and South County; and Soulshine.


  • $20 - Single day pass. 
  • $35 - Weekend pass.
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Artist tattooing man's arm

2nd annual Napa Beer Mile

When: February 29 | 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery, 816 Vallejo Street, Napa

Napa may be known for its world-class wine, but this Saturday, BEER is taking over the valley for the second year in a row!

Six participating breweries in downtown Napa are taking part in the 2nd annual Napa Beer Mile! Guests will spend the day leisurely exploring the breweries that are either Napan-owned or that brew beer onsite unique to the city of Napa.

Participants will enjoy 50% off specials at all participating breweries and those who complete the mile (confirmed by earning stamps at each brewery) will receive a commemorative Napa Beer Mile cap.

The breweries involved in this year’s event include St Clair Brown Winery & Brewery, Napa Palisades Beer Company, Downtown Joe's Brewery, Trade Brewing, Stone Brewing Napa, Tannery Bend Beerworks.

Tap here to learn more about the event. 


  • $25 - General admission.
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Noise Pop Festival 2020

When: Feb. 24 - Mar. 1 | Event times vary. Tap here to learn more.

Where: Various locations around the Bay Area. Tap here to learn more.

The Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival has taken over the Bay Area again for its 27th annual celebration of independent music, art, and culture.

More than 160 bands, 80+ unique events, spread across 25+ Bay Area venues are apart of this week-long festival.

Guests can expect an eclectic array of music across genres. These live musical performances will be bolstered by art shows, film scores, talks, happy hour deals, special after-hours events, and more, according to organizers.

“[Noise Pop] pays homage to the greats and focuses on the best of the up-and-coming artists. Noise Pop cultivates revitalizing experiences and supports the broad scope of Bay Area culture,” reads a post on the official Noise Pop website.

Tap here for a look at the extensive schedule of events, venues, and artists.


Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Beautiful bokeh festival background. Night festival blurred background. Defocused live festival concert outdoor in city park

Do you have an event idea? Send your suggestions to mnuttle@tegna.com


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