Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Sacramento Area
Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces. On the last Monday of May each year, we pause to remember their bravery, service, and ultimately, the sacrifice they paid.
This year, there are a number of community events, memorial services, shows and other happenings to celebrate the holiday and the unofficial start of summer. Attend one of these events, and more importantly, take a moment to pause and acknowledge the true meaning of the holiday.
Thursday, May 24
Hosted along the newly-renovated embarcadero, Old Sacramento’s Sunset Sip will feature 20 wineries from El Dorado Winery Association to provide an exquisite tasting for guests, with the golden sunset along the Sacramento River as the backdrop. Over 40 varietals will be highlighted, creating a diverse experience you won’t want to miss.
Accompanying the tasting will be a sweet and savory bites to indulge in and seating along the Embarcadero to relax and unwind. Enjoy the night sipping the county’s finest, all while swaying to tunes from national touring band Simple Creation. Each ticket purchase gets you half off to The Sacramento History Museum and California State Railroad Museum.
Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento County Fair
Each Memorial Day weekend, the Sacramento County Fair takes over Cal Expo for five days of non-stop fun and excitement. There are a number of events planned throughout the extended weekend, including the Toughest Monster Truck Tour on Friday, a talent show, a corndog eating contest, and Stars & Stripes Bull-riding on Saturday, Tractor Pulls on Monday, and much more.
At the Sacramento County Fair, enjoy all you can possibly eat, have fun, and celebrate the red, white and blue! Get your tickets in advance, varying in prices depending on the package you want and the events you wish to attend.
Saturday: Beer Train
Sunday: RiverTrain Excursion
Monday: Great Train Robbery
Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento RiverTrain
All weekend long, Sacramento RiverTrain has a number of train ride excursions in store. On Saturday, hop on board the Beer Train, featuring live music and eight beer selections from Northern California breweries, each serving two options. The family-friendly RiverTrain Excursion on Saturday showcases Gold Rush history with a stop at a riverside park for gem mining. And the Great Train Robbery is an immersive 2.5-hour experience featuring a live Wild West Show and a barbeque buffet lunch at Elkhorn Park. Hop on board the Sacramento RiverTrain in West Sacramento at 400 North Harbor Boulevard, a half-mile north of IKEA.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
The International Kids Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with kids! This entirely free event features pony rides, jumbo inflatables, a rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, trampolines, face painting and more. Plus, enjoy amazing food from a parade of local food trucks while you watch spectacular stage entertainment from professional dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Head to the William Land Park Amphitheater for this free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
May 16–27, 2018
Photo Courtesy of Broadway Sacramento
Set in Paris after World War II, An American In Paris is a new Tony Award®-winning musical following the story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl, and this indomitable European city they find themselves in. Acclaimed director, choreographer, and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! See this unforgettable performance throughout Memorial Day weekend at the Community Center Theater in the heart of Sacramento.
May 26–28, 2018
The Memorial Amateur Golf Championship was designed over 20 years ago to pay homage to the sacrifices made by the men and women of our country’s armed forces and those in public service. This 54-hole amateur golf tournament will take place once again this year throughout Memorial Day weekend at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course in Carmichael. Cheer on participating golfers at this exciting and meaningful event designed to honor Memorial Day.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Graphic Courtesy of the Bloq Pacific Music Festival
Don’t miss Bloq Pacific Music Festival, one of the biggest R&B hip-hop music festivals of the summer. Head to Cesar Chavez Plaza for a series of concerts featuring both mainstream and underground artists performing live on a big stage. Performers include Sage the Gemini, Eric Bellinger, Adrian Marcel, Derek King, and many more. Purchase your tickets in advance for $25 for Tier 1, $35 for Tier 2, $50 for general admission, and $100 for VIP tickets.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Photo Courtesy of Old Sacramento
Brunch in style in the heart of Old Sacramento at Brunch on Front Street, a one-of-a-kind dining experience smack dab in the middle of Front Street! Enjoy unique dishes from some of Old Sac’s most beloved restaurants, mimosas and music from DJ Joseph One. Guests will be seated along elongated community farm tables lining the cobblestone road while sharing a family-style meal. The menu for Brunch on Front Street includes a ranch egg quiche from Fat City Bar & Cafe, roasted potatoes and salad frisee from Rio City Cafe, a cider-brined pork loin from Delta King, a vegan stuffed tomato with local smoked tofu and garlic gremolota from The Firehouse, and coffee and pastries with spring-themed fruit from Steamers. Tickets for brunch are $25 or $35 for brunch and mimosas.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary in Fair Oaks is hosting their 51st Annual Memorial Day Celebration at 11 a.m. The special tribute will feature an Air Force flyover, a performance of the National Anthem, playing of taps, skydivers and a tribute to fallen soldiers. Join this meaningful tribute to those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Taylor via the Wounded Veteran Run
The Wounded Veteran Run is an annual Memorial Day weekend event designed to raise awareness and donations for nonprofits supporting veterans and implement programs to support and thank veterans within the community. Play an active role in their mission by signing up for the race happening on Memorial Day at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom. There are a number of race options, including a 3K, 5K, 10K, or the Kids Fun Run, all of which benefit the Semper Fi Fund, Americas Fund, Fregoso Outdoor Foundation, Patriots Honor, and student veterans. Register before race day for the various events, or consider participating as a virtual runner if you would like to support this incredible cause but are unable to make it on race day!
Monday, May 28, 2018
Photo Courtesy of the California Automobile Museum
Head to the California Automobile Museum for their annual Memorial Day Car Show, Featuring Vettes and Vets. This is a fun way to kick off the summer and a meaningful way to honor the servicemen and women who have served our country. There will be music, a military color guard and National Anthem, vendors, food available for purchase, and much more. There will also be contests for cars in several different categories, including best Corvette, veteran-owned, and even a kids’ judging category! Museum members can register their car for the show for $25 per car and the general public can register for $30 per car.
Happy Memorial Day!
Whatever your plans consist of, we wish you and your family a safe, fun and enjoyable Memorial Day.