Easter came early this year, freeing up the entire month of April for fun, low-stress events. The kids will love some of the things happening around town especially for them, while adults can enjoy a night of local theatre with free childcare! Vintage movie screenings, political events and art exhibitions are also on Sacramento’s agenda this month, as well as plenty of other affordable (and even free) entertainment options.
Friday, April 1, 6pm-9pm
Fiery Ginger Farm
1601 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento
This fun evening is focused on getting kids excited about the region’s farm-to-fork movement. An outdoor screening of Shaun the Sheep will be played, and kids are invited to come decorate their own drive-in car. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase drinks and snacks onsite. If you come earlier than 6pm, the petting zoo and farm tours will be open to visitors of all ages.
Saturday, April 2, 10am-12pm
McKinley Library, Sacramento
The Sacramento Tree Foundation provides a free guided walk with a local expert through the well-shaded McKinley Park. Learn about all of the trees, many of which tell an impressive history lesson. The park has been open since 1901, and tree tours happen each month rain or shine. You may register in advance to ensure your sport, or just show up with a water bottle and good walking shoes for the two-hour tour.
Sunday, April 3, 1pm-3pm
First United Methodist Church
2100 J St, Sacramento
Sponsored by the Sacramento-Bethlehem Sister City, this hands-on class is free to join. You will prepare a main dish, salad and dessert that you can then take home to repeat for friends and family. Traditional Palestinian cooking is rare in Sacramento, so this is a great opportunity to learn some unique dishes.
You may RSVP to this class by emailing SacramentoBethlehem@yahoo.com.
Counterclaim: An Original Dance & Drama Collaborative
Fri April 8-Sun April 10 – times vary
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael
This original drama includes contemporary dance and gritty acting from local Sacramento talent. Set in the 1950s, an atheist writer sets out to disprove the existence of God and ends up having his world turned upside down. Each performance offers complimentary childcare so adults can enjoy an affordable date night. Tickets and show times at royalstage.org.
Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Thursday, April 7, 7pm
Sleep Train Arena
If one thing can be said for Kings games, they are rarely sold out. While our local team anticipates its new upcoming arena, come support our hometown boys over at Sleep Train as they battle it out against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets start at $14 per person, and parking is $12 per automobile.
Saturday, April 9 – 5pm-8pm
Sacramento State University, Union Ballroom
The SFA Annual Fashion Show is the chance to see up and coming student designers and stylists from all over the region, including Sac State students.
Local fashionistas come to this event to enjoy some fresh creativity and to network with local professionals. Cost is $15 general, $10 students. A VIP ticket is also available for $20.
Saturday, April 9, 10am-2pm
Historic Old Folsom
Happy birthday, Folsom! As Folsom celebrates its 70th year of cityhood, join residents in the historic district for a great time. Live orchestra and choir concerts will be held at the amphitheater, as well as performances from Sutter Street Theatre. The Folsom History Museum, Folsom Railroad Museum and the Museum of Wonder and Delight will also be fully operational this day. Mine for gold and watch blacksmith demonstrations at the Folsom Pioneer Village, or meet the city’s police officers while checking out some vintage fire engines from the 1940s.
70TH anniversary treats will be available for purchase, as well as exhibitions and displays all over town.
NorCal Tattoo and Music Festival
Fri, April 8-Sun, April 10 – times vary
This three-day tattoo and music event showcases every component of the subcultures that are popular in Sacramento. Live music will be performed on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brings 15 bouts of MMA to cheer on. Live tattooing will be onsite as well as contests, an art gallery, seminars, vendor shopping and more. A single day ticket is $25, or enjoy a full weekend pass for $50. Parking is $7/day at Cal Expo.
Local Author Festival
Sunday, April 10, 12pm-3pm
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I St, Sacramento
Sacramento is home to many successful local authors, and the Sacramento Library’s annual spring author festival is the place to go when you want to interact with them. Enjoy a special keynote presentation from 12-1pm, followed by the author festival and book arts demo from 1-3pm. This is a great event for aspiring authors as well as fans of regional books. This year’s keynote speaker is Kim Stanley Robinson, the author of Green Earth.
Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm
Sacramento Elks Lodge
6446 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento
This ladies day out is one of the largest female-focused events in Sacramento. Featuring pampering and shopping therapy, this is a relaxing day that includes fashion shows, shopping, prize giveaways and swag bags. This year’s day out is hosted by Lisa D’Amato, winner of America’s Next Top Model.
Saturday, April 16 – 10am-3pm
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville
Come on out to Roseville for a day featuring local food, green vendors and entertainment that’s family friendly. Live animal shows will be happening, as well as music performances and a recycled fashion show. Admission is free.
Wed, April 27, 6pm-10pm
Scottish Rite Center
6151 H St, Sacramento
This formal event benefits Lao Family Community Development, which benefits local residents that are part of the Laos population. Live entertainment, food and a silent and live auction will be available. A single ticket is $50, or $80 per couple.
Thurs, April 28, 11am
Take your lunch break out to one of many Midtown area residents and support Sunburst Projects, a Sacramento non-profit that serves children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Participating restaurants include:
LowBrau – donating 10% of bar sales
Brasserie Capitale – donating 33% of total sales
Oak Park Brewing Co – donating 15% of beverage sales
Kupros – donating 33% of total sales
Fri, April 29, 6:30pm-11:30pm
Crocker Art Museum
Enjoy this black tie evening at the Crocker, benefitting Sacramento Youth Symphony. A cocktail reception and dinner is included with each ticket, as well as entertainment provided by the SYS musicians and Mumbo Gumbo. The symphony has been raising up the next generation of musicians for 60 years, and this is a great way to support and celebrate. Tickets are $150 and include valet parking.
Thursday, April 28, 11pm
1901 10th St, Sacramento
Featuring 90 minutes of live comedy, this is self-described as a “mostly stand-up variety show.” Some of the best comics from all over Northern California come to participate in this event, also incorporating improvisation and musical comedy. Originally a San Francisco based event, RLC is now enjoying its new monthly home at Old Ironsides – Sacramento’s oldest bar.
Weekly Events This Spring
Sacramento also plays host to some regular events throughout the week that you can discover and make part of your family’s routine. Check these out when you’re feeling creative, antsy or just want something new to explore.
HeART House – Open visual art studio for children and teens. Large art space with access to a wide variety of supplies, a glow-in-the-dark art room, dress up clothes, LEGOS, clay, kinetic sand, toddler room, teen/adult area, special monthly theme room and a café. $5 suggested donation per child. Citrus Heights.
Baby Bloomers Story Time – The Sacramento Children’s Museum hosts this weekly interactive story time that’s appropriate for infants and toddlers. Parents and children will read stories, sing songs and participate in other early literacy activities in the Baby Bloomers area of the museum. Rancho Cordova.
Messy Science – ArtBeast features Messy Science during the month of April – classes are appropriate for ages 4-7 and children will challenge their mind with a different science-based art project each week. Cost is $8 per person. Downtown Sacramento.
Vernal Pools Guided Hike – Journey out to Rancho Seco for the vernal pool walks that happen March through May each year. This four-mile hike will surround you with various beauties of nature, some of which you won’t soon forget. Pack a lunch if you plan to hike all seven miles – otherwise a guided hike that is four miles round trip is also available. Admission to the hike and tour is free, but parking at Rancho Seco is $10. Herald.
Sketch It – Visitors to the Crocker aged 5 and up can sketch at their own pace while working with a guiding instructor. This is a drop-in program that rotates throughout the Crocker Art Museum’s galleries each month, and all supplies are provided. No experience required. Downtown Sacramento.
ComedySportz Improv Comedy – Featuring shows each Friday at 8pm and Saturdays at 7pm, this beloved local improve company will make you laugh to the point of tears. Admission is $12 adults, $10 students/senior/children/military. Arden.
Gold Rush Experience Tours – Travel down the footsteps of Sacramento’s rich history with Gold Rush Experience Tours. From the same creators of the popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program, guests on the Gold Rush Experience will learn the history of the Gold Rush era buildings that still stand throughout Old Sac. Entertaining storytelling, actors in period dress and exciting tales of disaster and survival await. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for kids aged 6-17. Old Sacramento.