Labor Day Events In & Around Sacramento
Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer, so why not go out with a bang? Besides backyard barbecues, pool parties and campouts, there are plenty of events in and around Sacramento where you can relish the last rays of summer sun, from brewfests to community celebrations to outdoor music. Most importantly, the long weekend is a time to reflect on the labor movement in the United States and the achievements of American workers. So, relax with friends and families and celebrate at one of the following events this Labor Day weekend!
Chalk it Up! Festival | Sacramento
Aug. 31–Sept. 2| Fremont Park
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This annual art and music festival brings together chalk artists to create colorful, detailed murals on the sidewalk surrounding Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento. Stroll the perimeter of the park while admiring their work, listen to local bands, sip beer and wine at the beer garden, and sample tasty treats from local food vendors. You can even purchase chalk to try your hand at this unique artform. Best of all, proceeds benefit youth art programs.
Yolo Brewfest | Woodland
Aug. 31, 4–8 p.m. | Heritage Plaza and Main Street
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More than 30 local craft breweries from throughout Northern California will descend on downtown Woodland this Labor Day weekend to pour their ales, lagers, stouts and more! Sample food from nearby restaurants, listen to live music and browse local vendors. Non-beer lovers can indulge in local wine or mead. Proceeds of the event will benefit Friends of Adult Day Health Care in Yolo County.
Rainbow Festival | Sacramento
Sept. 1, 12–7 p.m. | 20th & K Streets
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This lively street festival in midtown Sacramento celebrates the city’s vibrant LGBTQ community. The street fair will welcome world-class performers and musicians, as well as local vendors. The goal of the community event is two-fold: to raise money and awareness for LGBTQ charities and to foster a celebration of pride that is pure fun. On Friday, Aug. 30, kick off the festival with LGBTQ Comedy Night at the Comedy Spot.
Dry Diggings Festival | Placerville
Aug. 30–Sept. 1 | El Dorado County Fairgrounds
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Beer, camping and music is the driving force behind this Labor Day festival in Placerville. More than 20 bands will perform over the course of three days, including Fortunate Youth, Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution. Altamont Beer Works will be pouring its craft brews, mimosas will flow in the mornings, and plenty of food, art, clothing and craft vendors will be selling their goods. On Saturday, Aug. 31, check out the Gold Pan Jam skate competition at Joe’s Skate Park.
Hot Jazz Jubilee | Sacramento
Aug. 30–Sept. 2 | DoubleTree by Hilton
Traditional jazz, swing, blues, big band, zydeco, ragtime and other jazz styles will be well-represented at this annual festival of all things jazz. Tap your toes, clap your hands and strut your stuff while listening to the music of nearly two dozen bands from across the nation, including local youth bands. Bring an instrument and come join in a jam session on Friday morning.
Farm to Fork Uncorked | Clarksburg
Aug. 30–Sept. 1 | Old Sugar Mill
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Clarksburg-area wineries are celebrating Sacramento’s rich wine culture with a series of wine events throughout September. Labor Day weekend features walking wine tours, live music and wine tasting. On Friday night, bring the whole family for a kickoff concert featuring Big Crush Dance Band.
Sacramento River Cats at El Paso Chihuahuas | West Sacramento
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 | Raley Field
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Bid farewell to summer by watching the Sacramento River Cats take on the El Paso Chihuahuas this Labor Day weekend. Games will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well as Monday afternoon. Monday is fan appreciation day, featuring a street fair, DJ, lawn games and vendors, as well as a Labor Day barbecue.
Free Day of Yoga | Various Locations
Sept. 2 | Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Elk Grove, West Sacramento
Learn all there is to know about tree pose and corpse pose with no strings attached at the annual Free Day of Yoga this Labor Day. Yoga studios across the Sacramento area will host free classes throughout the day, from basic hatha to hot yoga and aerial yoga, even meditation and sound healing. Sign up early and you’ll be perfecting your Warrior 1 and Warrior 2 in no time.
Labor Day Weekend Craft Beer Crawl | Sacramento
Sept. 1, 1 p.m.| Device Brewing
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Join your fellow beer lovers and celebrate the long Labor Day weekend tasting the best brews Sacramento has to offer! The afternoon begins at Device Brewing at the Ice Blocks and makes its way to Capital Hop Shop and Sacrament Brewing before wrapping up at Chalk it Up! The event is free, but donations are accepted to benefit Maryhouse, a daytime shelter for women and children.
Labor Day Picnic | Sacramento
Sept 2, 5–8:30 p.m. | Fairytale Town
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Lest we forget what the holiday is all about, the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is hosting a free, family-friendly Labor Day picnic for all union members and their families. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy a free barbecue by Sac City Eats, listen to live music, sip a cold one in the beer garden and remember the hard work and dedication of the workers who came before you.