Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend in the Sacramento Area
To many, Labor Day weekend signals the unofficial end of summer, with backyard barbecues and pool parties serving as a final nod to carefree days. But the holiday means much more than that. Labor Day began in 1894 as a way to honor American workers and their contributions to economic prosperity. In the early days, the holiday was celebrated with street parades to “publicly show the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”
Fast forward to today, and Labor Day is still celebrated with friends, family and neighbors. Parades, community festivals and other events are held in cities across the nation, including Sacramento. Following are some of the top things to do throughout the Greater Sacramento area this Labor Day weekend.
Note: Many of the following events have requirements regarding Covid-19, including (but not limited to) mask wearing, social distancing, vaccinations and/or negative tests prior to entry. Please check the websites for the latest information.
Foodieland Night Market | Cal Expo | Sept. 3–6
This Asian-inspired night market held at Cal Expo in the Arden Arcade area is a multicultural bonanza of all things food! There will be more than 150 food vendors, plus arts & crafts, games, and entertainment for the whole family. Plus, there will be an artisan market and a bar for the grown ups. Please note: tickets must be purchased in advanced; no tickets will be available at the door.
SacAnime | Downtown Sacramento | Sept. 3–5
Experience pop culture with an anime twist at this annual event held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Downtown Sacramento. The event is a jam-packed weekend of events revolving around beloved animated characters, and includes panel discussions, workshops, autograph sessions, a cosplay masquerade, gaming, karaoke and much more!
Chalk it Up! Festival | Midtown Sacramento | Sept. 4–6
This annual event brings together chalk artists to create colorful artwork on the sidewalks surrounding Fremont Park in midtown Sacramento. It’s also a showcase of local music, with area performers taking the stage throughout the day. There will be a wine and beer garden, local food trucks and plenty of activities for the kids. Best of all, proceeds benefit youth art programs.
Farm to Fork Uncorked | Clarksburg | Sept. 4–6
Part of the Sacramento area’s greater Farm-to-Fork Festival, this event held by the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg celebrates all things wine. There will be wine tasting from more than a dozen wineries, plus food trucks, live music and local vendors selling everything from baked goods to tie-dye. RSVP and get a free souvenir wine glass!
Sacramento NAACP R&B Festival | Old Sacramento | Sept. 4
If you’re a fan of rhythm & blues, you should check out this annual R&B Festival held in Old Sacramento. There will be live bands, including Club Nouveau, as well as multicultural vendors and plenty of food, including southern food, barbecue and Creole. You can also buy tickets in advance to save $10.
International Kids Festival | William Land Park | Sept. 4
This annual event at the amphitheater in Land Park celebrates all things kids! There will be pony rides, jumbo inflatables, a rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, trampolines and face painting, just to name a few. Live entertainment will include professional dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Plus, there will be a roundup of food trucks to keep those bellies full!
Rocking the Quarry | Rocklin | Sept. 5
Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin plays host to this music-filled day of fun! First, start the day with one hour of zip lining, rock climbing, free falling or rappelling. Then, enjoy the lineup of tribute rock bands in the style of The Eagles, Pat Benatar, Journey, ZZ Top and more! There will also be food, wine and beer for sale.
Free Day of Yoga | Various Locations | Sept. 6
Now in it’s 10th year, Sacramento Free Day of Yoga is a day when aspiring yogis (or just the yoga curious) can check out studios throughout the Greater Sacramento area, all for free! Studios will host free online classes throughout the day, from basic hatha to hot yoga and everything in between. Sign up early and you’ll be perfecting your Warrior 1 and Warrior 2 in no time!