Labor Day Weekend Events in the Greater Sacramento Area
Labor Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial end to summer and a final nod to carefree days. The holiday began in 1894 as a way to honor American workers and their contributions to economic prosperity, and today the day is celebrated with backyard barbecues and pool parties. Being on a Monday means we all get a three-day weekend, and many community events are held in cities across the nation, including Sacramento. From food and wine festivals to concerts and conventions, following are the top things to do throughout the greater Sacramento area this Labor Day weekend.
Foodieland Night Market | Cal Expo | Sept. 2–5
This annual 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 advance; no tickets will be available at the door.
SacAnime | Downtown Sacramento | Sept. 2–4
Experience pop culture with an anime twist at this annual event held at the SAFE Credit Union 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!
Festival De Bombas | Old Sacramento | Sept. 3
The first-ever Festival De Bombas will take place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in Old Sacramento from 12–5. The family-friendly event will feature classic vehicles from 1934–1954, known as “Bombas.” The free event will also feature live music, DJs and vendors.
Sacramento NAACP R&B Festival | Southside Park | Sept. 3
If you’re a fan of rhythm & blues, you should check out this annual R&B Festival held at Southside Park. There will be live bands, including Delfonics featuring Greg Hill and Blue Magic, 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.
Fair Play Zin Fest | Fair Play | Sept. 3–5
Now in its fourth year, this annual event showcases the amazing Zinfandel (and other wines!) that come out of Fair Play in El Dorado County. Five area wineries will provide tastings and food pairings, and participants get a free souvenir wine glass. Buy tickets in advance to reserve your spot.
Chalk it Up! Festival | Midtown Sacramento | Sept. 3–5
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. 3–5
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! On Saturday, there will also be a Food Truck Extravaganza from 11–5.
Free Day of Yoga | Various Locations | Sept. 5
Now in its 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!