The growl of lions and tigers will be replaced by the growls of guitars as the Sactopalooza Spring Party lights up the Sacramento Zoo with music from tribute bands and DJ Rigatony. No Duh blasts a high-energy pop set based on the music of No Doubt with a number of visuals, costumes, and props from the band’s music videos. Nominated for Best Tribute Band at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards, the Red Not Chili Peppers fill the air with classic funk-rock melodies and the four-chord password that grants entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the concerts, attendees can partake in hands-on activities such as mechanical bull riding and gladiator jousting with foam poles.
The Sactopalooza Spring Party is the largest annual fundraising event for the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento. This group of 20- to 30-year-old volunteers works year-round to improve the lives of local children with special needs. In addition to raising funds for children, the group organizes hands-on events to interact with children at an annual picnic, winter clothing drives, and a holiday party at the UC Davis cancer center. Proceeds from the party helps support these events and the organization’s work with children throughout the region.
Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
Squeeze Inn's heaping, cheesy burgers have earned praise on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and in numerous papers over the years. Cooks pile a third of a pound of cheese onto every burger—adding as much cheese as there is meat—and serve it steaming off the griddle. The menu teems with other hearty entrees, including rib-eye steak sandwiches, quarter-pound hot dogs, and toasted grilled-cheese sandwiches. Though its name comes from the fact that no more than 12 people could sit in its original building, the Squeeze Inn's location in West Sacramento boasts an expansive dining room with enough space to accommodate throngs of diners and the small ponies they rode to the restaurant on.
Perry and Sophia Potiris opened the Original Perry's in 1968 at the local Arco station. The eatery, then known as Trukadero, was the first of Arco's coast-to-coast chain of truck-stop diners. When lines began to form for their fluffy omelets, fried chicken, and gravy-smothered meatloaf, Perry and Sophia opened Mr. Perry's in 1973. They placed it just across the way, preferring to compete with themselves than a brood of pancake-flipping octopuses. While both eateries have similar menus, Mr. Perry's has a more upscale edge. When Perry and Sophia decided to retire from the restaurant world, they turned over the reins to a longtime employee who began his own career with them as a busboy at age 16.
The cooks at Eggie's Restaurant have become known over the decades for the downhome diner fare they serve up daily for breakfast and lunch. Since 1977, the crew's been slinging hearty four-egg omelets stuffed with fillings such as avocado, chicken apple sausage, or chili con carne, and flipping signature buttermilk pancakes. As lunchtime patrons filter in to sit at the restaurant-long counter, the cooks swap out sausage patties for burgers on the grill, or build club sandwiches and leafy salads. Diners can grab their meals to go, or cozy up to one of the plush booths that line the enormous windows.
Though the pictures that hang on Yo-Go Yogurt's walls depict a few of the fruits customers can sprinkle atop their desserts, a far larger space would be required to encompass all of the available treats. More than 80 toppings await in neat bins, including fresh berries, cereals, sauces, and sour candies. These tempting morsels complement a rotating selection of creamy frozen yogurt, with flavors ranging from key lime pie to strawberry banana. Hot cocoa or snow ice both provide a flavorful alternative, and floats, tea, and smoothies satisfy those who prefer straws to spoons or their bare hands.