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.
The family-owned-and-operated Carol's Restaurant serves up delectable homemade comfort food in a comfy atmosphere for families. Creative twists adorn the classic diner dishes that populate the eatery's breakfast and lunch menu. Patiently lumbering at the stoop of digestive domiciles is an order of biscuits and gravy ($5.75, $3.50 half order), a savory, tangy Southern delight scientifically engineered to soak up last night's revelry or beer moat binge. Diversify your stomach portfolio with cosmopolitan egg scramblers such as the kielbasa-kicked Polish ($7.95) or the ground-beef-infused San Francisco Joe ($7.95). Each savory burger, including the bleu cheese ($8.25) or the avocado-wielding Cali Burger ($8.95), arrives fortified with your choice of sidekick such as fries, potato salad, macaroni salad, or teriyaki Dan Quayle.
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.