Every summer, the paths of William Land Park come alive with all things banana for the annual Sacramento Banana Festival. Taking a look at the banana’s influence as a staple food in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, the festival incorporates activities that celebrate those cultures, including jazz and reggae music and international dance performances. One unique draw is the Power Soul Stroll 5K Run/Walk, and food lovers can munch on plantain chips, banana teacakes, or frozen bananas. There are also banana-themed art exhibits and an open-air marketplace, making it easy to find the right banana depiction for your home's kitchen or banana closet.
To close out the day,
watch kids mug for the audience in the banana pageant or spend some time walking down the banana bread path while tasting recipe samples and raising money for local organizations.
The sounds of everything from electric guitars to old-school banjos create an eclectically upbeat soundscape for First Festival, Sacramento's grass roots celebration of its local music scene. The event brings music fans and art lovers together for a weekend that promises to get toes tapping to a diverse lineup of live acts and stomachs grumbling for a wide array of food from more than 40 area vendors. There'll also be plenty of craft beer on hand to loosen guests up for the local comedy acts and interactive art exhibits that round out the festival's lineup.
Midway of Fun makes sure that county fairs all over California stay stocked with the kind of flashing, whirling fun that families have enjoyed for generations. A safety-focused team of pros sets up rides that range from sweet (Toon Town Train, Carousel, and Minions) to nail-biting (Zipper, Ranger, and spinning Vertigo). The team also sets up games and concession stands at locations across the state.
Xoso Sport & Social League believes that being active shouldn't be a hassle. That's why it offers casual leagues for players of all skill levels in a variety of athletic disciplines, from softball to bocce ball. More than 10,000 members seem to agree with that mission. At fields, courts, and bowling alleys across Sacramento, they gather for friendly games that finish off with discount brews and food at local establishments. To make things as easy as possible, Xoso lets players join up as a team or individually. Sporting prowess might be an added bonus during these friendly games, but having fun and meeting new people is always the real goal.