It’s tough for us to curate each issue of Submerge. These days, there is just so much going on in and around Sacramento that it makes it difficult to pick and choose what we want to write our larger feature stories on. We hate it when cool events and things we think you should know about slip through the cracks, so that’s where this particular column comes in. Check out these quick, easy-to-skim-through write-ups on 10 killer upcoming Sacramento-area events, and be sure to mark your calendars or set reminders! We’ve highlighted everything from concerts, to food festivals, anniversary parties and more (and if you have an event to get on our radar, please email us to: firstname.lastname@example.org). Remember our motto: Read. Learn. Do rad things.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Audio Muse at Crocker featuring The Philharmonik, Sunmonks & Alex Trujillo
One of Crocker Art Museum’s newest recurring events, Audio Muse expertly pairs musical acts with visual artists. This installment will feature live tunes from local electro/funk/hip-hop sensation The Philharmonik, local indie/pop/rock darlings Sunmonks and illustrator Alex Trujillo, who will brighten the night with a new LED light-sculpture show. Starts at 6:30 p.m., and is $10 for Crocker members, or $20 for non-members. All ages welcome. Visit Crockerart.org for more.
Friday, Sept. 28 & Saturday, Sept. 29
6th Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival
This free, family friendly, two-day festival is a great way to end summer on a high note. Friday’s hours are 4–9 p.m. with live music from The Wood Brothers, Logan Brill and IdeaTeam. Saturday runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with music by Dawes, Magic Giant, Sunny War and Jessica Malone. Obviously, there will be an abundance of food and drink options, plus cooking demos, interactive exhibits and much more. Takes place on Capitol Mall. Visit Farmtofork.com for more info.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Sac PorchFest 2018
Jam out to local bands performing on various porches all around the beautiful Boulevard Park neighborhood in Midtown Sacramento. Snag a list of artists, locations and set times at the corner of H and 21st streets, then choose your own adventure. Free event, all ages, runs from 1–8:30 p.m. Look them up on Facebook or Instagram for updates (@SacPorchFest).
Saturday, Sept. 29
Oak Park Roots & Branches Walkabout & Free Concert
Enjoy a free afternoon of history, live blues, jazz and Americana at multiple Broadway Avenue venues like Brickhouse Art Gallery, Arthur Henry’s, Old Soul at 40 Acres and more. Get your free passport stamped at each locale, check out historical photos and then end the evening with a giant outdoor concert featuring The Annie Sampson Band at the Sacramento Food Bank’s parking lot. Free, all ages, runs 3:30–9 p.m. Find more info at Oakparkrootsandbranches.com.
Saturday, Sept. 29
12th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival
The historic Colonial Theatre will once again host this all-day fright-fest full of carefully selected film screenings (both shorts and feature lengths), horror-inspired live performances and more. Runs from 1 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $35 for VIP. Check out Sachorrorfilmfest.com for more.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Sacramento Blues Society’s Hall of Fame Ceremony and Showcase
Celebrate this year’s inductees AJ Joyce, Andy Santana, Jimmy Morello and RW Grigsby, with a two-part event! Awards ceremony takes place from 1–5 p.m. at Harlow’s, showcase starts at 6 p.m. at Torch Club. Hit up Sacblues.com for more info, lists of performers and a link to buy tickets.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Berryessa Brewing Company’s Anniversary Party and Concert
The good folks at Berryessa Brewing Co. out in Winters are marking seven years of producing amazing beer and six years since their tap room opened with an all-day concert featuring The Mother Hips, Achilles Wheel, The Casual Coalition and the City of Trees Brass Band, with none other than Peter Petty serving as master of ceremonies! All ages are welcome, $15 in advance, $20 cash only at the door. Kids get in free. Proceeds go to Winters Schools Music Boosters. Event kicks off at 12 p.m. Hit up Berryessabrewingco.com/events for more.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Rituals of Mine with So Much Light and Destroy Boys at Goldfield
Trust us, this show—featuring a super sick Sacramento lineup—will be one for the books! Rumor has it Rituals might be filming for an upcoming music video, too, so bring the energy! All ages are welcome. Doors at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance at Goldfieldtradingpost.com.
Friday, Oct. 5
Gentleman Surfer’s Record Release Show at Blue Lamp
Local experimental rock band Gentleman Surfer are throwing a record release party for their new album Hard Pass and are bringing along pals Pregnant and Meet Cute. Vinyl and cassettes available (both come with digital download), plus special visuals from artist David Stone, creator of Hard Pass’ cover art. $10 at the door, 21-plus, 8 p.m. More at Gentlemansurfermusic.com.
Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7
NorCal NoiseFest 22
The world’s longest running noise festival returns to Luna’s Cafe as well as the (unfortunately) soon-to-be-closing “Colonial Complex,” which includes Cafe Colonial and The Colony. Come celebrate these two DIY venues’ local legacy in the best way possible: by making your ears bleed! Check Norcalnoisefest.com for full lineup and more info.
**This piece first appeared in print on page 7 of issue #275 (Sept. 26 – Oct. 10, 2018)**