Originally known as Holi, the Festival of Colors began in 7th Century India to celebrate the coming of spring and the passing of winter. Festival-goers are supplied with dry-color-solution balloons to spray onto their companions, resulting in a fun-spirited event that honors the beauty of unity, community, culture, music, friendship and, most obviously, color. The festival has spread across the world and is currently hosted in only 20 cities within the United States. Guess what, Sacramento? We are one of the four lucky cities on the West Coast to be hosting Holi this year. Go online to grab your tickets (Colorfestival.com/locations/sacramento), kids 12-and-under are free, students are $15, general admission is $20 for the June 14th event! Arrive at Gibson Ranch Park (8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta, California) at 12 p.m. dressed in all white, it allows the color to shine more easily. By the time the event ends at 5 p.m., you will look like a walking advertisement for Sacramento’s Chalk it Up. Don’t worry, though, the color “ammo” isn’t chalk; it’s plant-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly! The ticket link provided has some more information on the event if needed. Get your tickets soon and prepare to get color blasted!


-Brooke Dreyer