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Spring Cultural Events You (Probably) Don’t Know are Happening

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Spring has finally sprung in Sacramento, and with its arrival comes a season full of events and festivals ready to give us a dose of both international and local culture. Many of these events may have missed your radar while others you eagerly await. But whether it’s music, food, dance, art, picnics, or educational opportunities you’re looking for, all these events in and around the city give you the chance to soak up some culture, community and sunshine this spring.

Cultural Connections
Thursdays March-June, 10:30-11am, Sacramento Children’s Museum. This is a great one for the kids! In this weekly thirty-minute class, the Sacramento Children’s Museum will delve into the food, arts and practices of cultures from different parts of the world. Take a trip to Ireland in March, Morocco in April, Brazil in May and Sweden in June. Admission is free for kids, $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and military. More info at sackids.org.

Weaving The Stories Of Womens’ Lives
March 27, 6pm – 10pm, Brickhouse Gallery. Brickhouse Gallery is celebrating Women’s History Month with an evening filled with art, poetry, music and dance by and about powerful women. The community is welcome to sit at tables made by local artists and share in a discussion about the inspirational women who have impacted our lives–historically and personally. Admission is free. More info at thebrickhouseartgallery.com.

Ghana’s 58th Anniversary of Independence
March 28, 6pm – 11:30pm, Citrus Heights Community Center. With a theme of “Back to the Future (Sankofa) – Youth and African Identity”, The Ghanaian Association of Sacramento presents a celebration of Ghana’s Independence. The day will feature cultural performances, music, traditional Ghanaian cuisine and a performance byWest African HiLife Band, Danjuma and Onola. Admission is $45 in advance, $50 at the door, $25 for students and $20 for children. More info at gascal.org.

Camellia International Folk Dance Concert
March 28, 3pm – 5:30pm, Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. This 59th annual eclectic concert presented by the Sacramento International Folk Dance and Arts Council has something for everyone with ethnic dances and music from all over the world. The day will include original Austrian, Serbian, Italian and Chinese performances… just to name a few! Admission is $15. More info at folkdancesac.org.

The New World Expo
April 4, 9am – 7pm & April 5, 9am – 5pm, Cal Expo. Kick off April with this collection of exhibits about the green and sustainable products and services market. As today’s markets adapt to a growing demand for “going green,” this exposition will show visitors options that are both eco-friendly and pocket-friendly. Admission is $7.50. More info at thenewworldexpo.com.

Fyah on the Water
April 18, 9am – April 20, 12am, Camp Polluck. Presented by Reggae in the Hills, this festival brings reggae to Sacramento. Camp Polluck sits alongside the American River, as the beautiful backdrop for two days of music and more. The event offers bonfires, live art, handmade jewelry and sideshows. There will also be a beer garden and a Prop 215 Medical Marjuana Area. Artists include Tribal Seeds, Marlon Asher, Mystic Roots and many more. Tickets are available on ticketfly.com, ranging from $22.50 – $250. More info at reggaeville.com.

Picnic Day at UC Davis
April 18, beginning at 9am, UC Davis. Stop by Davis for this day of fun that has been an annual event since 1909. This year’s theme is “Heart of our Community,” and UC Davis will present over 200 exhibits and events throughout the campus to show visitors what it means to be an Aggie. Check out some crowd favorites like the Doxie Derby and the Battle of the Bands at the Arboretum. Admission is free. More info at picnicday.ucdavis.edu.

Maifest
May 3, 12pm – 5pm. Kick off May with Maifest! Presented by Sacramento Turn Verein, this German celebration of the arrival of spring offers something for the whole family. The event offers German music, Maypole dancers, face painting, story telling and crafts. There will also be a spread of coffee and cake, and the famous “Maibowl,” featuring brandy soaked strawberries. Admission is free. More info sacramentoturnverein.com.

Whole Earth Festival
May 8, 12pm – May 10, 6pm, UC Davis. Check out this annual three-day, eco-friendly festival filled with tons of food, fun and entertainment. This year’s theme is “Rooted Living,” and a plethora of performers, craft and food vendors and passionate individuals will be present supporting sustainable living and environmental harmony. Admission is free. More info at wef.ucdavis.edu.

8th Annual iFest
May 16 5pm – 9pm, Village Green Park. Soak up some culture with Cordova Community Council’s annual International Festival. The festival will feature authentic cultural entertainment, with music, dance, and more. Food lovers can sample a variety of world cuisines at the food trucks stationed for the event. Admission is free. More info at cordovacouncil.org.

First Festival
May 23, 12pm – 10pm, River Walk Park. Kick off Sacramento’s summer festival season with this day of fun that will get you pumped for many more to come. The festival boasts three stages featuring eighteen bands, including Humble Wolf, Rebel Radio, Drop Dead Red and many more. Guests can get creative with some henna, face painting and a silent disco, or chow down at any of the ten food trucks presented by SactoMofo. Admission is $15 in advance/$20. Guests will get extra goodies and access to special areas with VIP tickets for $35. More info at firstfestivalsacramento.com.

Photo: Whole Earth Festival by unschool/CC Flickr

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