The place is hopping from Labor Day Weekend through Christmas Eve. View Japanese exhibits and demonstrations such as flower arranging (Ikebana), classical dancing (Odori), a tea ceremony, Taiko drum concerts and (need we mention? But baseball aside, with entertainment throughout the game, various “theme” nights and a lovable mascot named Dinger, you can’t go wrong with a day at this ballpark. Ride the “Screamer” at Scandia Family Fun Center—and try not to scream. 5070 Hillsdale Blvd., off Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue , Sacramento; (916) 331-5757;
You can’t call yourself a Sacramentan until you have participated in at least one Run To Feed the Hungry.
The race—which takes place every July—consists of a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 6.35-mile kayak. at the March for the Dream “Marade” (march and parade) in January ( gay pride at the Pride Parade, which kicks off the Sacramento Pride Festival, in June ( veterans at the Veterans Day Parade in November ( 42. Learn about California history at The California Museum (916-653-7524; and about all things science and space at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center (916-575-3942;
You can take on all three legs yourself or form a team. Railroad buffs will want to check out the California State Railroad Museum—train rides are available on weekends April–September (916-445-6645; Watch exquisitely costumed dancers waltz (and polka) to a choreographed storyline, all set to the music by the family of Johann Strauss at the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove in July ( Foodies (or should we specify fruit-loving foodies? This annual football game between Sacramento State and UC Davis is a fall tradition around these parts.
Taste wine at any (or all) of the nine wineries at the Old Sugar Mill ( in Clarksburg. For more information, call the Delta Chamber at (916) 777-4041 or log on to Stroll the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden ("Moon Garden"). Other walk-worthy gardens in town: Jensen Botanical Garden, 8520 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael; (916) 485-5322.
Ah, we can feel the serenity now just thinking of this tranquil garden located in the UC Davis Arboretum. World Peace Rose Garden, State Capitol Park, between 10th and 15th streets and L and N streets, Sacramento; (916) 381-5433. Whether you are looking for a float trip suitable for the whole family or an adrenaline-filled-glad-I’m-in-the-water-because-I-might-pee-my-pants thrilling trip, there’s a portion of the American River (as well as other, nearby rivers) for every type of river rafter. No offense to big box stores and chain restaurants. But we also fully support showing the love to the mom & pops that keep this city alive and vibrant.