See below for free or low cost events happening in various counties this month.
Chalk It Up! Art and Music Festival:
Listen to live local musicians, patronize local craft makers, and food vendors in the marketplace, and watch local artists create chalk art murals, turning the sidewalks around Fremont Park into an art gallery full of beauty and color. This is part performance art, as the artists create the work during the festival.
- Saturday-Monday, Sept. 2-4, 2023 at 10:00 am 6:00 pm
- Fremont Park
- 1515 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Effie Yeaw Nature Center Weekend Programs:
September 2—River Walk: Celebrate the beauty of nature with a guided walk through the Nature Preserve and down to the American River. You may want to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair! *This program will be a hike.
September 3—Plants with Purpose: Come walk with a naturalist through the nature center’s garden. Learn plant identification and adaptations. *This program will be a small walk.
- Saturday, September 2 2023 at 10:00 am – 11:15 am (This is a hike)
- Sunday, September 3 2023 at 10:00 am – 11:15 am (This is a walk)
- Effie Yeaw Nature Center
- 910 I Street, Sacramento, CA 9582850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
Super Mario Bros Movie:
Sacramento State's University Union UNIQUE Programs is pleased to host a movie screening of Super Mario Bros Movie. Free popcorn and pizza while supplies last.
- Friday, September 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sacramento State – University Union
- 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Oldies in the Park:
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Oldies in the Park! Bring the family for an all-day treat with classic cars and listen to your favorite oldies and old-school jams on a Sunday afternoon!
- Sunday, September 12, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Cesar Chavez Park
- 910 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Fair Oaks Chicken Festival:
Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District for the 18th Annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival! Festival festivities: Chicken Stock (live music), Rocky’s Roost (kids’ park), Feed Court (food trucks), Watering Hole (beer and wine sales), Craft and Community Vendor Booths, Cornhole Tournament, Cluck n’ Crow Contest, GREAT Chicken Decorating Contest, Community Spirit, and much more!
- Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 6:00pm
- Fair Oaks Park
- 8000 Temple Park Road, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
The Secret Garden's Butterfly Fest:
Every year, The Secret Garden has hundreds of Gulf Fritillary butterfly visitors at the nursery during their migration. This event is all about celebrating the butterflies and teaching others about them.
- Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- The Secret Garden
- 8450 W Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758
Palladio's Wednesday Concerts:
Join Palladio for their Concert Series on the Third Wednesdays. They have a fun lineup of bands the whole family can enjoy. Have Dinner at Palladio and head to the Piazza for some movin and groovin fun! – Live DJ Glow Party.
- Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
- Palladio Mall in Folsom
- 410 Palladio Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630
Senior Health Fair:
The event features exhibits to make the lives of senior citizens happier, healthier and longer. Over 60 booths will cover an array of approaches to the various health and financial concerns of older Americans. The event is free to the public. Entertainment includes the Spare Parts Band, and an Award-Winning Elvis impersonator will perform. Classic cars from the California Auto Museum will be on display in the hotel parking lot.
- Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Wyndham Sacramento
- 5321 Date Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841
Honoring those who serve — Please join us in saying thank you to our military, police, fire, and other first responders at this FREE family event! Demonstrations and displays will be available throughout the day! Police K-9 & drone demonstration, firefighter extrication demonstration, Police, Fire & Military booth and displays, food & dessert trucks, local high school Jazz Band, Bach 2 Rock bands & petting zoo.
- Sunday, September 10 2023 at 11:00 – 3:00 pm
- Quarry Park
- 4000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677
Barktoberfest is a free, family- and dog-friendly community festival with pawsome vendor booths, food trucks, live performances, K-9 demonstrations, raffle prizes, canine contests (i.e. Best Dog and Human Costume, Best Pet Trick, Best Musical Sit), and more!
- Saturday, September 30 2023 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Johnson-Springview Park
- 5480 5th St, Rocklin, CA 95677
Community Fresh Air Yoga:
Practiced yogis and beginner or curious yogis - this is the class you wished you knew about last year! Community yoga is BACK! Experienced yoga teachers will guide you through an accessible, energizing, and rejuvenating practice. Studies have shown that practicing yoga in nature has numerous benefits for both the body and mind. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water a blanket, your mat, and maybe a snack for afterward. Donations are welcomed but not required.
- Every Saturday at 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- Veterans Park North
- 1750 Blue Oaks Blvd Roseville, CA 95747
EL DORADO COUNTY
Barn Sale Trail Along Historic 49:
A yearly meandering event held in barns, old buildings, and elsewhere along the Golden Chain Highway. Barn Sale Trail is an Americana-style yearly sale of rustic, antique, vintage & artisan goods.
- Friday, September 8 2023 at 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, September 9 2023 at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, September 10 2023 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Host locations:
- Aunt Lucy’s Nest – El Dorado
- Lynell’s Art Barn – Placerville
- From the Barn – Shingle Springs
- Bella Branch – Shingle Springs
- Many Oak Farms – Shingle Springs
Third Saturday Art Walk:
Art galleries and merchants on Placerville’s Historic Main Street are open late every third Saturday. Enjoy artist demos, music at the Belltower, wine and drink specials, and more!
- Saturday, September 16 2023 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Historic Main Street
- Placerville, CA
Automotive Excellence Annual Car Show:
There will be Custom & Classic vehicles, DJ music, Vendors, a Raffle with awesome prizes, a cake walk, and great food!
- Saturday, September 16 2023 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- 4600 Missouri Flat Rd
- 4600 Missouri Flat Road Placerville, CA 95667
Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Series:
This 8 session workshop is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed to build your balance, flexibility, and confidence around falls. You'll learn to address fears and concerns about falling, review common home and environmental hazards, discuss fall prevention tips and tricks, and perform exercises and strategies to help prevent you from falling.
This workshop is designed for those 60 years and older..
- Thursday, September 14 2023 2:00 pm
- Marshall Medical Center
- 681 Main St Suite 207, Placerville, CA 95667
- There is no charge for this class. Registration is required.
- Click here to register.
Behind Nibblers & Trek Bikes. Our region’s most popular Farmers Market returns with more produce and commodities than ever before and runs every Sunday. Visitors will experience fresh fruits and vegetables from local area farms, as well as homemade honey, jams, cheeses, and other household favorites.
- Every Sunday at 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
- El Dorado Hills Town Center - Farmers Market
- 4420 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
We are bringing back our morning fiesta alongside the Vallejo @pcfma farmers market. Enjoy FREE kid activities, local and regional artists, vendors and live music featuring local Ballet Folklorico Dancers. Always free, pet-friendly, open to the community and fun for all ages.
- Saturday, September 9 2023 at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Downtown Vallejo
Vintage Vaca Car Cruise Nights 2023:
Classic car cruise nights in Vacaville. Music and raffles. Weather permitting (no rain, under 100 degrees).
- Thursday, September 21 2023 at 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
- Mel’s Diner Vacaville
- 171 Nut Tree Pkwy. Vacaville, CA 95687
- Free event. Reserve a spot online at Eventbrite.
Junk in the Trunk:
Love a bargain? Come out to our biannual community garage sale to find some good deals! With neighbors selling goods out of the trunks of their cars you are sure to find a treasure!
- Saturday, September 30 2023 at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Fairfield Community Center
- 1000 Kentucky St., Fairfield CA,
Community Coffee Tasting & Artisan Market:
Free coffee tasting & artisan market at Moschetti. Join us to sample coffees from around the world side-by-side, develop your palate and discover coffees you LOVE that you never knew existed with food, vendors and live music!
- Every Saturday at 9am-2pm
- Moschetti Coffee 11 6th Street Vallejo, CA, 94590
Full Belly Farm Tour and Picnic:
We invite you to walk the farm for a special tour to learn more about the organic practices that make Full Belly Farm so special. After the tour, enjoy a casual picnic with fresh ingredients sourced right from the farm. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with local farmers to support local agriculture, learn more about the Real Organic Project and get an opportunity to meet some new friends.
- Saturday, September 2 2023 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- Full Belly Farm
- 16090 County Road 43 Guinda, CA 95637
- Register to reserve a spot. Event is free.
Davis Farmers Market:
Year-round at Central Park in downtown Davis, thousands gather each week to shop for what is grown, raised, and made locally at our markets. We are dedicated to bringing farmers right to your table, so we stay open rain or shine.
- Saturdays 8am-1pm & Wednesdays 3-6pm
- Central Park
- 301 C Street Davis, CA 95616
Festival de la Comunidad is a free event that celebrates community. This family friendly event starts with a carnitas cook-off and features a cultural show of folklorico, Mariachi, vocalists, etc., and this year we will feature Banda Tierra Blanca from Oaxaca, Mexico. There will be children's entertainment, staffed bounce houses, our featured carnitas place, food trucks, and a festive time of celebrating Winters. The event is free and food and beverages will be sold during the event. Please come and support our community and our local vendors.
- Saturday, September 30 2023 at 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
- Rotary Park
- 201 East Main Street Winters, CA, 95694
Begin your Tai Chi journey: Traditional Movements for Health / Rejuvenation:
Learning even basic Tai Chi skills can promote balance, calmness, and mental focus. This series does seasonal training to help you develop a wide range of skills which will enhance both your health and your practice. Basic Tai Chi / Qigong skills as posting, walking, breathing, stretching, energy work, bone tapping and hand movements.
- Every Sunday: 8am. Free online class.