First Friday Street Fair
What: Fountains at Roseville hosts a street fair with live music by Swift Country (a Taylor Swift tribute band starring Kaylee Starr), booths, artisans and an expanded Kids Zone featuring Snow White, Rapunzel and host of clowns. Swift Country, a local favorite, has performed at Harrah's in Reno and numerous fairs and community concerts. Also on tap will be music by AllStarDJ with street dancing by Twin Cities Dance.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Fountains at Roseville, Galleria Boulevard and Roseville Parkway.
Information: (916) 786-2679, www.fountainsatroseville.com
What: Lyle Lovett returns to the Mondavi Center with his Acoustic Group and songs from his new album, "Release Me," a collection of mainly covers of his musical idols and some original works. Joining Lovett onstage are John Hagen, Luke Bulla, Keith Sewell, Viktor Krauss and Russ Kunkel.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, One Shields Ave., Davis
Cost: $35, $55, $65 general; $17.50, $27.50, $32.50 for students
Information: (866) 754-2787, www.mondaviarts.org
Riding the Rails with Mark Twain
What: The California State Railroad Museum takes visitors back in time to ride the rails with Mark Twain. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Theatre where Twain, portrayed by local actor Pat Kaunert, will regale folks with tales of his travels. Mother Lode fiddler Dave Rainwater will add musical accompaniment. From there, guests will board the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a ride along the Sacramento River with Twain and his fiddler. Advance tickets are recommended for this one-night-only event.
When: 6:30 p.m. performance in the Eagle Theatre; 7:30 p.m. excursion train departs
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Train departs from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, Front Street between J and K streeets.
Cost: $24 adults; $12 youths ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under
Information: (916) 445-5995 or www.californiastaterailroad- museum.org
'Disney's the Little Mermaid'
What: The Music Circus brings to its theater in the round the story of Ariel, a young mermaid who longs to experience the human world above the sea. The reimagined production, featuring new songs not in the original Broadway show, will get an extended two-week engagement.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento
Cost: $30-$70, special $30 tickets in any section for children ages 4-12.
Information: By calling (916) 557-1999, online at www.tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office.
Art Mix: Red Hot and Bohemian
What: Art Mix is just what the title suggestions a blend of art, music and film, all in a party atmosphere. Attendees can enjoy docent- led tours of the exhibit "Red Hot and Blown: Contemporary Glass From the Crocker's Collection." And check out the behind-the- scenes footage of the opera "La Bohème" in the museum galleries. Then all are encouraged to head over to Crocker Park for an outdoor screening of 2008's "La Bohème," presented in collaboration with the Mondavi Center. Food, wine, beer and cocktails are available for purchase.
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: Event is free to Crocker members; museum admission is adults $10, seniors (65 and older) $8, college students $8, youths (717) $5, children (6 and under)free
Information: (916) 808-7000, www.crockerartmuseum.org
What: The 16th annual festival, featuring a slew of world-class musical and dance groups on eight stages, starts Thursday and continues through July 15. This family-friendly event includes camping on the fairgrounds in Grass Valley, children's programs, workshops, international foods and crafts. Among the top performers are Cake, left, Ani DiFranco, above, Novalima, Delhi 2 Dublin, Fishtank Ensemble, Mumbo Gumbo, the Joe Craven Trio, the New York Gypsy All Stars, the Fudan University Dance Troupe and more.
When: Gates open at 4 p.m Thursday; 5:30 p.m. for first concert by Califa, continues through Sunday, closing with an 8:45 p.m. concert by Tommy Emmanuel
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
Cost: Advance tickets start at $50. A full schedule of ticket prices can be found at http://worldfest.net/ pricePopup.asp?
Information: (530) 891-4098, www.worldfest.net.