Gold Rush Days
What: Sacramento's 27-acre historic district will be transformed into a scene from the Gold Rush era with the help of nearly 200 tons of dirt. The four-day event features K Street shootouts, live music, dancing, Old West theatrics, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, pony, wagon and train rides, gold panning and children's games. The popular Tent City will give visitors a peek at daily life during the Gold Rush.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
Where: Streets of Old Sacramento
Information: (916) 808-7777 www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
What: Greece is the word this weekend as the 49th annual Greek Festival gets under way. More than 30 Greek delicacies, including baklava (pastry), pastitsio (baked pasta) and spanakopita (spinach and feta pie), will be offered for purchase. In addition to food and drinks, there will be cooking demonstrations, games, live music by Mythos Band, dance lessons and more.
When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento
Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; after 3 p.m. the admission is $5 general, $4 for seniors and free for children 12 and younger.
What: Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is part of the Global Hood Music Series that also features 2Mex, Chuuwee, Nas Rockwell and more. Tijoux's album "La Bala" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Latin rhythmic charts and No.1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop y Reggaeton charts.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento
Aloha Radio and the Lava Pups
What: If you don't want to say goodbye to the summer, then head to Shine to catch a night of rockin' surf music. Orange County's Aloha Radio, featuring Lauren Mulderrig on lead vocals and ukulele, puts a contemporary spin on surf music. Sacramento's Lava Pups will open the all-ages show. Both groups also play traditional and original surf and retro rock tunes.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Shine, 1400 E St., Sacramento
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
What: The circus celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a show that features a tournament of champions. Entertainers will perform acts of bravery to lure the elusive dragon from its lair. Among the entertainers are martial arts experts Shaolin Warriors, Cossack riders, trapeze artists the Flying Caceres and the motorcycle- riding Torres family.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, continues at various times through Sept. 9
Where: Power Balance Pavilion, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento
Information: (916) 928-6900, www.powerbalancepavilion.com
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