Sacramento might be best known for its rivers, but it's our lakes that will be in the national spotlight this weekend just in time for some sizzling late-spring heat.
Folsom Lake hosts what event organizers are calling "BigWake Weekend," a three-day "beach picnic and party combining culture, sports and entertainment" starting Friday.
The highlight for sports fans is the return of H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing the boats exceed 200 mph to Sacramento for the first time in 46 years. The final is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m.
If you're not into super-fast boats, there also will be wakeboard competitions, power-boat races, entertainment, themed beer gardens and, yes, lots of food.
Tickets $19 for Friday, $39 for Saturday and Sunday can be purchased at bigwakeweekend.com or at 7165 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay (tickets will not be sold at the event site). Gates at the Granite Bay State Recreation Area open at 6 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For information about tickets, parking and a schedule of events, go to bigwakeweekend.com.
Not far away, the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships will be at the Sac State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma, also Friday through Sunday.
Competition begins at 8 a.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m Sunday. Tickets are $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday and Sunday.
For more information: www.row2k.com/ira.
What to watch, do
Baseball, A's at Giants, AT&T Park, 12:45 p.m., CSNBA, CSNCA: It's A.J. Griffin vs. Barry Zito in the finale of the four-game Bay Bridge series.
What will you be watching this weekend?
H1 boat racing at Folsom Lake
Rowing championships at Lake Natoma
Sports on TV in air conditioning
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