Juneteenth celebrates Emancipation
What: Sacramento will celebrate for the 12th year the proclamation in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln that emancipated slaves. This year's Juneteenth Celebration includes music, a 1-mile race, historical displays, a parade, an arts show and a nine-hole golf tournament.
When: 7-9:30 p.m. gospel concert, today; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. festival Saturday; 7:30 a.m. golf Sunday.
Where: William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Information: (916) 808-7739; www.sacramentojuneteenth.com
Rosin up the bow
38th Father's Day Festival
What: The California Bluegrass Association attracts fans from beyond Northern California for music among the pines. Aficionados know that the pickin' in the campgrounds (it goes on all day, all night) is as big a draw as the main stage, where the lineup this year includes Blue Highway and Rhonda Vincent.
When: Main stage 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Sunday
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
Cost: Single-day tickets $15-55; three-day pass, $55-130; kids 15 and younger, free.
Fathers and daughters dance
What: Sacramento Children's Museum celebrates the special relationship between fathers and daughters with its second annual Cupcake Ball. Girls will receive a princess halo, and light refreshments will include cupcakes, of course. The museum is designed for children ages newborn to 8.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova
Cost: $20-30 per couple, additional children $4-5 each
Information: (916) 638-7225; www.sackids.org
Pops in the Park
Concert in the park
What: The 4-and-under crowd will share their beloved Bertha Henschel Park with a wider range of ages for the second in the June series of free concerts in east Sacramento parks. Expect some big band music to come wafting over the folding chairs on the lawn, as the John Skinner Band entertains.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Bertha Henschel Park, 160 45th St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 808-7003; eastsacpopsinthepark.com
Diesels & Dads
Train rides along Sac River
What: Not one but two classic diesel locomotives Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific "Daylight" No. 6051 will ply the tracks during 45-minute Father's Day excursions along the Sacramento River. Pair the ride, which departs from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, with a tour of the California State Railroad Museum.
When: Trains depart hourly 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Front Street between J and K streets in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
Cost: Excursion rides $5-15; museum admission $5-10, children 5 and under free for museum and excursion rides
Information: (916) 445-6645; http://www.csrmf.org