Heres a look at noteworthy events throughout the Sacramento region that should be on your radar this year.
Compiled by Genny Howe
Two In Tune Gala
An evening of food and wine, fundraiser for the Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic. Live music will be provided by orchestra members and stars of the February performance of Giuseppe Verdis Il Trovatore. A live auction will follow. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Sacramento Grand Ballroom, 629 J St., Sacramento. $150. (916) 808-1972. 2intune.org.
Champions Tennis Series: Champions Shootout
The competitive tennis circuit brings James Blake, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras to Sleep Train Arena (One Sports Parkway, Sacramento) in a one-night tournament. 7 p.m. Feb. 26. $25-$200. (800) 745-3000.
Behind the Cellar Door
Savor the flavors of 39 Amador County wineries during two days of wine education, music, food and wine pairing events. Friday evenings a winemaker reception at Terre dOro Winery (7-9 p.m. Feb. 28). 6 p.m. Feb. 28; 11 a.m. March 1-; 11 a.m. March 2. Amador Vintners Association, 9310 Pacific St., Plymouth. $50 advance, $55 day of event, $35 March 2 only. $60 winemaker reception. Presale $50, day of $55, Sunday only $35, Winemaker reception $60. (888) 655-8614. www.amadorwine.com.
Cork and Fork
A Folsom Cordova Community Partnership fundraiser featuring wine from around the region along with gourmet food tastings. Live music, a silent auction, and Best of the Best in Rancho Cordova honored by the Cordovas Choice Awards round out the event. 6:30 p.m. March 14. Sacramento Marriott Hotel, 11211Point E Drive, Rancho Cordova. $25 advance, $40 at the door. (916) 361-8684, ext 281.
St. Patricks Day Parade
The traditional St. Patricks Day parade steps off at Second and L streets in Old Sacramento at 1 p.m. March 15. Free. oldsacramento.com.
Dandelion Days Celebration
The annual Jackson Lions Clubs fundraiser is a family-oriented St. Patricks Day event and includes an outdoor bazaar and flea market featuring antiques, relics and collectibles, arts and crafts, food, street entertainers and a 5K run. A pancake, ham and egg breakfast, at the Jackson Civic Center, kicks off the days activities at 7 a.m. March 15-16. Main Street, Jackson. Free. (209) 223-1646.
UC Davis Powwow
The 42nd annual UC Davis Powwow, a dance contest with food and craft vendors, will take place 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 19 at the UC Davis outdoor quad. UC Davis Campus Quad, One Shields Ave., Davis. Free. (530) 752-7032. ccc.ucdavis.edu/powwow.html.
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival
Sponsored by Sacramento Artists Council, The Grid Agency and Dads Kitchen at Freeport, this event will feature live music and bike valet. The chili cook-off will have four categories individual, industry, vegetarian and peoples choice. There will be beer samplings provided by regional breweries. 1 p.m. April 19. Freemont Park, 1515 Q St., Sacramento. $20-$65. (916) 230-1454. sacramentobeerandchilifestival.com.
The third annual Capitol City International BeerFest, a benefit for FirstAce, a proactive Youth Player Development program, features more than 80 beers from Belgian ales and lagers to wheat beers and ciders. Tickets include unlimited beer tastings, souvenir cup, BeerFest guide and live music. For ages 21 and older. 2 p.m. April 19. Turn Verein Hall, 3349 J St., Sacramento. $25 advance, $30 at the door, $5 designated drivers. (916) 448-2311. capcitybeerfest.com.
Concerts in the Park
Staged at Cesar Chavez Plaza (910 I St.), Sacramentos free music series takes place 5-9 p.m. Fridays, May 2-July 25. For the lineup, visit www.downtownsac.org.
Professional cycling teams, including Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, compete in an eight-day event, traveling more than 750 miles. It begins in front of the Capitol Building (10th and L streets, Sacramento). May 11. amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Galt Strawberry Festival
Galt celebrates its 19th annual Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m. May 17-18. Veterans Field, 900 Charoline Ave., Galt. (209) 745-2529.
Sacramento County Fair
The Sacramento County Fair, themed Lets Eat, Have Fun, and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue, boasts agriculture displays, a livestock auction, rodeo, arts and crafts, along with entertainment, demolition derby, fair food and carnival rides. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 22-25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 26. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $5 general, free for children ages 12 and younger. www.sacfair.com.
From blues and jazz to rockabilly and Latin, the Sacramento Music Festival offers it all. Old Sacramento, downtown hotels and the Convention Center will offer concerts and performances May 23-26 as part of its 41st event, which includes a 10 a.m. parade May 24. For a lineup and ticket costs, visit www.sacmusicfest.com.
46th Annual Hangtown Motocross Classic
Practice and time qualifications will be in the morning; opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and two motos each for the women, 250 and 450 classes. 6 a.m. May 29-7 p.m. May 31. Pairie City State Park, 13300 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova. $40 general, $20 children ages 6-11, free for children ages 5 and younger. (916) 985-7378. www.hangtownmx.com.
El Dorado County Fair
Themed Photos, Fathers and Fair, with carnival games and rides, exhibits. Noon June 12-13 and 15; 10 a.m. June 14. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. $6-$9. (530) 621-5860. www.eldoradocountyfair.org.
Music in the Park
Bring a folding chair or blanket to one of the free outdoor concerts held 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, June 12-Aug. 28. Village Park, 4238 Main St., Fair Oaks. For a complete lineup, visit www.fairoakspark.org.
Placer County Fair
Roseville celebrates its annual county fair with carnival games and rides, vendors, arts and crafts, music and entertainment for all ages. 3 p.m. June 19-20; 10 a.m. June 21-22. Placer County Fair Grounds, Johnson Hall, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville. $3-$5. (916) 786-2023.
Gold Rush Days
Come dressed in your best Old West garb (prizes will be awarded), learn to hand weave on an old-fashioned loom and discover what Grass Valley/Nevada County was like in the 1800s. Highlights include blacksmith demos, medicine show and live music. June 21-22. Mill and Main streets, Grass Valley. Free. (530) 272-8315. historicgrassvalley.com.
Cal Expos Independence Day
The Miller Lite Grandstand is the site of Cal Expos Independence Day celebration, with music and dancing. July 4. 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. A limited number of seats are available for purchase. www.calexpo.com.
The California State Fair, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, July 11-27. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 children ages 12 and younger. Parking is $10. www.bigfun.org.
Nevada County Fair
Aug. 6-10. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. www.nevadacountyfair.com.
Yolo County Fair
Aug. 13-17. Yolo County Fairgrounds, Gum Avenue, Woodland. www.yolocountyfair.net.
Midtown Cocktail Week
Enjoy the libations created by mixologists during the Midtown Business Associations annual event to be held Aug. 19-24 at various venues in midtown Sacramento. Ticket costs varies. (916) 442-1500. midtowncocktailweek.org.
The annual antique and classic car show features more than 300 vintage trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats. 4 p.m. Sep. 26; 10 a.m. Sep. 27. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. $20 per person. (209) 785-4234. ironstonefoundation.org.
Folsom Renaissance Faire
And Shakespeare Festival. Hear the clashing armor between knights, participate in one of the Renaissance-themed activities such as archery and fencing and shop in the marketplace. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19. Folsom Lions Park, Folsom. $16 general, $11 seniors, $8 children ages 6-12, free for children ages 5 and younger. Parking is $4. www.folsomfaire.com.
Mountain Mandarin Festival
The signature fruit brings a bounty of attractions to Placer County, including cooking demonstrations, crafts, entertainment, games and contests. Nov. 21-23. Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. mountainmandarins.com.
Theatre of Lights
The free holiday light and theatrical performance of The Night Before Christmas is narrated by Mark Twain. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. K and Front streets, Old Sacramento. oldsacramento.com.
Grass Valley will be bustling with shoppers, carolers, vendors, musicians and people dressed in period costume. Fridays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19. Mill and West Main streets, Grass Valley. grassvalleychamber.com.