Placer County Fair
Summer Beach Party
What: This years fair is themed Summer Beach Party, and offers entertainment in the grandstand, livestock judging, daily car parades, carnival rides and more.
When: 3-10 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville
Cost: $3-$5; active military free Saturday; kids free on Sunday
Information: (916) 786-2023, www.placercountyfair.org
Durst at the Palms
What: You can expect political satirist Will Durst to stay true to his motto: You cant make stuff up like this, as he expounds on an aging part of the population in BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters
Information: (530) 795-1825, www.palmsplayhouse.com
What: In Journey Stories the Smithsonian Institution uses photographs, narratives and artifacts to show how travel, migration and transportation shaped this country and our culture. In conjunction with the traveling exhibition, the railroad museum will display 12 railroad posters from its collection.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 28
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Cost: $5-$10, children 5 and under free
Information: (916) 323-9280, www.csrmf.org
Explore near Elk Grove
What: Join the effort to survey the birds in an old-growth valley oak forest with ornithologist John Trochet. One in a series of surveys, the moderately difficult outing is expected to last about six hours and cover 4 to 5 miles. Wear rubber boots and expect biting insects.
When: 5:15 a.m
Where: Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond roads, south of Elk Grove
Information: (916) 684-2816; www.cosumnes.org
8th Annual Brewfest
All beer and skittles
What: Raley Field, in partnership with the Northern California Brewers Guild, promises many ways to stay cool at this event. First, there would be the four dozen brewers pouring their ales, beers or ciders. Expect more shade, live music by 8 Track Massacre, hand-rolled cigars and 15 five-ounce pours for your ticket.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
Cost: $45 at the gate
Information: (916) 376-4676, www.raleyfield.com/brewfest