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  • Carl Costas / Sacramento Bee file

    The Placer County Fair, with the theme “Summer Beach Party,” kicks off today at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. The event, which runs through Sunday, has entertainment, livestock judging, car parades and carnival rides.

  • Autumn Payne / Sacramento Bee file

    It’s possible you’ll see great horned owls on a Saturday morning tour.

  • Courtesy of the Smithsonian ​

    “Journey Stories” is a exhibition from the Smithsonian at the California State Railroad Museum into September.

  • courtesy The Palms Playhouse / The Palms Playhouse

    Will Durst will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday.

The Lineup: The Bee picks things to do this weekend

Published: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm


Placer County Fair

‘Summer Beach Party’

What: This year’s 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,


Standup comedy

Durst at the Palms

What: You can expect political satirist Will Durst to stay true to his motto: “You can’t 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

Cost: $20

Information: (530) 795-1825,


Smithsonian exhibit

‘Journey Stories’

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,


Counting birds

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

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 684-2816;


8th Annual Brewfest

All beer and skittles

What: Raley Field, in partnership with the Northern California Brewer’s 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,

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