There are many ways to find enjoyment and set the spirit soaring in and around Sacramento, from air shows – that's pilot Sean Tucker taking a spin over downtown last fall – to dining out at one of the region's numerous eateries, to sampling fine wines, as at the Old Sugar Mill not far downriver in Clarksburg.
Plant yourself in one of the area's many gardensPhoto: Salvia blooms in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of native plants at the UC Davis Arboretum.
If you're seeking a tasty deli lunch, try one of thesePhoto: At Roxie Deli in Sacramento, the staff turns out wonderful fare from a cramped space. You can also expect a serving of good-natured gab from those preparing your lunch.
See a film or a festival's worth at some unique theatersPhoto: Built in 1938, Tower Theater in Land Park specializes in independent and foreign film releases.
Actors and musicians light up Sacramento's stagesPhoto: Jamie Jones
Dine well on just a few bucks at these reliable spotsPhoto: Juan Francisco, right, puts together a burrito at Chando's on Arden Way. There's now a second location on Power Inn Road.
You're in the right place for delightful, inexpensive winesPhoto: The Clarksburg Wine Co. offers a crisp example of chenin blanc, with stone-fruit flavors and acidity that will quench your thirst.
Sporting life can mean affordable fun Harness racing at Cal Expo is lots of fun and a good deal, too. Getting in to watch the races on the one-mile oval is free.