Feel free to have free fun this weekend

Desolation Outdoors hosts a demonstration day and invites people to learn how to stand-up paddle board.
Desolation Outdoors hosts a demonstration day and invites people to learn how to stand-up paddle board. Desolation Outdoors

You can keep your wallet full and still have fun this weekend. Here are five free local events happening in our region.

Stand-up Paddle Board Demo Day

Learn how to stand-up paddle board at Lake Natoma-Nimbus Flat on Saturday, July 30. Stand-up paddle board manufacture Desolation Outdoors is hosting a free product demonstration that will feature specialized boards made for racing, touring, exploration, surfing and cruising. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by emailing info@desolationoutdoors.com or calling 800-383-1430.

Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 30

Address: Nimbus Flat Lake Natoma State Park, Rancho Cordova

More information at facebook.com/events/502808853242030/

Chili Cook-Off

Block out some time on Sunday afternoon (July 31) for the free chili cook-off hosted by Track 7 Brewing Company at its Curtis Park location. Chili lovers are invited to enjoy live music and taste free samples from the 15 teams participating. The people’s choice and brewer’s choice awards will be presented at the end of the event. The brewery also plans to introduce a special Triple IPA.

Time: noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Address: 3747 West Pacific Ave., Sacramento

More information at sacramento365.com/event/chili-cook-off/

Concerts in the Park

Head to Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, July 29, for the second-to-last installment of Concerts in the Park. Friday’s lineup includes a special performance from pop painter David Garibaldi, along with the Brodys, The J Band, Trapacana and JosephONE.

Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 29

Address: 910 I St., Sacramento

More information at godowntownsac.com/

Strauss Festival of Elk Grove

Watch a 40-piece live orchestra accompany more than three dozen dancers performing the classic fairy tale “Snow White” this weekend as the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove celebrates its 29th year. Everyone is invited to bring blankets and enjoy the live performance and fireworks. Local food vendors will be present, including Rich’s Ice Cream, Mr. Pop’s Popcorn, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Elk Grove Rotary Club’s hot dogs/brats with all the trimmings.

Admission is free, but reserved seating also is available ($25-$55); parking is $10.

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31

Address: 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove

More information at straussfestival.com

SacCirque Park Takeover

Performing artists group SacCirque is hosting a skill sharing session and potluck at Sacramento’s Southside Park on Sunday. The group invites people to learn and share their talents such as Acroyoga, juggling, slack lining and hand balancing. People are encouraged to bring their own props and food for the potluck. Lookout for the SacCirque banner and canopy.

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Address: 2115 Sixth St. Sacramento

More information at facebook.com/events/295780667430424/

Jenice Tupolo: 916-321-1673, @JayTupolo