Bee Picks: Fun things to do this weekend


Sacramento Harvest Festival

Arts and craft showcase

What: One of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast showcases original art, pottery, clothing, photography, specialty foods, jewelry and décor that are all handmade in the United States. To make it an event for the whole family, there will be live entertainment, a kids zone and food.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cal Expo Pavilion, 1600 Exposition Drive, Sacramento

Cost: $4-$9; children 12 and under free; $2 off admission with the donation of a nonperishable food donation.

Information: (800)346-1212;


Ragtime festival

Syncopation celebration

What: Over three days in multiple venues, ragtime musicians will perform the uniquely American music that this country danced to from the late 1800s up through the Roaring ’20s. If all you know is Scott Joplin, expand your experience by sampling some of the music that boosted both piano sales and the recording industry in the early 20th century.

When: Noon-11 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Clarion Inn, 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento

Cost: Single-day pass $30-$50; multiple-day pass $70-$95; after 5 p.m. entry is half-price



Art exhibit

‘Ragged edge of small towns’

What: Timothy Horn’s new works depict buildings, cars and industrial settings from a variety of locations including the Sacramento Delta, Fairfax, San Francisco and Missoula, Mont. The Marin County artist says he has “always been drawn to the ragged edge of small towns.”

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. most Sundays

Where: Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School Street #14, Lodi

Cost: Free

Information: (209)368-5123


Annual Rock Auction

Stone cold event

What: Rock-hounders take note. Gemstones, minerals and fossils, about 200 items in all, will be auctioned off to raise funds for CSU Sacramento’s Geology Club. The event also includes geology-based games for children, balloon “rock hammers,” and light appetizers.

When: 6-9 p.m. today

Where: California State University, Sacramento, Alumni Center, 6000 J St.

Cost: Free

Information: (916)278-6337


Sacramento Ballet

Sneak peek at ‘The Nutcracker’

What: Children of all ages are enchanted by the story of “The Nutcracker.” Sacramento Ballet previews its version of the holiday classic. Members of the ballet company will teach a free children's ballet lesson after the performance.

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grand Hall, Clunie Community Center, McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916)264-2920