Bee Picks: Fun things to do this weekend


Looking back

Emigrant Christmas

What: It may not be a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, but you can peek into holidays of a bygone era at Sutter’s Fort. See the simplicity of an emigrant Christmas of the 1840s as interpreted by docents. Visitors can try hands-on activities such as dipping candles and making toys or ornaments.

When: Emigrant Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento

Cost: Emigrant Christmas $5-$7, children 5 and under free

Information: Sutter’s Fort, (916) 445-4422,


Children’s Chorus

Merry Little Christmas

What: All five choirs of the Sacramento Children’s Chorus will do their part to create a merry little Christmas concert. Expect classical pieces – some with a modern twist – and popular music in this holiday concert, which kicks off the 21st season for the chorus.

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Westminister Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St., Sacramento

Cost: $12-$17

Information: (916) 646-1141,


Ray Eames

‘A Century of Modern Design’

What: Celebrate the 101st birthday and design legacy of Sacramento native Ray Eames with workshops, research presentations, hands-on activities and self-guided tours of the “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” exhibit.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento

Cost: $6.50-$9; children 5 and under free

Information: (916) 653-7524;


Foothills open house

Fun and food in Mokelumne Hill

What: This historic Gold Rush town shows off its hometown pride with carolers, face-painting and complimentary food and drink along Main Street. Pop into the library for storytelling or catch a ride on a hay wagon.

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mokelumne Hill

Cost: Free

Information: (209) 286-1387



Celebration of the season

What: How could it get more festive than this? Street theater and a Mexican mercado are rolled into one afternoon event. The 45-minute modern retelling of the Mexican Pastorela, a traditional fable with shepherds, angels and devils, starts at the Convention Center and moves along K Street to the market set up in the lobby of the Crest Theater.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Convention Center plaza, 13th and K streets, Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 446-5133 ,