Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Friday

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Friday, June2:

Concert in the Park

Downtown Sacramento’s Concerts In the Park series continues at Cesar Chavez Park, 910 I St., from 5 to 9 p.m. The free concert will feature performers Secret Band, Eternity Forever, A Foreign Affair, Lost Things and DJ Billy Lane. Go to the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Black Book Fair

The annual two-day Sacramento Black Book Fair in the city’s historic Oak Park neighborhood kicks off with an opening reception from 6 to 7 p.m. at Underground Books, 2814 35th St., followed by a panel discussion with the fair’s featured authors – Ayanna Simone Fabio, Suzette D. Harrison, Yvette Johnson and Indigo Moor, Sacramento’s poet laureate – at 7:10 p.m. at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St. The panel discussion is free and open to the public, though organizers request that those who plan to attend RSVP to faye@bluenilepress.com. At 9:15pm there will be a Gala Art Reception and Jazz Mixer at the Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th St. Saturday’s events include Books on Parade at 10:30 a.m. with the Grant High School Drumline Band at the Women’s Civic Improvement Center, 3555 3rd Ave.; a Kids Zone from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with storytelling, music and poetry for children and teens at the Brickhouse Art Gallery; and author’s chat rooms and circles with book signings and discussions at venues throughout historic Oak Park. For more information, go to the book fair’s website at www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com.

R Street art walk

The R Street Corridor’s First Fridays Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. features galleries along the city burgeoning arts and dining corridor in an old industrial area near downtown Sacramento. More than a half-dozen galleries and art spaces take part in the event, including the Warehouse Artist Lofts at 1108 R St., the Arthouse on R at 1021 R St. and Beatnik Studios at 723 S St. For a full list and more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.