This Week: Old Sacramento fireworks set for New Year’s Eve

Fireworks go off over Old Sacramento for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2011.
Fireworks go off over Old Sacramento for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2011. rbenton@sacbee.com

Those seeking a family-friendly place to ring in the new year can attend the 15th annual New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular on Wednesday in Old Sacramento.

The event highlights two fireworks displays – at 9 p.m. and midnight – along the waterfront. But before the pyrotechnics are live music, children’s entertainment, food and drink vendors, and live street entertainment, starting at 6 p.m.

Children’s programming includes Sacramento’s 3D Game Theater, balloon twisting and face painting, and features live music by the Madison Hudson Band and Superlicious. In addition, the Old Sacramento holiday staple, the Theatre of Lights will wrap up the holiday season with two final – and free – performances at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on K Street between Front and Second streets.

Two different fireworks displays are part of the free community celebration. The 9 p.m. show is choreographed to top hits for music fans of all ages, and will run 15 minutes. The midnight finale, which is choreographed to classic hits, lasts about 7 minutes.

The fireworks will be launched from the West Sacramento riverwalk in front of the ziggurat building.

The New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular will take place rain or shine. For safety during the two fireworks displays, the Tower Bridge will be raised to prevent pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The event is produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Sacramento365.com.

Last week for Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo

The Global Winter Wonderland, a 17-acre light display theme park, continues through Sunday at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. This week’s hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. today through Thursday and Sunday , and 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Info: www.globalwonderland.com

Drag Racing ushers in new year at Sacramento venue

Race into the new year with NHRA drag racing, professional and street legal, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Sacramento Raceway Park, 5305 Excelsior Road, Sacramento.

Info: www.sacramentoraceway.com

Travel posters exhibit continues at museum

“American Journeys: Travel Posters from Railroading’s Golden Age” exhibit begins a three-month run Friday at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St., Old Sacramento. The travel posters will depict how railroads promoted destinations for travelers. This week’s exhibit times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (except New Year’s Day).

Info: (916) 323-9280 or www.csrmf.org

Home and Garden Show at begins Friday downtown

The California State Home and Garden Show will be featured for three days beginning Friday at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. There will be a live cooking demonstration stage, wine tasting from local wineries and a wine vintner’s sale. An artist pavilion and ultimate outdoor man cave will also be attractions.

Info: www.calstateshows.com

Cosplaying a SacAnime attraction this weekend

Also at the Sacramento Convention Center (and Sheraton Grand Hotel) this weekend will be the SacAnime pop culture convention beginning Friday. Thousands of attendees are expected to be cosplaying (costume playing) as their favorite characters from comics, movies, TV shows and more.

Info: www.sacanime.com

La Festa Della Befana on Sunday in Carmichael

The annual children’s festival, La Festa Della Befana will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society’s Italian Center in Carmichael, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd. The Epiphany feast is an important part of Christmas festivities in Italy. La Befana (old woman) will visit children with a basket of gold coins and a free gift for each child.

Info: (916) 482-5900