What to do in Sacramento this weekend: Cirque du Soleil, food festivals, Antique Faire

Summer isn’t over just yet, Sacramento.

While the first day of school is on the horizon, there are still a few weeks left to get out in the sun — or stay indoors if you prefer the air conditioner.

Forecasts this weekend show temperatures cooler than previous weeks. The high isn’t expected to break the mid 90s, which is considered normal for the region.

Here’s what events are planned in Sacramento the weekend of Aug. 12-14.


Cirque du Soleil

400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento

The Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria production is still in town for the Sacramento leg of its tour, and performances at Sutter Health Park began in early August.

Friday’s shows are at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and tickets are going for around $50. Parking is $15 per vehicle, and only credit and debit cards are accepted as payment. There is, however, public parking in the area that’s walkable.

Watch a kid’s book come to life

UC Davis Health Pavilion: 1419 H St., Sacramento

Broadway Sacramento is bringing the literary classic, “The Secret Garden” to life in a Tony award-winning musical production. Opening day for the show, based on the novel by Frances Burnett, was Wednesday, and performances are taking place until Sunday.

Tickets are available online for $50, and Friday’s show begins at 7:30 p.m.


Watch this eye-opening documentary about medical racism

The Guild Theater: 2828 35th St., Sacramento

Muganzo Entertainment, in partnership with Sex Positive Sacramento, is screening a documentary at the Guild Theater in Oak Park, called “The Big Hysto: A Black Womb Revolution.”

The film addresses “past and present racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia” from the perspective of Black health care workers and patients. The event, which starts at 3:30 p.m., will also feature a discussion with local clinicians after the screening. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $25.

Benefit college funds at the “Festival del Mole”

1101 R St., Sacramento

CASA de ESPAÑOL, a Spanish language school and cultural center, is hosting Sacramento’s first “Festival del Mole.” The event will feature a night market as well as music, dancing, art and samplings of mole, a traditional marinade used in Mexican cuisine.

Admission for the festival is free, and tickets for the mole tasting are $35. Vegan options are available, and proceeds will benefit the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California college scholarship fund.


Attend a celebration of Oaxaca culture

2700 Front St., Sacramento

Sacramento’s Latino Center of Art and Culture is organizing its first-ever Oaxaca celebration in honor of the Oaxaca festival, “Honoring the Mondays of the Hill” or Honrando los Lunes del Cerro.

The all-day program features dancing from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, Oaxacan food and crafts. Admission is free for children and $5 for adults; drink tickets are $15.

Shop for vintage goods at the antique fair

1 Sports Pkwy., Sacramento

Aug. 14 is the second Sunday of the month, which means it’s time for the Sacramento Antique Faire. Hundreds of vendors come out to the outdoor market, selling a variety of antiques and collectibles ranging from jewelry and art to furniture and glassware.

Pets are not allowed, and an ATM is available on site. Admission is free for children under age 16, and $3 for adults ages 17 and up.

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