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Local museums celebrate the end of summer with festivals & fun
Local museums celebrate the end of summer with festivals & fun

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. With summer nearing its end, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are featuring a number of festivals and fun events, a sampling of which includes the following:

Toy Train Month at the California State Railroad Museum – August
California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to recognize August as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit. Fourteen toy cabooses from the Museum’s impressive collection will be introduced – for the first time – in the crowd-favorite exhibit.  For more, visit www.californiarailroad.museum

Sunday Playday at the Crocker Art Museum – 8/14
The Crocker Art Museum presents Sunday Playday, a new monthly program designed for young children (ages 4 to 6) and their caregivers that is a gallery-based art making experience designed to support school readiness. Led by a Museum educator, children will participate in a fun make-and-take project using a variety of art materials, inspired by a different artwork on display. For more, visit www.crockerartmuseum.org

“Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – 8/20
The special interactive event at Sutter’s Fort will showcase some of the pioneer games and activities popular during the early days at the Fort including: Game of Graces, bean bag toss, sack and barrel hoop races, and water-related games such as bucket races to help keep kids cool on a hot day. And, of course, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  For more, please visit www.suttersfort.org

Banana Festival at Shasta Park in Elk Grove – 8/20 & 8/21
Coordinated in part by Sojourner Truth African American Museum, the 7th Annual Sacramento Banana Festival is an exciting two-day festival that kicks off with a 5k run/walk on Saturday and continues throughout the weekend with fun for all ages including food, fashion, exciting live entertainment, multi-cultural exhibits, a kids zone and a chef challenge, too. For more, visit www.sacbananafestival.com

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento State Historic Park – 9/2 through 9/5
Gold Rush Days (& Nights!) return to Old Sacramento over the extended Labor Day Weekend. The annual heritage celebration begins with an Education Day on Friday (primarily for school groups) then kicks into high gear for the general public with a wide variety of free family-friendly activities. In addition to the ever-popular and official daytime activities, the fun extends into the evening hours with a Friday night Gold Rush Beer Crawl, a Saturday night Country Western Dance and a Sunday evening outdoor movie showing of True Grit (2010 version). For more, please visit www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com

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