Don’t let the pandemic stop you from enjoying your long weekend. Labor Day weekend events are still happening in the Sacramento area, even if barbecues, travel and large gatherings have mostly gone out the window. We’ve compiled a list of socially-distanced options.
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Attend a socially-distanced concert
Three nights of live drive-in concerts will allow rock fans to enjoy music from the safety of their cars during Roll-In and Rock Out. Tribute bands will pay homage to Fleetwood Mac, Heart and Journey, among other throwback acts. The Elk Grove event will also feature a variety of food trucks. Tickets start at $60 on EventBrite, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Autism Speaks.
Another musical option: The 14th annual Tejano Conjunto festival is still on. The concert will take place in Cesar Chavez Plaza on Sunday, September 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
Go to a drive-in movie
Continuing the theme of activities you can do in your car, consider watching Chadwick Boseman in “Marshall,” a 2017 film chronicling a case the United States’ first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, took on early in his career. Boseman died of cancer August 28 and will be remembered for playing Black trailblazers including Jackie Robinson and James Brown, plus Marvel’s Black Panther. The Greater Sacramento NAACP will present music plus the movie Sunday, September 6, from 5-10 p.m. at West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In theater. Tickets start at $30.
Unleash your inner artist
Volunteer artists will cover Sacramento sidewalks, parking lots and driveways with temporary masterpieces during the 30th annual Chalk It Up! festival this weekend. Past creations have included intricate floral designs and artistic advertisements for local businesses. Companies and individuals can get involved at https://chalkitup.org/join-us/sponsors/, signing up to create art or make a donation that will go toward funding youth art education.
Not an artist yourself? You can also watch artist Taylor Pannell paint a mural this weekend in Ali Youssefi Square. The project is a collaboration between the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Sacramento’s Black Artists fund.
Try a new outdoor dining option
An outdoor dining setup called “DOCO Al Fresco” will launch Thursday evening in the Downtown Commons. About 60 socially-distanced tables will accommodate 170 guests, who can order via mobile device from participating restaurants including Echo & Rig, Local Eats at Golden 1 Center, Polanco Cantina, Sauced BBQ & Spirits, Tahoe Blue Ridge Bar and Yard House. Advance reservations are encouraged and can be made online starting Thursday.
New picnic tables will also be set up at Old Sacramento Waterfront Park near restaurants such as Emma’s Tamales, Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden, Rio City Café and Willie’s Burgers. Get some take out, dine al fresco and listen to free live music. Local blues-rock act Zach Waters will perform at Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 5, from 2-5 p.m. and the country duo Amador sons will play there Monday from noon to 3.
Fresh Air: Fremont Park offers free outdoor fitness classes in Midtown. Release stress before the start of the long weekend with yoga from 6-7 p.m. Friday.