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Best 2013 Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

August 28, 2013 4:38 PM

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Labor Day may mark the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

The three-day weekend has something for just about everyone in the Sacramento area. You can turn back time as you step into simpler days, get your groove on with some reggae music, and celebrate culture, art and community.

Check out some of the best Labor Day celebrations going on this weekend.

(credit: oldsacramento.com)

(credit: oldsacramento.com)

14th Annual Gold Rush Days
August 30 – September 2, 2013
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More than 200 tons of dirt will cover the streets of Old Sacramento as this annual festival turns back the clock, transforming Sacramento’s historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times.

SacAnime Summer 2013
August 30 – September 1, 2013
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SacAnime is the anime convention “Where Fans Come to Play,” providing Japanese influenced pop culture fun for the entire family. Over 10,000 fans, many in costume, are expected to attend.

greek salad Best 2013 Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

50th Anniversary Sacramento Greek Festival
August 30 – September 1, 2013
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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Sacramento’s Greek Festival, one of the most prominent heritage festivals in California. Held every Labor Day weekend at Sacramento’s Convention Center, this festival attracts well over 10,000 people from all over Northern California.

(Credit: sacramentoreggaefestival.com)

(Credit: sacramentoreggaefestival.com)

4th Annual One Love, One heart Reggae Music Festival
August 31-September 1, 2013
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This three day event at Sacramento’s Rio Ramaza Marina will provide attendants with a multicultural collection of world music, dance, and cuisine. The festival is intended to produce a family-friendly atmosphere oriented toward celebrating the diversity that defines the Sacramento community.

(credit: Chalk it Up to Sacramento website)

(credit: Chalk it Up to Sacramento website)

Chalk It Up! To Sacramento Festival
August 31-September 2, 2013
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Chalk It Up to Sacramento, now in its 23rd year, is a fun, family-friendly outdoor event that celebrates great art and music. What makes this festival special is that it promotes creativity, collaboration, and community involvement. Chalk It Up believes that there is an artist in all of us and everyone is welcome to participate.

7th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival
September 1, 2013
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The annual Sacramento Tejano Conjunto Festival celebrates the sound and spirit of two musical traditions. Blending Mexican-Spanish vocal traditions with Czech and German dance tunes and instruments, Tejano (“Texan”) and Conjunto (“Group”) music have spread far from their humble roots in the Lone Star State.

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

2013 Sacramento Rainbow Festival
September 1, 2013
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The Rainbow Festival is the larger of two annual Sacramento pride events. Rainbow is based on an entertainment-centered lineup including events at local nightclubs, a street fair with multiple stages, internationally recognized headline acts, local and regional talent, as well as guest political speakers, and over 100 informational and vendor booths.

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