Fall festival season continues into the fall in Sacramento. Everything from Polynesian celebrations, to women’s empowerment, to beer and shopping can be found this fall. Grab gifts, a pint, great food and more at some of these local festivals, and pre funk for the holidays with loads of festivals this year.
6th Annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Sacramento Aloha Festival 2016
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815

Now, fall may not seem like a distinctly unique time to have a Polynesian festival, but the 6th Annual Sacramento Aloha Festival seeks to change all that. Educational exhibits, workshops, speakers and presentations and health and community awareness exhibits in combination a with cultural village component (Keiki Korner arts & crafts, merchandise and food vendors, Hawai’ian entertainment and art exhibit) makes the 6th Annual Sacramento Aloha Festival a 360 experience. Arrive early and bring a portable chair, as crowds are expected. Admission is free with a $10 parking fee.

Sacramento Women’s Expo 2016
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Women’s empowerment is on tap at 2016 Sacramento Women’s Expo. They know that uplifting women involves more than just keen fashion and an adept use of makeup (although there is a ton of all that, too). Women’s health and wellness, workshops by successful female entrepreneurs run hand in hand with a beauty bar and fashion shows. It’s an event that the ladies won’t want to miss. Tickets are $10 with pre-sale available now. Visit the website for more.

Whole Lotta Brews
Go Palladio
340 Palladio Parkway, Folsom, CA, 95630

And yes, with Oktoberfest looming, it’s time to get your chug on at the Whole Lotta Brews festival in Folsom. From 6 to 9 p.m. attendees with have access to unlimited beer tastings and samples from local, gourmet food vendors, all set to a soundtrack provided by The Aaron Gayden Band. The event is a fundraiser for the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership which aims to reduce and eliminate childhood abuse and neglect in the region. Tickets range from $45 to $50 for V.I.P. attendees. See the website for more details.

Stamp And Scrapbook Expo 2016
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Need to add some flair to your scrapbook? Just in time for the holidays, the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. People of all ages come together to learn the timeless art of scrapbooking. Come on in, and attend a workshop put on by our scrapbooking experts. This traveling festival has been around for 18 years, and the knowledge that comes with it is incomparable. Do a card swap, a workshop and loads more. Doors open Oct. 21 & 22 at 9 a.m.

Harvest Festival Original Art And Craft Show
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815

Think of it as a huge flea market on steroids. The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show not only has loads of tradeable wares, but it has a plethora of unique handcrafted goods (over 24,00 handmade crafts to be exact). Speaking of the holidays you can find gifts for the whole family way before the holiday rush. There’s food, live entertainment and even a kids zone for the burgeoning craftspeople to be! The show is on from November 18th through the 20th. Visit the website for all the details.

Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on Examiner.com. He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.