With summer beginning to wind down and a beautiful Sacramento autumn on the way, there are plenty of chances for exciting entertainment. Best of all, it does not require big bucks to have big fun. Enjoy live theater, comedy, music and high-flying action for only $20 or less per person.

Comedy Under the Stars: Debi Gutierrez
Laguna Town Hall
3020 Renwick Ave.
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Date: Sept. 9, 2013

A perfect choice for a Friday night date, this special outdoor performance is presented for one evening only by Sacramento Laughs Unlimited. The headliner is Emmy-nominated actress and comedian Debi Gutierrez, known for her quicksilver wit and high-energy personality. Pack up a picnic basket, blanket and sweater and head for the Laguna Town Hall amphitheater for moonlit entertainment.

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Photo Credit: Fair Oaks Theater Festival

Photo Credit: Fair Oaks Theater Festival

The Drowsy Chaperone
Fair Oaks Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater
7991 California Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-7905

Dates: Aug. 9 through Sept. 8, 2013

The Fair Oaks Theater Festival presents this hilarious, Tony Award-winning show that lampoons romantic musicals from the 1920s. When a grumpy man listens to the soundtrack of an old musical, his drab apartment is suddenly transformed when the characters come to life around him. His running commentary is part of the fun as gangsters, tycoons, Latin lovers and a beautiful Broadway star sing and dance their way through this rollicking tale. Tickets to the show top out at $15, with lower prices for certain age groups and performance dates.

Oh Mr. Sousa!
Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 608-6888

Date: Sept. 7, 2013

Many people know John Philip Sousa simply as the creator of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” but the conductor, musician and composer accomplished many things in his lifetime. Join the Sacramento Symphonic Winds for a “musical biography” of the great man, an exciting and exuberant evening that will leave your toes tapping long after you leave. The event features actors, singers and a 60-piece band, and some seats are available for only $20.

Photo Credit: California Capital Airshow

Photo Credit: California Capital Airshow

California Capital Airshow
Mather Airport
10510 Superfortress Ave.
Mather, CA 95655
(916) 876-7568

Dates: Oct. 5-6, 2013

Visitors from across the West flock to Mather for the annual airshow, a three-day event featuring a wide array of exciting performances, interactive displays and historic planes. The Royal Canadian Air Force Jet Demonstration Team headlines the event, which also includes aerial acrobatics, skydiving, the Red Bull Air Force Team, a jet car race, war-gaming displays, wing walkers and live entertainment. From barnstorming biplanes to military choppers, jets and fire-fighting aircraft, there truly is something for everyone. One-day tickets are reasonably priced when purchased in advance, and special packages for multiple days and special seating are available as well.

The Zydeco Flames
McConnell Estates Winery
10686 W. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95757
(916) 685-5368

Date: Aug. 24, 201

Get fired up with the award-winning Zydeco Flames as it bring its hot Cajun, rhythm and blues licks to the McConnell Estates Winery. The group has played in concert with the likes of Harry Connick, Jr., performed for a standing U.S. president and has had five of its numbers included in “The Sims Unleashed” computer game. The outdoor concert includes complimentary wine tasting and food will be available from a Sacramento food truck.

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