Things to do on Mother’s Day weekend in Sacramento, Stockton


From asparagus and a honey festival to carnival rides and bouncy houses, garden tours and punk rock, here’s a list of this weekend’s events in Northern California. San Joaquin Asparagus FestivalThe San Joaquin Asparagus Festival returns to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton on Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. From ice-fried asparagus to asparagus and more, to carnival rides and hole-in-one golf contests and monster truck rides, there’s plenty to do. Learn more here. Dixon May FairThe Dixon May Fair is back for the first time in two years at 655 South First Street. Fair hours are 12-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 12-10 p.m. Sunday. A bull and bronc riding event, tractor pulling contest and demolition derby are sold out, but there are still more than 20 carnival rides to choose from. Learn more here. Girls on the Run 5K Hundreds of girls will line up for a 5K run on Saturday at Inderkum High School in Sacramento’s Natomas area. The first Girls on the Run 5K event in two years will host the run around North Natomas Regional Park. Learn more here. Mother Lode Round-Up The Mother Lode Round-Up holds its annual tribute to Western heritage this weekend. A parade begins in downtown Sonora at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Rodeos are also held later on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here. Punk in Drublic FestivalPunk in Drublic craft beer and music festival takes place Saturday at Cal Expo in Sacramento County and features NOFX, Pennywise, Face to Face, TSOL, The Bombpops, Get Dead and Knocked Down. Learn more here. Mother’s Day Kidical Mass RideA family-friendly bike ride takes place Sunday at the McKinley Park Picnic Area in Sacramento from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more here. Lodi Comic Con Lodi Comic Con takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds and will host over 200 exhibit booths. Among the special guests are five stars from the animated series “Avatar the Last Airbender.” Learn more here. Cinco de Mayo Block Party Modesto’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party is a two-day concert that takes place at Graceada Park on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Artists include Lighter Shade of Brown, Natalie Larose, Marcos Hernandez, MC Magic and Malo. Learn more here. Big Bounce America The world’s largest bouncy house and other inflatable attractions return to Elk Grove Friday through Sunday at the Bradley Ranch Winery. Learn more here. Asian Pacific Culturefest Asian Pacific Culturefest is taking place Saturday in Elk Grove in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. Expect food and craft vendors, cultural performances, and art. The event takes place at 9040 High Tech Ct from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more here. California Honey Festival The California Honey Festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Woodland. Activities include a honey lab, kids’ zone, cooking demonstrations, mead and beer garden, and other entertainment. Learn more here. Music in the MountainsMusic in the Mountains is hosting a choral workshop Saturday at Peace Luthern Church in Grass Valley. Learn more here. All Aboard the Eastbound Train – Great Wall Youth Orchestra The California State Railroad Museum is hosting an event Saturday honoring Chinese railroad workers. It features a performance by the Great Wall Youth Orchestra and a documentary film about Chinese railway workers called “Going Home”. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here. Placer County Mother’s Day Garden Tour The UC Placer County Master Gardeners are celebrating their 35th annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private gardens are located in Auburn, Loomis and Granite Bay. Learn more here. East Sacramento Garden Tour Fundraiser A two-day fundraising event for David Lubin Elementary School features a beer and wine garden, more than 100 art and food vendors, and other attractions. It takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3535 M Street. Learn more here. Concerts in the ParkDowntown Sacramento’s Friday-July tradition of live music kicks off at César Chávez Plaza. Learn more here. Whole Earth Festival The Whole Earth Festival returns to the UC Davis Quad Friday through Sunday. The event includes crafts, educational and children’s activities, live music and more. It operates from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more here. Beer & BalletSacramento Ballet dancers present 12 new works by various artists as part of the Beer & Bally series in partnership with Bike Dog Brewery. Tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday performances. The series continues throughout the month. Learn more here. Looking for more things to do? Check out our Explore Outdoors series and the Things to Do in California group on Facebook.

From asparagus and a honey festival to carnival rides and bouncy houses, garden tours and punk rock, here’s a list of this weekend’s events in Northern California.

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival

The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival returns to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton on Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. From ice-fried asparagus to asparagus and many other dishes, to carnival rides and a hole-in-one golf contest and monster truck rides, there are plenty of activities planned. Learn more here.

Dixon May Fair

The Dixon May Fair is back for the first time in two years at 655 South First Street. Fair hours are 12-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 12-10 p.m. Sunday. A bull and bronc riding event, tractor pulling contest and demolition derby are sold out, but there are still more than 20 carnival rides to choose from. Learn more here.

Runaway Girls 5K

Hundreds of girls will lace up Saturday for a 5k run at Inderkum High School in Sacramento’s Natomas area. The first Girls on the Run 5K event in two years will host the run around North Natomas Regional Park. Learn more here.

Mother Lode Overview

The Mother Lode Round-Up is hosting its annual Tribute to Western Heritage this weekend. A parade begins in downtown Sonora at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Rodeos are also held later on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

Punk Festival in Drublic

The Punk in Drublic craft beer and music festival takes place Saturday at Cal Expo in Sacramento County and features NOFX, Pennywise, Face to Face, TSOL, The Bombpops, Get Dead and Knocked Down. Learn more here.

Kidical Mass Ride Mother’s Day

A family-friendly bike ride takes place Sunday at McKinley Park Picnic Area in Sacramento from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Lodi Comic-Con

Lodi Comic Con takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds and will host more than 200 exhibit booths. Among the special guests are five stars from the animated series “Avatar the Last Airbender.” Learn more here.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party

Modesto’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party is a two-day concert taking place at Graceada Park on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Artists include Lighter Shade of Brown, Natalie Larose, Marcos Hernandez, MC Magic and Malo. Learn more here.

Big Bounce America

The world’s largest bouncy house and other inflatable attractions return to Elk Grove Friday through Sunday at the Bradley Ranch Winery. Learn more here.

Asia-Pacific Culture Day

The Asian Pacific Culturefest is taking place in Elk Grove on Saturday in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. Expect food and craft vendors, cultural performances, and art. The event takes place at 9040 High Tech Ct from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more here.

California Honey Festival

The California Honey Festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Woodland. Activities include a honey lab, kids’ zone, cooking demonstrations, mead and beer garden, and other entertainment. Learn more here.

music in the mountains

Music in the Mountains is hosting a choral workshop on Saturday at Peace Luthern Church in Grass Valley. Learn more here.

All Aboard the Eastbound Train – Great Wall Youth Orchestra

The California State Railroad Museum is hosting an event Saturday to honor Chinese railroad workers. It features a performance by the Great Wall Youth Orchestra and a documentary film about Chinese railway workers called “Going Home”. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Placer County Mother’s Day Garden Tour

The UC Placer County Master Gardeners celebrate their 35th annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private gardens are located in Auburn, Loomis and Granite Bay. Learn more here.

East Sacramento Garden Tour Fundraiser

A two-day event to raise funds for David Lubin Elementary School includes a beer and wine garden, over 100 art and food vendors and other attractions. It takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3535 M Street. Learn more here.

Concerts in the park

Downtown Sacramento’s Friday-in-July tradition of live music kicks off at César Chávez Plaza. Learn more here.

Whole Earth Day

The Whole Earth Festival returns to the UC Davis Quad Friday through Sunday. The event includes crafts, educational and children’s activities, live music and more. It operates from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more here.

Beer & Ballet

Sacramento Ballet dancers debut 12 new works by various artists as part of the Beer & Balley series in partnership with Bike Dog Brewery. Tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday performances. The series continues throughout the month. Learn more here.

Sacramento ballet at brewery

Looking for more things to do? Check out our Explore Outdoors series and the Things to Do in California group on Facebook.

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