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Local museums offer scary, fun & festive activities just in time for Fall

Local museums offer scary, fun & festive activities just in time for Fall
In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. This fall, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) are offering fun Halloween, Día de Los Muertos and harvest-related events and activities – some for families, children only or specifically for adults.  A sampling of the special activities is listed below (but please check with the various museums and/or destinations for more detailed information):
Scary, Creepy Science at the Powerhouse Science Center – Weekends in October

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Some people refuse to stay buried. Come to the Old City Cemetery if you dare and dig up creepy and sordid tales of corpses gone missing, disinterment, body snatchers, and mistaken identities. Who will arrive? Who will survive?

The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is free parking on surrounding streets. Tours are free; however, donations are appreciated and benefit cemetery preservation. For more information, call 916-448-0811.

Living history ghost tours are back in Old Sac!

Living history ghost tours are back in Old Sac!

As part of the fun and interpretive Old Sacramento Living History Program, the eerie and ever popular one-hour “Ghost Tours” return for three weekends on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017! 

Old Sacramento guests will have the opportunity to relive 19th century lore. Guides (and ghosts) will relate tantalizing narratives about the deaths of colorful citizens from Sacramento’s history. And guests will have the chance to see these not-so-dead Sacramentans. Departing every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and departing from the Sacramento History Museum, daring and inquisitive guests will be led through Old Sacramento’s infamous locales to experience the darker side of California’s history. Don’t miss these special Living History “Ghost Tours” beginning in mid-October. 

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 7th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 10/7

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 7th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 10/7

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 7th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is It Came from the Archives!?  Showcasing historic treasures from 24 Northern California institutions, numerous special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations, including the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Start your engines early...enter your auto in the CruiseFest!

Start your engines early...enter your auto in the CruiseFest!

Calling all car enthusiasts...mark your calendar for October 7, 2017 for the 9th Annual CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, Northern California’s premier car cruise, benefiting the California Automobile Museum.

This years' CruiseFest (major sponsor being the Fulton Avenue Association) promises to be the best one yet, with 500 classic and custom cars of every make, model and era, cruisin’ down the Avenue.
The cruise will take place on a one-mile loop of Fulton Avenue, bordered by Cottage Way on the south and Marconi Avenue on the north. The cruise will begin at 3 p.m., and participants may cruise (or park) as much as they want from 3 until 5 p.m. Everyone will then be directed to park along Fulton, and the street will be opened up for spectators to “cruise” on foot till 7:30 p.m.

Souls of the city returns to Old Sacramento for Dia De Los Muertos

Souls of the city returns to Old Sacramento for Dia De Los Muertos

Since 2011 Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos.