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Best Upcoming Art Festivals In Sacramento

For art connoisseurs, collectors, aficionados, artists and lookiloos, art abounds in Sacramento. In 2012, art festivals range from museum exhibits to outdoor family-friendly festivals to events in which art lovers can purchase jewelry, sculptures, paintings and more. As spring gets into full swing, get out of the house and down to one of these Sacramento art events.
California State Capitol Museum

California State Capitol Museum

10th and L Streets State Capitol, Room B-27
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

Price: Free
Hours: Mon to Sun – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Year round, displays and special exhibits are found on the calendar at the California State Capitol Museum. During the week, museum-goers can witness government in action. Sign up for one or more tours and wear comfortable shoes to enjoy art from floors to ceilings, including collections of governors' portraits and murals. You might even see Governor Jerry Brown in person. At the Kid Zone, the children can learn while having fun.

Elk Grove Center
(credit: Michelle Ventress)

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

9080 Elk Grove Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 685-5992

Price: Free
Date: April 6, 2012
Hours: Wed to Sat - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The First Friday of every month, the art center features special artists or events. A reception is held for feature artists from 5 to 9 p.m. and refreshments are served. On April 6, meet high school artists featuring their best art and sculptures; some even raffle their work. On May 4 during the Western Festival, the art center will be full with the likes of cows, horses, chickens and cowboy paintings.

 Crocker Art Museum
(credit: Juliet Farmer)

Art Spark

The Crocker Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

Price: $10, Seniors $8, Youth (7-17) $5, 
Children (6 and under) Free
Date: April 15, 2012
Hours: Tue to Sun - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
 Thurs - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 brings Art Spark, a free Family Festival for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their families. The Crocker is alive with music and diverse programs and exhibits. Families are welcomed to enjoy the museum and friendly fun stations set up for children of all abilities where they can learn about art and enjoy making their won art.

Festival de la Familia

Festival de la Familia

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento CA 95815
(916) 263-3000

Price: $10
, Children 12 and under free
Dates: April 29, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Festival de la Familia (Festival of the Family) is an outdoor event and one of Sacramento's multi-ethnic art and entertainment festivals. Original ancient Inca art and exhibits of indigenous culture art and crafts form over 20 Latin cultures will be displayed to the beat of Latin music and dancers amid an array of foods. This is a fun, perfect spring event for the entire family.

California State Railroad Museum

39th Annual Sacramento Music Festival

California State Railroad Museum
125 "I" St.
Sacramento Ca. 95814
(916) 445-6645

Dates: May 25 to May 28, 2012
Price: $9 adults, $4 ages 6-17, children 5 and under are free.
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum shows off its grand collection of trains and art everyday of the year, but from May 25 to 28, during the 39th annual Sacramento Music Festival, the musicians perform aboard the trains and admission is complimentary to Music Festival badge holders. Ride the train form old along the river and let the kids have fun at a special children's stage and activity area just outside Museum.

Sacramento Arts Festival - Jack Charney
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Sacramento Arts Festival
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-5291

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 - 6, Sunday 10 -5
Dates: November 2 to November 4, 2012
Price: $8 adults, $7 seniors, 
Children under 12 Free

November 2 to 4, is the 15th is the Sacramento Arts Festival--a feast of art exhibits by over 200 exhibitors displaying their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, woodworks, jewelry and crafts. Participate in art and craft demonstrations and enjoy continuous entertainment, as well as food and drink. 
Here you will find art in all price ranges; the Sacramento Arts Festival is a great spot to shop for Christmas gifts.

Marta Weeks is a freelance writer who has over 30 years of employment in government and private industry. Her experience includes: research analyst, marketing, public relations, employee assistance, and adult education instructor. She currently resides in California. Her work can be found at

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