SACRAMENTO — In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and destinations that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year. In August, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums are taking to the streets with special events and activities.
Get your engines ready … the California Automobile Museum’s much anticipated Car Cruise on Aug. 3 is an annual event designed for vintage car owners to show off their hot rides. The eye-catching Car Cruise begins at Sacramento State and ends at Fulton and El Camino with a huge — and free — vintage car show beginning at 5 p.m. Spectators will enjoy live music, food trucks, vendor booths and a beer garden. For more information visit calautomuseum.org or call (916) 442-6802.
Vroom, vroom! The Sacramento Children’s Museum is setting up its very own race track in the back yard of the museum for one special day in August. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their own bikes, trikes or scooters and play outside during Wheels Day on Aug. 24. In addition, the museum will provide a few wheels to borrow. Participants are asked to bring helmets and can expect to learn about important safety tips as they cruise along the track. For more information visit sackids.org or call (916) 638-7225.
BBQ on the Ramp
The community is invited to the eighth annual BBQ on the Ramp fundraiser at the Aerospace Museum of California on Aug. 24. Following an evening of wine tasting and barbecue cooked on-site, the giant hangar door will open and guests will proceed outside to the air park where more than 30 vintage military and civilian aircraft will be on display. Directly behind these aircraft, a professional fireworks show set to music from the 1940s — and with a patriotic flare — will illuminate the aircraft and light up the night sky. For more information visit aerospaceca.org or call (916) 643-3192.
Gold Rush Days
Nearly 200 tons of dirt will transform the streets of Old Sacramento’s historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s for Gold Rush Days 2013, Aug.309 through Sept. 2. The wildly fun and free event features talented musicians performing live on several stages, Old West theatrics, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, cowboys on horseback, ladies riding sidesaddle, wagon rides, gold panning, Artisan Alley, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, watermelon eating contests in the Save Mart barbecue area, fence painting at the Old Schoolhouse Museum and the always-popular Tent City activities. For more information visit sacramentogoldrushdays.com or call (916) 808-7777.