Annual festivals in Sacramento

Homes for sale in Sacramento are situated in close proximity to a number of local annual festivals. These events celebrate everything from cultural heritage to jazz music, and are a great way for residents to enjoy a long weekend or extended vacation. The summer of 2012 will host several of these festivals, and the following two are among the most popular in the entire metro area.

Sacramento Music Festival
This particular celebration has its roots in jazz and classical music, but has since evolved to include a variety of musical styles. This is especially true for the 2012 festival, because organizers are trying to appeal to the most people possible, reports the Sacramento Bee.

"Live music is tough anywhere these days, so I think it's crucial to have variety," said local band leader Rusty Zinn, according to the news source. "It's great to go to an eclectic music festival and hear a whole cross-section of styles."

The event will last for four days, taking place from May 25th to 28th, otherwise known as Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday the 26th, a parade will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap all the way around the Old Sacramento district. Styles of music that will be featured include jazz, swing, blues, zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass, and Latin music.

If you have young children, you are in luck - kids under 12 get into the festival for free. Homeowners who have just moved to the area should head down to Old Sacramento this weekend to experience one of the best festivals of the year.

Pacific Rim Street Festival
While the Sacramento Music Festival focuses on a wide variety of musical genres, the Pacific Rim Street Festival celebrates Pacific Rim cultural heritage. This includes traditional food, dancing and other forms of entertainment. In 2012, the street festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary with miniature parades and performance booths in Old Sacramento.

The entertainment featured performers from China, Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, the Philippines and Hawaii. The Sacramento Bee published a photo gallery of the event, and posted some tasty picture of island barbecue chicken and other cuisine.

If you are a fan of cultural events but were unable to attend the Pacific Rim Street Festival, consider checking out the fifth-annual SacWorldFest, which will be taking place in the fall on October 7th. Lasting all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free event will feature all kinds of international music, food and dancing.