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Learn to ski or snowboard at Lake Tahoe in January!

Tired of sitting home while your friends load up the SUV for a day on the slopes? People travel from all over the world to ski at Lake Tahoe, so what’s your excuse? A national promotion, Learn to Ski & Ride Month, takes the financial pain out of that first awkward lesson. Some resorts offer […]


Sacramento’s New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular

Clear (if breezy weather) is forecast for two free fireworks shows over the Tower Bridge on New Year’s Eve. The bridge will be raised to afford better views for the throngs ooh-ing and aah-ing in Waterfront Park during the 15-minute “Sky Spectacular” at 9 p.m. and a second, shorter burst of sky color at midnight. […]

Get a free (or cheap) taxi ride home on New Year’s Eve

Forget uber-inflated Uber. When it’s time to come home after New Year’s Eve celebrations, summon or hail a Yellow Cab instead and get a safe, sane—and free ride. Here’s how the Free Ride Home program works: • The customer must be picked up between 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 4 a.m. the next morning […]


Seven Ways to Save on the Ski Slopes During the 2014-2015 Winter Season

Skiing is expensive, and it’s not going to get any cheaper—at least at the ticket window, where peak-season rates at the nation’s most prominent resorts now hover around $100 a day. The most obvious way to avoid shelling out a C note for a day of play in the white stuff is by buying a […]

A Dungeness crab

Fire up the butter warmer: Crab-feed season is here!

All-you-can-eat celebrations of Dungeness crab are a winter tradition in Sacramento and throughout Northern California, with hundreds of banquet-style feeds staged throughout the region. The communal-table affairs aren’t cheap (tickets range from $45 to $65, drinks extra) but they raise funds for many a good cause. Raffles, auctions, live music and other entertainment are usually […]

Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento

Six Things to Do With the Kids During the Winter Holidays in Sacramento

The holidays are upon us, kids are out of school and houseguests are part of the picture. Where to take them and what to do without spending a fortune? Here are some ideas. 1. Global Winter Wonderland: Seventeen acres of lighted displays depicting landmarks and scenes from around the world (including dinosaurs from the prehistoric […]

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10 best free things to do in Sacramento

Sacramento, the capital of California, may not get the media attention of its coastal cities, but it has plenty to offer as a destination getaway on its own. And it has a plethora of fun, free things to do and see for the visitor on a budget (or locals who don’t get out enough). There’s a rich history to explore, from architecture to museums to the local waterways. And lots of nature to enjoy,too.