April Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Sacramento

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Temperatures are heating up and Sacramento’s spring events are too. There’s no better time to fire up your RV and cruise to the City of Trees than now, and these awesome April events are guaranteed to get you in the spring spirit.

Color Fun Fest

Saturday, April 15, is the day you’ll want to be at Capital Mall Greens for the 2017 Color Fun Fest Color Carnival. This color-filled festival will feature a 1.8-mile running course, which can be run one, two or three times by each participant. Even better, you’ll be showered with 10,000 pounds of color along the way. In addition to running, the event will feature tons of fun carnival attractions, face painting, an inflatable village and so much more. This event is fun for all ages, and kids under 12 can run for free.

Sacramento Food Film Festival

Don’t miss the Sacramento Food Film Festival on April 16, held at various locations throughout the city. The festival celebrates food and films from around the world through chefs pairing gourmet bites with must-watch short films. Tickets include a free drink, free food and a swag bag.

Sacramento Earth Day

Sacramento’s annual Earth Day celebration is a must-visit event for those who like giving back to the areas they visit. More than 150 businesses will be on hand to offer services to help you live a greener lifestyle. Additionally, visitors will enjoy live music, healthy eats, entertainers, a children’s area and plenty of other fun. Admission is always free, and this event draws more than 5,000 visitors each year.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Pan Pacific RV to find your dream RV on your April trip to Sacramento.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Road!

Sliced Corned Beef

You don’t have to put your St. Patrick’s Day traditions on hold just because you’re traveling in your RV this spring. Instead, try cooking these mouthwatering St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dessert recipes to celebrate the holiday inside your RV. Once you taste these mouthwatering Irish dishes, you’ll probably want to make celebrating St. Patty’s Day on the road an annual tradition.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

What you’ll need:

  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 5 carrots (peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces)
  • 1 large head cabbage (cut into wedges)
  • 10 small red potatoes

Cooking instructions:

  1. Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven or large stockpot. Cover the beef with water, then add the spice packet.
  2. Let the beef simmer until tender or for 50 minutes per pound. Add the whole potatoes and carrots to the mixture. Cook until the vegetables are tender, then add the cabbage and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove the meat and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the vegetables in a bowl and cover them to retain the heat. Add some of the cooking liquid from the broth to the vegetables.
  4. Slice the meat across the grain and serve hot with vegetables.

Irish Potato Candy

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 package cream cheese (8 ounces)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese together in a medium bowl, then beat in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Mix in the coconut.
  2. Roll the batter into potato shapes, then roll them in the cinnamon.
  3. Place the potato-shaped balls on a cookie sheet and chill them until set.
  4. Roll them in the cinnamon one more time and serve.

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November Events Around Sacramento

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Not sure what to occupy yourself with this November? Luckily, there’s plenty going on in Sacramento and the surrounding area, so you don’t have to stay home bored. Hit the road and attend one of these great festivals happening this month.

19th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival – November 4-6

The 19th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival brings remarkable one-of-a-kind arts and crafts to Sacramento. The festival features over 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering over 15,000 original works. The festival has become the premier art and craft show in the Central Valley and has developed into one of the top art festivals in the country.

Attendees have the unique opportunity to observe and interact with artists who share their creative passion and knowledge. Artists will also demonstrate their extraordinary talents on site.

In addition to the exceptional visual art, the festival features continuous live Main Stage entertainment, including jazz and blues groups, comedy jugglers, and other acts.

Attendees can also feast on edibles from around the world including Greek, Indian, and American cuisine.

Head to the Sacramento Convention Center on 13th Street and J Street.

The festival will run daily from 10am to 6pm.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for kids 12 and under.

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink – November 4 through January 16

The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has been a seasonal landmark on The Kay for over 20 years, providing a playful escape into a winter wonderland for kids and adults alike. The City of Sacramento established the rink back in 1991 and soon after the Downtown Sacramento Partnership assumed operation and management of the rink with the goal of creating a signature holiday experience for the region. Come experience this annual tradition this year.

The rink is located at St. Rose of Lima Park, 7th and K Streets.

Hours vary based on the day of the week and holidays, but regular hours are Monday-Thursday: 2-8pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am-10pm, and Sunday: 11am-8pm.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids under 6, and $4 for lockers, gloves, and socks.

Visit Pan Pacific RV Center

Don’t settle for a car when an RV would be better! Enjoy November (and beyond) more in your own RV from Pan Pacific RV Center. RVs offer the room and creature comforts that allow you to travel longer and further. Shop Pan Pacific RV Center today – tour any model that catches your eye and take the opportunity to ask your associate any questions you may have so that you can make the best decision based on your needs and budget.

September Events Around Sacramento

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Sacramento and the surrounding area has plenty to offer the avid RVer if you know where to look. September is a great time of year to be an RVer. The last traces of summer are fading and the cooler weather of autumn is beginning to arrive.

Summit Beer Festival – September 8-10

From tasting to pairing to aging to homebrewing to opening your first taproom, learn everything about the craft beer community at the 2016 California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento, September 8-10. The three-day event will culminate on Capitol Mall with the largest California craft beer festival featuring more than 150 small, large and specialty breweries from across state.

The festival starts at 3pm and runs until 7pm at Capitol Mall, 915 Capitol Mall. Admission is $60.

2016 Farm to Fork Festival – September 24

Designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world.

The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, five live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more!

If you’re in the area, come check it out! It runs from 10am to 6pm at Capitol Mall Greens, 1300 7th Street.

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August Events You Don’t Want to Miss in California

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While summer is cooling down in other parts of the country, California is heating up with must visit festivals and outdoor events. The following are just a few of the many events that are worth firing up your RV and cruising to California to visit month.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2016

Set your sights on downtown San Jose for three days of live musical performances on 12 stages. The festival’s more than 120 performances are bound to blow you away and introduce you to new favorite musicians. In addition to jazz, the festival will feature blues, Latin, funk, salsa, R&B and several other genres. There’s simply no other place for music lovers to be on Aug 12, 13 and 14.

Burlingame Art and Music Festival

Head to downtown Burlingame, Calif. for the annual Burlingame Art and Music Festival. This must-visit event celebrates the city’s massive streetscape project. The festival offers an array of free concerts, performances, more than 150 artists, a home and garden spread, delicious gourmet foods and an exciting kids area that your little ones will never want to leave. There’s no better way to spend an end-of-summer day with your family. This year’s event will take place on Aug. 20 and 21.

Fairfield Tomato Festival

Celebrate another successful seasons of tomato growth at the annual Fairfield Tomato Festival. This weekend-long festival draws more than 30,000 people to California’s “Tomato Alley.” Enjoy the event’s tomato eating contests, beer garden, children’s area, food court, live entertainment, artisans, crafters, cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairing and countless other activities. Most Tomato Festival events are free and open to the public, but those interested should inquire about tickets to the esteemed Saturday Wine and Tomato Tasting. This year’s festival will also take place on Aug. 20 and 21.

Continue the summer camping season well into fall and winter with a new or pre-owned RV from one of the Pan Pacific RV Centers in French Camp, Morgan Hill or Sacramento.

July Events in California

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It’s always summer in California, but July just makes everything about the Golden State even better. Fire up your RV and cruise to California for these three free July events in San Francisco.

San Francisco Symphony Outdoor Concert – July 10

A summer tradition, the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony performs with conductor Edwin Outwater in a performance celebrating the centennial of the National Parks Service. Join for an afternoon truly “in concert with nature.”

Edwin Outwater will be participating in an informative pre-concert Artist Talk with Associate Director of Artistic Planning Richard Lonsdorf as moderator. The Artist Talk will take place at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12:00 noon on the day of the concert.

“Off the Grid” Food Truck Party – July 22

Off The Grid features nearly 30 food trucks, food tents and dessert carts, plus a cocktail bar, wine bar and beers all coming out to Fort Mason Center, rain or shine. There’s typically DJs from 5-8 pm and live bands from 8-10 pm.

San Francisco Ballet Outdoor Performance – July 31

The incomparable San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in the company’s only Bay Area summer appearance. Led by Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, the Company performs selections from their current repertory, with the GRAMMY-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and conductor Martin West.

Shop for Your Dream RV

Get into the spirit of summer by shopping for the RV of your dreams this July. Browse our huge selections of in-stock new and used RVs at our Pan Pacific RV locations in French Camp, Morgan Hill and Sacramento.

June Events You Don’t Want to Miss in California

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It’s always summer in California, but June just makes everything about the Golden State even better. Outdoor festivals are taking place across the state from the esteemed LA Film Festival to the San Francisco Jazz Festival and everywhere in between. Fire up your RV and cruise to California for these three must-visit June events.

Los Angeles Film Festival

It’s time to set your sights on Los Angeles for the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place from June 1 through 9. The event will feature a huge selection of screenings at the top venues in the city as well as workshops, awards ceremonies, talks and so much more. If you’re into films small and large, you’ll find yourself planning next year’s trip the moment you leave.

San Francisco Jazz Festival

San Francisco has long been a city known for its music, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival makes it even more evident. The festival will be underway from June 7 through 19, with the 34th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party starting the festival with a bang. Following the kick-off, every day of the festival will be filled with live performances happening at venues across the city. Log onto the SFJazz.org website to view the complete lineup and schedule.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Cruise over to Boonville, California., for the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival on June 17, 18 and 19. This year’s event will feature world renowned artists, including Toots and the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Alpha Blondy, Don Carlos and a long list of other traditional reggae and dance hall performers. The festival will also feature irresistible foods, arts and crafts, workshops and a special Kidz Zone for the little ones.

Shop for Your Dream RV

Start the summer off right by shopping for the RV of your dreams this June. Browse our huge selections of in-stock new and used RVs at our Pan Pacific RV locations in French Camp, Morgan Hill and Sacramento.

May Events You Must Visit in California

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It already feels like summer here in California, and that’s because the outdoor events and festivals are already in full swing. Fire up your RV and cruise to the Golden State for these must-visit events happening across California this May.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Enjoy the best Cinco de Mayo celebration in the state in a town that isn’t far from the border. San Diego’s Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place May 6, 7 and 8, and will feature live music on multiple stages, two beer gardens, a children’s area, a petting zoo, an equestrian show, dancers, a market with more than 100 vendors and so much more. If you’re looking for the best Mexican entertainment, food and drinks this May, there’s no better place to look than the Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The Oxnard California Strawberry Festival

Nothing quite says spring like deliciously sweet strawberries. The Oxnard California Strawberry Festival, held on May 21 and 22, is the ultimate celebration of the fruit with more than 20 live music acts, a strawberry pie eating contest, a strawberry relay race, numerous other contests, award-winning arts and crafts, a kids area, delicious strawberry eats and so much more. The festival will be held in the Strawberry Meadows of College Park, and admission is just $12 for adults.

Anaheim Greek Festival

Can’t make it to Oxnard for the California Strawberry Festival? Head to the Anaheim Greek Festival instead. This massive celebration of Greek culture will be held on May 20, 21 and 22, until 10 p.m., each day. Visitors will enjoy a massive street fair, tons of home-cooked Greek eats, festive costumes, dancing, live music, craft vendors, Zorba’s Kidz Zone, and plenty of fun for the entire family. Admission to the event is just $3 per person.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Pan Pacific RV Centers in French Camp, Morgan Hill and Sacramento when you’re cruising throughout California in your RV this spring.

January Events in Sacramento

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If you are looking for something to do while either in the RV or just to take a day, visit some of these Sacramento events throughout January. Combine events with visiting our showroom to walk through our floor plans if you are planning on purchasing a new RV this year or if you are planning on upgrading your current RV. Since we have tons of floor plans for many types of RVs, it’s easier to choose if you are able to walk through RVs that peak your interest.

Sacramento Antique Faire

On Sunday, January 10, 2016, head over to the antique fair at 2350 21st Street from 6:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to browse antiques from over 300 vendors from California and neighboring states. You’ll find collectibles that are 20 years and older, antiques, vintage clothing, jewelry, art, military antiques and more. Rain or shine. Admission is $3 for everyone 16 and older and free for those 15 and under. For more information, visit sacantiquefaire.com.

Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties

If you want to see the historic 1840s lives of trappers, visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 2701 L Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission ranges from free to $7. You’ll learn about common 19th-century items, see how trappers worked and lived, see examples of traps and learn about the barter process Sutter used to trap and hunt on native lands. You’ll also get to see fur pelts, create a souvenir document with a quill pen and oak gall ink and learn how to start a fire with flint and steel. Learn how trappers cooked and set up their camps. And, watch demonstrations of black powder weapons and the firing of Sutter’s cannon. For more information visit suttersfort.org.

Historic River Cruise

On Friday, January 8, 2016, head over to Hornblower Cruises and Events, 1206 Front Street, for a one-hour Sacramento River cruise. View some of Old Sacramento’s historic sites from the cruise ship and listen to stories about historic figures and events including John Sutter, the Pony Express and the Gold Rush. Admission is $20 and reservations should be made in advance. Cruise times are 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For more information visit hornblower.com/port/overview/sac+historic-river-cruise.

Visit Pan Pacific RV Center

Stop by Pan Pacific RV Center to walk through our floor plans if you are in the market for a new RV or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or de-winterization of your RV if you are getting ready to head out.

December Events in Sacramento

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Once December arrives, it usually means making plans for shopping and traveling to visit friends and family. It can also mean it’s time to take to the highway with friends and family to enjoy the many events scheduled throughout the month. Whatever your reason for traveling, here are a few events you might enjoy along the way.

If you’re ready to roll to December excursions and adventures with a new recreational vehicle, we have the goods to get you where you want to go at Pan Pacific RV Center.

Sacramento December Events

Magic of the Seasons – located at Cal Expo through January 3, enjoy ice skating, Chinese acrobats, and an ice skating show. This event also features one of the largest displays of festive lantern artwork.

Holiday Ice Rink – through January 18, you can “get your skate on” at the downtown ice rink on The Kay. For more than 20 years, this seasonal favorite lets kids and adults glide their way through a winter wonderland of fun and ice.

7th Annual Macy’s Theatre of Lights – the night will be lit up with the colors and magic of Christmas throughout the month of December at Old Sacramento. The event is free and features performances and an array of audio and visual effects.

PJ Day at the Zoo – this event is perfect for kids. On December 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. its free admission at the Sacramento Zoo’s Christmas Eve pajama party. Kids can dress in their favorite pj’s and spend the day with the animals.

Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival – if you’re in the mood for smooth jazz, this educational festival won’t disappoint. The fest features The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra along with a variety of young musicians. It’s scheduled for December 12 at Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State University.

Give yourself a present this year by contacting our staff at Pan Pacific RV Center in Sacramento, French Camp or Morgan Hill to schedule a visit to check out our diverse inventory of new and used RVs.