Top Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Northern California and Nevada
If you still don’t have any plans for Memorial Day weekend, take a look at the list down below and see if any of these events are happening in your area!
Santa Cruz Blues Festival – Santa Cruz, CA
The Santa Cruz Blues Festival is held on Memorial Day weekend in picturesque Aptos Village Park, featuring a natural amphitheater lined by historic redwood trees. This festival has become a destination event for music lovers from around the world due to the unique mix of world-class music performed on the state-of-the-art stage and unsurpassed natural beauty of Central California coastline, making blues artists and their fans come here over and over again. Among the musicians that performed on the festival stage are Luther Allison, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Charles Brown, Koko Taylor, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan, to name just a few.
The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum) – Reno, NV
The Discovery is a hands-on, interactive place where visitors are encouraged to indulge their interests in science, art, and local history. Besides exploring the exhibits on their own, visitors to The Discovery can participate in numerous organized educational activities throughout the year.
Treasure Island Flea Market – San Francisco, CA
Launched with a mission to support local artists and entrepreneurs, the Treasure Island Flea debuted Memorial Day 2011. Three years later the monthly event (every last full weekend) has become a Bay Area hallmark and is Northern California’s largest monthly gathering of artists, collectors, designers, crafters and food trucks. In addition the event showcases local musicians, entertainers and hosts a full bar with local wines, beers, and spirits. The event has been coined “the Festival of the Bay” and attracts an average attendance of 15,000.
Reno Beer Crawl – Reno, NV
Sacramento County Fair – Sacramento, CA
The Sacramento County Fair takes place during the Memorial Day Weekend and draws nearly 90,000 attendees. The event is fun, affordable and safe for the whole family! Enjoy a friendly atmosphere, traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, carnival, festival-style entertainment, and specialty foods.
Wild Island Adventure Park – Reno, NV
Wild Island, the biggest little locally owned and operating waterpark and family entertainment complex in the West, opened first with the waterpark in June, 1989. Today, Wild Island boasts a multitude of year-round family fun including 36 holes of beautifully themed and landscaped miniature golf, a game arcade and redemption center, Sprint and Indy go kart raceways, and the Coconut Bowl that includes 40 lanes of bowling excitement as well as lanes for private parties, the High Ballocity interactive, three-level play structure, Pirate Cove indoor black light mini golf and challenging laser mazes, not to mention pool tables and Water Dogs Sports Bar and Grill, featuring two bars and more TVs than you can count.
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