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Weekend news and events in Sacramento: Scottish Highlands Festival, Highway 50 closed in Tahoe

dancing at a wedding in a Scottish kilt

Dancing at a wedding in a Scottish kilt

As the temperatures rise in early May here in Sacramento, a number of big weekend events are coming to Sacramento this weekend.  With the Sacramento Jazz Festival coming up Memorial Day weekend, the city gears up for a number of events with a focus on music and culture.

135th annual Sacramento Scottish Highland Games and Festival

On May 7 and a8, the Caledonian Club of Sacramento hosts the 135th annual Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games & Festival this weekend in Woodland, CA.  Events begin on Saturday and Sunday at 9 am and continue until 5 pm.  This is a family-friendly event for anyone interested in Scottish culture, heritage, music, and food.

Have you ever wondered about your Scottish heritage?  Meet the local clans and do some research on your ancestors.  Come dressed in your Scottish kilt and join the festivities this weekend.  Check out the Scottish games with caber turning, sheaf tossing, stone throwing, and more.

See traditional Scottish dancing, costumes, and performances throughout each day.  Don’t miss traditional Scottish music and bands including the bagpipes and musical groups from the classical Scottish folk songs to guitar-laden Scottish rock.  If you are interesting in Scotland’s history, there will be a number of lectures on Scottish clans and families, the Scottish Gaelic language, and ancestry.

There will also be plenty of events for kids as well including some traditional Scottish animals like Scotland Highland cattle, sheep dogs, and frisbee catching border collies.  And when you get hungry, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy some traditional Scottish food as well as some arts and crafts.

I plan on going to this event on Saturday and will spend a few hours checking out the games, music, dancing, and food.  And maybe I will be able to check one of the weird foods from around the world off my checklist – haggis!

If you are interested in going, tickets are $15 per day or $20 for both days for adults ages 18 – 59.  Seniors 60 and over pay $10 for each day or $14 for both days.  Kids under 7 are free and children ages 8 0 17 pay $6 or $8 for both days.  For military with ID, the event is free.  Tickets to the Saturday nigh Ceilidh are separate and this event with food and music begins at 5:30 pm on Saturday.  Parking is $5 and the event is located at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland.

I’ve done some research on my family history and genealogy.  And while I am not Scottish (I am English and Irish from the research done on my family), I’ve danced with a man in a kilt (see above)!  If that’s not enough to get you to come to the Scottish Highland games, I don’t know what is!

Get information, a schedule of events, and directions to the 135th annual Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games & Festival.

(Note:  The Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games & Festival was a couple weeks later than usual due to the late Easter holiday)

Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe will be closed in May

For those planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in the next few weeks, road closures of Highway 50 near Echo Summit will mean those traveling to South Lake Tahoe will need to find an alternate route.

According to Way2Tahoe, Caltrans will close Highway 50 to all traffic to South Lake Tahoe in order to replace an old rock wall with a modern barrier.  Starting May 9 and 10, there will be one-way controlled traffic on Highway 50.  After the work is completed, the one-way controlled traffic will remain in place for approximately six weeks Monday through noon on Fridays.  The good news is that Highway 50 will be open for Memorial Day.

If you are planning a trip to Tahoe in May or early June, make alternative plans if you are traveling Highway 50.  Way2Tahoe has a great map detailing alternative routes.  For those driving through California, you can travel to Lake Tahoe via Highway 88 and Highway 89.  It will take a little longer to get there so plan accordingly.  On the plus side, it’s a beautiful, scenic drive.  If you don’t believe me, check out the Fall Colors of this northern California area on Highway 89.

California drivers can also take I-80 to North Lake Tahoe and then head south on Highway 89 to South Lake Tahoe.  From those traveling to Nevada, you can take Highway to Highway 395 to Highway 28 or Highway 89.

While this may frustrate many drivers heading up for a weekend getaway to Tahoe, it’s the best time of year for Caltrans to make these repairs.  With plenty of snow and warm temperatures on the rise, it’s too warm to ski but still too cold to swim or hike.  However, expect some beautiful waterfalls along hiking trails in Tahoe this year as well as some great whitewater rapids in the Coloma river.

Race for a worthy cause – help fight breast cancer

If you aren’t heading to Lake Tahoe for a vacation or putting on your best kilt for the Sacramento Valley Scottish Highlands Games & Festival in Woodland, you can always help out a worthy cause.  Last weekend was the Sacramento March for Babies walk at the capitol and this Saturday will feature the Susan G Komen Race for Cure at Cal Expo to help fight breast cancer.

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  1. Ted Nelson says:

    Some useful tips for those wanting to explore the Sacramento area. They will do so happily knowing the Kings will be there for another year.

    • Jeremy says:

      Ted, I have to admit I am happy about the Kings being here next year. They mean a lot to this community. As for weekend events and tips, hope to feature this a lot more this year.

  2. Renee says:

    There is something about a Scot in a kilt playing bagpipes that intrigues me……

    • Jeremy says:

      Thanks Renee! That photo is taken from a wedding I went to where the groom was of Scottish heritage. They had the bagpipes and everything! I might try and find a kilt for this weekend! :)

  3. Love the guy in the kilt with the sneakers.

    • Jeremy says:

      This was actually my roommate for a while. This is a photo taken of him at his wedding. It was a money dance so I chose to dance with the groom! :)

  4. Never explored Sacramento, just passed through on my way to Tahoe and went around the lake, loved the Tahoe area better when not too crowded, like the beaches, and the old homes parks where you could step back in time.


    • Jeremy says:

      Tahoe is absolutely beautiful. That is one of the great things about living here in Sacramento. I am 85 miles from Tahoe – not to mention the many beautiful areas around here to explore. Fall is my favorite time of year to visit as the weather is great and all the crowds are gone!

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