By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

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All listed events, and more, can be viewed online on The OBSERVER’s community events calendar at Be sure to submit your events two weeks in advance to have the chance to be featured on the list.

  1. Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force (CEMTF) Meetings – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27-28, at Martin Luther King Jr. Library and then at Arcade Library the following day. This free, open-house-style event will serve as a listening session where residents and businesses can tell us about what they view as challenges and solutions around climate change and our built environment. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
  2. Envisioning Our Transportation Future: The Renaissance of Stockton Blvd. – 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Colonial Theatre. Join this dynamic panel of community and business leaders about Stockton Boulevard’s transit-friendly future. Explore innovative strategies for a pedestrian-safe haven with cleaner air, accessible transit and a thriving economy. This event is free. 
  3. Elijah Rosario: Discovery After Death Tour – 6:45-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Guild Theater. Urban-pop artist Elijah Rosario is touring North America and bringing a concert experience highlighting his latest album, Discovery After Death. The musical spectacle will feature performances from Izayuh the Dreamer, Virgogabrielle, DJ StaceLace and Yumz Awkword as the host. Tickets starting at $20. 
  4. Voting Access of California’s Current and Formerly Incarcerated – 12-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the California State Capitol, Room 437. This free educational series will take an in-depth look at new and emerging research on voting access and equity in California elections, particularly among underrepresented communities. Sessions will feature leading experts discussing the latest research on topics impacting California voters.
  5. Author Talk and Book Signing Feat. Anita Gail Jones – 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Underground Books. Anita Gail Jones will be introducing her debut novel The Peach Seed. The story, which takes place in Anita’s home state of Georgia, is a stirring family drama. An indelible portrait of a family, The Peach Seed explores how kin pass down legacies of sorrow, joy and strength. This event is free. 
  6. WWE Friday Night SmackDown – 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Golden 1 Center. The WWE is the world’s premier and most explosive wrestling organization. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this generation’s slate of superstars as they duke it out for the next WWE title. Tickets starting at $63. 
  7. St. HOPE Public Schools 20th Anniversary Celebration – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Sacramento High School. This free event welcomes current St. HOPE scholars, families, alumni, neighbors and community leaders to gather, reconnect, reminisce, catch up, and celebrate this exciting moment in St. HOPE’s history. 
  8. California Capital International Documentary Film Festival 2023 – 6-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at multiple locations in Rancho Cordova. This event is the only one of its kind in the Sacramento region. Hosted by the California Capital Arts Foundation, it features documentaries and animated work in categories that cover the gamut of human experience from environmental, LGBTQI+, social justice and other diverse viewpoints. Tickets starting at $10. 
  9. Thurgood – 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday’s starting, Sept. 29-Oct. 22, at Celebration Arts. Directed by the founder of Celebration Arts, Mr. James Wheatley, Thurgood spans the impressive 58-year career of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to sit on the Supreme Court. Tickets starting at $23. 
  10. D Funk’s Comedy Special: Misunderstood – 8-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Guild Theater. Hosted by comedian Tristan Johnson, this comedy showcase will feature performances from Gabriel Alexander, Josh Means, Michael Calvin Jr. and D Funk. Tickets starting at $15.
  11. District 2 Fun Fair – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Southgate Plaza. This free event will include children’s activities, DJ music, games and raffle prizes. Everyone is encouraged to come out, have fun and take advantage of a number of community resources including free health screenings, free dental screenings and free animal care. There will also be a number of local resource providers.
  12. The Heart of God Transformational Leadership Conference – 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Lone Tree Golf and Event Center. Seasoned with humor, compassion, revelatory insight and personal candor, Dr. Trimm translates hard-hitting spiritual insights into everyday language that empowers individuals to activate purpose and maximize potential. She frequently appears on popular TV and radio programs, as well as keynotes on international platforms that touch millions with the Gospel. Tickets starting at $120.
  13. Elk Grove Fall Jazz Festival – 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Laguna Town Hall Amphitheatre. This outdoor musical concert will feature performances from international and local artists, including: Queen of the Sax, Ms. Jeanette Harris, Robin Duhe and band, Joe Leavy and Kevin Cain and The Dirty Mercenaries. Tickets starting at $50.
  14. It’s a Fall Affair at Florin Square: Fashion Show – 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Florin Square. Come indulge yourself in visuals of the latest and greatest fall attire by some of Sacramento’s most creative and innovative fashion designers. It will be an evening full of fun, music, networking, entertainment, food and vendors. Tickets starting at $10.
  15. Taste of North Sac – 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Angel’s Center for the Arts. Sample great food and beverages from throughout North Sacramento and help support programming at the local library. Participate in a silent auction, enjoy live entertainment and taste some of the best food in Sacramento. Tickets starting at $25.
  16. Cinema at Sundown – 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bryte Park. The West Sacramento Parks & Recreation Department will be showing The Goonies. This free event will feature games, activities and popcorn to enjoy with the movie. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs and other snacks for your enjoyment. 
  17. Vadia – 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Harlow’s. Vadia Rhodes, Oakland native, teaches perseverance through art. She is a singer, songwriter and celebrity makeup artist who has worked with many local and international artists. Her vocal ability allows her to adapt to jazz, show tunes, r&b or pop music, but with an unbridled spiritual power in the delivery of every song. Tickets starting at $25. 
  18. V101 Big Block Party ‘23 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Thunder Valley Casino. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness performances from R&B legends like Ja Rule, Ashanti, Juvenile, Next and N2deep. Tickets starting at $65. 
  19. Original Lowrider Sacramento Super Show – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cal Expo. Come and check out some of Sacramento’s most classic, old school and souped up cars. The event will feature performances from the Dazz Band and Club Nouveau.  Tickets starting at $30.
  20. Family Fall Festival – 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Stirling Park and Rod Beaudry Drive. The free event features live animals, nature walks around this scenic and treasured area of the American River Parkway, exhibitor tables, educational sessions, children’s arts & crafts, lunch, beverages, a live bird show, a puppeteer and live music.
  21. The “OffDaChange” Show w Steph Sanders & Friends – 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Punch Line. This show is the brainchild of the country’s newest, hottest headliner comedian Steph Sanders. He is bringing comics from all over the country in order to drop his exciting and energetic brand of comedy.