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February Calendar: February is National Grapefruit Month

February 2nd

Northern California Home & Landscape Expo. Head to Cal Expo for California’s largest three-day show of its kind. Attendees can expect inspiring exhibits showcasing home, garden, and interior design ideas, plus DIY features, a themed landscape showcase, giveaways, and more. Friday’s hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(THRU 4)

February 3rd

Twelve Dancing Princesses. Head to Sutter Street Theatre for a night of magic, as 12 princesses dance and sing their way into an enchanted forest. Things begin to change, however, as the king issues a reward for whoever can discover where the princesses have been disappearing to. Shows are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.
(THRU 25)

Twelve Dancing Princesses


Alice in Wonderland. Fall down the rabbit hole with Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company’s production of Lewis Carroll’s acclaimed series, Alice in Wonderland. The performance is at Folsom’s Jill Solberg Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m.

Family Concert: The Conductor’s Spellbook. Listen to narrator Omari Tau as he tells the story of a young boy who finds a book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra. The show features the Young Artists Competition winner—cellist Benjamin Jiang—and is at the Placer High School Auditorium from 1-2 p.m.

Family Concert: The Conductor’s Spellbook



February 8th

Galentine’s Passport. Grab your gal pals and head to the Folsom Historic District from 4-8 p.m. to sip, nibble, and shop your way down Sutter Street. Pick up a passport from any participating merchant, receive a stamp from each listed location, and enter to win raffle prizes with purchases and by completing your passport.

Galentine’s Passport


February 9th

Rapunzel. Don’t miss this magical fairy tale for the whole family about a comedic witch who is out to show the world how to “properly” raise a child. Poor Rapunzel is locked away in a tower with only her pet dragon as company, but what happens after her hapless prince charming has an idea? Shows are at Placerville’s Imagination Theater and times vary.

February 10th

Ties & Tiaras Valentines Dance. Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day by hitting the dance floor with family at the Cameron Park Community Center from 6-8:30 p.m. Participants can expect a DJ, food, and refreshments.

Escape from Folsom 10 Miler & 5K. Enjoy scenic views as you run the trails of Granite Beach. Athletes will receive a custom hat, with shirts available for purchase prior to the race. The 10 miler begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:05 a.m.

Escape from Folsom 10 Miler & 5K


Surf & Turf Crab Feed. Join the Central California Hemophilia Foundation for all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, grilled tri-tip, and more at the Grounds in Roseville beginning at 5:30 p.m. A non-alcoholic drink package and no-host bar are also available. Proceeds benefit local families and children with bleeding disorders—allowing them to pursue classes and activities that help them develop skills and knowledge.

That’s Amore. Experience romance in Latin and Italian with Pasquale Esposito, tenor, and the Folsom Lake Symphony at the Harris Center. Having just wrapped up his international tour and a PBS special, Esposito has recorded nine albums and filmed two TV specials since he last performed at the Harris Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

That’s Amore


The Double Duathlon. Enter this multisport event beginning at 10 a.m. and featuring a two-mile run, five-mile road bike ride, two-mile run, another five-mile bike ride, and a final two-mile run. Each athlete will receive a custom visor and may choose between competing individually or as a two-person relay team.

February 11th

Valentines on the Placer Wine Trail. Grab your sweetheart and visit the Placer Wine Trail’s participating wineries to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Each winery features unique offerings depending on the day, including curated wine tastings, local artist pop-ups, firepits, and more. This is not a ticketed event; times vary.
(ALSO 11, 14, & 17-18)

Valentines on the Placer Wine Trail


February 14th

Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride through the streets of the El Dorado Hills Town Center from 4-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Young Life, a youth-based nonprofit. Pre-booking is recommended.

February 15th

Sacred Arts Tour. The Tibetan Monks of Garden Shartse Monastery are returning to Auburn’s Gomez Arts and Event Center for various daily activities aimed at sharing their culture in a fun, interactive way while also showcasing kindness, compassion, and the development of inner peace.
(THRU 25)

Disney on Ice: Encanto. Watch the magic unfold as beloved Disney characters like Elsa and Mirabel take over the ice to celebrate the gifts that make us all unique. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Show times vary at the Golden 1 Center.
(THRU 19)

Disney on Ice: Encanto


February 16th

Disney’s High School Musical. Follow along as Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High navigate first loves, friendships, and family as they balance school and extracurriculars that threaten the school’s “status quo.” The show—presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre—is at the Harris Center; times vary.
(ALSO 17-18 & 23-25)

Disney's High School Musical


Abstract Ideas. Peruse Folsom’s Gallery at 48 Natoma and view unique abstract imagery by two talented artists—Linda Nunes, whose work includes a variety of paintings in mixed media (cold wax and oils); and Matt Rhoades who uses oils and collage. The opening reception on February 16 from 6-8 p.m. features complimentary refreshments and live jazz music by Peter Morgan. Admission is free.

Abstract Ideas


February 17th

Coloma Community Market. Support local makers and new farmers at Marshall Gold State Historic Park from 1-4 p.m. as you shop for fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted goods. Pizza, a wine and beer garden, and live music are also part of the festivities.

Coloma Community Market


Battle of the Badges. Watch (and taste!) as over 20 first responder agencies compete for the best chili at this family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, local beer and wine, music, and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit Snowline Hospice.

February 18th

Music That Will Resonate & Inspire. Listen to some of the greatest chamber music ever written at this performance featuring violinist Igor Veligan, cellist Susan Lamb Cook, pianist I-Hui Chen, and others who will perform pieces by Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Amy Beach. The show begins at 2 p.m. at the Harris Center.

February 24th

Crackin’ Crab for Kids. Enjoy all-you-can-eat crab (plus pasta, salad, clam chowder, desserts, drinks, and more), win exciting raffle prices, and dance to music by DJ Grant Petersen at this fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra—a nonprofit that helps children realize their potential and build their futures. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds (Forni Hall).

February 25th

Travis Scott Memorial 5K. Support Shatterproof, an organization dedicated to supporting those recovering from addiction, by participating in this second annual 5K at El Dorado Trail. Participants will enjoy breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by a silent auction, and the race at 10 a.m.

February 28th

Mystic Pizza. Head to the Harris Center to watch the hit ’80s rom-com come to life. Follow along as three working-class girls serve up slices to both townies and privileged country club members while navigating family and love. Expect hit songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Hold On,” and more. Show times vary. 

by Bella Nolen
Grapefruit image © Disney on Ice photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment. 12 Dancing Princesses photo by Allen Shmeltz. Auburn Symphony Family Concert photo by Michael Kirby. Galentine's Passport Weekend photos courtesy of Folsom Historic District Merchants. Escape from Folsom Ten Miler & 5K photo by Bill Driskill. That's Amore photo by Charlene Taylor. Valentines on the Placer Wine Trail by Placer County Vintners Association. Sacred Arts Tour photo by David Burns/General Gomez Arts. Abstract Ideas image courtesy of Gallery at 48 Natoma.High School Musical photo by Michael Scandling. Coloma Community Market photo by Sammy Aucella.