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Big Day of Giving

May 2nd

Big Day of Giving. Support nonprofits in El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo counties in this 24-hour giving challenge. Choose which cause and local organization you want to give back to by donating a minimum of $10.

Journeys. Celebrate Folsom Lake College’s 20th anniversary at this evening of dance where human expression, storytelling, and meaning transport viewers toward hope, celebration, and fun. The show—performed by the Folsom Lake College Dance Department, MOSAIC Dance Company, and regional guests—begins at 2 p.m. at the Harris Center.

The Bash

The Bash. Hosted by Ignite Young Professionals Group, this event—from 6-9 p.m. at Roseville’s Vernon Street Town Square—brings together the community and business leaders to raise awareness about South Placer’s young professionals. Tickets include all-you-can-eat samples from local restaurants, breweries, and wineries.

Spring Rummage Sale. Bring a large shopping bag and head to the Placerville Shakespeare Club to search for treasures, both used and new, including jewelry, clothes, home décor, linens, and more. The multi-day event goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with a plant sale Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. featuring perennials, yard art, vegetable starters, and more. (THROUGH 4)

May 3rd

Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament. Support the City of Roseville by participating in this annual tournament at Woodcreek Golf Club. The four-person scramble includes a commemorative shirt, boxed lunch, on-course food and beverages, tee prizes and contests, dinner, and an awards reception. Proceeds allow families in need to have recreation opportunities through Roseville’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Anything Goes. Follow along as the S.S. American sails between New York and England with comedic and musical passengers trying to help Billy Crocker win the love of his life. Based on the original book created by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse, this is a musical you won’t want to miss. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances at 4:30 p.m. (ALSO 4-5 & 10-12)

May 4th

Italy on Wheels. Head to Folsom’s Murer House from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to peruse new and vintage Italian cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. Admission is free, but pizza, Italian beer, and soda can be purchased.

Foothills Brewfest

Foothills Brewfest. Ages 21 and up are invited to Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds from 1-5 p.m. for an afternoon of beer, food, music, games, and more. Sip on suds from local breweries such as Crooked Lane and The Monk’s Cellar; and be sure to check out the live music and food trucks. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Auburn and the Gold Country Fair Heritage Foundation.

Gold & Silver Tea Fundraiser. Show your love and support to veterans, active duty, the wounded, and fallen—plus their families—by attending an afternoon tea from 1-4 p.m. at the Folsom Veterans Hall. Attendees can donate gift cards or goods; all funds raised will go toward Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms’ Care Package Program, which provides a “taste of home” to deployed military service members around the globe.

Folsom Handcar Derby

Folsom Handcar Derby. Support your favorite local businesses, groups, and charities as they compete in a quadripede or pushers competition at this 31st annual event. Hosted by the Folsom, El Dorado, and Sacramento Historical Railroad Association (SHRA), the event takes place along East Bidwell Street in front of Broadway Marketplace. All proceeds benefit SHRA, and times vary depending on division and race category. (ALSO 5)

Spring Studio Tour. Support the arts in this self-guided tour that takes you to 18 artists’ studios and homes throughout El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Shingle Springs, and Rescue. At each stop, you’ll have an opportunity to speak with the artists and purchase works in myriad mediums. The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. (ALSO 5)

A Taste on Main Street. Enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, and live music courtesy of the El Dorado High School Jazz Band and Concert Band. Beginning at 1 p.m., stroll through Downtown Placerville where participating restaurants will provide bites from their menus for guests to enjoy.

May 5th

Love My Mom 5K. Celebrate family and community in this flat, fast, and fun 5K or kids’ dash that starts and finishes at Whole Foods’ parking lot in Palladio. Runners, walkers, stroller striders, and leashed dogs are all welcome. Post-race festivities at Palladio Piazza include vendor booths, DJ music, refreshments, and a raffle for high-value prizes.

May 9th

The Cher Show. Celebrate the beloved icon, Cher, at this Tony Award-winning musical at the Harris Center. With 35 hits, 60 decades of fame, a Grammy, an Oscar, and an Emmy, this musical is sure to have you dancing out of your seat. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday); with 2 p.m. showings on Saturday and Sunday. (THROUGH 12)

May 11th

Mother’s Day Weekend. Treat all mothers to a day of wine tasting along the picturesque Placer Wine Trail. This is a non-ticketed event, with special sales, bites, food trucks, and vendors available at participating wineries. (ALSO 12)

Heart of the Hills Blues: Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Heart of the Hills Blues Blast. The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is celebrating blues music at this one-day festival featuring award-winning national touring acts such as Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Chris Cain, and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. The festival is at El Dorado Hills’ Overland District (7000 Rossmore Lane) from noon-6

Folsom Lake International Triathlon. Challenge yourself to an Olympic-distance triathlon and aquabike sanctioned by the USA Triathlon along the scenic routes of Granite Beach. Each athlete will receive a swim cap, post-race refreshments, and a custom runner’s hat.

Wine, Women, & Purses. Bring your family and friends to Sacramento’s Lucid Winery & Event Venue from 1-4:30 p.m. for hosted wine, charcuterie, raffle prizes, guest speakers, and more. Proceeds benefit Julie’s Purse Project, an organization that collects new and gently used purses, fills them with essential items, and donates them to women in need, including survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence. @juliespurseproject

North Auburn Art Studio Tours. Support and visit 18 local artists while perusing their works at 12 locations across the greater Auburn area. Studios are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and admission is free. (ALSO 12)

May 12th

Rockin’ the Blvd. Commemorate Mother’s Day at the El Dorado Hills Town Center with a family-friendly performance by Kenny Metcalf as Elton John from 4-6 p.m.. Admission is free, but donations benefit Women’s Fund El Dorado.

Folsom Lake Symphony

May 18th

Folsom Lake Symphony Presents Twilight Delight. Grab your friends and family and enjoy live music by the Folsom Lake Symphony at Folsom’s Zittel Family Amphitheater beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer Golf Tournament

May 23rd

Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer Golf Tournament. Support children and families battling cancer at Keaton’s 27th annual golf tournament. The day, hosted at The Ridge Golf Course & Event Center, also includes food, on-course activities, and prizes.

May 24th

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Join the Sutter Street Theatre for a comedic whodunit as fingers point to multiple culprits after three chorus girls are murdered by the Stage Door Slasher at the Westchester estate. After a blizzard keeps the group from escaping, chaos ensues. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; with a Sunday performance at 4:30 p.m. (THROUGH JUNE 23)

Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr. El Dorado Musical Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the acclaimed Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Follow along as anxiety-ridden Marlin must search the entire ocean to find his abducted son, Nemo. With help from Dory, some laid-back sea turtles, and a shark or two, Marlin and Nemo may be able to overcome their challenges on this journey to find each other, and themselves. Show times vary. (THROUGH JUNE 2)

Woof Wine & Dine

May 30th

Woof Wine & Dine. Grab your pup and your pals for this pet-friendly evening at Roseville’s Vernon Street Town Square from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ticketed admission includes unlimited tastings from some of the area’s most popular wineries, breweries, and restaurants. Proceeds support Placer County’s homeless companion animals. 

by Bella Nolen
Big Day of Giving photo by Aaron Yabes. Love My Mom 5K photo by Jacob Cantu of Voyage Creative. Strawberry photo ©Roman Samokhin - The Bash photo courtesy of the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce. Foothills Brewfest photo by Jeff Ambrosia. Folsom Handcar Derby photo by Gary Putman. Heart of the Hills-Blues Blast photo by Lisa Nardoni. Twilight Delight photo by Mark Christensen. Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer photo by DezVision Photography. Woof Wine & Dine photo by Amber Lilley.