Downtown Roseville

Roseville, the largest city in Placer County, was originally a stage coach stop called Griders, then a railroad spot called Junctions and finally incorporated as the town of Roseville in 1909. While the outskirts have flourished, especially the areas close to the freeways, the downtown and historic areas have fallen somewhat behind. Lately there has been quite the effort to revitalize the older areas like downtown and historic Roseville.

I do love you, free parking garages. You make parking so stress-free.

The Blue Line Gallery, free and open to the public.

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California Swan Festival

Admission: Free (field trips range from $15-$30)

The California Swan Festival, out of Marysville, is based around the annual winter arrival of thousands of migratory birds to the flooded rice fields that surround the area. The festival is now in it’s second year and features animal presentations, workshops, vendors and most importantly, field trips out to see the birds and other animals.

The festival take place at the Caltrans building, which is rather non-descript. Thankfully, there were signs, but I still drove past before figuring out where I was supposed to go.

Hey, its the Dead Animal table. Always god to see it.

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California Capital Book Festival

Admission: Free

The California Book Festival is a new festival this year, featuring authors, presentations, poets, comics, and of coarse, books.

The festival was held at the Sacramento Convention Center, which seemed a bit more cavernous do to the lack of crowd.

There seems to be a stage coach in the building.

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Sacramento Women’s Expo

Admission: $10

The Sacramento Women’s Expo is, rather obviously, an expo desinged towards womens interests, including shopping, beauty and fashion.

Along with the health and beauty booths, there were also a couple of psychics.

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Sacramento Horror Film Festival


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Oakland Museum of California


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