There’s a lot to do in Sacramento this weekend, from community events, MLK caravans and NFL playoffs to parties. If you’re looking to make plans this weekend, ‘Black in Sac’ is your weekly guide to soaking up the city’s culture.
This guide seeks to highlight the events influenced, created, or owned by Sacramento’s Black creatives, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Due to the submissions of our Google form and social media posts, we continuously publish this list every week. All submissions are appreciated.
The list consists of events taking place this weekend and includes other events during the following week.
Neighbors Program events
Neighbor Program (NP) is an organization committed to serving the people and loving their neighbor. They have a list of upcoming events that are open to the public and the community they serve.
Community Learning, is a book study that aims to increase understanding in Pan-Africanism, the ideology of the Neighbor program. The event is Thursday at 6:30 PM. They have two ways to tune in, virtual and in person, at Foreign Native, 3540 3rd Avenue.
For more information, including registration, visit tinyurl.com/assatastudy.
NP is kicking off the Liberation School with a distribution of free groceries, toys, and books on Friday at Del Paso Union Baptist, 1335 Los Robles Boulevard. The event starts at 6:30 PM. Online attendance is also possible by registering at www.tinyurl.com/liberationschool22. Another kick-off will be held on Monday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foreign Native, 3540 3rd Avenue.
Located at 722 K Street, Tiger combines good company and positive vibes with Sacramento nightlife.
It’s the girls’ night, starting with “Purr” Thursdays with DJ sets from DJ Eddy, DJ Genetixx and DJ Jay from 10pm to 2am. They will be mixing sounds with their theme night, “Meg the Stallion vs. Saweetie”.
Tiger hosts “Love” Fridays for R&B music lovers. It will also feature live music with live music from Hayez, the band, from 8pm to 11pm and then DJ Priince Harry and Patrick Coe will mix sounds in different sets throughout the night from 11pm to 2am.
Saturday night is HOF Night with music by Hayez, with DJ sets by DJ Robbie and DJ Eddy.
A cover fee will be charged after 11 PM. VIP reservations are available. For more information, please contact Tiger management.
My Urban Society Presents: R&B Lovers
Every Friday night, The Odd Cookie Bakery Cafe and Bar, located at 1015 9th Street, hosts R&B Lovers: Infusion Nights. Come dressed in all white and enjoy your favorite R&B hits and a dash of hip-hop, from 10pm to 2am
This is a free event until 11pm for those on the guest list. To comment on the guest list, register on Eventbrite. Special snacks and drinks will be available throughout the evening.
Eighty-Eleven Bar and Grill
Eighty-Eleven Bar and Grill is located at 8011 Florin Road.
This week they want to kick off the Capricorn season, on Friday and Saturday, with a takeover from 8pm to 2am
On Sunday they will host “Sac-Town Sunday Tingz” by Dope Trap Art (DTA) while hosting a pop-up “Trap N’ Paint” event at Eighty-Eleven Bar and Grill. DTA provides the music and paint, and the people provide the good vibes, energy, humor and fun. Tickets are available here for $40.
The event is hosted by Mia’s Kitchen.
The African Marketplace is an exhibition of Black-owned products, supplied by Black-owned companies and sellers. The event takes place on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 12:00 to 18:00
Join us this Saturday at 2251 Florin Road.
Vendors showcase their products ranging from books, jewelry, food, catering services, a farmers market, clothing, hair and oral care, and much more.
This expo is composed of more than 30 different vendors in each popup.
NFL viewing parties
You’ve seen a sea of red lately, or maybe more people wearing black and silver than usual. It’s safe to say that the region’s favorite soccer teams are the San Francisco 49ers and the Las Vegas Raiders. Both teams will compete in the playoffs this weekend, something this region has not seen since January 2003.
Gather the friends and family and cheer on your team.
It will be the Raiders’ first appearance in the playoffs since 2016. They will play against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at NBC affiliate KCRA 3.
The 49ers have a classic football rivalry on Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at 1:30 p.m. on CBS 13. Blue Cue Bar and Billiards is hosting a Wild Card Game Day Party, located at 1004 28th Street.
There is no cover charge.
Day of the Community Mural in District 8
Community Mural Day will take place on January 17, from noon to 4 p.m., at Another Look Beauty and Barber, located at 6666 Valley Hi Drive.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the fun activities on offer as they have the chance to interact with members within their community.
They get the chance to get in touch with local businesses and social organizations and get to know each other.
The event hosts a pop-up of various non-profits and other businesses. There is free food and music with art to enjoy. Mixed Barber Studio also provides free haircuts.
Register here or on Eventbrite.
Reclaim MLK Car Caravan and Parade
The Greater Sacramento NAACP & Black Lives Matter will feature Dr. Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with a caravan and parade from 8 a.m. to noon.
They will begin decorating cars, floats, special cars and motorcycles at Grant Union High School, 1400 Grand Avenue on January 17 at 8 a.m.
There are pickup stops at Sacramento City College, Oak Park Community Center, and ending at Sacramento State University, where Dr. King made his last visit to Sacramento before his death.
2nd Annual South Sacramento MLK Freedom Caravan
A two-hour caravan throughout South Sacramento will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, January 17.
The meeting is at Franklin Boulevard 7000, suite 1020. After the caravan there is a wellness fair at that location.
The event is sponsored by local organizations including I AM Sac Foundation, Queen Sheba, Tecoy Porter, Councilor Mai Vang’s office, National Action Network, Wicked Wheels and Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center.
Virtual MLK Program
MLK365 will host their annual “March For The Dream” event online as a virtual program on Tuesday, January 18, from 9am to 2pm
They will honor and recognize some of the local leaders and community champions with their virtual program. They will host hours of art, community and conversations about unity and inclusivity.
Registration is free and available here, or at www.mlk365.org/register.
Naija Boy Ro Sham Beaux
The Naija Boy Taco Tuesday is a weekly event at Ro Sham Beaux, located at 2413 J Street.
Rasheed Amedu brings West African flavor to Mexican cuisine every Tuesday. Amedu invites the city to dine and enjoy Naija vibes and sweet wine from 4pm to 9pm
Streets Pub Karaoke
Streets Pub is a Black-owned bar at 1804 J Street. Every Wednesday from 9 pm there is karaoke with Spectra.
Bring your friends, the good times, and enjoy an evening singing your favorite tunes, including classics.