Summer officially begins June 21.
With the school year over, the season has already started for most of us.
Throughout South Placer County, summer provides nonstop opportunities to have fun with family and friends. Many of these opportunities are inexpensive, or better yet, free.
“There is always something fun happening in the surrounding cities of Placer Valley. It’s no wonder why visitors and locals alike enjoy so much to do in the area,” said Kim Summers, Placer Valley Tourism’s director of marketing. “From baseball games to Topgolf to waterslides to summer concerts and so much more, there truly is something for everyone.”
For starters, Loomis has the five-week Summer Reading Program, kicking off this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Loomis Library and Community Learning Center, 6050 Library Drive.
Saturday’s kick-off, designed for the whole family, includes a seed-saving presentation with master gardeners at 10:30 a.m., hot dogs and snow cones, craft activity, exploring storyboards and the seed library’s grand opening. The Summer Reading program has a new theme and activities each week. Call 916-824-2905 or check online at loomislibrary.org/events for more details.
Loomis has two more Friday Family Fest nights, July 13 and Aug. 10, at the Loomis Train Depot Plaza, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road. The free events from 6 to 9 p.m. include a summer concert series, along with children’s activities (bounce houses, face painting, splash pad, and arts and crafts), local vendors, food, beer and wine. See loomischamber.com/friday-night-family-fest for more details.
Continuing the summer fun, Rocklin has “Gather: Movie in the Park” nights. The free monthly event, from 5 to 10 p.m., includes children’s art projects and games, music, food trucks and a movie starting at dusk.
Remaining dates for Gather: Movie in the Park nights are June 22 at Peter Hill Heritage Park with “Emoji Movie,” July 13 at Kathy Lund Park with “Peter Rabbit,” Aug. 3 at Twin Oaks Park with “Coco” and Sept. 21 at Quarry Park with “Wrinkle in Time.” See rocklin.ca.us/event/gather-movie-park for more information.
Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin hosts a summer concert series, kicking off Saturday with Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads, a popular Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Platinum Living Amphitheater at Quarry Park, 4060 Rocklin Road.
Roseville has the much-anticipated seasonal Downtown Tuesday Nights now through July 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Vernon Street temporarily closes to vehicular traffic so visitors can enjoy more than 100 vendor booths, a kids’ zone, a car show, food, beer and wine pavilion, and live music during the weekly street fair. For a list of who’s playing, see downtownrosevilleevents.com/schedule.
Then there is the rapidly-approaching quintessential summer event, the 81st annual Placer County Fair. The fair starts the first day of summer, June 21, and runs through June 24 at the recently-renovated fairgrounds now known as @the Grounds in Roseville.
Whether you attend one day or all four days, there are always new activities, events and shows to catch at the annual fair that appeals to all ages. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. June 21 and June 22, and noon to 11 p.m. June 23 and June 24.
The fair includes traditional fare such as funnel cakes, cotton candy and corn dogs, as well as full meals; carnival rides; livestock competitions; Placer County Scholarship Pageant; exhibits and live music. The music has something for all tastes, from a Tom Petty tribute band to funk music to the Auburn Symphony Clarinet Quartet.
Tickets are $7 for adults; $3 for seniors and children 16 to 6; and free for 5-years-old and under. Other tickets are available, including four-day unlimited carnival passes and family packages. Parking is $6 per day and carnival wristbands for unlimited rides are $30. @the Grounds is at 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville. Call 916-786-2023 for more information.
And nearby Lincoln has the Potters playing 23 more home collegiate baseball games in its second season at McBean Park.
Potters players are from California, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota and Arizona.
Local team players are Jakob Friederick, Billy Rockefeller and Dylan Smethurst from Loomis; Josh Cooper, Micah Gunter, Nolan Murphy, Jack Rotteveel and Justin Smith from Roseville; and Elijah Garcia, Isaiah Garcia and Charles Middleton from Lincoln.
Tickets range from $6 to $12 and fireworks are included this Saturday, July 4 and July 28. Games are at McBean Stadium, located on the corner of 2nd Street and D Street in downtown Lincoln. Call 916-209-3444 for more information.
The above barely covers what South Placer County has to offer this summer.
For the next few months, embrace all that summer has to offer with your family and friends. Before you know it, kids will be back in school and summer will be a memory.
For now, enjoy the season unfolding in our backyards.