On May 3, our region will light up with activity! Every year there are dozens of events region-wide during Big Day of Giving, from block parties to live rehearsals to brewery parties. There will be something for everyone! Check back often as we begin to add details to this page.

Events are sorted by start time. All events take place on May 3 unless otherwise stated. Click a link below to be taken to a list of events starting during that time frame. 



Morning Events

Broadway Coffee Supports Sick & Injured Families
Organization: Kiwanis Family House
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Broadway Coffee (3200 Broadway, Sacramento)
Description: Kiwanis Family House will display guest family stories and other marketing material to promote our charitable services.  Last year, Mix 96 radio was on site and the on-air personalities promoted Big Day of Giving, Kiwanis Family House, and Broadway Coffee during the event period.  

Big Day of Giving Kickoff Breakfast
Organization: Sacramento Children's Home
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Casa Garden Restaurant (2760 Sutterville Rd, Sacramento)
Description: On Thursday, May 3rd, Sacramento Children's Home will host its Second Annual Big Day of Giving Kickoff Breakfast at Casa Garden Restaurant. Donors, volunteers, and prospective donors are invited to take part in this fun and festive kickoff to the BIG DAY. RSVP's are required and can be made by emailing

Walk with Friends: BDOG Kick Off
Organization: Health Education Council
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Robla Park (625 Bell Ave Sacramento)
Description: Start the Big Day of Giving 2018 off right with Health Education Council and a Walk with Friends! This 1 hour walk around Robla Park will be led by our friendly walking, talking Fruits and Vegetables and will feature giveaways and other fun activities. This kid-friendly event is a great way to be a part of the community spirit that Makes Health Happen in the Sacramento region.

Glass Slipper Scavenger Hunt!
Organization: Fairytale Town
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento)
Description: Help Cinderella find her glass slipper in Fairytale Town! Several slippers will be hidden throughout the Park--find one and bring it to Cinderella's coach to redeem for a prize and to learn more about how you can make a gift to renovate the Coach playset!

Help Grow the California Garden
Organization: The California Garden Project
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Sacramento (8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento)
Description: The California Garden Project will be at Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Sacramento to provide information on The California Garden and receive input from the Greater Sacramento Region on what they would like to see in a world-class, sustainable, botanical garden. There will be a drawing at the end of the day for a $100 Green Acres gift certificate. We will also be available to take donations for The Big Day of Giving.

Live Pop-Up Broadcasts
Organization: KVMR Community Radio
Time: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Location: Various locations in Nevada City & Grass Valley (see description for details)
Description:  KVMR Live Pop-Up Broadcasts throughout the day on May 3rd:  9am at South Yuba Club in Grass Valley with J Ross Parrelli and DJ Step D Luna,  12pm at SPD in Nevada City with Cassidy Joy & Karen Woerne,  3pm at BriarPatch with Whee the People, and 5pm at Golden Era Longe with DJ Van Gloryus

Kittens and Kupcakes
Organization: Kitten Central of Placer County
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Pet Food Express (1109 Galleria Blvd., Roseville)
Description:  Who can resist Kittens and Kupcakes in one place??  Have a yummy homemade cupcake and a bottle of water while you learn about Kitten Central of Placer County and its unique role in saving kittens from being euthanized.  Enjoy a meet/greet with foster kittens from newborns to 3 months old.  We're sharing space at Pet Food Express again this year with our wonderful pals from RRUFF, there will be foster pups to meet/greet, too.  You can find us by looking for the balloons outside Pet Food Express, but really, we're hard to miss even without them.

Sacramento Medical Reserves Corps Foundation at Food Truck Thursday
Organization: Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps Foundation
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  Food Truck Thursday (3720 Dudley Blvd., McClellan)
Description:  Come on out and support the Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps Foundation and grab a great bite to eat at Food Truck Thursday!  Located at the corner of Dudley and Forcum on McClellan.

ALS Care 4 a Cure Research Symposium
Organization: ALS Association Greater Sacramento
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Citrus Height Community Center (6300 Fountain Square Dr, Citrus Heights)
Description: This one-day event features an opportunity for patients, caregivers, and families affected by ALS to learn the latest on ALS research and to meet and greet with local service providers whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life for those experiencing a terminal disease. Attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the exhibition spaces and visit with representatives to learn how products/services can benefit them as they battle ALS. There will be a donation station for Big DOG!

RRUFF Healing Heroes - Help our Veterans
Organization: RRUFF Healing Heroes
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Pet Food Express (1109 Galleria Blvd., Roseville)
Description: Table outside with information, donating to fund training of Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD and other invisible disabilities.  Dog training demonstration.  Trained Dogs with their owners.  Master dog trainer present.

Afternoon Events

Big Day at the Ranch
Organizations: Project R.I.D.E. and other Elk Grove nonprofits
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 9455 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove 
Description: Please join us at the Ranch for a tour and see why your donation makes a HUGE impact in our community. We will have food/beverages/desserts, just stop by and say Hi!

Yolo County Midday Celebration
Organizations: All participating nonprofits located in Yolo County. Sponsored and organized by the Yolo Community Foundation
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Heritage Plaza in Woodland, CA
Description: Yolo County nonprofits participating in the Big Day of Giving are invited to join us at Heritage Plaza in Woodland!  Please reserve your space at the lunchtime event by emailing  You bring a table, chairs, a pop-up tent and information about your organization. We'll provide a PA system, treats and some celebrity speakers!  It's a fun tradition, and we get to watch the leaderboard climb during the noon hour together!

SRBX Design Build Competition
Organizations: SRBX Education Foundation
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Consumnes River College - Lot C (8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento)
Description: Come join us as we kick off the Big Day of Giving, award scholarships, and celebrate the workforce development efforts of the SRBX Education Foundation at the 32nd Annual Design Build Competition. We will have nearly 300 high school students and more than 150 industry professionals in attendance including the Boards of SRBX, the SRBX Education Foundation, the California Homebuilders Foundation and the Associated General Contractors of California. See high school students in action as 25 teams construct 96 square-foot structures that they design for use as a tiny home, playhouse, garden shed , chicken coop, or other structure. Please register at to join us for lunch, networking, and an experience you will not want to miss.

Flash Mob At the Plaza!
Organizations: The Arc of Placer County
Time: Noon - 12:10 PM
Location: Civic Plaza Complex - City of Roseville
Description: On Wednesday, May 2nd, clients and staff from all three day programs will be representing The Arc of Placer County and getting the word out about our BIG Day of Giving by having a flash mob at the plaza!  Our clients will be dancing, hula hooping, waving streamers and custom art signs in support of our agency's biggest fundraiser on May 3rd. Staff will be playing songs and passing out reminders to the public to donate to our cause. We will FB live this event too!

Reflections Art Showcase
Organization: LSS of Northern California and Mutual Housing California
Time: Noon - 3:00 PM
Location: Mutual Housing at the Highlands (6010 34th Street, North Highlands)
Description: Reflections is a multigenerational art show featuring original works by formerly homeless youth and adults. Youth in LSS supportive housing programs are joining with their adult counterparts to stage a multigenerational art show that will feature dozens of original works of art, music, dance and performance art. Art will be for sale and will benefit the residents and LSS supportive housing programs.

Big Day at The Book Den
Organizations: Friends of Sacramento Public Library
Time: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: The Book Den (8250 Belvedere Ave., Suite E, Sacramento)
Description: The Friends of Sacramento Public Library will be hold a "donation party" at The Book Den. There will be refreshments, music, balloons and friendly people to help you with your donation. All funds raised during BDoG support SPL's Book First project. But wait, there's more! We wouldn't ask you to come to a special party at the Book Den without letting you shop from our vast collection of gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks. Shoppers making a donation to the Friends on the Big Day of Giving will receive a special discount. Stop by, change the life of a first grader, and enjoy the party!

Our Woven Story: Iu Mien Cultural Clothing Exhibit
Organizations: Iu-Mien Community Services
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Warehouse Artists Lofts (1108 R Street, Sacramento)
Description: Iu-Mien Community Services (IMCS) is hosting an exhibit featuring Iu-Mien cultural clothing on May 3rd! The purpose of this event is to celebrate the cultural clothing as well as educate the community (Mien and non-Mien) about our traditional wear. FREE for all ages and open to the public. Mien food & drinks will be available for sale. Don't forget to stop in our free photobooth! Donations will be accepted however it is not required for entry. Exhibit Hours: 2:00pm - 8:00pm Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Get Your Groove On!
Organizations: Sacramento Poetry Center, Women's Wisdom ART
Time: 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 1719 25th Street Sacramento, CA
Description: Join Sacramento Poetry Center and Women's Wisdom ART for Big Day of Giving festivities. Wisdom community ART project and refreshments 2-5 pm. Food, libations, art and music by Extra Innings Acoustic Band 5:30-8:30 pm.

Under One Roof: 909 12th Street BDOG Open House
Organizations: Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Breathe California Sacramento Region, Sacramento Housing Alliance, Alchemist Community Development Corporation, 350 Sacramento, Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors, Sacramento (and other nonprofits not participating in Big Day of Giving)
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Breathe CA Building (909 12th St, Sacramento)
Description: 909 12th Street is home to a dozen non-profits, all #UnderOneRoofSac, While we focus on areas from food access to climate change, affordable housing to clean air, together we share a vision for a better world and a better Sacramento.  Nonprofits at 909 12th Street that are participating in the Big Day of Giving include:  Join us for the Big Day of Giving; learn more about each organization; and enjoy food, wine and music. Admission is free, but please consider making a #BigDOG gift to 909 12th Street non-profits.

Open House at The Sofia!
Organizations: B Street Theatre
Time: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts (2700 Capitol Ave. Sacramento)
Description: Come enjoy a sneak peek at B Street's next production, Airness, along with a full tour of our gorgeous new home with a member of the artistic staff. Special presentations by B Street's Outreach & Education team, and more fun surprises!  A Happy Hour no-host bar & special cocktails, food, and sneak into rehearsal for a peek at Airness. Backstage tours of The Sofia (RSVP - limited capacity). More entertainment surprises, donation stations, special gifts and prizes for donors (more info to come).  What you need to do: Reserve your time now for Airness and The Sofia tours.  Space is limited! Don't miss this fun event.
Airness Sneak Peek & Sofia Tours:   3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.  RSVP to or call 916.443.5391 x113 to reserve your spot for the Airness teaser, and a tour of The Sofia.

Capitol Ballet Company Big Day of Giving Open House
Organizations: Capitol Ballet Company
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Capitol Ballet Center (4430 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento)
Description: Come see our dancers take class from 4:00 to 5:30 and rehearse from 5:30 to 7:00.  Enjoy refreshments and make an online donation while you are here.   Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by our Angel donor up to $5,000!!   Capitol Ballet Company produces high quality affordable ballet performances since 1999.  We touch about 2,000 ticketed individuals most years through performances and about 7,000 youth and families through outreach.  Over half of the individuals we serve are youth, followed by adults, families and seniors.  We are an all volunteer organization so your donation goes directly to programming.

Eat.Drink.Give. Health Education Council BDOG Happy Hour
Organizations: Health Education Council
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: The Monk's Cellar (240 Vernon St. Roseville)
Description: Join HEC and our partners as we celebrate the Big Day of Giving and the spirit of partnership that Makes Health Happen in the Sacramento region. Purchase great food and drink from Monk's Cellar, meet the region's health and business leaders and support important community-based programs.  The Monk's Cellar will donate 10% of event proceeds to HEC's community health and well-being programs in Roseville and across the Sacramento region.

Greater CA German Shepherd Rescue Fun
Organizations: Greater California German Shepherd Rescue
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Fort Rock Brewing (12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova)
Description: Promoting the organization and the Big Day of Giving.  iPads and laptops will be available to make a donation on site.  Donations above $50 will have a choice of a gift from the table.  Fort Rock Brewing serves great beer and food can also be ordered from select restaurants.

BDOG at The Patriot in Carmichael!
Organizations: Junior Tennis Fund Sacramento, The Wish List Project, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sierra Club ICO
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Patriot (6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento)
Description: We will be serving hors d'oeuvres to our donors as a "thank you" for their support.  The Patriot will be serving drink specials and hosting live music during Happy Hour (4-6).  Effie Yeaw will be bringing a few of their favorite critters for a meet and greet!

Evening Events

"SAAC" Pack Fundraiser and Happy Hour
Organizations: Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC)
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Yolo Brewing Company (81520 Terminal St. West Sacramento)
Description: We're back at Yolo Brewing Company to drink beer, pet friendly dogs, and raise money for spay and neuter! It's all part of the annual Big Day of Giving (BDOG), the regional charity fundraiser!  With your support, we can raise enough money to provide hundreds of affordable spay and neuter surgeries for pets in our community! Join us at Yolo Brewing Company for happy hour, a silent auction, Pet Safe Sex Kits, Kitty Coloring Books, and a Puppy Kissing Booth (or maybe just Puppy Cuddling). And as always, bring your furry friend to the event too!

Big Day of Giving Elk Grove Nonprofit Roundup
Organizations: California Farmland Trust (Central Valley Farmland Trust), Chicks in Crisis, Dreamer 2 Dream, Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Elk Grove Food Bank Services, Elk Grove Historical Society, Elk Grove Homeless Assistance Resource Team (H.A.R.T.), Elk Grove Lions Foundation, Musical Mayhem Productions, Runnin' for Rhett, Save Them All Horse Rescue, Senior Center of Elk Grove, Sisters Animal Sanctuary, Sisters of Nia Incorporated, Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, Teen Center USA, xHope Inc.
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Project R.I.D.E. Jerry Strong Arena (8840 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove)
Description: Open house event including interactive activities and demonstrations, information about 20+ nonprofits in Elk Grove, champagne toast and light refreshments, appearances by notables and exciting live entertainment from the Teen Center and the Strauss Festival. Gifts for all donors await with your donation to any Elk Grove-based nonprofit, with special prizes for donors to multiple organizations. All free!

Donation Celebration!
Organizations: Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: King Cong Brewing Company (1709 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento)
Description: Please join as we celebrate our Big Day of Giving donors! Enjoy appetizers, games, and fun. To thank our donors for their generosity, the first beverage is on us. Hope to see you there!

Eat Your Art Out
Organizations: Natomas Arts and Education
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Natomas Charter School (4600 Blackrock Dr. Sacramento)
Description: Our Third Annual EAT YOUR ART OUT! Event is a celebration of Big Day of Giving. We will have food trucks, games, bounce houses, live entertainment and fundraising! The entire community is invited to come learn more about Natomas Charter School and the Natomas Arts and Education Foundation!

Iceland Ice Skating Rink's Donation Celebration
Organizations: Iceland Ice Skating Rink
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Iceland Ice Skating Rink (1430 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento)
Description: Come celebrate Big Day of Giving at Iceland. Raffle, games and Prizes. Pizza, Ice Cream Bars and Soft Drinks for a suggested donation of $8.

BDOG Biers at Der Biergarten with Runnin' for Rhett!
Organization: Runnin' for Rhett
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Der Biergarten (2332 K Street, Sacramento)
Description: Join us for BigDOG Biers at Der Biergarten! Drink beer, eat food and help our local nonprofit. Der Biergarten will generously be donating 20% of all sales to Runnin' for Rhett, and anyone who donates $10 or more to R4R during Big Day of Giving will receive a free pretzel gift card!

Food Trucks, Yogo, Hoop Dancing, and More!
Organization: Carmichael Parks Foundation
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Park, Rec and Eat It in Carmichael Park (5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael)
Description: Free Yoga and Hoop Dancing sessions hosted by the Carmichael Parks Foundation in partnership with Sacramento Hoop Dance during the Park, Rec and Eat It event in Carmichael Park.  There will also be music, vendors and activities for children, and the SactoMoFo Food Trucks will be contributing a portion of their proceeds to the Carmichael Parks Foundation.

Author Chris Enss: Shaping the West
Organization: Sacramento History Museum
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street, Old Sacramento)
Description: Join us for a free event with author Chris Enss as she presents a discussion on the men and women who shaped American history when they came West. Hear the true stories of those searching for a better life, from the schoolmarms to the gold miners, and even mail-order brides.

BDOG Celebration and Concert at Camp Pollock
Organizations: Sacramento Valley Conservancy, Reading Partners, California FFA Foundation, World of Powerful Youth, PRO Youth and Families
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Camp Pollock (1501 Northgate Blvd. Sacramento)
Description: C'mon down to the river to celebrate Big Day of Giving with some amazing local nonprofits! Family-friendly live music with The Taylor Chicks and Photo Booth with the California FFA Foundation. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket or camp chairs for the concert.

Beers, Brains and Big Dogs: Trivia Night with SMS
Organization: Sacramento Master Singers
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Track 7 Brewery - Natomas (26 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento)
Description: Join the Sacramento Master Singers for Trivia Night at Track 7 Brewing Co. in Natomas. We'll be celebrating the annual Big Day of Giving, and Track 7 will donate a portion of sales to SMS! Donations may be made onsite as well. The very funny (and very British) friend of the choir Dr. Charlie Bamforth - "The Pope of Foam" - will be our MC. A food truck or two, to be named later, will be on site for food. 

HYP Big Day of Giving House Party!
Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Capitol Garage (1500 K St, Sacramento)
Description: Join Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) for a Big Day of Giving House Party at Capitol Garage! Come eat, drink, and dance with us as we raise money to build and repair homes for hardworking, low-income families. Capitol Garage will generously be donating 20% of all sales on May 3rd to Habitat Greater Sacramento, and anyone who donates online will receive a thank you gift at the House Party that evening! There will also be a raffle and fun board games. Don't miss out! 

Sacramento SPCA "80's Prom" themed Yappy Hour!
Organization: Sacramento SPCA
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: SacYard Community Tap House (1725 33rd Street, Sacramento)
Description: Join the Sacramento SPCA for our Big DoG "80's Prom" themed Yappy Hour at SacYard Community Tap House! Attendees can expect big hair, puffy sleeves, cheesy prom pictures, a raffle and of course, adoptable pups! For every pint that is sold, $1.00 goes back to the Sacramento SPCA, PLUS there will be a prize for the best-dressed human, dog, and human/dog combo. It's going to be totally tubular!

Stones Supports Sick and Injured Families
Organization: Kiwanis Family House
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sammy's at Stones (6508 Antelope Rd. Citrus Heights)
Description:Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Citrus Heights, this evening of food, drink, socializing, and fundraising will support Kiwanis Family House on the Big Day of Giving.  The event at Sammy's Bar and Grill inside Stones will be open to the public.

Yoga, Youth, Music, & Community!
Organization: Girls Rock Sacramento, The Yoga Seed Collective
Time: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Shine Sacramento (1400 E Street Sacramento)
Description: Girls Rock Sacramento and the Yoga Seed Collective are joining passionate forces on the Big Day of Giving to raise money for community programs that will empower and bring mindfulness to Sacramento's youth. Please come to this very special event, and help both organizations meet their goals. There will be food and drinks, amazing raffle prizes, live music, and much more. $10 cover, and all are welcome!

Drag Queen Bingo
Organization: Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Mango's Sacramento (1930 K St., Sacramento)
Description: Drag Queen Bingo funds go directly to the Rainbow Chamber Foundation benefiting students in need of financial assistance. Raffle Prizes!!!