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August 12, 2011
Sacramento Rainbow Festival is due Labor Day weekend

The 25th anniversary Sacramento Rainbow Festival celebrating gay pride will be held Sept. 2-4 in Midtown. Held each year on Labor Day Weekend, the event uses a street fair atmosphere to raise money for charities that have significant importance to the lesbian and gay community and to raise public awareness of those charities.

Each year, the festival draws up to 7,000 visitors to the 20th and K streets festival site.

To date, the festival has raised more than $500,000 for such local charity organizations as Lambda Community Fund, Sunburst Projects, Fairy Godfathers' Fund, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), CARES (Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services), Breaking Barriers, and AIDS and cancer emergency funds.

In addition to the street fair, which features more than 100 vendor booths offering goods, services, information and food options, the festival presents local entertainers performing on several stages.

Rainbow Festival events are scheduled Friday through Sunday, with the street fair running 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the final day of the event. Participating venues include Badlands, Club 21, the Depot, Faces Nightclub and Headhunters' Video Lounge & Grille.

Each venue will host parties, events and headliner entertainment, such as a 1990s Diva Reunion featuring CeCe Peniston, Lonnie Gordon and Crystal Waters, and a performance by Wynter Gordon. Proceeds from ticket and door cover charges will benefit the Rainbow Festival fund charities.

Street fair admission is $10 general, with children younger than 12 admitted free. A VIP Weekend Pass is $50 and gives entrance to Badlands, Club 21, the Depot and Faces, and the street fair for the entire weekend.

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