Diversity Month


August 1 - August 31, 2021

Join the Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission along with the City of Elk Grove as we celebrate August as Diversity Month.  Travel the Globe without leaving the City!

  • Enjoy cultural entertainment every Thursday at the NeighborGood Market at District56
  • Take a cooking class, learn how to make Lumpia!
  • Attend an art show
  • Get great deals at local eateries
  • Register the kids for a cultural art workshop
  • Experience other religions at an interfaith prayer event

Wednesday, August 4


Maya Band - 5:30pm-7:00pm, Old Town Plaza

Maya, is a Latin Tribute Band, Presenting the most popular songs from well known artist that everybody recognizes, including Santana, Selena, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, War, Celia Cruz, La Sonora Dinamita, Ritchie Valens, Kumbia Kings and popular Latin Old School hits. Maya covers all standard Latin styles including, Cumbia, Tex Mex, Salsa, Latin Rock, Cha Cha, Merengue and Old School.

Thursday, August 5


Way Out West Band - 5:30pm-7:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

Way Out West was formed in the mid 90's when "pop-country" ruled the airwaves. From the start, this band has bucked the trends and been determined keep the edgy and twangy classic "California Country" sound alive. The band has become an institution of Northern California of classic country, known for always having some of the best musicians in Northern California. Since 2015, Way Out West has been lead by singer/songwriter Tatiana McPhee and guitarist Dan Sisson. Other members include veteran musicians Brett Cole on Bass, Jeff Rubio on Drums, and Bob Dickson Jr. on Steel Guitar.


Gokul Dance Academy - 7:15pm-8:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

Thursday, August 12


Inner Soul Band, 5:30pm-7:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

Innersoul has established itself as one of the most professional and cooperative bands in Northern California. This nine-piece band has developed a reputation for professionalism and courteous interaction with its clients and their guests. Innersoul is well known as the band that creates the magical ambiance that will transform any event into a fun-filled, unforgettable evening. Musical variety is the “Spice of Life” with Innersoul. This group of talented musicians will perform energized versions of R&B, Latin Funk, Top 40, Funk and Classic Rock hits.

Thursday, August 19


Diesel Sour Band, 5:30pm-7:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

Sour Diesel is jazz fusion group that has performed locally & regionally for nearly ten years. The core members have performed together for 10+ years.  Previous venues include: The Barn in West Sacramento, Paul Martins American Grill in Roseville, Shady Lady in downtown Sacramento, Golden Era in Nevada City, Torch Club in Sacramento, Luna's in Sacramento, Bunker Underground Art Social Club in Sacramento, House of Oliver in Roseville, Pink Martini in Roseville, et al. The members are: Ken Berger on keyboards, Michael Otwell on woodwinds, Ron Ochoa on drums, Gary Harang on percussions and Steve Davis on bass.


Makamae Melia O Ploynesia Dance Group, 7:15pm-8:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

Thursday, August 26


East Wind Band, 5:30pm-7:00pm, NeighborGood Market at District56

The East Wind Band hails from Sacramento and is Northern California's premier Old School Funk, Soul, R&B and Rock party band. This elite group of seasoned musicians evokes the authentic horn-driven sounds of the '60s, '70s and '80s with renewed energy, passion, intensity and excitement. Founded in 1969, East Wind evolved into a funk-based horn band with the likes of Tower of Power, Average White Band and Earth, Wind and Fire. Their popularity soared during the early '70s as they ignited high school dances, proms and homecomings throughout the Sacramento valley and Bay Area along with special appearances in SoCal. They have performed with renowned recording artists such as The Dramatics, Bloodstone and Hiroshima. Band members are Barbara Long/vocalist, Buddy Davis/vocalist, Selwyn Jones/percussion & vocals, Darrell Joe/drums, Dave Karacozoff/keyboards, Glen Wada/guitar, Marty Leong/bass, Tim Ragan/trumpet, Les Chinn/saxes, Baldwin Wong/trumpet-trombone, and Dale Chinn/trumpet, with Randy Wheeler and Cary Kataoka manning the sound.


Hmong Youth Parent United Dance Group, 7:15pm-8:00pm


August 6-15

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Friday, August 13

Lumpia Cooking Class, 6:00pm, District56

Learn to make Lumpia, presented by Sinful Treats. Reserve your spot today!


Thursday, August 19

Art Show presented by Elk Grove Fine Artists, 4:00pm-8:00pm, District56


Thursday, August 19

Kids Cultural Art Workshop, 4:30pm and 5:45pm, District56

Workshop presented by Young Rembrandts, RSVP for 4:30pm or 5:45pm


Saturday, August 28

Inerfaith Prayer for Universal Brotherhood, 1:00pm, District56 Franklin Room



Jump to a Topic from Last Year's Diversity Month


Learn about the rich and the diverse faith communities of Elk Grove, their varied theological and spiritual traditions and their wisdoms. Please take an opportunity to appreciate the unity in the diversity of faith groups and learn of their collective goal to build a just and a more caring society.


Explore Different Faiths


An opportunity to learn how Elk Grove’s diverse ethnic communities express their respective cultural values and traditions through dance forms. Enjoy the richness of the music, the exotic rhythmic body movements and the brilliance of costumes as they all combine to communicate their heritage.

garba raas  

Cultural Dance Performances


Culinary delights, taste and flavors in food vary from one country to another, from one region to another, from one ethnic group to another and often varies within an ethnic group. Learn the art and the craft of cooking from chefs who have delighted the taste-buds of people from all around the world.


Learn to Cook Cultural Dishes

Self Discipline

Inner peace appears to be a rare commodity these days. Cultural groups from around the world, from the onset of their histories, have offered solutions to finding inner peace whether through practicing yoga, meditation or through mastering one’s self control through martial arts. Observe and learn from the ancient traditions on techniques of achieving inner peace.

Martial Arts   

Ways to Self-Reflect

  • Filipino Martial Arts (Eskrima) Learn and master a unique art form from the Philippines. You'll develop self-confidence, self-control, awareness, character development, fitness and self-defense skills. Eskrima is a complete Martial Art and is known for lightning-fast movements utilizing weapons, empty hand trapping, strikes, kicking techniques, as well as takedowns and locks.
  • Tai Chi
  • Take a walk for peace at the Morse Park Labyrinth
    Unlike a maze with alternative pathways, a labyrinth has a single pathway to reach destinations and do some reflection on the things that bring us together. The walk, which can be taken anytime in this public setting, presents a way for community members to gain a better understanding of this amenity, and walk with specific intentions.
    Morse Park
    5540 Bellaterra Drive, Elk Grove
    More information on how to enjoy a labyrinth

Arts and crafts are a universal language that connects us all. Through unique representations of our respective cultural symbols, we come to share our common humanity.


World Renowned Artist David Garibaldi Performance


More Arts & Crafts


Music is a universal language that represents the rich cultural traditions from all around the world. Its beginnings can be traced to religious rituals and celebrations and now, it has evolved into a billion dollar entertainment industry. The variations in tonality, compositional structures and instrumentation are deeply rooted in the unique cultural expressions of its people. Learn and enjoy music from around the world.


Worldly Sounds


Learn the diverse lifestyles from around the world, including cultural wardrobes and language traditions.

Learn About Cultural Traditions


Children around the world may have different skin colors, speak different language, may be separated by high mountain and wide oceans, but there is so much they share. Through songs, music, play and stories, children learn that it is ok to be different and be the same.

  Fun Things for Kids to Explore Resources

The Sacramento Public Library and other community organizations offer resources for all age groups on understanding diversity, inclusion, and ways we may work together to creating a just, caring, equitable and a more humane society.




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