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Welcome to the New IOF!

Dear Friend of the Institute of Fun,

As you may be aware, we’ve decided to relaunch the Institute of Fun after a 4-year hiatus. We’re excited about the possibilities for the revived IOF, and we want as you to get involved!

Our vision for the IOF is as a place and organization that you can look to as a reliable source of smart, social entertainment. Each Institute of Fun event will be aimed at teaching you at least one thing that you may not have known before the event. And, our events will be convenient for the busy person, affordable, and, most of all, fun!

To preview the sort of classes that we’ll be offering when we start up for real in the fall, we’re taking over the semi-circle stage space in front of the Marrs Building (20th Street between J and K) during the 2nd Saturday “This Midtown” event on July 13 from 4pm to 8pm.

The larger event is totally free and will feature some great bands, great food, and a variety of interactive and fun goings-on. Our area will feature 10 minute mini-classes, including:

  • Musicianship for Non-musicians
  • Math is Fun
  • How Does Hypnosis Work?
  • Do It Yourself in Sacramento

We’ll also be bringing members of the audience up on stage to try out to be Institute of Fun Professors. So, if you have an amazing thing that you can do and teach others to do, come on down and be ready to do your thing for 5 to 10 minutes! You too could join the elite ranks of the Institute of Fun professors.

The Institute of Fun is all about expanding the possibilities for having and creating fun in your town. We have some ideas about possible ways to do this and we just posted a bunch of potential fun events to our website at If you have other ideas about what is fun, please let us know or add comments to our event ideas on the site!


Chris Minnick
Chief Fun Officer
Institute of Fun

The Institute of Fun at THIS Midtown

The Institute of Fun will be doing a special event at This Midtown ( on Saturday, July 13 from 4pm to 8pm. We’ll have Institute professors doing mini-courses, we’ll have open auditions to become an Institute of Fun professor, and we’ll be giving away Fun buttons! Come check us out in front of the Marrs Building on 20th Street between J and K in Midtown Sacramento!

Presenting: New Institute of Fun buttons!

The “Fun Button” is back! To celebrate the relaunching of the Institute of Fun, we’ve created a brand new FUN button! To get yours, look for a member of the Institute of Fun staff around town, or at one of our events, and just ask!

p.s. The Institute of Fun’s exclusive button vendor is Bearded Lady Buttons. If you have a button need, check them out, and tell them the Institute of Fun sent you.

The world-famous Fun Button, shown here on the bar at Hot Italian in Midtown Sacramento.

The world-famous Fun Button, shown here on the bar at Hot Italian in Midtown Sacramento.

Get in on the fun! Become an IOF sponsor!

The Institute of Fun now offers sponsorship opportunities to businesses and individuals who want to support fun in their community! Sponsorship packages start at a one-time payment of $50, and benefits include T-shirts, buttons, signs at events, logos and banners on our site, and so much more!

Plus, with our WILD PARTY package, you can even name your own price (and possibly your own benefits). If you just want to have a little fun or if you want to have a whole lot of fun, the WILD PARTY sponsorship is for you!

For more information about sponsorship, visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page, or email!

Are we really what we eat? – Ticket prices reduced by $10!

Professor and writer Kevin Wehr will be teaming up with The Sacramento Institute of Fun at Revolution Wines to ask an important question: “Are we really what we eat?” This discussion will be centered on fast food, slow food and how it all relates to American popular culture. Learn more about popular culture today and the roles our food plays in it!

Update 4/17/09: We may be in hard times, but we at the Institute still believe that good food, good times and good learning are important. That’s why we’ve reduced our ticket prices for this event by $10 across the board! So come on out and have a good time and meet new people. Hope to see you there.

$14.95 – General admission

$9.95 – Students and Revolution Wine Club members

$4.95 – Subscribing S.I.F members

$20 – At the door

To find out more about Kevin Wehr visit

Stew of Sounds Wrap Up!

Friday night, Adam Jenkins taught his Jazz History class, “Cooking Up a Stew of Sounds” to a full house at Revolution Wines. Everyone there had a great time, and learned about the fascinating history of Jazz, from the 1700s to the present day.

Here are the lists of recommended listening from the class:


Institute of Fun Video: What is Swing?

From the December 5, 2008 Jazz De-Mystified event.