2022: Question? Think... Vote!
Sunday, October 9 - California State Capitol and Livestreamed
2021: A Brighter Future with Reason
Sunday, October 10 - Livestreamed
Live and pre-recorded entertainment accented the program with performances from Scarlett Rabe, Joey Fabian, Ron Swallow, and Abraham Mackey. Thomas Smith facilitated an engaging panel of authors and podcasters (including Ross Blocher, Carrie Poppy, and Cheryl Abram). In our 20th year, we recognized our co-founder Mynga Futrell with our first lifetime achievement award, and presented awards to Margaret Downey, Bruce Gleason, and Karina Quintanilla. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: activist Paul Geisert and skeptic James Randi.
2020: Reason in the Voting Booth
Sunday, October 11 - Online Video Premiere
2019: Think Again
Sunday, October 13 - California State Capitol
2018: Discover Reason
Sunday, October 14 - California State Capitol
Greydon Square headlined our entertainment and we introduced actor Sean O'Brien who performed as Robert Ingersoll (the "Great Agnostic").
New sponsors of this year's event included the Atheist Community of San Jose, Compassionate Humanists, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the Secular Coalition for America. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: physicist Stephen Hawking and co-founder of the NAACP W.E.B. Du Bois.
2017: Engage with Reason
Sunday, October 15 - California State Capitol
Our 16th year introduced our new, simpler logomark. Speakers included Sikivu Hutchinson, David Tamayo, David Smalley, and Jessica Xiao. Ryan Bell emceed the event.
Larry Decker, of the Secular Coalition for America, presented an award to Senator Richard Pan (CA) for his work on removing non-medical exemptions for legally required vaccines. Larry also introduced Arizona State Senators Athena Salman and Juan Mendez who spoke on their experiences running for office.
Thomas Smith, of the podcast Serious Inquiries Only, hosted our Authors' and Podcasters' Panel featuring ɘlbe spurling, Candace Gorham, David Fitzgerald, and Evan Davids. And throughout the weekend, we were entertained by the musical talents of Dr. Roberta Chevrette, the comedy of Keith Lowell Jensen, the poetry of Victor Harris, and the eclectic jazz of Marie Bain. Even Uncle Sam made his usual appearance!
This year's sponsors included Applied Office, Reason Center, Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area, Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento, and many others including for the first time: Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers and Agnostic.com. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: actress Katharine Hepburn.
Sunday, October 16 - California State Capitol
Speakers in 2016 included Steve Hill, Cidney Fisk, David Silverman, and Aron Ra. We also welcomed authors and podcasters such as Dan Arel, David McAfee, and Bill Zuersher.
And for the first time in our history, we introduced two secular candidates that were running for elected positions in local government: Mercedes Macias and Karalee Hargrove. This year also introduced our new logotype.
We must thank our 2016 sponsors, including Applied Office Computer Training, the Original Motto Project, Reason Center, Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area, and many others.
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: feminist and pro-choice advocate Anne Gaylor and writer and activist Cleo Kocol.
2015: Spread the Reason
Sunday, October 11 - California State Capitol
Sponsors of the event included Applied Office Computer Training, an anonymous donor, Atheists and Other Freethinkers, and the Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento. Ten local organizations also exhibited at the event, including Sacramento for Bernie Sanders, Health Care for All, and three Secular Student Alliance affiliates. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: neurologist and science advocate Oliver Sacks.
2014: The Wonders of Magic and Reason
Sunday, October 12 - California State Capitol
In celebration of our theme, Bay Area magician Ryan Kane entertained audiences with his skeptical magic and comedy. Joining Ryan on the stage was podcaster Rebecca Watson and sociologist Phil Zuckerman. The event was emceed by Marie Bain.
2013: The Many Voices of Reason
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - William Land Park
Sponsors included Applied Office Computer Training, an anonymous donor, Applied Behavior Consultants, along with the support of the Secular Student Alliance and Camp Quest West. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: mathematician and inventor Hypatia.
2012: Vote for Reason!
Saturday, October 6 - Ben Ali Shrine Center
2012 introduced the first of our Author Panels, which included Richard Carrier, Dave Fitzgerald, and Brendan Powell Smith, among others.
Sponsors included Applied Office Computer Training, an anonymous $1000 donor, the National Atheist Party, Paul Storey, Applied Behavior Consultants, and many, many more. This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
2011: Come Out and Celebrate Reason!
Sunday, October 21st - McGeorge School of Law
At the prior evening's fundraising reception, our supporters personally connected with Freethought Day speakers, including Dan Barker - who serenaded the group with his insightful songs. They also thanked Mynga Futrell for her 10 years of hard work and dedication to Freethought Day.
2010: Equality for Everyone!
Sunday, October 10th - CÉSAR CHÁVEZ PARK
2009: Stay Curious!
Sunday, October 9th - César Chávez Park
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: botanist Luther Burbank.
2008: Celebrate Our Secular Heritage!
Sunday, October 12th - Waterfront Park
New activities included Camp Quest West's "wheel of science", freethought and banned books displays, and more.
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: author George Orwell.
2007: Reason & Act... Boldly.
Sunday, October 12th - Waterfront Park
The highlight was the presentation on Roger Williams, the original thinker and liberal social architect. Karen Scott (Interfaith Religious Liberty Foundation's director) and program chair Mynga Futrell spoke in turn of how profound has been his influence on governmental protections of "liberty of conscience" for citizens of all worldviews.
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductee: minister and secular advocate Roger Williams.
2006: Embrace Reality
Sunday, October 8th - Waterfront Park
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: actor and atheist Butterfly McQueen.
2005: Stand Up for Reason
Sunday, October 9th - Waterfront Park
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and abolitionist Frederick Douglas.
2004: Dare to Think for yourself!
Sunday, October 9th - Waterfront Park
New displays included "Banned Books" (thanks to the Sacramento Public Library), "Different Drummers" (a display of youth education curricula on nonconforming thinkers loaned by the nonprofit Objectivity, "Accuracy and Balance In Teaching About Religion", "Learn/Think/Vote" (with help of Sacramento County), and "Ladybugs and Mystery Boxes" (for children).
This year's Freethinker Gallery inductees: abolitionist Ernestine Rose and anarchist Emma Goldman.
2003: Liberty of Conscience
Saturday, October 12th - Waterfront Park
This display of freethinkers formed the centerpiece of the main on-stage program. From noon to two there were 13 brief mini-speeches by volunteers about persons admired now (in retrospect) for actions not always in tune with that of their contemporaries.
The event was closed with a sing-along of Die Gedanken Sind Frei. Initial Freethinker Gallery inductees: revolutionary Thomas Paine, founding father James Madison, author Frances Wright, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Native American rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, president Thomas Jefferson, lawyer Robert Green Ingersoll, author Mark Twain, and lawyer Clarence Darrow.
2002: Delight in Freethinking!
Saturday, October 12th - Sacramento County Courthouse Plaza
Local presenters besides the event coordinators Mynga Futrell and Jerry Sloan were Hank Kocol (scientist and freethought activist), Paul Geisert ("Reason House" facilitator), Cleo Kocol (freethought poet), Ron Fegley (humanist activist), and Kevin Schultz (atheist activist).