Compete in the “World’s Oldest” and only nonswim triathlon: Eppie’s Great Race.
The Governor’s Mansion, built in 1877, housed 13 governors. Brown never lived there but visited when Dad Edmund G. From historical building tours to public art tours to neighborhood tours to cemetery tours, there are organized walking tours aplenty to get you intimately familiar with our fine city. Get a glimpse into what life was like some 150 years ago while going below historic buildings and exploring excavated foundations, enclosed pathways and old artifacts while your tour guide recounts stories of days gone by. Bar West, de Vere’s Irish Pub, Streets of London Pub, Firestone Public House, Track 7 Brewing Co. Head to the Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive)—built in 1938—for an arthouse flick.
held the office.) Built in 1843, Sutter’s Fort, originally called “New Helvetia” (New Switzerland), has served as a trading post, a rehabilitation point for Donner Party survivors and a refugee camp for people displaced by the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. , 58 Degrees and Holding Co., Faces, Parlaré Euro Lounge, The Park Ultra Lounge, Social, District 30, MIX Downtown and Rail Bridge Cellars—and many, many more—the social scene offers plenty to do after hours in our fair city. Check out the Crest Theatre (1013 K St.)—built in 1946—for movies, concerts and other special events.
Walk the court, drive the court, it’s all good in this ’hood. Carnival rides, games, animals, exhibits, concerts and fried food—what more could you want? These art gallery open-houses, held throughout the region, draw crowds, especially during warm-weather months.
All the neighbors ask is that you bring nonperishable food for area food banks. The fair comes to town each July and is a summertime must-do. In midtown, start at the corner of 18th and J streets, near several galleries, shops and restaurants.
50 Things To Do in the Sacramento Region by Elena M. This Thanksgiving Day tradition attracts some 25,000-plus people who come out to run or walk 3.1 or 6.2 miles in support of the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Who knew we had two zoos in the Sacramento area, but we do!
You can’t call yourself a Sacramentan until you have participated in at least one Run To Feed the Hungry.
Visit the Guild Theater (2828 35th St.)—built in 1915—for the same. Held every Memorial Day weekend, the festival—formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee—changed its name in 2012 to reflect its wide range of music: swing, blues, zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin music and, of course, jazz. You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy the holiday spirit displayed at this Orangevale cul-de-sac each holiday season.
Though modernized, each theater retains its historic charm. Whether you’re into the music or the people-watching, this four-day event is the quintessential way to kick off a Sacramento summer. Every house on the court—and we mean house—is decked out in all things Christmas. Immerse yourself in the vibrant social scene at Second Saturday.
Picture it: a sultry summer night, your honey by your side, the two of you taking in the fragrant scents of Chilean jasmine, mock orange and myrtle as you walk amid this garden, best illuminated by the full moon. Mc Kinley Park Rose Garden, H Street near 33rd Street, East Sacramento. There are numerous rafting companies ready to accompany you down the river. Sit outside at one of the many restaurants along the Sacramento River. However, you can dine at the Pilothouse restaurant, take in a murder mystery dinner show at Suspects, spend the night in one of the ship’s staterooms or (especially nice on a warm summer night) enjoy a relaxing drink in the outside lounge. You’ll find them everywhere, so we suggest asking locals in the neighborhood you’re in for some great recommendations.
For local float trips, try: River Rat Raft & Bike, (916) 966-6777; American River Raft Rentals, (888) 338-7238; You can dine at a different restaurant every day of the week. Here are a few picks: When in the Greenhaven/Pocket area, stop by Pet Haven (352 Florin Road, Sacramento; 916-421-7387; to pick up food, toys and perhaps some pet fish. Our weather—especially during the summer—is perfect for a night at the drive-in.
In addition to housing world-class art, the museum also hosts lectures, films, concerts and more. For a list of area golf courses—and links to their websites—click here. Both parks have wave pools and more kick-back “current” pools as well as other attractions. The Westfield Downtown Plaza Ice Rink opens the first Friday in November at St. The annual Pacific Rim Street Fest in Old Sacramento happens in May, with dance performances, music, cultural presentations, and crafts and foods representing more than 15 Asian and Pacific Island cultures.