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Theatre of Lights

The 9th Annual Theatre of Lights has been running in Old Sacramento since November 22 and will continue through Christmas Eve.

There will be a 20-minute live dramatization of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” on the balconies above K Street. The 150-year-old building facades light up with color.

Theatre of Lights shows continue throughout the holiday season, Thursday through Sunday nights 6:00 & 7:30pm. Beginning December 19 shows Tuesday through Sunday. One show at 6:00pm on Christmas Eve.

This Family-Friendly event is free.

Old Sacramento is located along the east bank of the Sacramento River between the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge.

Two public parking garages are available:
Old Sacramento Garage, entrance on I Street between 3rd and 2nd.
Tower Bridge Garage, entrance on Capitol Blvd at Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.

Parking Services


Global Winter Wonderland 2017

Ready to spend money? Global Winter Wonderland returns Saturday 11/11/2017 through Sunday 1/7/2018 to Cal Expo.

There will be multi-colored illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays from around the world. Yup, general admission gets you in to see bright lights. It costs extra to go on the thrill rides, go ice skating and of course have food and shop.

Rides range from 3 to 5 tickets each to ride ($3.75 – $6.25); one ticket is $1.25. An Unlimited Ride Wristband is available for $36.00 (remember, that does not get you in the door).
Most of the children rides require a minimum height requirement of 36″. Thrill rides height requirements range from 42″ to 50″ depending on the ride.

Ice Skating is $12.00 for one 45-minute skate session (skate rental is included).

Adult General Admission (ages 13-61) — $18.00 *
Child/Senior General Admission (Ages 4-12 or 62+) — $16.00 *
Ages 3 & under General Admission — Free *
* Ride tickets still required for rides.

Tickets online (+ service fee), also available at the door.

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, 95815

Parking: $10.00

11/11/2017 — 1/7/2018

Sun 4:30 – 10:00 except 12/31 4:30 – 11:00
Fri 5:00 – 11:00 beginning 11/24
Sat 4:30 – 11:00
Monday – Thursday (weeks beginning 11/20, 12/25, 1/1) 5:00 – 10:00

Veterans Day Parade 2017

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

The 7th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 along Capitol Mall.

The parade not only include of veterans, but also includes military organizations, high school marching bands, vintage military vehicles and community organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts.

The event begins at 10:00am on the 5th Street main stage with a program “Saluting Our Veterans.” Following at 11:00 is the parade.

Capitol Mall Greens
1300 7th Street
Sacramento, 95814

(916) 808-6789

November 11, 2017
10:00 am – noon

Parking Services (plan ahead)

Sacramento Arts Festival

November 3 through 5 is The 20th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival at the Convention Center.

The festival features many contemporary crafts people and fine artists. Every category of fine art and contemporary craft-including drawings, printmaking, photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, wood, decorative fiber, leather, metal, stone, and more.

Festival visitors have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and craftspeople. There will be some items available for purchase.

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, 95814

Entrance at 14th and J Streets

Hours: Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Tickets at the Door – $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, Children under 12 Free

Parking garages located nearest to the Convention Center:
1056 13th Street (between J & K Streets)
1135 12th Street (between K & L Streets)
900 13th Street (between I & J Streets)

Parking Map

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days – Sacramento’s heritage celebration – Labor Day Weekend 2017.
Transforming Sacramento’s historic district into the Gold Rush era of the 1850s. With costumed performers taking on the roles of celebrities, personalities and just plain folks. Bluegrass pickers and old-time musicians will perform on several stages.

Visit Tent City: A recreation of town life in early Sacramento City where you can visit saloons, a gambling tent, doctors, dentists, and even an undertaker. Also in Tent City available for purchase: fish & chips, roasted corn on the cob, fresh-made kettle korn, homemade sarsaparilla, root beer, draft ale, local wines.

Artisan Alley: Tinsmiths, Blacksmiths, Lace makers and other artisans.

There will also be historic reenactments of Sacramento’s legendary history.

Gold Rush Days Events start on Saturday (Sept. 2) and go until Monday (Sept. 4).

Old Sacramento
1014 2nd Street
Sacramento, 95814

Saturday, Sept. 2 — 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3 — 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 4 — 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

: The district of Old Sacramento is shut down to vehicle traffic during Gold Rush Days, please use the following parking garages, both garages take cash and credit:
Old Sacramento Garage – 2nd & I Street (entrance off I Street)
Tower Bridge Garage – At Neasham Circle (entrance off Capitol Mall)

July 4th Fireworks 2017

Sacramento has two locations for viewing fireworks; one free and one with a fee.

The free event is in Old Sacramento on both the west and east sides of the Sacramento River near Tower Bridge.

The other event is at Raley Field from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music, games and other activities. Fun playground area for the kids. Adults, 21 and over, can enjoy foosball, ping pong tables, and dart boards in the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club with a Legacy Club ticket.

NOTE: No outside food, beverage, alcohol, cans, glass or folding chairs will be permitted inside the stadium.

The Sacramento River Cats will be on-the-road playing the Albuquerque Isotopes.

General admission tickets — $10
Legacy Club tickets (21 +) — $15
Children 12 and under tickets — $5

The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will be open on the day of event at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are also available online here.

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, 95691

Fire Station Open Houses

Check out the inside of your local fire station, meet the firefighter, climb aboard a fire truck or engine, receive informative brochures on disaster preparedness and more.

Your Local Fire Station Open House:

-May 6: 624 Q Street, 95811
-May 13: 1229 I Street, 95814
-May 20: 5642 66th Street, 95824
-June 3: 3145 Granada Way, 95816
-June 10: 731 Broadway, 95818
-June 17: 3301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 95817
-June 24: 785 Florin Road, 95831
-July 8: 7363 24th Street, 95822
-July 15: 6500 Wyndham Drive, 95823
-July 22: 5990 H Street, 95819
-July 29: 4500 24th Street, 95822
-August 5: 1311 Bell Avenue, 95838
-August 12: 1901 Club Center Drive, 95835
-August 19: 4201 El Centro Road, 95834
-August 26: 1100 43rd Avenue, 95822
-Sept 9: 746 North Market Boulevard, 95834
-Sept 16: 1700 Challenge Way, 95815
-Sept 23: 3720 47th Avenue, 95824
-Sept 30: 7927 East Parkway, 95823
-Oct 7: 1591 Newborough Drive, 95833
-Oct 14: 3301 Julliard Drive, 95826
-Oct 21: 2512 Rio Linda Boulevard, 95815

Train Rides along the River

Historic locomotives, steam or diesel, run along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion.

Weekend excursion trains run Saturdays and Sundays; April through September; every hour on the hour, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting — If temperatures reach 100 degrees or higher, trains may be cancelled).

Train ride tickets are available to book online in advance. Regular Coach: $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. First Class Car available on select weekends with a higher ticket price. No tickets are available for pre-purchase online the day of the train ride.

Train depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (On Front Street between J and K Streets).

California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street
Sacramento, 95814

Weekends — April through September
Hourly from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Advance Tickets

The Explore Science: Earth & Space

The Explore Science: Earth & Space event at Powerhouse Science Center is March 18 & 19 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Your family will discover the exciting fields of Earth and space science; learn about NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena.
Make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and other activities.

All activities are included with the price of the Powerhouse Science Center’s weekend admission: $8 adults (18+), $7 seniors (60+), $7 teens (13-17), $6 children (4-12), $0 children (3 and younger).

Powerhouse Science Center – Discovery Campus
3615 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 485-8836 or (916) 485-8836

Hard Working Women of the Frontier

Sutter’s Fort presents a “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience what life was like for pioneer women in California’s 1840s.
Pioneer women did not live lives of leisure; women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods.

See Dutch oven cooking demonstrations that include the sampling of bread from a recipe that dates to the 1840s.

Demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the firing of Sutter’s cannon at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Author and historian Cheryl Stapp will give presentations at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L Street
Sacramento, 95816
(916) 445-4422

Adult Admission: $7
Youth Admission: $5 (Ages 6-17)
Metered street parking (quarters)

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