Things to do in Sacramento

Sacramento may not be California’s most famous city, but you shouldn’t overlook all that it has to offer. The state’s capital has incredible and diverse cultural institutions, a booming culinary scene, and was a pivotal city in the California Gold Rush.

Here’s Vinnie Van GO's guide to Sacramento – enjoy!



Sacramento Annual Events

Sacramento Music Festival

Ring in Memorial Day Weekend with the world-famous Sacramento Music Festival. What was once known as the Jazz Jubilee is now one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. Old Sacramento is filled with the sounds of more than 100 bands from genres such as jazz, pop, and rock.

California State Fair

In July, locals and visitors alike come for this 150-year-old tradition, which includes attractions, live entertainment, and more at the Cal Expo.

Gold Rush Days

Over Labor Day Weekend, the Old Sacramento historic district transforms into a legitimate Old West town, complete with historical re-enactors, gunfight demonstrations, and dirt-covered streets.


Golden 1 Center

This indoor arena in downtown Sacramento is the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and also hosts several entertainment events throughout the year.

Address:
500 David J. Stern Walk
Sacramento, CA 95814


Capitol Park

This park is popular amongst locals, and has trees from all around the world and California state memorials. There is also an onsite museum, so history buffs are welcome!

Tower Bridge

This bridge from 1935 is one of the oldest standing structures in Sacramento. Walk the bridge on a sunny day for a beautiful photo opp of the capital!

Address:
342 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

This beautifully preserved historic structure in the middle of Sacramento tells us the story of California’s gold rush. This is one of the city’s most popular tourist sites!

Address:
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816


Sacramento has a rich history, from the Gold Rush and Prohibition to the Indian burial ground under City Hall. Travel back in time with Old Sacramento Tours, presented by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation. Local Roots also has several walking food tours of Sacramento's local cuisine. For something a bit spookier, check out the Sacramento History Museum’s Underground Tours. Go deep underground to see where Sacramento used to be in the 1860s.

Serpentine Fox Prohibition Grille

This Cheers-inspired center bar is a local favorite thanks to its delicious burgers and a stage for live music. When the music isn’t raging, screens along the walls make this the perfect spot to catch a game with your friends.

Address:
2645 El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

Woodlake Tavern

The chef at this spot has been a pillar of the Sacramento culinary scene for years, and his newest venture, Woodlake Tavern, is no different. This place has some of the best barbecue around, so bring your bib!

Address:
1439 Del Paso Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815

Uptown Pizza

If you’re craving a slice, look no further than Uptown Pizza. Adjacent to Woodlake Tavern and owned by the same famed chef, the pizza and paninis from this eatery are a favorite of locals.

Address:
1431 Del Paso Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815


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