Gold Rush Days
Old Town Sacramento
2014: due to drought conditions, traditional Gold Rush Days activities cancelled for 2014
The Old Sacramento historic district covers the streets with dirt, hides all things modern and transforms into a legitimate Old West town every Labor Day weekend. Costumed actors, gunfights, musicians, buffalo soldiers and Pony Express riders highlight this popular festival.
Annual event; Labor Day Weekend
State Fair in California
For over 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of agricultural industry. The event was historically held in August, but recently changed to July in 2009.
Annual event; July
In 1854 the first California State Fair was held in San Francisco.
Travel was a hardship for many in those days so organizers arranged for the Fair to move locations each year. Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, and Marysville hosted the Fair for the subsequent four years. Pioneer residents quickly recognized tremendous riches in the fertile soil and so California’s number one industry, agriculture, was born. The Fair was the yearly source of entertainment and education for early settlers, drawing huge crowds of as many as 15,000 on a single day.
When the Fair returned to Sacramento in 1859, a decision was made to find a permanent home. Sacramento was a bustling city with more than 2,500 buildings and a newly installed water system using two and a half miles of pipe. Six square blocks between E and H Streets from 20th to 22nd Streets were bought with monies raised through a special election and contributions from local citizens. This site was called Capitol Park. One aspect of those early Fairs that deserves special mention is the significance of the horse.
An annual celebration of the West Coast heritage of the microbrew revolution, featuring tokenless (unlimited) Microbrew Tasting of over 140 different beers from over 70 breweries, along with live music and great food and awesome people! WCBF holds a BCJP-sanctioned Commercial Craft Competition two weeks prior to the event and winning breweries will be displaying their award-winning brews at the festival. A complete list of breweries attending will be available online two weeks prior to the event.
Miller Park, 2790 Marina View Drive, Sacramento, CA 95818
Unlimited Microbrew Tasting!
Annual event; May