Sacramento Annual Events, Activities & Shows

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Sacramento Annual  Events, Activities & Shows


Serving as the California state capitol and the source of gold fever during the California Gold Rush, Sacramento sits at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s vast Central Valley.
Sacramento comes to life with a variety of annual events throughout the year, all which celebrate some unique part of Sacramento, beginning with the State Fair.

Held annually during July-August at the Cal Expo Center, the California State Fair has been bringing together the best of the state’s industries, agriculture and diversity of its people.

Comedian Rocky Osborn (MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour")

at Tommy T's Comedy Club, Rancho Cordova
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

Comedy veteran Rocky Osborn headlines this show at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Rancho Cordova. Osborn is a broke single father of two girls, a subject that, along with being the youngest of seven kids, g... [more+]

Comedy veteran Rocky Osborn headlines this show at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Rancho Cordova. Osborn is a broke single father of two girls, a subject that, along with being the youngest of seven kids, gives him endless material. He's performed his observational standup on NBC's comedy showcase, The History Channel and MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour", and has performed magic for the past 34 years. When performing, his favorite subjects are kids, dating and the annoyances of social media. He's also the owner of the popular ACES Comedy Club in Murrieta. [less-]

MTV "Girl Code" Comedian Carly Aquilino at Punch Line

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $18.50
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.25

Comedian Carly Aquilino, one of the stars of MTV's hit comedy series "Girl Code", trades the small screen for the big stage at Punch Line Comedy Club in Sacramento for an evening of stand-up. Aquilino... [more+]

Comedian Carly Aquilino, one of the stars of MTV's hit comedy series "Girl Code", trades the small screen for the big stage at Punch Line Comedy Club in Sacramento for an evening of stand-up. Aquilino is a New York native with a razor-sharp wit who's quickly rising in the comedy scene, performing regularly at The Stand Comedy Club in New York City. Her hobbies include telling jokes and checking Facebook to make sure the people that made fun of her in high school got fat. [less-]

"Hello, Jerry!" The Tuneful Music of Jerry Herman ("Mame", "La Cage Aux Folles")

at Sacramento Theatre Company - Cabaret Stage, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00

"Mame"'s daddy, Jerry Herman, master of the "hummable melody" and one of Broadway's most successful composers, receives a thrilling salute in "Hello, Jerry!" In addition to iconic numbers from his hit... [more+]

"Mame"'s daddy, Jerry Herman, master of the "hummable melody" and one of Broadway's most successful composers, receives a thrilling salute in "Hello, Jerry!" In addition to iconic numbers from his hits "Hello, Dolly!" ("Before the Parade Passes By"), "Mame" ("If He Walked Into My Life"), and "La Cage Aux Folles" ("The Best of Times"), this evening from Sacramento Theatre Company will also feature tunes from rare Herman shows like "Mack & Mabel" ("I Won't Send Roses"), "Dear World" ("I've Never Said I Love You"), "The Grand Tour" ("I Belong Here") and others. Graham Sobelman (piano) and Jeremy Bolt (trumpet) will accompany six soloists in this special production from STC's intimate and relaxed "Cabaret Series". [less-]

"The Addams Family": A Freakishly Funny Musical

at 24th Street Theatre, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.00

Experience both laughs and chills -- possibly at the same time -- as the wickedly witty Addams family comes to life in an all-new musical comedy. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over hee... [more+]

Experience both laughs and chills -- possibly at the same time -- as the wickedly witty Addams family comes to life in an all-new musical comedy. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over heels for a normal boy, she invites his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind this magnificently macabre show includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys") and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa ("The Wild Party"). [less-]

"Origins of Sacramento" Walking Food and Cultural Tour

at Local Roots Food Tours Meet Up, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Tue, January 27
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
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Tue, January 27
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
Fri, February 13
Sat, February 14
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FULL PRICE: $62.00
OFFER PRICE: $34.00

Explore the culinary traditions of the city from Midtown Sutter's colony Nueva Helvecia to East Sacramento's Fabulous Forties, where Ronald Reagan once resided. Sacramento has a diverse cultural tradi... [more+]

Explore the culinary traditions of the city from Midtown Sutter's colony Nueva Helvecia to East Sacramento's Fabulous Forties, where Ronald Reagan once resided. Sacramento has a diverse cultural tradition and rich history, which you'll discover as your friendly and knowledgeable guide shows you national landmarks, gorgeous mission-style churches, and famed architecture throughout period neighborhoods. You'll also make several stops along the way to taste fare from hidden-gem eateries off the beaten path, and get the opportunity to meet talented and passionate chefs while sampling their fresh local-ingredient creations. This fun, informative and filling three-and-a-half-hour tour is great for both visitors and residents alike. [less-]

"Nunsense": The Zany Hit Musical Comedy

at Sacramento Theatre Company - Pollock Stage, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Wed, January 28
Wed, January 28
Thu, January 29
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Wed, January 28
Wed, January 28
Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
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FULL PRICE: $34.00 - $38.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00 - $19.00

One of the most successful off-Broadway productions of all time, Dan Goggin's "Nunsense" has delighted fans of different religious persuasions around the world for years. The irreverent story revolves... [more+]

One of the most successful off-Broadway productions of all time, Dan Goggin's "Nunsense" has delighted fans of different religious persuasions around the world for years. The irreverent story revolves around the Little Sisters of Hoboken after a calamity kills most of the flock. The five surviving nuns, including the forgetful Sister Mary Amnesia and aspiring dancer Sister Leo, decide to step up and stage a variety show to raise funds for the burials -- led by their Mother Superior, a former circus performer itching to retake the spotlight. Featuring dancing and comic surprises galore, this madcap international hit has garnered numerous awards and spawned sequels, spinoffs and TV specials. [less-]

One-Hour Historical Sacramento River Cruise

at Hornblower Yachts Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
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Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
Thu, February 05
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Sun, February 08
Thu, February 12
Fri, February 13
Sat, February 14
Sun, February 15
Mon, February 16
Thu, February 19
Fri, February 20
Sat, February 21
Sun, February 22
Thu, February 26
Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
Sun, March 01
Thu, March 05
Fri, March 06
Sat, March 07
Sun, March 08
Thu, March 12
Fri, March 13
Sun, March 15
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Spend a leisurely hour on the Sacramento River learning about the waterway's part in transforming a former trading colony and stockade into the major American city that Sacramento is today. On this in... [more+]

Spend a leisurely hour on the Sacramento River learning about the waterway's part in transforming a former trading colony and stockade into the major American city that Sacramento is today. On this informative Hornblower cruise, you'll sail past Old Sacramento's famous historical sites including the Delta King, the I Street Bridge, the Tower Bridge and the Air Force Docks, and hear fascinating stories about the town's history. You'll also see the point where the American and Sacramento Rivers converge, and experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important river has to offer. Every cruise is fully narrated and packed with great sights and interesting information. [less-]

"2 Broke Girls"' Jonathan Kite Performs Stand-Up

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $13.00 - $19.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.50

Best known as Oleg the Russian cook on "2 Broke Girls", actor-comedian Jonathan Kite is quickly becoming known as a comedic chameleon. After studying at Chicago's famed Second City, Kite got his start... [more+]

Best known as Oleg the Russian cook on "2 Broke Girls", actor-comedian Jonathan Kite is quickly becoming known as a comedic chameleon. After studying at Chicago's famed Second City, Kite got his start in the Windy City's vibrant improv community. He then moved to L.A., where his improv team set an iO West cage match record, winning 52 weeks in a row. In addition to helping "2 Broke Girls" win the 2012 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy, Kite has appeared on FOX's "Raising Hope", makes recurring appearances on the Jamie Foxx-produced "In the Flow with Affion Crockett", and lends his voice talents to animated shows like "American Dad!" and "Black Dynamite". An expert mimic, Kite draws on an arsenal of over 50 impressions and dialects, including Vince Vaughn, Tom Hanks, Seth Rogen, Liam Neeson and more. [less-]

See the Murals, Taste & Sip on the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour"

at "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Thu, February 05
Thu, February 12
+ 5 more dates
Fri, January 30
Thu, February 05
Thu, February 12
Sat, February 14
Thu, February 19
Sat, February 21
Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
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FULL PRICE: $68.00
OFFER PRICE: $38.00

Sacramento's main streets are great, but there's hidden treasure to be found down its alleyways, behind corners and on tiny one-way streets. On the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", you'll see the l... [more+]

Sacramento's main streets are great, but there's hidden treasure to be found down its alleyways, behind corners and on tiny one-way streets. On the "Urban Art, Food & Libations Tour", you'll see the local urban art murals hidden throughout the Midtown area of Sacramento, pop in for a visit -- and a sip -- at a few wine and port tasting rooms and duck into mom-and-pop eateries and bakeries while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of this truly hidden gem of the city. It's the complete recipe for a fun-filled and educational experience. Learn about the artists and how their work came to be, meet the chefs and hear their secrets, and savor tasty sips and bites during the three-and-a-half-hour guided tour. With groups limited to 12 or fewer, the tour is an interactive and intimate experience. [less-]

Country Music Night at the Cadillac Ranch

at Tommy T's Comedy Club, Rancho Cordova
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $5.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

Tommy T's Comedy Club transforms into the Cadillac Ranch to host the hottest local and touring country bands. Sacramento's newest destination for live country music, dancing and hanging out with your ... [more+]

Tommy T's Comedy Club transforms into the Cadillac Ranch to host the hottest local and touring country bands. Sacramento's newest destination for live country music, dancing and hanging out with your friends boasts drink specials, a full menu and more. Kick up your boots and hit the town for weekly performances where you can ride shotgun with some of the best country bands in the Sacramento area. [less-]

PBR "Built Ford Tough Series": World's Best Bull Riders Risk It All

at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $48.10 - $122.75
OFFER PRICE: $24.00 - $60.00

For cowboys, the first rule of bull-riding is simple: Try and stay alive for eight seconds. The stakes don't get any higher than that, so there's no more exciting place to be than ringside when the Pr... [more+]

For cowboys, the first rule of bull-riding is simple: Try and stay alive for eight seconds. The stakes don't get any higher than that, so there's no more exciting place to be than ringside when the Professional Bull Riders Tour "Built Ford Tough Series" charges into Sacramento. It begins with pyrotechnics, explosions, and flames, then the excitement really ramps up when the 35 toughest cowboys on the planet attempt to ride the meanest, largest, most dangerous bulls bred anywhere in the world. Every second counts in this two-hour thrill ride filled with heart-stopping action guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. [less-]

Hip Service: Dance Party Favorites

at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

Sacramento's own award-winning dance band Hip Service hits the stage at Harlow's with its signature brand of boogie. Boasting four lead vocalists, four back-up dancers, and rocking rhythm and horn sec... [more+]

Sacramento's own award-winning dance band Hip Service hits the stage at Harlow's with its signature brand of boogie. Boasting four lead vocalists, four back-up dancers, and rocking rhythm and horn sections, Hip Service gets you grooving with favorites ranging from R&B, Motown and classic soul to classic rock, disco, funk and Top 40. Their huge repertoire starts with AC/DC and goes right through Zevon, with stops in between for today's biggest stars, including Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Katy Perry and many more. [less-]

Super Huey: The Ultimate Huey Lewis Tribute Act

at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Huey Lewis and The News has carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band since their inception in the 80s, endearing them to millions of fans and earning them the right to mark their pl... [more+]

Huey Lewis and The News has carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band since their inception in the 80s, endearing them to millions of fans and earning them the right to mark their place in pop music history. Now, you can have the full Huey Lewis experience when Super Huey -- the only tribute of its kind in the country -- comes to the Harlow in Sacramento, performing hit songs like "The Power of Love," "Hip to Be Square," and "Do You Believe in Love?" Featuring a lead singer whose voice is indistinguishable from the real Huey Lewis, this seven-piece tribute act performs high-energy faithful renditions of Huey Lewis' feel-good, rootsy American rock music that defined a generation. [less-]

Sacramento Comedy Showcase: Top Locals & More

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Wed, February 04
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Laugh the night away with some of the hottest stand-up stars in town at the Punch Line's Sacramento Comedy Showcase. Top area comedians and up-and-coming pros take the stage, breaking boundaries and s... [more+]

Laugh the night away with some of the hottest stand-up stars in town at the Punch Line's Sacramento Comedy Showcase. Top area comedians and up-and-coming pros take the stage, breaking boundaries and showcasing their best and most original material. Every show is different, featuring various styles, stories and wit, but since there's so much to find funny about Sacto's political culture, you'll most likely be treated to some wry observations about the California capital and its particular tendency towards larger-than-life personalities, like the state's last two governors. [less-]

Funktronic Rock From L.A. Jam Band Particle

at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, February 05
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

You've heard of funk, you've heard of electronica and you've most definitely heard of rock. But have you ever heard of funktronic rock? Particle is among the foundational bands in the "livetronica" sc... [more+]

You've heard of funk, you've heard of electronica and you've most definitely heard of rock. But have you ever heard of funktronic rock? Particle is among the foundational bands in the "livetronica" scene (along with Bisco and STS9), mixing sequenced electronica into live, jazz-tinged rock 'n' roll. Core members Eric Gould, Darren Pujalet and Steve Molitz have created a revolutionary (and fun) music style that's a high-energy mix between early Pink Floyd and modern-day drum 'n' bass. The group honed their signature sound in L.A. in 2000, and have since played thousands of shows around the globe -- performing with artists like Mickey Hart, Tea Leaf Green, Joe Satriani and Robbie Krieger of The Doors. [less-]

Punch Line Comedy Club Presents Comedy Allstars

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Thu, February 05
FULL PRICE: $13.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.50

Forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie and head out for a night of laughs instead. The Punch Line Comedy Club in Sacramento presents Comedy Allstars. This show features a rotating lineup of hilarious sta... [more+]

Forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie and head out for a night of laughs instead. The Punch Line Comedy Club in Sacramento presents Comedy Allstars. This show features a rotating lineup of hilarious stand-up comics from Sacramento, the Bay Area and beyond, from top local headliners to up-and-coming stars and comedians with national TV credits. With stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and more having cut their comedy teeth at the Punch Line, you never know when you're going to see the next big name in comedy. [less-]

Comedian Tommy Johnagin ("Last Comic Standing, Letterman")

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, February 06
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
FULL PRICE: $16.00 - $19.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.50

Like a comedic Rumpelstiltskin, Tommy Johnagin spins insecurities into instant laughs, foibles into funny lines and everyday embarrassments into one-of-a-kind entertainment. Now Johnagin, a "Late Show... [more+]

Like a comedic Rumpelstiltskin, Tommy Johnagin spins insecurities into instant laughs, foibles into funny lines and everyday embarrassments into one-of-a-kind entertainment. Now Johnagin, a "Late Show" favorite (Letterman's had him on six times) and star of his own Comedy Central special, will appear at Punch Line Sacramento. A sensation at Montreal's prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Johnagin's about to drop his third full-length album, the appropriately titled "Stand Up Comedy 3". Laugh along with this sharp and down-to-earth talent who recently placed second on NBC's "Last Comic Standing". [less-]

"Pygmalion": The Inspiration for "My Fair Lady"

at Victory Life Church, Folsom
OFFER DATES:
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Sun, February 08
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Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Sun, February 08
Fri, February 13
Sat, February 14
Sun, February 15
Fri, February 20
Sat, February 21
Sun, February 22
Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
Sun, March 01
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FULL PRICE: $16.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.00

Perhaps most popularly known as the inspiration for the musical "My Fair Lady", George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" comes to Victory Life Church in Sacramento courtesy of Free Fall Stage. This classic s... [more+]

Perhaps most popularly known as the inspiration for the musical "My Fair Lady", George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" comes to Victory Life Church in Sacramento courtesy of Free Fall Stage. This classic satire is a brilliant attack on inequality amongst the classes and the sexes. On a bet, phoneticist Henry Higgins sets out to transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a society lady, but doesn't count on his "creation" having a mind of her own. This witty tale from the master playwright delighted and scandalized its first audience in 1912 and remains as relevant as ever today. [less-]

"In the Red and Brown Water" -- Acclaimed Coming-of-Age Drama

at Celebration Arts, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Fri, February 13
+ 14 more dates
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Fri, February 13
Sat, February 14
Sun, February 15
Sun, February 15
Fri, February 20
Sat, February 21
Sun, February 22
Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
Sun, March 01
Fri, March 06
Sat, March 07
Sun, March 08
Fri, March 13
Sat, March 14
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

"In the Red and Brown Water" tells the story of Oya, a young woman from the Louisiana projects whose path to a promising adulthood comes to a devastating crossroads. Forced to choose between caring fo... [more+]

"In the Red and Brown Water" tells the story of Oya, a young woman from the Louisiana projects whose path to a promising adulthood comes to a devastating crossroads. Forced to choose between caring for her ailing mother and going to college on an athletic scholarship, Oya must make a life-defining decision. Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney skillfully weaves West African Yoruba mysticism with urban contemporary realism to create an entirely original theatrical work. Directed by James Wheatley, this Celebration Arts production aims to engage your head and your heart in some unexpected ways, as Oya struggles to balance her duty with her dreams. [less-]

Energetic Comedian Lance Woods at the Punch Line

at Punch Line Sacramento, Sacramento
OFFER DATES:
Sun, February 08
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

With a versatile brand of humor that plays well from churches to comedy clubs, Lance Woods is a rising star on the scene thanks to his energetic, infectious routines. With his attention-grabbing persp... [more+]

With a versatile brand of humor that plays well from churches to comedy clubs, Lance Woods is a rising star on the scene thanks to his energetic, infectious routines. With his attention-grabbing perspectives of his real-life experiences, Woods has quickly become a fan favorite. He has performed at some of the top venues across the country as well as for U.S. Marine Corps troops in Japan. He'll headline the Punch Line Sacramento and leave you rolling in the aisles. [less-]

For 160 years, the fair has been the yearly culmination of entertainment, fascinating exhibits, popular livestock venues, over-the-top thrill rides and calorie-packed food.

Also held at the Cal Expo fairgrounds are the annual Sacramento Independence Day and Oktoberfest Celebrations.

Highlighted by the largest-scale pyrotechnics display the state, the Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday, while Oktoberfest features authentic German food, contests, games, live music and dancing, and Volkz Brau — a custom-brewed ale made specifically for this event.

Other ethnicities are also celebrated around Sacramento during the annual Ukrainian Festival, and Brazilian Independence Day, which is an amazing free festival demonstrating Brazil’s colorful culture.


For those interested in the arts, Sacramento has plenty of events scattered throughout the year, starting with the Chalk It Up! to Sacramento Art & Music Festival.

Held over Labor Day Weekend at Fremont Park, the three-day event draws over an average of 30,000 and features more than 200 artists creating chalk art on the sidewalks of downtown Sacramento. There is also live music, hands-on art activities for children and more.

Also held downtown and just shortly after Labor Day, is the annual Capital Artists’ Studio Tour at Verge Center for the Arts. The tour is one of the only times when artists open their studios to the public, offering a unique experience to all.

The first weekend of the event features open studios in Downtown, Midtown, Land Park and West Sac, followed on the second weekend by the studios in East Sac, Arden, Tahoe Park, Carmichael and Fair Oaks.

Good food and drink are enjoyed by all, and there are several annual events celebrating Sacramento’s farming and food tradition, including the Farm-to-Fork Festival and Capitol Beer Fest.

Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival is a free event where attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more.

The Capitol Beer Fest is held each March, and closes out Sacramento Beer Week at downtown’s beautiful Capitol Mall. This annual event in features over 100 craft breweries, serving over 300 different varieties of high quality craft beer, including Sacramento-area breweries.

Finally, visitors should get ready to turn back time to the 1850s, during the Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days over Labor Day Weekend.

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