Your Guide to Sacramento

Your Guide to Sacramento

TIME Magazine has called Sacramento the "most diverse city in America." Businessweek has hailed it as one of America's top ten "Most Fun, Affordable Cities." In "Your Guide to Sacramento," you'll find everything from local entertainment to vital public services.


At the heart of Sacramento is its downtown and midtown region, otherwise known as “the grid.” It’s a place where everything converges; art galleries mix with nightlife, there’s history to explore, and there’s always a new restaurant to try.

Being the fourth and final location for the capital of California, one can’t visit Sacramento and not want to explore the extensive history here. You can tour each of California State Park sites from the Capitol Museum to Sutter’s Fort.

Sacramento has a vibrant art scene that celebrated monthly during the Second Saturday Art Walk, when art galleries host open houses, running until 9 pm or later, so you can wander in and appreciate local art. To find out more, click here.

It seems everywhere you turn in Sacramento there is a new restaurant or store front popping up. These local businesses are vital to our identity as a fun, affordable city. To get a taste of what Sacramento has to offer, explore these lists of restaurants or shops.

Sacramento is nowhere near Broadway but lovers of the stage can always find a show to see. Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) is an alliance of local production houses that lists current and upcoming attractions. To get a rundown of what's playing around town and when, click here.

Also part of the local theatre scene is the Sacramento Ballet. The Sacramento Ballet has been an integral part of our wonderful community for sixty years. Not only do they offer performances, they provide dance camps, workshops, and private lessons. To browse their calendar of events, click here.

Let’s not forget about Old Sacramento, a little place where you can tour the underground of Sacramento, visit the Railroad Museum, or turn back the clock with the annual Gold Rush Days.


When you want to leave “the grid,” Sacramento has even more to offer throughout the region.

The Sacramento region is a natural beauty that is centered between two of California’s finest rivers. Have an exciting adventure on the American River and the Sacramento River, or explore one of our many public parks.

There are some great ways to help out in our community. Both the Volunteer Center of Sacramento and Hands On Sacramento offer volunteer opportunities around town. Sign up today and help make a difference in our community.

You’ve probably seen farmer’s markets in other communities around the state and Sacramento has them too. It’s a great way to pick up some fresh produce for you lunch or dinner when you get home. Throughout the week, there’s a farmers' market somewhere in Sacramento. Click here for details.

Speaking of great food, come enjoy the annual State Fair! Once a year, the best of the best converge at Cal Expo to showcase what California has to offer. Enjoy not just the food but the many exhibits, entertainment, and other attractions.

Lions and tigers and bears…and lizards? Sacramento has all kinds of animals at the Sacramento Zoo. Open daily, the zoo is a place for kids of all ages to learn and enjoy many of the world’s creatures.

Founded in 1885, Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously operating art museum in the Western United States. The museum offers a variety of programs and events that include lectures, art and art history classes, family festivals, and various concerts and performances.

If you’re looking for another museum, the Sacramento Museum Guide is an excellent resource for finding a museum near you.

And, if you’re into sports, Sacramento has some great teams. We’re home to the Sacramento Kings (basketball), Sacramento River Cats (baseball), and a new professional soccer team.