Downtown

Downtown Sacramento's walkable, 66-block area is the entertainment and dining destination of this region. With the region's best restaurants, theatres, and attractions within walking distance, it's no wonder why this urban district continues to evolve and grow. Sacramento's rich history and culture makes it a great place to spend the day and make memories with your family.

Downtown Sacramento Partnership
980 9th Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: (916) 442-8575
F (916) 442-2053

Concerts in the Park

Building on the success of last year's season, this summer's Concerts the Park will continue to feature hometown favorites like Middle Class Rut and ZuhG. The series is also adding to the line up dozens of new acts including a special appearance by !!! and Mother Hips.

This year's season will also see the return of Sactown's hottest DJs, who will be spinning between sets on the Assembly DJ Stage.

Concerts in the Park launches on May 3 in Cesar Chavez Plaza and continues every Friday night from 5 pm to 9 pm through July 26. (Note: There will be no show on July 5 of July weekend.)

A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos

See California through an artist's eyes at the Crocker Art Museum as you view the gorgeous landscape paintings of Gregory Kondos . Over the course of his long caree r, Kondos has painted Greece, France, and the American Southwest, but continues to find his greatest and most enduring inspiration in the richly varied landscape of California. The plains and hillsides he renders are both wild and cultivated; his settings range from the undeveloped to the urban; his locales range from the supremely tranquil to the awe-inspiringly magnificent. In portraying such variety, Kondos has moved between the polarities of abstraction and representation, yet his commitment to the landscape has never wavered. This exhibition features 70 paintings, which simultaneously celebrate the land's inherent formal, abstract properties, as well as the beauty and possibilities of paint itself.

Super Bowls: The Art of Turned Wood

An exhibit of 32 exquisitely turned bowls and other objects at the Crocker Art Museum beginning in March, combine the beauty of wood with d esigns that accentuate wood's unique properties. Wood turning, like other craft media such as glass and clay, came into its own in the 1960s and 1970s as a rich form of creative expression. Using a lathe to carve these one-of-a-kind pieces, the turners showcased here seek to capture the splendor and richness of their medium, while also striking an aesthetic balance of color, form, and texture. More so, the artists seek to communicate through each work—and honor the tree it came from. Matt Moulthrop, whose legendary wood-turning family is well represented in this exhibition, explains, “Worm holes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors tell the story of death by lightening or blight. My job is to tell the story … lengthening the life of the tree rather than ending it.”

Popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour returns on weekends beginning March 23

Now in its fourth consecutive season, the popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program will resume on weekends beginning March 23. While tour schedules vary with the seasons, weekend tours will depart every 30 minutes from 10:30 am to 3 pm on weekends through May.

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento's underground has long been one of the capital's best-kept secrets. Visitors have the opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California's only successful street-raising project.

Beginning in April, special “adults only” underground tours will be available on two special evenings, April 11 and 25. Guides will lead guests on special walking tours while sharing some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento's underground history. New for 2013, the “adults only” tours will delve into tales of personal hygiene, health, and living standards of the times. Beginning in May, the “adults only” tours will be available every Thursday evening through the summer months.

Regular tours of the underground last approximately one hour in length and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. As a benefit of membership, Historic Old Sacramento Foundation members receive a discounted $12 adult ticket price.

The “adults only” evening tours depart at 6 pm, last approximately an hour and a half in length and cost $20 per person (only guests 21 and older will be admitted).

All underground tours check-in at the Sacramento History Museum .

Interested tour participants are encouraged to check out historicoldsac.org for tour dates, times, availability and to purchase advance tickets .

More information about the Old Sacramento Underground tour program or the Foundation is available by calling 916-808-7059.

Downtown Certified Farmers' Markets

Tuesdays:
Fremont Park, 16th & P streets| May 7 – Sept. 24
Roosevelt Park, 10th & P streets | May 7 – Sept. 24
Wednesdays:
Cesar Chavez Park, 10th & J streets | May 1 – Oct. 30
Thursday:
Capitol Mall, 6th & Capitol | May 2 – Sept. 26

Capitol Park, 15th & L | May 2 – Sept. 26

More Info : 916-442-8575

Weekday Downtown Farmers' Markets are open from 10 am to 2 pm to offer shoppers the finest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, herbs, and cheeses. The markets offer patrons a chance to come face to face with their food source. The Farmers' Markets are a wonderful break from the ordinary grocery store. They offer the freshest California grown seasonal favorites from asparagus in the spring to apples in the fall.

Learn more about Certified Farmers' Markets of Sacramento .

9 Tips for Shopping the Farmers' Markets:

1. These boots are made for walking: If your work shoes are more fashionable than functional, bring some walking shoes just for market.

2. Smaller bills and exact change are greatly appreciated by the farmers and their employees.

3. Bless the child that's got his own: Bringing reusable bags or baskets will help to keep you organized and your environment happy.

4. To everything — turn, turn, turn: No two markets are just alike. The markets will continue to grow as we approach peak season. New growers arrive as new crops are ready for harvest.

5. What's going on: Feel free to ask questions. The growers, sellers, and the market manager will be happy to help.

6. Respect! (Just a little bit): Please treat the displays with care. Squeezing can do costly damage to many delicate varieties. We are ready to help you pick out the best fruits and veggies.

7. I see your true colors shining through: Know that good fruit does not have to look perfect on the outside to taste absolutely divine.

8. You better shop around: It's always best to take a quick trip around the market to find the best deals and quality.

9. Getting to know you: Spark up a conversation with your fellow customers. They will likely have a new recipe to share with you. Have fun!

Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Downtown Sacramento

Turn Downtown Sacramento into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Going on now through September 30, you can combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.

Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

Start when you want and play at your pace.

 

 

 

 

 

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