Fall is upon us and the winter months are straight ahead. We’re entering the season of hot cocoa, fluffy scarves, and cozy sweaters, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get out and play. If you’re looking for ways to fill up your days and evenings with fall fun, we’ve made this bucket list of things to do just for you! Whether you’re a Sacramento native or visiting relatives for a vacay, we’ve got your fall guide to Downtown.
Of course the best things in life are free and some of Downtown’s biggest events are free to the public. Get lost in the excitement, mingle with the locals, and discover what it’s like to play downtown.
Sacramento Downtown Plaza Ice Rink
The ice rink is free and open to all ages. This seasonal ice rink will be open from November 8 through January 20. Each week is filled with special events and promotions happening so you can find a night to fit you.
Second Saturday Art Walk
On the 2nd Saturday of every month, galleries, salons, boutiques, and restaurants open up to the public and host an open house evening of local art and design starting at 4 pm and continuing until 9 pm or later. Enjoy the art exhibits, food and wine, music and special events throughout the streets of downtown.
One of Sacramento’s signature holiday traditions. Set against the historic backdrop of Old Sacramento, the balconies and storefronts of our district come alive with music and lights that tell the story of The Night Before Christmas from November 27 through December 31.
We Heart Art
Downtown has a strong tradition of supporting the arts and with every fall brings a new season of musical theatre, live performances, and modern art. From Flashdance to fantasy paintings by Julie Heffernan, Downtown is your local cultural center for the arts.
Crocker Art Museum Art Mix
Just a quick hop, skip, and a jump from Old Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum is open late every second Thursday to present the program series Art Mix. From film, to music, conversations, and cocktails, each Thursday evening offers an engaging encounter with art, ideas, and people. Or stop by Crocker during the day to tour the museum and its current exhibits.
This winters featured exhibit is Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power. Named one of Time magazine’s most influential people, Art21 artist Kara Walker creates art about the exchange of power and attempts to withhold power from others. As an African American woman who was raised in the South, Walker is keenly aware of the paradoxes of race in contemporary society.
Assembly is a state-of-the-art concert venue. Showcasing local, regional and national talent. The 9,000 sq ft space consists of an open floor on the main level, a full bar and tiered booth seating. Grab drinks from the bar or visit one of the restaurants on The Kay before or after a show, including Cafe Bernardo, KBar, and Oishii Sushi Grill and Karaoke.
Established in 1989 by the non-profit California Musical Theatre, who produces the Music Circus, Broadway Sacramento is the region’s largest live performing arts event with over 200,000 tickets sold annually. Presenting national Broadway tours at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, Broadway Sacramento draws theatre-lovers near and far with their top of the line performances.
Downtown Walking Tours
Downtown is a great walking district and what better way to learn about the past, present and future than with one of these unique walking tours through town? These specialized tours introduce visitors and residents to people, places and events that shaped California history.
Learn about Sacramento’s sinful history by reserving your spot on the Speakeasy Tour, where visitors and locals learn about the dirty past of Sacramento’s prohibition era. Enjoy prohibition-era themed cocktails and learn fascinating tidbits about the people and events that shaped the City’s early history as one of the ‘wettest cities in the union’ during this pivotal era in American history. The Speakeasy tour is seasonal and will come back in April 2014.
Tales of the Central City | An overview of early Sacramento history
Starting in Caesar Chavez Memorial Park, and ending at Downtown Sacramento’s last original house, you’ll learn about Sacramento’s Downtown, from our earliest residents, to present day. The tour is by appointment, call 916-442-2200 for a reservation.
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow | K Street commerce, growth and redevelopment
Starting in Old Sacramento and ending at our Tower Bridge, learn about Sacramento’s rich history of development. The tour is by appointment, call 916-442-2200 for a reservation.