holds dozens of special events all year long. A Certified Farmer’s Market is held in downtown Sacramento every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and runs from May through the end of November. Free Friday Night Concerts in the Park last May through the end of August and are held in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown. Many of the special events are conveniently located in Old Sacramento, which makes it easy for visitors. The following is a list of a few of the most well known ones.
The annual Mardi Gras in Old Sacramento is held in Freeway Gardens. Thousands of revelers descend upon the historic district to "let the good times roll." This annual event combines live entertainment, traditional Cajun food, spirits, beads, masks, and more - for a three-day celebration of Fat Tuesday.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities. The annual parade on March 17th features costumed marchers, living history characters, marching bands, military regiments, Irish dancers, bagpipers and more. The festivities continue as Old Sacramento merchants welcome visitors with live Irish music and dance demonstrations.
The Annual Jazz Jubilee has been a tradition in Sacramento for over 30 years. For 4 days every Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy the sounds of live jazz with approximately 150 bands from around the world and across the United States performing at 46 sites in six Jazz Centers around Sacramento. In addition to traditional jazz, there are several other music styles, such as barbershop, blues, Latin jazz, ragtime and swing.
Annual Gold Rush Days Festival, usually held over Labor Day Weekend. For four days, Old Sacramento is further transformed to replicate life as it was during the 1850s. The streets are paved with dirt and only pedestrians, equestrians and horse-drawn vehicles are permitted in the 28-acre area. See Gold Rush era historic characters, steam trains, covered wagons, street dramas, period musicians, dancers, saloons, miners' villages and arts & crafts.
Halloween-themed “Spookomotive” trains decorated for the season departs on the hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Central Pacific Freight Depot and Public Market.
This annual event is full of Halloween-themed fun, train rides and family entertainment. Throughout Old Sacramento, you’ll see scarecrows and other beautiful fall decorations, a spirited Pumpkin Patch, horse-drawn hayrides and special treats. Children's activities such as mask making, pumpkin painting, carving and trick or treating will be held at the Discovery Museum, Schoolhouse and Scarecrow Park.
Heritage Holidays - For the two weeks leading up to Christmas, enjoy this annual event that offers magical holiday cheer to all who visit Old Sacramento. Stroll the beautifully decorated boardwalks and historic buildings of Old Sacramento featuring thousands of white lights. Experience the magic of gingerbread creations at the Old Schoolhouse. Revisit the mid-1800's and meet Father Christmas and his elves, see strolling carolers, or ride Santa's Steam Train.