Top 10 Summertime Sacramento Attractions

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Top 10 Summertime Sacramento Attractions

April 11, 2024 | By The Railyards

Sacramento summers can't be beat. When the temperatures heat up, Sacramento offers the coolest activities and events, from music festivals to ball games, fairs, fun on the river, and more. Check out our list of the top 10 must-do summer activities in and around Sacramento. 

Check out a Sacramento River Cats or Sacramento Republic FC Game

You might hear Sacramentans recently cheering, "The A's are coming! The A's are coming!" but while we wait, you can still check out some riveting games played by our local teams, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC

You can find the River Cats stealing plates and taking names at Sutter Health Park, or head over to Heart Health Park and check out a gripping Sacramento Republic FC match. Oh, and we, of course, can't forget Toyota Family Value Tuesdays at the River Cats games, which feature $2 hot dogs and $2 ice cream.

Dip Your Toes in a New Water Activity

Although Sacramento is an inland city, there are many opportunities to get out on the water and enjoy the various rivers and lakes surrounding us. If you're into whitewater rafting, companies like American Whitewater Expeditions and OARS American River Outpost offer guided tours down the South, Middle, and North forks of the American River. 

On the other hand, if you want to learn some new skills on the water, you can check out the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. They offer lessons, camps, and equipment rentals for everything ranging from sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, and more. 

Hark! Concerts in the Park

As California's largest, longest-running free music festival, there was no doubt that we'd see them back in Downtown Sacramento this year. Concerts are packed with full lineups of Grammy-winning artists, DJs, and local Sacramento legends. Enjoy live music every Friday from 5-9 PM, live artists, photo ops, food trucks, and beverages starting this May and going through July (except July 5). 

Oh, and did we mention it's FREE?

Check out their FAQ here for more information.

Spend Your Second Saturdays in Midtown

Starting in May and going all the way through October, you can head to Midtown and experience Sacramento's art scene with galleries and theaters hosting Second Saturday shows and pop-ups. They have everything for all ages and interests from block parties to gallery shows that you can immerse yourself in.

Read more about Second Saturdays in Midtown here.

Visit Your Local Farmer's Markets

Put meaning behind Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork title by visiting the countless farmer's markets you can find all around Sacramento. Hosting one of the largest farmer's market scenes in the nation, you should have no trouble finding a pop-up near you. 

If you're a foodie looking for a goodie this summer, check out our list of tasty treat events happening in Sac. 

Ride and Run Around the California State Fair

As one of the most popular and anticipated events during the summer, the California State Fair is always a staple for a great summer in Sacramento. They have everything you'd expect at a grand fair, including amusement rides, food and beer competitions, and food trucks as far as the eye can see. 

Check out what they have to offer this year. 

Walk the Sacramento Waterfront

The Old Sac Waterfront District is Sacramento's living history book, spanning 28 acres along the Sacramento River. This historic area gives a glimpse into the 1800s and is home to 53 preserved 19th-century buildings. 

While you're walking, you can check out the Old Sac and walk around the California State Railroad Museum, shop at Evangeline's Costume Mansion, and dine at the Firehouse Restaurant

Catch a Concert at Toyota Ampitheater

The Toyota Amphitheater is a must on warm summer nights, hosting tons of shows and seating up to 18,500 fans. They're known for their loud rock and country concerts and have seen performances from icons like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, No Doubt, and Linkin Park. 

Check out some of the shows they're planning on putting on this summer.

Visit Folsom Lake

On a hot and sunny afternoon, Folsom Lake is the place to be. Whether you're into water activities like swimming, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and paddleboarding or prefer exploring on land through miles of some top-notch hiking trails, there's something for everyone. Then, after an active day, relax at a picnic site or extend your adventure with an overnight stay at one of the campgrounds. 

Check out what else they have to offer.

Peruse and Take A Cruise Around Sac

Typically departing from Old Sac, there are many river cruises that offer unique views of the city. You can choose a romantic sunset dinner cruise, a history-filled journey through California's capital transformation, or a lively Sunday brunch cruise with cocktails. 

Some of our favorites include the River City Queen; great if you want to have a private get-together. The Sacramento River Cruise with fun tastings and great food, and City Cruises Sacramento offering a relaxing, informative, and gorgeous view of Sacramento. 

Sacramento's summers have a lineup that is a mix of high-energy sports, refreshing water activities, and live music that hits the right notes. From catching a game to riding the river waves or exploring the local scene, there's plenty to keep you entertained. It's a straightforward choice for anyone looking to mix up their summer with a bit of everything.

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