Labor Day weekend

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The “Americana in Old Sacramento” celebration awaits visitors to the popular historic riverfront district over Labor Day weekend complete with free live music, classic cars and vintage vehicles, such as 1950s-era buses, emergency vehicles and taxi cabs. In addition, a variety of special evening events and various museum-related activities are planned for the extended holiday weekend.  With the support of involved city leaders and in collaboration with the Old Sacramento Business Association (OSBA), California State Parks and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF), the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has announced a festive, fun and full line-up of Labor Day weekend activities in Old Sacramento.

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A sampling of the “Americana in Old Sacramento” celebratory activities include the following:

  • FREE live music — along with an always-popular beer garden — at Waterfront Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. featuring popular bands such as the Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads (Saturday evening at Embassy Suites), Madison Hudson Band, Rachel Steele & Road 88, 27 Outlaws and the Cripple Creek Band.  As an added musical treat, live gospel music will be featured on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.;
  • A robust display of eye-catching classic cars on special display along Front Street provided by the California Automobile Museum all three days;
  • An exciting display of vintage vehicles on the 1849 Scene in Old Sacramento State Historic Park (Front & I streets) that will include four vintage buses provided by the Pacific Bus Museum, a vintage steam locomotive, caboose, Union Pacific bus and rail-mounted fire engine provided by California State Parks, two other vintage fire engines, a 1954 Ford Mainline police car and two vintage taxi cabs.  Visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard or inside many of these vintage vehicles.  Additionally, the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station will be open (free) for visitors to view pieces of the Railroad Museum collection that are not generally seen by the public.

Plus, a few of the special evening activities happening in Old Sacramento include the following:

  • “Thursday Night at the Museums” is offered by the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum, both of which are open extended Thursday hours until 8 p.m. (regular museum admission applies);
  • History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening at the Crocker Art Museum with docent-led spotlight tours (regular museum admission applies);
  • Beer Crawl in Old Sacramento on Friday evening from 6 p.m. until midnight with ten beers and ten bars ($10 per adult);
  • FREE Country Western Dance Party on Saturday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. at Waterfront Park;
  • Old Sacramento offers great vantage points to watch the FREE Fireworks Friday and Saturday festivities following the River Cats game that evening;
  • Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. provided by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) for a cost of $15 per person; Sold out
  • FREE Outdoor Movie showing of Pale Rider starring Clint Eastwood on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. on the 1849 Scene for adults and teens.

In addition, Old Sacramento is home to more than 100 shops, eateries and entertainment venues — many of which are offering special activities — along with a number of museums and attractions that are offering expanded tour schedules and holiday weekend activities, including:

  • California State Railroad Museum is offering excursion train rides hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday plus an “All Aboard for Story Time!” reading activity on Monday at 11 & 11:30 a.m.;
  • Crocker Art Museum is presenting a FREE Little Buckaroos Day on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where families can enjoy live performances, craft-making demos, art-making and a petting zoo;
  • Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering one-hour river cruises on Friday at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.;
  • Sacramento History Museum is offering expanded Old Sacramento Underground tours which depart every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days (Saturday through Monday).  Additionally, Old Sacramento Walking Tours will be available all three days at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Plus, the History Museum is offering half-price admission on Labor Day to visitors with an active union card;
  • Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (which is always FREE admission) is offering numerous activities such as having the Capitol Division of the Embroiderers’ Guild on-site to instruct visitors about how to embroider and make a California mission on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the Woodcarvers Association will be in the school yard on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to show visitors how to carve wood (using soap and plastic knives); and Monday is “Tom Sawyer Day” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where children have the hands-on opportunity to help re-paint the Schoolhouse’s white picket fence (supplies provided);
  • Wells Fargo History Museum (which is always FREE admission) is offering special “hands on banking” activities for kids and giveaways for those who participate, while supplies last.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

Museum Activities

Tours

  • Hornblower River Cruise | 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. | View Sacramento from the Sacramento River during a one-hour river cruise
  • Underground Tours | 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.| Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 

Gold Rush River Cruise

Museum Activities

  • Wells Fargo History Museum (which is always FREE admission) is offering special “hands on banking” activities for kids and giveaways for those who participate, while supplies last.

Tours

  • Underground Tours | 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.| Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project
  • Hornblower River Cruise: Gold Rush | 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m | Enjoy a 1 hour river cruise, fun coloring sheets for kids and a true narration of the Gold Rush and the Historical river ways. | $19.96 per person *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional

Other Events

  • Laughs Unlimited | 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. | Stop in for a laugh with comedian Headliner E. Clark. **Beer crawl ticket holders will be admitted to the comedy shows at 8pm and 10:30pm free if space available. (We encourage you to call in Laughs Unlimited in advance)
  • Gold Rush Beer Crawl | 6 p.m. to midnight|  For just $10.00 you will visit 10 great establishments in no particular order and get one 6-9 oz craft beer at each for the low price of just $10.00. | Purchase your ticket here
  • Music at River City Saloon | 8 p.m. to midnight | Stop by River City Saloon to hear Mark Herin (Mere Mortals Band) and Friends
  • Western Styled Trading Post | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Penny Farthing 110 L Street

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

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Tours

  • Hornblower River Cruise: Gold Rush | 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.| Enjoy a 1 hour river cruise, fun coloring sheets for kids and a true narration of the Gold Rush and the Historical river ways. | $19.96 per person *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional
  • Underground Tours | 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., departing every half hour| Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.
  • Old Sacramento Walking Tour | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Historically attired guide describes Sacramento City as it was in the 19th Century on this walking tour | $5

Museum Activities

Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

  • Learn how to embroider and make a California mission from the Capitol Division of the Embroiderers’ Guild | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Schoolhouse Museum.
  • The Woodcarvers Association will be showing visitors how to carve wood – except with bars of soap and plastic knives | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Schoolhouse Museum
  • Learn how to play the 1800s version of Pinata with Bag and Stick games | 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. | Schoolhouse Museum
  • A robust display of eye-catching classic cars on special display provided by the California Automobile Museum all three days | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Front Street
  • An exciting display of vintage vehicles on the 1849 Scene  | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 1849 Scene (Front & I Streets)
  • Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station  | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.| California State Parks is sharing their prized gems with Old Sacramento visitors on Labor Day weekend.
  • Wells Fargo History Museum (which is always FREE admission) is offering special “hands on banking” activities for kids and giveaways for those who participate, while supplies last.

Other Events

  • Western Styled Trading Post | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Penny Farthing 110 L Street
  • Watercolorist Charlie Iveson will be offering a free demonstration | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Boardwalk near Artists’ Collaborative

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

Music/Comedy Shows

  • Gospel Music | 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. | Waterfront Park
  • 27 Outlaws | 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. | Waterfront Park
  • Cripple Creek Band | 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. | Waterfront ParkSpeakeasy Pub Crawl
  • Live Country Music with Big Trouble | 3pm until 6:30pm| Laughs Unlimited:   Laughs Unlimited will be closed at 7:00 p.m. for a private party comedy show starring Carlos Rodriquez.

Tours

  • Hornblower River Cruise: Gold Rush | 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.| Enjoy a 1 hour river cruise, fun coloring sheets for kids and a true narration of the Gold Rush and the Historical river ways. | $19.96 per person *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional
  • Underground Tours | 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., departing every half hour| Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.Website Pale Rider poster
  • Speakeasy Tour & Pub Crawl | If you are a fan of history and cocktails grab your friends for the Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour and Pub Crawl. | $15.00 per person

Museum Activities

  • Learn how to play the 1800s version of Pinata with Bag and Stick games | 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. | Schoolhouse Museum
  • Wells Fargo History Museum (which is always FREE admission) is offering special “hands on banking” activities for kids and giveaways for those who participate, while supplies last.
  • An exciting display of vintage vehicles on the 1849 Scene (Front & I Streets) that will include four vintage buses provided by the Pacific Bus Museum, the Union Pacific Bus, a steam engine, caboose and railroad fire engine provided by California State Parks, two other vintage fire engines, a 1954 Ford Mainline police car and two vintage taxi cabs.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to climb aboard or inside many of these vintage vehicles. | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station  | California State Parks is sharing their prized gems with Old Sacramento visitors on Labor Day weekend. | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Old Sacramento Walking Tour | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Historically attired guide describes Sacramento City as it was in the 19th Century on this walking tour | $5

Other events: 

  • Sunday Night Movie | 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.|  Stop by the 1849 Scene to watch Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs, and your picnic baskets.  Recommended for adults and teens.
  • Western Styled Trading Post | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Penny Farthing 110 L Street
  • Watercolorist Betty Thompson will be providing a demonstration | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | near the vintage cars

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Little Buckaroo Day

Museum Activities

  • Crocker Art Museum is presenting a FREE Little Buckaroos Day on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where families can enjoy live performances, craft-making demos, art-making and a petting zoo;
  • The Sacramento History Museum is offering half of museum admission to individuals with an active Union card.
  • Stop by the Schoolhouse Museum between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate Tom Sawyer Day by painting a white picket fence. Paint, brushes, and shirt/covers are provided
  • View the display of vintage vehicles. | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|  1849 Scene (Front & I Streets)
  • California State Parks is sharing their prized gems with Old Sacramento visitors on Labor Day weekend. | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station

Tours

  • Underground Tours | 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., departing every half hour| Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.
  • Old Sacramento Walking Tour | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Historically attired guide describes Sacramento City as it was in the 19th Century on this walking tour | $5
  • Hornblower River Cruise: Gold Rush | 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. | Enjoy a 1 hour river cruise, fun coloring sheets for kids and a true narration of the Gold Rush and the Historical river ways. | $19.96 per person *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional

Other Activities

  • Weaver Verena Borton will be weaving | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Outside of Artists’ Collaborative
  • Western Styled Trading Post | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Penny Farthing 110 L Street
  • Fun and FREE Soccer Clinic for kids on Monday afternoon when a few of the Sacramento Republic FC athletes will be on-hand from about 1 to 3 p.m. (following their practice) at Front & I Streets.

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