There's always something exciting going on in Sacramento - whether it's the summer Concerts in the Park series, the Farm-to-Fork Celebration, the Sacramento Music Festival, Gold Rush Days or a local band playing a live show at a small coffee bar.
Plan your stay in Sacramento around one of the events listed below, or, for a complete listing of events, take a look at Sacramento365.com, the year-round source for Sacramento events.
Sacramento Museum Day, First Saturday in February
More than 30 local museums, including the California State Railroad Museum, California Museum and Crocker Art Museum, open their doors with free of charge or heavily discounted admission.
NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament First and Second Round, March 17-19. March Madness returns to Sacramento for 2017 in the brand-new Golden 1 Center arena.
Amgen Tour of California, May 12-14. Visit Sacramento for the kickoff to the largest cycling race in North America.
Sacramento Music Festival, Memorial Day Weekend
The world-famous Sacramento Music Festival, previously known as the Jazz Jubilee, celebrates several genres of music, from jazz to pop to rock, as it fills the streets of Old Sacramento and local hotel venues with music lovers and more than 100 bands.
Farm-to-Fork Taste of Summer Dine Around, June 2. Kick off the summer season by sampling specially prepared menus featuring local far at some of Sacramento's favorite restaurants.
Save Mart Grape Escape, June 3
Featuring more than 100 of the Sacramento Region's award-winning wineries and restaurants, the annual Grape Escape celebrates the best of Sacramento's culinary world.
Farm-to-Fork Sunday Brunch, June 4. After dining around on Friday night and tasting wines at Grape Escape on Saturday, finish the weekend right with the Sunday Brunch, served outdoors at a long, communal table at 13th and K streets with top-notch food and wine pairings.
USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, June 22-25. The top track stars in the country will be at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium looking to set records. Keep an eye out for the Olympians you saw in Rio, and see if you can spot the next Olympic stars.
Sacramento Pride, June
Sacramento's LGBT community throws its biggest party of the year with this entertainment-filled parade and celebration.
French Film Festival, June. Sacramento puts a little "oh la la" into its summer each year with this two-week celebration of French films and culture.
California State Fair, July. Folks come from near and far for the memorable delights of this more than 150-year-old extravaganza that includes exciting exhibits, amazing attractions, live entertainment and the magnificent Midway.
Farm-to-Fork Celebration, September. This monthlong celebration is when Sacramento showcases all things food and ag. Visit Sacramento and see just why it's uncontested as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital.
Gold Rush Days, Labor Day Weekend
The Old Sacramento historic district covers its streets with dirt, hides all things modern and transforms into a legitimate Old West town every Labor Day weekend. Costumed re-enactors, gunfights, musicians, buffalo soldiers and Pony Express riders highlight this popular festival.
Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks, Sept. 7-24. Dine out at participating local restaurants for specially prepared menus featuring all-local ingredients. Pair your food with a local beer or wine for the complete experience.
California Capital Airshow, Sept. 9-10. Come to Mather Airport for exciting jet demonstrations, high-speed fly-bys and a host of historic and modern aircraft on display in this family-friendly event.
Farm-to-Fork Fresh Food Drive, Sept. 12. Sacramento has twic set the Guinness World Record for the most fresh food donated in a single day, and this annual event benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Legends of Wine, Sept. 14. Taste wines from more than 35 local wineries hand-selected by wine industry standouts Darrell Corti and David Berkley under the stars in front of the majestic California State Capitol.
Farm-to-Fork Festival, Sept. 23. This free family-oriented festival takes over Capitol Mall every year, allowing locals and visitors alike to experience everything that makes this region such a food powerhouse. Live music, chef demonstrations and plenty of samples complement a beer garden and wine pavilion.
Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner, Sept. 24. This gala dinner features more than 750 diners seated on Sacramento's iconic Tower Bridge for a multi-course meal prepared by some of the region's top chefs with all-local ingredients. For dessert, diners get to enjoy a wide selection of local favorites while they stretch their legs along the riverfront promenade.
California International Marathon, December
This popular qualifier for the Boston Marathon stretches from Folsom through Sacramento's famous tree-lined streets on up to the steps of the California State Capitol.
New Year's Eve Sky Spectacular
Ring in the new year in Old Sacramento with live music, food and drink vendors, street entertainment and a fireworks show.