Sacramento, CA ----San Francisco Magazine proclaimed "Sactown Gets Sexy" and the San Jose Mercury News chimed in "Sacramento heats up." Sure, there are still the historic landmarks of Old Sacramento, the State Capitol and Sutter's Fort. But check out Sacramento art galleries on Second Saturday, dine at one of the hip new restaurants or tap your feet at a free Concert in the Park to discover the "hot" side of California's capital city. Sip luscious Zinfandel at one of the 200 wineries in the Sacramento area or experience the thrill of whitewater rapids on the American River.
Exclusive Sacramento exhibits give new reasons to visit and cost-saving hotel packages make an overnight stay even more palatable.
STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION opened for an interactive, hands-on limited engagement at The Aerospace Museum of California. The 10,000-square-foot touring exhibition contains the world's most comprehensive collection of authentic Star Trek ships, set recreations, costumes and props from five television series and 11 films spanning more than 40 years. This exhibit will run through 2010 and debuts props and costumes from the 2009 JJ Abrams directed film Star Trek. www.aerospaceca.org
California Hall of Fame
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted the 2009 class of The California Museum's California Hall of Fame. In its fourth year, the California Hall of Fame has continued the tradition of honoring legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit. The 2009 inductees are: entertainer Carol Burnett, former Intel CEO Andrew Grove, governor and U.S. senator Hiram Johnson, decathlete and philanthropist Rafer Johnson, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, philanthropist and peace activist Joan Kroc, film-maker George Lucas, football commentator John Madden, gay rights advocate Harvey Milk, artist Fritz Scholder, author Danielle Steel, fitness and bodybuilding pioneer Joe Weider, and Air Force test pilot General Chuck Yeager.
The 2009 inductees join 38 California Hall of Fame inductees who have made great achievements in science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, fitness, technology, activism and politics. www.californiamuseum.org
Sacramento Wine and Dine Week
July 2-11, 2010
Wine and Dine is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious three or four-course meals at a fixed price of $30-$50. The price includes complementary wine pairing with each course. Many of Sacramento's Zagat-rated restaurants will participate. www.sacramentowineanddine.com
157th Annual California State Fair
July 14 - August 1, 2010
The 2010 State Fair will be Your Passport to Adventure with the Days of the Dinosaur Exhibit and a Jungle & Reptile Adventure. Top-name entertainment, California county exhibits, livestock nursery, culinary delights with food prices 25% lower than last year to satisfy any appetite, award-winning wines, micro-brews, a magnificent midway and nightly fireworks are traditions that attract fairgoers in droves. www.bigfun.org
Gold Rush Days
September 3 - 6, 2010
Experience a step back in time as living history characters re-enact the Gold Rush era in Old Sacramento. The streets are closed to automobiles and then covered with dirt, while horse and carriages are the modes of transportation and period costumes prevail. Learn the ways of early ancestry life from diverse nationalities as entertainment, food, drink, arts and crafts demonstrations make for a great family outing. www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
California Capital Air Show
September 11-12, 2010
Military and civilian aircraft as well as high tech equipment will be on display. Experience fun for the whole family! The F-22 Demonstration Team will perform www.californiacapitalairshow.com.
The Wells Fargo Pavilion is home to the renowned Music Circus, a 2,200 seat arena-style ‘tent' theatre that showcases musical favorites. The 60th anniversary season in 2010 features Spamalot, Oklahoma and Funny Girl and 42nd Street. For a complete schedule visit www.californiamusicaltheatre.com
Sacramento River Cats Baseball
The Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, are the 2008 Triple-A & PCL Champions. The 2010 season is the team's 12th at Raley Field. www.rivercats.com
Sacramento River Cruises
Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering historic river tours, brunch and dinner cruises from Old Sacramento. www.hornblower.com
Old Sacramento Underground Tours
The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation will offer an exciting new "Street Theatre" program (on weekends June 19 through August 26, 2010), and coveted "Old Sacramento Underground" tours (on Thursdays through Sundays beginning July 10 and continuing through October 31, 2010. www.historicoldsac.org
Many Sacramento hotels are offering summer packages and the Sacramento Gold Card is an exclusive benefit to guests staying at Sacramento-area hotels.The Sacramento Gold Card provides discounts to more than 25 attractions, restaurants, retailers, theaters, and sports venues throughout the region. Visitors can now choose from more than 30 hotels that offer the card. To receive a Sacramento Gold Card, guests simply need to request one when checking in at a participating hotel. For a complete list of benefits visit www.discovergold.org
Please visit www.sacramento365.com for a complete list of events in the Sacramento region.