Celebrate LGBTQ Art in Sacramento
Ready to experience Sacramento’s LGBTQ art scene? You’ve got options.
In a city that has earned top marks on its LGBTQ Report Card for representation and inclusivity, it should come as no surprise that queer creativity is on full display in Sacramento’s art community.
Through painting, sculpture, theater, music, literature and more, LGBTQ artists in Sacramento are constantly exploring and celebrating their unique and diverse experiences. As a result, there is perhaps no better way to uplift–or become a part of–the city’s queer culture than by seeking out and supporting these multidisciplinary visionaries.
Here are some of our favorite ways to connect with our city’s LGBTQ community–in its many forms and colors.
A new event launched in 2022, this mixer is hosted at the Atrium Gallery and is described as an opportunity “for our LGBTQ community to find connections through art-making.” Attendees are separated into groups and given a collaborative artistic task using upcycled materials, and the finished pieces are then auctioned off with proceeds supporting the gallery’s nonprofit. While activities might be subject to change between variations, Atrium representatives confirm the event will continue as a monthly series. Keep an eye on the gallery’s calendar for the next event and information on buying tickets.
This volunteer-run library and archive is dedicated to the preservation of queer stories from across the globe, as well as providing a space for community gatherings. The library’s collection of books, magazines, oral histories and more are available for browsing (and checkout for locals who sign up for a membership). In 2022, Lavender Library moved into a newly-expanded space to accommodate more materials and regular gatherings, which include amBi, a group for bisexual and pansexual people and their allies; FTM Sacramento, a group for female-to-male and transmasculine folks; and The Other Mic, a comedy night that is open to all ages and allies. On top of those regularly occurring events, the library frequently hosts other special programs, such as its Queering the Holidays pop-up art market, which launched in 2021.
Our LGBTQ Welcome Guide has essential insider tips and highlights for travelers and locals alike. Inside our guide you will find things to do, places to see, businesses to support, and so much more.