Summer has arrived in full force in the Greater Sacramento area!  Thoughts of vacation, day trips and finding fun and interesting things to keep the kids busy for a few hours instead of sitting in front of a screen.  Whether you are new to the Sacramento area or have lived here your whole life, you will be amazed at what you can do in and around the city.  From concerts in the park, museums, festivals, hiking and wine tasting, there is sure to be something for you and your family to enjoy.

For those evenings during the week that have you feeling the beat, Sacramento has several concerts in the park of which you can bring the whole family, food and drink to enjoy local bands.  The Folsom concert series begins June 1st and continues through July 27th on Friday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Folsom City Lions Park.  Pack a picnic and some cool beverages along with your blankets and get ready to enjoy an evening of music while the kiddos run and play out on the lawn.  Guaranteed to exhaust them for an early bedtime.  New this year, food trucks, if you would like to haul in a lighter load and enjoy delicious eats.   Other concert series locations include The Fountains in Roseville from June to August on Saturday evenings and The Palladio in Folsom on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Sacramento has so much to offer in the arts beyond concerts.  Take the kids or a weekend date to the Crocker Art Museum located in downtown Sacramento.  The museum is an amazing space for children to expand their minds with the Tot Land Exhibit.  Kids can explore a boat and dive into their imagination to transform themselves from human to animal characters.

For the more mature audience, don’t miss Nature’s Gifts which showcases early California paintings from the Wendy Willrich Collection or the 21 and over ArtMix event on Thursday July 12th.  ArtMix features sounds south of the border such as cumbia, cha-cha and latin rock beats by DJ Novela.

Being in the Sacramento Valley, residents are lucky to be surrounded by the best farm to fork cuisine.  One delicious way to experience your inner foodie is to participate in the Taste of East Sacramento, July 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Sacramento’s finest culinary talent will be on display from Kru to Sellands where your taste buds will satiated with food and wine from the region.

Not only is Sacramento the home to the farm to fork movement, we are also lucky to be surrounded by wine.  Literally surrounded by wine from Napa and Sonoma to the West, Lodi and Clarksburg to the South, Amador and Calaveras County to the East and Placer County Wine Trail to the North, you are sure to find that perfect glass.  If you are looking for a day trip, head to the Old Sugar Mill which features 15 wineries in one spot.  It is quite literally a wine mall under one roof which offers musical guests on the weekends and food trucks to accompany the bottle of Rose you just purchased.  Of course you will want to reserve a car service or Uber so you can sufficiently experience the Mill.

For the weekend getaway I suggest heading towards Murphys which features cozy cottages that are all within walking distance of Main Street where you will find the streets lined with wine rooms and tasty eateries.  While visiting, catch a concert at Ironstone Vineyard.  Headliners include a wide range from Willy Nelson and Alison Krauss, The Commodores to Foreigner.

After your fun filled night with Willy and Alison, take a short cruise to the Calaveras Big Trees State park for a hike in the gorgeous redwoods.  Be sure to stop at the Red Apple on your way to pick up some delicious snacks for your hike.  I highly recommend the apple donut.  It will change your world.

I have just skimmed the top of what awaits you and your family for fun things to do in and around the Sacramento area.  One of the best qualities of Sacramento is the location so close to the city, mountains, ocean and wine country.  People come from all around the world to visit these locations and for us, we just need to step outside, take a few moments to figure out which adventure we would like to have and go!

For more information on these fabulous events, please see the links below.  Oh, and if you know of anyone looking to move into our neck of the woods, I’m never too busy for referrals.

by Rachel MacLachlan


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