Friday Night Concerts in the Park Prep Guide

By Maria Hill
May 2nd, kicked off the Downtown Sacramento Partnerships Friday Night Concerts in the Park series at Cesar Chavez Plaza. These FREE concerts are the prefect excuse to enjoy the early summer weather while taking in the sounds of local bands and DJs.  If you have never been before, don’t worry I attended the May 16th concerts and have the low down on everything you will need to have a great time!

Must Haves

Picnic blanket or chairs: There is no designated seating for the concerts, so grab a blanket or those comfy camping chairs and pull up some grass.  You can hear the music throughout the plaza so there is no such thing as a bad seat and this is a great way to meet new people. 

Shades: Concerts start at 5:00pm,  so pack your shades to reduce awkward face squinting. GOTG IMG_5907

Two Wheels: The event has a bike valet so show the environment some love and pedal over. (Don’t forget your bike lock!)

Snacks: You are allowed to bring in one small cooler with outside food (!!), take this as an opportunity to embrace your inner chef. Keep it simple (but delicious) with items like cheese,  crackers, hummus, and veggies. 

Valid ID: If you are planning on imbibing, pack your proof of age and your patience. The line for wristbands can be pretty long, but at least you have great background music while you are waiting. 

Cash: Don’t want to go the DIY route with food? Don’t worry, the event has a ton of food trucks, make an ATM stop beforehand so you can eat and drink your way thorough the plaza. 

Must Not Haves

Glass Anything: All coolers and bags are searched before entering. Make sure you don’t pack any type of glass,  it will be confiscated and you will be sad. 

Outside Alcohol: Bud Light is the official sponsor of Concerts in the Park (sorry no outside alcoholic beverages allowed) so there are lots of opportunities to purchase a frosty alcoholic beverage on site.  If that is not really your thing, try sampling Silk Road Sodas or hit up the official after party spots post concert at Blackbird, Assembly, Marilyn’s On K, Blue Prynt and Downtown & Vine!

Dogs: This event is crowded and loud so it’s probably best there is a no pets policy. 

Other Nice to Knows

Kiddos: I would qualify this event as “kids welcome” but not quite kid friendly. There was a woman walking around making balloon hats, but other than that not a lot of other action to keep the wee ones busy. 

Do Your Research: Each week there are four bands featured. The music genre of the bands I saw were a little too heavy metal for my taste. I would encourage you to check out the official Friday Night Concerts in the Park website (Here) for a full schedule. Take a few minutes to listen to some music samples to see if you like the bands playing on the night you want to go. 

These concerts are free for everyone and are a fun way to spend Friday evening dining on homemade tapas al fresco! 

Maria Hill Bio: Maria is founder of the lifestyle blog Say Hey Girl ( She can’t live without coffee, donuts, and glitter.

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