101 Things to do in Sacramento this Summer

Although Californians barely had a winter to speak of this year, these bright mornings, long days and easy breezy (or hotter than hell) weekends have the Girls on the Grid ready to begin enjoying everything that makes summer in Sacramento so amazing.  

We put our heads together to come up with 101 things to do in Sacramento this Summer to keep your summer fresh and exciting. Whether you’re looking to stay inside, head outside, entertain your kids or show off your pup, we know you’ll be able to find something new on this list.

We know most of us have no official “summer break” to speak of, but you can enjoy these activities in the evenings after work, on your weekend, or on those occasional “mental health” days we all need.  We only live once, so it’s up to us to make the best of it.

We look forward to seeing you out on the town as we all make the most of what California has to offer.  Feel free to share in the comments any ideas we may have missed.  

 

 

  1. The Drive In!  Yup, Sacramento has 1 of only 338 drive in’s left in the US!
  2. Sit on the Patio of Tank House and drink a Frozen Shandy Pop – Lemon and Elderflower Popsicles dropped in an ice cold Hamm’s. YES PLEASE!
  3. Head to East Sac for one of four free outdoor concerts at Pops in the Park.
  4. TBD Fest – Because. Music.  Also, because it’s the last major summer music festival here before the leaves start falling. Or something.
  5. Pick your own fruit at Impossible Acres or check out this list of other great spots.
  6. Listen to live music, dance, and get to know your neighbors at GATHER: Oak Park (kid-friendly too!)
  7. Make an entire meal from findings at one of our local farmers markets
  8. Host a BBQ Dessert Party
  9. Walk in (or set up a provisions stand) on one of the Neighborhood 4th of July Parades (East Sac, River Park, Arden Park)
  10. Apply for a city permit and close off your neighborhood street for a block party
  11. Volunteer at a local farm or even the Sac Food Bank
  12. Rent an outdoor projector to show a movie in your backyard
  13. Take a Sacramento River Cruise
  14. Go on an underground tour of old Sacramento
  15. Take in a River Cats game.
  16. Spend your Friday night  rocking out at Concerts in the Park at Cesar Chavez Park
  17. Stand Up Paddleboarding with FLOW or RiseSUP at Camp Pollock.
  18. Rent a Kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or paddleboat at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center or,
  19. Just hang out at the adjacent beach at Lake Natoma.
  20. Check out Folsom Lake– it’s a water lover’s playground.
  21. Hiking. Try the All Trails app to search for trails specific for your group.

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    Hit the Trail with friends using the All Trails App!
  22. Biking- name your place, it’s everywhere! Bike trails abound around the city for road or mountain biking and there are routes to take you to west
  23. Run, walk or bike the American River Bike Trail. With 26 miles of two lane trail running from Folsom to Discovery Park there are endless options for fun.
  24. Get a State Parks pass and go visit our local parks for a day, a night or a week. Reserve campsites early, they fill up fast.
  25. Go wakeboard or play in the water at Wake Island or Velocity Island
  26. Golf, golf, and golf some more. The Sacramento area has over a dozen public golf courses and offers something for every skill level.
  27. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day Wine tasting at Bogle or the Old Sugar Mill (you may spot one of our GOTG’ers pouring at Elevation Ten).
  28. Or, jump in the car and take a 20 minute drive northeast to the Auburn Wine Trail or the Ale Trail , or
  29. Head southeast to Amador County Wineries for a full day of wine tasting in the hills.
  30. Ride some swings (amoung many other things at The State Fair.CoN4buju9yBMH7uV-WHeJL-0lU11X3_b8gPTW2YBaos,xM464mq23XWObJp_ao_YpE2khUCrFV4IAyqQltZN1mU,Dn2SPW4EKAnT5g8VjfOMKA7Ci_8F3BV6Pn9iO8sBSgU
  31. Organize a bike pub crawl. Options include a quick ride over to West Sac Breweries,
  32. Riding the bike trail all the way to Davis, enjoying the city sans the college population,  and using Bak2Sac to return home on the train,
  33. Riding the grid and patronizing the handle district bars.
  34. Head to Swabbies on the River for live music, dancing and fun.
  35. Spend the day boating on the Sacramento River.
  36. Check out a weekly food truck event with Sactomfo and satisfy your inner foodie.
  37. Go put your ninja soldier skills to the test and play a game of Paintball with your friends at Capital Edge Paintball or Davis Paintball Center. We suggest not wearing white. Also, goggles. We recommend those. And probably a face mask. Maybe kneepads?
  38. Hop on Amtrak and check out an A’s or Giants game – Pro tip: There are $5 companion fares on all Capitol Corridor routes on weekends and holiday Mondays, so you pay one full price fare and your buddies are only $5 each way (up to five more people)
  39. Porch wine (ie: you, your friends, your porch and a bottle -or four- of your favorite vino).
  40. Join an outdoor volleyball game at a sand court at a local park, or get serious(ly silly) and join Volley Nation.
  41. Hit Der Biergarten and choose from a massive selection of beers housed in train car then sit at a picnic bench and make new friends while you tip back your 24 ounce beer mugs together. Insider tip- use the Requested App to get a discount of 10% or more on your tab for your entire stay.
  42. Do some yoga and get some organic produce at Soil Born Farm every Saturday. Yoga classes are held at 9am in the outdoor amphitheater and the farmstand is open until noon.203752_019
  43. For fun with veggies, grab some cash, a cooler and a picnic blanket and take a 15 minute drive to Davis’ Central Park on a Wednesday night for free concerts and entertainment alongside their area renowned Davis Farmer’s Market, also held on Saturday mornings.
  44. Join your community in saluting the sun with Yoga in the Park.  Classes are offered free to the public (donations welcomed) at McKinley Park every Saturday (year round) and in Tahoe Park every Sunday (seasonal).
  45. Join a free running group, like lulu running club, who meets one or two times weekly to run and play together,
  46. Join or start a November Project workout group. Haven’t tried this yet? You should.
  47. Two words: Lake Tahoe. Two more words: Day Trip. You can be at this stunning locale in under two hours, spend an entire day at the beach, on the water, or hiking dozens of trails and be home in time for dinner in midtown.

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    Emerald Cove,Tahoe
  48. Discovery Park. A favorite river beach for many Sacramentens, join the party here any weekend, but be sure to bring life vests for the family.
  49. Do the (off grid) river float – start at Sunrise and get out at Watt.
  50. Walk to your closest Rite Aid for $2 ice cream cones.
  51. Get artsy and take a class at Verge Center for the Arts.
  52. Root on Team USA as they take on the world in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament
  53. Grab a 50/50 at Gunther’s; or a milkshake at Vic’s
  54. Grab an ice cream filled donut from The Parlor
  55. Girls night in – create a masterpiece while drinking wine at The Painted Cork
  56. Have your own clothing exchange with your friends
  57. Get a library card ; they have audio books!
  58. Wine Wednesdays at Selland’s East Sac – Sip six specially selected wines
  59. Take a craft coffee class at Chocolate Fish
  60. Step up your culinary game with a class at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op
  61. Start a supper club with a group of your neighbors
  62. Make limoncello. Drink. Repeat.
  63. Catch a vintage flick at the Crest Theater, or
  64. An indie film at the Tower Theater
  65. Leave your modesty at home and play Cards Against Humanity at the Red Rabbit Kitchen every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Come as a team, or roll solo and join one.
  66. Karaoke with, or without, your friends at The Distllery, Pine Cove Tavern, or Oishii
  67. Beer Bust in the Lavender District at The Depot and Badlands– $1 beers? Yes, please
  68. Wanna prove you’ve got serious smarts? Check out the Geeks Who Drink quiz nights at Alley Katz or The Capitol Garage (or even Hop House in El Dorado Hills if you venture outside the grid).
  69. Go old school and play some classic coin operated arcade games at the Coin-Op Game Room.
  70. Interested in brunching with like-minded geek girls? Join the Sacramento Chapter of Geek Girl Brunch which will officially be launching later the summer.
  71. Get your live music fix with amazing shows on the grid at Ace of Spades or even off the grid at The Boardwalk.
  72. Want to take better pics this summer? Check out the Sac Instagram Meet Up group and shoot with other shutterbugs all over our city !
  73. Wear those kids out with a visit to art BEAST studios
  74. Crocker Art Museum: Kids Camp
  75. Visit the Sacramento Zoo   
  76. Screen on the Green
  77. Get your waterslide fun on at Raging Waters.
  78. Nearby is classic Scandia, where you can mini-golf, catch a few rides or play in the arcade.
  79. Want to hear more dings, bells, and screams of fun? Head to John’s Incredible Pizza and eat and play to your hearts content in the air conditioned indoor amusement venue.
  80. Looking for more of the same but with less pizza? Try Dave and Busters.
  81. Join a Bowling league at Capitol Bowl or your nearest alley, Bonus: Lazer Tag available at Country Club Lanes.
  82. Jump, jump and jump some more at Bounce Houses in West Sac, Rancho Cordova, or Elk Grove.
  83. Not enough bouncing in your life? Go jump for an hour at Sky High, and indoor trampoline center that’s sure to bring out the kid in everyone.
  84. Lounge poolside while the kids play on the water playstructure at Folsom Aquatic Center, or
  85. Go swim and play at any of Sacramento’s public pools.
  86. Hit up our amazing public parks. Bring bread for the ducks, snacks for the kids, and a book for yourself.
  87. Older Kids can enjoy pint sized amusement rides all day for under $20 at Funderland, or for the younger set, head across the lawn to
  88. Fairytale Town, and enjoy a variety of nursery rhyme themed exhibits and play structures.
  89. Museums– from the Children’s museum in Rancho Cordova to the California Auto Museum we’ve got something for nearly every interest and age level.
  90. Hit the $1 movies all at Cinemark Theaters during their Summer Movie Clubhouse showings.
  91. Channel Mario Andretti and do some Indoor Racing at K1 Indoor Racing.
  92. Go Roller skating, leg warmers optional, at Sunrise Rollerland, Foothill Skate, or Roller King.
  93. Join a gym for the summer with a  family membership. California Family Fitness has amazing pools, group fitness classes for all ages and a pretty amazing kids club.
  94. Need a break? Drop the kids off at Kids Park, where the kids can play by the hour and you can grocery shop (or nap?) in peace.
  95. Bring your pup to one of the many dog parks in Sacramento
  96. Visit every dog friendly patio in #midtownsac (Shoutout to Oak Park Brewing Company, Der Biergarten, Temple Coffee, Cafe Capricho, and the dozens of dog friendly restaurants, bars and coffee shops!)
  97. Pick a passion and support a cause in our city.  Midtown Sac Dogs could use your help getting a dog park in midtown!
  98. Post yourself and your girlfriends on the patio at Low Brau for some people watching and perhaps start up a chat with a friendly looking group of fellas (or ladies)

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    Park it on a patio with friends – Low Brau is still and always a fav.
  99. Catch a Sacramento Republic soccer match – and if you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, join up with the Tower Bridge Battalion for a night of beers and cheers
  100. Check out Meet-up to see if any groups are meeting nearby doing something your style. If not, make your own group, post an event and enjoy making new friends.
  101. Join a sports and social league like Waka or Xoso and play kickball, softball, volleyball, dodgeball, even indoor recess. Play, then hit the league bar with your teammates.

 

 

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