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Thanksgiving 2022 Events and Activities in Sacramento



Do you already have your Thanksgiving 2022 mapped out? Thanksgiving in Sacramento is a family affair, so spend it well with your loved ones. Enjoy parades, shopping, dining, and special events all over Sacramento on Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some of the best things to do on Thanksgiving in Sacramento:


Join Sacramento’s longest-running tradition


Celebrate the holidays with the community and become a part of Roseville’s longest-running Tradition. Just 23 minutes from Sacramento, bring your family to Roseville’s Downtown for the 61st Annual Sylvia Besana Holiday Parade this November 19, 2022, and get ready for a day of family-friendly fun with a parade of equestrians, floats, and dance teams, plus craft booths, food, Santa, and more. The vendor booths for crafts and food will open at 9:30am, and the parade will start at 10:30am. The parade bands will line up on Bulen Street alongside The Rock, entries with horses will line up alongside The Rock, and all other entries will line up on 6th and Vernon streets. The parade will end in Roseville Square’s north lot behind Roseville Commons. For more details, visit their website.


Make running a family bonding

Aside from volunteering in the local community, running or joining a fun run can be one of the things to do on Thanksgiving you can do with your family and friends. The best part of these thanksgiving events is that you can get to donate a portion of your registration to feed a family or buy others their turkey dinner. Here are some of the thanksgiving activities you can join:

  • Run to Feed the Hungry

Tag your family and friends and join in the largest Thanksgiving Day run in the country, Run to Feed the Hungry. All proceeds from the event will go toward providing food to hungry Sacramentans. You may participate by running or walking the 5K or 10K, making a donation, or organizing your own fundraising event. Approximately 220,000 people visit one of Sacramento Food Bank’s partner agencies each month for groceries—that’s 1 in 5 Sacramentans! This year alone, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services distributed more than 35 million pounds of food. Run solo, assemble a team and participate or run virtually -help fight hunger in the community by participating in this event.

You can also donate directly to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services without registering for the run. Click here to donate.

  • 2022 Gobble Til You Wobble

Make your Thanksgiving 2022 more worthwhile and rewarding by signing up for the 2022 Gobble Til You Wobble virtual race. Run, walk or gobble your way through a different distance while feeding others. 15% of each registration will go to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. For $18, you will receive a medal, bib, and donation to the charity upon completion of your event. Medals and bibs will begin shipping out in mid-October 2022.


Imaginarium: Light Up the Night at Cal-Expo Sacramento

Light Up the Night will take you back to your childhood. Opening on November 18, see and experience more than five million lights, mazes, rides, shows, and other activities at this early holiday festival in Sacramento. Bring your family and friends and let them immerse in this captivating holiday experience. This family-friendly activity gives you an awe-inspiring experience, especially for the kids, as they roam free and look at the millions of LED lights. The dazzling light shows synchronized with music and laser shows lighting up the night sky will be among the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving 2022. Visit their website to learn more:


Pay it forward through Thanksgiving Food Baskets 2022

Buy students and families their dinner by donating to the Thanksgiving food baskets. Associated Students, Inc. is collecting donations to support selected SAC Students and families. ASI will also host a Thanksgiving Food Basket Food Drive from October 24 to November 4. Your monetary donations will be used to purchase turkeys for food baskets. With every $40 you donate, you can buy a turkey. The ASI Student Engagement & Outreach office is located on the first floor of the University Union, Room 1240. You can also volunteer and assist with stocking items, greeting students at check-in, organizing inventory, and distributing food during Free Groceries Pop-Ups.

You can donate here.

Book your Thanksgiving Dinner Reservation Early

Let the professionals take over if toiling in the kitchen all day isn’t your idea of Thanksgiving. Enjoy delectable meals and desserts without having to do the dishes after. Don’t wait until the last minute to book your Thanksgiving dinner reservation, or you’d end up hangry that day.

Among the restaurants that will open on Thanksgiving include:

Reserve a table early, as Thanksgiving dinner can be jam-packed.



Thanksgiving 2022 is a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends. Whether visiting a relative over the weekend or going home for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll have a comfortable stay at Lions Gate Hotel. We are a pet-friendly hotel with sophisticated facilities to make your Thanksgiving more comfortable and rewarding. Stay in one of our spacious suites or relax in our outdoor pool. Call (916)640-0835 to reserve a room.

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Splash Around at a Sacramento Water Park!



Sacramento has a rich history as a pivotal player in California’s Gold Rush era. Since then, it has earned fame as the “City of Trees” for its protected wilderness and farm-to-table productions. What isn’t as common knowledge it the city’s wildly popular waterparks! With over 20 water parks in and surrounding the Sacramento area, there is now another reason to visit this vibrant California destination.

Always family-friendly and full of amenities, waterparks offer tons of fun in the sun! Go to places like the Scandia Fun Center that have water bumper boats and amusement park rides for the kiddos. If you’re in the mood for fun mini golf, go-karts, arcades, Lazer tag, and party tables, then go to the Roseville Golfland Sunsplash. There are so many fun things to do in Sacramento!


Water Parks in Sacramento


Raging Waters Sacramento


This Cal Expo water park opened its doors in 1986 and still remains California’s largest waterpark. The waterpark offers an 800-foot lazy river and has one of California’s original wave pools. It has 25 attractions, including slides, pools, and activities for children and adults! The wild slides have a fame of their own: Splashdown, Hurricane, Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Breaker Beach Wave Pool, and the Shark Attack will all have you exploding with excitement and even fear while loving every minute! If you’re less inclined to chase an adrenaline rush and prefer to relax in the water, enjoy the Calypso Cooler Lazy River and the Treehouse Reef. The Treehouse Reef is a 5-story attraction with water activities and secret tubes. They offer season passes, discounts, and pass-holder perks!


Wake Island Waterpark


Wake Island Waterpark offers cable wakeboarding, a floating obstacle course, ziplining, human-sized hamster wheels, and sandy beaches. Wake Island offers a kids camp for those busy parents and adult activities for parents that want to have fun! The waterpark also offers paddleboard rentals and wakeboard lessons.

Wake Island understands that their numerous activities can stir up quite an appetite, so they offer catering as well! The park offers a large variety of food and drinks at its on-site grill. Reservations are required 5 days in advance for catering services, and the waterpark does not allow outside food or drinks. So be sure to plan accordingly!  You are allowed to bring reusable water bottles to refill at the many drinks stations around the park.


Scandia Family Fun Center  


The Scandia Family Fun Center has many fun attractions for all ages. With two golf courses, arcades, and batting cages, there is endless fun to be had! There are numerous packages with different rates depending on how you want to spend your day. Make sure to hop on the Crazy Dane Coaster, the Sky Screamer, Stockholm Raceway, Baltic Sea Bumper Boats, Swedish Scrambler, Norway Flier, and the Lapland Landslide for the ultimate trip! The fun center also offers party room reservations for birthdays and team parties. 

Scandia also has educational tours from certified experts that include hands-on exhibits. The experts teach subjects such as aerodynamics, centrifugal force, motors, renewable energy, hydroelectric energy, as well as gravity and friction!


White Rock Splash Park 


White Rock Splash Park is one of the largest splash parks in California. Before you go, check out the virtual tour offered on their website to amp up your excitement. You can view the spray parks, two water slides, and the open grass areas! Park amenities include drinking fountains, parking, two picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.

To ensure safety, the park measures children to verify that they are tall enough to ride certain slides. Children that do not meet the height requirement for the slides can enter the park for free and have unlimited fun in the spray areas. The entry fees amount to about $1 per session. Make sure to wear the appropriate swimwear and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun!


Antelope Aquatic Complex 

The Antelope Aquatic Complex offers a multi-lane pool, fun water slides, and two water playgrounds. The complex offers drinking fountains, bathrooms, changing rooms, and vending machines for snacks.

The Aquatic Complex offers rentals and has lifeguards on duty. They also offer swimming lessons for those needing a boost of confidence in the water. You can bring your family food for a picnic, as well as umbrellas and even tents. Take care to wear the appropriate swimwear and sunscreen to have the maximum amount of fun in the sun!




After a day of spending time with family on the water slides, you’ll be ready to wind down and rest up in the comfort of a cozy setting! Located in the middle of McClellan Business Park, Lions Gate Hotel has 112 various rooms to choose from. From Queen Bedrooms to King Suites, there is nothing that cannot suit your needs when it comes to comfort. 

Our pet-friendly hotel offers free parking and WiFi, along with a restaurant and full-service bar. Just a few minutes away from Sacramento International Airport, the McClellan Conference Center, and several other McClellan Businesses, Lions Gate Hotel is close to all your needs and wants while on vacation!

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Sacramento River Adventures and Tours



From its headwaters high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to where it meets the sea on the San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River winds its way through Northern California’s rich historic scenery.

The capital city of Sacramento itself has a wealth of river activities for outdoor enthusiasts that aren’t to be missed. Take your pick from rafting, boating, and swimming all along the Sacramento River. Head to the river and enjoy different outdoor adventures for you and your family. Here are our favorites: 


Bird watching and wildlife sightings

Get in touch with nature and witness firsthand migratory birds and other native wildlife on a Sacramento river cruise. The Sacramento River is the “flyway” or migratory highway for California creatures – its tributaries provide habitat for an estimated 200 species of birds, including Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys, Tundra Swans, White Pelicans, and Black-crowned Night Herons. A river cruise is an incredible opportunity to see these spectacular creatures up close as they migrate along the coast.


Hop on a kayak or jet ski

If you’re looking for adrenaline, cruise down the Sacramento River with a kayak or jet ski! Kayaking is the best way to see the River’s wildlife because you can really experience their natural element at your own pace. Jet ski tours are perfect for thrill seekers looking for a quick way to jet from place to place. If you’re not ready to be the captain of your own vessel, a boat tour on the river is a great option for easy exploring! 


Ride the rapids with river rafting

Lazy river days are a favorite California pastime and are best enjoyed with good company! Cruising down the American River from historic Folsom to Sacramento, you’ll stop along riverbanks and little island havens. Rafting the Sacramento Rivers is one of the most memorable  things to do in Sacramento. It’s got everything you need: rapids, scenic beauty, and fun for all ages. Several rafting companies in the Redding area offer both lazy river and guided white water rafting adventures on the Sacramento River. It is excellent for children, beginners and experts alike! A cruise down the river will be educational for all. Passing through several historical sites, including Shasta State Park, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park, there is much to be learned. 

Your river rafting adventure doesn’t have to end at sun down, either. Many companies offer raft and camp packages so you can keep the adventure going! 

Check out H2O adventure to book your rafting and camping trips on Sacramento River:


Learn local history on a cruise

Sacramento’s vibrant capital city is rich with unforgettable sights and lively history. What better way to learn Sacramento’s rich culture than on an hour-long cruise? Throughout the narrated tour, you’ll hear all about its illustrious past and role in the wild days of the Gold Rush while experiencing some of the most beautiful vistas California has to offer.


Bike around Sacramento Rivers

Hop on a bike and cycle around the Sacramento River. Sacramento has more than 32 miles of paved bike trails along the scenic American River Parkway and you can start biking at many different points. Rent a bike in Old Sacramento, or hop on the trail in one of the city’s green-painted bicycling zones on Capitol Mall—more than 50 miles of bike lanes have been added to the city’s streets in recent years!

When you travel to Sacramento, you will definitely want to consider visiting the area by bike. Ask your hotel if this service is available or where the nearest rental stand is. You can find several at the click of a button available in Sacramento!


Festivals and Events

Do as the locals do and join Sacramento’s festivals and events. Sacramento is home to a variety of outdoor festivals and events that bring the ultimate charm. The Second Saturday Art Walk occurs on the second Saturday of each month in Midtown, and 20th Street between J and K streets is closed off for the street fair. Visit for a list of festivals and events. 

If you have never been to the Sacramento River, there is no better time than now. With so many outdoor adventure tours and beautiful destinations to visit, it is the perfect place to spend some time exploring. There are many different things that you can do while enjoying this beautiful area, such as hiking or biking in one of the many parks along its banks or take advantage of one of these tours, which offer an up-close look at this amazing River where it all began.



There’s no better time than now to cruise Sacramento rivers. Whether you try sacramento river fishing, rafting, or camping, you are guaranteed to have the best times in Sacramento. When you visit the Sacramento River, stay close to adventure at the  Lions Gate Hotel. We are a few minutes away from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and are surrounded by several businesses and restaurants. Our spacious rooms, modern-day elegance, on-site restaurant, and full-service bar await you after your day’s worth of excursion.

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Sacramento Wineries and Events: How to Celebrate California Wine Month in Sacramento



Sacramento is becoming the hub for wine connoisseurs in Northern California. Come celebrate wine month in the city and explore the region known as “the Napa Valley of 30 years ago”, when commercialism had not yet touched the region. Wine month is celebrated by the hundreds of surrounding Sacramento wineries that offer a diversity of wine tastings. 

Check out these awesome wineries in the Sacramento area:


58 Degrees & Holding Co. Wine Bar

How to get here

Located in the heart of midtown, 58 Degrees & Holding Co. is one of the Sacramento wineries that are a combination of a wine bar and a restaurant. There, you are given the chance to experience popular cuisines amongst the locals paired with their vast diversity of wines and cocktails.

The staff are well versed and will happily suggest perfect pairings for your meal or drink of choice. The restaurant hosts a kitchen and bar, along with indoor and outdoor seating. 

Need space for an event? 58 Degrees & Holding Co. even offers spacious dining areas and menus for parties of up to 100 guests!


South Slope Wines

How to get here

South Slope Wines creates premium artisanal wines with grapes that are sourced from the Sierra Foothills. Their goal is to focus on each trait of single varietal wines without blending out the different features. Their wine tasting events are hosted in an old farmhouse, giving wine tasting in Sacramento a more authentic experience. They devote 2 days out of the week to making their wine!

South Slope offers an amazing wine club with benefits ranging from barrel-tasting events to private release parties. Have fun parties with amazing scenery when you host events with them with groups of at least 15 or more-up to 200 people!


Youngs Vineyard

How to get here

If you’re looking for wineries in the Sacramento area with amazing views and peaceful settings, then Youngs Vineyard is the place for you! Located in Shenandoah Valley, Youngs Vineyard is encased in 30 acres of lush landscapes.

The land is quaint and surrounds a pond with picket fences, adorable cottages, lawns, gardens, and picnic space. Take in the view of the very grapes that contribute to the wine in your glass! This wonderful vineyard is visited frequently for their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Barbera. The winery is open Thursday through Sunday, with flavorful wine tasting lasting until 3pm.


Cordi Winery

How to get here

Feel free to bring your family and pets to the next wine tasting at Cordi Winery. Cordi Winery is one of the wineries near Sacramento that is family, pet, and picnic friendly. With an amazing view of the Sutter Butte’s, Cordi Winery is Sutter County’s first winery. The winery grows and creates 11 varietals.

These varietals range from Old World favorites to California classics. Cordi Winery’s wine club has great benefits, including a quarterly shipment of wines to their members and many fun events. With outside food and picnics encouraged, you can enjoy extraordinary landscapes with your family and pets!


Matchbook Wines

How to get here

If you want to learn about some quirky wine tasting history in Sacramento, go to Matchbook Wines! Matchbook Wines is a winery run by 5 generations of the Giguiere family. With the fondness of their roots of family history, John and Karl Giguiere utilize their farming knowledge to create classic as well as contemporary red and white wines.

Matchbook Wines has a 2,160-square-foot tasting room that includes meeting areas, a wine bar, and a 400-square-foot patio. These rooms could be reserved by parties for any type of event! The tasting room is open daily, but you’re welcome to have your delectable drink on the beautiful patio that sits in front of their Tempranillo vineyard.


Events to attend during wine month in Sacramento:


Legends of Wine – September 8

The Legends of Wine is a wine-tasting event that will take place at the State Capitol. The event is celebrated in the name of the most popular crop in Sacramento County: the wine grape! The event honors Sacramento wines as well as Darrell Corti and David Berkley, both international and local legends.

Get the chance to taste the best wines in Northern California. Chosen by Darrell Corti and David Berkley, you will taste premium varietal wines from high-end regional Sacramento wineries. Restaurants within the area will also offer cuisine pairings for available wines. Enjoy this grand event with a beautiful view of the California State Capitol.


Seventh Annual Tomato Taste Off – September 10

Starting at 9am at the Carmichael Park Farmers Market, the Seventh Annual Tomato Taste Off would kick off with the many types of heirloom tomatoes grown in California. Everyone is invited to partake in the judgment of the best tomato. The attendees will be asked to taste and vote according to 4 different categories: best-looking, juiciest, sweetest, and best tasting!

Chefs will be there to demonstrate their best tomato-inspired recipes. There will be many contests, such as the Best Tasting Salsa Contest, where you are asked to make the best-tasting tomato salsa. The contest even has games and crafts for children.


25th Anniversary Big Crush Harvest Festival – October 7-8

Come to the 25th Annual Big Crush Harvest Festival to witness the yearly harvest. See the tractors roll through vineyards to collect all the delicious grapes that will go to the creation of future wines, soon to be sold in the wineries near and around the Sacramento area. Watch the crushpads efficiently squeeze the mouthwatering juice from the grapes that might soon be fermenting for years.

Get your dancing shoes on for the live music, too. There will be many Sacramento wineries present to offer food and wine pairings as well as activities to the many festival goers that will be there.


Get some peace and quiet at the Lions Gate Hotel at McClellan Business Park while in Sacramento this September. Just a few minutes away from Sacramento International Airport (SMF), you are surrounded by the upscale and sophisticated McClellan businesses, Conference Center, and Air Force Base. Enjoy the rich history of where we are and the luxury that we offer. For reservations, click the link below to book or give us a call at (916) 640-0835.

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Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival Event Guide and Tips



Huddle up foodies, gastro adventurers, wine connoisseurs, craft beer enthusiasts, and music lovers too! The Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival is back this year at the Capitol Mall on September 23-24, 2022.

The festival is a tribute to the hardworking farmers, chefs, and culinary artisans of Northern California, and it gives festival goers an opportunity to try some of the region’s finest farm-fresh foods, as well as wine, beer, and other food products made from locally grown ingredients. Live music, kid-friendly activities, cooking demonstrations, and more will all be part of the festival’s festivities.

One of the biggest and most anticipated festivals in Sacramento every year, the Farm-to-Fork Festival has 3 main events, including the Legends of Wine, The Tower Bridge Dinner, and the 2-day street festival. 


Legends of Wine | Thursday, September 08, 6pm-9pm, State Capitol

If you love wine, the Legends of Wine is a great opportunity to taste some of the best wines in Northern California. It’s a delightful experience for first-timers and wine connoisseurs alike to explore varietals from regional wineries selected by international wine legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley and food from select farm-to-fork restaurants in Sacramento.

This year, the wine tasting event will feature wines from Bogle, Casino Mine Ranch, Clarksburg Wine Company, Boeger, New Clairvaux, Seka Hills, St. Amant, and more. 


The Tower Bridge Dinner | Sunday, September 11, 4:30pm-10pm, Tower Bridge

We’re not exaggerating when we say that The Tower Bridge Dinner is one of the Nation’s best dining experiences. With farm-to-fork cuisines prepared by some of the region and the world’s top chefs, including Nina Curtis, Greg Desmangles, Q Bennet, Patrick Prager, and more, the events draw interest from foodies across the country. 

Sadly, your chance to purchase tickets to The Tower Bridge Dinner has already passed. But you can try again next year! Watch out for Visit Sacramento’s announcement of when you can join the random drawing for the chance to purchase two tickets for the dinner on 2023. 


The Farm-to-Fork Festival | Friday, September 23, from 4 pm-9 pm, and on Saturday, September 24, 11am-9pm, Capitol Mall

The real festivities start here, and it’s free! Enjoy an exciting plethora of local farm-to-fork food from local restaurants in Sacramento, craft beers, wines from within the region, cooking demonstrations, interactive booths by local farmers, grocers, and ranches, and more in this two-day event produced by Visit Sacramento. 

Of course, it’s not a celebration without live music performances. On Friday, the Farm-to-Fork Festival will feature performances by Gregory Porter as the headlining act, along with Carter Faith, The Last Bandoleros, Southern Avenue, and other local DJs. On Sunday, the Festival will come to a close with performances by Japanese Breakfast, The National Parks, Jocelyn & Chris, and more local DJs and bands.


Farm-to-Fork Festival Tips

  • Go early to score freebies from some vendors and find good parking.
  • Go with friends so you can all share and try out as much food as possible.
  • You can bring your dogs, but with such a big crowd, it might be a bit too stressful for them. 
  • Check out the festival lineup of vendors and list down which ones you want to try and find out beforehand where to find their booth.
  • Come a few days earlier or stay a little bit after so you have time to explore the city too! There are plenty of fun things to do in Sacramento aside from drinking and dining! Check out our blog for what’s going on in Sacramento this summer. 
  • Book your hotel sooner! Don’t wait till just before the festival dates. The sooner you book, the better prices you get. 


Make Lions Gate Hotel your home during the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival. After a busy day at the festival, come return to our hotel and unwind in one of our luxurious rooms or by the pool. At Lions Gate Hotel, we are committed to providing you with a truly exceptional stay. For bookings, you can either give us a call at the following number: (916)640-0835, or you can book directly by clicking the button below.

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Things to Do in Sacramento This Labor Day Weekend 2022



This Labor Day weekend 2022, embark on an adventure like no other! If you’re looking for a fun getaway to celebrate Labor Day 2022, visit Sacramento! Forget about your 9 to 5 job and enjoy a fun-filled 3-day weekend with us! There are a ton of things to do in Sacramento this Labor Day weekend, and we’ve listed all of our favorites for you below: 


32nd Annual Chalk It Up Festival

When: September 3-5, 2022 

Where: Fremont Park, 16th & Q Streets, Midtown Sacramento

This free, family-friendly festival is a 3-day celebration of Sacramento’s local artists and arts community. Now in its 32nd year, the festival is a Sacramento tradition where the community gathers to watch local artists turn the sidewalks of Fremont Park into a work of art using chalk. There will also be live performances by local musicians and vendors selling arts, crafts, and food. All donations and festival proceeds go toward advancing Chalk It Up’s objective to inspire and support the next generation of young artists in Sacramento.


2022 Labor Day Picnic

When: Monday, September 5 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: William Land Park Inside Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA

For a true Labor Day celebration, join the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO for a day of good food, live music, and kids’ activities. The 2022 Labor Day Picnic is a thanksgiving celebration for all the hardworking Americans, especially the CLC Affiliated Union Members. If you’re keen on joining, REGISTER HERE


Lyme Fight Foundation Gala

When: September 3, 2022, 4 pm to 10 pm

Where: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Boulevard, Sacramento, CA

Join other patrons on an evening of dancing, fun, and music with inspiring speakers and a silent auction to benefit the gala’s cause. The Lyme Fight Foundation Gala aims to help spread awareness about Lyme Disease and provide assistance and inspiration to Lyme patients. Check out the gala’s Facebook page for updates about the event.


Farm to Fork Uncorked

When: September 3-5, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Where: Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg, CA 

Enjoy a weekend of wine tasting from local winemakers and growers, live entertainment, and “Farm to Fork” bites at Old Sugar Mill’s celebration of “Farm to Fork Uncorked”. This family-friendly event runs for 3 days on labor day weekend and offers a variety of entertainment each day. On September 3, shop at “The Market at the Mill” for handcrafted items, arts, wood products, beauty products, candles, clothes, and other trinkets made by local artisans. On September 4, join Gather Studio and Events’ wreath-making workshop. And on the 5th, celebrate Labor Day 2022 with live music and good food. You can get tickets at eventbrite.


2022 Sacramento NAACP Rhythm & Blues (R&B) Festival

When: Sat, September 3, 2022, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Where: South Side Park, 2115 6th Street, Sacramento, CA


It’s another celebration filled with good food and good music at the 2022 Sacramento NAACP Rhythm & Blues (R&B) Festival. General Admission is $40, and VIP tickets are $75. This year’s lineup includes Delfonics performances featuring Greg Hill and Blue Magic. For tickets, visit their page at eventbrite.


Charmed Karaoke Party

When: Saturday, September 3, 2022 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Oak Park Brewing Co., 3514 Broadway, Sacramento, CA

Are you brave enough for a Karaoke Party? Wow, the crowd with your singing voice or just have fun on stage, it doesn’t matter. Karaoke is fun! Head out to Oak Park and join in the fun. There’ll be food, drinks, and games too! For tickets, click here.


14th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival

When: Sun, September 4, 2022  |   12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 915 I St, Sacramento, CA

Enjoy the best of Tejano Conjunto Music at the 14th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival. This family-friendly event is a celebration of culture, art, music, and of course, food. This year the festival’s stage will be graced by Jay Perez, The Garcia Brothers, The Niteliters, and more. Click HERE for tickets. 


Sacramento Rainbow Festival & Street Fair 2022

When: Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Midtown Area

The Sacramento Rainbow Festival & Street Fair is an LGBTQ Community Block Party Fundraiser held annually during Labor Day Weekend. Catch parties and events thrown by Sacramento’s gay bars and clubs during the weekend. And enjoy a full day of fun festivities with live entertainment, performances, and vendor booths around Midtown Sacramento on Sunday during the Street Fair. 




You won’t be running out of fun things to do on Labor Day weekend in Sacramento. But for the ultimate getaway, stay at Lions Gate Hotel and relax after days of festivities in our comfortable rooms. Our outdoor pool, scenic jogging trail, and other amenities guarantee a memorable stay in Sacramento. Make us your home away from home in Sacramento! For hotel reservations, call us at (916)640-0835 or book directly by clicking the button below. 

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5 Farmers Market in Sacramento That You Have to Visit



With more than a million acres of rich and fertile agricultural land and plenty of sun, Sacramento is home to some of California’s best farmers and purveyors. Also known as the farm-to-fork capital of America, restaurants and locals alike enjoy the freshest seasonal ingredients to boast on their menus. 

While a full farm-to-table dining experience is simply phenomenal, a trip to a farmers market in Sacramento is a great way to experience the city’s agricultural bounty. Before everything gets chopped up, cooked, and seasoned, try it fresh and raw straight from the farm. Nothing beats a perfect bite of peach with its sweet juices filling every corner of your mouth. 


Each offering a different kind of experience, here are 5 of our favorite farmers markets in Sacramento: 


Sacramento Central Farmers Market

Where: ARDEN FAIR MALL 1601 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA

When: Sunday, year-round, from 8 am to noon

Known to locals as the Sunday Market or the Market Under the Freeway (although they have relocated until further notice to Arden Fair Mall), the Sacramento Central Farmers’ Market is one of the largest certified farmers’ markets in California. They only sell and showcase produce organically grown in California. 

Local chefs and homecooks frequent this year-round Sunday farmers market in Sacramento to source fresh bounties from the region. The market offers a plethora of herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, micro-greens, fresh meat, fresh flowers, plants, local honey, and more! It is strictly for fresh farm products and produce. So, if you’re looking for local snacks, handicrafts, pastries, and the like, this isn’t the market for you. You will want to visit the Midtown farmers market instead. 


Capitol Mall Farmers Market

Where: 500 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

When: Wednesday Every Week from May 4 – September 28, 2022, 10 AM – 1 PM | 9 AM Chef’s first look

This farmers market in downtown Sacramento is a crowd favorite. It features a variety of products, including fresh produce, dairy, herbs, and baked goods. Load up on fresh fruits and try one of the many mobile restaurants onsite. From tamales and tacos to artisan bread and seafood, there’s a variety of food options available for everyone.

Located at the Capitol Mall between 5th and 6th Streets, the market is only open in summer. It features a great selection of berries, cherries, wine, mushrooms, eggs, nuts, a huge variety of vegetables, fresh flowers, and more!


Midtown Farmers Market 

Where: 1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA

When: Saturday, year-round, from 8 am to 1 pm

The Midtown Farmers Market in Sacramento is a family-friendly farmers market held all year-round every Saturday at Sacramento’s 20th St. Enjoy over 90+ booths offering fresh produce, flowers, organic products, food, baked goods, and locally made arts and crafts, and many more. You can also catch live music and cooking demonstrations using in-season ingredients, as well as take your kids to the children’s play area. Entertainment for all ages is guaranteed. 

This lovely community gathering loved by locals and tourists alike has grown over the past years, covering more streets than it used to. It’s pet-friendly too, but it can get very crowded. We suggest you come early to score the best finds. There’s so much to see, eat, and buy, so make sure to prepare some change as well. 


Sundays Asian Farmers Market 

Where: 431 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA

When: Sunday, year-round, from 5.30 am to noon

Planning on an Indian curry night or fancy a home-cooked Thai meal? Head to the Sunday’s Asian Farmers market to get the freshest ingredients from Sacramento farmers. You’ll find all sorts of organic fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, fresh meat, and seafood. Although smaller than the other farmers’ markets in Sacramento, they offer lower prices and a multitude of products that you don’t see in the other markets. They have bok choy, sugar cane, winter melon, bitter melon, all kinds of chilis and peppers, Thai basil, sour leaves, mustard greens, okra, tindora, and more. 

The market opens at the break of dawn. We suggest coming early with a lot of change as some booths sell out before noon. And don’t worry, language is not a problem here. 


Oak Park Farmers Market / NeighborWorks Community Farmers Market

Where: McClatchy Park, 3500 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA

When: May–October: Sunday 9am – 1pm

More than its diverse groups of vendors, the Oak Park Farmers Market (now NeighborWorks Community Farmers Market) is well-known for its weekly activities, including cooking demonstrations, yoga, bike repair, live music, and picnic days. The market features an array of food trucks, fresh fruits, flowers, and vegetables from local Sacramento farmers, and specialty products like artisanal bread, cheeses, spices, teas, and coffee. 

They also have a kid’s zone where children can enjoy outdoor games, art workshops, face painting, story-telling, and learn tie-dye and gardening. It’s a family event you shouldn’t miss!


Visiting Farmer’s markets should be on every traveler’s itinerary. If you want to get to know a city or town and its local community, hit their farmer’s market. Chat with local farmers, find out what grows in the region, fill your basket with farm-fresh goodies and handcrafted finds, and try out local delicacies. It’s a different kind of adventure and one of the many things to do in Sacramento that you shouldn’t miss.

Whether you’re traveling for work, here to visit someone, or on a weekend getaway, make Lions Gate Hotel your home in Sacramento. We offer spacious rooms with complimentary breakfast and access to an array of amenities at reasonable prices. We are pet-friendly too! For hotel reservations, click the button below or call us at (916)640-0835. 

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The Best Festivals, Concerts, and Events in Sacramento you don’t want to miss this Summer!



Summer 2022 is going to be a season of celebration and redemption as we all slowly move past the pandemic and return to normal. It’s been more than two years of lockdowns, work-from-homes, and travel bans. It’s time to make the most of the summer heat and get social in person. Festivals, concerts, and events in Sacramento are going back in full swing this season. Join the celebration and redeem all those lost summer affairs from being stuck indoors. 

Here are 5 of our favorite events in Sacramento that you would not want to miss this summer:


California State Fair and Food Festival, July 15–31 @ Cal Expo

We’ve missed the California State Fair in the past 2 years. But they’ve been away for good reasons – helping the state respond to Covid-19 since the pandemic began. The good news is they are back bigger and better this year! For more information about the festival, check out our blog about what’s happening at the California State Fair and Food Festival this year. 


Farm to Fork Festival, September 8-24, 2022 

One of the biggest and most anticipated festivals in Sacramento every year, the Farm to Fork Festival is a celebration of Sacramento’s glorious agricultural bounty. The Festival has 3 main highlights starting with: 

Legends of Wine – a wine tasting event featuring varietals from regional wineries and food from select farm-to-fork restaurants in Sacramento on September 8 at the State Capitol.

The Tower Bridge Dinner – a one-of-a-kind farm-to-fork dinner experience prepared by some of the region and the world’s top chefs, including Nina Curtis, Greg Desmangles, Q Bennet, Patrick Prager, and more at the Tower Bridge on Sunday, September 11 from 4:30 pm to 10 pm. 

The Street Festival – This free event offers an exciting plethora of local farm-to-fork food, craft beers, wines from within the region, cooking demonstrations, interactive booths by local farmers, grocers, and ranches, and much more. The festival is held at the Capitol Mall on September 23, Friday, from 4 pm-9 pm, and on September 24, Saturday, 11am-9pm.


Sacramento Banana Festival, August 20 & 21, 2022, at William Land Park

This summer, go bananas at the 10th Annual Banana Festival: ‘Banana International.’ This multicultural event celebrates various cultures that use bananas as food or as a part of art and their culture, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas. 

Prepare for a fun-filled family day with all kinds of entertainment, including live bands and performances, multicultural food, beer, wine, games, contests, art exhibits, shopping, a kids zone, carnival rides, and more! 

Proceeds from the festival will help support the National Academic Youth Corps, a non-profit organization working closely with the Sojourner Truth Art Museum.


Concerts in the Park, May 6 – July 29, Cesar Chavez park

Bring your blankets and lawn chair, and see you at Cesar Chavez Park every Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm for one of the best free concerts in Sacramento – Concerts in the Park. It’s free! So unless you have a very important appointment set for the night, join the party and jam with local artists, including Picturesque, Nappy Roots, Cannons, Mod Sun, and many more!


Great American Triathlon, July 16, 2022, American River Parkway

This summer-time tradition is back again. The event has race categories for all ages and skill levels. So, don’t be shy, tell your friends, sign up and be part of this great athletic competition benefitting the American River Parkway Foundation and CASA.


The Great American Triathlon is a no-swim triathlon benefit that includes a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike ride, and a 6.10-mile paddle’. For more information, visit their website. 


There are many things to do in Sacramento this summer, and they’re all guaranteed to be fun and exciting! If you’re coming over to attend one of the festivals or events in Sacramento or looking to get out of your own home without going too far, stay with us at Lion’s Gate Hotel for a relaxing and relaxing stay. Explore Sacramento with us and fall in love with our historic city.

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What’s happening at the California State Fair 2022 in Sacramento



The California State Fair 2022 is finally back. Cal Expo’s Board of Directors has officially announced the California State Fair 2022 dates: July 15-31, 2022.

Every year, the California State Fair, also called Sacramento State Fair, attracts over 750,000 visitors from within California and neighboring states. The award-winning festival started in San Diego in 1854 and moved around California before settling in Sacramento in 1859. The mission was initially to promote California’s farming industry and has since expanded as a celebration of California culture. Agriculture, diversity, technological innovations, culinary prowess, and world-famous traditions make the California State Fair an experience for all.

With traditional Cal Expo events, competitions, concerts, food festivals, carnivals, contests, and exhibits on the line-up, the Cal Expo Fair is a must-do this summer. Add it to your summer bucket list this year, and head to Sacramento! For tickets, visit Cal Expo’s website

Here’s a rundown of our favorite Cal Expo events in this year’s fair:



It really isn’t a proper state fair without a little friendly competition! There will be over 19 competitions in the California State Fair 2022, including the traditional livestock competitions, art competitions, County Fair Best Of Show, best wine, best cheese, best craft beer, best homebrew, best California cannabis, and a whole lot more!

For a complete list of the competitions and their schedules, click here

Toyota Concert Series On The Golden 1 Stage

This year’s Cal Expo Fair concert series has a blowout lineup with performances from internationally acclaimed artists including Chaka Khan, Neon Trees, TLC, Los Lonely Boys, Night Ranger, Queen Nation, as well as other incredible local talent. 

All the concerts at Golden 1 Stage are free with each California State Fair & Food Festival General Admission Ticket. If you want to really get up close and personal, reserved seats are available from $15 up. 

You can find the line-up and schedule of performance here

Read to Ride Program

The Sacramento State Fair is a whole family affair catering to fair-goers of all ages. Included in this year’s fair is the Read to Ride Program. Students from kindergarten through 8th grade can get two free rides and a monorail ticket at the CA State Fair & Food Festival. All they have to do is read two books, write a summary about it in the form provided by the fair (download it here), and bring the completed form to the California State Fair Guest Services located inside the main gate to redeem your tickets.

Food Festival

With over thirty food vendors joining the fair’s food festival this year, you’re guaranteed to go home happy! From savory to sweet, there’s a plethora of cuisine to choose from for all appetites. Visit all the award-winning stalls from 2019 and try to find new winners for this year. 

Get your Food Festival Pass online or at the Main gate for only $28 for 4 tickets. Each ticket is redeemable at any of the participating vendors. 

Save Mart California’s Kitchen

Enjoy sampling booths from California’s best produce, products, and beverage vendors. You’re also invited to check out kitchen demonstrations from the state’s best restaurants, chefs, and magazines! There will be classes where you can learn about California’s most outstanding products and test your cooking skills by participating in cooking challenges for all skill levels! Find out more and check out all the activities and schedules here.

Silent Disco

Never heard of Silent Disco? You won’t hear a thing but the disco is a sure thing. Come get your groove on at California State Fair 2022 in Exhibition Building #5! Put on some headphones and dance with family and friends to the music of 3 live DJS playing Top 40 Dance Hits/ EDM; ’80s, 90’s & 2K Throwbacks; and Hip Hop/R&B/Latin. 

Join the fun every Monday to Thursday from 1 pm to 10 pm and every Friday to Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm.

Visit The Horse Arena For The Cavalcade Of Horses

This is not your average horse show! At the Cal Expo we’re talking equestrian aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, fire artists, trick riders, and much more! The Horse Arena will be holding shows throughout the day so you’re sure to catch the fun! Heart-stopping shows include spectacles from Capital City Equestrian Aerialist, Olympius Dream Team, and the Turn ‘N Burn Trick Riders, among others.

Out at The Fair

Now in its 5th year, Out at the Fair is a celebration of diversity in the Golden State. Join the special day on Saturday, July 30, 2022 and have a blast at Drag Queen Bingo at the Miller Lite Grandstand, horse racing, and a variety of entertainment at the Promenade Stage. 

Head to the Main Gate for a group photo with the joiners at 6:15 pm, then boogie over to Expo Building #5 for the Silent Disco.


The learning never stops, especially at the California State Fair 2022. There are plenty of exhibits at the fair to visit: Cannabis Exhibit in Expo Center Building 1, California Fresh Exhibit in Building A highlighting California’s diverse specialty crops, the new Cats and Dogs Exhibition at Expo Center Building #4, and Toytopia in Expo Center Building 6 where you can learn about well… toys!


The celebration will be bigger and better this year at the California State Fair 2022. Don’t miss out on all the fun Sacramento has to offer!! When you do, we have a room waiting for you at Lions Gate Hotel. Located in a quaint part of Sacramento and less than an 18-minute drive to Cal Expo, you’ll be near enough to the celebration but also far enough to relax and unwind. Click the link below to book or give us a call at (916) 640-0835 for reservations.

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The Best 4th of July Events in Sacramento this 2022


Fireworks and barbeques… parades and feasts… it’s the 4th of July again soon, and we can’t wait to celebrate America’s birthday with the entire nation! 

Also known as Independence Day, July 4th is a national holiday that marks the ​​historic date in 1776 when the thirteen American colonies were freed from the rule of Great Britain. 

Spend this Independence Day weekend with a bang with these 4th of July Events in Sacramento:

Where should I go for the 4th of July in Sacramento?


37th Annual Rancho Cordova Fourth of July

Admission: $5 admission (free for ages 5 and under) and $10 parking

Ranch Cordova is back again this 2022 for its 37th Annual Fourth of July Festival. A signature community event that lasts for two days, it’s a celebration of the city’s local community spirit and the American heritage. 

The Independence Day festivities will kick off on July 3, Sunday, from 4 pm -11 pm at Hagan Park, where you can enjoy great food, cold beers, carnival rides, concerts, the circus, and of course, fireworks! 

Prepare to be awed by tumblers, acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists, and contortionists as the Los Moralitos Circus is set to perform at the Carnival on both July 3 & 4 from 5 pm to 7 pm. If the circus is not your thing, the Cripple Creek Band and the Queen Nation will play on stage on July 3 and 4 at 8 pm. The 4th of July Fireworks will follow after the show at 9:45 pm!

The All Americal Mile Road Race and the 4th of July Parade will begin on Coloma Road at 9 am.


Fourth on the Field at Sutter Health Park

Admission: Family four-pack $9, General $12 (all ages), Club access $20 only for patrons Age 21+

The Sacramento River Cats’ annual Fourth of the Field celebration is definitely one of the most awaited 4th of July Events in Sacramento every year. Head to the Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento with your whole family and join in the fun from 6 pm to 11 pm. There’s a full array of food trucks and fun family games like potato sack race, contests, a splash pad and play structure for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, live music courtesy of the Rod Stinson Band, and a lot of other activities, open to everyone in the event. A spectacular fireworks show will culminate the celebration at 9:30 pm.


Salute to the Red, White, and Blue at Elk Grove

Admission: FREE

For some free family-friendly 4th of July activities, join the City of Elk Grove for its 26th annual ‘Salute the Red, White, and Blue’ event on independence day. It starts at 5 pm at Elk Grove Park, followed by the Let Freedom Ride Bike Parade shortly after at 5:30 pm. The celebration promises a fun 4th of July celebration complete with fireworks, food, and music. 


July 4th 5 Mile Run/Walk

Admission: FREE

If you’re a fitness enthusiast who does not know what to do on the 4th of July, the Buffalo Chips Running Club and the Sacramento Running Association are hosting a July 4th 5 Mile Run/Walk at Glenn Hall Park. The event is for free, but everyone’s encouraged to donate onsite and support WEAVE, ‘the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County’, and/or the American River Parkway Foundation. Registration on-site starts at 6:45 am.

After the Run/Walk, the River Park Neighborhood Association is throwing a July 4th community celebration at the Park where there will be live music, food trucks, games, contests, craft shops, and other entertainment for all ages. 

Make this 4th of July memorable and join these Sacramento events for a cause!


Arden Park July 4th Bike Parade and Festival

Celebrate America’s big day at Arden Park for its annual July 4th Bike Parade and Festival. The parade will start at Arden Park, at 10 am. Afterward, live music, a kid zone with inflatables, raffle draws, and food will be available for everyone to enjoy. The pool will also be open to the public for free from 11 am to 1 pm. 


For an even more memorable 4th of July celebration, stay at the Lions Gate Hotel with your family, friends, and fur babies! Our pet-friendly and family-friendly hotel offer plenty of amenities to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Call us today at (916) 640-0835 to reserve your room or suite.