What to do in Old Sacramento

Here is my gallery for Old Sacramento.  This is one of city's top two favorite tourist destinations. It was one of the first parts of Sacramento that I visited back in 1997, long before I ever conceived that one day I would end up living here!  It's been almost 22 years now, and guess what?  I still love this town, especially this part of it!

One of the greatest times to visit Old Sacramento is during the annual Gold Rush Days celebration.   The city brings in dirt for all the streets for this popular event every Labor Day Weekend.  Covered wagons and horses carry costumed '49ers up and down the cobblestone and dirt-laden streets.  Melodramas also take place in the streets, as cowboys shoot it out as women from the balcony of the bordello hoot and holler.

Lots of other events are held there each year as well, celebrating a variety of communities within Sacramento.  There is the Pacific Rim Festival, Festival de la Familia, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and of course, the venerable Sacramento Music Festival.   Originally called the Old Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee (check out Sacramento Music Festival for more information), the event has expanded its musical offerings over the years to appeal to a broader variety of tastes.

Eating, drinking and shopping are some other popular activities that even we locals enjoy in this most touristy part of town.  Joe's Crab Shack may be more popular, but I love the quiet elegance of Rio City Cafe.  Their food is excellent and I've celebrated more than one occasion on their wonderful riverfront seating.  Evangeline's Costume Mansion is simply iconic and not to be missed, especially at Halloween.  And while you'll find numerous tasty snacks here, the free taffy samples at Candy Heaven is one of the highlights for my 79-year-old mother!

If you've never been to Old Sacramento, I hope the next time you're in Northern California you'll make a point of stopping in.  It's a fun, great place to visit!