During Gold Rush Days 2011 happening over Labor Day Weekend, the daytime hours in Old Sacramento are filled with an amazing array of crowd-pleasing and period-appropriate activities — but the fun doesn’t stop there! With nearly 50 restaurants/eateries and 75 retail shops, there are plenty of reasons to eat, stay and play in Old Sacramento throughout the day and during the evening hours, too.
Listed below is a sampling of a few special Gold Rush Days-related evening activities happening during the holiday weekend, including:
Gold Rush Days Preview Reception: Friday, September 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
In an effort to kick-off the festivities in 1850s-style, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is coordinating a special Gold Rush Days Preview Reception in the Passenger Station in Old Sacramento State Historic Park on Friday evening. The fundraising event will include refreshments and appetizers, live period-appropriate entertainment, the opportunity to preview a new Old Sacramento welcome video narrated by Timothy Busfield, and the chance to mix and mingle with Gold Rush Days dedicated staff and lively entertainers. Tickets for the Gold Rush Days Preview Reception are available at www.historicoldsac.org/goldrushdays.
Gold Rush Days Beer Crawl: Friday, September 2, 6 p.m.-midnight
A number of popular bars in Old Sacramento are participating in a fun Gold Rush Days-inspired beer crawl where guests (ages 21 and older) will receive a six to nine-ounce draft beer at each participating establishment. At last count, nine bars are participating but more are sure to follow. Beer crawl participants are encouraged to dress up like gold miners, saloon girls, etc. A limited number of tickets are available by calling 916-524-5275 or visiting www.oldsacramentobars.com.
Discounted Dining: Friday, September 2, dinner is served 4-10 p.m.
To help guests get in the Gold Rush spirit, Ten22 is offering a 15 percent discount on food menu items for diners sporting cowboy hats and/or cowboy boots on Friday evening. Boasting they have a larger selection of beers on tap than any other Sacramento area restaurant, Ten22 opened in 2009 and offers a casual-chic dining experience with a beautiful outdoor patio and boardwalk dining.
Live Music: Evenings on Friday, September 2 through Monday September 5
During Gold Rush Days 2011, a variety of live bands playing many different genres will be available in the popular Save Mart BBQ Patio & Farmers’ Market during the daytime and also extending into the evening hours. The Save Mart stage is located in the Firehouse Restaurant parking lot and is always a favorite place to sit back, relax and enjoy Gold Rush Days.
Silent Movie Festival: Saturday, September 3, 7 p.m.
As part of the lively and interactive Time Travel Weekends program, Old Sacramento visitors won’t want to miss the season finale of the Silent Movie Festival effort happening in the Eagle Theatre on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. With song slides that encourage audience involvement and sing-along, movies from 1900-1929 will be showcased and presented by the Excelsior Company in association with Red Barn Productions. In addition, talented period performers will delight and amuse the audience with engaging and entertaining songs, mini skits and comedic acts as the silent movies play. Beer and wine will be available for purchase for guests 21 and over (and sarsaparilla for the little ones). For more information, visit www.historicoldsac.org/timetravel.
Gold Rush Days 2011 is produced by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Sacramento and California State Parks with cooperation from the Old Sacramento Business Association. Presented by Save Mart Supermarkets and Wells Fargo Bank, admission to Gold Rush Days 2011 is free with historic programming offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. New this year, admission to the five museums in Old Sacramento is also free to the public for the three days and includes the California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento History Museum, California State Military Museum, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and the Wells Fargo History Museum. On Friday, September 2, some Gold Rush Days activities will be set-up for a preview “education day” — primarily for school children — but museum entrance will not be free to the general public on that day.
For a complete listing of activities or more information about Gold Rush Days, visit www.historicoldsac.org/goldrushdays or call 916-808-7059.