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Midtown Association Offers Exciting Arts & Culture Programming for Sutter Health’s Midtown Second Saturday on June 8

Photo courtesy of the Midtown Association

Coinciding with Sacramento Pride Weekend, the Midtown Association is proud to present another re-invigorated Second Saturday happening on June 8, 2024 (although many of the galleries continue with monthly receptions all year long). With vibrant and enhanced monthly activations continuing through October, Sutter Health’s Midtown Second Saturday district-wide programming is presented by the Midtown Association, Five Star Bank, SKK Developments, Visit Sacramento, and the City of Sacramento. The monthly activations are designed to celebrate Midtown’s thriving arts and culture scene along with the individuals who bring it to life. Attendees can enjoy an all-day/evening celebration of local artists and artistry, entertaining music, dance and theatre performances, culinary arts, family-friendly park activities, and food and drink specials at popular Midtown bars and restaurants.

Expected to draw 15,000 visitors to Midtown each month, Midtown Second Saturday activations start early in the day at the Midtown Farmers Market and continue well into the evening hours.  These activations are supported by valued activity sponsors that include Another Planet Entertainment, Blue Diamond Growers, CADA, Eleanor H16 Apartments & MG Properties, The Handle District, Heller Pacific and Fulcrum Properties, Stonebridge Properties & Teichert, and Thomas Roth. A diverse and eclectic variety of energized activities will span Midtown each Second Saturday with dedicated activations at Muir Park or Fremont Park (depending on the month), the Midtown Central and Midtown Sutter restaurant districts, along 16th Street from C through P Street, and at select multifamily residences including 19J, 1801L Apartments, 17 Central, 16 Powerhouse, St. Anton, The Mansion Apartments, and The Press at Midtown Quarters.

 Midtown Second Saturday Programming for Saturday, June 8:

  • All day/evening (timing and locations vary) – Galleries, studios and theatre activations may include special performances and receptions, “meet the artist” opportunities, and behind-the-scenes studio tours.
  • All day/evening – Midtown mural self-guided walk (a map is available here)
  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Midtown Farmers Market special art experiences at 20th & K Streets including vendor demonstrations and circus performances by Rosa Bair Performances plus make your own Pride bead bracelets (while supplies last).
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – fun and free hands-on art activities for families and youth at Fremont Park (1515 Q Street) that include:
    • Face painting, sparkling hair tinsel, and ribbon wand dancing by PixieTribe Entertainment
    • Entertaining live music
    • Engaging circus entertainment including a hula hoop station with Aries Moon Circus
    • Interactive arts and crafts including a bracelet-making station, sensory bins, and coloring books with the Sacramento’s Children Museum
    • Instrument petting zoo by Bigger Than Us Arts
    • Visitors will also be able to take Insta-worthy photos in front of the 2024 Second Saturday poster
  • 2 to 8 p.m. – new this year, a curated Midtown Second Saturday Art Walk route is available with up to 10 local stops at galleries, studios, restaurants, bars, and multifamily properties and includes pop-up art experiences.
    • This month’s featured art walk will showcase galleries such as The I Street Art Studios, Self Designs Art Gallery, and the Faith J McKinnie Project Space for Curatorial Intervention as well as art pop-ups at restaurants and living spaces including Mattie Groves Brewery, I Heart Mac and Cheese and 17Central.
    • Both free and VIP options are available for the curated Art Walk. To RSVP for the free Art Walk and receive the complete map, please visit this link.
    • Plus, participants can add food & drink tasting at three participating restaurants through a VIP guided art walk purchase for $50, available via this link.
  • 4 to 8 p.m. – additional lively Midtown Second Saturday experiences, complete with buskers and pop-up activities, are available throughout the district in the early evening. Specifically, attendees are encouraged to stroll along 28th Street from J to N Streets and enjoy art markets and live performances at 20th and K Streets as well as 24th and K Streets with call outs that include:
    • Block Party at 20th and K Streets produced by World’s Worst Expo
    • Block Party at 24th and K Streets produced by Kulture
  • 10 p.m. and later – five pre-approved e-permit holders will host Midtown Second Saturday After Parties with enhanced art experiences such as live performances, comedy, and dance. Official After Party locations include Barwest, Der Biergarten, Faces Nightclub, Mango’s, and The Cabin.
  • All afternoon & evening (timing and locations vary) – food and drink specials and culinary art in action at Midtown bars and restaurants.

Paint the Town Bar Crawl with Xoso Sports

Midtown Second Saturday enthusiasts (ages 21+) are encouraged to dress up as a favorite artist (Bob Ross anyone?) and join along in a spirited Second Saturday Bar Crawl with Xoso Sports through Midtown from 4-11 p.m.  Bar crawlers will receive a FREE drink at the check-in bar (valid for all check-ins before 5 p.m.), get some artist swag (first 100 check-Ins), find exclusive drink and food specials at each bar, waived cover at all venues, and more. Check in time is 4 to 6 p.m.; tickets are available for purchase here.

For more information about Sutter Health’s Midtown Second Saturday details that are continuously updated, please visit www.midtownsecondsaturday.com, plus a helpful and user-friendly Second Saturday FAQ is available at www.exploremidtown.org/second-saturday-faq. For visitors traveling from out of town (or those looking for a local staycation), Midtown offers several amazing options to stay overnight at boutique hotels including the Fort Sutter Hotel and Hyatt House.

To make attending Midtown Second Saturday as convenient and accessible as possible, SacRT is offering free rides to Midtown on June 8. To take advantage of the free rides, community members simply downtown the flyer at https://www.sacrt.com/sacrt-free-ride-flyers/ (a print-out or screen shot of the flyer is acceptable and only one flyer is needed per group). In addition to offering numerous public transportation options, Midtown Sacramento is walkable and bike/scooter/car-share friendly with plenty of parking available in nearby garages plus various lots throughout Midtown. For more information about Midtown Sacramento in general, special events and activities, and the Midtown Association, please visit www.exploremidtown.org or follow on social media – Facebook at www.facebook.com/exploremidtown/ and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and X.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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