We’re 8 days into summer time and it’s heating up. It’s going to be a triple digit weekend here in Sacramento but that’s not going to stop us from having some summertime fun. Last weekend we enjoyed the first Our Street Night Market event, which had a whopping 13,000+ people show up. Afterward, several people told us they didn’t know it was happening so we decided we needed to share what we know. We rounded up a list of things you shouldn’t miss this summer in Northern California because sometimes you need to get out of this Sacramento heat.
1. Concerts in the Park. There are only four more Concerts in the Park shows this season. Tonight the headliner is one of our favorite DJs, Peanut Butter Wolf. The final show is with the Crystal Method on July 27. We’re super stoked and highly recommend checking out #CIPSAC or another outdoor music opportunity like This Midtown. The next This Midtown is with AC Slater another one of our fave DJs. Grab your chairs, some blankets and some cash for some good eats and drinks.
2. Watch an outdoor movie. Depending on your neighborhood there are a ton of movie in the park opportunities from South Sac to Roseville you have options. The one we are looking forward to checking out is “free outdoor movie nights at Sutter’s Fort” hosted by Explore Midtown.
Photo Credit: Explore Midtown
Something about a movie project on Sutter’s Fort that seems so cool.
3. Fourth of July Fireworks. In Sacramento, you can check out fireworks shows at Cal Expo, Raley Field, Carmichael Park, Elk Grove, Greenhaven/Pocket (including a parade in the morning), Rancho Cordova, and Davis at Community Park. Looking for something a little different, head on over the Folsom Pro Rodeo or celebrate 4th of July at Revival with Lady Kate for a pool party and you could catch a glimpse of the Raley Field fireworks from the rooftop. If you are planning to head to the Bay Area, the Fireworks in San Francisco along the northern waterfront are the best show but you can find them in pretty much every area from Pleasant Hill to San Jose.
4. The Fair. Currently, you can check out the Alameda County Fair, Marin County Fair, or Solano County Fair but they happen across California this summer. For those of us in Sacramento, the California State Fair starts July 13.
Our favorite thing about the fair is the food. There are so many things to buy from bacon-wrapped-deep–fried-everything-on-a-stick to items you can only find on TV (we bought the MyPillow last year).
5. A food festival. Our first and favorite foodie festival was the 626 Night Market, so we’re super stoked the same folks who brought us this gem will be throwing the NorCal Night Market in July and August at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. If you’re going to go to any food event, this is the one to go to. Locally, we recommend checking out the Banana Festival, Sacramento Donut Festival, Sactown Nacho Fest, and the Sacramento Burger Battle. We can’t wait to try all the amazing burgers from local chefs. Our stomachs are going to love it but our waistlines are going to be hurting. Good thing we’re on a diet. We have to plan our cheat days around these foodie festivals.
6. Get your laugh on. There are some great comedians coming through Sacramento this summer. Our tip choice is Jo Koy (Josep? Josep!) at Thunder Valley but some others to check out: Amanda Seales (from Insecure), Jim Gaffigan or Comedy Under the Stars in Elk Grove.
7. Drive-in movies. Tonight (6/29) is the first Drive-in Movie at the California Automobile Museum. If you can’t make it, there are some other drive-in movie opportunities like at Two Rivers Cider for their 4th of July Movie Party. We also have a local drive-in theatre—I have fond memories of going to the West Wind Drive-in Movie Theatre. It was always so fun to get to hang out with family and watching a movie on the big screen outside.
8. Support local sports teams. The basketball season is over but the Sacramento Kings are having the California Classic in July. You can also catch a Sacramento River Cats baseball game or support our local soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC.
9. Sip on some local wine or beer. Sacramento has so many great options for a wine night in the city, think Revolution Wines or wine tasting at the Sac Food Co-op, or just outside of Sacramento in nearby Clarksburg or Lodi. There is a Ladies Night at McConnell Estates Winery on July 27.There are quite a few wine destinations in Northern California so if you feel like taking a ride, try wine tasting in Amador or the Napa Valley. Plus, the Sacramento Craft Beer scene is insane with new breweries popping up every month. Alaro is having their grand opening on June 30 and we had a great time checking out Device Breweryrecently.
10. Get outdoors. The greenery and nature in Northern California is insane. We live in the City of Trees and the Sacramento and American River are both great opportunities to get outdoors and cool off. Boating or rafting down the river are always fun options. We also love all the hiking near and far. The list could go on but there are so many things you could do—biking, hiking, and spending time on the river.
BONUS: Be a tourist in your own city. When we moved back to Northern California 3 + years ago we realized there were so many things we hadn’t done when we were growing up here. That’s part of the reason why we started Modern Day Couple. We love checking out all the art in the region, checking out tourist attractions, and just spending time appreciating our hometown. We just heard today the artists and dates (August 9—19) for Wide Open Wallshave been released and we highly recommend checking it out as you make your way around the city.