The discovery of gold in 1848 brought tens of thousands of miners from around the world during the California Gold Rush. In addition, many more thousands came to provide goods and services to the miners. Only three years after the discovery of gold, the fast-growing county was formed from portions of Sutter and Yuba counties on April 25, 1851, with Auburn as the county seat. Placer County took its name from the Spanish word for sand or gravel deposits containing gold.
The County of El Dorado was one of California's original 27 counties created effective February 18, 1850 (the number has risen to 58 today). Its name is derived from the Spanish meaning "the gilded/golden". The final segments of the Pony Express mail route ran through El Dorado County until its replacement with the telegraph service in 1861; U.S. Highway 50 follows the Pony Express route today.
The present-day site of El Dorado County was once home to the Maidu, Washoe, and Miwok Native American tribes, and is notable for being the site of the 1848 gold discovery that sparked the California Gold Rush.
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Surround yourself in amazing art and architecture in Downtown Commons
If you ask a professional brewer how they learned their craft, you’ll often hear that it started with homebrewing.
This 25,000-square-foot hot spot is set up with bowling, billiards, darts, karaoke and other games that’ll have you running point all night.
The Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation.
GOLDEN 1 CENTER
An homage to the city’s legacy and a marvel of its bright future, Golden 1 Center represents everything that makes Sacramento the next Great American City.
POWER HOUSE SCIENCE CENTER
To engage and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders, possibilities, and responsibilities of science.
ACE OF SPADES
Sacramento’s Ace of Spades has quickly become THE destination in Northern California for live music and world class entertainment since its opening in 2011.
In the City of Sacramento there are 226 parks and parkways totaling nearly 3,200 acres of land.
Welcome to Northern California’s #1 destination for family fun! Golfland-Sunsplash features over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location!
No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community.
TEMPLE COFFEE ROASTERS
A coffee’s journey — from sourcing, travel, and roasting — ultimately ends when it’s served to our guests, either through whole bean sales or beverage preparation by our baristas.
Westfield Galleria at Roseville is an upscale shopping mall in Roseville, California
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Located in Sacramento, California, the Museum hosts one of the state's premier collections of Californian art.
Local galleries are ready to be explored and enjoyed. Find the best Sacramento art galleries below via Culture Trip.
Sacramento Children's Museum (SCM) is a destination for children to inspire, create and explore
COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER
As the home of Broadway Sacramento, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic and the Sacramento Speaker Series, the Theater has played host to Broadway blockbusters like Wicked and The Lion King
SACRAMENTO ROSE GARDEN
International World Peace Rose Gardens (IWPRG) transforms ordinary public spaces into vibrant, beautiful places of peace and inspiration.
Second Saturdays are the culmination of the arts scene and local nightlife in downtown Sacramento.
Since 1979, the Sacramento Poetry Center has been a major force for literary artists in Northern California
Old Sacramento Waterfront is home to numerous special events throughout the year, including the world-renowned Sacramento Jazz Jubilee which attracts more than 300,000 visitors each Memorial Day Weekend.
WIDE OPEN WALLS
The Sacramento Mural Festival was first conceived as an idea to activate spaces in alleyways and buildings throughout Sacramento.
METRO ARTS COMMISSION
the Arts Commission provides funding to local artists and arts groups; promotes the arts through marketing, outreach and education initiatives; provides resources to support and increase regional arts education activities; and serves as a community partner and resource.
THE PAINTED CORK
In 2016 the original Painted Cork art studio in Historic "Old Town" Folsom moved to the Street level address of 726 Sutter St and now contains a 21 and up studio as well as a separate alcohol free "Family Room" studio.
DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO PARTNERSHIP
New restaurants, the latest sips, great music venues, along with business on-street services, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership is a vital part of Sacramento culture.
Our point-to-point, net downhill course has remained unchanged for 37 years, providing over 100,000 runners of all speeds–from first-timers to the fastest of the fast–the best chance to achieve their marathon goals.
The CIM is certified and sanctioned by USATF and is a Boston Marathon and US Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier.
EL DORADO COUNTY FAIR
The El Dorado County Fair features four full days of exhibitions contests and competitions, concerts and events, carnival rides, and Fair food galore. Junior Livestock Auction and still exhibits, such as photography, food items, artwork, homemade wine and homebrew are all on display throughout the Fair’s four-day run.
BIG DAY OF GIVING
Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the region's nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home.
PLACER COUNTY FAIR
the Grounds has been transformed into a gem located right in the heart of Roseville.
Second Saturdays are the culmination of the arts scene and local nightlife in downtown Sacramento.
FARM TO FORK
Northern California’s best fresh food party now attracts more than 100,000 people from across the country.
CAPITOL BEER FEST
Expect the same high quality event you’ve come to know and love that includes four hours of 125+ of the nation’s best brewers, 20 food trucks, and live music!
A joint project of Visit Sacramento, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), and the City of Sacramento's Convention Center Complex (SCCC), and guided by a dedicated and passionate team, Sacramento365 is a robust multi-platform brand that allows users to search for and add events to its calendar platform free of charge.
CHALK IT UP!
Over 60,000 people will come from all over the Sacramento region to view the main attraction: hundreds of sidewalk chalk paintings that are created over the course of the weekend.
FESTIVALS BY DATE
Festivals presented by SACRAMENTO365. View up to date local festivals coming to our local.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK
With close to 6,000 fans gathering in the heart of the city to see local and nationally touring artists and downtown Sac’s hottest DJs spinning between sets, Concerts in the Park (CIP) is the ultimate destination for Friday night happy hour!
AllTrails Pro makes getting outdoors easier and safer than ever. See the latest conditions with real-time map overlays, stay on course with off-route notifications, and download maps to your phone so you know where you are when there’s no data signal.
Looking for the best Running trails around Sacramento?
Find the top rated running trails in Sacramento, whether you're looking for an easy short running trail or a long running trail, you'll find what you're looking for.
You’ve come to the right place for fun, especially this year! After enduring one of the wettest winters on record, there’s plenty of water in the North, Middle, and South Forks of the American River, which means that the rafting and kayaking are outstanding.
Welcome to Northern California’s #1 destination for family fun! Golfland-Sunsplash features over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location! From thrilling waterslides , to award winning miniature golf, Golfland-Sunsplash has something for the whole family! We can’t wait to see you here!
Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, the lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch.
There are 13 off-leash dog parks in Sacramento, CA. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.
SLY PARK LAKE
Jenkinson lake (a.k.a. Sly Park Lake) is located in Pollock Pines, California in the Sly Park Recreation Area. Jenkinson lake is a great place to bring the family and enjoy a day or weekend of sunshine and water.
JUMP creates on-demand electric bikes and scooters that allow you to go farther, get there faster, and have more fun.
Our vehicles are thoughtfully designed by expert teams in Brooklyn and San Francisco that care deeply about the future of transportation and the cities we live in.
Representing over 50 local, family farms, the Apple Hill℠ Growers are dedicated to supporting agriculture in our community. Founded in 1964 with just 16 apple ranches, we’ve now grown to include unique fruit & veggie farms, wineries, B&Bs, flower gardens, Christmas tree farms, and even a day spa. Our winding roads and scenic beauty have been a popular destination for over 50 years.
Whether you like to shake your thing or merely tap your toes, Sacramento’s dance club scene offers a variety of venues, ranging from swanky and sophisticated, to Go-Go dancing and gay friendly, plus a couple of places where you’re likely to rub elbows with people adorned in tattoos, piercings and hip haircuts. Here are the best dance clubs in Sacramento.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Workaholics are clocking out, worrywarts are hitting the slopes and wallflowers are thumping the dance floor. There must be something in the water.
Welcome to Tahoe South, where you’ll find Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine Lake in North America; deep and wide, bluer than blue and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Sacramento Golf in central California has a climate that is suitable for year around golf. Above is a list of 44 Sacramento Golf courses within 45 minutes of driving from Sacramento, that include the cities of Auburn, Davis, Elkgrove, Fairfield, Folsom, Lodi, Loomis, Rio Vista, Rocklin, Roseville, and Stockton.