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What’s New in Sacramento –Spring 2019

May 22, 2019 Visit USA No Comments Email Email


Sacramento Convention Center

The Sacramento City Council approved an expansion and renovation of the Convention Center to add exhibit space, a flexible ballroom and outdoor plaza. 

The Convention Center will close for renovation in July 2019 and will reopen in Fall 2020.

 Downtown Commons (DOCO)
660 J Street

Downtown Commons, nicknamed DOCO, is a 3-acre plaza featuring the Golden 1 Center arena, cinemas, innovative restaurants, boutiques, the 250-room Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, and a place for people to enjoy outdoor concerts, markets and activities.

 Ice Blocks

R street between 16th and 18th streets

Ice Blocks Midtown Sacramento

The development of historic R street continues with new residential, office and retail openings, including West Elm and Philz Coffee.

 Historic R Street Corridor

R Street between 10th and 15th streets


Once an industrial warehouse district, Sacramento’s R Street Corridor is now a bustling entertainment district. Visitors can enjoy a cocktail at the famed Shady Lady Saloon, try some poke at local favorite Fish Face, tour the amazing creations from residents at the Artist’s Lofts, and shop in unique boutiques.  R Street continues to see new additions, so even more excitement is yet to come.

The Sawyer

500 J Street

The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel opened in October 2017 adjacent to the Golden 1 Center arena featuring 250 rooms including 35 suites. The boutique property is part of a 16-story, mixed-use building that includes condos and retail space. Dining and entertainment options at the Sawyer include the poolside Revival bar and lounge, Punchbowl Social and the high-end Echo + Rig Steakhouse.

 Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento at CSUS

1875 65th Street

The new, 116-room Hampton Inn near Sacramento State University was completed in February 2018. This four-story property sits across the street from the university and minutes from downtown. Free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast.

Murieta Inn & Spa

The Murieta Inn & Spa opened in January 2018 in Rancho Murieta, just 20 miles east of downtown Sacramento. The 83-room hotel and The Gate restaurant are filled with custom furniture, original art and high-end design touches. Adjacent to the Murieta Equestrian Center, the Murieta Inn & Spa is part of a development that will also include a 140-acre retail center, some housing, and a hotel expansion with 72 extended-stay rooms.


JUMP Bikes
Red, electric rental bikes that can be found throughout the city of Sacramento. Hop on, and pedal to explore the city.

 Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Sacramento International Airport, which just turned 50, ranks highest in customer satisfaction among medium-sized airports in North America according to J.D. Power. Additionally, the food and beverage program has been awarded first place for medium-sized airports in the prestigious annual competition sponsored by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The award is for overall excellence and includes concessions in both Terminal A and Terminal B.

The food and beverage concession program at Sacramento International Airport is a mix of local, regional and national concepts that create a sense of place reflecting Sacramento’s role as the gateway to Northern California.  Concessionaires offer locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, giving customers the opportunity to relax and enjoy meals reflective of America’s Farm-to Fork Capital. SMF offers numerous nonstop flights to destinations in the U.S.  Mexico and Canada and one stop flights to destinations around the globe.


Camden Spit & Larder
555 Capitol Mall, Suite #100
Newest fine dining addition to Sacramento’s downtown from Chef Oliver Ridgeway, previously of Sacramento’s Grange restaurant. Camden features a menu with nods to Chef Ridgeway’s childhood in London, but with a decidedly California flair.  Private dining spaces are also available.

 The Bank

629 J Street

Sacramento’s historic D.O. Mills Bank Building recently re-opened as an upscale culinary space with food vendors and several bars over three floors. The identity of the 1912 historic landmark is still intact, down to the original bank vault that now serves as a unique hideaway in the beer hall portion of the building. New food vendors will continue to join The Bank throughout the coming months.

 Fizz Champagne and Bubbles Bar
660 J Street, DOCO

More than 40 different champagnes and sparkling wines by the bottle and another 12 by the glass are available at this new addition to Sacramento’s Downtown Commons plaza.

 Beast + Bounty

1701 R Street, Ice Blocks

The innovative and diverse menu will satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians/vegans alike. Light and modern interior.

 Urban Roots Brewing

1322 V Street

Neighborhood smokehouse menu of briskets, ribs and sausage pairs beautifully with the diverse beer selection on tap. Expansive outdoor patio features stunning mural and creates an inviting space for adults, families, pets and all visitors.


726 K Street, one block from Golden 1 Center

This new taproom from the famed local brewery encourages guests to taste, chat and linger with new friends.

Device Brewing 

1610 R Street, Ice Blocks

The airy taproom in the hip Ice Blocks is the second location for the popular local brewery.

 Alaro Craft Brewery

2004 Capitol Ave

Home 2019

The new Alaro Brewery received a Gold Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival with their very first IPA ever brewed. Congratulations!

Yard House

405 K Street, DOCO

This new addition to DOCO offers an extensive pub menu with 110 beers on tap including several local brews.

The Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg

Built in 1934 as an operating beet sugar factory, The Old Sugar Mill now houses 15 wineries offering varietals from all over Northern California. Located in the heart of Clarksburg AVA just 15 minutes south of downtown Sacramento. Events throughout the year.

Raise a Glass in California’s Best-Kept Secret Wine Region

The Sacramento region is home to more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms, many of which offer free or affordable tastings and opportunities to meet the winemakers themselves. If time is limited, explore the wineries inside the city. Several downtown Sacramento venues now offer tastes of regional wines. There’s the Underground Tasting Room in Old Sacramento, Revolution Wines58 Degrees & Holding in Midtown and Downtown & Vine near the Convention Center.

Pedal for Your Next Pint

The Sacramento region is home to an exploding craft beer scene, with more than 60 breweries throughout the area. Visitors can explore local breweries and pedal for their pints aboard this bicycle built for 15.

The 16-passenger Sac Brew Boat cruises on the Sacramento River near Old Sacramento from April through October. Passengers bring their own wine, beer or cider.

Local Roots Food Tours


Explore restaurants, chefs, architecture and history that make Sacramento an exceptional culinary destination.


Arte Extraordinario

Through August 18, 2019

Crocker Art Museum

Arte Extraordinario showcases work by a diverse group of artists, all of whom share a heritage

associated with Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas. Some of these artists may identify as Latinx,

an alternative gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino that is quickly becoming more popular, especially

among a younger demographic. The exhibition covers a range of genres from figuration to landscape

to abstraction, as well as a variety of themes including politics, activism, humor, family, and religion.

California Hall of Fame

December 5, 2018 – October 31, 2019

California Museum

The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the Museum and former First Lady Maria Shriver to honor legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history. Inductees come from all walks of life and have made distinguished achievements across a variety fields, including the arts, education, business and labor, science, sports, philanthropy and public service. Governor Jerry Brown announced the 12th class of inductees including actor Robert Redford, chef/restaurateur Thomas Keller, musician Joan Baez,  journalist Belva Davis and Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. The exhibit features articles on loan from the inductees’ personal collection.

Broadway at Music Circus

June – August 2019


The line up includes Shrek The Musical, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls and The Wiz.

The Sofia


The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, known simply as The Sofia, is the new, state-of-the-art home of the B Street Theatre, an independent company that has long been a fixture on the city’s arts and culture scene.  Its two stages offer a diverse lineup of plays, music and dance performances, speaker series and other entertainment.

Street Art 

Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls mural festival continues to change the landscape of the city. The August 2018 mural festival featured local, national and international artists who added to the array of public art – including a stunning tribute to Johnny Cash by Shepard Fairey.  Visitors are encouraged to check out murals from past festivals on festival link.  The 2019 mural festival is scheduled August 8-18.


Sacramento Republic FC

March – October 2019

The FC won the USL Pro Championship in 2014, its inaugural season.

Sacramento River Cats

April – September 2019

The Triple -A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants has been playing to sold-out crowds at Raley Field for 17 seasons.  


Please visit for a complete Sacramento events listing.

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