Old Sacramento’s Annual Gold Rush Days A Perfect Family Outing

By Alyssa Green

Something amazing happens here in Sacramento each Labor Day weekend.  Old Sacramento is transformed into an 1850’s scene at the height of the California Gold Rush.  Wooden sidewalks, dirt roads, horse drawn carriages, gun fights…you get the idea.

Bring your family out to Gold Rush Days  anytime between Friday, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd for this wonderful FREE family event.  The event provides fun and games, arts and crafts, entertainment, admission to all Old Sacramento museums and of course plenty of California’s Gold Rush history.

The kids can pan for gold, take a pony, wagon or train ride, dabble in arts and crafts, learn period skills in the Artisan Alley, witness live historic re-enactments and enjoy the music of old time musicians.  There will be plenty of fun, food and shopping to go around.  And when it gets too hot to be outside, go ahead and step into any of the nearby museums (Free of charge) including the California Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum for a bit of down time before heading back out into the streets for more fun.

To top off your wild west weekend of fun, head over to the Crocker Art Museum.  Target has teamed up with the Crocker in sponsoring FREE admission to the museum on Labor Day, September 3rd.  The Museum will be open to everyone from 10am to 5pm, but make sure to swing by with your kiddos between 11am and 3pm for Little Buckaroos Day.

“Back by popular demand, families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker in celebration of Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles at this event featuring live performances by children’s ballet folklorico group Nube de Oro and family bluegrass band Oak Grove. See Native American craft-making demos, join hands-on art-making, and even visit a petting zoo.”

And don’t forget to introduce your kids to the museum’s permanent artwork collection by taking the kid-friendly Story Trail tour…then stop off in Tot Land for some more fun!  There isn’t a better way to enjoy a family day at the museum!


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