You may have heard by now that one of Sacramento’s most beloved annual festivals – Gold Rush Days – has been cancelled this year due to California’s drought conditions. It takes an enormous amount of water to carry out Gold Rush Days as we have come to know it – with dirt covered streets, horses and carriages and 1850s reenactments such as the Pony Express run. In an effort to comply with California’s plea to save water, organizers felt it was only right to cancel.
Yes, we were all dissappointed, even those of us who are involved in the planning of the event. However, as drought conditions improve, Gold Rush Days will surely be back as soon as next year. Meanwhile, Americana in Old Sacramento will fill the Gold Rush Days void. And we’re pretty excited about it! Take a look at what’s happening over the span of the 4-day celebration:
• FREE live music at Waterfront Park
• Display of classic cars along Front Street
• Display of vintage vehicles including buses, steam locomotive, caboose, fire engines and more
• Excursion train rides twice daily
• Friday river cruises aboard the Hornblower
• Expanded Old Sacramento Underground Tours
• FREE embroidery and wood carving demonstrations at the Schoolhouse Museum
• Hands-on banking activities for kids at the Wells Fargo History Museum
• FREE Little Buckaroos Day at the Crocker Art Museum
In addition to all of these fabulous family-friendly activities, you’ll also enjoy the best of Old Sacramento’s shopping and dining scene in addition to the perfect vantage point to view Raley Field fireworks following the River Cats game on Saturday night. Sounds like a great weekend line-up doesn’t it? We’ll be there and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Americana in Old Sacramento this Labor Day weekend.