Ticket Giveaway: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds Baseball Game

Do you love the Sacramento River Cats as much as we do? Would you like to take your family out to a game this week? Well, we’ve got a River Cats ticket package that includes four tickets and a parking pass to give away to one of our lucky readers. The tickets are for this Thursday’s home game against the Memphis Redbirds. If you would like a chance to win the tickets, tell us who your favorite Sacramento River Cats player is and why in the comment section below. Leave your comment no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm for a chance to win. One entry per person, please. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on May 24, 2017. Best of luck!

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento

Cost: Tickets start at $10 for general admission



Sacramento’s Raley Field Overhauls Food and Kids Zone for the 2017 Baseball Season

The 2017 baseball season officially kicks off here in Sacramento this Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 pm at Raley Field. If you are thinking of treating the family to a night out at the game, here’s some motivation. Raley Field has overhauled their concessions and kids zone to make the Sacramento baseball experience top-notch for the whole family. First, when you enter the stadium, you’ll notice right away the new restaurant storefronts. River Cats management wanted to take eating at Raley Field to a whole new level in America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, so partnered with RS3/Ryan Sanders Sports Services to create a unique culinary experience at the ballpark. In the mood for Mexican food? Head over to Oso’s Cantina for fresh tacos. How about a gourmet hot dog with buffalo sauce topped with fresh blue cheese? You can grab that from the 50’s-style Cadillac Diner. There’s also Coop & Kennel, an Irish pub, the railroad history-themed Golden Spike for burgers, Raley’s for specialty sandwiches, and the old-fashioned Sweet Spot where you’ll be able to get your favorite frozen dessert like ice cream, root beer floats and even spiked shakes for the adults.

Once you’ve enjoyed your farm-to-fork dinner and watched a few game innings, the kids will probably get antsy. Head over to the new Down on the Farm children’s Area, located behind third base. While the old Raley Field kids zone required a fee for entrance, this new one is FREE. Your little ones will love to climb atop and slide down the one-and-only Tower Bridge play structure or climb all over the gigantic baseball and glove. Don’t worry, the bounce houses will still be available, in addition to a new misting pad to stay cool (yay!)

While the Sacramento River Cat’s Raley Field was already a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, it just got better. So, head across the river to enjoy a spectacular 2017 baseball season in Sacramento. For the 2017 River Cats baseball schedule, click here.

The 50’s-style Cadillac Diner was named after the 1989 movie Pink Cadillac, which was partially filmed her in Sac.

The Clint Eastwood dog at the Cadillac Diner.

Head to the Sweet Spot for a good, old-fashioned root beer float.

The new Down on the Farm children’s area.



Don’t Miss the Sacramento River Cats’ Home Opener on April 6 at Raley Field

River Cats at Raley Field

“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the RIVERCATS, If they don’t win, it’s a shame. For its one, two, three strikes, you’re out, at the old ball game.”

It’s that time of year again… when hot dogs and peanuts can constitute a “real dinner”.  Yes, it’s baseball season and that means for many of us in Sacramento, we are excited to get back to cheering on our local River Cats baseball team.

If you haven’t experienced a River Cats game yet, this is a great time to check out the schedule and put a game or two on your calendar.   The stadium is easily accessible from downtown and the freeways – they always have plenty of parking and the food lines have never been too crowded, it’s a great way to experience the thrill of a “Big League” game with your family without having to travel to the Bay Area. Now, don’t get me wrong, we have several families out there who bleed black and orange…and nothing can replace the thrill of watching a major league game with your family.  However, if you still want the experience without the cost- this is a great option, especially since the River Cats are a San Francisco affiliate.

Next Thursday, April 6 is the River cats home opener.  They will be welcoming the defending Pacific Northern Division Champion Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) for a five-game series.  Tickets can be purchased online and range from $12-$42.Sacramento River Cats

Throughout the season, Raley Field will host special events and promotions on certain days of the week.  Here is a quick list of some of the more family friendly promotions:

Sunday Funday:  Hosted by K-LOVE radio station, there will be kid’s activities throughout the game.  Bounce houses; face painting, kids running the bases and more.

Baseball Bingo Mondays:  Follow along with the game cards and win prizes throughout the baseball game!

Family Night Tuesdays:  Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 ice creams… easy way to plan dinners throughout the summer!

Wellness Wednesdays:  Fun workouts and activities to keep your bodies moving and the wiggles out of the kids.   Yoga and Zumba are some of the line ups.

Orange Fridays:  Live music, drink specials (for the adults) and post-game fireworks show.

Saturday Nights:  Enjoy post-game fireworks show after every Saturday night game.

You can find the full schedule of events here and order tickets online or at the park. So grab your favorite baseball hat, your family and head out to the ballpark and cheer on the Sacramento River cats!


Raley Field Hosts Dinger’s Drive-In this Fall for Families


Baseball season is over for our beloved River Cats, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay away from Raley Field. This Fall, the River Cats invite you to come and enjoy family friendly-friendly movies out on the field. Dinger’s Drive-In debuts with Zootopia this Saturday night, Sept. 24 at 6pm. Grab a blanket or chair and your kiddos, and find a great spot on the field to watch the movie on the video board. The doors open at 5:30 pm and the movie will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $6 for children (ages 2 and under are FREE), $8 for adults. You can purchase tickets here: Tickets

If you can’t make it this Saturday night, then make sure you add to your calendar upcoming Dinger’s Drive-In movie nights: Oct. 15 & Oct. 29

What: Dinger’s Drive-In

When: Sept. 24, Oct. 15 & Oct. 29

Where: Raley Field

Admission: $6 for kids, $8 for adults, FREE for kids 2 years and under; buy tickets for all three movies for a special discounted rate of $15 per person


Win Tickets: Sacramento River Cats Play the Albuquerque Isotopes this Saturday

Raley Field 027The River Cats, Sacramento’s award-winning triple-A baseball team faces the Albuquerque Isotopes this weekend. What better way to start summer vacation with your kids, right? We’ve got 4 tickets plus a parking pass to give away to one lucky reader. Simply tell us what your favorite Raley Field eatery is, and you’ll be entered to win the family 4-pack for Saturday’s game. Act fast, the drawing will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 pm. Here’s the game details:

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Albuquerque Isotopes

When: Saturday, June 4 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento

Don’t forget to stick around after the game for the Sutter Health fireworks show!

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For it’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out! Family Night Out With the River Cats


If you are looking for a fun family friendly activity right at your doorstep, look no further than Raley Field in West Sacramento.  We loaded up our kids recently to catch an evening Sacramento River Cats game.  The sights, sounds, and smells brought a nostalgic feeling for us parents as our little ones got to experience the buzz of excitement for the first time.  We’ve always wanted to take them to a San Francisco Giants game, but a minor league game in town offers a much more affordable option without the hassle of driving to the Bay.   We were seated right behind home plate, but looking around we saw many other great seats available including lawn seats which looked like a nice option for little ones with a lot of energy to burn.  The kids loved being so close to the action, as we could hear the loud crack of the bats and the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt.  The pitchers were really throwing some heat!  Every so often a foul ball would fly over our heads and the kids held onto hope that they would eventually catch one.

Its best not to come to Raley Field with a full belly because you will want to try at least one of the many treats offered to baseball goers. We tried the kettle corn which was fabulous.  Our daughter could not pass up the “Chicago mix,” which is a mixture of caramel-covered popcorn and cheddar popcorn.   Of course, you will find classic ballpark hot dogs, but they also serve a wide variety of other dishes, such as salmon tacos and garlic fries.  We surprised the kids with a treat/souvenir they could take home: miniature helmets filled with ice cream and hot fudge.  I remember collecting those as a kid!  Needless to say, those treats were a home run.

While the older kids were fixated on the game, the younger kids were not left out of the excitement as they watched River Cats’ mascot, Dinger’s antics around the stadium and waited for a chance meet him in person. Our five-year old was ecstatic when he finally got a chance to high-five Dinger and we later were able to snap a picture with him on our way out of the park.  Other entertaining activities included a potato sack race on the field and standing up and signing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch. Kids can also join Dinger’s Club for a discount at the Deck Shop, tickets to the Kids Corner and other fun promotions and activities.  For more information on Dinger’s Club, click here.

What: Sacramento River Cats, Sacramento’s AAA Baseball team, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento, just across the river from Old Sacramento.

When to Go: The season runs from April 7 – September 5, 2016, but the best family days are Toyota Family Value Tuesdays, when hot dogs and desserts are just $1 each and Sunday Fundays when balloon artists, face painters and even the players themselves are out for the family to enjoy. Check out the many other fun game day promotions, here and click here to view the full game schedule.

Where to Park:

Parking option 1: this year, the River Cats and Lashers Auto Group have partnered up to reward carpoolers. Parking is FREE at any Raley Field parking lot if you have at least 4 people to a car. You must fill out a form here, print out a voucher and present it upon entering the lot on game day.

Parking option 2: Head into Old Sacramento, park in the South garage, and enjoy a short, picturesque walk across the Tower Bridge to the ballpark.

by Kara Keister


Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks Displays and Other Holiday Events around Sacramento

Fireworks in Sacramento

By Heather Crivellone

With the 4th of July right around the corner, you may be starting to plan your family festivities.  The temperatures are high and most of us are wanting to stay cool, but if you are feeling adventurous and ready for some fun, then check out the list of some local parties going on around town. All are family friendly, so put on some “red, white and blue” and enjoy Independence Day with your family and friends!

River Cats Independence Day Celebration 
July 3rd at Raley Field 400 BallPark Drive, the Sacramento River Cats will take on the Salt Lake Bee’s followed by an Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

Raley Field 4th on the Field Food Truck Event
 Saturday, July 4 from 6pm -10pm, Raley Field will host a 4th of July celebration.
The food truck community will gather on Raley Field’s outfield for a family friendly event featuring some of the region’s best local food, live music and a fireworks extravaganza.
Admission for Children under 12 is $9.95 and anyone over 12 is $15.85

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration at Cal Expo
July 4th from 5 – 10pm experience the largest pyrotechnics display in Sacramento!
Food and beverages will be sold and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30pm.
Admission is Free and Parking is $10.  

4th of July fun at the Davis Community Park
1405 F Street in Davis from 5pm – 10pm.
Food vendors and live entertainment for the whole family!
Fireworks show to begin at 9:30pm.

Carmichael Annual Fireworks Show at the La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael
From 7pm – 10pm enjoy music, food and free activities for the family.
Fireworks show will begin approximately 9:30pm.

Elk Grove’s “A Salute to the Red, White and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd
From 5pm – 10pm enjoy live music, vendors, food and entertainment.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
Two-day cerebration on Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4.
Hagan Park 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Enjoy Food vendors, Beer gardens, live entertainment, bounce houses, kids zone, carnival and more.

Roseville’s 4th of July Fireworks Show at Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd. Roseville
Gates will open at 6:30pm and the Fireworks show will begin approximately at 9:30.
Live music, food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is $5.

Lincoln’s 4th of July Celebration at McBean Park
Join local’s at this all day event that includes a food vendors, a kids zone and a fireworks show that will begin at 9:30pm.
This is just a few of the activities going on around the Sacramento area this week.  I’m sure there are many more events in your area that are not listed… parades, carnivals and such.  But hopefully this will help you to decide what to do when America celebrates our Independence on Thursday!

Woodland 4th of July Events – Starting first thing in the morning, join the city of Woodland for a fun run, pancake breakfast, bike parade and family fest, ice cream social, swim fest, and finally, a fireworks celebration at Woodland High School. Check the City of Woodland website for location and times for each event.

Have fun and be safe!