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!


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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Top 5 Sacramento Memorial Day Events if you are Staying in Town this Year

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Our days are getting longer, the evenings are getting warmer and the kids are counting down the last days of school.   Summer is around the corner and the official “kick off” to summer begins with Memorial Day weekend.

If you have chosen to stay local and enjoy the long weekend at home, we have several fun activities throughout the area to keep your family entertained:

  1. Sacramento County Fair:  May 26-30 at Cal Expo Fairgrounds (1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento).   This year’s theme is “Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue”. Enjoy carnival rides, games and exhibits.   Watch professional bull riding and Monster Truck shows.   Check out the livestock auctions and of course- eat all the fried food imaginable! Children ages 0-12 are FREE, General Admission $5 and parking is $10.
  2. Take the family to enjoy the 7th Annual Vettes for Vets & American Muscle Car show at the California Automobile Museum (2200 Front Street, Sacramento).  May 30 from 9am-3pm, enjoy a FREE car show outside the museum with local hot rods and muscle cars.  To enter your muscle car- contact the museum and there is a $25 fee to enter into the show.
  3. Sacramento Music Festival will be hitting stages throughout Old Sacramento May 27-30.  Music lovers of all ages will enjoy hearing blues, jazz, rock and dance music during this annual event.    If you have never been to one of these events, I highly urge you to check it out.    Great music, food, vendors and activities.  Tickets can be purchased on the website and they start at $25.
  4. Check out the Greek Food and Wine Festival in Roseville, May 27-29.  Enjoy live music and entertainment, great food and wine.   There will be a kid’s zone with activities to keep the younger ones busy- and of course lots of dancing!   $3 admission and proceeds of this event will go to local charities.
  5. Head out to the ballpark and watch our Sacramento Rivercats take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Monday, May 30.  Spend the afternoon watching the baseball game and enjoy a Memorial Day BBQ at the park.  Tickets are $10-$63.

Whatever you choose to do this Memorial Day weekend, we hope you spend it with loved ones and enjoy the kick off to summer.

By Heather Crivellone

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


Memorial Weekend Family Fun

Memorial Weekend in Sacramento

Memorial Day weekend in Sacramento seems to mark the acceptance of warm weather and the unofficial beginning of summer – and there’s a lot to do to celebrate this weekend! Enjoy diversity at William Land at the International Kids Festival, ride the ferris wheel and eat a corn dog at the Sacramento County Fair, head down to Old Town and Downtown to enjoy the Sacramento Music Festival, take in a baseball game or simply make a patriotic windsock at the Discovery Museum. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy!

11th Annual International Kids Festival at William Land Park – Hosted by Russian American Media, this one day event celebrates Sacramento’s diverse cultures by bringing together children and families of Eastern European, Asian Pacific, Hispanic, Indian, Native American and African-American descent for one big celebration! Festivities will include a magic show, pony rides, mini-train rides, jump houses, face painting as well as live music and entertainment. 5/23, 10am to 4pm.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds at Raley Field – Bring the family out to Raley Field throughout the weekend to watch the River Cats play the Memphis Redbirds on their home turf. Be in attendance on Friday for the Giants T-shirt giveaway and fireworks show, Saturday for princess and pirate night and fireworks, bring the dog on Sunday for Bark in the Park, and Monday for Nashville Sounds and a Memorial Day BBQ. 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25.

Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo – Affordable and safe, the Sacramento County Fair is a great alternative to it’s big sister the California State Fair. Enjoy traditional county fair competitions, agricultural displays and animals, hands-on activities, entertainment, food and a carnival. General admission is $5, kids 12 and under are FREE. 5/21-5/25 at 10 am.

Sacramento Music Festival – The 42nd edition of the Sacramento Music Festival offers diverse musical talent for 2015. Some of the bands for this year’s Festival include Tower of Power, Everclear, Eve 6, Shawn Mullins, Gloriana, and the Latin-tinged rock and roll group, Malo. In addition to contemporary bands, fans of the Music Festival’s jazz roots can enjoy the sounds of artists like Sister Swing, the Dixie Company, Vivian Lee and Stephanie Trick. Popular acts Mumbo Gumbo, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and Wonderbread 5 will also be returning, rounding out a diverse lineup of close to 300 sets of music performed throughout the holiday weekend. One of the highlights of the Sacramento Music Festival is the annual parade through the streets of Old Sacramento. The parade is free to the public, and a fun chance to hear live music and explore the historic district, and perhaps pick up tickets to the festival. Come out with the family and enjoy a taste of what the Sacramento Music Festival has to offer. 5/22-5/25, opening and closing times vary.

Create a Patriotic Windsock at the Discovery Museum – Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s Space Quest exhibit and Nature Discovery Room, then creat a patriotic windsock to fly at home during the Memorial Day weekend. 5/23-5/25, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.