SACRAMENTO — In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In May many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums are celebrating the season and warmer weather by extending into evening activities, a sampling of which follows:
Adults only underground tours – every Thursday evening thru summer
The Sacramento Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to offer weekly “adults only” tours of the underground on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Entertaining and knowledgeable guides lead tour guests on walking tours that explore some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento’s underground history. For tickets visit historicoldsac.org or call (916) 808-7059.
Fairytale Town presents “Mad Hatter Meets Mad Men” at the Masonic Temple – May 16
Fairytale Town mixes the zaniness of the Mad Hatter with the allure of “Mad Men” in its first ever off-site fundraising event: “Mad Hatter Meets Mad Men” during a special Thursday evening in May. Held at the elegant Masonic Temple in Downtown Sacramento, the evening affair will feature chocolate delicacies, wine and food tastings, live music, a live auction and a raffle with exciting prizes. For more information, visit fairytaletown.com or call (916) 808-7462.
Night Out at the Museum at Maidu Museum & Historic Site – May 18
The Maidu Museum & Historic Site in Roseville is proud to present a free “Night Out at the Museum” as part of the 3rd Saturday Art Walk. April Moore will speak about her relationship within the Native Community and artists Billy Hawk Enos and Winema Marie Suehead will also speak about their new exhibits. After the presentations, guests will be able to take a walk through the historic site to observe petroglyphs or “Rock Art Mysteries” by lantern light. For more information visit roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum or call (916) 774-5936.
The Magic of Spring, A Garden Affair at the Governor’s Mansion – May 18
The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is proud to offer a special evening event designed to showcase the recently transformed gardens of the Mansion while in full and glorious bloom. The purpose of “The Magic of Spring” is to raise needed funds for operation and the continued restoration of the historic grounds. For more information visit brownpapertickets.com or call (916) 445-3727.
40th Anniversary Sacramento Music Festival – May 24-27
Get ready to dance in the streets well into the evening hours when the Sacramento Music Festival celebrates 40 amazing years of world-class musical entertainment at 24 venues throughout Sacramento! Headliners include Los Lobos, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker Jr., Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Terry Hanck and Wanda Jackson, to name a few. The Sacramento Music Festival is proudly presented by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society with support from the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information visit sacmusicfest.com or call (916) 444-2004.