Gold Rush Days turns back time in Old Sacramento

By From page B3 | September 02, 2015

It’s time to turn back the clock to the 1850s — the heyday of the Gold Rush and what better place than in Old Sacramento? Taking place over Labor Day weekend, Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento is a wildly fun and free heritage celebration offering a variety of family-friendly activities that take place throughout the historic district to help visitors experience what life was like in the 1850s.

This unique Sacramento heritage event features a wide variety of crowd-favorite entertainment, all free to experience and enjoy.  To set the tone and get the crowd in a festive spirit, an impressive and varied line-up of free, live entertainment will be available on various stages throughout Old Sacramento, including a variety of bands playing many different genres of music. A few of the talented bands performing include the Ariel Jean Band, Blackburn Bullet, Way Out West and the Dave Russell Band.  In addition, some of the other heritage-themed live bands performing throughout the historic district include the Miner’s Band, the Dusty Turtle, Liquor Cakes and Westbound 50.

Street activities include daily parades, a country western dance on Saturday night, tent city depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, mining camp theatrics, medicine shows, an international award-winning juggler, horse-drawn carriages and wagon rides, gold panning, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, painting of the white picket fence at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum on Tom Sawyer Day, period-appropriate peddlers auction and the crowd-favorite watermelon and pie-eating contests.

While admission to the event is free, food and beverages are available for purchase in the dozens of local eateries and bars in Old Sacramento along with barbecue favorites, homemade sarsaparilla, draft ale, local wines and more available throughout the event.

Gold Rush Days 2015 is proudly produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau with support from California State Parks, California State Railroad Museum Foundation, the City of Sacramento, Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, Old Sacramento Business Association and Save Mart Supermarkets.  Admission to Gold Rush Days 2015 is free and event hours are as follows:  Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete listing of activities or more information about Gold Rush Days, visit www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com or call (916) 808-7777.




Traci Rockefeller Cusack


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