California Arts Council

State of California

Festival Detail

Gold Rush DaysHistory

Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down for Gold Rush Days! Bring the young'uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from Back East. Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill. During Labor Day weekend in Old Sacramento you'll find yourself transported back to the days of gold 'n' glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of yesterday!

More than 200 tons of dirt  pave the streets of Old Sacramento as this annual festival "turns back the clock," transforming Sacramento's historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Hundreds of costumed performers take on the roles of celebrities, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while bluegrass pickers and old-timey musicians perform on several stages, evoking the vivid tunes of the times. Featuring dancers, street dramas, storytelling, craft making, period musicians, wagon rides, gold panning, period artifacts, the Embarcadero Tent City, horse-drawn carriages & much more!

Festival has a children/youth component.

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Occurs in: September

Festival Location: Old Sacramento

Contact Information:
Historic Old Sacramento Foundation
101 I Street, Old Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7059

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