The race starts near Sacramento State’s J Street entrance and winds through East Sac—and midtown for the 10Kers—and ends just east of Elvas Avenue and H Street, with locals cheering you on along the way. The Sacramento Zoo, located at Land Park Drive and 16th Avenue in Sacramento, and the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, located at 403 Stafford St. Both offer educational activities and fun events—including overnighters with the animals—but each is unique in its own right. Sacramento Zoo: (916) 808-5888; Folsom Zoo: (916) 351-3527; 3. Riverfront restaurants, bars, museums, theaters, kitschy shops and hotels dot the landscape of Old Sacramento these days, but a lot of history has happened on them thar streets.
Taste wine at any (or all) of the nine wineries at the Old Sugar Mill ( in Clarksburg. For more information, call the Delta Chamber at (916) 777-4041 or log on to Stroll the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden ("Moon Garden"). Other walk-worthy gardens in town: Jensen Botanical Garden, 8520 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael; (916) 485-5322.
Ah, we can feel the serenity now just thinking of this tranquil garden located in the UC Davis Arboretum. World Peace Rose Garden, State Capitol Park, between 10th and 15th streets and L and N streets, Sacramento; (916) 381-5433. Whether you are looking for a float trip suitable for the whole family or an adrenaline-filled-glad-I’m-in-the-water-because-I-might-pee-my-pants thrilling trip, there’s a portion of the American River (as well as other, nearby rivers) for every type of river rafter. No offense to big box stores and chain restaurants. But we also fully support showing the love to the mom & pops that keep this city alive and vibrant.
And don’t bypass student-performed theater, music and art shows at our two universities and five JCs: Sacramento State (916-278-4323, edu), Cosumnes River College (916-691-7344; losrios.edu), Sacramento City College (916-558-2111; losrios.edu), American River College (916-484-8011; losrios.edu), Sierra College (916-624-3333; and the aforementioned UC Davis (530-752-1011; ucdavis.edu) and Folsom Lake College (916-608-6500; losrios.edu) 38. Whether you attend the annual production of , the more casual Beer and Ballet fundraiser or one of the company’s other productions, a day or night spent at a Sacramento Ballet performance will have you dreaming of pirouettes long after. To name just a very few: in Sacramento, Sacramento Theatre Company (916-443-6722; Buck Busfield’s (brother of Tim) B Street Theatre (916-443-5300; and the always-entertaining Big Idea Theatre (916-960-3036;
Also, visit Placerville’s darling Imagination Theater (530-642-0404; and Folsom’s intimate Sutter Street Theatre (916-353-1001; 40.
Folsom, Roseville, Fair Oaks and Elk Grove all have “old towns,” too. We nearly lost the NBA team to Anaheim a few years back. So put on some purple and head out to Power Balance Pavilion. King’s fans have a reputation for being the league’s most vocal. The California State Capitol Museum is open daily, except for major holidays.