Inaugural Waterfront Days Free Festival in Old Sacramento this Weekend

Listen to the interview about Waterfront Days with Director Brooksie Hughes below.

Days Happening on Memorial Day Weekend

Along the Old Sacramento Waterfront

Get ready for some fun this Memorial Day Weekend at the Old Sacramento Waterfront during the FREE Waterfront Days heritage event on May 24-26, 2019. With a wide variety of activities taking place throughout the historic district, the inaugural celebration blends crowd-favorite offerings with exciting new entertainment options for all ages to experience and enjoy.

“May has already been a remarkable month for commemorating the history of Sacramento and the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on the Old Sacramento Waterfront,” said Brooksie Hughes, Old Sacramento District Director. “We felt this was a perfect time to extend the series of heritage events by creating a new experience that will continue to grow and expand in the years to come.”

Daytime guests to the Old Sacramento Waterfront will be entertained by talented period musicians roaming about (expert juggler, trick roper and others), a Shakespearian Comedic Play at Waterfront Park with multiple performances each day, the Gold Rush Fire Brigade brass band and other Old West theatrics, always-popular historic re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, plus key elements of Tent City set up on the 1849 Scene that depict daily life during the Gold Rush with gold panning, blacksmith and cannon fire demonstrations, hands-on children’s arts and crafts, and much more. Also, eye-catching rail equipment such as the J.W. Bowker and Union Pacific Caboose from the California State Railroad Museum’s collection will be on free public display for the extended holiday weekend.

Then, as the sun goes down, the action moves to the Embarcadero for the Waterfront Days Country Dance & Beer Garden Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. The FREE outdoor musical entertainment will feature country artist Brad Johnson & The Killin’ Time Band on Saturday and The Rob Staley Band on Sunday.  

While additional activities may be added later, below is a Waterfront Days schedule that highlights key activities:

Friday, May 24 – Education Day

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Various activities for local school groups
  • 1 p.m.: “Quest for the Gold Spike” melodrama at the Eagle Theatre

Saturday, May 25

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Outdoor heritage festivities
  • 1 & 3 p.m.: “Quest for the Gold Spike” melodrama at the Eagle Theatre*
  • 6 to 10 p.m.: Brad Johnson & The Killin’ Time Band (Embarcadero)

Sunday, May 26

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Outdoor heritage festivities
  • 1 & 3 p.m.: “Quest for the Gold Spike” melodrama at the Eagle Theatre*
  • 6 to 10 p.m.: The Rob Staley Band (Embarcadero)

In addition, the California State Railroad Museum will offer an expanded schedule of excursion train rides and the Sacramento History Museum will offer an expanded schedule of Old Sacramento Underground tours andGold Fever!games (all ticketed activities).

Waterfront Days is proudly produced by the Old Sacramento District Office, sponsored by the City of Sacramento and Visit Sacramento and supported by California State Parks, California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Sacramento History Alliance, along with participating Old Sacramento vendors and businesses. For a complete listing of activities and/or more information about the 2019 Waterfront Days event, please  

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