2015 Summer Fun Guide

| June 1, 2015 | 127 Comments

Summer Fun Guide 2015 rectangleIt’s warming up, the kids are getting excited that school is almost out, and Sacramento businesses are gearing up to provide tons of fun for all of us. It is definitely time to start planning for awesome summer memories!

This Summer Fun Guide is one gigantic roundup of water play places, fairs and festivals, movies in the park, places to get creative, free things to do, and much more all in one easy spot.

Here are over 100 ideas to make it the best summer ever!

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Cool Off

Free & Cheap Water Play

Big Water Parks

Water Rides, Splash Pads, and Dolphin Shows

Indoor Surfing

Water Sports

be Entertained

Dollar Movies

FREE Concerts in the Park

FREE Movies in the Park



Festival or Fair

play indoors










be creative!

Explore Nature

 visit a museum

meet animals


library event

Sweet Treats

Amusement Parks


Mark your Calendar!

Special events happening all summer long…

fire station open house sacramentoFire Station Open Houses

When: Saturdays,  2-4pm through October 24
What: Meet firefighters, tour the fire station, check out fire trucks up close, and more.
Where: Fire Stations throughout Sacramento – see schedule
Cost: FREE

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Family Bike Nights

When: Thursday & Friday Nights, 5:30 – 8pm, June 18 – August 28
What: Ride and play throughout the miniature town. Safety Clinic, bike vendors for Q&A, and food court.
Where: Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento
Cost: FREE

downtown tuesday nights rosevilleRoseville Downtown Tuesday Nights

When: Tuesdays, 5-9pm, through July 28
What: Live bands, kids’ fun zone, farmer’s market, delicious food, Xfinity Classic Car Show, Hot Rods & Classics.
Where: Vernon Street in Downtown Roseville
Cost: FREE

Sac Zoo Overnight SafariFamily Overnight Safaris

When: June 12 – August 7
What: Camp-out with your family (2 or more people) under the stars just yards away from slumbering lions , and wake to the call of flamingos – and of course a tasty breakfast.
Where: Sacramento Zoo
Cost: $51 – $65

family friday crockerFamily Fridays

When: Fridays, June 19 – August 7, 11am – 1pm
What: Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for performances, playtime, and art-making inspired by children’s beloved books. Family Friday includes multisensory activities, creative fun, and a space for quiet time.
Where: Crocker Art Museum
Cost: General Admission

Family campout fairytale townFamily Campouts

When: June 19, July 25, August 14
What: Families set up camp all over Fairytale Town’s 2.5 acres. Tents, sleeping bags, blankets, chairs and picnic dinners. Scavenger hunts, a theater performance, sing-alongs, arts and crafts, bedtime stories and more.
Where: Fairytale Town
Cost: $25 – 30 per person includes all activities and overnight admission

4 dollar fridays scm$4 Fridays at the Museum

When: Fridays – June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 25
What: On June 27th, look forward to: Live Music by The Hoots, Face Painting, Food Trucks, A classic car from the California Automobile Museum, Special Outdoor Activities and of course, Museum play.
Where: Sacramento Children’s Museum
Cost: $4.00 per person

dive_in_movie_night_categoryDive-in Movie Night at Cottage Pool

When: July 3rd, August 7th
What: Public swim from 7-8:30, Movie plays at 9:00. Goonies on July 3rd, Big Hero 6 on August 7.
Where: Cottage Pool, 3097 Cottage Way
Cost: $2.50 per person for swim, movie FREE


Special Events for each summer month in date order…

June Special Events

Family Health & Safety Expo

When: June 13, 10am – 3pm
What: Over 80 booths with Health, Safety & Recreational Resources for families,  live entertainment, safety demonstrations, raffles, free giveaways, and more.
Where: Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento
Cost: FREE

Free Concert & Car Show 

When: Sunday, June 14; 5-7pm
What: Mission Oaks Parks and Recreation is putting on a concert featuring the band Hip Service. There will also be a car show and food trucks.
Where: Swanston Park
Cost: FREE

Auburn’s Party in the Park

When: Friday, June 19
What: Live bands, kid zone, crafts, food court.
Where: Regional Park
Cost: FREE

Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field

When: Wednesday, June 22; 9am – 12noon
What: Variety of activities for kids 6 and under on the outfield including playing catch, and exploring the River Cats’ inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. The River Cats’ mascot Dinger will be on hand to entertain children and parents alike.
Where: Raley Field
Cost: FREE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

When: Saturday, June 27; 5-9pm
What: A magical midsummer’s eve featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an enchanted marketplace and more!
Where: Fairytale Town
Cost: Advance tickets $15.00 Adults and $7.00 Kids

Mister Cooper at Music in the Park

When: Sunday, June 28; 6-8pm
What: Our favorite local musician and music educator, Mister Cooper, will be kicking off the 2015 Music in the Park concert series again this year at the beautiful Curtis Park. His two sets start at 6pm and 7pm.
Where: Curtis Park
Cost: FREE

July Special Events

Miniature Steam Train Rides

When: July 6-7; 11am – 3pm
What: Ride a miniature steam train through the trees of Hagan Community Park.
Where: Hagan Community Park behind the Petting Barn.
Cost: FREE; donations appreciated

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks

August Special Events

Cat & the Fiddle Festival

When: August 1-2; 11am – 2:15pm
What: Hey diddle, diddle the Cat & the Fiddle Music Festival is back again! Join Fairytale Town as we celebrate music and fun in the summer sun with two days of live music!  Families can enjoy rockin’ daytime concerts on the Mother Goose Stage each day. The lineup includes Mister Cooper, Musical Robot, The Raytones, Music Matt, The Poodlums, and The Hipwaders.
Where: Fairytale Town
Cost: Free with park admission

September Special Events

Astronomy and Stargazing

When: Saturday, September 19; 7-9pm
What: Special focus on Saturn, Mars, Moon, stars. An astronomer will weave tales of the galaxies and explore the night sky with his telescopes.
Where: Placer Nature Center
Cost: $7.00 per person

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Happy Summer!

Happy SUmmer


Written by Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard is the founder of SacramentoSidetracks.com. She has a passion for finding adventures with her three kids. As a native Southern Californian, she has been exploring Sacramento for the last twelve years, happily finding hidden treasures and sharing a firsthand perspective with fellow parents.

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