Gold Rush Days brings history alive

By From page B13 | August 30, 2013

Get ready to turn back time to the 1850s. Free to the public and a wildly favorite Sacramento heritage celebration, Gold Rush Days 2013 returns to Old Sacramento over Labor Day weekend running Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2.

Nearly 200 tons of dirt will transform the streets of Old Sacramento’s 27-acre historic district into a scene straight out of the Gold Rush era. The annual heritage celebration is produced by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau with support from the city of Sacramento, Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, Old Sacramento Business Association and California State Parks.

The unique four-day event features a wide variety of crowd-favorite entertainment, all free to experience and enjoy.

Guests to Old Sacramento will be entertained by talented musicians performing live on several stages, Old West theatrics and family-friendly melodramas such as a dramatic “damsel in distress” skit featuring the Hook and Ladder Fire Brigade, history re-enactments such as Squatter’s Riots and Pony Express Relays, horse-drawn carriages, cowboys on horseback, ladies riding sidesaddle, wagon rides, gold panning, Artisan Alley, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, watermelon eating contests in the Save Mart Barbecue Patio area, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush and much more.

As a new attraction this year, lively and fun baseball skits will take place in the streets of Old Sacramento that feature spirited baseball players in period uniforms who invite crowd participation and celebrate the early days of the sport in the Capital City.

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 in the popular Save Mart Barbecue Patio area.

While admission to the annual event is free, tasty treats are available for purchase in the dozens of local eateries along with barbecued favorites in the Save Mart Barbecue Patio area, plus fish and chips, roasted corn on the cob, fresh-made kettle korn, homemade sarsaparilla, root beer, draft ale, local wines and more available throughout the event.

Gold Rush Days 2013 event hours are: on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a complete listing of activities or more information about Gold Rush Days visit or call 916-808-7777.

Old Sacramento

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