Things To Do In Sacramento

One Ticket to a Sacramento Kings Game at Sleep Train Arena on December 26 or 27 (Up to 58% Off)

Sacramento Kings

Sleep Train Arena

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An exciting young Kings squad hosts the division-rival Suns and the Knicks; fans can shoot a free-throw after the game

$63.25 $34

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30-Minute Flyboard Session for One or Two from California Flyboards (Up to 34% Off)

California Flyboards

North Sacramento

To hover in the air, participants strap on a Flyboard powered with water jets that are propelled by an attached watercraft; unique gift idea

$150 $99

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"Walking with Dinosaurs" at Sleep Train Arena on January 1, 2, or 3 at 7 p.m. (Up to 31% Off)

Walking With Dinosaurs

Sleep Train Arena

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Realistic life-size dinosaurs roam the stage in a heart-pumping educational spectacle for ages 3 and older

$40.03 $28

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Sacramento

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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Two or Four Single-Day Admissions to Northern California Home & Landscape Expo on January 23–25 (Up to 54% Off)

Northern California Home & Landscape Expo

Cal Expo Fairgrounds

More than 1,000 exhibits showcase goods for improving homes and gardens, while workshops advise guests on DIY and remodeling projects

$14 $7

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at Sleep Train Arena on January 18 or 19 at 2 p.m. (40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Sleep Train Arena

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$80.45 $48

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Three or Six Drop in Fighter-Fitness Classes or a Month Unlimited at Long Shadow Martial Arts (Up to 68% Off)

Long Shadow Martial Arts

Sacramento

Cardio fighter fitness aims to teach disciple, self-esteem, tone muscle, and increase stamina as clients focus on overall health

$120 $39

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The Sweet Spot Sacramento: Red Light Special on Thursday, January 15, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

The Sweet Spot Sacramento: Red Light Special

Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge

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Poets, burlesque performers, comics, and other artists explore sensuality in a high-energy performance devoted to “pop erotica”

$22.09 $11

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$15 for One Handmade Blown-Glass Ornament at Girl Glass ($30 Value)

Girl Glass

North City Farms

Glass blower with more than two decades of experience crafts ornaments in a variety of translucent colors

$30 $15

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$13 for a Entry to the Sacramento Chocolate Salon ($25 Value)

The International Chocolate Salon

Embassy Suites-Sacramento Riverfront

Sample artisanal chocolates and confections from across Northern California during a celebration of all things chocolate

$25 $13

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Ice Skating for Two or Four or Four Ice Skating Lessons at Iceland Ice Skating Rink (Up to 50% Off)

Iceland Ice Skating Rink

North Sacramento

Skaters in twosomes and foursomes carve the ice during open-skate times; four lessons help skaters learn or brush up on skills

$16 $8

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pub Cuisine and Drinks at University of Beer

University of Beer

Midtown

Pair more than 100 draft beers with food like spicy bacon macaroni and cheese, tacos, wings, asian fries, sliders, and breakfast burritos

$20 $12

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90 Minutes of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Six and $50 Arcade Credit at Country Club Lanes (Up to 71% Off)

Country Club Lanes

Arden - Arcade

Enjoy 90 minutes of bowling for six people, with shoes included and a $50 arcade card that can be used across many visits

$119 $35

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Sandwiches at River City Saloon

River City Saloon

Central Sacramento

Sandwiches such as the Doc Holliday with roast beef, cheddar & cream cheese, BBQ sauce, bacon & mayo, plus “almost famous” garlic hot sauce

$20 $12

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Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Presents Jazz Sunday at Elks Lodge #6, November 9–April 12 at Noon (Up to 50% Off)

Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society presents Jazz Sunday

Elks Lodge #6

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Explore three stages of simultaneous music, including an open-to-all jam session; upcoming acts include Dan Barrett and Duke Heitger

$30 $15

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One- or Three-Month Family or Single-Child Membership to ArtBeast (Up to 52% Off)

ArtBeast

Midtown

Kids’ art space allows children to explore their creativity with fun classes and freeform open-studio explorations; open daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

$75 $37

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Standup-Comedy Show for Two or Four on Friday–Sunday at Laughs Unlimited (Up to 88% Off)

Laughs Unlimited

Central Sacramento

Venerable club with alumni such as Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller hosts established and rising comedians

$40 $10

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$22 for a Cooking Class at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (Up to $49 Value)

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

East Sacramento

Upcoming demonstrations and hands-on sessions cover everything from from soups and cheese to making dim sum from scratch

$49 $22

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Standup Comedy at Sacramento Punch Line (Up to 76% Off)

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Sacramento Punch Line

Nationally touring comedians headline Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, including Steve Byrne, Shaun Latham and Fortune Feimster

$74 $18

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Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
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The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.

While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.

985 Enterprise Drive
Sacramento,
CA
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The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

116 N 16th St
Sacramento,
CA
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Choosing a seat is the first step at 3 Fires Lounge. The jet-black bar stools give patrons the best views of the room's 52-inch, high-definition televisions. The high-top tables line a window that gazes directly out onto Capitol Park. Additionally, the space features oversized couches that invite guests to sink into their helium-filled cushions. All three of these options are available within the trendy, lounge, which was recently remodeled to have a more colorful atmosphere with more seating, beers on draught, and comfortable new patio furniture. CBS Sacramento praised the space's casual vibe and low-key ambiance, placing 3 Fires Lounge on its list of the Best Hotel Bars in Sacramento.

Although glasses of wine, pints of beer, and rounds of cocktails are all readily available for patrons hoping to relax with a drink in hand, 3 Fires Lounge also tempts diners with a menu of hearty international cooking. While the chefs incorporate recipes from across the globe, their main source of inspiration is the bounty of seasonal, locally sourced produce that is so readily available. Using these Californian ingredients, the team creates hummus with vegetables and baked pita chips, crab cake sandwiches served on sourdough bread with melted white cheddar, and grilled flatbreads topped with everything from caramelized onions, mushrooms, and goat cheese to pulled pork and honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.

1501 L Street
Sacramento,
CA
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The growl of lions and tigers will be replaced by the growls of guitars as the Sactopalooza Spring Party lights up the Sacramento Zoo with music from tribute bands and DJ Rigatony. No Duh blasts a high-energy pop set based on the music of No Doubt with a number of visuals, costumes, and props from the band’s music videos. Nominated for Best Tribute Band at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards, the Red Not Chili Peppers fill the air with classic funk-rock melodies and the four-chord password that grants entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the concerts, attendees can partake in hands-on activities such as mechanical bull riding and gladiator jousting with foam poles.

The Sactopalooza Spring Party is the largest annual fundraising event for the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento. This group of 20- to 30-year-old volunteers works year-round to improve the lives of local children with special needs. In addition to raising funds for children, the group organizes hands-on events to interact with children at an annual picnic, winter clothing drives, and a holiday party at the UC Davis cancer center. Proceeds from the party helps support these events and the organization’s work with children throughout the region.

3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento,
CA
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RPM Indoor Kart Racing indulges a driver's need for speed with two connectable indoor racecourses, refereed by staff members during high-octane heats. After stepping into the spacious lobby with high ceilings and a two-story window overlooking the track, adult drivers slap down a valid driver's license and sign a liability form in exchange for a racing suit and helmet. Once suited up, they climb into a 9-horsepower race kart that reaches speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, roughly the speed of an ostrich riding a moped.

The raceway's two sweeping thoroughfares—the Monster Energy Track and the Unbound Energy Track—send amateur IndyCar drivers zooming around adrenaline-filled turns. On Mondays, the two courses unfurl into one gargantuan raceway—the Lost Big Gun Track. Races include sprint and grand prix competitions with 8–10 racers, or Hot Laps that pit drivers against the clock, which despite one hand being smaller than the other, is actually a pretty good driver.

Guaranteeing maximum safety, referees keep their eagle eyes peeled during every race to enforce the courses' rules of the road. After heated competitions, former enemies bury the hatchet and become lifelong frenemies over refreshments in the Skybox, a windowed lounge that overlooks the tracks.

3130 Bradshaw Rd
Sacramento,
CA
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