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Sacramento Comedy Spot is Sacramento’s #1 destination for all things comedy, and we are so grateful to be in such a creative and welcoming city! We created this article (and corresponding video) to celebrate all the amazing people, places, and bits that make Sacramento a great place to live and visit.

As we started our “Great Things” list, we realized that there are far more than 25 things that are great about Sacramento. So we decided to create a series of articles and videos to truly cover as much as possible. Other articles and videos will focus on things like food and drinks, entertainment, and recreation.

We are releasing this article as part of our annual Big Day of Giving fundraising campaign. Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour giving challenge that brings the Sacramento region together to support the nonprofits that serve our community, like the Comedy Spot. If you are able, please donate to some of the more than 830 nonprofits participating in BDOG. If you would like to know other ways you can support the Comedy Spot, please follow the link.

Whether you are a Sacramento resident or traveling to Sacramento for the first time, we think you will like this list. We have provided links to all of our picks so you can plan your Sacramento adventure.

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#1 Parks & Trees

When you drive through Midtown Sacramento, you are most likely driving under a canopy of trees. In a 2018 story with Capital Public Radio Sacramento’s top city arborist, Kevin Hocker, says, “Overall, there are approximately 1 million trees within city limits on both public and private property.” With that many trees, Sacramento should be called the City of Trees, no?

There are 223 parks and parkways totaling nearly 4,255 acres of land! Those parks include César Chávez Plaza in front of city hall, which features outdoor dining and hosts concerts in the summer. McKinley Park is 32 acres and features a library, kids play area, public pool, rose garden, and running track.

César Chávez Plaza – 910 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
McKinley Park – 601 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816 

 

#2 William Land Park 

William Land Park

William Land Park – 3800 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822

That takes us to our number two pick, located across from Sacramento City College, this 238-acre park has everything! Beautiful places for picnics, beautiful trees, a story book park for kids called Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Zoo with over 500 animals, and a children’s amusement park named Funderland that is perfect for kids ages 2-12. The WPA Rock Garden, established in 1940 through the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, features annuals and succulents. For you older kids, there is the 9-hole William Land Golf Course.

Fairytale Town – 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Funderland – 1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822
William Land Gold Course – 1701 Sutterville Rd., Sacramento, CA 95822
Sacramento Zoo – 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
WPA Rock garden – 15th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822

 

 

#3 Greta Gerwig

Our third pick was born and raised in Sacramento and is one of the most talented filmmakers in Hollywood. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie grossed over $1.4 billion, and her directorial debut, Lady Bird, was both a modern coming-of-age movie and a love letter to Sacramento that earned FOUR Oscar nominations. Greta Gerwig has personally received FOUR Oscar nominations including Best Director and Best Screenplay for Lady Bird, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Little Women and Barbie.

 

#4 Mural Artists

Jaya King Mural

Our fourth pick also celebrates artists. Sacramento features some of the most beautiful murals by some of the most talented artists in the world. Murals from these talented artists can be found all throughout Sacramento, including this mural of Johnny Cash from artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey who is the designer of the Obama HOPE poster and Andre the Giant OBEY sticker, and murals around the world. In order of appearance, the following artists were featured in our “25 Best things about Sacramento” video.

Hera and Akut | Beth Consetta Rubel | Jaya King | Maren Conrad | Shepard Fairey 

 

#5 Sacramento Kings

You can’t have a list of 25 great things about Sacramento without the Sacramento Kings. The Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985 and instantly had some of the most supportive fans in the NBA. When former owners of the Kings were going to move them out of Sacramento, the fans fought to keep them.

 

 

#6 The Beam

The Beam – Golden 1 Center

You can’t have our number six pick without the Kings; specifically without a Kings win. When the Sacramento Kings win a game, they celebrate by shooting a nearly 9,000-watt purple laser beam in the air from the roof of the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. The laser can be seen from all over Sacramento. As soon as the Kings win, Sacramento unites in chants of “Light the Beam! Light the Beam!”

 

#7 Golden 1 Center and DOCO

Golden 1 Center

Golden 1 Center and DOCO – 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814

That brings us to our seventh pick, Golden 1 Center and the surrounding Downtown Commons Area, affectionately known as DOCO. Opened in 2016, the Golden 1 Center can fit up to 19,000 people for events, is the home of the Kings, host events year round, and is one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the NBA, using 100% solar power! DOCO is a collection of unique shops, restaurants, and the beautiful Sawyer Kimpton Hotel.

Sawyer Kimpton Hotel – 500 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

 

#8 Old Sacramento Waterfront

Old Sacramento Waterfront

Old Sacramento Waterfront – (Along the east bank of the Sacramento River near Tower Bridge)

From DOCO, you can walk west to our eighth pick, Old Sacramento Waterfront. Sacramento’s historic waterfront district features buildings from the old West, cobblestones, and some of the most unique bars, restaurants, and shops in Sacramento. You can event take a ghost tour.

 

 

#9 California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum – 111 I Street, Sacramento, California, 95814

The Old Sacramento Waterfront is also home to our ninth pick, the California State Railroad Museum. People travel from all over the world to see the museum’s 225,000 square feet of exhibits, restored railroad cars and locomotives from California’s past.

 

#10 Delta King

Delta King

Delta King – 1000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Right down the street from the railroad museum is our tenth pick, the Delta King. Even though the Delta King is permanently anchored to the dock, It’s a perfect date night location that features a restaurant, hotel, and theater.

 

#11 California State Capitol and Capitol Park

California State Capitol and Capitol Park – 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Our eleventh pick is the California State Capitol and Capitol Park. The Capitol Building is modeled after the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., houses the offices for the Governor and legislature, and offers daily tours.

The park surrounding the Capitol Building is 40 acres encompassing 10 city blocks, and features memorials, monuments, a variety of plants and trees from around California, a rose garden, and a succulent garden.

 

#12 Lavender Heights

Lavender Heights – (20th and K Streets)

From the Capitol, we move east to Midtown Sacramento for our twelfth pick, historically known as Lavender Heights. Lavender Heights is an energetic gay and gay-friendly community surrounding 20th and K Streets. This area features the historic Faces, Badlands, The Depot, Roscoe’s, and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Lavender heights is also the site of the annual Sacramento Rainbow Festival. 

Badlands – 2003 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811
The Depot – 2001 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Faces Nightclub – 2000 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Roscoe’s – 2007 K Street, Sacramento CA 95811
Sacramento LGBT Community Center – 1015 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

 

#13 The MARRS Building
(Midtown Arts Retail Restaurant Scene)

MARRS – 1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Across the street from the LGBTQ Community Center is our thirteenth pick, the Midtown Arts Retail Restaurant Scene Building, or MARRS Building for short. The MARRS building is the cultural crossroads of all things Sacramento. The building features restaurants, bars, and entertainment, including LowBrau, Kin Thai, Azul, and oh, wow, the Sacramento Comedy Spot.

The boardwalk in front of the MARRS building is a great place to people watch. Grab some food, a coffee, a smoothie, or a beer and enjoy Sacramento’s amazing weather. (When it’s not 110 degrees outside.)

LowBrau | Peet’s CoffeeAzul | Sleek Wax Bar | Kin Thai Street Eatery | World Worst Expo | Second Saturday 

 

#14 Midtown Farmers Market

Midtown Farmers Market – (20th Street)

The street in front of the MARRS building hosts concerts, Second Saturday events celebrating local arts, World Worst Expo featuring vintage clothing and other vendors, and our fourteenth pick, the year-round Midtown Farmers Market, every Saturday. The farmers market features over 200 vendors, fresh local agriculture, prepared foods, artisans, and crafters. And dogs. Like, really cute dogs, everywhere.

It’s a great way to start your Saturday. Grab the family, and your dog, and walk around the four complete blocks of the market.

 

#15 Sacramento Comedy Spot

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Sacramento Comedy Spot – 1050 20th Street, Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95811

Okay, we’ve been dancing all around it. Yes, we are including ourselves in this list. The Sacramento Comedy is our fifteenth pick. Founded in 2005, the Comedy Spot is Sacramento’s first comedy theater featuring improv, standup, variety, and sketch comedy shows. The Comedy Spot has also taught thousands of students, and is Northern California’s largest Comedy School. Amateur shows run Tuesday through Thursday, and our headlining shows are on Friday and Saturday nights. Take a class, see a show. The Comedy Spot is Sacramento’s #1 destination for all things comedy.

 

#16 Tank House

Tank House BBQ & Bar – 1925 J St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Every comedy theater needs a place for comedians to go after shows. That’s why Tank House is our number sixteenth pick. This converted house features a full bar and classic BBQ food, including brisket and ribs, and some of the best-smelling outdoor seating in Sacramento. Most of the their delicious meats are smoked outside. It’s smells delicious. And they have delicious tater tots. Get the tater tots. Pro Tip: If you sit outside when the smokers are smoking that delicious meat, you are going to smell like smoke when you leave. When you get home just throw you clothes directly in the wash.

 

#17 Vintage Theaters

If you love vintage theaters, Sacramento has them. The Crest Theatre is a historic theater located in downtown Sacramento that originally opened as a vaudeville palace in 1912. Originally used for vaudeville shows and for screening silent films, the 200-seat Guild Theater opened in 1915. The Tower Theatre, built in 1938, is a Sacramento landmark and is the oldest-remaining, continuously running picture palace.

The architecture inside The Crest Theater is jaw dropping. It really is a must see. The Empress Tavern is BELOW the Crest Theater. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but it’s worth stopping in and grabbing a beer before your movie.

Crest Theatre – 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tower Theatre – 2508 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818
Guild Theater – 2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA 95817

 

#18 Tower Cafe

Tower Cafe – 1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Right next to the Tower Theater is our eighteenth pick, Tower Cafe. Tower Cafe is one of the best places to eat breakfast and brunch in Sacramento. The outdoor seating, surrounded by trees, plants, flowers, and even a fountain, is breathtaking. Everything on the menu is delicious, from French toast to breakfast burritos. Get there early; there is always a line to get in.

It really is one of the best places to have breakfast. If you have an out of town visitor you should take them there. If you are visiting Sacramento for the first time, you have to add it to your list of things to do.

 

#19 Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge – (Capitol Avenue and Sacramento River)

You can’t have a list about Sacramento unless you mention Tower Bridge. Opened in 1935, this vertical lift bridge over the Sacramento River links Sacramento to West Sacramento. Initially, the bridge and towers were painted aluminum silver. It was then repainted in 1977 to a golden color to match the Capitol dome, and as a nod to the country’s bicentennial and California gold miners.

Take a walk or ride a bike across this bridge at sunset for a beautiful view of the Sacramento River and the Old Sacramento Riverfront. The Sutter Health Park, the home of the Sacramento River Cats baseball team, and temporary home of the Athletics starting in 2025 is in West Sacramento on the other side of the Tower Bridge from the Old Sacramento River Front. You can have a drink or a meal at the Riverfront and just walk across the bridge to the Ballpark. Which is pretty amazing.

 

#20 Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum – 216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Just down the street from Tower Bridge is our twentieth pick, Crocker Art Museum. Crocker Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Western United States. Founded in 1885, the museum holds one of the premier collections of Californian art.

 

#21 California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento

SacState – 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819

All the way across town is our twenty-first pick, California State University, Sacramento. Founded in 1947, Sac State, as the locals call it, is the 6th largest campus in the State University System and is 4th Most Diverse Campus in the Western U.S., according U.S. News & World Report. The CSU, Sacramento campus is beautiful, is 305 acres, and has over 3,000 trees, plants, and shrubs from around the world. Sacramento should really be known as the City of Trees. I’ll have to look into that.

 

#22 UC Davis Health Pavilion

UC Davis Health PavilionMusic Circus – 419 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Our twenty-second pick is UC Davis Health Pavilion, home of Broadway at Music Circus. Broadway at Music Circus was founded in 1951 as the first professional musical theatre in the round, and is the largest, continually operating musical theater venue in the country. This venue has two of my favorite things: musical theater productions and a rotating stage. And up until 2002 you actually watched productions under a canvas circus tent.

 

#23 Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center

Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center – 1301 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

At twenty-three, we have the Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center, a 2,400-seat theater that hosts Broadway musicals, ballet, opera, orchestras, and a variety of other live entertainment.

 

#24 Safe Credit Union Convention Center

Safe Credit Union Convention Center – 1401 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Right next to the Performing Arts Center is our twenty-fourth pick, Safe Credit Union Convention Center. If a large number of people love something, they gather here. Home to events like SacAnime, sports expos, cannabis expos, and more.

 

#25 Memorial Auditorium

Memorial Auditorium

Memorial Auditorium – 1515 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Last, but not least, our number twenty-five pick, is Memorial Auditorium. Memorial Auditorium is a 1927 classic and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the region. For more than 80 years, the auditorium has drawn audiences for concerts, graduations, sporting events, conferences, comedy shows, and other live entertainment.

Those are our 25 Great things about Sacramento (Volume 1) picks. We look forward to bringing you more “Great Things” articles and videos in the future. We would love to hear from you. You should join the Sacramento Comedy Spot’s Fan Discord Server and discuss this article with the community. What are your favorite things about Sacramento?