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A visit to the Crocker Art Museum will definitely be memorable. It is recognized as being the first art museum in the West.
The museum is housed in a beautiful, historical building with hand-carved doors and ornate walls, featuring an impressive art collection including Victorian, European and modern art works.
Tours of the museum are available in the afternoons and week-ends.
The Fairytale Town is a wonderful place for children, where fairy tales come alive. Mother Goose, Captain Hook's pirate ship and King Arthur's table are all here.
Children can also have fun and learn more about animals at the petting zoo that houses a wide variety of animals, including sheep and donkeys.
Visitors are allowed to bring food and have a picnic or they can buy snacks from a concession stand.
Sport lovers have many games to watch in Sacramento played by local teams which brings excitement every time they play.
There are well-know teams competing in various tournaments, such as Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Monarchs (basketball), Sacramento River Cats (baseball), Sacramento Knights and Sacramento State Hornets (soccer), Sacramento Sirens (football) and Sacramento Capitals, the tennis team that won World Team Tennis Championship 5 times.
There are also several places in Sacramento that are perfect for outdoor activities, such as the American River Park, containing a 26-mile biking and hiking trail.
During summer, visitors can adventure on the river and go rafting, while youngsters can start a friendly water fight with their squirt guns.
The Croatian Extravaganza is an annual event that takes place in June and it is one of the most popular cultural events in California. It is a huge family-style picnic that represents a celebration of the tradition and heritage of Croatia which started in 1982.
The whole family is invited to this event, filled with delicious Croatian cuisine, BBQs, entertaining activities and play areas for children, including a 3-story slide.
The ,b>Greek Food Festival is a summer event, held at the Sacramento Convention Center, on Labor Day week-end.
This festival is annually hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and offers visitors a taste of Greek culture, including food and dancing.
Another popular event held in Sacramento is the Dragon Drum Boat Festival, representing a significant holiday in China.
The festival consists in a boat race, held every 3 years, in the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, in honor of Chu Yuan, a patriotic poet who drowned himself in 277 B.C. as a protest against corruption.
The race represents the effort of the people who tried to find the poet's body and they say that the winners will bring harvest and happiness to their village.
There are numerous places in Sacramento where visitors can relax and enjoy a cold beer or dance all night and have fun with their friends.
Among the most popular nightspots in Sacramento, there are:
- Blue Cue - Upscale bar with pool tables, music, serving food - 1004 28th Street.
- Fox & Goose - Fun casual, English pub - 1001 R Street.
- Monkey Bar - Open until late in the night - 2730 Capitol Avenue.
- Back Door Lounge - Jazz music, drinks and cocktail seating - 1112 Firehouse Alley.
- Barcode - Popular among teenagers with the age between 18 and 21, containing 2 dance floors and a relaxing lounge area - 1890 Arden Way.
- Suspects: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - Enjoy a delicious dinner while watching an intriguing thriller - 1000 Front St, The Delta King.
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