2024 Guide to Summer Fun in Sacramento

Things to do in Summer with kids in Sacramento

By Jamie Bondoc June 9, 2024

Summer FUN has arrived in the 916! Sacramento provides an abundance of outdoor events, festivals, markets, movie nights and concerts. Bust out your calendar and start pencilling things in! Below is a list of things you can do all season long plus a list of upcoming events in Sacramento where your family can get outside and enjoy the warm weather. 

We add events as we discover them, so check back often! And, of course, be sure to check in with the events calendar, as there is much more happening in Sacramento for families and kids!

East Sac Pops in the Park | Various Locations

Music starts at 6pm

June 1 | East Portal Park

June 8 | Bertha Henschel Park

June 15 | McKinley Park

June 22 | Glenn Hall Park

Music in the Park | Arden Park Rec and Park District 

June 15 and September 21 from 7pm - 9:30pm

Concerts in the Park | Cesar Chavez Plaza

Every Friday through July 26 from 5pm - 9pm

Music in the Park | Curtis Park

Last Sunday of the Month. June 30, July 28, August 25 from 6pm - 8pm. 

Rhythm on the River | Drake's: The Barn

Third Thursdays from 5:30pm - 9pm. *Reservations are not required, but encouraged

Soul Fest Summer Music Series | Waterfront Park

Every Sunday from June 9th to August 24th. 10am -1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Friday Night Concerts | Village Green Park Amphitheater, Rancho Cordova

Fridays in August. Music starts at 7pm, food trucks open at 6:30pm.

Celebrate Natomas Music in the park | South Natomas Community Center Park

August 16 from 5pm - 8:30pm. ABBA tribute band "Summer Night City." Food trucks, beer garden and local vendors.

Friday Moonlight Movies | Village Green Park, Rancho Cordova

June 7 | Meet the Robinsons

June 14 | Wall-e

June 21 | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

June 28 | Big Hero 6

Movies in the Park | Arden Park Rec and Park District

June 7 | Wonka

August 2 | Elemental

September 6 | High School Musical: SING-A-LONG

October 4 | Sandlot

Float-In Movie Nights | The Little Mermaid

$7-$8. 6:30pm - 10pm. Free ice cream, arts and crafts, temporary tattoo station, themed Photo Booth and royalty decor!

June 7 | Fruitridge Aquatics Center

June 21 | Christine Thompson Aquatic Center

District 1 Aquatic Movie Night | North Natomas Aquatics Center

7pm. Kids' activities, lawn games, free popcorn and water! Movie begins at sundown.

June 29 | Film TBA

Starlight Cinema | Belle Cooledge Community Center

7:30pm - 10pm. Popcorn and light refreshments provided.

June 28 | Kung Fu Panda 4

July 26 | TBA

August 23 | TBA

Summer Movie Night | South Natomas Community Center Park

June 28 | Cars

July 26 | Kung Fu Panda 4

Superhero Float-In Movie Nights

$7-$8. 6:30pm - 10pm. Free ice cream, arts and crafts, temporary tattoo station, themed Photo Booth and superhero decor!

July 5 | Fruitridge Aquatics Center | Lightyear

July 19 | Christine Thompson Aquatic Center | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Barnflix | Drake's: The Barn

Every other Wednesday from May 29 - October 30. Times vary. Check the link for dates and films. 

District 1 Movie Nights | North Natomas Aquatics Center

7pm. Kids' activities, lawn games, free popcorn and water! Movie begins at sundown.

July 26 | Film TBA

August 16 | Film TBA

September 13 | Film TBA

Float-In Movie Nights | Brave

$6-$7. $7:30pm - 10pm

August 9 | Christine Thompson Aquatic Center

Family Movie Night | George Sim Community Center

7pm - 9:30pm. Movie starts at sunset. Games, popcorn, ice cream.

August 23 | Film TBA

Movie Night | Tahoe Park

5pm. Food trucks, maker's market and movie

September 27 | TBA

First Fridays Oak Park | Broadway Business Corridor

Meet and greets, food trucks, live music and more

First Fridays through December

Starry Night Markets | Drake's: The Barn

Drinks, vendors, food and music

3rd Fridays through September

Second Saturday Midtown | Midtown

Celebrate Sacramento's vibrant arts community at Midtown Second Saturday, an all-day arts celebration featuring local artists, live music, nightlife, culinary arts, and gallery exhibitions, making it an arts destination like no other. Special family-friendly activities are 12-4pm.

Second Saturdays through October

Natomas Street Eats | Orchard Park

Every second Thursday through September. Food trucks, activities and beer garden

Food Trucks and Maker's Market | Tahoe Park

Fourth Fridays through October

Trucks and Such | Garcia Bend Park

Third Fridays. Food trucks and family-friendly fun

Food Truck Mania | Westlake

Every third Wednesday. Food trucks and music

Natomas Street Eats | Orchard Park

Every second Thursday. Food trucks and music

Midtown Second Saturdays | Locations Vary

Second Saturdays through October. All-day arts celebration featuring local artists, live music, nightlife, culinary arts, family-friendly activities, block parties and gallery exhibitions, making it an arts destination like no other.

Summer of Love of Wine | Old Sugar Mill

Free admission. Music, food, chill vibes. Register in advance for free souvenir wine class and beaded bracelet upon arrival. 

Every weekend from July 20 - August 11. 11am - 5pm.

California State Fair | Cal Expo

July 12-28

The City of Sacramento operates 12 neighborhood pools, 4 wading pools, and the North Natomas Aquatics Complex. The North Natomas Aquatics Complex and Clunie Pool are open NOW with specific schedules. Other pools open June 15. Check out this interactive map to see pool locations, hours, and fees as applicable. 

Arden Park Pool

Open June 4 - August 14

Monday - Friday: 1pm - 4pm, Weekends: 2pm -5pm

$3/person ($2/person for wading pool only)

Christine Thompson Aquatic Center

Open Daily until August 7. August 8 to August 25 open weekends only. Check website for hours. 

2 and older: $5. Under 2: Free

Fruitridge Aquatic Center

Open weekends only until June 15. June 16 - August 7 open daily. August 8 to August 25 open weekends only. Check website for hours.

2 and older: $2. Under 2: Free

West Sacramento Rec Center Pool

Open June 8 - August 9. Call for fees

Monday to Thursday: 1pm - 5pm, Friday: 1pm - 6pm, Weekends: 12:30pm - 5pm.

Bridgeway Lakes Community Park Spray Ground

May 26 to June 15:  2pm - 6pm

June 16 - September 4:  12pm - 8pm

September 5 - September 30:  2pm - 6pm

City of Sacramento Spray Parks

Through Labor Day: 10am to 8pm

Gardenland Park - 8200 Ramona Avenue

Jefferson Park - 1900 Roma Court

Strawberry Manor Park - 200 Danville Way

Golden Poppy Park - 5765 Tres Pieza Drive

Magnolia Park - 251 Greg Thatch Circle

N. Natomas Regional Park -4989 Natomas Blvd.

Shasta Community Park - 7407 Shasta Avenue

Valley Oak Park - 2780 Marbury Drive

McClatchy Park - 3500 5th Avenue

Guerrero Park - 6000 61st Street

Wild Rose Park - 5200 Kankee Drive

Witter Ranch - 3795 Saintsbury Drive


June 29 | Mangan Park

Ice cream social and free pool day

July 6 | McClatchy Park


Trails in and around Sacramento


River Fox Train | West Sacramento

Water Sports

Wake up Wakeboarding | Sacramento River

Sac State Aquatic Center | Lake Natoma

OARS American River Outpost | American River

American Whitewater Expeditions | American River

Fishing *Be sure to check fishing license requirements 

Granite Regional Park

Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova *parking fees apply

Howe Park

Mather Regional Park *parking fees apply

Miller Park

Southside Park

William B Pond *parking fees apply

*Attend a Youth Learn To Fish Clinic (ages 5-15) with Fishing in the City on June 15, July 6. August 3, 31. September 14. Pre-registration is required. Get more info and register here!

Yolo County SunflowersMid-June to Mid-July

Turkovich Family Wines | Sunflower field pass and wine tasting

Yolo Ballooning Adventures | Hot air balloons over the sunflower fields

The Park Winters Flower Farm | U-pick

River Fox Train | Cruise through the sunflower fields on rail bikes

Granny Mays Strawberries | Granite Bay, CA

Davis Ranch Produce | Sloughhouse

U-pick June through mid-November

Wilton Family Lavender Farm | Wilton

U-pick lavender blooms, lavender market

Weekends, May through July

Morgan's of California | Winters

U-pick blueberries

Pick N' Cherish | Galt

U-pick cherries (June) and peaches (July)

Yumm Strawberry Farm | West Sacramento and Elk Grove

U-pick Strawberries

Camp Pendola

Camp Pendola is a traditional resident camp for campers 7 to 17 years old. We offer one week themed sessions during June and July where campers enjoy hiking, archery, arts and crafts, and much more in an outdoor setting.

Capital City Music Together

Discover the magic of Music Together! Sing, dance, play and giggle - together! For kids ages 0-5 years and the grownups who love them!

Crocker Art Museum

Teens interested in the visual arts are invited to one or all of these creative workshops. Experiment with diverse media and explore works on view from the Crocker's collection as a point of inspiration to discuss various topics and make art. All supplies are provided, and previous experience is not necessary.

Fancy Feet Dance

Fancy Feet Dance Academy offers children's dance classes for ages 18 mo-teens in a variety of styles including: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and musical theater. We also offer children's birthday parties and camps where children engage in themed crafts, dancing, face painting, games, and loads of fun!!

Just for fun Art

This week-long, creative adventure will feature structured creative art activities, an open studio, and free play time to allow children aged 8-13 to maximize their creative potential!

Natomas Music Square

Has the prospect of another hot season with bored, screen-absorbed children got you seeking a better solution? We have the perfect opportunity to get your kids aged 7-9 more involved with games, hands-on science experiments, stimulating sports activities blended with musical elements, engaging art classes and more!

Sacramento Central YMCA

Inspiring all people to live a healthy life in spirit, mind and body. At the Y we provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment to engage the interests of kids from K-6th. Our adventures are non-stop and our activities reinforce the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

SafeSplash Rancho Cordova

SwimJam is one week of sessions designed to jump start skill development in a 4:1 student teacher ratio. Levels grouped by beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The Spanish Immersion Program

Are you ready for your child to embark on an exciting linguistic journey? We're thrilled to invite them to be immersed in the rich culture and vibrant language of Spanish with our dynamic full immersion classes. Children ages 3-8 are invited to join us this summer for camp from 8am-12pm

We will continue to update our Macaroni Kid Sacramento Summer Guide with events and attractions as they are posted, so check back often!

Do you know of a family-friendly summer event taking place in Sacramento that isn't listed here? Please submit your event HERE  and we will add it to our list!