Easter Bonnet Promenade & Spring Ball - April 19
The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation invites one and all to dress up in your favorite Easter finery -- or other historic apparel -- to celebrate in high style during the 19th Annual “Living History” Easter Bonnet Promenade! Year after year, visitors of all ages come from near and far to take a leisurely one-hour stroll through the historic boardwalks and cobblestone streets of Old Sacramento. Women tend to get all dolled up in fanciful dresses, lovely parasols or colorful hats while attire for the gentlemen might include top hats, frock coats, vests, and trousers with a walking stick and watch fob (pocket watch) to complete the distinguished look. “Promenading” guests are also invited to enjoy a special Spring Ball featuring 19th century ballroom and period music. And for those interested in learning some fancy footwork, talented dance instructors will demonstrate and teach various period dances that include ballroom and contra dance. Don’t miss the spirited and free Easter celebration!
Participants will gather in front of the Sacramento History Museum at 10:45AM and the promenade will begin at 11:00AM. The Spring Ball will take place at 2:00PM in the Stanford Gallery (111 I Street).
Blind Tiger Gala - May 15
The rip-roaring 1920s will soon be back in style in Old Sacramento! The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present a glamorous underground speakeasy gala titled “The Blind Tiger.” The special fundraising event will include 1920s era cars parked in front for photo opportunities (courtesy of the California Automobile Museum), blacked out restaurant windows (with a peep hole to let “members” in), a fun cocktail party with bountiful appetizers, lively games of chance, entertaining music, dancing, a silent auction and even a special “back room” for VIPs. There are even rumors the police or “coppers” might surprise the crowd and conduct a (mock) raid that evening as well. Proceeds from “The Blind Tiger” benefit the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation to help fund programs, projects and offerings such as the Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento Underground Tours, Historical Walking Tours, Summer Street Theatre, Gold Rush Days, lectures and Textile Tours at the Center for Sacramento History, and more. Visit the event page for more information.