Best Art Walks In Sacramento

January 26, 2015 5:00 AM

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Sacramento’s temperate weather allows residents and visitors to enjoy outdoor activities all year round, and the diverse and flourishing arts community offers plenty of options. Local galleries, music venues, coffeehouses, restaurants and museums are part of regular monthly art walks, and there are numerous opportunities to enjoy art in public places, parks, a utility company and even while strolling through the Sacramento International Airport.
Second Saturday Art Walk
www.2ndsaturdaysacramento.com

Sparrow Gallery
2418 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 382-4894
www.sparrowgallerysacramento.com

La Raza Galeria Posada
2700 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 446-5133
www.lrgp.org

Delta Workshop
2598 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 455-1125
www.deltaworkshopsac.com

Alex Bult Gallery
1114 21st St. Ste. B
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 476-5540
www.alexbultgallery.com

White Buffalo Tattoo & Gallery
3671 J St.
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 970-5004
www.white-buffalo-gallery.com

On the second Saturday of every month, many of the streets in downtown and midtown Sacramento are filled with people, music, art and other entertainment. Beginning around 5:30 p.m., numerous art galleries, restaurants, shops and bars welcome the public in for special deals, performance art, free activities and events, but an equal amount of the action occurs as you walk outside from place to place.

Some streets are completely closed to automobile traffic, allowing space for a wide range of activities and performances. Live music of every type competes for your attention, from loud rock, hip-hop and dance bands playing on stages to blues guitar players, pop singers and classical musicians set up randomly on corners. Vendors sell an array of cool items including original artwork, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, antiques and collectibles; this is not a swap meet with packs of irregular socks, unlicensed plastic “Frozen” chair seats and dust-laden junk. There is a fun and positive community vibe to Second Saturday, and there are new things to experience each month.

While some galleries and businesses are further afield, most of the activity takes place in an area less than one square mile. The venues listed above are among those that normally have special Second Saturday happenings; Downtown Grid posts an updated a map of businesses that participate each month.

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Third Saturday Art Walk
www.3rdsatartwalk.com

Blue Line Arts
405 Vernon St. #100
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-4117
www.bluelinearts.org

Beatnik Books
309 Lincoln St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 741-2328
www.beatnikbookstore.com

Downtown Public Library
225 Taylor St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 774-5221
www.roseville.ca.us

Boxing Donkey
300 Lincoln St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 797-3665
www.theboxingdonkey.com

Opera House Saloon
411 Lincoln St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 782-7513
www.operahousesaloon.com

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 774-5934
www.roseville.ca.us

Local businesses and galleries in the downtown Roseville area present an art walk on the third Saturday of each month; some of the participating venues are listed above. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes live music, food, wine, special discounts and, of course, plenty of original art. The organizers also have a Third Saturday Art Walk “Scavenger Hunt for Enlightenment and Prizes.” This creative and engaging activity includes following clues and picking up information at different venues. In a fun twist, final entries can be submitted either online or by delivering your handwritten answers to Beatnik Books on a bar napkin.

Art in Public Places Walking Tours
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
www.sacmetroarts.org

The City of Sacramento Public Arts program is managed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, which offers information on self-guided walking tours in places open to the public. More than 400 works of art are incorporated into the area’s natural and created environments, with the vast majority of the works created by local artists.

Numerous government buildings, parks, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Masonic Temple, Sacramento International Airport, Tsakopoulos Galleria, Sacramento Community Center Theater and the Sheraton Grand are among the locations. Walking tour maps of the venues can be found on the Metro Arts website.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.