The only challenge to planning a date night in Sacramento is choosing between the many interesting experiences that are unique to the capital city. Couples can enjoy the arts on screen and stage, see professional athletic competitions, experience live musical performances, taste superior local brews and revel in the sensational flavors that only the region’s farms can provide.
Grange Restaurant & Bar
926 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 573-1567

Sacramento is the nation’s farm-to-fork capital, and the region boasts of 1.5 million acres of working ranch and farmland. Many restaurants build menus around the seasonal offerings from such farms, offering an abundance of fresh flavors for diners while supporting the local economy. Invite your special someone to an incredible meal at Grange, with dishes featuring the best from local Soil Born Farms, Capay Organics, Niman Ranch and more.

Cornflower Creamery
1013 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 970-5411

For the absolute best dessert in town, bring your date to the Cornflower Creamery for all natural, artisan “farm-to-scoop” ice cream. Your definition of ice cream will be forever changed by the seasonally-based flavors created in the Cornflower kitchen. Creamery selections have included dark Mayan chocolate with cinnamon and chili powder, rose and honey laced baklava, apricot pistachio and the transcendent fig and orange marmalade. There are also delectable non-dairy, vegan sorbets and Italian Ices and periodic “date night” specials.

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Artists’ Collaborative Gallery
129 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-7125

Old Sacramento offers many date night options, including fine dining, horse-drawn carriage rides and cocktails in an elegant, restored riverboat. The Collaborative Gallery is one of the best shops in Old Sac, featuring the world-class works of talented local artists. You and your date will love checking out paintings, photographs, sculptures, art glass, textiles and more, as well as the opportunity to meet the artists themselves. Local jewelry designer Kristi Taylor offers gorgeous pieces from her got sparkles collections in the gallery. Using gemstones, precious pearls, hand-forged settings, sterling silver and 14-karat gold, Taylor’s work is mesmerizing, enchanting and wholly unique.

Crest Theatre
1013 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 476-3356

The Crest, ensconced in a beautifully renovated building originally built in 1912, is the perfect venue for Sacramento’s cool music and arts scene. Your date will love coming to the Crest for classic movies, film fests and, most of all, live concerts with extraordinary musicians. Sacramento-area native, international performer and former Black Crowes member Jackie Greene performs live at Crest, as well as notables such as John Prine, The Sons of Champlin, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees. The Theatre also shows locally produced movies and other special events.

Sacramento Kings
1 Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-0000

There are many chances to enjoy Sacto-centric sports experiences with your date, including attending a Kings game at Sleep Train Arena. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is a former member of the hometown-proud Kings, and 49er favorite Colin Kaepernick was born nearby in Modesto. Baseball fans will love an evening with the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. For fans of American soccer, the capital city is home to pro team Sacramento Republic FC, who play in Bonney Field at Cal Expo.

Track 7 Brewing Company
826 Professor Lane, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 520-4677

Sacramento is home to an ever-burgeoning local craft beer movement, and Track 7 is one of the foremost brewers in the area. Award winning ales and lagers are available at this location, as well as the Curtis Park location, including local favorites: Akali Wit, Soulman Stout and Bee Line Blonde. Bring a date to enjoy the best of brews and tasty treats from local food trucks.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at