2677 Forty Mile Rd.
Wheatland, CA 95692
The Toyota Amphitheater used to be called the Sleep Train Amphitheater, and before that was called the Sacramento Valley Amphitheater. With 8,500 reserved seating and another 10,500 spectator seating in the spacious festival lawn, it’s not the biggest venue but plenty big enough for most artists. Brad Paisley is headlining on May 19, The Dixie Chicks are coming on July 13 and 5 Seconds of Summer is expected to play in September. Like all ticket purchases, the earlier the better.
1894 6-Mile Rd.
Murphys, CA 95247
The Ironstone Vineyards have a rich history in Sacramento county that stretches back to 1948 with an entrepreneur farmer who saw the future of growing grapes in Lodi. Since then, the most recent addition and contribution to Sacramento’s music scene was the construction of the amphitheater back in 1998. Ironstone Amphitheater has played host to a variety of artists, including most recently Hall and Oates, Jana Kramer, Casey James and REO Speedwagon. Later this year expect to see the Goo Goo Dolls and Sublime return in July, and Tarin and Lynrd Skynrd to headline in August.
8556 Gibson Ranch Park Rd.
Elverta, CA 95626
Gibson Ranch Park takes advantage of Northern California’s pristine natural countryside. Located in Elverta, the venue is less than 20-miles away from Sacramento, so a long road trip to a concert is definitely not in the cards. Gibson Ranch Park is also home to Radio 94.7’s City of Trees Summer concert series in August. Although the current lineup for 2016 is still being made, last year we saw Sacramento’s own CAKE headlining, along with Of Monsters and Men, Night Riots and Halsey. Gibson Ranch County Park is also home to Aftershock, another wildly successful festival in October.
400 Ballpark Dr.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
You may know 400 Ballpark Dr. as the home of the Sacramento River Cats, but for a couple of days in September it’s home to TBD Fest. Aptly titled “The Bridge District” Festival for it’s in close proximity to the Tower Bridge, it’s one of the best summer festivals in the country. Last year we saw Tyler The Creator, Tears For Fears, The Glitch Mob and Cut Copy take the main stage, amongst many other headliners. Besides TBD Fest, there’s a TBD Halloween event called Bleepy Hollow, as well as the TBD New Years Eve.
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
The Cal Expo may be the home of the California State Fair, but it also happens to be the home of the Golden 1 Main Stage which plays host to some of the best concerts during the summer time. When fair season comes around, there are free concerts every night with the price of admission. In 2016, expect to see Salt N Pepa, The Plain White T’s, Chaka Khan, Styx and Dwight Yoakam on stage. With those concert tickets ranging in price from free to $20, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.