It runs from Friday, September 3rd thru Monday, September 5th.
Admission to the Gold Rush Days is FREE…..how often do events like this charge no admission. And of course it is a family friendly event.
Here are some early photos from the 2011 Gold Rush Days event, thanks to Sacramento Press (Twitter @sacramentopress):
In addition to the Gold Rush Days events, Old Sacramento has a ton of great things to see and do including the Sacramento River, the California State Railroad Museum, historic buildings from the time of the original gold rush, restaurants and shopping, an old one-room schoolhouse and railroad rides along the river down to Miller Park and the Delta King paddlewheel river boat. The Delta King is now a great hotel right on the river!
Gold Rush Days has a recreation of an original 1849 tent city, gold panning, pony rides for the kids, arts & crafts and artisans like blacksmiths and tinsmiths and Pony Express relays. Also we have a great Pony Express memorial. The Pony Express terminus was in Sacramento and we have regular commemorations and re-enactments here as they do at the starting point in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Old Sacramento also hosts tours of our original city level which is now below ground. The entire area was jacked up after many floods and what was the first floor is now underground. Cool!!
You can take carriage rides in the area and on into the downtown past the California State Capitol.
It is open from 10 am to 5 pm, and Old Sacramento itself is open until some of the bars close at 2 am.
.The event schedules are found here. You will find music and dance and other presentations on a several stages throughout the area.
You can find a great map and download it here.
You will find a ton of photos from prior years Gold Rush Days here.
If you need to contact the folks that run the event call 916-808-7059.
About.com has a nice article about the Gold Rush Days in their Discover Gold site
“Stepping foot into Old Sacramento is like traveling back in time to California’s Gold Rush era. On any given visit, one can see the dirt being kicked up from the hooves of a horse drawing a carriage down the cobblestone streets. Wide and creaky wooden walkways lead up to restored buildings that used to house hotels, saloons and bathhouses. Now these structures are home to a myriad of shops, restaurants and bars entertaining the more than five million visitors to this State Historical Park.”
This video is from the 2010 Gold Rush Days. A nice joke to start it off and then footage from the event.