New & Coming Soon to Sacramento
• The Safe Credit Union Convention Center (formerly the Sacramento
Convention Center) has unveiled
its $245 million renovation/expansion. New features include an expanded exhibit hall, a ballroom, additional
meeting rooms and an outdoor plaza.
• The latest information on health and safety resources, citywide venues and attractions, hybrid- and virtual-event capabilities, and more can be found in Gold Star Guide: Rebuilding Meeting Plans & Recovery in 2021 from Visit Sacramento.
• The new 14-story Sacramento Capitol Hotel is being built in
the center of downtown. The property will have 275 Hilton Canopy guest rooms on
the first 11 floors, plus 50 luxury apartments on the top three floors.
Amenities will include a ground-floor bar and café, a third-floor terrace, a
pool and fitness center, and a rooftop bar.
• The Sacramento County COVID-19 page is regularly updated with the latest health and safety protocols for the county.
• Downtown businesses have taken the Health and Safety Pledge — a community-wide commitment to
follow the best health practices and guidelines to provide safe
accommodations for everyone during the pandemic.
• The 105-room Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, has opened in Midtown, across the street from Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. The property offers 1,800+ square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, including a large ballroom with two flexible breakout meeting rooms. Dining takes place at the casual Cafe Bernardo and Four Palms lobby bar. Stringent Hilton CleanStay and Hilton EventReady health and safety standards are followed throughout.
• In Midtown, the. 11-story, 172-room Hyatt Centric Hotel, created within the preserved brick facade of the historic century-old Marshall Hotel, will open in late 2021 with a loft-inspired design. The hotel will include a sixth-floor outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the city's skyline, and sixth-floor dining, lounging and social amenities one floor above the 2,500+ square feet of meeting space.
• Also slated for completion in 2021 is the 100-room Exchange Hotel, an adaptive renovation of Downtown's iconic California Fruit Building. This Hilton Curio Collection property will have a rooftop bar and event space. The building dates from 1914 and was the city's first high-rise building.
• Looking toward an opening in 2022 is a new AC Hotel by Marriott along Downtown's I Street; the project will include 179 guest rooms, ground-floor retail, and meeting space, still to be determined.
• The three-story, 50,000-square-foot 1201 J Street in Downtown is being refitted to include retail spaces such as a 4,000-square-foot bar and restaurant called Loyal Legion, which will feature 99 taps of local Northern California breweries and a pub menu offering several vegetarian and vegan options. Also onsite will be the Cora Coffee coffeehouse adjacent to meeting space near the building's entrance, and further event space is being fashioned on the roof. Stay tuned for details.
More Event Venues
The Old Sugar Mill houses 14 wineries under one historic roof: a former
beet-sugar refinery built in 1934. Visitors enjoy varietals from all over
Northern California; private tastings can be arranged. The venue has 27,000 square feet about equally
divided between indoors and out, including the 4,746-square-foot Boiler Room
and 14,184-square-foot Plaza Lawn.
• On 350 acres less than 5 miles from Downtown, Cal Expo is a multifaceted indoor/outdoor collection of attractions in the Point West Marketplace. More than 1,600 hotel rooms are in the area, along with numerous restaurants, family-entertainment venues, landscaped grounds including a lagoon, the Raging Waters theme park and a racetrack. The site includes 242,000 square feet of exhibit space, including the Show Arena that seats 4,000 people. As with all venues, please consult state and local Covid regulations that may affect openings and capacities.
• Home of the Sacramento River Cats, the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the 15,000-seat Sutter Health Park also hosts religious gatherings, trade shows, team-building events and more. Among spaces that can host groups, the ballpark's beer garden can accommodate up to 1,500 people, while the SacTown Smokehouse can hold 1,000.
• With more than 140 native, rare and endangered species of animals, the Sacramento Zoo also is a site for meetings and events, including receptions for up to 600 people and banquets for up to 400 on the Reptile House lawn; classroom sessions for 300 and theater presentations for 200 are also accommodated.