Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Sacramento - a city guide for meeting planners. Sacramento's vibrant downtown area, paired with its historic Old Sacramento district, make this capital city an ideal locale for both business and recreation. Sacramento attracts more than six million visitors each year and is conveniently located in the center of Northern California, just hours away from tourist hotspots San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe.
With a prime location in the heart of downtown, the Sacramento Convention Center, catering to large-scale Sacramento meeting planning, welcomes over one million visitors and more than 600 events every year. The center offers 31 meeting rooms and 384,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space to accommodate a variety of group sizes. It also provides access to the historic 3,800-seat Memorial Auditorium and 272-seat Jean Runyon Little Theater located directly across the street. To top it all off, all conventions and exhibitions hosted at the Sacramento Convention Center are certified "green." Planners and corporations who elect to hold their meetings in Sacramento's Convention Center are invited to use the nationally recognized Green-e symbol in all printed material in order to increase attendee awareness of the green initiative.
Planners will find numerous hotels located in downtown Sacramento and its surrounding areas including the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, the Courtyard by Marriott-Sacramento Airport, and Hawthorn Suites, to name just a few. Over 2,500 hotel rooms can be found in the downtown area alone. With a plethora of options, planners are sure to find accommodations to meet their needs regardless of budget restrictions or location requirements.
Bolstered by its annual events such as the Sacramento Film and Music Festival in the summer and Farm to Fork Festival in the fall, the vibrant scene is full of unique Sacramento event venues. From a murder mystery dinner to a champagne brunch, any type of event on the Sacramento River Train is sure to be unforgettable. A kid's dream come true during the day, Fairytale Town transforms at night into a sophisticated and majestic outdoor space for dinners and receptions under twinkling lights. The historic Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento has several rooms for dinners and parties, including the 250-seat Outdoor Courtyard and the Golden Eagle Room for up to 150 guests.
Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50, Interstate 5, and U.S. Highway 99 all offer direct routes to Sacramento, making it easily accessible by car from any direction. With more than 150 flights available a day at Sacramento International Airport, the city is also easily reached by air. Direct flights service more than 52 cities including Atlanta, Chicago, and Denver.
Sacramento is home to several colleges and universities, including California State University at Sacramento and the Drexel University Sacramento, and serves as a branch location for both the National University of California and University of Southern California. Notable businesses headquartered in Sacramento include Blue Diamond Growers, California Air Resources Board, California Conservation Corps, and California Architects Board. Situated where the Sacramento River meets the American River, Sacramento is a major shipping center and is responsible for the transportation of fruits, vegetables, wheat, rice, and other goods throughout the Sacramento Valley. As a result, food processing has long been a staple of Sacramento's economy.