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Sacramento, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 73
Total Sleeping Rooms 8,338
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 505
Committable Meeting Rooms* 31
Convention Center Space 137,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 137,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $119
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $157
*Maximum for a single hotel

Sacramento, CA Meeting Planning Overview

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.

About Sacramento, CA / Additional Info

Located in the center of Northern California and nestled between the American and Sacramento rivers, the city of Sacramento spans 99 square miles and is located just 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 383 miles north of Los Angeles. Its nearly 100 square miles are home to over two million people, a diverse mix of African American, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Latino residents. With its edges sprawling to the Sierra Nevada foothills, the city's location offers a mild, low humidity climate, with an average year-round high of 75°F and average year-round low of 51°F.

As the capital city of California, Sacramento boasts a unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and historic charm. Sacramento, first settled in 1839, was the locale of the California Gold Rush, which began on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1849. During this time the city served as a major distribution site, as well as the terminus for riverboats, stagecoaches, the Pony Express, and the First Transcontinental Railroad. Sacramento is currently one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.

True to its wealth of history, one of the city's notable attractions is Old Sacramento, a 28-acre town of historic buildings, museums, monuments, shops, and restaurants that has been preserved to reflect life in the mid-1800s. Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is home to the oldest restored fort in the United States, while the California State Capitol Museum boasts an unrivaled collection of hundreds of paintings, statues, murals, and furniture pieces that portray California's history.

Known for its expansive arts scene, Sacramento has more than 40 art galleries and dozens of museums. A few of the most notable include the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River, as well as the California State Railroad Museum, the largest museum of its kind in North America. Evening entertainment ranges from lively jazz clubs such as Torch Club to more subdued atmospheres like that of Biba, which offers some of the best Italian in the city and live piano nightly.

Mild temperatures welcome visitors to enjoy Sacramento's more than 1,000 miles of waterways. The nearby American River offers world-class whitewater rafting, or, for the less adventuresome, a great opportunity to relax and enjoy riverfront dining such as that at the Pilothouse, found on the third deck of historic Delta King Riverboat. The city also offers more than 540 acres of municipal golf courses, as well as 120 city parks that cover more than 2,000 acres.

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