Category: United States

Sacramento, California

A- Overview:
Sacramento is not only the capital of the largest state in the Union, it is also a unique historical and cultural center. Sacramento’s history rested on a few pioneers and Indians for until gold was found nearby in the 1840’s. Within weeks, Sacramento and the entire area became the busiest and most bustling part of the entire nation as thousands came west to strike it rich in the great Gold Rush. Sacramento has done a great deal to preserve the relics of that time.
This city has a pioneer feel, particularly in some of the museums and in its capitol building. Of special note, the old Sutter’s Mill and Fort have been preserved and rebuilt. It’s a fascinating place to visit, full of history and excitement of the Gold Rush years. Other museums and attractions allow visitors to participate in the Gold Rush culture, panning for gold in the river or seeing how the early forty-niners lived.

Children’s attractions abound in Sacramento, making it a wonderful destination for families. The Discovery Museum is a hands-on replica of Sacramento as it was in 1854. The state Indian Museum has a great deal to teach children about Sacramento’s earliest residents. Of course, children love the old Gold Rush exhibits and the stories they have to tell.

Sacramento is the capital of a state with 33 million residents, but it has retained an independent air. From Indian land to Gold Rush to the present, Sacramento has seen a wealth of changes, yet it has remained a beautiful destination celebrated for its wonderful scenery and blooming flowers. Sacramento is often overlooked during visits to California, but surely it would be a mistake to miss visiting such a historic and friendly city.

B- City Information:
Population: 407,018

Elevation: 20 feet above sea level

Land Area: 97.2 square miles

Location: Located 91miles northeast of San Francisco, California at the intersections of Interstate 5 from the north and south and Interstate 80 from the northeast and southwest

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Sacramento, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). Sacramento observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
47.3
52.4
55.9
60.4
66.8
72.6
76.5
75.8
72.8
65.5
54.2
46.8

High temperature (°F)
54.5
61.4
65.9
72.7
80.9
88.2
93.2
92.0
88.1
78.7
64.0
54.5

Low temperature (°F)
40.1
43.4
45.7
48.0
52.6
57.0
59.7
59.5
57.5
52.2
44.4
39.1

Precipitation (in)
4.0
3.7
3.0
1.1
0.6
0.2
0.0
0.1
0.4
0.9
2.4
2.6

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
5
3
1
0
0
1
3
7
9

Wind speed (mph)
7.1
7.3
8.4
8.6
9.0
9.6
8.9
8.4
7.4
6.4
6.0
6.4

Morning humidity (%)
91
89
86
83
82
78
77
78
77
79
87
88

Afternoon humidity (%)
70
61
53
44
38
32
30
29
31
37
57
67

Sunshine (%)
48
65
74
82
90
94
97
96
93
86
66
49

Days clear of clouds
7
8
10
12
17
22
27
26
24
19
10
8

Partly cloudy days
6
7
9
10
9
6
3
4
4
6
8
6

Cloudy days
19
13
12
8
5
2
1
1
2
6
12
17

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

As the Capitol of California, this city is bustling year-round; however, summers tend to be busier as tourists come to visit the wine country as well as other major cities within California. The weather in Sacramento is delightful all year. High temperatures in the summer can get into the 90’s F mid-day; however they drop to the 50’s F at night, allowing for a variety of activities to be experienced. Winters are just right for outdoor activities during the day and enjoying a fine meal by a warm fire at night. Spring and fall offer much of the same with relatively warm temperatures during the day and cooling off at night. No matter what the season or what the reason for your visit, this California Capital welcomes you.

How to Get There:

By Air

Sacramento County Airport

6900 Airport Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95837

916-929-5411

Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to Northern California destinations and major cities across the U.S, and the world. Service is available from many major carriers as well as certain local and regional airlines.

San Francisco International Airport is located approximately 2 hours (110 miles) southwest of Sacramento and is sometimes used by visitors.

By Car

Sacramento is easily accessible by car from the north and south via Interstate 5 and from the southeast and northwest via Interstate 80.

By Train

Amtrak

401 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

715 L ST.
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-444-6858

How to Get Around:

By far the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car. The sites and attractions of the city as well as the nearby areas are fairly well spread-out, making a car a vital necessity.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
B.F. Hastings Building
916-440-4263
A reconstruction of the first chambers of the California Supreme Court occupies the second floor of this 1853 building. A Wells Fargo History Museum greets the public on the first floor.

California Military Museum
1119 2nd St.
916-442-2883
Three floors of this museum showcase more than 30,000 artifacts–uniforms, weapons, photographs, documents, medals, and flags of all kinds–that trace Californians’ roles in military and militia activities throughout U.S. history.

California State Railroad
125 I St.
916-445-6645
This 100,000-square-ft museum is the largest rail museum in North America. It features 21 locomotives and railroad cars and 46 exhibits. Visitors can experience all aspects of the railroad throughout its history in this enormous museum.

Capitol
Capitol Mall and 10th St.
916-324-0333
Built in 1869, California’s Capitol features a 120-ft-high rotunda of amazing beauty. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and the legislative chambers are in the style of the 1890’s. The capitol park has impressive flower gardens and memorials.

Central Pacific Passenger Depot
930 Front St.
916-445-6645
At this reconstructed 1876 station there are plenty of exhibits and rides on a steam-powered train. The train makes a 40-minute loop along the Sacramento riverfront.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
916-264-5423
The Crocker is the oldest art museum in the American West. Its extensive collections feature art from Europe, America and California.

Discovery Museum
101 I St.
916-264-7057
This children’s museum is a replica of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The many hands-on exhibits include sifting for gold, walking into an Indian thatched hut, and viewing the print shop of the old Sacramento newspaper.

Governor’s Mansion
1526 H St.
916-323-3047
This 15-room Renaissance style house was built in 1877 and was used by Ronald Reagan when he chose a new home. The mansion is said to have been one of the first homes in California to have an indoor bathroom.

State Indian Museum
2601 K St.
916-324-0971
This museum focuses on the Indians of California and offers arts-and-crafts exhibits, as well as a demonstration village. A ten-minute video fully explores the history and life of California’s Indian population.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L St.
916-445-4422
Sacramento’s earliest settlement was founded in 1839; today, visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the fort. Demonstrations of food preparation and firearms maintenance complete this interesting look at pioneer California.

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front St. (one block off Broadway)
916-442-6802
With over 100 cars, including a 1931 Chrysler, a 1960 Lotus, and a bullet-proof Cadillac limousine once used by the U.S. State Department, this museum will interest auto enthusiasts of all persuasions. A 1920s roadside café and garage exhibit complete the museum.

Columbia State Historic Park
14 mi south of Angels Camp, Hwy. 49 to Parrots Ferry Rd.
209-532-4301
Called the Gem of the Southern Mines, this park sits in the heart of gold-rush country. Visitors can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, or watch a blacksmith working at his anvil.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
California Military Museum
1119 2nd St.
916-442-2883
Three floors of this museum showcase more than 30,000 artifacts–uniforms, weapons, photographs, documents, medals, and flags of all kinds–that trace Californians’ roles in military and militia activities throughout U.S. history.

California State Railroad
125 I St.
916-445-6645
This 100,000-square-ft museum is the largest rail museum in North America. It features 21 locomotives and railroad cars and 46 exhibits. Visitors can experience all aspects of the railroad throughout its history in this enormous museum.

Capitol
Capitol Mall and 10th St.
916-324-0333
Built in 1869, California’s Capitol features a 120-ft-high rotunda of amazing beauty. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and the legislative chambers are in the style of the 1890’s. The capitol park has impressive flower gardens and memorials.

Central Pacific Passenger Depot
930 Front St.
916-445-6645
At this reconstructed 1876 station there are plenty of exhibits and rides on a steam-powered train. The train makes a 40-minute loop along the Sacramento riverfront.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
916-264-5423
The Crocker is the oldest art museum in the American West. Its extensive collections feature art from Europe, America and California.

Discovery Museum
101 I St.
916-264-7057
This children’s museum is a replica of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The many hands-on exhibits include sifting for gold, walking into an Indian thatched hut, and viewing the print shop of the old Sacramento newspaper.

Governor’s Mansion
1526 H St.
916-323-3047
This 15-room Renaissance style house was built in 1877 and was used by Ronald Reagan when he chose a new home. The mansion is said to have been one of the first homes in California to have an indoor bathroom.

State Indian Museum
2601 K St.
916-324-0971
This museum focuses on the Indians of California and offers arts-and-crafts exhibits, as well as a demonstration village. A ten-minute video fully explores the history and life of California’s Indian population.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L St.
916-445-4422
Sacramento’s earliest settlement was founded in 1839; today, visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the fort. Demonstrations of food preparation and firearms maintenance complete this interesting look at pioneer California.

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front St. (one block off Broadway)
916-442-6802
With over 100 cars, including a 1931 Chrysler, a 1960 Lotus, and a bullet-proof Cadillac limousine once used by the U.S. State Department, this museum will interest auto enthusiasts of all persuasions. A 1920s roadside café and garage exhibit complete the museum.

Columbia State Historic Park
14 mi south of Angels Camp, Hwy. 49 to Parrots Ferry Rd.
209-532-4301
Called the Gem of the Southern Mines, this park sits in the heart of gold-rush country. Visitors can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, or watch a blacksmith working at his anvil.

E- Events & Entertainment:

Events

February

Waterfront Crab Fest

Held in early February

Location: Waterfront Park on Front Street

916-442-8575

Crab fest is back in the tent at Waterfront Park on Front Street in Old Sacramento. Plenty of all you can eat fresh hot cooked crab, pasta, salad and anti-pasta, spirits, dancing and entertainment from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

March

Festival Italiano

Held in late March

Location: Dante Club

916-359-0618

A fun-filled evening of good food, wine and entertainment, including a delicious Italian dinner, door prizes and an Italian auction.

Women’s History Day

Held in late March

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Join the Old Sacramento Living History Program re-enactors as they demonstrate what life was like for women in the late 1800’s as they struggled to make their mark. Witness sufferance rallies, protests and other scenes featuring the struggles that women faced.

April

Steam-powered Excursions

Held April – October

Location: California State Railroad Museum

916-445-6645

Regular steam-powered excursion trains depart Saturdays and Sundays on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Central Pacific Freight Depot and Public Market in Old Sacramento. Climb aboard the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad every weekend for a relaxing 40-minute, 6-mile roundtrip ride on the banks of the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working steam locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars along a former Southern Pacific Railroad branch line.

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival

Held in late April

Location: Yolo County Fair Grounds

916- 557-0764

Traditional Scottish Competitions that began more than a century ago. Three days of fun and games including sheepdog trails, tug-o-war, bagpipe bands, fiddling, harping and vendors peddling Scottish wares.

Annual Festival de la Familia

Held in late April

Location: Cal Expo

916-443-6223

An annual celebration of Latino culture featuring luscious food, live entertainment and lots of fun.

May

Annual Designer Showcase House

Held in early – mid May

Location: In Sacramento’s Sierra Oaks neighborhood

916-437-1649
The Junior League of Sacramento presents its Annual Designer Showcase House.

Sacramento County Fair

Held in early May

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-2975

Exotic petting zoo, children’s hands-on activities and thousands of exhibits.

Senior Games Sacramento Sports Classic

Held in mid May

Location: Varies throughout Sacramento

916-277-6046

Interested in participating in competitive sports? The California Senior Games Sacramento Sports Classic is an annual event that offers athletic competition for adults age 50 years and older. The games are a multi-sport event for men and women patterned after the “Olympics” and held at various locales throughout the Sacramento area. There are 20 various sporting events offered such as, archery, basketball, bowling, cycling, race walk, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Competitors from all over Northern California participate each year. The Senior Games offers something for everyone’s skill level and interest.

The West Coast Brewer’s Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Sacramento Miller Park

The West Coast Brewers Festival celebrates the significance of California, Washington and Oregon in the development of the Micro Brew industry.

Jazz Jubilee

Held in late May

Location: Varies in Sacramento

One of the world’s largest traditional jazz festivals presents more than 125 bands from around the world and across the United States each year on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the best traditional jazz, the festival includes several other jazz-related music styles such as big band, barbershop, blues, gospel, Latin jazz/salsa, swing, Western swing and zydeco.

June

Pony Express Re-Ride

Held in early June

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Pony Express riders gallop west across the historic Pony Express Trail of 1860 – 1861 and end their 1,966 mile route in Old Sacramento at the Pony Express.

Juneteenth Celebration

Held in mid June

Location: Granite Regional Park

916- 808-7739

A Celebration of Freedom. Thousands gather at Granite Regional Park for a festive day of entertainment. Juneteenth begins with a Friday night Gospel concert, followed by Saturday in the park and The Black Rodeo on Sunday at Cal Expo.

July

Renaissance Faire

Held mid July – mid August

Location: Stafford Lake Park, Marin County

415-897-4555

The wildly authentic pleasures and colorful pageantry of a lusty Elizabethan country fair are brought to vivid life by the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire, bursting with high spirits and ancient seasonal traditions.

Sacramento French Film Festival

Held in mid July

Location: Crest Theatre

916-453-1723

Dedicated to celebrating the present as well as the history of French cinema by showing new French films as well as rarely seen French classics. Since its inception, the Festival has also involved the Sacramento art community by including short films from Sacramento filmmakers in its selection and original artwork by a Sacramento photographer in its posters.

Annual Strauss Festival of Elk Grove

Held in late July

Location: Elk Grove Park

916-714-2527

Features elegantly costumed dancers and professional symphony musicians. The setting is a grassy knoll at the edge of a lake surrounding a small island in Elk Grove Park.

Bridge to Bridge Waterfront Festival

Held in late July

Location: Waterfront

916-808-7777

The most fun on the river without a boat. Visitors enjoy a weekend in Old Sacramento of watercraft displays and activities featuring antique boats, personal water-craft races, high-performance power boat rallies, U.S. Coast Guard safety and rescue demonstrations, and much more.

Eppie’s Great Race

Held in late July

Location: Held along the scenic American River Parkway in Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Folsom.
916-875-6640

One of the world’s oldest triathlons: Run – 5.82 miles. Bike – 12.5 miles. Paddle – 6.35 miles.

August

California State Fair

Held in late August – early September

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-3000

Big name entertainment, thrilling rides, exciting midway, irresistible food; oodles of events and fun for the whole family make The State Fair a popular event.

September

Gold Rush Days

Held in early September

Location: Sacramento

916-264-7777

The excitement of the California Gold Rush is brought to life during Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days festival, held over the Labor Day Weekend.

Annual Greek Food Festival

Held in early September

Location: Sacramento Convention Center

916-443-2033

One of the most prominent heritage festivals in Sacramento, this celebration is devoted to the traditional foods, entertainment and displays of the Greek community.

Grape Escape

Held in mid September

Location: Crocker Park

916-808-7777

Sacramento’s Annual Capital Regional Wine & Food Celebration takes place at Crocker Park.

October

Fall Harvest Festival

Held most of October

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Old Sacramento brings the popular Halloween Festival back, “Fall Harvest Festival.” This annual event promises Halloween-themed fun, train rides and family entertainment on weekends to usher in fall.

Festival of Cinema

Held in early October

Location: Crest Theatre

Created in 1995 to showcase the talents of local and international filmmakers, the Festival of Cinema is the community’s premiere film arts showcase and a centerpiece for the arts in Northern California.

Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Held in early October

Location: Crest Theatre
916-319-2348

Sacramento Fall Home Show

Held in early October

Location: Cal Expo

The show is held at Cal Expo and is the place to find hundreds of home and garden products and ideas.

American River Salmon Festival

Held in early October

Location: Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma

916-358-2884

The Annual Festival takes place at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma. Watch them go back in the river and experience their dramatic return!

Annual “Magic of Kids” Family Festival

Held in early October

Location: Sacramento City College

916-576-3300

Features free activities, magicians, music, dance, theater performances, law enforcement and fire department displays and educational demonstrations.

November

California New Car Show

Held in mid November

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-3000

Car enthusiasts have plenty to celebrate when they get a look at the new and innovative cars at Cal Expo.

The 28th Annual Northern California Model Railroad Show

Held in mid November

Location: Placer County Fairgrounds

916-772-7502

The West’s Premier Model Railroad Show!

Harvest Festival

Held in mid November

Location: Sacramento

800-321-1213

One of the largest arts and crafts show on the West Coast. Attendees can meet and buy directly from America’s top artisans, enjoy entertainment and satisfy their taste buds with delicious festival cuisine.

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Held in late November

Location: Cal Expo

503-282-0974

Cal Expo has 300+ booths, filled to the brim with selections galore for Christmas gift giving.

December

Annual California International Marathon

Held in early December

Location: Sacramento

916-983-4622
A 26-mile, 385-yard point-to-point road race, a 4-person Marathon Relay Challenge, a 2.62-mile maraFUNrun/Fitness Walk and entertainment are included at this exciting event.

Heritage Holidays

Held early – late December

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

This annual event promises magical holiday cheer to all who visit Old Sacramento. For the two weeks leading up to Christmas, merchants have extended holiday hours. Stroll the beautifully decorated boardwalks and historic buildings featuring thousands of white lights.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration

Held on New Year’s Eve

Location: Old Sacramento

916-808-7777

The City of Sacramento celebrates the New Year on the waterfront in Old Sacramento. Along with two fireworks shows, the event features live music, food and drink vendors, a children’s stage hosted by top entertainers and live performances from local acts.

Arts and Entertainment

Sacramento Ballet

1631 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-552-5800

Call for performance schedule

Don’t miss the latest spectacular season.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra

3400 3rd Ave.

Sacramento, CA 95817
916-732-9045

Call for performance schedule

Sacramento Opera

3811 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-737-1000

Call for performance schedule

Sacramento Opera has been a Guild, a Committee, an Association, another Guild and finally the Association of today.

Sacramento Theatre Company

1419 H Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

916-443-6722

Call for performance schedule

Enjoy Broadway in Sacramento.

Sports

Sacramento Kings

Professional Basketball

Games played at the Arco Arena
One Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
916-928-0000

Season runs October – April

Long Beach, California

A- Overview:
Long Beach, California’s fifth largest city, is located just 21 miles south of Los Angeles, at the southern end of Los Angeles County. Long Beach offers all the amenities of a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, while retaining the charm and tranquility of a seaside community. Visitors seeking the California dream of beach, sun and ocean need look no further.

Long Beach is the perfect spot for people who enjoy the sun. Sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are popular year round. Early in the year, whale watchers observe the migrating California Gray Whale, and year-round harbor cruises entertain young and old . The city’s well-designed beachside bike path is ideal for in-line skating, jogging, bicycling, or a quiet walk.

Long Beach became popular in the late 19th century as a seaside resort. Long Beach Harbor and the neighboring Port of Los Angeles are two of the busiest shipping centers on the Pacific Coast. The entire area is rich in petroleum resources, both on land and offshore.

California State University, Long Beach, is home to 27,000 students. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center at Ocean and Long Beach boulevards encompasses the Long Beach Arena, Terrace Theater and Center Theater, where concerts, plays, trade shows and sporting events are held.

Boat cruises to Catalina Island leave from near the Queen Mary and from downtown. Long Beach AquaBus and AquaLink provide regularly scheduled service to Long Beach’s major attractions such as the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific daily from mid-June to mid-September, and Friday through Sunday the balance of the year.

The roar of Grand Prix race cars echoes through the city streets in early April during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Most Saturday mornings, the Long Beach Heritage Society conducts narrated two hour walking tours: of the downtown area the first and third Saturdays of the month, and of the East Village, (which is being developed as an arts district), the second and fourth Saturdays. Nearby, eclectic boutiques welcome shoppers seeking rare treasures, and international cuisine is served alfresco. Along the waterfront, more than 12,000 marine animals welcome you and your friends to their aquarium home

The Queen’s Marketplace, near Pier J, is an open-air mall designed to resemble an old English village. Shoreline Village, at the foot of Pine Street, is a harbor side shopping center with specialty shops, restaurants, a restored Looff carousel, and occasional live boardwalk entertainment.

Bring along a good book you’ve been wanting to read. Get ready to stretch out, relax, and watch the waves of the Pacific Ocean roll gently toward shore. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the beach, the roar of world-class stock cars racing in the shadow of glittering skyscrapers, a picnic at one of the many local parks, or a concert under the moonlit sky, Long Beach is a perfect vacation getaway. You can even experience a serenade by gondoliers rowing an authentic gondola in the Venetian style on a cruise through local canals. Ocean breezes waft gently off the Pacific along a stretch of coastal paradise, while in the distance, a tall ship sets sail.. These sights and many more await the visitor to romantic Long Beach. Time to pack!

B- City Information:
Long Beach City Facts

Population: 429,400

Elevation: 29 feet

Land area: 50.4 square miles

Location: Located 21 miles south of Los Angeles at the southern tip of L.A. County. It is on San Pedro Bay on the Pacific Ocean.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.0
58.3
59.7
63.0
65.9
69.8
73.7
75.0
73.4
68.6
61.8
57.1

High temperature (°F)
68.0
68.5
68.9
72.7
74.0
78.3
82.9
84.5
83.1
78.9
73.4
68.8

Low temperature (°F)
46.0
48.1
50.4
53.2
57.7
61.2
64.5
65.5
63.6
58.3
50.1
45.3

Precipitation (in)
3.0
3.0
2.5
0.6
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.4
1.1
1.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
6
5
5
3
1
0
0
0
1
2
3
5

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
6.0
6.7
7.4
7.1
7.0
6.8
6.6
6.2
5.6
5.2
5.0

Morning humidity (%)
76
78
80
80
81
82
82
82
83
81
79
77

Afternoon humidity (%)
53
54
55
51
55
56
54
53
54
54
53
52

Sunshine (%)
71
71
71
69
61
60
69
71
70
69
75
72

Days clear of clouds
12
10
11
12
10
12
18
19
15
13
13
13

Partly cloudy days
8
7
9
10
13
12
11
10
11
11
8
8

Cloudy days
11
11
11
8
8
6
2
2
4
7
8
10

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Enjoy a cool ocean breeze with nearly 345 days of sunshine every year. Summer temperatures range in the comfortable range of 70-80 degrees F, and winter temperatures are quite enjoyable at 55-65 degrees F, making Long Beach the ultimate year-round vacation destination. You can expect the summer to be the most crowded with tourists visiting many of the local and nearby attractions, enjoying the beach, and “star watching”. The fall becomes a little less crowded with a slight change in the temperature but not the activity. The fall in Long Beach is a peak time for events, including the annual Lobster Festival. Spring brings more of the same and is the perfect time for a romantic stroll on the beach. Whatever the time of year, the weather in Long Beach is beautiful!

Getting There:

By Car

Getting to and around Long Beach is easy! To get to Long Beach take the 405 south from Los Angeles or take the 405 north from Orange County. Then take the 710 south and Long Beach is located at the end of the 710 freeway.

By Air

Long Beach Airport

4100 Donald Douglas Drive

Long Beach, California 90809

562-570-2600

This is the most convenient airport for air travel into the Los Angeles/ Orange County area. Offering several daily flights on many of the largest airlines as well as regional carriers, Long Beach airport is the “plane easy” way to travel.

These alternative area airports offer hundreds of flights into and out of the area and are only a quick 25 minutes from Long Beach.

Los Angeles International (LAX)

1 World Way

Los Angeles, California

310-646-5252

Santa Ana/Orange County (SNA))
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

949-252-5200

Car Rental:

All of the major car rental companies are available at or near all three airports.

Getting Around:

By Car

To access over 5 1/2 miles of beach is easy. Let’s start at the heart of Long Beach. You can access the beach by going to Marina Green Park off of Shoreline Drive, or continue driving to Bluff Park at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Junipero Avenue or proceed on Ocean Blvd. towards the peninsula and park in one of many parking lots available for the beachgoer.

By shuttle

Long Beach Transit

1963 E. Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
562-591-8753

It is possible to conquer Long Beach without a car. Catch the convenient Passport shuttle, which runs approximately every 5-10 minutes. It’s free in the Downtown area and transports visitors to all of the must-see Long Beach attractions, including the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, and Pine Avenue.

Take advantage of the city’s bright red Passport Shuttle, a “free” transportation system that offers service to major Long Beach attractions. The new Purple Pine Avenue Link is also a “free” service from downtown to the Convention Center, Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Or, let the Passport Tour D’Art whisk you quickly to downtown’s cultural spots.

By Water Taxi

Long Beach Transit and Catalina Express

562-591-2301

Service frequency is every 90 minutes

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Fares Charged

Or visit us at the Transit Information Center on First Street and Promenade

You can hop on board the Aquabus between the downtown waterfront attractions such as the Aquarium of The Pacific and the Queen Mary. For a high-speed trip to the south end of Long Beach, you can catch the Aqualink, the link between downtown and Alamitos Bay.

The AquaBus is the red 40-foot harbor shuttle in Queensway Bay connecting the Queen Mary / Catalina Express, the Coast Hotel, Catalina Landing, The Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue Circle at the Pike, and Shoreline Village. Service frequency is hourly and hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children 2 years and under ride free.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, California

562-590-3100

Open Daily 9am-6pm

Admission Charged

This is the only aquarium in the world to focus on the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can enjoy 550 species, 17 living habitats and 30 exhibits which take them on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean’s three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. With its sweeping, curving, wave-like architecture, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to emulate the ocean.
Over 12,000 creatures are on view at this fascinating, state-of-the-art aquarium, which re-creates three different ecosystems and brings visitors face to face with sharks, sea lions, eels and other residents of giant tanks.

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-437-1689

Hours: Tuesdays – Friday, 11:30am – 7:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Admission Charged

Known as MoLAA, this combination museum and cultural center is devoted exclusively to contemporary Latin American art, including paintings, lithographs and sculptures. It also offers shows, classes, wine tastings, an open-air market, gift shop, and a restaurant.

Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
562-439-2119

Galleries & Store Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission Charged

Located high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this museum complex features the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson summer home and carriage house, both built in 1912, plus magnificent gardens, a permanent collection of European and California art, and a two-story gallery with changing exhibits.

Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

(800) 437-2934
(Phone) (562) 435-3511

The ship’s hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. with extended hours for restaurants & lounges.

First Class Passage ticket includes Ghosts & Legends show, admission to the adjoining exhibit of a Russian Cold War submarine, two Guided Tours and all exhibit areas. Casual to elegant dining

General admission passport includes the Ghosts and Legends and self-guided Shipwalk tour.
Behind the Scenes Guided Tour and World War II Tour and First Class Passage package also available.

The Queen Mary was already an icon before arriving at its permanent home in Long Beach. “The grandest ocean liner ever built” was hostess to the rich and famous during the 1930s and considered by many as the only civilized way to travel. World War II saw the Queen Mary’s conversion to a troop ship know as the “Grey Ghost”, carrying up to 15,000 troops at one time. She later carried more than 22,000 war brides and children to the United States and Canada.
After her arrival in Long Beach in December of 1967, she was removed from British registry and ownership turned over to the City of Long Beach. Her operation, maintenance and preservation are entrusted to the non-profit RMS Foundation.

Soviet Foxtrot Submarine ( code name Scorpion)

1126 Queens Hwy.

Long Beach, California 90802

562-432-3316

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Admission includes a short film. The submarine is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

The Soviet Foxtrot submarine, code name Scorpion, is on display just outside the Queen Mary. Touring the sub gives an idea of what life was like in close quarters. Steep ladders, small hatches, narrow corridors and lowered ceilings created an atmosphere much like an obstacle course. Imagine 78 crew sharing two showers and three toilets for up to three months at sea!

Whale Watching

From December to early April, take a cruise to spot gray whales on their yearly migration. You may see the whales “spy hopping,” poking their heads above the water a bit, or “breaching,” a spectacular display as the whales propel themselves out of the water and fall back with a big splash. Bring your binoculars.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90807
562-570-1755

Open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 1 — 5 (except on major holidays).

Admission Free

Rancho Los Cerritos was originally a Spanish land grant of 27,000 acres, but is still impressive at its present size of 4.7 acres. The complex includes an 1844 Monterey-Colonial two story adobe house (combining both Mexican and American architectural styles )and historic gardens. behave fun taking “Tea with Margaret Bixby.” You’ll enjoy a Victorian tea and find out about 19th century ranch life from “Margaret Bixby” in a living history presentation.

The Pyramid

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, California 90840

562-985-4949

Admission Free to View

This imposing edifice on the campus of California State University Long Beach, is one of only three pyramid-shaped buildings in the U.S. It is used for various functions including sporting events, conferences, weddings and filming for movies and commercials.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, California 90815
562-431-3541

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

This historic site was part of a massive Spanish land grant in 1784 and today serves as a living history museum comprised of six agricultural buildings, working blacksmith shop, magnificent gardens and a rambling adobe ranch house built in 1800.

California State University Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90840

562-985-4111
Call for additional information

Long Beach Arena

300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for additional information

Admission Free to View

Used for conventions, exhibits and special events, this large arena offers 46,000 square feet of exhibit space plus seating for more than 13,500 people.

Naples Island

5437 E. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California

562-433-9595

Call for schedule of departures

Admission Charged for Trip

A peninsula on the southern most tip of Long Beach. Naples was patterned after the Italian city of the same name (with canals). Authentic gondolas glide along the waterways while spectators watch from the waterfront sidewalks.

Signal Hill Farmers Market

2701 Walnut Ave.
Long Beach, California 90806

866-466-3834

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Weekly open-air market situated on a scenic grassy field features fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, , cut flowers, live orchids, farm fresh products, and baked goods.

Gondola Getaway

5437 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California

562-433-9595

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A romantic one-hour Alamitos Bay cruise on an authentic Italian gondola, complete with gondolier (who will croon upon request) and complimentary food basket.

Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

Alamitos Avenue to 54th Place
Long Beach, California
Biking trail; Jogging path/track

Pine Avenue

Between Ocean Blvd. and 3rd Ave.
Long Beach, California

Open Daily

Admission Free
Shop in the daytime or party at night within this trendy retail and restaurant district, with historicbuildings, shops and eateries. A sizzling nightlife takes over when the sun goes down.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

562-985-8885

Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.,Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday and Seasonal Closures:

Winter: Mid December to the end of January
Spring Break: The week before Easter
Summer Holidays: The Fourth of July
Fall: Thanksgiving Day through the following Sunday

Admission Charged. However, there is no fee to visit the garden unless a public program is offered that day. On the Cal State University Long Beach campus, you’ll find the quiet beauty of this large Japanese Garden. Enter through a tile roof gate modeled after one in Kyoto, Japan to another world. Explore a three-tiered Buddhist pagoda, wander the path in the White Birch Woods, and don’t miss the ceremonial teahouse where you pass through the sliding shoji doors into another world. There’s also a wonderful koi pond, bonsai gardens, waterfalls, and a “zigzag bridge”: built to ward off evil spirits that, legend holds, can travel only in straight lines.

Shoreline Village

419 Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, California 90802
562-435-2668
Call for days and hours of operation

Quirky shops, souvenir stores and restaurants line this popular waterfront boardwalk, which also features a carousel and fun zone for kids, live entertainment, beautiful views of the city, and dynamite sunsets.

Californian

419 Shoreline Village Drive at Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California
800-432-2201

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This 145-foot replica of the C.W. Lawrence is California’s “Official Tallship.”

Long Beach Waterfront

54th Place and Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California

Admission Free

Enjoy a scenic bike ride along the trail

East 4th Street

Long Beach, California

Admission Free
Shoppers looking to buy vintage clothes, furniture and other memorabilia from the 1950s up through the ’70s will enjoy the many shops that span more than two-blocks on this popular, busy street.

El Dorado Regional Park

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

There are 3 fishing lakes, with pedal boats, and ducks that love to be fed. There is an archery range (you must bring your own equipment) a model glider field, a Frisbee golf course (byo), playgrounds, and bike trails (byo). Steam train rides. (Is this a miniature train or full size.? Where does it go: around the park or elsewhere?

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Rainbow Harbor

419 Shoreline Village Drive at Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California

800-432-2201

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Climb on board the tallship Californian, a full-scale re-creation of the 1848 Revenue Marine Cutter, C.W. Lawrence, one of fastest and grandest cutters on the California coast. Kids jump right into the adventure of clambering around the riggings and exploring below decks. If you really love tall ships, there are day cruises available.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, California

562-590-3100

Open daily 9:00am – 6:00pm

Admission Charged

Over 5,500 species, from moon jellies to sharks, in 17 exhibits from the Bering Sea to Southern California to tropical barrier reef environments. The huge, three-story-high tanks are the most popular exhibits, but don’t miss the Soft Coral Lagoon’s Plexiglass underpass: peer up at tropical fish weaving through the coral and watch divers feeding the fish. Ready for a rest? Have a seat in the theatre, and watch a documentary on sea life.

Mothers’ Beach

At Marina Park (Appian Way)

If you have toddlers, head for “Mother’s Beach”. Lifeguards on duty in summer, sandy beach and gentle waves, barbecue grills, grassy areas, and a whale to climb on that spouts water.

El Dorado Regional Park and Nature Center

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

There are 3 fishing lakes with pedal boats, and ducks that love to be fed. There is an archery range, (you must bring your own equipment) a model glider field, a Frisbee golf course (byo), playgrounds, and bike trails. Steam train rides too.

El Dorado Nature Center

Near the El Dorado Regional Park

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

The Center has streams and lakes and hiking trails, making it a great place to stretch your legs. The Center is set in a meadow surrounded by trees and is home to everything from turtles to weasels to rabbits. Bicycling and walking are free, but there is a small parking fee. At the Center Museum, children will love the hands-on exhibits and workshops.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, California 90815

562-431-3541

Open Wednesday through Sunday with tours every half hour

Admission Charged

The 7 ½ acre ranch has an adobe house built in 1800 and barns with draft horses, goats, sheep, and other farm animals. It is set in four acres of gardens, and has a working blacksmith shop. This is a great way to spend a couple hours watching farming demonstrations (you’ll have the opportunity to take part in some yourselves!) pecial events are held all year long. Call for details.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90805

562-570-1755

Call for additional information

Admission Free
Originally a Spanish land grant of 27,000 acres; the ranch has shrunk to 4.7 acres. It contains an 1844 Monterey-Colonial adobe house and historic gardens. Have fun taking “Tea with Margaret Bixby.” You’ll enjoy a Victorian tea and find out about 19th century ranch life from “Margaret Bixby” in a living history presentation.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

6300 State University Drive
Long Beach, California 90815
562-985-5930

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday and Seasonal Closures:

Winter: Mid December to the end of January; Spring Break: The week before Easter
Summer Holidays: The Fourth of July; Fall: Thanksgiving Day through the following Sunday

On the Cal State University Long Beach campus, you’ll find quiet beauty in this large Japanese Garden. Enter through a tiled roof gate modeled after one in Kyoto, Japan and emerge in another world. Explore a three-tiered Buddhist pagoda, wander the path in the White Birch Woods, and don’t miss the ceremonial teahouse where you pass through the sliding shoji doors to more wonders. There’s also a wonderful koi pond, bonsai gardens, waterfalls, and a “zigzag bridge” built to ward off evil spirits (which, legend holds, can only travelin straight lines).

Queen Mary Seaport

At the end of I-710

Long Beach, CA

562-435-3511

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

One of the main attractions in Long Beach is this huge ocean liner with its opulent public rooms and staterooms. This ship is one of the glories of the 1930s deco design period with gorgeous woods everywhere (even the decks are made of teakwood). Some believe that the ship is haunted!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Antique & Collectible Market

323-655-5703

Long Beach Veterans Stadium located at Lakewood Blvd. and Conant Street near the Long Beach Airport.

Held the 3rd Sunday of Every month

Admission Charged
The Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectable Market offers over 800 Dealers with a huge selection of antiques, collectibles and home furnishings at bargain prices

April

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

3000 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, California
United States

882-88-SPEED

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The annual race is billed as the largest sport special event of the West Coast, roaring engines, 180pmh speeds, and perfect weather, make for a fun filled day.

May

Long Beach Community Band Classics Concert

Lakewood First Baptist Church

5336 East Arbor Road

Long Beach, California

562-403-2923

Call for exact dates and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The annual spring concert features the Shoreline Concert Band.

June

Bixby Knolls Street Fair

Atlantic Ave between Carson and Bixby
Long Beach

Admission if Free
The Annual Bixby Knolls Street Fair takes place on Atlantic Avenue, the District’s central commercial corridor, which is closed to traffic for several blocks to allow arts and crafts vendors, local business people and food purveyors to set up booths and boutiques in the street. The Fair is a free open-air festival that is attended by over 10,000 local residents and visitors who come to enjoy the free, family-oriented fun that includes shopping, food, kids’ activities and all sorts of live entertainment on the outdoor stage and on the street.

Long Beach Bayou Festival Long Beach

Queen Mary Events Park
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-435-3511

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Long Beach Bayou Festival is a three-day celebration that brings together authentic Louisiana music, food, shopping, arts, crafts and dancing. There are two live entertainment stages that offer a variety of musical options including Creole zydeco and jazz and blues. Come listen to the music or take some free dancing lessons.

September

Harvest Festival

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California

800-321-1213

Usually held Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

Admission Charged

This annual event is America’s leading marketplace of handmade art, clothing, gourmet food and thousands of unique items. The Harvest Festivals are a testimony to savvy shoppers who think outside of the mall for solutions to home decorating, wardrobe sprucing, gift giving and jewelry purchasing dilemmas. For those who crave more out of their shopping experience than just purchasing innovative items, the Harvest Festival has an exciting lineup of entertainment throughout the weekend, along with gourmet food sampling and much more.

Annual Brazilian Street Carnival and Independence Day Celebration

100 North Promenade, Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach, California

562-438-3669

Usually held 10:00am – 10:00pm

Admission Charged

Downtown Long Beach turns into a Rio Carnival every September with Brazilian bands, food, crafts, and the highlight of the day: a big Rio-style parade.

Annual Grecian Festival

562-494-8829

Call for exact dates and additional information

Admission Charged

This event features authentic Greek food, game booths and entertainment.

Long Beach KKJZ Blues Festival

Long Beach’s North Athletic Field

Long Beach, California

562-985-1686

Call for additional information and times

Admission Charged

KKJZ FM 88.1 presents this famous festival held at Cal State, spotlighting top Blues musicians.

Belmont Car Show

562-434-3066

Usually 10:00am – 3:00:pm

Admission Charged

The largest one-day show on the West Coast.

Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Port’s O’Call Village

562-434-3066

Usually held Friday – Sunday, call for exact dates and times

Admission Charged

The annual Lobster Fest is coming. Get your appetite ready.

International Sail & Power Boat Show

Long Beach Convention Center and
Downtown Marina

714/633-7581
Call for exact dates and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Long Beach tradition continues, nearly forty years of boat shows produced by the Southern California Marine Association and presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The International Sail and Power Boat Show is the West Coast’s largest in-water and indoor boat show featuring hundreds of motor yachts, cruisers, sailboats, fishing boats, performance sport boats, family trailerables, ski boats, pontoons, inflatables and personal watercraft.

October

Homeworld Fall Show

300 East Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for additional information

See everything new at the Fall Home Show

Shipwreck

Aboard the Queen Mary

Long Beach, California

562-435-3511

Call for days and hours of operation

A month-long Halloween terror fest featuring haunted mazes aboard the Queen Mary.

Long Beach International City Bank Marathon

562-728-8829

Call for exact date and additional information

This popular and scenic course runs from the Aquarium along Ocean Blvd. througout Belmont Shore, Naples and back to the downtown area. Events include Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, inline Skating Marathon, Bike Tour, Children’s Fun Run.

December

Christmas Boat Parade

Long Beach, California

Boat Parade is usually held the second Saturday in December. Boaters may decorate their vessels and enter the parade. This parade attracts large crowds in and around the canals of Naples and it is always great fun.

Arts & Entertainment

The Terrace Theater

300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Edison Theatre

213 East Broadway
Long Beach, California 90802
562-432-1818

Call for schedule and additional information

Admission Charged

Sports

Skylinks Golf Course

4800 East Wardlow Road
Long Beach, California 90808

562-421-3388

Call for tee time and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Eighteen-hole challenging design is an enjoyable experience for all players, which offers an exciting blend of water hazards, numerous bunkers and excellent fairways and greens.

Long Beach Ice Dogs Hockey Club
Long Beach Arena
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.ICE.DOGS (423.3647)

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Bakersfield, California

A- Overview:

The name Bakersfield brings to mind its association with country music, and in particular with the “Bakersfield sound.” Former Oildale resident and retired Sonoma State University professor Gerald Haslam’s book Workin’ Man Blues proposes that this Bakersfield Sound grew out of several different styles of music and that performers picked and chose the styles they liked and thus created their own brand of music found nowhere else in the country.

The Bakersfield Sound was marked by the sharp, loud, high-end sound of the electric and steel guitars, fiddles, and lead and harmony vocals influenced by rock and roll and rockabilly as well as traditional country music. It was a reaction to the early (’50s and) ’60s sweetening of country music as characterized by the Nashville Sound. Bakersfield music was, by comparison, rawer, twangier and more in line with rock music.

Performers such as Cousin Herb Henson, Bill Woods, Billy Mize, Oscar Whittington, Eugene Moles, Jelly Sanders, Johnny Cuevelo, and others played to appreciative crowds within the smoke-filled honky tonks in and around Bakersfield. The Blackboard Café, Bob’s Lucky Spot, the Rainbow Gardens, the Pumpkin Center Barn Dance, the Beardsley Ballroom, the Clover Club, Tex’s Barrel House, Trout’s, and a number of other establishments offered music seven nights a week.

This rich musical heritage, along with oil and agricultural production, is what put Bakersfield on the map as a California travel destination. The local music scene has produced popular performers such as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and the alternative band, Korn. Buck Owens still makes his home in Bakersfield and performs regularly at the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Steakhouse. The Crystal Palace features veterans of country western music alongside some of the hottest up-and-coming young artists.

The downtown theater district offers visitors an opportunity to view live performances while dining in intimate surroundings. Vintage movies appear on the big screen and national touring theatrical companies perform. For more than 70 years, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has made beautiful music.

Visitors can catch some of the greatest touring performances at the Bakersfield Centennial Garden. The Garden converts into one of the most competitive sporting arenas in the San Joaquin Valley and has hosted basketball’s L.A. Lakers, hockey’s L.A. Kings, Fight Night at the Garden, and WWF Smackdown.

When spring arrives, thoughts turn to rafting, and the Kern River offers some of the best white water rafting available. If fast action is not your attraction, make sure to enjoy the many hiking trails, natural sites, and the famous Spring Kern Wildflower Tours. Beauty abounds as the wildflowers bloom and blanket the hillsides with color. Make sure to bring your camera for those perfect shots.

The city’s downtown area invites you to enjoy a day of shopping and experience the award-winning streetscape. Downtown offers time for relaxation as you can take in the architecture of the past; dine at many of the downtown eateries and browse through antique and specialty stores. Corner benches allow visitors to rest and enjoy the beauty of the flowers planted in the street medians.

If the visual arts appeal to you, tour the remodeled Bakersfield Museum of Art, located in downtown Bakersfield, where the architecture promotes a feeling of grace and elegance. Find outstanding displays of artwork in three different galleries featuring local artists and world-renowned traveling exhibits. In addition to the arts, evening concerts in the park, ballet, original plays and multi-cultural displays engage all ages and interest levels.

Professional sporting events and entertainers are featured at the City’s Centennial Garden & Arena. For those who enjoy exercising and having “cool fun”, check out Bakersfield Ice Sports Center located behind Centennial Gardens. The Bakersfield Ice Sports Center offers public skating, figure skating, and more. In addition, the Ice Sports Center is the official practice facility for the Bakersfield Condors Hockey Team. Most weekends bring topnotch auto racing at Bakersfield Speedway and streetracing is an ongoing and very popular attraction.

For water enthusiasts, the completion of the McMurtrey Aquatics Center offers additional fun to those visiting during the hot summer months. The multi-purpose swim facility is located next to the Ice Sports Center of Bakersfield. The Center has an 8,551 square foot recreation pool and a 50-meter competition pool as well as a double water slide, interactive wet play equipment, and a water volley ball area.

Those who enjoy the great outdoors may want to bring along a bicycle, roller blades, or running shoes and experience first hand the beautiful scenery of the Kern River Parkway. The Kern River Parkway extends nearly 20 miles along the banks of the Kern River, starting at the California Living Museum northeast of town and ending near Cal State Bakersfield.

Visit Bakersfield soon for a fantastic country experience, and help keep the Bakersfield sound alive!

B- City Information:
Population: 267,900

Elevation: Bakersfield is 492 feet above sea level.

Location: Centrally situated along California’s main transportation corridor between major population centers in southern and Northern California, Bakersfield is the hub for three key freeways – Interstate 4 and State Routes 99 and 58. Bakersfield is located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The valley is partially surrounded by three mountain ranges, the Temblor Range to the west, the Tehachapi’s to the south and the Sierra Nevada’s to the east. The Kern River flows through the valley adding natural beauty to the area.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone

Weather: For National Weather Service Information call 559- 584-3752

Month
High
Low

January
40F
24F

February
43F
26F

March
54F
36F

April
65F
47F

May
75F
57F

June
84F
66F

July
88F
71F

August
87F
69F

September
80F
62F

October
68F
50F

November
54F
38F

December
43F
28F

When to go: With so many interesting places to visit in Bakersfield, it’s difficult to choose one season over another. Spring temperatures averaging in the 50’s make it a great time to attend the many outdoor sports and festivals. Summer, with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid-80’s, allow the visitor to enjoy the many parks and water activities. The Fall is a great time to experience the Kern County Fair, a local favorite. Enjoy a brisk walk in the winter where temperatures seldom fall below 40 degrees or visit one of the many museums.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Getting there:

By Air

Meadows Field Airport

661-393-7990

Meadows Field Airport provides commercial flight service. Regular non-stop flights to three of the West Coast’s largest hubs, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco, are conveniently scheduled throughout the day. With many arrival and departure times to choose from, travelers have easy access to virtually any city throughout the world.

Bakersfield Municipal Airport

Bakersfield Municipal Airport offers a full range of business, agricultural, recreational and personal aviation activities.

By Train

Amtrak

800-872-7245

Amtrak’s San Joaquin route offers service to San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Hanford to the north.

By Bus

Greyhound Bus

800-231-2222

Throughway buses provide service to Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Oceanside and San Diego to the south as well as to major airport connections both north and south.

Distances From Bakersfield, in Miles

Anaheim 136

Los Angeles 110

Las Vegas 279

Napa 301

Pismo Beach 145

San Diego 235

Las Vegas 289

Sacramento 272

San Francisco 288

Sequoyia Nat. Park 122

Yosemite Nat. Park 207

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency Calls 911

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Bakersfield Museum of Art

1930 R Street, Bakersfield, Ca 93301

661- 323-7219

Features a permanent collection of California regional art and traveling exhibits, situated in Central Park. Call to reserve guided group tours.

California Living Museum (CALM)

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93306

661- 872-2256

Offers a wide array of fascinating exhibits pertaining to California plant and animal life.

Live exhibits focus on native California wildlife.

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

2018 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield 93301

661- 324-6350

Collection of fossils from Kern County, educational collection of area gems and minerals and Native American artifacts from local Yokuts group.

Minter Field Air Museum

401 Vultee, Shafter 93263

Lerdo Hwy & Freeway 99

661- 393-0291

Open Saturdays from 10AM – 2PM

Museum admission and Parking is Free! Donations are accepted.

The Museum is housed in the original fire station built at Minter Field in 1941. The base was a major basic training facility where 11,261 pilots received basic training in BT-13’s (Vultee Valiant), UC-78’s (Cessna Bamboo Bomber), and other aircraft.
Minter Field is a center for aircraft restoration, with several shops that specialize in WWII aircraft

12 Miles North of Bakersfield on Highway 99, exit Lerdo Highway, then one mile West.

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

2800 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93308

661- 328-7560

Admission charged.

The Crystal Palace is an all-in-one restaurant, museum, country store and theater focusing on the rich history and sounds of country music.

Golden West Casino

1001 S. Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93307

661- 324- 6936

Card Club Casino. Play poker or California games. Restaurant and lounge and weekend entertainment. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Edwards Air Force Base

15 E. Mojave Blvd.
Edwards, CA 93524

Base Operator: 661- 277-1110

[Due to the attacks of Sept. 11, and in accordance with established security procedures, Edwards Air Force Base is suspending all public tours until further notice. While it is important for the public to come and see their Air Force firsthand, it is paramount Edwards Air Force Base takes the necessary steps to support our primary mission of flight test and national defense objectives.]

Located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

Air Force Flight Test Center Tours
Edwards Air Force Base – home of the Air Force Flight Test Center, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory – offers visitors a flight line bus tour, a flight test center museum and, once a year, an Open House and Air Show.

Tours are available for both the Edwards Air Force Base flight line and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

Sports

Public Golf Courses

Admission charged.

Sycamore Canyon Golf Course, 661- 854-3163

North Kern, 661- 399-0347

Kern River, 661- 872-5128

Buena Vista, 661- 398-9720

Peppertree, 661- 832-2259

Wasco Valley Rose, 661- 758-8301

Tennis

Bakersfield Racquet Club, 661- 325-8652

Village Premier Rio Bravo Resort Includes 4 clay courts, 661- 872-5000

Laurel Glen Tennis Club, (661) 833-3740

Water Sports

Bakersfield attracts thousands of visitors each year because of the great climate for water recreation. White water rafting, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing are just some of the activities available.

White Water Rafting

Mountain & River Adventures 760-376-6553

Kern River Tours 800-844-7238

Experience the thrill and challenge of white water rafting. Take an adventurous ride down the Kern River and view the river as you’ve never seen it before.

Racing

Mesa Marin

11000 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306

661- 366-5711

Admission charged.

One of California’s finest racing facilities with a half-mile, high banked paved oval track and test track. NASCAR California 600, late model Stock Cars, Modified Stock Cars, Grand American Modified, Craftsman Trucks, and NASCAR Winston West Series 200 races are held at the raceway.

Famoso Raceway

33559 Famoso Road, McFarland, CA 93250

661- 399-2210

Admission charged.

12 miles north of Bakersfield, CA.

Quarter mile drag strip featuring the Good Guys Nostalgia March Meet, NHRA FM series in April, and the NHRA CHRR IX in October.

Willow Springs International Raceway

3500 75th St. West, Rosamond, CA 93560

661- 256-2471

Races every weekend, 5 circuits available. Car, motorcycle, kart driving & racing schools.

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

24551 Lerdo Hwy. Buttonwillow, CA 93206

661- 764-5333

Admission charged.

Three-mile road racing track.

Bakersfield Blaze Baseball – Sam Lynn Baseball Park

4009 Chester Avenue.

661- 322-1363

Admission charged.

April through September

Directions: From State Route 99 exit California Ave. Go east on California, turn left (north) on Chester Ave. to 4009 Chester Ave.

Home of the Bakersfield Blaze, a co-op Single A farm team, affiliated with the California League.

Bakersfield Condors Professional Ice Hockey

1001 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, 93301

661- 324-7825

Admission charged.

October – April

Home games are played at Bakersfield’s new Centennial Garden Arena.

Kern River Parkway Bike Path

The parkway is located along the Kern River from Lake Ming in the northeast to California State University, Bakersfield in the southwest and offers many miles of scenic bike path for bicyclers, joggers and roller blading.

818 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

661- 325-6428

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center

1251 Oak Street (corner of Oak and California Ave.)

661- 325-1379, 325-5453

Admission Charged.

Seven acre family park includes miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts, batting cages and a 10,000 square foot arcade.

John’s Incredible Pizza

3709 Rosedale Hwy

661- 859-1111

Experience Bakersfield’s only pizza buffet. Large arcade area complete with bumper cars, video skill & carnival games, simulator ride, and more.

Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Avenue

661- 852-5000

Experience Kern County’s past in this restored Victorian Village. You will see buildings such as an 1899 general store, a one room schoolhouse and a grand Queen Anne Victorian home.

Lori Brock Children’s Museum

3801 Chester Avenue

661-861-2132, 852-5000

Monday –Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12- 5pm

Tickets for admittance to the museum are sold until 3:00 p.m. each day.

Admission Charged.

Exhibits and classes are offered year round for “hands on” teaching. Displays include art, history, humanities and science and encourage creative thought.

Kern County Fairgrounds

1142 South P Street

661- 833-4900

Admission Charged.

Home of the Great Kern County Fair, held each year in September. The fairgrounds host many annual events: car shows, gem & mineral shows, equestrian events, rodeos and much more.

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area

1361 Iron Bark

661- 861-2063, 661-763-1526

Camping Reservations 661- 868-7050

Directions: approximately 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield, CA, off I-5 onto Highway 119, then about two miles south on Highway 43.

Admission Charged.

Activities available include waterskiing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing, swimming and picnicking. The Recreation Area has a play area for children in the shape of a giant toy soldier as well as concession buildings, covered picnic areas reserved for large groups (400 capacity) or small groups (100 capacity), numerous other picnic spots throughout the park, three boat launching sites and an RV dump station.

Lake Ming

Lake Ming Road, 10 miles northeast of Bakersfield, off the Alfred Harrell Highway on the Lake Ming Road exit.

661- 868-7000

Closures: Approximately 20 days a year the lake is closed to the public and reserved for special, organized boating activities. Call the Kern County Parks Department for closure information.

The national boat drag races attract thousands of visitors each year to the Bakersfield area. The lake offers boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and provides a great picnic and playground area. Hills surround the lake, and the Greenhorn Mts. stretch along the eastern horizon. From a hilltop picnic ground overlooking the lake, the view is breathtaking. Fishing is allowed between October 31 and March 31 in designated sections with a valid CA State Fishing License.

Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street (at 20th and R Streets, downtown in Central Park)
661- 323-7219

Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday / Sunday noon – 4pm

Admission Charged.
Three galleries showcase a wide range of international artists as well as rising local talent. Art education classes are available.

Buena Vista Natural History Museum
2018 Chester Ave

661-324-6350

Thursday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and by appointment.

Closed on most major holidays.

Admission Charged.
Millions of years ago this area was an ocean bay. Some of the sendiment has been eroded and exposed in a nearby area called Sharktooth Hill. This bonebed covers over 110 square miles, but much of it is still deep underground.

California Living Museum [CALM]
14000 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654
Tuesday–Sunday, 9am-5pm

Admission charged.
California’s Premier Native Zoo and Garden. CALM displays and interprets native animals, plants, specimens, and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research. Zoological and biological exhibits cover California wildlife and plants including mountain lions, desert tortoise, fox, eagles and reptile house. Summer education programs for children.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Arts and Entertainment

Dore Theater

9001 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield, Ca 93311

661- 664-2213

Admission charged.

Located on the campus of California State University Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Music Theatre/Stars Theatre

1931 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93301

661- 325-6100 – Dinner Theater

Admission charged.

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

1328 34 Street, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 323-7928

Admission charged.

Theatre Arts Productions/Spot Light Theater

1622 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 634-0692

Admission charged.

Located in the Historic Hayden Atrium Building in downtown Bakersfield, Spotlight Theatre showcases performances on weekend evenings and Sunday matinees throughout the year. Every seat in the ninety-nine seat theatre offers a great view and excellent acoustics.

Bakersfield Community Theatre

2400 South Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca 93304

661- 831-8114

Admission charged.

Having staged seasons uninterrupted since 1927, Bakersfield Community Theatre holds special recognition as The Oldest Continuing Community Theatre in California.

Historic Fox Theater

2001 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 636-0918

Admission charged.

This historical theater in downtown Bakersfield hosts many nationally acclaimed

performers and productions.

The Marketplace Shopping & Entertainment Center

9000 Ming Ave

661- 664-6513

A premier shopping and entertainment center, the Marketplace is home to Edwards newest multi-plex theatre and offers many exclusive shops and restaurants.

Major Event Facilities

Bakersfield Centennial Garden and Convention Center

1001 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-852-7300 Or 852-7308

Admission charged.

With seating capacity up to 10,000, a variety of events are held at the convention

center throughout the year. Bakersfield Condors Hockey & California State University, Bakersfield Basketball Team call the Centennial Garden home.

Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium

1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305

661-395-4326

Admission charged.

Seating capacity 19,044. Home of the Shriner’s Potato Bowl and home of the Bakersfield Renegades.

Events

April-September

Bakersfield Blaze Baseball – Sam Lynn Baseball Park

4009 Chester Avenue.

661- 322-1363

Admission charged.

Call for exact dates and times.

Directions: From State Route 99 exit California Ave. Go east on California, turn left (north) on Chester Ave. to 4009 Chester Ave.

Home of the Bakersfield Blaze, a co-op Single A farm team, affiliated with the California League.

May-August

Downtown Street Fairs

Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association

2000 K Street #120

661- 325-5892

The association sponsors evening street fairs on Chester Avenue. the annual Up on the Roof event and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Festival.

May-September

The Marketplace Shopping and Entertainment Center

9000 Ming Avenue

661-664-6513

Thursday nights, 7-9pm

Call for exact dates.

Admission Free.

Summer concert series at the fountain.

Bakersfield Jazz Festival

California State University

9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA

661- 665-6142 Or 664-3093

This annual event takes place in May on the Cal State University campus.

The festival features local jazz artists, as well as performers from around the state.

September

Kern County Fair

661- 833-4900

1142 South P Street

Usually held at the end of September through early October. Call for exact dates.

Admission Charged.

The Kern County Fair has been serving Bakersfield and the surrounding communities for over 75 years with food booths, concerts, carnival rides, displays, contests, rodeo, livestock shows and auctions. A variety of interim events go on year-round such as home and garden shows, concerts, antique shows and more!

October-April

Bakersfield Condors Professional Ice Hockey

1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, 93301

661- 324-7825

Admission charged.

Call for exact dates and times.

Home games are played at Bakersfield’s new Centennial Garden Arena.

November-December

Holiday Lights at CALM

Lightasmic

Usually held the end of November through December.

661-872-2256

Call for hours and dates.

Admission charged.

Josh Barnett’s Lightasmic is a visual holiday spectacular including two million lights in 35 displays featuring animation and themed music.