Events, Old Sacramento

Octobertour, Pumpkins, and Fall Events!

Jordan Alwood

Fall is officially here! Whether you’re the type to enjoy the rain and play in puddles or sit with a nice book indoors– we’ve got you covered.


Starting October 1st, there will be a month full of activities at the Old Sacramento Waterfront to celebrate this spooky season. To participate in Octobertour, visit the Visitors Center and snag a map. Use your map to guide you around and get stamps at your favorite fall shops, restaurants, and activities. When you’ve finished exploring all the fun, return the map to the Visitors Center to be entered in our raffle and have the chance of winning a prize! Come find fall with us and get ready to get in this holiday spirit.

Plenty O’ Pumpkins Patch

Part of our OctoberTour promotion is a festive pumpkin patch! Come enjoy the first-ever Pumpkin Patch within the district and pick out some pumpkins. The Children’s Receiving Home is hosting this pumpkin patch to benefit the youth and families CRH serves.

The pumpkin patch will be open Friday through Sunday throughout the month of October. On Friday, the pumpkin patch will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM.

On weekends the pumpkin patch will be open 11 AM- 6 PM.

Movies Under the Stars

Experience Movies Under the Stars presented by XFINITY every Thursday night in October with four Halloween-themed movies hosted outside at the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. We’ve got The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and Hocus Pocus playing on the big screen. If you’re into Halloween movies we suggest you snag your tickets fast!

Tickets are sold at General Admission and Preferred Seating.

Tickets are limited and required to attend! You can purchase tickets in advance HERE. Don’t forget: bring your photo ID to receive a pair of free headphones to enjoy the movie with.


October 6– The Addams Family

October 13– The Nightmare Before Christmas

October 20– Beetlejuice

October 27– Hocus Pocus

Track or Treat Train Rides

Enjoy a delightful not frightful ride behind a diesel locomotive operated by our ‘Skeleton Crew,’ while our “(g)host with the most” car attendants keep the party going for 45 fun-filled minutes. Before and after your ride, enjoy exclusive access to the Passenger Station complete with “fangtastic” games, activities, and photo ops for all ages!

Come dressed to impress in your Halloween best, and bring a bag to collect fun “Track or Treat” goodies!

You can also enjoy the excitement of the Magical Mad Scientist and his crew of minions. The laboratory is decorated with a display of crazy experiments fit for the mad Doctor himself, and his tricks and illusions will leave guests of all ages in awe. First Class guests will receive onboard refreshments. With nonstop fun and excellent service, First Class is perfect for those looking for an interactive and wacky time.

*Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket and must be seated on an adult’s lap during the train ride.

Saturdays and Sundays in October:

October 8-9: Princess and Pirates
October 15-16: Outer Space
October 22-23: Witches, Wizards, and Ghosts
October 29-30: Heroes and Villains

Train Times:

10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM

Halloween Art at The Atrium

Halloween Art and Crafts will be available all month long at the Atrium Eco Art Cafe. Make a magical wand, paint a canvas, make a crown, or participate in any of the other offered crafts while you’re there. No appointment is needed-  just show up. The garden artwork tables are available 6 days a week.

Tuesday thru Thursday 10 am-5 pm
Friday – Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
(Closed Mondays)

1020 Front Street – For more information click here.

Scarecrow Contest

Help us vote for the best Scarecrow at the Old Sacramento Waterfront! We have over 10 different scarecrows around the district that our merchants have put together waiting for you to vote and win! Check the OctoberTour map for locations, and when you find the best scarecrow scan the QR code on their display and vote.

Sacramento History Museum Ghost Tours

Come join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento as you search for clues and solve true tales of Sacramento’s phantom past! Beware of wronged soiled doves, misidentified remains, and colorful Gold Rush characters. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived – and died! – in our fair city. These guided walking tours last approximately one hour and are recommended for those 8 years of age and older.

Tours will “depart” at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and 8:30 pm
Saturdays: October 15, 22, and 29

Tickets for our annual Ghost Tours are $25 per person. Purchase them at or by calling the Sacramento History Museum at (916) 808-7059.

Feelin Festive Yet?

There are tons of ways to celebrate Fall and Halloween with us and we can’t wait to see all the spooky activities you get into! Grab your best costume and smile and head to the Old Sacramento Waterfront for all the best festivities.