Arts & Culture

Tune Out to Tune In to Downtown Sac

Katie Almazan

If you’re reading this, power down your device and go outside. This is not a drill. March 9-10 is National Day of Unplugging which means it’s time for an annual 24-hour digital detox. We are all guilty of spending too much time on our phones and computers hooked to social media, technology and electronics.

In a hyper connected world, sometimes we often miss out on what’s going on right in front of us because we are buried in our devices. It’s time to get back to the basics. Join us as we get outdoors and reconnect by taking the pledge to power down from sundown March 9th to sundown March 10th.

With a full technology-free day ahead, here are five ways you can turn off and tune in.

Take a Walk

Yeah, we said it. Lace up your comfortable shoes and get outdoors. Venture through the serene landscape of Capitol Park or head over to DOCO to check out all the new retail and restaurants. Here you can browse inside the new Urban Outfitters, stop in to Häagen-Dazs and indulge in an ice cream or cross through the tunnel and pop in to the adorable shops in Old Sacramento and rediscover our ever-evolving city.

Game On

There’s no better way to unwind than with a great game. Check out a deck of cards or board game at Punch Bowl Social to live like a kid again. Time spent playing serves as a great reminder that we are meant to have fun and engage without a phone in hand! If board games aren’t up your alley, bowling, darts and shuffleboard are calling your name.

Grab a Drink

Remember the days when coffee shops were the place to go? Where you would go to delve into a great book or connect with friends? The days where you would spend hours chatting about your thoughts or escape with a captivating read. We sure do. Leave the phone and computer at home and instead stop in to Temple or Insight and embrace the calm…and coffee.

Just Keep Spinning

Did you know downtown has a bike sharing program? Check out a bike for $4 an hour at one of these locations and cycle through the city soaking up the sights and sounds or cruise straight to the trail along the river with the wind through your hair. New wheels, who dis?

Get Silly

If you haven’t already, we highly encourage checking out a show at Laughs Unlimited in Old Sacramento. One of the best comedy venues in the city makes for an unforgettable night. Snag tickets to a show with comic Dennis Gaxiola featuring Ryan Chan and prepare for loads of smiles and laughs to ensue.

Take the pledge with us and tell us why you are unplugging. Post the day before your detox and encourage others to gear up to power down. Download your poster to share.