FAQs: Concerts in the Park

We’re psyched to have you join us for Concerts in the Park! See FAQs below for quick questions and answers, or email [email protected].

Where are the concerts being held?

Concerts in the Park takes place every Friday from May 5 – July 28 at Cesar Chavez Plaza: 910 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

There are two entrances:

9th and J

10th and I

The rest of the park will be temporarily fenced for the duration of the event.

What’s the schedule for each concert? What time do the gates open?

Gates open at 5 p.m. Each night will start with a DJ, leading in to the opening acts and closing with the headlining band.

We encourage all attendees over the age of 21 to go to one of our official After-Party locations downtown and get a discounted drink from our partners. To see a full list of locations, visit GoDowntownSac.org/CIP.

Do I need to buy a ticket? 

No! CIP is free entry.

I’m a photographer, can I take photos at the event?

Photographers need advance permission to be in the pit; if you would like to photograph the concert, please email [email protected]. All other photographer is permitted from the audience, but we encourage you to tag @CIPsacramento when you post so we can credit your work.

Where can I park?

There are multiple covered parking lots within a block of Cesar Chavez Plaza, including:

    • City Hall Garage, 1000 I St.
    • SP+ Parking, 849 J St.
    • Standard Parking Plus, 1010 8th St.
    • ABM Parking Services, 1111 J St.
    • 1000G Garage, 751 10th St.

Use SacPark.org for more options.

Can I ride my bike to the event? 

Absolutely! We are offering a FREE bike valet service, courtesy of SABA, at Chavez Plaza. You will not be able to bring your bikes inside the concert fence.

Can I ride a scooter to the event? 

Definitely! We will also have free scooter parking.

How do I know if this event will be safe? 

The safety and wellbeing of our downtown community is our number one concern. Sacramento PD will be on-site before, during, and after the event, and we have hired additional private security for the district each night.

Cesar Chavez Plaza will be temporarily fenced every Friday morning, and the park will be temporarily cleared every day for a security sweep before each concert.

Are children allowed at the event? 

They are! This is a family-friendly event.

Are pets allowed at this event?

No pets, only service animals.

Is there a bag policy? 

Bags are allowed under a certain size. Any items brought in to Concerts in the Park need to be under 1.5 ft. by 1.5 ft.

Signs/flags/posters may not be larger than 11″ x 17″ and can not be attached to a stick or pole of any kind.

Prohibited Items. Leave these at home!

Drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Weapons, pepper spray/mace, flares, and fireworks.
Drones and remote control toys.
Unauthorized solicitations or giveaways.
Any other items deemed unacceptable by management.
Disruptive behavior:
No sitting, standing, loitering in designated fire lanes or walkways.
No taunting, abusive, or insulting language.
No obscene or offensive gestures, imagery, or symbolism.

Is smoking permitted? 

Yes, but you can only smoke in the designated “Smoking Area”.

Are there other activities at the event?

We have interactive vendor booths, food trucks and stations, a Bogle Wine Garden, and live artwork stations.

Is re-entry permitted?


Can I bring my own food or drinks?

Nonalcoholic liquid in plastic, sealed containers are permitted. Liquids in cans or glass are not permitted. All personal water bottles must be empty prior to entering the concert.

Outside food is permitted.

Bags or coolers cannot be larger than 1.5 ft. by 1.5 ft.

How can I buy drinks?

Show your ID at the entrance and anyone who is over 21 will be provided with a Bud Light wristband.

Once you have your wristband, head over to the Drink Token station and buy as many drink tokens as you like.

Once you have your drink tokens, go to the bar, or the Bogle wine garden, to purchase beer, wine, cocktails, or water with your tokens.

Will there be an ATM on site?

No, but we accept all major credit cards and Apple Pay.

Are face masks required? What about COVID-19?

Concerts in the Park and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership are following all CDC guidelines. Masks are encouraged but not required.