14 Great Date Night Ideas In Sacramento, California - Updated 2024

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There’s nothing like a date out at night under the starry Sacramento skies, don’t you think? When you have a variety of options for things to do, you have to admit that sometimes it can be hard to choose where to go for some lovey-dovey time with your better half or crush. Sacramento, California, is one of those places where you will be ever spoilt for choice. You can even treat them to a nice stay at top Airbnb houseboats or romantic hotels. But you have to be keen to choose right. Whether it’s your first date or your umpteenth, if you genuinely care for your person, you won’t be willing to risk taking them on a boring date. So, which way out of this dilemma? Here are some excellent date night ideas in Sacramento, California.

1. Explore Old Sacramento Waterfront

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A historical landmark, Old Sacramento Waterfront will have you stepping into the past with its beautifully restored buildings and charming horse-drawn rides. From shopping and dining to romantic cruises along the river, you and your partner will find plenty to do here. Start with a swing dance lesson at 916 Swing before heading to Sacramento History Museum to check out various exhibits featuring the city’s history. You can also visit the store here for a souvenir to take home with you. Then, enjoy a romantic lunch with your beloved at Rio City Cafe on the boardwalk.

If you’re here on New Year’s Eve, Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming year with your partner while gliding along the waters and enjoying an unforgettable view.

Old Sacramento Waterfront

Address: 1014 2nd St Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Website: Old Sacramento Waterfront

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2. Catch a live performace at The Sofia, Home of B Street

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Dedicated to preserving the essence of live performances, The Sofia, Home of B Street, is a great spot for lovers of fine arts. Found in 1986 by actor Timothy Busfield, this theater has gone through several evolutions to reach its current popularity. It puts on performances of both beloved classics and new plays, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

If you’re bringing your kids along, rest assured, as they’ll be delighted by the large selection of family-friendly plays here. More interested in music? From the moody tunes of a violin to foot-tapping performances by bands, the venue offers something for everyone. You’ll also find the occasional comedy show here, so keep an eye out.

The Sofia, Home of B Street

Address: 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816, United States

Website: The Sofia, Home of B Street Theatre

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3. Challenge your partner to a race at K1 Speed Sacramento

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Posted by K1 Speed on Friday, August 23, 2019

Interested in pumping your adrenaline for your next date night outing in Sacramento? One of the most recommended activities to get your gears going is racing go-karts! K1 Speed is an indoor track that features electric go-karts. The track is completely friendly to first-timers, so if you’ve never done it before, there’s no need to worry. You might even find yourselves having a good time and ready for the next adventure! Might we add that K1 Speed also serves good food?

K1 Speed Sacramento

Address: 3130 Bradshaw Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States

Website: K1 Speed Sacramento

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 9pm

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4. Get goosebumps at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room

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Posted by Enchambered : Sacramento Escape Room on Saturday, March 7, 2020

One of the fun things to do in Sacramento for couples that have gained popularity in recent years is escape rooms. We dare say that it’s a unique date night idea, so if you’re up for something new, you should definitely take your partner to Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room.

Work challenging puzzles together and see how in sync you are! Full disclosure, though, escape rooms are not for the faint of heart. Only the brave, strong, and truly adventurous will have the time of their lives!

Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room

Address: 2230 Arden Way C, Sacramento, CA 95825, United States

Website: Enchambered

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 11pm (closed on Sun)

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5. Enjoy a casual date at Fox & Goose Public House

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One of the things to do in Sacramento at night for couples is going to Fox & Goose Public House. This is a casual yet romantic place for you and your loved one to have a beer or two or more and some tasty food. It may not bring as much glamor and class as a five-star hotel, but it sure sounds perfect for the guy looking for an intimate setting where the prices are pocket-friendly, and everyone can just be themselves. So skip the fancy restaurants just this time and check out Fox & Goose Public House for a fun night instead.

This British-style decorated pub and restaurant must just be everyone’s favorite place to be if you want to eat mini scones, gnaw on some steak or ribs and eat some bacon, corn beef hash, English bacon, and much more. Their menu isn’t as extensive, but whatever food is on it, it comes prepared to perfection. To top it all off, the service here deserves no less than five stars.

Fox & Goose Public House

Address: 1001 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811, United States

Website: Fox & Goose Public House

Opening hours: Sun & Thu: 7am - 2pm; Mon - Wed: 7am - 7pm; Sat: 7am - 8pm (closed on Fri)

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6. Catch a show at Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge

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No date of yours would turn down an hour or more of non-stop laughing by watching comedy shows at the Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge. Just like the title says, here you’ll get unlimited laughs. You and your partner will probably need a strong drink later in the night to calm those budding rib aches from all the laughing.

You may have to purchase your show tickets earlier and not on the day of your date. They get sold out pretty quickly, and you don’t want to be stuck queueing in a long line waiting for extra show tickets at a time when you should be spending quality time with your date.

Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge

Address: 1207 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Website: Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge

Opening hours: Fri: 4pm - 12am; Sat: 1pm - 12am; Sun: 1pm - 11pm; Wed - Thu: 4pm - 11pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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7. Have dinner and a show aboard the Delta King Steamboat

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Who said romantic date ideas in Sacramento had to be basic? Nothing spells Romantic date night better than bringing your handsome man or gorgeous girl to wine and dine at the 285-foot-long (87-meter) Delta King Steamboat. It traverses through Sacramento and San Francisco ferrying passengers who aren’t looking to travel but instead enjoy some quality time together.

This floating hotel and restaurant will not only leave you awed by the endless string of live performances, but it will also reveal the scenery at night that will showcase just how beautiful Sacramento and your date are at night.

The Delta King Theatre

Address: 1000 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Website: The Delta King Theatre

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8. Have some drinks at MIX Downtown

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The Mix Downtown seems like the ideal place for you both to button down your shirts, let your hair loose, get on the dance floor and sip on your favorite beers, wines, and cocktails. Here, you’ve got two fully stocked bars at your disposal, plenty of open space, clean bathrooms, and endless night fun.

What about the food? It’s even tastier and fresher. Have anything from grilled cheese, chicken tacos, tomato soup, sliders, and fries. Feel free to start your date as early as 5.30 pm, which is when happy hour starts.

MIX Downtown

Address: 1525 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Website: MIX Downtown

Opening hours: Sun: 9pm - 1:40am; Sat: 4pm - 10pm; Wed - Sat: 4pm - 1:40am (closed on Mon)

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9. Watch a movie at West Wind Sacramento Drive-In

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Care to go back to the classic ideas for your date night? Are you both in the mood for a movie? How about ditching the usual big screens and going for a more intimate and memorable experience at the West Wind Sacramento Drive-In? This is one of the classic and romantic things to do in Sacramento.

The picture quality may not be as good as that of a more modern theatre, but watching your favorite movie in your car with just the two of you is quite romantic, and you’ll be talking about it for months afterward.

Mondays are ideal for visiting the drive-in because there are fewer people. There’s no need to bring your own food because free refills allow you to eat as much popcorn as you want. Purchase some drinks, ice cream, and hotdogs to munch on while watching the movie.

West Wind Sacramento Drive-In

Address: 9616 Oates Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States

Website: West Wind Sacramento Drive-In

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10. Let your creative juices flow at Paint Nite Sacramento

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One of the unique Sacramento date ideas is going to an art class! Paint Nite Sacramento is an event set up that takes place in different venues across Sacramento. People in attendance get to test their art skills on a piece of paper or canvas. You don’t even have to be that good, just enjoy the experience. The best thing is that you both get to bring your art pieces/paintings home with you.

Here, there’s good music, sumptuous wines, a friendly and engaging atmosphere, and it’s clean and spacious. If you are looking for an out-of-the-box idea for you and your date to connect, laugh, and paint, then this is an event you cannot afford to miss.

Paint Nite Sacramento

Website: Paint Nite Sacramento

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11. Play some video games at Zion Virtual Reality Arcade

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You must admit that there are very few date night ideas that are friendly for tech enthusiasts, gamers, and computer geeks. If you are up for a good time, how about visiting Zion Virtual Reality Arcade? The wide array of virtual reality games will amaze you.

The experience comes complete with all the latest tech advancements like head-mounted displays, 360-degree movement, and motion tracking systems. Experience a new form of entertainment and get to see, feel, and know what the virtual world is all about.

Zion Virtual Reality Arcade

Address: 1140 Exposition Blvd STE 600, Sacramento, CA 95815, United States

Website: Zion Virtual Reality Arcade

Opening hours: Sat: 1pm - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm; Mon, Wed & Thu: 2pm - 8pm; Fri: 2pm - 9pm (closed on Tue)

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12. Take a walk in Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park, California State Railroad Museum
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The Old Sacramento State Historic Park boasts some of the oldest buildings in Sacramento. If you’re looking for a cool laid back place away from the nightclubs and bars, then look no further. This park is full of so much to learn and see. Come with your bae and just chill, hold hands and cuddle while gazing at the stars.

There are plenty of shops where you both can get something to eat or buy souvenirs. Interact with other visitors who come here to enjoy the train rides, fun, and more. If you don’t want to spend too much but still take your date on a captivating night out, you’ll be mesmerized by what the Old Sacramento State Historic Park has to offer.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Address: 111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Website: Old Sacramento State Historic Park

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13. Have dinner and drinks at Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

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Are you a sucker for excellent service? If yes, you want to take your date nowhere else but to The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar. Everything you’ll eat here is not only locally sourced but also fresh farm produce. Besides, you are yet to taste cocktails as sweet and well-prepared as those in here.

On weekends, be sure to call early and book a table because you may have to wait for hours if you are a walk-in visitor. The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar set up is quite fun with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating space. You’ll be delighted to come back here countless times again to share special moments.

Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

Address: 2718 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, United States

Website: Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2am; Sat: 4pm - 2am; Thu - Fri: 11:30am - 2am; Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 12am

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14. Listen to live music at Ace of Spades

Posted by Ace Of Spades on Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ace of spades kind of reminds you of a game of cards or gambling. But this is a different kind where it’s all about good music, and no, you won’t lose any money from a bad bet. Located on the Northern side of California, The Ace of Spades has become the place to be for anyone looking to have an auspiciously good time in Sacramento.

Its spontaneity is what draws many love birds on date nights. Expect live music, concerts, an expansive food menu, and a whopping four bars to make sure your fountain of beers and cocktails never runs dry.

Ace of spades

Address: 1417 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811, United States

Website: Ace of spades

Opening hours: Sat: 3pm - 6pm; Tue - Fri: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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A memorable date night

If you are new in town, or you’ve never really been great at picking date night spots, above are several suggestions to get you started. Sacramento has a ton of great things to offer, so don’t be the one to sit back and miss out on the best events. As a matter of fact, pick an event to attend on date night every weekend or fortnight. Your minds will be blown away.

Be sure to check out the best Vrbo vacation rentals and hotels with pool for your accommodation needs.

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