March is in full swing and lucky for us, Sacramento has a lot of Saint Patty’s Day celebrations in store! Read on for a full lineup of local events and activities, plus ways that you can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at home. We also take a look at the conflict in Ukraine and how it might affect the U.S. housing market.
Looking for some festive ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Sacramento? Check out our top five picks in and around the city!
- St. Paddy’s Yappy Hour (Thursday, March 17th): Yappy Hour is back! Wear your green-colored attire and join the Sacramento SPCA at Hop Gardens from 4 pm to 7 pm. The best part? You can enjoy great beer, food, and raffle prizes while also supporting animals at the Sacramento SPCA.
- Bottomless Green Beer at University of Beer (Thursday, March 17th): Join University of Beer in Sacramento for $17 bottomless green beer special from 6-10 pm with the purchase of an entree.
- Saint Patrick’s Day Sights and Sips Cocktail Cruise (Thursday, March 17th & Saturday, March 19th): This year step aboard City Cruise’s St. Patrick’s Day Sights & Sips Cruise in Sacramento for an unforgettable day. Open to all ages! Experience a 1.5 hour cocktail cruise on the Sacramento River and cruise the day away with friends and family while soaking in Sacramento’s skyline views. Featuring St. Patrick’s Day décor and live DJ entertainment. Themed cocktails and small bites are available for purchase.
- Old Sacramento Waterfront St. Patrick’s Day Hunt (Now through Thursday, March 17th): If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family this St. Patrick’s Day, join the Leprechaun Hunt at the Old Sacramento Waterfront – going on now through Thursday, March 17th. Pick up your activity pages at the Old Sacramento Visitor’s Center or download here to print your own to search for ten Leprechauns hidden throughout the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Each Leprechaun will have a corresponding, secret word that families must fill in on the activity pages to move onto the next hidden Leprechaun. Don’t forget, you’ll need to fill in each clue to solve the secret code at the end. Once complete, email the secret word by March 17th to email@example.com for a chance to win!
- Shamrock Hunt at Hagen Community Park (Saturday, March 19th): Come out for a free family event at Hagen Community Park from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Children can hunt for shamrocks hidden by leprechauns and there will be prizes, activities, and vendors! Learn more here.
Do you plan on celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in the comfort of your own home? From appetizers and mains to creative cocktails and desserts, we’ve put together a list of fun recipes that will be sure to impress your St. Patty’s Day crew.
Festive Drinks: Get the party started with these festive beers, mixed drinks, and mocktails!
- Green Beer: It wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without green beer. With just one drop of food coloring, you can make your own. Get the recipe here.
- Irish Coffee: You may not be Irish but your coffee can be…Celebrate the occasion with this Spiked Irish Coffee!
- Lucky Charms Shots: Try out these “magically delicious” shots with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Lucky Charms!
- Shamrock Sour Cocktail: Whiskey sour gets a festive makeover by going green.
- Jameson Jello Shots: Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without jello shots! Have a “shamrockin’” good time with these Jameson Jello Shots.
- Fuzzy Leprechaun: This yummy fruity cocktail is made with peach schnapps, blue Curacao, and vodka. Learn how to make it here.
- Lime Sherbert St. Patty’s Day Punch (Non-Alcoholic): This delicious lime sherbert drink packs a punch! Learn how to make it here.
- Irish Car Bombs: This staple St. Paddy’s Day drink doesn’t need an introduction…End the night with an Irish Car Bomb!
Bring on the Appetizers: Looking for some tasty appetizers to go with that green pint of Guinness? Check out these St. Patty’s Day approved dips, bites, and sliders.
- Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders: This ridiculously easy app is taken to the next level with Guinness mustard. Learn how to make it here.
- Pretzel Dog Beer Cheese Dip: You can’t go wrong with beer, cheese, and pretzels. Click here to make this crowd-pleasing app.
- Irish Potato Nachos: If you haven’t tried Irish Potato Nachos, you’re missing out. What’s not to love about a heaping pile of crisp potatoes slathered in shredded cheese and topped off with crunchy bacon and fresh chives? Get the recipe here.
- Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage Wedges: When in doubt, add bacon. The best part? These bacon-wrapped cabbage wedges get bonus points for being low carb. Learn how to make them here.
- Irish Pub Cheese Recipe: This creamy cheese pairs well with pretzels, pita chips, or sliced veggies.
- Saint Paddy’s Dill Dip: Serve this delicious dip with raw vegetables or crackers of your choice.
- Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders: Doctor up your favorite BBQ sauce for St. Paddy’s Day by adding onions, jalapeños, and Irish whiskey. It’s the best way to serve these mini sliders.
- St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Veggie Platter: Impress even your pickiest Leprechauns with this Rainbow Veggie platter!
Mains: These Irish-inspired dishes will take your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration to the next level.
- Soda Bread: Can someone pass the bread? Learn how to make this quintessential Irish side here.
- Corned Beef in Beer (Crockpot): Let your crockpot do the work by trying out this tasty Corned Beef in Beer recipe.
- Irish Cabbage and Bacon: There’s nothing boring about this cabbage dish, which is loaded with bacon, onions, chicken broth, and mustard seeds.
- Irish Pan Haggerty Potatoes: This classic Irish potato dish is loaded with sliced potatoes, bacon, onions, and of course, cheese. Check out the recipe here.
- Irish Stew: This traditional comfort dish features tender lamb, hearty carrots, and lots of potatoes.
- Irish Shepherd’s Pie: A Saint Patrick’s Day meal is not complete without a heaping serving of Irish Shepherd’s Pie. Get the recipe here.
- Irish Pub Salad: You can’t forget your greens! Incorporate this Irish Pub salad into your menu. It’s loaded with eggs, cheese and topped with tarragon dressing.
Desserts: Don’t forget the dessert! Consider making one of these holiday-inspired treats.
- Pot O’ Gold Cups: These little brownies prove that you don’t have to go to the end of the rainbow to find the perfect St. Paddy’s Day dessert.
- Lucky Charm Eclaires: This nostalgic treat is not only adorable with the Lucky Charm garnishes but it’s also delicious. Get the complete recipe here.
- Green Velvet Pops: Forget red velvet — green velvet will be your new favorite rich (and holiday-appropriate) cake pop flavor.
- Irish Chocolate Pots de Creme: Not only is this dessert gorgeous but you can also make it ahead of time in just minutes! Add two tablespoons of Baileys for that Irish touch. Check out the recipe here.
- Shamrock Shake Cupcakes: This minty cake topped with fluffy whip cream mousse is what dreams are made of! Get the full recipe here.
Wondering how the conflict in Ukraine may affect the U.S. housing market? According to Housing Wire, it may lead to lower mortgage rates in the short term. “While mortgage rates trended upward in 2022, one unintended side effect of global uncertainty is that it often results in downward pressure on mortgage rates,” said Odeta Kushi, deputy chief economist of title insurance firm First American. “The 10-year Treasury yield is down today, likely in response to the worsening Russia-Ukraine conflict, and mortgage rates may follow suit.” Read the full article here.
There’s something magical about the holiday season…It’s almost as if this time of year waves a magic wand over the world and everything becomes a little bit brighter, happier, and more beautiful.
In honor of this wonderful season and all of the joy and happiness that it brings, we’ve put together a “Holiday Activity Guide”, which covers everything from the best light displays, to family-friendly activities, events and more! We also take a closer look at the real estate market and predictions for the New Year. Read on for the full scoop!
Make this season a memorable one with these holiday happenings that are taking place in and around your area.
38th Annual Santa Parade Around the State Capitol
When: December 11th from 10 am to 11 am
Where: 14th & N Streets along Capitol Park
What: In the heart of California’s Capital City and freshly redesigned Downtown District near Capitol Park, bands will play, twirlers will twirl, horses will prance, clowns will delight, and its Grand Marshall will welcome over 10,000 moms, dads, and children to one of Sacramento’s largest annual family events. And who could forget an appearance from the biggest VIP of them all, Santa Claus?
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Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town
When: December 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th from 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Fairytale Town | 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
What: Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with festive décor and a dazzling display of lights! Visit Santa in his workshop from 3 to 6 pm and take photos. Victorian carolers will stroll through the park on weekends from 4 pm to 6:30 pm or can be found singing around the fire.
Learn More Here
Sacramento SPCA’s 4th Annual Pup Crawl
When: December 11th from 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Truitt Bark Park | 19th and Q Streets
What: Join Midtown businesses to celebrate the Pawlidays by giving back to the animals while you sip, savor and shop this holiday season! Check-in at Truitt Bark Park for your map, jingle bells for your pup(s), photos with Santa Paws, and other holiday giveaways. Enjoy drink and food specials, shopping discounts, and holiday activity stations at each Pup Crawl stop.
Get Your Tickets Here
Santa Hustle in Roseville
When: December 12th from 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Vernon Street Town Square | 311 Vernon Street, Roseville
What: Thousands of Santas will hit the streets of Roseville during the 3rd annual Santa Hustle 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash. Runners and walkers alike are warmly invited to join this magical event, which begins and ends at Vernon Street Town Square.
Santa Stops in Old Fair Oaks
When: December 15th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Fair Oaks Park | 4150 Temescal St, Fair Oaks
What: Santa will be in town and he plans to make some special visits to all the good girls and boys of Fair Oaks. Santa and his top elf will stop at registered residences for photos, candy canes, and conversation.
Additional Information Here
Hometown Christmas Concert in Old Folsom
When: December 17th from 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Historic Folsom | 200 Wool Street, Folsom
What: Lakeside is inviting the entire community together for a Hometown Christmas Concert in Historic Folsom! Gather with friends and family at the Zittel Family Amphitheater for FREE live Christmas music with something for everyone—reggae, harmonica, blues, country, and more. We may even have a good ‘ol fashioned Christmas carol sing-a-long! Get bundled up, grab dinner at a local restaurant, and come celebrate Christmas with the whole family!
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Light Up the Night Bike Ride in Old Fair Oaks
When: December 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Phoenix Park – Bike Park | 9050 Sunset Avenue, Fair Oaks
What: Bundle up, bring your glow gear, and deck out your bike with as many holiday lights as you can find for Family FreeRide’s Light Up the Night Bike Parade at the Fair Oaks Bike Park. All ages are welcome. The event is free to attend but a canned food donation is encouraged. Helmets are required.
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Historic Christmas Light Promenade in Old Folsom
When: Every weekend this holiday season
Where: Old Folsom | 9055 Leidesdorff Street, Folsom
What: All of Sutter Street is covered in twinkling lights, a vision to be seen. Santa and Mrs. Clause stop by for visits with kids and their families. The Historic District transforms into a magical Christmas scene with pop-up carolers and even occasional snowfall. Visitors from near and far come to the district to enjoy a little bit of Christmas joy and celebrate with family and friends.
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Santa River Cruises Aboard the Hornblower
When: Saturdays & Sundays (select times)
Where: 1206 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (between K and L Street – the L Street Dock)
What: Spend your December afternoon cruising along the Sacramento River with Santa himself! You and your family will be greeted with a complimentary cookie and cup of hot cocoa to warm up your chilly winter afternoon. Relax to the sounds of background holiday music, or take your family to the coloring area where fun holiday-themed coloring sheets will be available. Don’t forget to bring your camera because Santa will be on board and ready for a photo op!
Plan Your Santa Cruise Here
Capital Stage: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly
When: Now through December 24th
Where: Capital Stage | 2215 J Street, Sacramento
What: In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as a dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
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Sacramento’s Global Winter Wonderland
When: Open Thursday through Sunday – Now until January 16th
Where: Cal Expo Fairgrounds | 1600 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento
What: This year’s event is a new concept and is a more immersive experience featuring an incredible array of lighting displays, responding to music and attendees. Guests will love walking through illuminated tunnels and the Field of Dreams aglow with over 30,000 roses arriving at Winter Wonderland. In total there are over three million LED lights, creating a unique and exhilarating event specifically designed for this year’s extended holiday season. In addition to this innovative and experiential evening, there will be a food court, Beer Garden, and vendors. And like past events, there will be carnival rides and games to enjoy, along with having pictures taken with costumed characters and Santa.
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Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento
When: Thursday through Sunday – Now until December 24th
Where: Old Sacramento Waterfront District | 1014 2nd St #200, Sacramento
What: Located blocks from the renowned Golden 1 Center, the Old Sacramento Waterfront district transforms into a 19th-century winter wonderland. Watch the light show spectacular and unique retelling of the American classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Shows will be held every Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 7:30 pm with only one show at 6 pm on December 24th.
See The Complete Schedule Here
Polar Express in Old Sacramento
When: Now until December 19th (select days)
Where: California State Railroad Museum | 125 I Street, Sacramento
What: Enjoy this magical family event! The evening begins in our passenger station where you will be entertained by Polar Express characters, enjoy hot chocolate and a sweet treat courtesy of our hot chocolate chefs, and then board your train to the North Pole. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf — Santa himself — will come on board to give each passenger the first gift of Christmas, a silver sleigh bell.
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Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
When: Open Tuesday through Sunday – Now until January 16th, 2021
Where: 701 K Street, Sacramento
What: The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink presented by Dignity Health is officially open! We’re excited to skate with you this winter and to celebrate the holiday season in both Downtown Sacramento and at the Old Sacramento Waterfront for the Theatre of Lights
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Holiday Weekends at Old Sugar Mill
When: Holiday weekends – Now until December 19th
Where: Old Sugar Mill | 35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg
What: Join the Old Sugar Mill as we kick off a month-long celebration of “Holiday Weekends at the Wineries” with live music, food trucks, and vendors!
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Magical Christmas Train in West Sacramento
When: Now through December 23 (select days)
Where: Sacramento River Train | 400 N Harbor Blvd, West Sacramento
What: This excursion is fun for kids of all ages! Each ticket includes a 1-hour train ride, hot cocoa in a souvenir mug, and a sweet treat. Santa’s elves will be on board the train to guide passengers in Holiday sing-a-longs, elfish games, and fun festive activities. All the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus joins us on the train for a visit with each family. Feel free to come dressed in your cozy P.J.’s to add even more magic to your overall experience.
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Wondering where you can catch a dazzling light display this year from the comfort of your own car? Check out some of our favorite, over-the-top holiday light displays in and around the Sacramento area!
Dovewood Court in Orangevale (Neighborhood Event): This 18-home cul-de-sac brings the holiday spirit to life in the form of lights every night from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Be sure to bundle up because the neighborhood is only allowing walk-throughs this year. Parking is available nearby at the Orangevale Grange on Walnut Avenue. Every home in this cul-de-sac is extensively decorated with a holiday theme in mind – from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Peanuts and much more!
East Sacramento’s Fab 40s Christmas Lights (Neighborhood Event): Grab your hot chocolate and bundle up while you admire this classic, established East Sacramento neighborhood (from 40th to 49th, between J and Folsom) for its beautiful homes and brilliant light displays. This neighborhood is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season with lights and garland draped around the tree-lined streets.
Bayside Christmas Lights Drive-Thru in Roseville (Now through December 31): Join Bayside for its 6th Annual Christmas Lights Drive-Thru that is sure to delight the entire community. Prepare for a night of dazzling lights paired with your favorite Christmas music! Pack up the whole family and get ready to be immersed in music and lights all from the comfort of your own car. FREE tickets are required for entry to maximize your experience and to keep our roads safe. Get your tickets here.
Pebble Creek Christmas Lights in Rocklin (Neighborhood Event): This area has been attracting spectators for years with its popular Disney-themed homes and elaborate light displays! Stroll through the neighborhood by foot or bundle up in the car and roll down the windows for an impressive display of lights!
Wondering what the housing market is expected to look like next year? According to the California Association of Realtors, the California housing market will remain solid if the pandemic is kept under control. Take a closer look at their projections and insights here.
Summer is almost over, which means the temperatures are about to cool off. And while there’s no guarantee, it looks like the housing market may cool along with it—at least slightly.
According to a recent article from realtor.com, many experts expect that, while the fall buying season will be competitive, it won’t be quite as frenzied as the spring or summer.
One indicator supporting that projection is the pace of price growth. According to the article, the national median home price hit $385,000 the week ending August 14 (the highest on record). That price represented an 8.2 percent increase year over year—a definite increase in price, but significantly less than the 17.2 percent increase from April 2020 to April 2021. Inventory is also starting to increase (according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®,1.32 million homes were available for sale in July 2021—a 7.3 increase from June)—and the more inventory is available in the fall, the easier the home search process will be for buyers.
According to the latest available stats from the Sacramento Association of Realtors, the active listing inventory increased 23.5 percent from June to July. The median sales price decreased 1.9 percent from $520,000 to $510,000. This figure is up 20.6 percent from July 2020 ($422,745).
So, what does this mean for you? There’s no denying that fall is shaping up to be a competitive season for real estate—but with slowing price growth and increasing inventory, it could prove to be less competitive than it has been for quite a while.
When you redesign your home, you want to design it in a way that feels timely and on-trend. But what does “timely” and “on-trend” look like in 2021? The 2021 Houzz Emerging Home Design Trends Report outlined some of the year’s most popular home design trends, including:
Dedicated activity spaces. Forget craft closets. One of 2021’s biggest trends is creating an entirely dedicated room or space in the home to house the family’s favorite activity—whether that’s an art studio, a home theater, or a wine cellar.
Living room refreshes. Updating their home in general is a priority for many homeowners this year—but the room homeowners seem to be most interested in refreshing? The living room. According to Houzz’s data, searches for living rooms (which can provide homeowners design inspiration) are up 52 percent compared to 2020.
Luxury colors and materials. This year, homeowners are embracing luxury in their home design—with velvet, gold, and crystal accents all in high demand.
Low inventory in markets across the country have been driving up prices and creating bidding wars, making it extremely difficult for many potential buyers to successfully find and purchase homes. But it looks like things are (finally!) starting to look up for buyers.
According to realtor.com’s Monthly Housing Report for July 2021, while inventory is still low, more homes are starting to hit the market. New home listings were up 6.5 percent nationally year-over-year—and up even more (11.1 percent) in large metro areas. The more homes that become available, the more options there are for buyers—and the more the market shifts in their favor. In Sacramento, the active listing inventory went up 23.5% from June to July of this year according to SAR!
“July housing trends show a market still working its way back toward some version of normal. The feverish pace of home sales is beginning to follow historical seasonal patterns, while new listings grew at an unusually high rate for the summer months, further helping the inventory crunch,” Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com, said in a recent press release. “This is shifting the housing market balance in a more buyer-friendly direction.”
So, what does this mean for you? If you’ve been struggling in your home search, the new inventory hitting the market could make it easier to successfully find and purchase a home—so get out there and start looking!