Annual Gold Rush Days Event Comes to Old Sacramento Labor Day Weekend

In Sacramento, Labor Day weekend 2008 is set to take visitors back to the 1850s.


In Sacramento, Labor Day weekend 2008 is set to take visitors back to the 1850’s. As part of the city’s annual Gold Rush Days event, more than 200 tons of dirt and loads of actors, costumes and artifacts will transform the streets of Old Sacramento into an experience of the Wild West.

The free four-day event will feature a wide variety of entertaining and educational events, including musicians with period instruments, cowboy gun fights, storytelling, food preparation and traditional dance performances. A lecture series will focus on the Gold Rush’s effect on different cultures and ethnicities.

As in previous years, the festivities will also employ a variety of re-enactments and activities to celebrate the Sisters of Mercy in Sacramento. In 1857, the Sisters landed on the waterfront and found the city in a state of crisis with an epidemic of cholera. The Sisters of Mercy worked to ease the suffering and, today, the Mercy Healthcare network and affiliated hospitals continue their work. The Gold Rush Days’ festivities commemorate their dedication and generosity.

Labor Day weekend hours are Friday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau