24 Hours of Celebrating LGBTQ Community Pride in Sacramento
Patrick Harbison leads Harbison Communications in Sacramento. He lives in Midtown with his dog Guinness and, in addition to being as kind and caring a guy as they come, is an advocate for the LGBTQ community in California's capital city of Sacramento.
Here, Patrick shares his 'Ultimate Day of Celebrating LGBTQ Community Pride' with Visit Sacramento.
Wake up at the Kimpton
"Sleep in on a Saturday in your Kimpton Sawyer Hotel room and rise to take in the sweeping views of Downtown Sacramento's symmetrical grid that's drawn out by canopies of trees like elms, oaks, sycamores, and hundreds of other species."
Walk to Lavender Heights
"Then get yourself ready and take a long stroll through Downtown and Midtown Sacramento to eventually stride over the rainbow crosswalk at 20th and K in the epicenter of Sacramento's LGBTQ society, affectionately known as Lavender Heights."
Enjoy the Farmers' Market
"In Lavender Heights, you’ll find the weekly Midtown Farmers’ Market in full swing. There, fill your shopping bag full of fresh, local produce and interact with your gay-friendly neighbors in beautiful, sunny weather. Swing by the LGBT Community Center in Lavender Heights to learn about all the amazing work that’s going on in our city to advance the progress of the LGBTQ Community."
Brunch at Pushkin's
"From there, saunter a couple of blocks for coffee and brunch at Pushkin's Bakery, where even the staunchest of vegans and gluten-free aficionados can get their fix."
Head to Capitol Park
"Walk off the meal with a stroll in the Capitol Park Rose Garden and maybe even sneak in a tour of the State Capitol Building with its stellar architecture and roam the halls of a building that has been the starting point for many pro-LGBTQ legislation and organizing."
Drinks at Rio City Cafe
"Grab an Uber and head over for a mimosa outside at Rio City Café on the American River, where you can wave at all the locals taking their boats out for a day of wakeboarding and sunbathing."
For more things to do just outside of Sacramento, check out the list of 12 Things to Do Outside of Sacramento for the Day.
Head to Golden Center 1 and Punch Bowl Social
"Ditch the Uber for your return and use the pedestrian walkway to duck under the I-5 freeway to discover Golden 1 Center and get a few rounds of bowling and beers in at Punch Bowl Social."
Appetizers at The Bank
"After Punch Bowl, head over to The Bank Building on the corner of 7th and J where tons of culinary options will hold you over for dinner. Then, grab a nap back upstairs in your room at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, where later, you can kick-off the evening with a drink at the hotel's renowned bar, Revival, which is often the scene for chic, invite-only LGBTQ fundraisers, and events."
Dinner at Ella
Drinks and Dancing
"After dinner, head back over to Lavender Heights and enjoy a post-meal cocktail outdoors on the patio at LowBrau before dancing the night away at venues like Badlands, Faces, or The Depot. Then, cap your day by enjoying a last call beverage at The Merc, just one block over in Lavender Heights!"
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