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10 Reasons Why You Should Live in Midtown

 A walk in the neighborhood has a whole new meaning when you live in Midtown. Living in Midtown means being a short walkable distance to restaurants. It means the Farmers Market is often your grocery store. It means brunch on weekends. And that coffee shops are often also your office. The perks of being a Midtown resident are endless.

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should live in Midtown!

1. Foodie haven

         

 There is a reason Sacramento is known for being the farm-to-fork capital! From mouth watering brunch (check out our blog on our Favorite Brunch Places in Midtown), to fresh and locally sourced entrees, to several  amazing dessert shops to satisfy any sweet tooth, Midtown is bursting at the seams with talented restaurants and cooks. Foodies are in absolute heaven when visiting the grid.

2.  Endless coffee chops

When you live in Midtown the neighborhood coffee shops are often an extension of your office. I mean, what is a city without some great coffee shops?! If you’re looking for a coffee place in Midtown, we got you covered, read our blog on Iconic Coffee Shops so you can become a Midtown coffee connoisseur.

3. The Midtown Farmers Market is in your backyard

Not to brag, but Midtown has one of the most impressive Farmers Markets in California, spanning more than five blocks and featuring more than 160 plus vendors. Who needs Walmart or Safeway when you can stroll down to the Farmers Market every Saturday to get fresh vegetables, home-made bread and the most gorgeous flowers to place on your kitchen table.

To make the most of your visit at the Farmers Market, you’ll want to check out our blog that has everything you need to know about the Midtown Farmers Market!

4. Beautiful parks & free workout classes

How great and safe a community is, can often be measured by their public parks. Midtown Parks features six beautiful parks (Fremont Park, Winn Park, Sutter Park, Truitt Park, Marshall Park and Muir Park) complete with beautiful art and engaging programming.

How many cities can you say offer free park programming almost every day throughout the Summer? Read about our Fresh Air: Fremont Park series to learn more about our everyday exercise programming at Fremont Park. Or plan to visit Winn Park on Wednesday to find great local artisan and food vendors, live music, yoga and yummy food trucks (pssst I heard that sometimes they even have a wine garden!) Learn more about all our parks at MidtownParks.org.

5. Walk & bike everywhere

Sacramento is one of California’s most accessible major cities, and Midtown in particular provides many different options from scootering to biking that make traveling to and around our central city effortless.

Read our transportation blog for more tips and information on how to travel the grid like a pro!

6. Fun nightlife

How many cities can you say have a bar inside a pink Victorian house? Whether you are partying in the Golden Hub or the Lavender Heights District or perhaps catching some live entertainment in the Sutter District we have unique bars and fun nightlife that make Sacramento an exciting place to go out on the town. Time to diall up your besties for a night of dancing!

7. Art around every corner

It is impossible to drive down a street in Midtown and not spot a beautiful mural on the outside of a building or even in unexpected places like an electrical box.

Initiatives like Art in Unexpected Places and Wide Open Walls have made Midtown a destination for art lovers and artists. The art not only beautifies our city, it helps represent our diversity and culture in Sacramento.

8. Dog friendly

How does the saying go? Happy dog, happy life? Living in Midtown is a dog’s dream, complete with dog friendly patios, events like the Pooch Parade that highlight our cute puppies and of course our favorite dog park: The Truitt Bark Park.

9. Midtown Love

     

 In Midtown we like to use the phrase Midtown Love, which means being in action to actively celebrate, include, and proudly protect our fellow community members. In Midtown we have no place for prejudice, sexism, racism or bigotry. We only have space for learning, love and inclusivity. You’ll often see our banners hung up on our light poles in Midtown that showcase our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Learn about other ways we are spreading love in the grid in our DEI blog!

10. A city lifestyle that you can afford

For many living in a city is a pipe dream because of how expensive big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose have become in recent years. Living in Midtown is the perfect balance of city and suburban … and you’re bound to see many Victorian homes living in Midtown too!

Now that you know the perks of living in Midtown are endless; click any of the available properties in Midtown below to find your next home.

Follow us on @exploremidtown to find new happenings, businesses and events happening in Midtown! If you #exploremidtown remember to tag us, we may share your photo on our social media!

Get Outside With Fresh Air: Fremont Park

When was the last time you tried something new? With beautiful weather comes the return of Fresh Air: Fremont Park, a series of free health and wellness activities, aimed at encouraging an active and mindful lifestyle, which is critical to the health of our community.

This year’s activities include Pilates, Yoga, Bootcamp, and Open-Air Coworking to activate Fremont Park every weekday. Workouts are open to all ages and fitness levels! Review the weekly/monthly class schedule below. No registration is necessary. Check out the class description before you go to determine if you need to bring any exercise materials, like a yoga mat.

 

About Fremont Park 

Fremont Park features a kids’ play area, detailed art sculptures, and ample space to recreate under large shady trees. The park is home to everything from concerts, chalk festivals, lightsaber battles, artisan markets, movie nights, and chess matches. Surrounded by locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, and high-density and high-end apartment buildings, with a light rail station to boot, Fremont Park is one of the 10 original parcels in the City of Sacramento, which continues to serve the public. Fremont Park has gone through multiple updates through the support of a committed ‘Friends of Fremont Park’ group and Midtown Parks.

Midtown Parks recently wrapped eight electrical pedestals in Fremont Park with art, in an effort to beautify and activate parks within the district. The pedestals were recently added as part of the city of Sacramento’s electrical upgrades to the park. Midtown Parks worked with local artist Melissa Uroff, who employed her unique combination of photography and paint to create the digital artwork for these wraps. The dynamic designs feature local female leaders from Sacramento whose children play at Fremont Park.

Area Dining and Shopping 

Fremont Park is surrounded by restaurants, entertainment, and multifamily housing. For excellent apartment options in the area, check out Legado de Ravel 16 Powerhouse and 1430Q. For excellent retail, check out the nearby Ice Blocks.  

Dining options immediately facing the park are plentiful. Favorites include Mochinut Midtown which is the happy union between Japanese rice cake (mochi) and American-style doughnuts, Magpie Café for incredible farm-to-fork fare, and Temple Coffee.

Transportation

Fremont Park provides a green space in the densely populated yet easy-to-navigate central grid. Transportation options include hourly street parking, SacRT bus & light rail, rideshare, as well as walking and biking. Fremont Park is within 1/4 mile from the 16th Street Light Rail Station. Check out our transportation tips to getting around Midtown.

Fresh Air Fremont Classes and Activities 

Mondays | Pilates with Christina | 6 PM – 7 PM

Follow her at @christina_matassa

Pilates features low-impact mat exercises aimed at strengthening your core and promoting flexibility. Class attendees should bring a mat and a water bottle.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | Yoga with Yoga Moves Us| 6 PM – 7 PM

Follow them at @yogamovesus

Yoga features gentle movements and breathing techniques to focus on alignment and balance. Class attendees should bring a mat and a water bottle. 

Wednesdays | Bootcamp with Jarita | 6 PM – 7 PM

Follow her at inspire_by_j

Bootcamp combines cardio and strength training for a dynamic, full-body workout. Class attendees should bring a mat, a water bottle, and a resistance band. The instructor will bring some resistance bands to loan. 

Fridays | Open-Air Coworking | 10 AM – 1 PM

Use the park’s free wifi to work under the shade of trees in our open-air coworking area complete with bistro tables & chairs. Some days you may even find the Mobile Library as well as the Miridae Mobile Nursery at Open-Air Coworking. Explore park adjacent dining options and enjoy our Lunch Hour Lounge with live music, lawn games, and rotating activities. 

Fridays | Zumba | 9 AM – 10 AM and 6-7 PM

Zumba is a fitness program that combines cardio and dance. Class attendees should bring a mat and a water bottle. Zumba classes are bi-monthly and occur on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Check out the full schedule on our Fresh Air: Fremont Park Calendar below. 

 


These outdoor activities are examples of ways Midtown Parks supports the well-being of the community by creating centrally located public spaces designed to provide opportunities for recreation and leisure and to build relationships with neighbors. 

For more information about upcoming activations and ways to sponsor or support Midtown Parks, please visit www.MidtownParks.org.

 

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Make the Most of Your Visit to the Midtown Farmers Market

Is it just us, or does food taste better when it’s from the farmers market? More than 160 vendors line the streets of Midtown every Saturday morning for the Midtown Farmers Market. Home to fresh produce, artisan goods, and prepared food, the Midtown Farmers Market hosts the largest variety of vendors in Sacramento and consistently earns recognition as one of the best farmers markets in Sacramento and California. Located in the heart of Midtown’s Lavender Heights historic district, this area is filled with bar and club goers until 2:00 a.m. and starting the next morning at sunrise. It is also home to the ultimate Sacramento Farm-to-Fork experience.

During your next stroll through the market, make the most of your visit by experiencing all that the market has to offer.

All your grocery shopping (and then some!)

 Whatever your grocery list calls for on Saturday morning, you’re sure to find it at the market:

  • Fruits and veggies: From tomatoes and peaches to potatoes and squash, the market has your favorite seasonal and locally sourced produce year-round.
  • Meat, seafood, milk, and eggs: Skip the grocery store and pick up your meat cuts where they’re freshest and local.
  • Baked goods: Whether you’re bringing a pie to the potluck or are in need of a sweet treat, the market hosts over 10 vendors who specialize in baked goods.
  • Flowers: Brighten up your home or surprise a loved one with premade bouquets and individual bunches, picked locally. Many vendors even let you make a bouquet on site!
  • Handmade goods: Artisan vendors make the market special by offering handmade items like art, jewelry, soap, pottery, and more.

Come hungry!

 The rule of thumb when shopping for groceries — never shop on an empty stomach. Luckily, the market hosts a variety of food trucks with delectable bites like stroopwafels from Dutchman’s Stroopwafels, tacos from Gondo Fusion and La Minerva, and more. Come hungry, leave with a full stomach and a full grocery bag.

Bring your furry friends along

Don’t leave your dog (or cat) behind; we love meeting your pets out at the market each weekend and we’re pretty sure they love meeting each other too. Pet treats are for sale on site and, trust us, your pup will find their way to get free samples from these spots. (Dogs are prohibited from inside certified producer tent spaces.)

Make a day out of your visit

The market is located at the intersection of 20th and K streets in Midtown, which puts you within walking distance from hundreds of Midtown’s local businesses. Here are some ideas to help you plan a whole day around your market visit:

Shop confidently with EBT

The market prioritizes food accessibility by partnering with a local non-profit organization, Alchemist CDC and sponsor Sutter Health, which provides residents access to EBT benefits for use on locally grown produce and grocery items. Alchemist CDC also offers a Market Match program, an incentive, and bonus to EBT recipients to double their market dollars up to $10 every week.

Strike a pose with the iconic Midtown Farmers Market sign

Did you really go to the Midtown Farmers Market if you didn’t take a picture with the iconic market sign? Snap a photo with the market sign and tag @MidtownFarmersMarket on Instagram or use the hashtag #MidtownFarmersMarket for a chance to be featured.

Listen to local music while you shop

Enjoy being serenaded during your market stroll in the market square with live music from local artists, thanks to SMUD!

Get around like a local 

Transportation and parking options can seem overwhelming, but there are endless options to make your visit to Midtown easy and help you get around like a local:

  • Sacramento Regional Transit: SacRT is now offering SmaRT Ride, a shuttle service that comes to you.
  • Bike & Scooter Share: Get around quick and easy with Lime. Pay as little as $1 to get to your destination on two wheels.
  • GIG Carshare: Open the GIG app, reserve the nearest GIG car, and get to your next destination.
  • Driving & Parking: Reserve a parking spot in advance, find the closest parking garage, pay for parking online, and more through the City of Sacramento’s parking services.
  • Rideshare: Get dropped off directly at the market with Uber or Lyft.

Grab your grocery list, reusable bag, and furry friends, and we’ll see you on Saturday! For more Midtown Farmers Market information, click here or follow along on Instagram: @MidtownFarmersMarket