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October Thrills in Midtown Sacramento

September 22nd, 2023

As the leaves change colors and the air grows crisper, it’s that time of year when Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re in Midtown Sacramento, you’re in for a fantastic treat! This October, Midtown has an array of exciting events lined up for you. From bewitching brews to our popular annual Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade, there is something for everyone. So grab your broomsticks, don your best costume, and get ready for a delightfully good time in Midtown.

Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade
Saturday, October 28, 12 – 3 p.m.
Marshall Park 

The annual Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade is a must-attend event for dog-lovers, families or anyone looking to have a fantastic time. Hosted by the restaurants of Midtown Sutter, this event promises a day filled with fun and festivities for both humans and furry companions. The highlight of the day is the “pooch parade,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Over a hundred costumed dogs strut their stuff in creative costumes, vying for fantastic prizes such as Midtown Sutter gift cards. Think your pup has what it takes to win? Make sure to register your pooch in advance here.

But that’s not all! Before the parade, enjoy a range of family-friendly outdoor activities:

  • Live Music: Presented by Harlow’s, get ready to groove to some tunes.
  • DIY Plant Jars: Presented by Paragary’s, create your own plant jar to take home.
  • Arts and Crafts: Courtesy of Café Bernardo and Four Palms, tap into your creative side.
  • Magic and Puppet Show: Brought to you by B Street Theatre, prepare to be amazed.
  • Pumpkin Bowling: Blue Cue is bringing a unique twist to the classic game.
  • Face Painting: Get your face painted presented by Ink Eats and Drinks.
  • Lawn Games: Enjoy Giant Jenga from Barwest.
  • Photo Booth: Tea Bar will have a photo booth for capturing memorable moments with you and your pup!
  • Dog Treat Guessing Game: Centro has a fun surprise for your canine companions.
  • Bounce House: Enjoy a fabulous bounce house for the kids (and the young at heart).

After a day filled with Halloween fun, be sure to explore the many eateries across the street from the park and throughout Midtown Sutter.

  • Barwest – 2724 J Street | Saturdays 10 am–2 pm
  • Blue Cue – 1004 28th Street | Saturdays 5 pm–1 am
  • Café Bernardo and Four Palms – 2730 Capitol Avenue | Saturdays 10 am–midnight
  • Centro Cocina Mexicana – 2730 J Street | Saturdays noon–10 pm
  • Harlow’s – 2708 J Street | (Hours to be confirmed)
  • INK Eats & Drinks – 2730 N Street | Saturdays 9 am–2 am
  • Paragary’s Midtown – 1401 28th Street | Saturdays 10 am–2 pm, 5–9 pm (only humans allowed here, unless your pup is a registered service animal)
  • Tea Bar & Fusion Café – 2700 Capitol Avenue | Saturdays 11 am–8 pm

Midtown Second Saturday
Saturday, October 14, All Day
Various Locations 

Sutter Health’s Midtown Second Saturday is ending their season of outdoor art programming on October 14 – and it’s closing out the season with a bang!  We’re promising a day filled with endless fun including art pop-ups, our K Street block parties, movie nights and even a Brewfest. Read on to learn about a few event highlights we think you should check out. For a full list of activities visit:

Hops & Hounds Brewfest 

Dive into a day of tail-wagging fun at the first ever Hops & Hounds Brewfest happening at Midtown’s beloved dog park @truittbarkpark on Second Saturday, October 14. Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon of craft brews, beats from @djnocturnal, food trucks, and furry friends, all set against the backdrop of the live music and art of Second Saturday in collaboration with Beers in Sac. Get your tickets here. 

🎟️General Admission: $35 (2 – 5 p.m.)
🎟️ General Admission Designated Driver: $15 ( 1 – 5 p.m.)
🎟️ VIP Early Access: $50 (1 – 5 p.m.)

Movies in Fremont Park: Back to the Future

Are you ready to go back in time? Councilmember Katie Valenzuela and CADA Apartments are hosting a free screening of “Back to the Future” in Fremont Park! Swing by for a photo with a real DeLorean time machine between 5:15pm-6:30pm or take a selfie with an “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” backdrop. This free family event is happening on Second Saturday, October 14th, 2023. Check out the full day of fun activities at

Paints and Pints at Midtown Lounge
Tuesday, October 17, 6-8 p.m.
1111 24th Street #102

Paints and Pints at Midtown Lounge, 17 October | Event in Sacramento |

Enjoy paints and pints at Midtown Lounge for a fun evening of Halloween themed painting and craft beer at Midtown Lounge! Join them in painting a sugar skull in preparation for Dia de los Muertos. Cost is $30 which includes all supplies, instruction, and scrumptious pints from one of Midtown Lounge’s many taps! Grab your tickets here, before it sells out. 

Farm to Fort at Sutter’s Fort
Friday, October 20, 5:30-9:30pm VIP and 6:30-9:30 pm GA
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Building on 13 years of beer and wine tasting event success, the 2nd annual Farm to Fort returns to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento on Friday, October 20!  Expect the same high quality event you’ve come to know and love. Farm to Fort includes four hours of beer, wine, and spirits tasting, along with bite samples from local restaurants and food trucks. Entertainment will include the Ultimate 80’s band The Spazmatics and Eddie Z!  Also, there will be an awesome raffle.  Don’t miss out – get your tickets here.

Murder, You Wrote Presented by Sacramento Comedy Spot
Friday October 20, Doors open at 8:40 p.m.
1050 20th Street Suite 130

Enjoy Sacramento Comedy Spot’s “Murder, You Wrote” a comedic improv show where a murder most foul takes place on stage and must be solved by a detective and their trusty sidekick. The twist? The audience will get to pick who they want the murderer to be amongst an array of suspects who are anything but usual.  Get your tickets here.

Outdoor Movie at Sutter’s Fort: Disney’s Coco
Saturday, October 21, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Kick off your Halloween celebrations with an outdoor movie night at historic Sutter’s Fort. Enjoy the heartwarming tale of “Coco” under the open sky. The first 100 attendees to visit the Friends of Sutter’s Fort table will receive a glow bracelet and small popcorn.

Halloween Pub Crawl with XOSO Sports
Saturday, October 28, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Various Locations

Get ready to crawl your way through Midtown’s best bars with XOSO Sports. Don your favorite Halloween costume and hop from one haunt to another, enjoying themed drinks and good company. Bonus, registration gets you one complementary drink at check-in, drink/food specials at participating bars, and entry into the costume contest with awesome prizes. Purchase your tickets here!

4th Annual Halloween Boo Bash!
Saturday, October 28, Starts at 8 p.m.
1801 L Street 

Self Designs Art Gallery will be in full Halloween themed decor and open just for you! They welcome you to a place that transports your inner child to another dimension with creative lights, visuals and sounds! They will have live musical performances by local artists and a two-level tour of their glowing atmosphere with of course candy for all the boos at the bash! Purchase tickets here. 

Shannon McCabe’s 15th Annual Vampire Ball
Saturday, October 28, Doors open at 9 p.m.
2708 J Street 

Join Shannon and her vampires on Saturday October 28th at Harlow’s and The Starlet Room upstairs for an awesome 15th anniversary show and party including: Starlet O’Hara, DJ Bryan Hawk, Dabby Long Legs, Sugar Cheeks, A Death in Bloom, Jean Heart, Sassherass Siren and more to be announced soon on Facebook… Burlesque Show, DJ Dancing, Full Bars, Live Music, Outdoor Patio with Bar, Food available by Chef Genna of the Harlow’s Kitchen, Specialty Vampire Cocktails, Vampire decor and more… Get your tickets here! 

Midtown Sacramento is the place to be this Halloween season. From block parties to art walks, brewfests, dog parades, and spooky soirées, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. So, mark your calendars, choose your costumes, and get ready for a howling good time in Midtown Sacramento! Make sure to to #ExploreMidtown or tag us on social media for a chance to be featured!