July 1, 2023

6 Best Music Venues in Sacramento


 Tyler Rich performs on the Opening Night of Hard Rock Sacramento in Wheatland, California on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Chris Tuite)

Tyler Rich performs on opening night at Sacramento’s premier music venue, Hard Rock Live. (Photo by Chris Tuite).


Interested in indulging in art and culture? Look no further than California’s capital city, Sacramento. With a multitude of live music venues, events, and exhibits, Sacramento hosts a diverse selection of artistically enriching experiences.


Aside from its rich history and significance, Sacramento is also an artistic hub for local and international talent. Explore some of the best live music venues Sacramento has to offer! Discover the ultimate list of top spots to catch your favorite artists around town, and it all begins with our personal favorite: Hard Rock Live!

Sting performs at Hard Rock Live Sacramento in Wheatland, California on April 12, 2023. (Photo by Chris Tuite)

Sting performs at Hard Rock Live, an amazing venue that features state-of-the-art sounds and lighting systems. (Photo by Chris Tuite).


1. Hard Rock Sacramento Live

Experience the ultimate concert destination in Sacramento at Hard Rock Sacramento Live. Our premier venue offers a variety of events and authentic experiences that will truly rock your world. Catch an amazing show in our spacious, multi-level concert hall equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems that bring out the best in every act. No matter the size of the crowd, our wide range of seating options ensures everyone's comfort.

Skillet performs at Hard Rock Live Sacramento in Wheatland, California on March 25, 2023. (Photo by Chris Tuite)

An electrifying performance by Skillet at Hard Rock Live, the ultimate venue for music enthusiasts of all genres. (Photo by Chris Tuite).

Whether you're a fan of classic rock, country, hip-hop, or any other genre, Hard Rock Sacramento Live is the ultimate destination for music enthusiasts of all ages. With a diverse lineup of upcoming shows and exciting events happening throughout the year, there's always something to keep you entertained.


 Hardy performs at Hard Rock Live Sacramento in Wheatland, California on March 11, 2023. (Photo by Chris Tuite)

Hardy delivers an iconic set at Hard Rock Live, an exceptional venue that accommodates 2,500 guests and offers exclusive seating options along with VIP meet-and-greets with the artists. (Photo by Chris Tuite).

Our 2,500-seat venue includes a second level with VIP boxes and seating, providing a perfect intimate setting to enjoy the show. Expect exceptional music, entertainment, and customer service. With outstanding sound quality, top-of-the-line lighting, and first-class hospitality, every event at Hard Rock Sacramento Live promises to be unforgettable. Don't miss out on your chance to experience something extraordinary.

Three Fans cheer as Seven Lions performs at Hard Rock Live Sacramento in Wheatland, California on April 6, 2023. (Photo by Chris Tuite)

A live performance by Seven Lions at Hard Rock Live, where fans in the front row standing section are treated to an unforgettable show. (Photo by Chris Tuite).

For more information about Hard Rock Live and a preview of this season's event lineup, click here.


2. Ace of Spades

Located in the R St District, at the heart of Downtown Sacramento, you can find the Ace of Spades. Sacramento’s newest all age live concert venue. No matter what age you are, this is the perfect venue to enjoy your favorite performers. The venue has a large standing floor and also more discrete elevated lounge sections. Though the venue is open to all ages, mature audiences can enjoy the show away from the teen crowd at the designated areas and bars for anyone over 21.


3. Toyota Amphitheatre


Toyota Amphitheater outdoor venue

Make Hard Rock Sacramento your home away from home even if you’re visiting to see a concert at the beautiful, outdoor, Toyota Amphitheatre.

This outdoor venue is one of the largest in the area! With a seating capacity of 18,500 people, plus 10,000 lawn seats available, there is a great chance of finding a spot at the Toyota Amphitheater. You can throw a blanket and enjoy the perfect outdoor performance.


4. Crest Theatre

Crest theater neon sign at night

The historic Crest Theatre is a wonderful place to see a show when staying in the Sacramento area.

This theater is a historic landmark just a few streets down the road from the State Capital. Opened back in 1912, the downtown Sacramento Crest Theater has been intact since the 1949 remodel. The theater now serves as a live concert hall and hosts various art film festivals throughout the year such as The Sacramento French Film Festival, Sacramento Film and Music Festival, and many more. The historic venue presents many popular music concerts and comedy shows from comics such as  Kathy Griffin, Lisa Lampanelli, and many more.


5. The Torch Club

One of Sacramento’s oldest bars, The Torch Club, opened its doors back in 1934! It hosts Sac’s best local and national blues performances 7 days a week! Get your feet moving in their open dance floor where folks enjoy live blues, rock, r&b, soul, jazz and a friendly atmosphere. This is a great spot to get a feel for what it’s like to be one of the locals.


6. Golden 1 Center

bird’s eye view of Golden 1 Center in Sacramento

Less than a mile from California's thriving downtown business district, Golden 1 Center is a vibrant hub where individuals converge to immerse themselves in music, sports, entertainment, and culture.


Golden 1 Center sits less than a mine from California’s first flourishing business district at the heat of Downtown Sacramento. It’s here where people come together to experience music, sports, entertainment, and culture. Featuring local food and beverages, Golden 1 Center is a great location to experience cuisine from 700 local farms and wineries while you enjoy a show!

Visit Sacramento this season and experience some of the amazing venues it has to offer! Anything from music, sports, comedy, theater, entertainment and more can be found at California’s capital city’s amazing venues.


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