The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and protection of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and educational and interpretive programs at the park. We are a Cooperating Association for California State Parks since 2006, although the history of our organization can be traced back to 1979.

5/12 Tour by Chocolate at Sutter's Fort

In this delicious inaugural tour, you'll be treated to a 45 minute evening walking tour of Sutter's Fort. During the walking tour, our talented Fort staff, volunteers and docents will lead you to 5 to 6 rooms where you will learn about the history of Sutter's Fort, and the Fort's interesting connections to chocolate! As you learn about these often unknown pieces of Sutter's Fort history, you'll also have opportunities to sample chocolates, including many locally made products. At the end of the tour, guests will be treated to a slice of chocolate cake and other treats!

Guided evening tours at Sutter's Fort are a rare treat- only one other evening tour is offered each year (our beloved Candlelight Tours held every November). Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore Sutter's Fort, learn about the history of Sacramento, and enjoy chocolate treats!

All proceeds from this event will support the ongoing efforts of the Friends of Sutter's Fort, a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization who works every day to provide critical funding for the educational programming, and restoration efforts at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.

Purchase Your Tickets


  • $40 General Admission
  • $30 Member Admission Not a Member? Join Today! (Please note that current membership will be verified prior to event)
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable
  • This event will take place regardless of weather. Please come prepared if there is rain or heat.


Each guided tour is scheduled for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, and guests are welcome to stay afterwards to enjoy cake and other treats in the designated serving area.

The Fort grounds may be dark and Fort footing is uneven. It is important that tour groups stay together.

Restrooms are available before or after your tour as there are no stops during the program.

Please check-in at least 5 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are not present, your spot may be given to wait listed guests. Each tour is limited in size and cannot accommodate additional guests.

No food or beverages other than water allowed inside the Fort.

Participants must wear closed toe shoes, and we encourage participants not to wear high heels.

Please contact Linsey Fredenburg Humes, Executive Director of the Friends of Sutter's Fort at 916-323-7626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding Tour by Chocolate.

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4/18: Curator Talks: Through the Lens of Harry Peterson (Sacramento Photography Month Event)

Join us for this special event as we take an intimate look at Sutter's Fort through the camera lens of its very first curator, Harry Peterson.

In honor of Photography Month Sacramento, we will be joined by Nancy Jenner, current curator of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, who will showcase some of Harry's rarely seen photographs of Sutter's Fort during the Depression era. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity! 

Appointed in 1926, Harry dedicated the rest of his life to Sutter's Fort and used his camera to document its transformation from a pioneer memorial into the living history museum that it is today. When Peterson died in 1941, he left behind a collection of over 7,000 glass plate and nitrate negative slides documenting California and Sutter's Fort history. 
This event is Free for Friends of Sutter's Fort members. Please email Kyle Floyd,  Marketing and Membership Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat. 
Not a member? Join today or purchase your ticket online. $6.00 admission charge per person for non-members.
Student and teacher discounts are available.


4/20-22: Traders Faire


Sutter’s Fort Recreates California’s First Mall 

A Three-Day Shop Traders’ Faire Event 

April 20- 22 2018


California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present a vibrant, educational and fun three day event – Shop Traders’ Faire  on Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2018.

This lively and highly anticipated annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and offers a unique shopping bazaar where visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind reproductions from vendors dressed in period attire.

In addition, Fort visitors will gain unique insights into the early days of the Fort when it served as a central and critically important trading post and have the opportunity to step back in time to experience what California’s first shopping mall was like in the 1840s.

And, in celebration of Photography Month Sacramento happening in April, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is offering a special InstaMeet on Sunday, April 22, where community members active on Instagram are encouraged to visit the Fort to take photos of the bustling activity during the final day of the https://www.facebook.com/events/340189116472468/Shop Traders’ Faire.

While it is common knowledge that Sutter’s Fort marked the beginning of Sacramento, few people understand how the Fort served as a thriving commercial center in the early days of the Gold Rush. In fact, it was the only trading center on the way to the gold fields and literally thousands of gold miners passed through the Fort to purchase needed supplies from a variety of vendors hawking a variety of goods. Thus, Sutter’s Fort essentially became California’s first shopping mall. A score of merchants operated at the Fort, a sampling of which included Brannan and Co. general store; Hensley, Reading and Co. hardware store; Priest, Lee and Co. mining equipment; Peter Burnett, lawyer and real estate firm; Joseph Wadleigh, tinsmith and even a newspaper known as the Placer Times.

During the bustling Shop Traders’ Faire three-day event and amid a lively shopping atmosphere, Fort visitors can watch artisans create pioneer goods for sale such as clothing, housewares, toys and beads.  Guests can also shop for artisan made hand-crafted items that make for treasured keepsakes, gifts and collectibles. 

Guests will also have the opportunity to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, hammer square nail and enjoy demonstrations of black powder weapons periodically throughout the day.

Admission to this special event at Sutter’s Fort SHP is $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under (regular admission pricing is $5 per adult, $3 for youth).

Friends of Sutter's Fort Members receive FREE admission to this event. Not a member? Join Today!

For more information, call Sutter's Fort State Historic Park at 916-445-4422 or visit our Facebook event page


5/3: Sacramento Big Day of Giving

We are proud to participate in Big Day of Giving 2018!

Please mark your calendars and remember to support Friends of Sutter's Fort on this important day of giving. BIG things will happen throughout the greater Sacramento Region as thousands on individuals and hundreds of nonprofit organizations will come together for 24 hours dedicated to philanthropy. The millions of dollars donated during this 24-hour period will have BIG impacts for Sacramento and the nonprofits organizations that work every day in this region.

As we come together for Big Day of Giving, we ask you to consider making a special gift to Friends of Sutter’s Fort.  Your donations will help us to support the educational programs and restoration efforts at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.

Your gift – no matter the size – will make a BIG difference at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.

This year it is easier than ever - because you can schedule your gift in advance. To plan your giving in advance of May 3, please visit our profile page  and schedule your Big Day of Giving donations.

On the morning of May 3, all scheduled donations will be added to the leaderboard on the Big Day of Giving website.



2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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