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.

11/18: Candlelight Tours - SOLD OUT


Please note that our 2017 Candlelight Tours are sold out! 

This year's Candlelight Tour tickets went on sale September 21 and sold out in less than a week. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting new reservations for the 2017 tour. For questions or concerns, please contact Sutter's Fort at 916-445-8115.

if you missed the opportunity to purchase tickets this year, we hope you will consider joining us for another unique upcoming event, Haunted Fort


Candlelight Tours

Once a year, the popular Sutter’s Fort Candlelight Tours offer a unique experience for visitors to “eavesdrop” on inhabitants of Fort rooms as they gossip about their neighbors and comment on the current events of 1846. A behind the scenes look at the faces of those who saw opportunity or possible devastation in their new homes, husbands debating with wives, mothers reassuring their children, tradesmen negotiating business, all surrounded by the night which allows us to truly travel back in time.  At the end of the enchanting tour, guests will receive a souvenir and enjoy a piece of pie and hot beverage.

Candlelight Tours is on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.

Tours depart every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m and cost $17 per person. The recommended age is 9 and above.

Due to the popularity of the Candlelight Tours, advance reservations are recommended.

More about the tour:

  • The program consists of a series of scenarios both in the rooms and courtyards of the Fort. You will be present as a ghost from the future. The programs participants cannot see or hear you. Essentially, you will be eavesdropping on an evening's conversations and doings from November 1846. The program's language is rated PG-13 and may be a bit spicy for young ears.
  •  The event will take place regardless of weather. Please come prepared if there is rain.
  • Each tour lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. The Fort grounds are very dark and for safety it is important that groups stay together. Fort footing is uneven in places. Your guide will be carrying a lantern and will point out known hazards. Restrooms are available before or after your tour as there are no stops during the program.
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Please check-in at the South Gate of the Fort (located on L Street) at least 5 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are not present, your spot may be given waitlisted guests. Please be on time as each tour is limited in size and cannot accommodate additional guests.
  • This program benefits The Friends of Sutter's Fort, a 501(c)(3), which supports the historic programming, restoration, and preservation at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.


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

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