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.

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


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

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