In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

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The Friends of Sutter’s Fort are pleased to provide an outstanding unique opportunity for groups to experience Sutter's Fort - Pioneer Dinners! 

The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that works to support the educational and interpretive programs and restoration and preservation efforts at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. We strive to enhance programs at the park, including key programs such as the student field trip programs (Environmental Living) and monthly Hands on History events. Our Pioneer Dinners are an opportunity for us to give visitors a special “inside look” into what life may have been like at the Fort in the 1840’s.

During your Pioneer Dinner, your invited guests will be greeted at the large historic gates and provided a brief introduction to the history of Sutter’s Fort. They are then welcomed inside Sutter’s Fort, where they can roam freely and experience the many historic exhibits available.

Our experienced Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park docent volunteers add another layer to the experience, dressing in historic costume and providing demonstrations and opportunities for guests to ask questions. Depending on the availability of our trained volunteers, we are often able to provide a cannon re-enactment. Other demonstrations such as butter churning, blacksmith shop, weaving or rope making may also be available. The Sutter’s Fort Trade Store will also be open for guests during the event, and a special 20% discount will be offered for them to purchase souvenirs or books.

Guests will be treated to a delicious BBQ dinner, served buffet style under the open air of the Fort. 


For more information about Pioneer Dinners, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

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Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing