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Sacramento had an unfortunate reputation for many years, being labeled a sleepy "cow-town" that offered employment only to state-workers. The common reply to why we live here was "because it is 90 minutes from.......". 90 minutes from San Franciso, 90 minutes from Napa Valley, 90 minutes from Lake Tahoe..... .

But how have things changed! Sacramento is booming! It is the capital of California, the 7th largest economy in the world (ahead of Brazil and Italy) and attracts businesses from around the world eager to profit from a well-educated population, the proximity to Silicon Valley and to legislators at the capitol. It is at the center of things in northern California (and it only takes 90 minutes to get to.........!).

California leads the world in clean energy legislation. The state has one of the most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the world requiring that 50% of electricity be sourced from renewable energy by 2050. California was held up as a leading light at the recent United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris and the Golden State continues to lead the way forward with plans for further legislation to reduce carbon emissions.

California is the world leader in geothermal energy. Over 2,700 MW of capacity is located in the state, more than any other single nation. Again, Sacramento is at the center of the geothermal world - just under 30% of the world's installed geothermal electricity capacity is generated within 500 miles of Sacramento.

The 40th GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento is being held at an important time in the city's history. The downtown area is undergoing a massive redevelopment, driven by the new Golden 1 Center Arena for sports and entertainment. The new home for the Sacramento Kings basketball team (whose season will tip-off at the time of the Annual Meeting) will also feature top acts from entertainment and the arts and will open just in time for the Annual Meeting. The area around the arena, located just a few blocks from the Sacramento Convention Center, is undergoing an exciting transition with new bars, restaurants, locations for entertainment and new housing being built.

Sacramento nowadays has an exciting vibe! It has an exciting citizenry - it is the least segregated or most racially/ethnically integrated major city in the US. This is reflected in the wide range of cuisines on offer at the rapidly increasing number of restaurants in the city and in the numerous cultural festivals throughout the year.

Come for the 40th GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GEOEXPO+ but also experience my home town of Sacramento - you will be surprised! - Ian Crawford, Director of Communications, Geothermal Resources Council (GRC).

Flying to Sacramento

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has nonstop and direct flights (one stop without changing planes) throughout North America and connecting flights to almost anywhere in the world. The following map lists the cities with nonstop service from SMF:

Sacramento International Airport is just 12 miles from downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento International Airport website........

Soar more freely - Airlines Servicing Sacramento International Airport (PDF)


Super Shuttle 

Super Shuttle offers convenient transportation to and from Sacramento International Airport for the cost of $13 cost per person each way.  For shuttle service, all guests are required to make reservations by calling 1-800-BLUE-VAN or by clicking here.


Located outside each terminal. Approximate cost is $35-$40.

Uber......                              Lyft......

Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1409 16th St
(916) 444-7600

Avis Car Rental
901 16th St
(916) 446-2695

Hertz Rent A Car
1025 16th St
(916) 448-2228

Budget Car Rental
500 12th St
(916) 688-9114

Parking Map

City Hall Garage (10th & I, 11th & I)
$1.50 each half hour, $20.00 daily maximum charge (Weekday), $5.00 daily maximum (weekend), $5 Nightly Max afer 5pm.

Memorial Garage (14th & H Street)
$1.50 each half hour, $15.00 daily maximum charge (Weekday), $5.00 daily maximum (weekend), $5 Nightly Max afer 5pm.

East End Garage (17th Street between Capitol & L)
$2 pre-pay - Monday through Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sacramento is at the Center of Everything........

Sacramento is located in Northern California, a short drive to many world-class attractions for one-day trips or longer. Click on the map to plan your excursions...........

San Francisco 87 Miles 1:31 Hours
Napa/Sonoma 65 Miles 1:12 Hours
Reno 134 Miles 2:00 Hours
South Lake Tahoe 103 Miles 2:10 Hours
The Geysers (Middletown) 119 Miles 1:57 Hours
Lassen Volcanic National Park 193 Miles 2:51 Hours
Monterey 186 Miles 2:54 Hours
Yosemite 167 Miles 3:52 Hours

Sacramento - Hub and Spoke (PDF)

Calendar of Events in Downtown Sacramento for the GRC Annual Meeting

Golden 1 Center

Just opened, a few weeks before the 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, the Golden 1 Center is the new home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. The new facility will also host other non-sports entertainment.

Just 0.5 mile or 10 minutes walk from the event hotels.


Wednesday, October 19 - Pentatonix - 8pm

Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.8 million albums in the U.S. alone, won multiple Grammy Awards, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.4 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 10.1 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2

Their latest release, Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart and is certified gold by the RIAA.  The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” has over 18 million views on YouTube and their most recent holiday album That’s Christmas To Me, is certified double platinum by the RIAA featuring their recent 2016 Grammy winning track, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.

Thursday October 20
- Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band - 8pm

Local Parrotheads won't want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience. “It will be 5 o’clock all day long at Golden 1 Center when Jimmy and The Coral Reefer Band bring Margaritaville to Northern California,” said Juan Rodriguez, Golden 1 Center General Manager.

Thursday October 27 - Sacramento Kings vrs. San Antonio Spurs - 7:30pm

Inaugural Home Opener for Sacramento Kings Basketball Team at Golden 1 Center

The Sacramento Kings will play their first 2016-17 regular season home game on Thursday, Oct. 27 against the San Antonio Spurs—marking the regular season reveal of Golden 1 Center, the most connected, sustainable and technologically-advanced indoor sports and entertainment venue in the world. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public in September. Tickets Now Available!      (0.5 miles or 10 minutes walk)

Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 27

To Kill A Mockingbird - Sacramento Theatre Company

Wed 10/19/16 - Thu 10/20/16 at 6:30pm • Fri 10/21/16 at 8pm • Sat 10/22/16 at 2pm and 8pm • Sun 10/23/16 at 2pm • Wed 10/26/16 - Thu 10/27/16 at 6:30pm

Sacramento Theatre Company

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this unforgettable American classic explores themes of innocence, love, prejudice, and injustice, all set in a Great Depression southern town that is rocked by a local court trial. STC’s production will contain an additional musical component, helping take audiences on a deeply moving journey through the triumphs and shortcomings of the human spirit.

(0.3 miles or 6 minutes walk)            Website.........

Sunday, October 23, 7pm

The Bride of Frankenstein - A special movie presentation at the Crest Theater

The Bride of Frankenstein left audiences reeling when it hit the silver screen in 1935. Incredible special effects and makeup, and terrific performances have made this movie a timeless classic of horror and the macabre. Boris Karloff brings us yet another amazing Character as the creature, while Mary Shelly's original story provides a wondeful backbone for the tale, told in glorious black and white. Tickets are just $8-10.

The Crest Theatre is a historic theater located in downtown Sacramento, California, just blocks from the Sacramento Convention Center. It was originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, a vaudeville palace. It later was completely remodeled and revamped to its current form as the beautiful art deco Crest Theatre.         (0.2 miles or 5 minutes walk)

Sunday, October 23, 8pm

Smith/Doherty Present Rockin' Road to Dublin

Community Center Theater

Rockin' Road to Dublin is revitalizing classic Irish art forms and mixing it with rock-n-roll to create a new and exciting show like you've never seen before.

Get ready to experience a new take on Irish music and dance! Rockin' Road to Dublin is the new sensation changing the Irish Dance world. A mix of style and mastery, Rockin' Road to Dublin's performance is a medley of fun vibes, highly original choreography, and technical mastery!

(0.2 miles or 3 minutes walk)             Website........

Wednesday, October 26 and 27 - 8pm

The Sound of Music - California Musical Theater

Community Center Theater

October 26 8:00 p.m.; October 27 2:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m.

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to Sacramento. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

(0.2 miles or 3 minutes walk)            Website .........

Sacramento Women's Expo 2016

Saturday, October 22 - Sacramento Convention Center - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Sacramento Women’s Expo is the area’s largest shopping event designed for women by women. This fun, inspiring, and empowering event features a shopping expo, beauty bar and pampering, fashion shows, workshops, swag bags, prize giveaways, and more.

Whether it is for fashion, beauty, lifestyle or health, the Sacramento Women’s Expo brings together these resources in one place.

Top Attractions in Sacramento

Things to Do in Sacramento

Download this flyer from the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau and discover all the things you can do in and around the "City of Trees".

Discover more about what there is to do in Sacramento at visitsacramento.com

California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum is one of Sacramento's largest and most popular visitor destinations. Over 500,000 visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from around the world to experience this world-renowned facility.  See 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits that illustrate how railroads have shaped the unique culture of California and the West.

(1.1 miles or 21 minutes walk) 


Crocker Art Museum

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art.

(1.1 miles or 21 minutes walk) 


California State Capitol 

At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern law-making process.

(0.2 miles or 3 minutes walk) 


Old Sacramento

These 28 acres on Sacramento’s historic waterfront were the site of both tragedy — fire and flood — and triumph — the raising of the streets, the founding of the Transcontinental Railroad, the terminus of the Pony Express, and the home of California’s first thriving business district, fueled by gold, agriculture and the river.

Old Sacramento lives on as thriving shopping and entertainment district as well as a global tourist destination.

(0.9 miles or 19 minutes walk) 


Sac Brew Bike

When you’re ready for something really different, book a ride with Sac Brew Bike. The bikes make brewpub crawls a unique group adventure! Step on board and enjoy your favorite tunes on our rockin’ sound system.

(The start is just a 0.8 mile or 15 minute walk from the event site).


Sacramento Restaurants

Lunch and Dinner Discounts for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo Attendees!

Download the Badge Program brochure to restaurant discounts being offered as a GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo delegate. The Badge Program includes some of the best restaurants Sacramento has to offer. Bon Appetit!

Sacramento is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, and that means it has fantastic food. There are more restaurants with high Zagat ratings in Sacramento than anywhere else in Northern California. Fine dining restaurants are nestled in historic buildings on blocks with art galleries, bookstores and mom-and-pop shops. But it’s not all about the high-end eats. Ask any five Sacramentans where to get the best pizza or burger, and they’re all likely to give you a different answer – and you can bet it will be good. Learn more about our farm-to-fork identity, local farm tours and farmers markets.  


Sacramento Breweries

There's never been a better time to be a beer lover in Sacramento. With the explosion of the farm-to-fork movement in the city coupled with the nationwide resurgence of craft breweries, Sacramento is a destination for beer lovers. About 30 local breweries operate in and around the city, and many of them source their ingredients locally, ensuring unique flavor profiles and truly local beers. More information........


Download a list of breweries in Sacramento and the surrounding area (PDF)

Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau

The food. The natural beauty. The history. The people.
That’s Sacramento. You want a real, authentic California experience. Begin here. More information.........