Vintage Date Ideas in Sacramento

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Fall is here and if you’re feeling romantic or looking for something the whole family can enjoy, there is more to do than sit around watching Netflix or go out to eat at a chain restaurant. Here are a few vintage date night ideas that most have forgotten about, but many couples or families would benefit from doing.

West Wind Drive-In

One of the region’s last standing drive-in movie theatres, West Wind is truly vintage from screens to snack bars. Pile up in a pick-up truck and bring some pillows and blankets to cozy up with as you park in the dirt lot with multiple screens. Kids can enjoy a throw-back playground complete with a hot metal slide and swing set while waiting for the sun to set, and the snack bar is more affordable and offers a larger variety than traditional movie theaters. Finally, try your hand at one of the video game systems in the arcade – you just might find your own childhood favorites.

Tuesday at West Wind is family night, and tickets are only $5.25 per person. Tickets for kids aged 5-11 are $1.25 , and children 4 and younger attend for free.

Jim Denny’s

Have dinner at Jim Denny's, a tucked away restaurant that has been in operation since the 1930s. The same cook served up food here for over 40 years, and the family-friendly tradition continues with new owners since 2001 and plenty of delicious vintage menu items. Kids will love sharing the “hubcap” – a massive single pancake. It’s also served “with spokes” – aka bacon and eggs.

Such-a-Deal Lace & Trim

Crafty folks will love perusing around Such-a-Deal Lace & Trim, a vintage shop featuring trimmings of all types. From ribbons to bridal accessories, the shop also features various sewing supplies and more. This would make for a great mother-daughter date, or an afternoon out with some crafting friends.

Crest Theatre 

The historic Crest Theatre has been around in some form since 1913. Since that date, it has changed names and form, eventually becoming the Crest in 1949. It received a one million restoration grant in 1995, and since then has continued to thrive offering various film festivals, live entertainers and more. Check out their current schedule for a great date out to a historic theatre you won’t soon forget.

Old City Cemetery


Founded in 1849, the Old City Cemetery features gravestones rich in history. The land includes graves of soldiers from the Spanish American War, a Pioneer section, and a historic rose garden. The cemetery offers tours throughout the year, including special events for Halloween. It’s great fun to explore all of the old sites around the property, and even more exciting to imagine what life was like in Sacramento back when some of the burials took place.

Wells Fargo Center

Visit the Wells Fargo Center inside of the Capitol Mall – the tallest building in all of Sacramento. Inside, you can see a real Wells Fargo stage coach and take in some history from the banking giant that started in our city. After you’ve explored, head over to the neighboring Melting Pot for a delicious fondue dinner – a meal style popular in the 1970s.

Rick’s Dessert Diner

Rick’s Dessert Diner first opened its doors in 1986, but its vintage feel lends itself more to the 1950s. Enjoy classic desserts here that go beyond delicious, as well as specialty cakes that can be ordered for birthdays, weddings or any other special occasion. Rick’s recently switched locations and is now on J St downtown. It is still as tasty as ever and remains popular with locals.



Come play at Evangeline’s, which is located inside of the Lady Adams Building in Old Sacramento. This is the oldest building in town, having been built in 1852. Today, Evangeline’s sells costumes, novelties and gag gifts, which are fun to explore – but you’ll also get a dose of history walking through the doorways that have been inhabited since the 19th century.

Sacramento is rich in history and holds plenty of inspiration for date night. Whether you’re looking for something new to do with friends, family or even some alone time, Sacramento will truly deliver with its rich history and vintage flair.

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