Yolo County Summer Bucket List

Yolo County Summer Bucket List

Lots of people have a bucket list — run a marathon, go sky diving, write a book. But some people also have summer bucket lists —things they want to accomplish during the few short months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It can be as simple as running through the sprinklers or flying a kite or as ambitious as visiting every national park in the state.


Visitors to Yolo County may want to consider checking off the county’s must-do experiences as well. From visiting local wineries to enjoying farm-fresh produce, there’s plenty of activities in Yolo County to add to your summer bucket list. We’ve curated the best experiences in the region that are guaranteed to make your summer the best one ever.


See an Outdoor Movie

There’s nothing like watching a movie under the stars on a warm summer night. There are several spots in Yolo County where you can do just that. Bogle Family Vineyards in Clarksburg hosts “Movie Night in the Vines” throughout the summer, complete with wine tasting and dinner. Or, you can head to Drakes at the Barn in West Sacramento for “Barnflix.”


Catch a Baseball Game

The Sacramento River Cats play at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento. Both afternoon and evening games are scheduled throughout the summer and you can take advantage of special packages that include hot dogs and sodas for the whole family. On Sundays, kids can run the bases after the game and on Saturdays there’s a spectacular firework show.


Watch the Sunset with a Glass of Wine

Yolo County wine country is an undiscovered gem, and many wineries are open later in the evenings so you can catch the sun go down while sipping your favorite varietal. In Clarksburg, the Old Sugar Mill hosts “Thirsty Thursdays” from 5–8 p.m. when they offer live music and food trucks. Nearby Heringer Estates has “Delta Nights” with live music. Matchbook Wines in Zamora has a similar event, “Wine Down Wednesdays” and Great Bear Vineyards in Davis is open late on Thursdays and Fridays.


Hear a Local Band — For Free

Summer is the season for local music in Yolo County, and much of it is free! For starters, Winters has Music on Main every Friday evening from 6–8 p.m. In Davis, the Davisphere brings live music and entertainment to the downtown area. In West Sacramento, Rhythm on the River is held on the last Thursday of the month. In addition, numerous wineries and breweries in Yolo County host local performers, including Grindstone Wines in Esparto, Taber Ranch in Capay, and Berryessa Brewing and Hooby’s, both in Winters.


Go Fruit Picking

Being that it’s Yolo County, the opportunities for fresh fruits and veggies are bountiful! There’s nothing like biting into a juicy, just-plucked peach or a strawberry warmed by the sun. You can pick your own fruit at a U-pick farm in Yolo County. Some spots to check out are Impossible Acres near Davis, which has stone fruits and berries, and Pacific Star Gardens, which has strawberries and blackberries.


Visit a Farmers’ Market

The only thing fresher than picking your own produce is picking it up at a farmers’ market. Naturally, Yolo County has plenty of markets to choose from. One of the largest is the Davis Farmers’ Market, which sells not only fruits and veggies, but also eggs, meats, seafood, nuts, wine, and local honey. You can also pick up a handmade gift or a bouquet of flowers. There’s also a farmers’ market in downtown Winters through October and a pop-up market at Franquette in West Sacramento Sunday mornings.


Have an Adventure on Two Wheels

Summer is the ideal time to get out on the open road. Taking a bike ride is always fun no matter your age, and there are lots of places to explore on two wheels in Yolo County. The city of Davis is a natural choice, as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, with miles and miles of designated pathways, including the Davis Bike Loop. You can also cruise around Winters or take one of the challenging rides in the Yolo Countryside, such as the 25-mile Cantelow Loop or 22-mile Backroads of Winters.


Have a Picnic

Having a picnic is a time-tested way to enjoy summer in all of its glory. Luckily, there’s no shortage of picnic spots in Yolo County! Lake Solano County Park near Winters is an idyllic spot with access to Putah Creek. Cache Creek Regional Park is another good bet, with various spots providing picnic tables and water access. A unique spot for a picnic is Capay Valley Lavender, which has shaded picnic tables surrounded by lavender fields. Plus, you can pick your own lavender through June.

The Davis Farmers’ Market hosts Picnic in the Park on Wednesdays from 4­–8 p.m., with food vendors and live music.


Indulge in a Farm-to-Table Meal

With Yolo County’s agricultural heritage, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of spots where you can enjoy a fresh-from-the-farm meal. In fact, there are even places where you can enjoy a meal ON the farm. In Esparto, Polestar Farms hosts outdoor dinners showcasing whatever happens to be in season. Full Belly Farm in Guinda also puts on farm dinners throughout the season. Park Winters offers seasonal bites in its open-air farm pavilion, and L’Apero Les Trois hosts curated dinners celebrating the harvest paired with house-made aperitifs. 


Plan Your Summer Getaway to Yolo County

From wine tasting to farm-to-fork, baseball to live music, Yolo County truly has something for everyone. Check out lodging specials in Yolo County to find deals on hotels in Winters, hotels in Davis and hotels in West Sacramento and start checking things off your bucket list today!



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