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Sacramento is the state capital of California, the Pacific coast state of the US. Located in the large Central Valley, it is the 7th largest city in the state. It is at the center of a four county area with more than 2 million inhabitants in all. The city is crossed by the American and Sacramento Rivers. The economy is diverse. By far the largest employer is the state itself, with some 100,000 employees here.
There is a light rail Regional Transit and metropolitan bus system. Roughly half of the population is Anglo American. More than 800,000 are of African descent, followed by over 250,000 Latinos and nearly 200,000 Asians. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders make up a group of around 24,000 people.
In 1839, the first Europeans settled here between these two rivers. Less than a decade later, gold was found nearby, sparking rapid growth. Four years after California became a state in 1950, this city became the capital. Many historic sites and buildings commemorate the gold rush era and the history of this modern city.
There is a rich and diverse cultural scene and vibrant nightlife. Some 30 cultural centres host art, dance, theatre and concerts to be enjoyed. Cuisine can be found from across the globe. The climate remains mild year round in this city that is to the north east of San Francisco.
There are hundreds of boutique stores as well as several large shopping malls. Outdoor river sports are popular on the city’s waterways. There are more than 100 municipal parks in this city and several municipal golf courses.
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September’s Labour Day Weekend is the celebration of Gold Rush Days and the city’s heritage. Old Sacramento is the place that historic wild west re-enactments occur as part of this celebration. Dirt is dumped by the ton into the street to authentically restore the unpaved street, at least for the course of this Friday through Monday activity. Admission is free to this event. (http://www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com/)
Chalk It Up To Sacramento is also held in early September. It is an annual chalk art festival on the street. It began in 1991. Since then this activity has raised children’s scholarship funds. Local bands and other performers appear throughout the festival. (http://www.chalkitup.org/festival.html)
For nearly 2 decades, the International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest has been held for 4 days in the fall. At least 25 films of distinct genres enter into this competition each year. The films explore gay experience in the world through documentary and creative productions. (http://www.siglff.org/)
The Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival is an annual 2 day September event. The festival culminates with a day of outdoors performances in Old Sacramento that includes dance, music and children’s theatre. Culture from around the globe is represented here as tribute to the diversity of this city. (http://www.sacramentoworldfestival.com/about.html)
From July through December, the 2nd Saturday Mid Town Art Walk is held. Every second Saturday of each month, mid-town galleries remain open until 10 PM and music fills the area. Openings usually begin at 6 PM and the area remains packed with people through the evening. (http://www.2nd-sat.com/)
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This airport is referred to by the International Code of SMF. There are no direct flights here from Australia. Delta flies here from Sydney (SYD) with 2 layovers. The shortest of these flights is 19 hours and 33 minutes.
US Airways also departs from Sydney for this destination. It offers its shortest estimated flight time at 19 hours and 32 minutes with 2 layovers as well.
The Australian Consulate-General providing services to visiting Australians in this city s located in San Francisco. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/SanFranCG.html)