First Festival was founded early 2015 with a mission to bring Sacramento together through music, food, art, vendors, craft beer, and community. The 1st First Festival was held at Riverwalk Park in West Sacramento on May 23rd, 2015. It featured 18 bands on 3 stages with 10 food trucks and over 40 local vendors and artists. It was an exciting inaugural event. The 2nd First Festival was held on June 18th and 19th-- expanding to two days-- and featured 43 bands on 3 stages with over 70 craft beers on tap, beautiful stages that rival any music festival, tons of vendors, interactive art, local food, and a brand new concept: The Craft Beer Lounge which featured a wooden dance floor, cocktail tables and bar stools. It was a big hit! The 3rd First Festival will be even better than ever and will feature top notch acts in the lineup-- stay tuned to hear who's going to be playing in the weekend headlining spots around the holidays--- it won't disappoint!
Danielle Vincent is the founder and producer of First Festival. If you've ever talked to anyone involved with First Fest-- it's was probably her. What does it take to run a huge music festival funded by ticket sales only? A whole lot of multi-tasking and hard work. Danielle does all graphics, builds and updates the website, books bands, contracts bands, runs all the social media, processes tickets, handles vendors, books media spots, and so much more. She's looking forward to year 3 where she's partnered with some great people and organizations to create a collaborative event that showcases Sacramento. "Collaboration is the key to making year three the best that it can be. Sacramento will be so excited to see what's in store-- including some major headlining acts." If you have questions or want to work with First Festival-- our email is always open.
After the 2nd First Festival, Danielle wanted to create an outlet for Sacramento to find local live music while providing a streamlined event listing process for local bands to get the word out. Introducing: #showupsacramento (showupsacramento.com). Show Up Sacramento is an online calendar that is fully integrated with social media. Visitors can browse neatly organized events, purchase tickets, read about the show, find the venue (with a map, even!) and then share the show on social media to let everyone know they are going. The best part is the mailing list-- subscribe and get weekly updates of the coming weeks' shows right to your inbox. This service is complimentary for bands. Where else does their show listing hit local music fans emails weekly for free and JUST because they listed their event-- nowhere until now! Find Sacramento area music events all in one place-- with ease.