Upcoming Events

River City Sparkle

Date: Saturday, September 25
Time: 6.00pm -11.00pm
Location: Courtyard Hotel by Marriott, Cal Expo
Address: 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815
Entry Fee: $75
Paid Member Entry Fee: $60
RSVP Deadline: September 19

The West Coast’s most glamorous trans event is back! The theme for this year’s celebration is “Together Again” and the color scheme is all the colors of the rainbow.

Every year (Covid-19 permitting) since 2008, the River City Gems have welcomed the whole transgender community, including family, friends, and allies, to put on their finest and most glamorous attire and party the night away. Whether you are a first-timer or a Sparkle veteran, you won’t want to miss this year’s gala event.

Sparkle is being held at the Courtyard by Marriott at Cal Expo, Sacramento. This is the hotel that hosted Sparkle 2019 and our Anniversary and Holiday parties. It’s also one of the hotels that hosts our Femme Fridays.
** Note: The hotel is required to follow state and county mandates. All guests must wear face masks at all times except when actively engaged in eating or drinking **

There is a block of rooms set aside for Sparkle attendees needing accommodations. These rooms are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive the discounted rate of $119.00 (plus applicable taxes per night) there is a two-night minimum stay (Friday & Saturday) The Sparkle rooms must be booked directly with the hotel event coordinator. Call Anabel Fuentes and mention the River City Gems at 916-576-6609 or email anabel.fuentes@marriott.com

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact our event coordinators at activities@rivercitygems.org

Sparkle Event Schedule

6:00pm – No Host Cocktail Hour
7:30pm – Sumptuous Plated 3-Course Gourmet Dinner
8.45pm – Free Door Prizes – one $50 and two $25 gift certificates
9:00pm – Dancing with DJ Amber
11:00pm – Close

DJ Amber

To purchase tickets, SCROLL DOWN and fill in the ticket order form

Dinner Menu:

Mixed Green Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Choice of Entree
Baked Chicken Cordon Blue, with Ham and Havarti Cheese Veloute Sauce
Eggplant Parmesan with Marinara Rigatoni (Vegetarian)
Salmon Picatta with Lemon and Caper Butter Sauce

All entrees include seasonal vegetables, rolls, butter, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water

Cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries

Hotel ballroomFAQs

What should I wear? How formal will it be?
There is no dress code, but most guests will choose to wear semi-formal or formal attire. For ladies, this could mean a ball gown, a prom dress, a cocktail dress, LBD etc. For gentlemen, a dress shirt and slacks, and optionally a jacket and tie or even a tux!

How do I buy my tickets? How will they be delivered to me?
Tickets are to be purchased online, in advance. They will be held for you at the door on the night of the event. See ticket order form below for more details.

What if I buy my ticket but then can’t attend? Will I get a refund?
No. Tickets are not refundable. (** Unless the event is cancelled due to CDC-mandated Covid-19 reasons **)

Is seating assigned, or can I choose where I want to sit?
There is no assigned seating. You may sit with friends or wherever you like. Each table seats 8 people.

Is River City Sparkle an appropriate event for spouses and family members?
Absolutely! Many Sparkle attendees are spouses, partners, family members, friends, and allies. This is a party that anyone and everyone can enjoy.

Fill in the ticket order form below, hit the “Buy Now” button, then use PayPal or your credit card to check out
Tickets are on sale through Sunday, September 19th until 6:00pm.  Note: there are no walk-ins at the door.

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If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact activities@rivercitygems.org