Summers in Sacramento are hot (duh), but to me, there is no better place to be than exploring the city! One of the best parts of spending so much time downtown is all of the public art. There are so many Sacramento murals that have given me so much joy and inspiration over the years, so it was only right that I compiled some of my new favorite Sacramento murals with their locations and things to do nearby.
This list will grow over time so pin it now and keep coming back.
Last updated: July 2018.
Maren Conrad has a few Sacramento murals that I can’t get enough of. I’ve loved her work for years and not only is she gorgeous, but she’s got such great energy! The koi fish mural is quintessential Maren to me, as she has been inspired by them for years and they are reflected in a lot of her work.
Find this mural on the back of the M.A.R.R.S. building on 20th Street between J and K Streets. Link to map.
The Old Spaghetti Factory (the Mizithra Cheese pasta tho): 1910 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Block Butcher Bar (CJ and I had our first date there): 1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Pachamama Coffee: 919 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
The Wishing Wall
Another Maren mural! I became a 7-year-old again when I made it to this wall and I’m sure you will, too. I mean, how could you not? It’s so fun and the mural has a little glow to it. Make your way over there and make a wish!
Find this mural on the side of 819 19th St. Link to map.
The Mill: 1827 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Easy on I: 1725 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811
The Bread Store (my favorite veggie sando): 1716 J St, Sacramento, CA 95811
And another one! I just love this mural, mostly because I was a converse and Jack Purcell head through high school and college. The pose possibilities are endless at this mural, especially if you have a group of people.
Find this mural at Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse, 1322 V Street. Link to map.
Lam Kwong Deli & Market (cheap dim sum treats – bring cash): 2031 12th St, Sacramento, CA 95818
South: 2005 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95818
The Quinn: 1103 T St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Dad’s Sandwiches: 1310 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
I can say I knew Bryan when. We were both working at the front desk of the Crocker Art Museum when the museum reopened in 2010. Always a guy of depth and imagination. And good hair. I love this one, located on the side of the River City Food Bank.
Find this mural at 1814 28th Street. Link to map.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op: 2820 R St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Temple Coffee & Tea: 2829 S St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Revolution Wines: 2831 S St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Pushkin’s Bakery: 1820 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Pro tip: This wall faces parking spaces, so you have better chances of seeing it completely empty early in the morning or on a Sunday. It faces east, so be ready for some sun.
Jose Di Gregorio
You know Jose’s work when you see it. I’ve seen been seeing his paintings in my friends’ homes more and more over the years. And, now I want one. What a beautiful marriage between color and linear patterns.
This mural is located on the CADA building, but the wall faces the Beatnik Studios Parking Lot, 723 S Street. Link to map (pre-mural).
Beatnik Studios: 723 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Verge Center for the Arts: 625 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Pro tip: Plan to stay awhile… the next two murals are located just steps from this one!
Micah’s one of my favorite artists so I was so excited when his name was added to the list of Sacramento murals during Wide Open Walls last year. I love his longitudinal take on layers of color!
Directly next to Micah’s mural is one by Miles Toland, created during the Wide Open Walls festival in 2017.
It was so cool because I got to shake hands with this artist as he was painting the mural last year. It faces south, so the mood of your picture will definitely depend on the time of day.
I felt like a sun goddess at 4pm.
Located at R/S Alley behind Beatnik Studios, Link to map (pre-mural)
Insight Coffee Roasters, 1901 8th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Gam Lei Sing, 918 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Old Ironsides, Sacramento’s oldest bar: 1901 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Market 5-ONE-5: 915 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811
This mural is new to R Street and quite striking! I love the juxtaposition between the universe and the pureness that comes with being a child.
Located at 1301 R Street, Link to map (pre-mural)
Shady Lady Saloon: 1901 8th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Mas Taco Bar: 1800 15th St suite d, Sacramento, CA 95811
R15 Bar: 1431 R St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Warehouse Artist Lofts
I feel like if I meditated long enough then I would be transported into this forest. One can dream, right?!
This mural is located on the East side of the Warehouse Artists Lofts at R/S Alley on 12th Street. Link to map.
Bottle & Barlow: 1120 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Shoki Ramen House: 1201 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Warehouse Artist Lofts
All establishments are at the same address: 1104 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.
THE COLORS, THE COLORS, THE COLORS!! I can’t get enough!
Located on the south side of 1900 K Street (behind T.R.U.E.). Link to map.
TRUE, a buy-sell-trade store on the other side of the mural: 1900 K St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Lowbrau: 1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates: 1801 L St #60, Sacramento, CA 95811
Broderick Roadhouse: 1820 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Pro tip: This wall faces parking spaces, so you have better chances of seeing it completely empty early in the morning!
We found this one cruising down 19th Street.
The play with color and a futuristic space-age caught my eye and made us double back for a photo! That’s the best part of Sacramento murals. They are literally EVERYWHERE.
Sun & Soil Juice Company: 1912 P St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Preservation and Co.: 1717 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Elliott Fouts Gallery: 1831 P St, Sacramento, CA 95811
I couldn’t round out a post of Sacramento murals without this one. This mural and I go back. I remember when this was being painted in 1998. I am a self-proclaimed Grid Kid. My grandmother lived two blocks from it the majority of my life. It still is, but when it was first completed, it was a stunner. This depicts the old Alhambra Theatre that now is the home of Alhambra Blvd. Safeway. The theatre was torn down in 1978.
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Photos by Christina Best Photography