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Summer Event Planning Tips

Summer Event Planning Tips

Summer is just around the corner! Whether you’re hosting an event in your backyard or at one of McClellan Hospitality’s event spaces, our event specialists offered their top three tips to make the planning process a breeze!

Tip #1. Know your venue.
When choosing a location, consider the amenities and limitations. Air conditioning, lighting, power, seating capacity and parking are important resources that should be discussed as you make decisions about hosting an event.

Tip #2. Confirm details.
Follow up with vendors to confirm event details the week before the event. Create a contact list with anyone that will play a part in your event including caterers, rental companies, musicians or entertainers, florists, and venue, and keep it on hand the day of the event.

Tip #3. Create shade.
Consider planning outdoor events in a party tent or canopies. Guests will be more comfortable in a shaded area, and tents can create a beautiful event space for weddings, showers, barbecues and more.

Share your event planning tips with us below! To learn more about our indoor and outdoor event spaces, contact Laura Hover, Director of Sales, at or 916.877.8164.

MCC Three: Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

MCC Three: Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

The McClellan Conference Center team is gearing up for a busy summer season! Here are our “can’t-miss” events. To view the full listing of public events, visit our online calendar.

May 11th – Combate Americas Boxing Match
Combate Americas presents a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event featuring women’s atomweight fighters representing U.S.A. and Mexico. Join us for a much-anticipated matchup pitting world ranked stars Lisbeth “Coneja” Lopez Silva (5-3) and Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (7-4) against one another. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase here.

May 12th – HuskyShows Jazz Concert
In the first of HuskyShows’ Summer Jazz series of 2018, Nathan East, member of a chart-topping contemporary jazz group, takes the stage with with the smooth jazz rising star, Jazmin Ghent. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. To get tickets and view the rest of the series lineup visit the HuskyShows Website.

May 26-27th – McClellan Gun Show
Come out Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and explore hundreds of tables of Northern California’s best guns, ammo, gear and accessories. Tickets are available at the door for $10 with free entry for those under 18 with a parent. For more information visit the Mountain Aire Promotions Website.

Planning the Perfect Summer Event

Planning the Perfect Summer Event

If you’re like us, your summer is packed with events! But what if you’re planning an event of your own? Our event specialists offered three of their top tips for planning the ultimate summer soiree.

Tip #1. Nail down the date.
Event venues, especially those with outdoor options, tend to go fast in summer. Whether it be a park, event space, or a restaurant’s patio, be sure to book it in as much advance as possible. Once the date is secured, send out Save The Dates ASAP! With many guests traveling over summer, you’ll want them to get the event on their calendars as soon as you can.

Tip #2. Keep it cool.
With the scorching summer heat, you want to make sure your guests stay cool and avoid overheating. Ask your venue about its options for additional shade (you may have to rent additional tents, umbrellas, etc.) and air conditioning. Be sure to provide plenty of water and maybe even fun frozen options, like popsicles, for your guests at the event.

Tip #3. Lighter food options.
Especially if your event is outside, the last things guests will want is a cream-based, heavy dish. Keep food options light and non-cream based, to avoid spoiling the food (and your guests’ mood!). Cold food items, like melons, seafood and veggies are not only cost-effective, but your guests may appreciate not having to sacrifice their summer beach body diet!

The MCC is a great summer venue, especially with the Coffee Hangar’s patio as an option for outdoor gatherings. To learn more, contact Cheryl Goldfarb, Director of Sales & Catering, at or 916.877.8173.

MCC Three: Upcoming Events

MCC Three: Upcoming Events

The McClellan Conference Center team is gearing up for a busy summer! Here are our “can’t-miss” events. To view the full listing of public events, visit our online calendar.

June 27-29 – California Outdoor Sports Expo
Three days, hundreds of the finest outdoor sports vendors, and tons of fun! Show hours are 9 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 to 3 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, visit

June 29 – City Career Fair
Get your resume in front of some of the best local employers at this free admission event. Participating employers include Jelly Belly, US Air Force, Blue Shield, Pride Industries, the City of Sacramento, the State of California & more! View the full list and get details here.

July 8 – HuskyShows Presents The Rippingtons with Michael Lington
The HuskyShows summer series is happening at the McClellan Conference Center all summer long! Kick off the series by watching renowned musicians, The Rippingtons, and special guest Michael Lington light up the stage. This is one you definitely won’t want to miss! To purchase tickets and view the rest of the lineup, visit the HuskyShows website.

Stay tuned for more fun events to come! If you want to book an event of your own, contact Cheryl Goldfarb, Director of Sales & Catering, at or 916.877.8173.

MCC Three: Local Attractions

MCC Three: Local Attractions

Whether you’re visiting the McClellan Conference Center for business or pleasure, take advantage of our great location.  We’re minutes away from downtown Sacramento and a short drive to the region’s best shopping, restaurants and more. Can’t decide on what to do while you’re here? These are our top three must-see attractions.

  1. Aerospace Museum of California

We’re located in the McClellan Business Park, a decommissioned Air Force base! Check out the local architecture and businesses (including the O’Club Restaurant & Lounge), and be sure to stop by the Aerospace Museum of California. There, you’ll learn about the history of flight and get to see a wide range of both civilian and military aircraft. The museum’s 37,500 sq. ft. of space includes an exhibit hall and a four acre Air Park with more than 50 historical aircraft. (And if the kids aren’t tired after touring the museum, there’s an aviation-themed park right next door for them to run out their extra energy!)

  1. Old Sacramento

We’re a short drive from historic Old Sacramento, where you can eat, shop and explore local landmarks and attractions. Go back in time and experience railroads and horse drawn carriages, or treat yourself to the region’s finest cocktails and views of the river. The California State Capitol and new Golden 1 Center are less than 5 minutes away, so you can explore everything Sacramento has to offer!

  1. Roseville Galleria

Located up I-80 is the Roseville Galleria and neighboring Fountains at Roseville. From local boutiques to national retailers, you’ll find them all here! After a day of shopping, visit Yard House Restaurant to try some of Sacramento’s finest beers, or treat yourself to a fine dining experience at the Galleria’s Il Fornaio, Land Ocean or Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Need additional recommendations? Ask any of our helpful staff! And be sure to share your favorite Sacramento spots below.