The Best Things To Do in Fair Oaks
July 22, 2020

The Best Things To Do in Fair Oaks

Less than a half an hour east of downtown Sacramento, the charming area of Fair Oaks is aptly named, with quaint, established neighborhoods canopied by leafy oak trees. Its historic downtown core, Fair Oaks Village is made up of intimate cafés, indie shops and cozy restaurants. At its heart is leafy Fair Oaks Village Park, home to a flock of wild (but friendly!) chickens and roosters. There are plenty of things to do in this neck of the woods, and following are a few of our favorites.

Note: The following businesses were open as of press time. However, due to COVID-19 mandates, hours of operation may change. Please check the business website or social media page for the most up-to-date information. 



Enjoy the Outdoors

Photo courtesy FolsomNatural via Flickr

Fair Oaks is located right along the American River, meaning the great outdoors is literally in your backyard! Lake Natoma offers a plethora of recreational opportunities, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, fishing and swimming. The north side of the lake has miles of hiking and biking trails, while the American River Bike Trail is right over the scenic Fair Oaks Bridge, which is one of the best paved bike trails in the Sacramento area. Fair Oaks is also a hop, skip & a jump from the Sunrise Recreation Area, a popular spot with a boat launch, fishing and equestrian trails.


Indulge at a Restaurant

Restaurants in Fair Oaks, CA

Photos courtesy Dad’s Kitchen, Sunflower Drive-In and Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant

All that outdoor activity means you’ve probably worked up quite an appetite. Luckily, Fair Oaks has its share of great restaurants where you can unwind with a great meal. Options include the longstanding Sunflower Drive-In, which serves vegetarian fast food like nut burgers and tacos; Dad’s Kitchen, known for its stick-to-your-ribs comfort food like burgers and mac & cheese; and Mikuni, with modern, inventive sushi rolls and creative cocktails. In fact, you’ll find cuisine from across the globe, including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian and Mexican.


Go Shopping

Photo courtesy The Treasured Home

You can shop till you drop in Fair Oaks too. Fair Oaks Village is an enclave of unique shops. You can pick up artisanal, organic self-care products like lotions and scrubs at Botanica Village Apothecary; French-themed antiques and accessories at French in the Village; and vintage home décor at Bungalow Style Living.

At The Treasured Home, you can find anything you need to beautify your space, from custom-painted furniture to décor and kitchen goods, as well as clothing and jewelry. They also host crafting workshops where you can learn to paint flower pots and furniture.


Hang Out at a Neighborhood Park

Fair Oaks Movies in the Park

Photo courtesy Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District

Fair Oaks is a close-knit community that has a small-town vibe. Their community parks not only have ample open space for sports, family picnics and recreation, they also host special events. Although most events are postponed due to COVID-19, annual events include free outdoor concerts, summer movie nights and community festivals, including the annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival.


Make Yourself at Home

With beautiful scenery, established neighborhoods and a small-town vibe, its no wonder so many people want to establish roots in Fair Oaks. The area offers a variety of homes, from character-filled farmhouses to roomy ranch homes and stylish contemporary homes. Essentially, there is a style and price point to fit nearly every lifestyle! 


Category Fair Oaks, Neighborhood Guides

Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.