GoldenSky organizers excited to expand Sacramento country music festival

GoldenSky organizers excited to expand Sacramento country music festival

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GoldenSky Country Music Festival aims to go big in Sacramento

The lineup for the GoldenSky Country Music Festival, one of Sacramento’s newest — and already buzzing — music festivals, is out and organizers are already energized for the October event.

The event debuted last October, bringing roughly 50,000 people to Discovery Park for two days of music, organizers said.

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“We’re looking forward to building on the experiences that we introduced last year,” said Chamie McCurry of Danny Wimmer Presents.

The festival’s organizers are behind the longstanding Aftershock festival. After a decade of success, they introduced GoldenSky in 2022, which saw a crowd similar to what Aftershock brings out.

“We’re really seeing that Sacramento is becoming a destination festival market,” McCurry said.

The 2023 lineup includes Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi of Dixon. Passes are on sale and roughly 75% of VIP passes had already been purchased as of Thursday, McCurry said.

“There’s a lot to do once you’re inside the gates that are unlike any concert experience you’ll be going to in Sacramento,” McCurry said.

For Mike Testa of Visit Sacramento, the return of GoldenSky is a win for the city. He said event organizers underestimated how well the festival would be received in its inaugural year.

Testa said the event brought in more revenue, too, estimating about $12 million in economic impact for the 2022 festival.

“Music festivals, sporting events, big events in general, they matter whether you attend them or not,” Testa said. “The tourism isn’t about the tourists: It’s about bringing in outside dollars to benefit the people that live here and we certainly see that through this festival.”

GoldenSky will take place Oct. 14 and 15 at Discovery Park.

Weekend and Single Day General Admission and VIP passes for GoldenSky Country Music Festival are on sale now. You can find tickets here.


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