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Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour returns Saturday

After five-year hiatus, popular event features five historic homes

This is one of the five homes on the 33rd Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is one of the five homes on the 33rd Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association

It’s back! One of Sacramento’s favorite neighborhood traditions returns Saturday with the 33rd Curtis Park Home and Garden Tour.

Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, this popular tour has been on hiatus since 2018. Its first off-year in 2019, organizers needed a break after 32 consecutive spring tours. Little did they know that the pandemic would stretch that break into five years between events.

This Saturday, the tour is back in force with five private homes built – like most of the Curtis Park neighborhood – between 1910 and 1940. Their styles include Streamline Moderne, Mediterranean and Craftsman with interiors ranging from classic to contemporary. According to the organizers, featured gardens include entertaining spaces, English cottage designs and drought-tolerant landscapes.

Hosted by the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, the tour supports the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community and neighborhood programs. Advance tickets, available via the center’s website, are $25 for non-members of SCNA; tour day tickets are $30.

Whether buying in advance or on Saturday, start your tour at the booth at the corner of 26th Street and Donner Way on the north end of William Curtis Park. That’s where you’ll pick up your map and program, which acts as your passport into participating homes.

Each stop is located within walking distance of the park, where there also will be a celebration of Curtis Park’s history with displays, music, vendors, food and coffee. (That’s where the restrooms are located, too!) Among the vendors will be Light and Breezy Paper, Handmade, OB Woodworks, Kelsey Caroline Designs, Arizmendi Ceramics, Knott Just Art and Library Cat Designs.

Like classic cars? The Capitol A’s Model A Ford Club will tour around the neighborhood as well as display cars at participating residences. Watch plein air artists at work in some of the gardens, too.

Questions? Email events@sierra2.org.

Details and tickets: https://sierra2.org/event/home-tour/.

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