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For Immediate Release

March 29, 2023






Linsey Fredenburg Humes


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Friends of Sutter’s Fort, in partnership with Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, will present a fun, free and family-friendly Earth Day evening activation on Saturday, April 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. Debuting a series of “Films with Friends” outdoor movie screenings, the beloved movie “Free Willy” will be shown on the exterior wall of Sutter’s Fort. Movie goers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and friendly dogs are welcome. No alcohol is allowed. Plus, the first 100 attendees will receive a free glow necklace or bracelet and small popcorn.

In addition, delicious VolksWaffle desserts, refreshing beverages and ocean-themed candy will be on-site and available for purchase. Movie goers can also choose to support Friends of Sutter's Fort by purchasing a Films with Friends Fun Pack for $50 with all proceeds benefiting efforts to bring more community events and activations to Sutter's Fort. The Friends Fun Pack will include:

• Picnic blanket perfect for watching the movie on the lawn
• Assortment of candy including ocean themed lollipops
• 4 sodas or waters
• 4 small popcorns

Friends Fun Packs are available to order in advance at and on-site at the event (if and while supplies last).

Starting at 7:30 p.m. -- prior to the start of the movie at 8 p.m. -- representatives of California State Parks will present a short talk or "campfire program" (with a virtual campfire on screen) that will tie into the movie and Earth Day.

Additional “Films With Friends” outdoor movie showings will take place later this summer, including a showing of “Grease Sing-A-Long” on May 13 and Disney's “Newsies” starring Christian Bale on June 10.

For those interested in visiting inside Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., regular admission is $5 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under. For more, call 916-445-4422 or visit

Friends of Sutter’s Fort
Friends of Sutter's Fort is a 501c3 charitable foundation. As a state park cooperating association, we collaborate with California State Parks at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to preserve and protect historic structures, and artifacts, and to engage visitors of all ages. For more information, please visit

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