Free and fun: Hot Spot nights return for Sacramento teens

Hot Spot nights are back for Sacramento teens. The City is “remixing” the in-person youth program this year to make it new and improved from the Hot Spots that were offered prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that many of our teens are anxious to see their friends in real life,” said Jackie Beecham, Recreation Manager for the Department of Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment. “Our staff worked hard to ‘remix’ the hot spot program into an experience teens won’t want to miss after a year of distance learning and virtual hangouts.”

Hot Spots nights, designed for for Sacramento teens 13 through 17, are free, fun and interactive events that allow young people to interact with their friends while staying close to home in a safe and supervised environment.

“It’s important for our youth to have a safe place to socialize with others and engage in positive behavior and activities in the evening,” Beecham said. “Hot Spots are the place to be!”

Last year, following the onset of the pandemic, all Hot Spots were put on pause due to the public health guidelines that restricted activities such as basketball and other sports played at the program, Beecham said.

The Hot Spot events, which run July through September, include theme nights, food trucks, sports, movie nights, giveaways and more at seven community center sites. Pre-registration is required and events will follow the latest COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

Sign up for the free events at

Here is a list of upcoming Hot Spot nights.

Coloma Community Center – New

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 29 — Movie Night

George Sim Community Center

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 — Sit-in Movie Night
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021 — Silent Disco Party
  • Friday, September 10, 2021 — Extreme Craze Fun Fest 

Joe Mims-Hagginwood Community Center

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 — Game Night
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021 — Movie Night
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 — Carnival Night 

Southside Clubhouse/Park – New

7 – 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 — Dive-In Movie
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 — Silent Disco Dance Party 

South Natomas Community Center

7- 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 22 — SNCC All-star Hot Spot, Summer Slam
  • Thursday, August 5 — SNCC E-sports Tournament
  • Thursday, September 23 — SNCC American Ninja Warrior Show Down

Oak Park Community Center

7 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 22 — #summerlit
  • Thursday, August 5 — #extremegames
  • Friday, September 24 — #funfest

Sam & Bonnie Pannell Community Center

7 – 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22 — Dive-in @Pannell Pool
  • Wednesday, August 18 — The Game of Life
  • Wednesday, September 15 — Total Rec Night
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