The combination of wilderness and city life solidifies the independent vibe of Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks.
A natural buffer between the greater Sacramento area and the great outdoors, this neighborhood holds the perfect mix of nature and economic opportunity.
Settled firmly between Interstate 80 and Highway 50, and just a quick drive to Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado National Forest, Outer Folsom’s free-wheeling spirit shines bright. Whether you work in the neighborhood or commute the 30 minutes to Sacramento, you’re free to hike, go four-wheeling at Folsom
Lake, or settle in for a warm night next to your fireplace.
With the influx of jobs from the tech industries in Sacramento, Outer Folsom has established itself as the go-to neighborhood for suburban families who love staying active.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
As diverse as its outdoors, restaurants in the Outer Folsom area cater to all tastes, including Mexican, American, French, European, and Thai. Hearken back to this former farming center's roots with pulled pork sandwiches, fried corn, and coleslaw at Boucane's Smokehouse & Sweetery. Follow it up with lemon cake and coconut bars for dessert.
Nightlife in Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks consists mainly of American bars and pubs. Upscale joints like Samuel Horne's Tavern on Sutter Street uphold the pride and spirit of Folsom with eats like the Johnny Cash burger, so-named because of his song about Folsom Prison. Arrive a few minutes earlier than planned, as seating space may be limited.
If you're feeling lucky, head down to the local FLB Sports Bar & Casino for a night of cards and bowling. Strong drinks and greasy food keep the energy high. Watch sports in high-definition while you wait for the next bowling lane to clear.
History & Culture
With tech companies moving into Folsom and the surrounding Sacramento area, the Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks neighborhoods are rapidly expanding. Historically employed by large operations like the famous Folsom Prison, locals are now enjoying a more diverse selection of job opportunities, attracting more residents to the area.
Learn about Folsom’s rich past at the Folsom Historical Society, which rotates exhibits every few months. Join a tour to soak up local history about the California Gold Rush, Folsom’s native inhabitants and a history of mining and local prisons.
Folsom enjoys a lively art scene at the Harris Center where residents and visitors can enjoy theater, symphony and blues music year-round.
Outer Folsom residents generally use their automobiles for visits around town. Public bus lines run throughout the day, originating at the Historic Folsom Station.
Cabs are not easy to flag down in Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks, although they are available on-call. Hail a ride share with Uber, which covers ground from Folsom to Sacramento and all the way up to Auburn.
Short-term parking rates in Sacramento go for about $1.25 per hour, with long-term rates as little as $6 for 10 hours.
Interstate 80 and Highway 50 run east to west through Outer Folsom, both easily accessible any time of day. With Highway 5 running north to south through Sacramento, residents have little worries about heading north to Oregon or south to Los Angeles for long getaways.
You may find walking and cycling strenuous in the Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks area. Stay aware if walking or biking on busy roads through the center of town as the steeper inclines may make it harder for drivers to see you.
The cost of living in Outer Folsom rivals that of most Sacramento neighborhoods. You can expect to pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket to downtown Sacramento and between $985 for a one-bedroom
Micro and specialty brews run aplenty in Folsom, with typical prices ranging from $5-$6 a pint. Gas prices run about 12 percent higher than the national average.
The Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks shopping experience reflects the area’s balance of big-city zeal and outdoorsy gusto. While large chain stores and newly developed centers dominate areas off the main highways, smaller malls like Palladio provide the warmer, communal vibe you expect from a small mountain town. Create lovely holiday kitchenware at Color Me Mine before heading to a $5 movie night; an outing perfect for the whole family.
Prepare for your big date at Button Up Boutique, which carries the hippest in women’s fashions, including designer jeans, dresses, tops and blouses. Turn in yesterday’s rags for tomorrow’s trends, making sure to ask the owner for her new favorite lines.
Men and women alike can hunt for styles both old and new at Freestyle Clothing Exchange. Find last year’s fashion by makers such as DKNY, Free People and True Religion. Vintage buyers be on the lookout for hidden treasures, or sell your old clothes in exchange for the latest trends.
Large grocery stores like Raley’s and Trader Joe’s line the edge of the Outer Folsom/Orangevale/Fair Oaks neighborhood. If you’re looking for large selections of organic produce, try the Whole Foods Market on Palladio Parkway and wander the endless aisles of healthy bulk foods. Stop in front of the store for fresh salads and a specialty brew from Whole Food's very own biergarten.
Farmers market aficionados can get their fruit and veggie fix at the Historic Folsom Farmers Market on Sutter Street, next to Lake Natoma. Support local sellers and crafters at this small, intimate market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The lush natural surroundings of Outer Folsom provide ample opportunity for residents to play outdoors. Your kids will love storming the castle structure at Folsom Kids’ Play Park. Partner up with other parents while the children hide in the many nooks and crannies or do battle on the drawbridge.
Nature lovers find solace on the banks of Lake Natoma, with ample space for biking, running and kayaking. Choose from three pads for lakeside launching. Spy on hawks, turkeys, jackrabbits and other wildlife on any of the dozen trails around the lake, then return to your site for a gorgeous sunset and barbecue with the whole family. Day use at Lake Natoma costs $10.
Visit the Maidu Museum & Historic Site for the annual Sacramento Free Museum Day in Roseville. Learn the rich history of the Maidu Indians, who occupied this land many generations ago.