Vacaville is a people-oriented city.
It takes pride in its community events, such as the holiday Festival of Trees, which raises money for the town’s homeless shelter; Merriment on Main, which packs the downtown every year; and springtime’s Fiesta Days, which celebrated its 55th anniversary. Several other newer themed festivals also dot the calendar throughout the year.
It has a welcoming downtown with a host of small, locally owned stores with an active town square that hosts entertainment events almost every weekend. The adjacent Creekwalk and Andrews Park are also often entertainment venues.
Vacaville has always prided itself on being a forward-looking town, as evidenced by its biotech industry and green footprint. It’s a family oriented community with a network of parks and youth programs and a record as one of the safest communities in the state for its size.
Residents enjoy the city’s park system, bicycle and pedestrian trails, sports fields, the downtown and shopping centers such as sprawling and popular Vacaville Premium Outlet stores, which draw shoppers from throughout the region. As does the up and coming Nut Tree area – site of the once happening iconic road stop of the same name. It opened in the 1920s as a produce stand under a large oak tree and morphed into a popular family oriented restaurant and play area complete with merry-go-round and train. While the Nut Tree closed in 1996, its legacy is continued in the Nut Tree shopping center.
The shopping area has a host of anchor stores such as Best Buy and Michael’s plus many smaller stores including the newly opened Boudin SF and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Vacaville was founded in 1851 by pioneer William McDaniel, when he bought part of an 1843 Mexican land grant held by Manuel Cabeza Vaca with the promise that McDaniel would name the town Vacaville. The city was incorporated in 1892.
For the sizable population of commuters, Vacaville is equidistant from the Sacramento area and the San Francisco Bay Area, connected to both by Interstate 80, which cuts the town in half.
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Chamber of Commerce: Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, 300 Main St., Vacaville; 707-448-6424; www.vacavillechamber.com
Visitors Bureau: Vacaville Conference and Visitors Bureau, 1671 East Monte Vista Ave. No. 112, Vacaville; 707-450-0500; www.visitvacaville.com