Northern California History: A Look at Orangevale

The Charming Town of Orangevale

Orangevale, California is located within Sacramento County, between Folsom and Citrus Heights. It was originally called Orange Vale, but the name gradually morphed into Orangevale.  It is sometimes referred to by locals as “The Vale.”  The area was once largely agricultural and, not surprisingly, it got its name from the many orange groves that used to occupy its main streets.  Although the region is now much more urbanized, Orangevale still manages to maintain a more rural feel than many of Sacramento’s other suburbs.  

With a population of 33,960 as of the 2010 census, Orangevale continues to expand.  Its proximity to both Sacramento and Placer Counties makes the area an attractive place for families to settle.  On clear days, Orangevale boasts lovely views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  There are plenty of parks, restaurants, and grocery stores for its residents to utilize.  Nearly 75% of the homes located in Orangevale are owner-occupied.  

Orangevale Annual Events

Summer Fun: The Orangevale Town Fair

Everyone knows about the big California State Fair that happens each year (well, except for this year) at Cal Expo, but did you know that Orangevale has held its own annual town fair every year since 1963?  The fairgrounds are located at the 36-acre Orangevale Community Park, 7145 Filbert Avenue.  Fairgoers are encouraged to enter through the Horse Arena Entrance.  Like every other fun seasonal event, this year’s fair was canceled due to COVID-19, but the dates for next summer are already planned: June 4 through 6, 2021.

The Orangevale Town Fair offers free admission (parking is $7-$10) and draws thousands of attendees each year.  The fair events include a parade, carnival rides, delicious fair food, live entertainment, country fair displays, crafting booths, a variety of unique vendors, and many other special attractions.  Proceeds from the fair benefit local service organizations, schools in the area, and several non-profit groups.

Some of the other attractions that the fair has hosted in previous years include:

  • Silent Disco
  • Kids Zone
  • Brewfest featuring local craft breweries
  • Orangevale’s Got Talent (featuring locals)
  • Live musical acts

Winter’s Big Orangevale Attraction: Dovewood Court

One of the things for which Orangevale is perhaps best known throughout the greater Sacramento area is the Dovewood Court holiday lights display.  Every Christmas season, the residential neighborhood of Dovewood Court becomes a magical place.  The cul-de-sac’s residents go all out with festive decorations and twinkling lights, and thousands of visitors wander through the neighborhood with their children.  This tradition has been enjoyed by locals for more than 25 years.  Each Christmas season, the displays light up on the first Sunday following the first Saturday of December and turn off on December 26th.  The Dovewood Court community sets up a donation station for visitors to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Food for Families.

We know it’s summer, but below is a fun video of Dovewood Court to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Orangevale Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Orangevale, California. The intersection of Greenback Lane and Hazel Avenue in Orangevale has been consistently listed as one of the region’s most dangerous intersections.  If you have been injured in an automobile accident (at an intersection or otherwise) that was not your fault, we can help make sure that your medical expenses and lost income are recovered.  Please reach out to my firm at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400.  We offer free, friendly advice. If you prefer, contact us through our online form.

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