October 12, 2019

An Evening fit for a Queen

The West Coast’s most glamorous transgender event is back...in royal style!

The River City Gems welcome the whole transgender community, including family, friends, and allies, to put on your finest attire and party the night away at the 12th annual River City Sparkle. Whether you are a first-timer or a Sparkle veteran, you won't want to miss this year's gala event.

Ornate armchair that looks like a throne

Crowns & Gowns

If the tiara fits...wear it!

The theme of River City Sparkle 2019 is “Crowns & Gowns," and it's your opportunity to get out, be seen, and feel like a queen.

Our Sparkle ballroom will be decorated in this year's signature colors of blue and purple, the traditional colors of royalty.

Simple or fancy, modern or retro, from fairy tale princess to prom queen – if you’ve ever dreamed of wearing a crown, tiara, circlet, diadem, or garland, this is your night to make a regal impression.

Cocktail Hour

Mix, mingle, sip a cocktail or two, and take some selfies with your friends in our special  photo-op area complete with themed props.

Dinner & Show

Sit down to a sumptuous 3-course dinner, then enjoy world-class stand-up featuring improv comedy from Short Cuts.

Dance Party

Kick up your heels as DJ Amber keeps the party going with a mix of the latest hits and classic dance tunes until 11:00pm.



Mixed Greens with Kalamata Olives, Cucumber,
Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing



Salmon Picatta

With Lemon & Caper Butter

Parmesan Herb Crusted Chicken

With Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Eggplant Parmesan

With Marinara Rigatoni


Salted Caramel Cake

Moist and Decadent Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Courtyard by Marriott

We're rolling out the red carpet for you at our new Sparkle venue

ADDRESS: 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815

BALLROOM: Please see our hotel map for the location of the ballroom and entrances.

HOTEL INFO: Visit the Marriott website for additional details.

Hotel rooms are expected to be scarce in Sacramento due to a large music festival happening the same weekend as Sparkle. We encourage you to book your room early for best selection and pricing.

There is a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott set aside for Sparkle attendees needing accommodations. These rooms are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a two-night minimum (Friday & Saturday) to receive the discounted rate of $179.00 plus applicable taxes per night.

Rooms must be booked directly with Anabel Fuentes at 916-576-6609 or anabel.fuentes@marriott.com

Short Cuts Improv Comedy Show


Short Cuts

River City Sparkle Welcomes Short Cuts

They regularly take to the stage at Sacramento's Comedy Spot, and now they're taking over River City Sparkle! Short Cuts is a fast-paced, game-based comedy improv show similar to Whose Line is it Anyway? Fun, short-form improv games and a great cast of performers guarantee a show that is unique, spontaneous, and above all hilarious!

Fashion show and contest

For fun and prizes!

Last year's River City Sparkle Fashion Show was a "runway" success! In keeping with our theme, this year's participants will be judged on their crowns and gowns.

There will be winners in the categories of "Best Bling," "Most Creative," and "Best Overall." Winners will receive a gift card.

There is no need to pre-register if you would like to be a contestant. Just show up dressed to impress, and let us know when you check in that you plan to participate.

Pre-Sparkle Dinner



Party like a princess on Friday night

Get a jump on your Sparkle weekend! Join us Friday night, October 11, for a pre-Sparkle tradition.

Gems members Cindy and Pauline will be hosting a group for a casual dinner and drinks at a local restaurant.  This event is open to all, including those not attending Sparkle. There are no fees to attend, so you can spend as much or as little as you please.

A number of other pre-Sparkle gatherings will be happening from Wednesday through Saturday. For more details about these unofficial member-led outings, use the form below to get in touch with the organizers.

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Love Notes


“I was apprehensive at first, but all that soon faded away. Everyone I met was nothing short of amazingly friendly and supportive. As a new girl that was huge to me, and I will never forget it.”

“How joyous it was to see so many, and such a variety of people and ages, styles, fashions, and more, all united under the shared banners of openness, freedom, and love.  All events through the Gems are rewarding, but this one topped them all !"

“A very fun evening! The food was really good and the entertainment was tops! It was fun for me to meet so many new people. I really enjoyed meeting some girls that I have only known online.”


The ticket purchase deadline has passed.

Paid Member $60
Non-paid Member $75

There will be no tickets available at the door. If you were unable to purchase a ticket prior to the deadline, we are sorry, but we cannot accommodate any walk-in guests. We hope to see you at a future Sparkle event.

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