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October 7, 2017

A Decade of Elegance

The West Coast’s most glamorous transgender event is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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 our 10th anniversary bash. Whether this is your first River City Sparkle or your tenth, you won't want to miss this year's gala event.

Black lace dress and lace pump collage
Black lace dress and lace pump collage


Wear it your way...like the beautiful Gem you are.

The theme of River City Sparkle 2017 is “True to Form," a tribute to classic style and timeless elegance. Our Sparkle ballroom will be lavishly decorated with this year's signature style elements, diamonds and lace.

Lace dresses are oh so on-trend, and diamonds never go out of style. What could be more romantic and feminine? Whether you wear a prom dress, an evening gown, a cute cocktail style or a classic LBD, this is your night to shine!

Cocktail Hour

Mix, mingle, sip a cocktail or two, and take some selfies with your friends in our ultra-glam Hollywood-style photoshoot area.

Dinner & Show

Sit down to a sumptuous 3-course dinner, then enjoy world-class stand-up featuring San Francisco comedian Natasha Muse.

Dance Party

Kick up your heels ’til midnight as DJ Amber keeps the party going with a mix of the latest hits and classic dance tunes.



Tender Bibb Lettuce with Mandarin Oranges, Red Onion Rings and Candied Walnuts,  Served with Poppyseed Dressing and Fresh Herb Vinaigrette



Marinated Sliced Tri-Tip

With a Green Peppercorn Sauce

Grilled King Salmon

Finished with a Roasted Roma Tomato-Basil Relish

Portabella Ravioli

Ravioli Stuffed with Portabella Mushrooms in Marinara Sauce


Strawberry Chiffon Cake

White Cake with Strawberry Filling and Whipped Cream Frosting

Crowne Plaza Hotel

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

ADDRESS: 5321 Date Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841

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

HOTEL INFO: Visit the Crowne Plaza website for additional details.

BOOKING A ROOM: You can book a single or double room by calling (877) 227-6963. Mention River City Gems when you make your reservation to receive a special room rate of $109. The booking deadline for the special rate is September 16.

Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse

"I was a boy...but then I got better."

San Francisco comedian, mom, transsexual and firm agnostic Natasha Muse will delight Sparkle guests with comedy so good, it's not even funny.

Named one of SF Weekly’s “Artists to Watch" in 2016,  Natasha features regularly at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God.

Opening for Natasha is Oakland-based comedian and self-titled professional smartass, Dominique "Dom" Gelin.

Pre-Sparkle Dinner

Step out with the Gems on Friday Night.

Interested in getting a jump on your Sparkle weekend? Join us Friday night, October 6, for a pre-Sparkle tradition!

Gems members Cindy and Pauline will be hosting a group for 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.

While Sparkle is a more formal event, attire for the Pre-Sparkle dinner can range from "office dressy" to "casual Friday."

Love Notes

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

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“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 !"

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“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 advance purchase deadline was October 4 at noon. This event is sold out, and no more tickets are available.

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The ticket purchase deadline has passed.

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.

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