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October 6, 2018


The West Coast’s most glamorous transgender event is back...with attitude!

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 11th 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.

Hat and high heels


Fashionable from head to toe

The theme of River City Sparkle 2018 is “Steppin' Out," and it's your opportunity to get out, be seen, and celebrate the joy of being yourself.

Our Sparkle ballroom will be decorated in this year's signature colors of pink and red, with this year's signature style elements, hats and heels.

From fedoras to fascinators...from platforms to peep-toes...it's time to pay tribute to these two iconic fashion accessories.

Cocktail Hour

Mix, mingle, sip a cocktail or two, and take some selfies with your friends in our special  photo-op area. This year's photo props are tops!

Dinner & Show

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

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.



California Mixed Greens with Poached Pears, Candied Pecans,
and Gorgonzola Crumbles,  Served with Balsamic Vinaigrette
and Fresh Herb Vinaigrette



Grilled 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 Sparkle 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 room by visiting the Crowne Plaza website or calling (877) 227-6963. There is no special rate code for this event.

Milt Abel


Milt Abel

"I love stand-up. What other job do you get to make fun of people and sleep 'til noon?"

A headlining stand-up comedian for over twenty years, Milt has opened for and appeared with Ellen Degeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Dana Carvey and Robin Williams. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada in venues ranging from corporate events to cruise ships, television appearances and comedy clubs.

Milt’s style has been described as clean, clever, and funny. We are excited to welcome him as our entertainer for Sparkle 2018.

Fashion show and contest

For fun and prizes!

This year we will be holding a fashion show and contest with prizes for best hat, best heels and crowd favorite.

Prizes range from $10 up to $100, with a special prize for the crowd’s choice of best portrayal of the signature style. Participating in the contest is optional, but how often do you have a chance to strut your stuff on the big stage?

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


Hats and heels

Kick up your heels on Friday Night

Get a jump on your Sparkle weekend! Join us Friday night, October 5, 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 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 ticket purchase deadline has passed.

Paid member price $60
Non-paid member
Purchase deadline October 1

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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