June 25, 2018
June 25, 2018

About Vacaville



When William McDaniel purchased land from Manuel Vaca, he agreed that a one square mile area would be used to create a township. The land was recorded on Dec. 13, 1851, and the township was called "Vacaville." In 1892 Vacaville was incorporated as a city.

Vacaville has a rich past, tracing its roots to those early days of pioneers and adventurers. Through more than 150 years, Vacaville has maintained a spirit that embraces change, yet holds on to the traditions of a colorful past.

Its beginnings found settlers staking out ranches and then farming the land. This eventually gave way to major agriculture production. At one time Vacaville was the fresh fruit capital of California, shipping fruit and nut products throughout the nation. These agricultural beginnings were reflected at the "Nut Tree" in Vacaville. Nut Tree began as a roadside fruit stand and grew to become a world-renowned restaurant complex that served as an oasis for travelers between the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Valley for almost 75 years. Generations of families visited Vacaville and the Nut Tree, making it a true "icon" along I-80.

Today, Vacaville is a vibrant community in one of the fastest growing areas of the nation and has become home to some of the largest and most successful life-science companies in the world, including Genentech, Alza, and Chiron. Its location makes it one of California's most attractive family communities. Yet, through it all, the pioneering spirit of Vacaville continues to thrive and bring prosperity to the residents.

One of Northern California's most Charming Communities!

Go hiking in lovely Lagoon Valley, which offers great views of the city and beyond. Explore historic downtown Vacaville, or find a new favorite vintage at one of the first-class vineyards and wineries of the neighboring Suisun Valley -- a short drive from Napa and Sonoma. Shoppers and diners can choose from hundreds of stores and restaurants, both national chains and locally owned favorites. Treat yourself to vibrant performing and visual arts, or visit one of Vacaville's many seasonal farm stands for fresh local goodies- the possibilities are endless in Vacaville!

The Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, part of the Vacaville Cultural Center at 1010 Ulatis Drive, hosts a variety of musical, theatrical, dance and educational programs throughout the year in a state-of-the-art 500-seat facility. (707) 469-4015. Information about the VPAT and upcoming events can be found at

The Young Artists Conservatory of Music is located at 500 Davis St. Established in 2005 the Conservatory operates three divisions countywide: The Solano Arts Conservatory; the Solano Youth Theatre; and Music Matters Public School Collaborative. This non-profit music education and performing arts organization serves over 1,000 youth annually.  

The Vacaville Art Gallery, located at 718 E. Monte Vista Ave., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (707) 448-8712.

The Solano Community Symphony is in its 25th concert season. Contact Debbie Hayward, president, at Information on performances can be found at

CreekWalk Concerts, downtown Vacaville. A series of free outdoor concerts and family events is held each summer at the CreekWalk.

Brenden Theatres, Davis Street at Interstate 80, Vacaville. Phone (707) 469-0180. 

Stars Recreation and Bowling Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway, Phone (707) 455-7827. 

Vacaville Skating Center, 551 Davis Street, Phone (707) 455-0225.

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