The historic downtown is perfect for those who love to shop and unwind in the bustle of a crowd.

Welcome to Folsom

Lively and inviting, there’s plenty to see and do in historic Folsom
Nestled against the shores of a stunning lake, Folsom is a town that has gone down in history thanks to the beloved song by Johnny Cash (“I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and the time keeps draggin’ on / But that train keeps a-rollin’ on down to San Antone”).
However, there’s much more to Folsom than catchy country tunes. The neighborhood is a treasure trove of upscale boutiques and restaurants, stately, historic homes, and scenic views that stretch for miles in every direction.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in Folsom, with trails and parks that are known as some of California’s best. The historic downtown is perfect for those who love to shop and unwind in the bustle of a crowd, while music fans will find plenty of performance venues around town. Discover the best of Folsom in this expansive guide.

What to Love

  • Music lovers and nature enthusiasts will thrive in Folsom’s scenic environment
  • Folsom’s Historic District offers plenty of opportunities for upscale shopping and dining
  • A wide variety of architecture adorns the streets of Folsom, from modern apartments to large single-family homes

Local Lifestyle

Lively and bustling, Folsom is known as one of California’s most exciting and historic neighborhoods. Originally made famous by “Folsom Prison Blues” by country artist Johnny Cash, Folsom is well-known for its beautiful outdoor recreation facilities, stunning parks, and extensive walking and biking trails. Residents of all ages call Folsom home, from busy professionals with high-powered careers to families with young children.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

A hotspot that draws residents and tourists alike, the Folsom Historic District is full of sights and sounds to thrill the senses, from decadent restaurants to charming shops. Pull up a seat at the Powerhouse Pub, a local institution that serves up live music along with a traditional menu of American dishes and a wide range of craft beers and cocktails.
The Palladio Shopping Center is a sophisticated shopping destination with many renowned retailers, along with restaurants and a movie theater, while the Johnny Cash Trail offers outdoor enthusiasts a way to see the local scenery while taking in the impressive sight of Folsom State Prison

Things to Do

With a wealth of festivals and special events throughout the year, there’s always a reason to get out and celebrate Folsom. Farmers Market Saturdays at Folsom Station Plaza showcase the wares of many local vendors, and Spirits, Brews & Bites at the Folsom Historic District is the perfect way to honor the autumn season. 
Young celebrants will revel in Soap Box Derby Days, an annual event in downtown Folsom. In winter, Historic Downtown Folsom comes alive with winter festivities, including the Historic Folsom Ice Rink. Low temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even during Folsom winters, so the ice rink is a welcome change of pace, complete with private fireside seating and themed skating nights. There’s always something happening in Folsom, a community that combines the best of bustling city living with the California affinity for leisure.


Folsom is served by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, and features the following top-rated schools:
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