The City’s rich history has transformed the community from a small agricultural town into a thriving and progressive city; now a diverse population of 97,446 residents call Vacaville home. While the City’s population history and demographics show its rapid growth, Vacaville remains a “small town at heart,” whose residents pride themselves on the high level of community involvement.
With Vacaville’s central location, residents can “day trip” to beaches, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa wine country. However, they need not look further than Vacaville for a wide range of arts and entertainment opportunities,.
The city holds annual Vacaville Fiesta Days, that happen downtown, which includes a parade that features the public school marching bands, gymnasts, and even an electric car showcase, among other things. Other sites for tourists include the Vacaville Premium Outlets and the Nut Tree, which is home to a train for children, a carousel, and even a life-size checkerboard, as well as numerous stores and dining establishments. Every Friday during the summer the city holds the Creek Walk in Down Town Vacaville. Every December, the city holds a Festival of Trees in the ice skating rink and the Tree Lighting Ceremony, in which residents of Vacaville gather downtown to see a 50-foot (15 m) tree illuminate and enjoy festive music played by the Jepson Band, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Jimmy Doolittle Center at the Nut Tree Airport displays aircraft from as early as 1912 and is home to the Jimmy Doolittle Shell Lockheed Vega. Displays also include personal items of General Doolittle and items related to the Doolittle Raid of 1942.