Located east of Sacramento, the unincorporated community of Fair Oaks began as a fruit-growing center and has managed to retain much of its Old World charm. A secluded, rural atmosphere pervades the quiet neighborhoods, where lush landscaping and tree-canopied streets provide residents with opportunities to catch a glimpse of deer and other wildlife right their own backyards. A host of specialty shops and antique dealers add to the intimacy of the community environment. Home to a number of popular festivities and seasonal celebrations, Fair Oaks ensures that spring blossoms in style with its Fiesta Days, complete with a frog jump, free circus, and abundant arts and crafts. During the summer months, amateur performances of Shakespeare in the amphitheater of Plaza Park captivate local residents. Winter celebrations include a Santa Parade and village tree-lighting ceremonies. Fair Oaks is an older, stable community filled with lovely homes, many of which are set on spacious lots. Narrow, winding streets combine with heavily wooded areas for spectacular home sites that include stately mansions set on the bluffs overlooking the American River. Served by the San Juan School District, the community provides a number of parks, a theater, a library and sports leagues for all ages.