10 Great Dates!
1.Fourth of July Fireworks
If you know a Turlocker, you’ve probably heard them complain about the lack of fireworks at CSU Stanislaus. The local college campus was home to the region’s best pyrotechnics show for more than 20 years, before budget cuts ended the tradition in 2009.
Now, six years later, the fireworks will come back to CSU Stanislaus. The big show will be preceded by activities for kids and families, vendors, and a general good time.
JUL. 4, 4 p.m. | California State University, Stanislaus | 1 University Cir., Turlock
2. The Last MoBand Concert 2015
Modesto Summers are synonymous with Thursday nights in Graceada Park, listening to MoBand play some great tunes. And heck, even if you can’t hear the band, it’s still a good time.
Don’t let the summer end without a trip to MoBand. A July 9 performance, with the theme of “Sweet Dreams,” is your last opportunity to spread out a blanket, eat a picnic, and enjoy the company of friends.
3. Stanislaus County Fair
It’s the same Stanislaus County Fair that you know, and love, and have visited every year for your entire life. Sure, there are a few new twists – an interactive butterfly exhibit and a concert schedule including Carrot Top among the most notable – but it’s the Fair.
That said, what’s a summer without going to the fair? There’s a reason you go every year – it’s fun for kids, adults, and everyone who walks through that arch gate.
JUL. 10-19 | Stanislaus County Fairgrounds 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
4.Short, Ten Minute and One – Act Play Festival
It’s hard to go wrong with any performance by the Prospect Theater Project, arguably Stanislaus County’s best theatre company. But the best show of the year might be the annual Short, Ten Minute and One-Act Play Festival.
Spend an afternoon or evening watching rapid-fire shows, running the gamut from hilarious to heartfelt. You never know quite what you’re going to see, but you can be sure it’s going to be good. (Tickets at prospecttheaterproject.org.)
JUL. 10-26, various times | Prospect Theater Project | 1214 K St., Modesto
5. Modesto Fiji Festival
Celebrate Fijian culture with tropical food, music, and dance. Browse native wares as children enjoy carnival rides and games.
When the sun sets, the tiki torches come out and a DJ starts playing. It’s a taste of that true island life, right here in Modesto.
AUG. 1, 11 a.m. | Modesto Christian High School 5908 Sisk Rd., Modesto
6. 5th Annual ModStock
Peace, Love, and Music. It’s not Woodstock, but it’s as close as you’ll find in the Central Valley.
Listen to the music of 26 local bands as you enjoy food and drinks in what promoters call a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus” atmosphere. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and other family fun.
AUG. 9, 10 a.m. | Graceada Park 401 Needham Ave., Modesto
7. X Fest 2015
It’s the world’s largest outdoor disco, with 60 bands playing on 12 stages that sprawl through Downtown Modesto. More than 20,000 people attend the Xclamation! Festival every year.
As of our deadline, the line-up hadn’t been announced. But let’s be honest – it’s all about the party at this 21-and-over event. You probably won’t remember the bands anyway. (Tickets at www.xfestmodesto.com.)
AUG. 22, 5 p.m. | Downtown Modesto 930 11tt St., Modesto
8. Valley’s Got Talent
It was the first ever Valley’s Got Talent that launched the career of Lindsay Pearce. Who knows what star might come out of this sixth annual competition?
Spend a night listening to the Valley’s best singers, dancers, bands, and more. Winners take home cash prizes – and you can help pick your favorites, through an audience vote. (Tickets at www.galloarts.org.)
AUG. 28 and 29, 7 p.m. | Gallo Center for the Arts | 1000 I St., Modesto
9. Smoke on the River – Bands, Brews, & BBQ
Think you’re the best Grillmaster in Stanislaus County? Or do you just want to eat some tasty BBQ while enjoying local music?
You don’t want to miss Smoke on the River, the county’s premiere BBQ competition. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy a day by the river, smelling the sweet scent of grilling meat. (Tickets at cereschamber.com/bbq.)
AUG. 29, 11 a.m. TO 7 p.m. | Tuolumne River Lodge| 2429 River Rd., Modesto
10. The Modesto Nuts Closing Night
If you’re looking for a sign that summer is over, this is it. The Modesto Nuts will play their final home game of the season – barring postseason play – on Aug. 30.
Bid summer a fond farewell as you root on the Nuts against the hated Visalia Rawhide. And be sure to bring the kids – they can play catch on the field before the game, and run the bases afterwards. (Tickets at modestonuts.com.)
AUG. 30, 6:05 p.m. | John Thurman Field 601 Neece Dr., Modesto