10 Great Dates
1. MOTHER-DAUGHTER SIP N’ PAINT
A great way to have a girls night! This event includes a glass of wine for those over 21, or a soda/water for those underage. The best part is the painting, where mothers and daughters will be given step by- step instruction, see how their own artistic styles shine through, and have a wonderful art piece to take home. $15/pp
NOV. 9, 7 P.M. | TEEN CENTER AT 3600-A SANTA FE ST. | RIVERBANK
2. CENTRAL VALLEY CON
Experience an array of pop culture, such as comics, card games, manga, television & film, toys, video games, and more, in conjunction with some of the Central Valley’s finest artistic talent. Dress up, have fun, and show your love for all things pop culture! Half-price tickets available online, full price at the door.
NOV. 11, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. | MODESTO CENTER PLAZA | MODESTO
3. 6TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY DRIVE
The Thanksgiving holiday usually brings two things to mind: giving thanks and turkey. During this giving season, Rea & Associates is a great stop to drop off a turkey for someone who might not otherwise get to experience this festive and filling holiday tradition.
NOV. 15-16, 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. (CLOSED 12 P.M – 1 P.M.) | REA & ASSOCIATES, LLP, MODESTO
4. TURLOCK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
An absolute highlight of Stanislaus County’s holiday season, feel the joys of this time of year by strolling through Turlock’s darling downtown. There’s lots of great shopping, yummy food, children’s activities, vendors, crafts, and more. The Mayor, and his buddy, Santa Claus, will light the City of Turlock Christmas tree, and Santa will be available for photos and secret gift wishes.
NOV. 24, 4 P.M. | MAIN ST. | TURLOCK
Downtown Modesto turns into a bustling bazaar with local artisans selling their handmade goods. Support some of the area’s greatest makers as you enjoy live music, shopping, good food, and finding those special gifts for this holiday season.
NOV. 24, 5-9 P.M. | J ST., BETWEEN XYZ | MODESTO
6. MJC TURKEY TROT 5K RUN AND GOBBLER WALK
Start your Thanksgiving morning off right by putting a 5K under your feet before your Thanksgiving meal. There’s also a half-mile kids run for those spirited enough to participate. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 1,200 entrants, so sign up quickly and get your family in on the fun!
NOV. 22, 8:45 A.M. | 1200 TIOGA DR. | MODESTO
7. DICKENS FAIRE
Explore Modesto’s famed McHenry Mansion with a tour that takes you back in time and is led by docents dressed in the fashions of the period. Free children’s activities happen across the street at the McHenry Museum. There will be street vendors, offering gifts, snacks, and other items for sale, as well as strolling carolers, bagpipers, harpists, and Father Christmas himself.
DEC. 1 | 905 15TH ST. | MODESTO
8. WREATH & GARLAND WORKSHOP
Take a break in the country in a century-old barn—“Grandpa’s Barn”—and craft your own fresh 20 in. wreath or 6 ft. garland. All materials and tools are provided. There will also be Christmas vendors set up inside the bar, so you can be crafty and get some shopping done. $45/pp
DEC. 5, 1-3 P.M. | 17693 ENTERPRISE RD. | ESCALON
9. MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERT
Bring the whole family to enjoy MJC’s concert choir and chamber singers as you bring in the holiday season. Performance will include traditional holiday favorites, as well as other music. $6/general, $5/ students, seniors, kids.
DEC. 7, 7 P.M. | MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER | MODESTO
10. FAIR FOOD FRIDAY
Did you know you can get your fair food fix in the middle of winter? You don’t have to wait until summer for some deep-fried goodness and other classics. Food items are cleverly named for the branches of the military, and proceeds go to supporting veterans in Stanislaus County.