10 Great Dates!
WATERFORD HERITAGE DAY
May 9 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Waterford, near Bentley and E streets
Celebrate Waterford with the city’s annual festival. Heritage Day brings 30-plus booths to Downtown Waterford – and a parade, to boot. This year’s theme is “Conserving Our Resources.”
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
May 9 – 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
McHenry Mansion, 924 15th St., Modesto May 10 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave, Modesto
What better way to celebrate mom than with a relaxing cup of tea? Enjoy a traditional tea service, sandwiches, and desert as you tour the restored 1883 McHenry Mansion. Tickets are $30 per person with two seatings available: 11:30 a.m., or 2 p.m. Call 522-1739; all proceeds benefit the McHenry Mansion. Instead, you could sumptuous enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch at the SOS Club. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children; call 578-5801 for reservations.
LEAP – A ONE-WOMAN SHOW
May 9 – 7:30 p.m.
Hutton’s Hamlet, 149 S. Church Ave., Oakdale
What happens when one woman’s vacation goes horribly, hilariously wrong? Leslie Scatchard, a renowned storyteller, recounts the hysterical yet poignant tale in her new, one-woman show. The show has already played in Berkeley and Petaluma to rave reviews. Many local residents know Scatchard as a beloved schoolteacher; she made a mark on a generation of young minds at Rio Altura Elementary School, in Riverbank. Tickets are available for $12 at brownpapertickets.com
CENTRAL VALLEY BREWFEST
May 9 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
It’s time to get crafty. This annual celebration of all things craft brewing has become the highlight of the year for local beer snobs – and anyone in search of a good time. Attendees can taste as many beers as they like, using their souvenir tasting mug, from breweries like Lagunitas, Sandude, and Tioga Sequoia. Turlock’s own Dust Bowl Brewing Co. will be there too, debuting a special brew made in collaboration with Rock 96.7 FM. The event also features local artwork and food vendors. Tickets are $30 in advance at cvbrewfest.com, $35 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers.
May 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations across the county
There’s nothing like a nice, tall glass of lemonade – especially when it’s for a good cause. Lemonade Day teaches local children about commerce, empowering them to start their own small business and open a lemonade stand. Kids learn about budgeting, securing investors, finding a site, making a product, and serving customers. That knowledge helps children lead financially independent lives. Take part, and patronize a lemonade stand or two.
OAKDALE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
May 16 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | May 17 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Oakdale, near the junction of highways 120 and 108
If you have a sweet tooth, there’s no better place to be than the 23rd Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival. This massive annual celebration attracts more than 200 vendors selling a wide range of unique arts and crafts. There’s every kind of food under the sun, from sausages to funnel cakes and onion rings. And, of course, there’s chocolate: fudge, truffles, ice cream, cheesecake, and more. Pre-sale tickets are $4. Day-of tickets are $6, seniors are $5, and children 12 and under are free. A 5K and 1-mile fun run will be held on May 16, and a classic car show will run both days.
MODESTO MEMORIAL CLASSIC 1-MILE RUN
May 23 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. | Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1200 Tioga Dr., Modesto
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a run, benefitting America’s heroes. The fast, shady course follows the banks of Dry Creek. Pre- registered runners get free t-shirts, and all runners will enjoy a pancake breakfast. Kids can run free after the 5K. For more information, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/15quZfv. All proceeds will go to the Modesto Vet Center.
THE STATE THEATRE’S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
May 30 – 6:30 p.m. 1301 J St., Modesto
Modesto’s art deco masterpiece, the State Theatre, will celebrate 80 years of excellence on May 30. Take part in the celebration and party like it’s 1934, dressed in your Prohibition-era finest. Enjoy complementary hors d’oeuvres, drink martinis from the “speakeasy,” and dance the night away to the tunes of Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. No, that’s not a typo. Tickets are $40 per person.
4TH ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE BOWL
June 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Graceda Park, 401 Needham St., Modesto
One of the unmistakable sounds of summer is MoBand, playing in Graceda Park’s Mancini Bowl. The concert season kicks off with the annual “Night at the Bowl,” featuring music, wine, beer, and food. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at Gottschalk’s Music Center, 133 Burney St., Modesto, or through Modesto Parks and Recreation Department vendors. The regular summer season of free MoBand concerts runs every Saturday from June 6 to July 9 at the Mancini Bowl.
Graffiti Car Shows & Festivals Throughout June
If it’s June, and it’s Modesto, then it’s all about Graffiti. The yearly celebration of classical cars stretches all month long, with a new event every weekend.
June 6, 3 p.m. – American Graffiti showing at the State Theatre, 1306 J St., Modesto.
June 6, 8 p.m. – So Good for the Soul, a Motown tribute at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 J St., Modesto.
June 6, 5 p.m. – Hopping at the Hangar Sock Hop, WWII Commemorative Hangar, 700 Tioga Dr. Tickets are $25; call 209-605-4313.
June 7 – 10th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show, McHenry Village Shopping Center, 1700 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
June 11, 8 p.m. – MoBand Concert in the Park, 401 Needham St., Modesto.
June 8-11, 5-8 p.m. – Mid-Valley Chevy Club Park ‘n’ Shine car shows. June 8: American Chevrolet, 4742 McHenry Ave., Modesto. June 9: Vintage Faire Mall, 3401 Dale Rd., Modesto. June 10: Downtown Modesto. June 11: Cool Hand Luke’s, 2505 Patterson Rd., Riverbank.
June 12, 7 p.m. – Official Kiwanis Clasic Car Parade, Downtown Modesto.
June 13-14 – 17th Annual American Graffiti Car Show & Festival, Modesto Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd.
June 20 – 22nd Annual Back to Graffiti Car Show at The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto.
June 20, 7:05 p.m. – Graffiti Night with the Modesto Nuts, John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Dr., Modesto.
June 28 – 8th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show, Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way, Modesto.