cover-storyIssue 11

25 Ways to Enjoy Your Stanislaus Summer

by Justin Souza

Summer is a great time to be in Stanislaus County.


No matter who you are or what you’re into, there’s definitely something spectacular in store for you this July and August. So bust out your calendar, check out our list of 25 great summer activities and dive in to your next amazing summer in Stanislaus County!


01 National Night Out

August 5, 6-9 p.m.


On the evening of August 5, residents in neighborhoods throughout Modesto are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors for National Night Out. Neighborhoods throughout the city will be hosting special events from block parties to cookouts and everything in between. The local event is part of a national push designed to raise crime and drug prevention awareness and celebrate community/police partnerships.


02 Moonlight & Margaritas

August 23, 5-10 p.m.

Pageo Lavender Farm, Turlock

Break out the tequila and tie on your dancing shoes, it’s Moonlight & Margaritas time again. For the fourth year running, this charity event is taking over Pageo Lavender Farm for dinner by La Morenita, free flowing margaritas, Platinum Photo Booth, a raffle and a whole lot more, all to benefit the Turlock Salvation Army. Limited tickets are available at $50 each from First California Mortgage Company or Yonan’s Jewelers.


03 Stanislaus County Fair

July 11-20

Turlock Fairgrounds

The Stanislaus event that needs no introduction. From the rides to the animal displays, art contests to the incredible vendors, you don’t want to miss this. For More Information at 209.575.6619.


04 Concerts in the Park

Modesto—The Modesto Band of Stanislaus County, better known as Moband, is at it once again in Mancini

Bowl on Thursday evenings from June 5 through July 10. This year’s theme is Rockin’ the Bowl.

Ceres—This year, Ceres is upping the ante with its Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park. Alongside the great music and fun, now you have a chance to win cash with the Concert Season pass. A $35 pass enters participants for a chance to take home $500 at each weekly concert from June 3 through July 15.

Oakdale—Friday nights from July 18 to August 29 at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oakdale’s Concert in the Park series brings locals together for family friendly concerts in styles from big band to blues, reggae to jazz.


Woodward and Modesto

05 Reservoirs

Any Time!

With thousands of acres of water, hiking and recreation-ready land, there’s nothing that says summer more clearly than a trip to Modesto or Woodward Reservoirs! Stanislaus County’s reservoirs are under tighter conitions this summer, but are still available for everything from relaxing BBQs to refreshing swimming opportunities. Just be sure to read up on how the drought will affect availability at before you make your plans.


06 Teddy Bear Picnic

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.


5170 Pentecost Drive, Modesto

On Wednesday mornings, GymStars opens their Modesto facility to up to 60 children ages 5 and under for open play time in the foam pit, bounce house, swing, obstacle course, trampoline and more. Cookies and juice are provided and early online registration is available so you can reserve a spot for your tot.


07 Outdoor Entertaining

For a great summer activity, look no further than your own backyard. Equipping your garden for a sun drenched afternoon—or a rocking party—is even easier with the selection of local products available in this issue’s Haute Items list on page 26.


08 MJC Summer Sonata

July 19

Gallo Center for the Arts

MJC Foundation’s Summer Sonata is back. This year’s event promises “A Hair Raising Good Time” with an elegant event catered by O’Brien’s Market with a medley of Hairspray from MJC theatre students. Tickets are available from the MJC Foundation at 209.575.6619.


09 Modesto Fiji Festival

August 9, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Modesto Christian High School

The Modesto Fiji Festival aims to bring the community together so everyone can learn about and experience the culture of Fiji right here in the Central Valley. Experience the islands with food vendors, live bands, a soccer tournament and a beer garden—all lit by tiki torches after dark.


10 Modesto Nuts

Through September 1

Home games at John Thurman Field

The warm evening breeze, the smell of popcorn and hot dogs and a rousing game of baseball. Now that’s the way to spend a summer. The Modesto Nuts have games scheduled nearly every day throughout the summer. Check out the schedule at


11 Turlock Flea Market

Tuesday mornings from 4:30 a.m.

Turlock Sales Yard

East Ave and Johnson Rd

For more than 80 years, the Turlock Flea Market has put on the largest weekday flea market in the state every

Tuesday morning. Shop 500+ vendors or reserve a space and sell to over 10,000 shoppers per week. Get there early to score unbeatable deals on everything from housewares to produce, hit movies to antiques.


12 U Pick Farms

These Stanislaus u-pick farms let you work up an appetite—and save some green—by picking your own fruit

and veggies.

Ott Farms—Blueberries and cherries on Saturdays & Sundays until 2 p.m. 3083 Shiloh Road, Modesto.

VanderHelm Farms—Blueberries from May through the end of the season. 1678 Albers Road, Modesto

R.A.M. Farms, Inc.—Pumpkins and corn maze. 716 N. Daubenberger Road, Turlock.

Fantozzi Farms—Apricots, pumpkins and a corn maze. Fridays-Sundays; 2665 Sperry Ave, Patterson.

Blueberry Bluff—Blueberries. 684 South Missouri Avenue, Waterford.


13 Rock on the River

July 13, from 9 a.m.

Knights Ferry

On Sunday, July 13, Rock 96.7 is hosting the 4th annual Rock On The River! Bueller and Brent from the radio station’s Morning Show invite listeners to join them for a day of rafting, eating, drinking and partying on the Stanislaus River, followed by an after party at the Knight’s Ferry 50’s Roadhouse. Limited tickets are available at


14 Relax on the River

Any time!

Stanislaus River, from Knights Ferry

When the weather gets you down, there’s no better way to beat the heat than a little white water adventure. Luckily, many of our local rivers offer fantastic and fun rafting, tubing and kayaking for people of all skill levels. River Journey Adventures and Sunshine Rafting both offer perfect rental packages for individuals and corporations that launch from Knight’s Ferry throughout the summer.


15 Prospect Theater Project

Short, Ten Minute and

One-Act Festival

July 11-27

1214 K Street, Modesto

This year’s one act festival at Prospect brings major rock and roll energy to the theatre’s new K Street location.Variety, surprises and the opportunity to shape the finale await patrons.


16 Kids Bowl Free

Through the summer

Yosemite Lanes & other local

bowling alleys

Via, local bowling alleys across North America are waiving their fees for kids in order to provide a safe, secure and fun way for kids to spend time during the summer. Visit to see if your local alley is participating.


17 Ceres BBQ Challenge & Music Festival

August 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tuolumne River Lodge

Great music, talented craft vendors and finger lickin’ barbecue are all on offer at the first iteration of this planned annual event from the Ceres Chamber of Commerce. Visit to get half price advance tickets.


18 Bella Vagos

Thursday evenings, 5:30-9 p.m.

521 McHenry Ave, Modesto

There’s wood fired pizza, live music and a ton of fun to be had at this McHenry Avenue salon and cafe on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. for more info.


19 Modstock

August 10, from 10 a.m.

Graceada Park, Modesto

This hugely popular free familyfriendly rock concert event presented by Roberts Auto and Valley Music Institute will feature 26 local bands, food, drink, arts and crafts, a bounce house and a great atmosphere.


20 Sock Hop at the Carnegie

July 18, 7 p.m.

Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock

This family friendly dance at the Carnegie Arts Center recaptures the 50’s spirit. Pro dancer or newbie, this sock hop is the perfect time to dance your heart out to golden oldies.


21 Center Stage Youth

Summer Conservatory

present The Tempest

July 18-27

948 11th Street, Lower Level Suite 1,


The culmination of the Center Stage Youth Summer Conservatory—a seven week theatre training program for kids 10-18—is a whimsical rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Center Stage’s underground stage in Modesto.



22 Go to the Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express—

10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the summer, Regal Cinemas in Modesto offers $1 family movies.

Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres—

Galaxy Theatres recently revamped its Riverbank location to seriously raise the bar on the movie going experience with all digital sound and projection, in-theatre table service and plush reclining seats you have to experience to believe.


23 X Fest

August 23

Downtown Modesto

Modesto’s huge downtown block party is a quintessential destination for more than 20,000 attendees each year. X Fest is celebrating 15 years of rocking downtown and it’s expected to be bigger than ever before.


24 Art Classes

Space Odyssey Art Camp—Grades 4-6. July 7-11. Gallo Center for the Arts.

Create a Picture Book Camp—Ages 9-14. July 7-11. Mistlin Gallery.

Kindergarten Art Camp—Ages 4-6. July 21-25. Mistlin Gallery.

Summer Art Camp—Ages 5-8. Throughout July. Chartreuse Muse.


25 Oakdale Cheese

Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

10040 State Highway 120, Oakdale

This cheese plant has been around for thirty years, and is still handcrafting small batches of award-winning Gouda in its specialty cheese plant in Oakdale. Take a tour, plan a picnic and scope out the petting zoo while you’re there. has group information.


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