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
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. Stancofair.com. 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
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 stancounty.com 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
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. Modestofijifestival.com
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 Modesto.Nuts.milb.com
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
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.
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 riverjourney.com.
14 Relax on the River
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
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
Via kidsbowlfree.com, 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 kidsbowlfree.com 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 cereschamber.com 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. Bellavagos.com for more info.
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
present The Tempest
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. www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
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. www.GalaxyTheatres.com/riverbank
23 X Fest
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. GalloArts.org.
Create a Picture Book Camp—Ages 9-14. July 7-11. Mistlin Gallery. CCartASSN.org
Kindergarten Art Camp—Ages 4-6. July 21-25. Mistlin Gallery. CCartASSN.org
Summer Art Camp—Ages 5-8. Throughout July. Chartreuse Muse. Thechartreusemuse.com
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. OakdaleCheese.com has group information.
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