Best of Fun & Entertainment
BEST LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUE:
GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1000 I ST., MODESTO
(209) 338-5000 | galloarts.org
In the seven years since the Gallo Center for the Arts opened on I St. in Modesto, it’s become the region’s favored venue for arts, entertainment, multicultural programming and educational activities. Within its comfortable and elegant interior, the Gallo Center hosts regional artists and performers and top-flight arts and entertainment programs from across California, the USA and the world. The Center’s November and December calendar has something for everyone: there’s the Berenstain Bears Live and Shrek the Musical for the kids; America’s Test Kitchen Live for foodies; Beethoven & Tchaikovsky and Diamond Rio for music aficionados; and the Holiday Pops and Nutcracker ballet for holiday performance lovers. Tickets and schedules are available online at galloarts.org, so it’s easy to plan your own entertainment calendar in advance.
STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR
900 N. BROADWAY, TURLOCK
(209) 668-1333 | stancofair.com
Families, couples and singles have looked forward to their annual pilgrimage to the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock for more than 100 years — and it’s still going strong! The fair’s official mission is to provide a family and community oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology. In our opinion: mission accomplished! With a multitude of animal, art, craft and horticulture exhibits, plus carnival games and rides, fair festivities can keep kids and adults entertained for hours. The fair is also a great place to meet friends for a concert, motorsport event or a beer; or just to take a casual date to hold hands on the ferris wheel and grab a snack. When it comes to local traditions, the Stanislaus County Fair can’t be beat.