10 Great Dates in October

Manteca Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair


‘Tis the season to celebrate the pumpkin harvest and all things fall at the annual Manteca Kiwanis Pumpkin fair in Downtown Manteca. The fair will include, of course, pumpkin themed food and drinks, photos and games, amongst several other activities at minimal cost. This fun-for-all-ages event will also include a carnival, shopping, music, and arts and crafts from more than 150 different vendors and local businesses. The best part, it is free to attend and all proceeds go to help support local children’s charities. Downtown Manteca. Mantecapumpkinfair.org.

Celebrate Stockton: Stockton is Magnificent


This civic pride event aims to celebrate the city of Stockton while drawing thousands of citizens to the Miracle Mile between 12pm – 3 pm. Celebrate Stockton will gather more than 100 different community organizations including non-profits and local businesses, and is entirely freeto attend. The event highlights the sustainability, growth, people and services of the city and showcases all sorts of artistic talent and competitions, including music, artwork, history and culture exhibitions. Stocktonians of all ages are welcome to the fourth annual event, and spread the contagious pride for their city. Guests can also expect food and beverage vendors. Each year, local heroes who have demonstrated their commitment to bettering the city will be honored. Pacific Ave between Central Court and Alder street. (209) 244-6223. Stocktonmagnificent.com.

Harney Lane’s “Stomp Out Cancer”


This annual grape stomping event at Harney Lane Winery will commence on Sunday October 5. Guests can jump into a vat, squish the grapes between their toes and experience the thousands of years old tradition of making wine (although none of the juice will actually be used afterward). The occasion will feature a mix of live music, and food and wine for purchase, all while being surrounded by beauty at the scenic winery. Proceeds will go to support a local cause, such as Relay for Life. 9010 Harney Lane, Lodi. (209) 365-1900. Harneylane.com.

Lodi Street Faire


The bi-annual Lodi Street Faire, traditionally presented by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, will kick off on the first Sunday of October from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and attracts more than 35,000 people from all over California. Faire goers can shop from a huge selection of antiques, arts and crafts, food and drinks and

enjoy the day in the shade of sycamore trees that line Lodi. The event will encompass 18 square city blocks full of fun for people of all ages. The faire will host more than 500 vendors, from all corners of the state and the US, making it one of the biggest single day events of its type in Northern California. Downtown Lodi. (209) 367-7840 extension 105. lodichamber.com.

Movie at the Point: The Haunted Mansion


What else will get you in the Halloween spirit better than a scary movie? The Stockton Community Service Department Recreation Division, along with the sponsorship of community businesses, offers residents a series of fun and free outdoor movie night events to attend for those beautiful fall evenings. Each begins at 6:30 pm. This month’s showing will be The Haunted Mansion. This 2003 American horror comedy with Eddie Murphy is based off of the Disneyland ride by the same name. The appropriately spooky yet funny film is rated PG and can be enjoyed by the entire family. The movie will be projected on a canopy screen at the Weber Point Event Center with concessions available for purchase. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and get ready for an evening full of light-hearted fun. 211 North Center Street, Stockton. (209) 937-8206. Stocktongov.com.

Third Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s


The Alzhemer’s Association Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association research, care and support. People of all ages are encouraged to attend the non-competitive event, and walk two miles to help fight the disease which is the sixth leading cause of death amongst Americans today. Currently, 5.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with the mentally and physically debilitating illness, which is expected to triple by the year 2050. The San Joaquin County Community is coming together to reach a goal of raising more than $80,000 for the cause. Help lead the effort and benefit the Stockton’s Alzheimer’s Association by walking in this community-wide event. Victory Park, North Pershing Ave and Argonne Dr. (209) 962-1902. Alz.org.

School Street Wine Stroll


Enjoy a wonderful evening in the heart of Lodi and experience the best of the region’s enchanting wineries and shops along scenic School Street. The School Street Wine Stroll, a bi-annual event hosted by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, will include 20-25 different shops and run from 6 pm – 9 pm. This fall’s theme will appropriately be Halloween, so make sure to get your costume together for enhanced fun and a little holiday spirit. Each shop will be paired with a different winery, and visitors are free to visit any of the tasting rooms participating in the event. Along with wine and shopping, the event will incorporate entertainment, appetizers, shopping discounts and non-alcoholic beverages. If you like food, wine and shopping, help celebrate the holiday and Lodi businesses by grabbing tickets online or at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, or at Fashion Safari. Downtown Lodi. (209) 367-7840. Lodichamber.com.

That’s Showbiz Present The Rocky Horror Picture Show

OCTOBER 17-19, 24-27 AND 31

It’s finally here, that time of year to get into the holiday mood, get a little wild, dress up and enjoy one (or more) of the weekly performances of the Rocky Horror Picture show presented by That’s Showbiz. The picture show is an exciting and interactive presentation of the cult classic, pulling audiences members from the loudly singing crowd as this rock musical comes to life. Be prepared for a surprisingly good time full of laughing, dancing, singing, and adulthumored fun. 1744 Pacific Ave, Stockton. (209) 938-0447. Showbiztheatre.rog.

Dead, Dash and Beyond: 5K Zombie Run


Prepare to run for your life as you complete a series of man-made and natural obstacle courses presented by Eagal Lakes, located in Tracy. In this race, you’re not just running against the clock, but running from flesh hungry, brain-eating, virus infested zombies who try to infect people by taking their ‘health flag’. Spectators are free, but those running must register in advance for tickets to compete and encouraged to come decked out in your finest zombie costumes and make-up. After the race, participants are invited to attend the Apocalypse party where all can celebrate their survival and the undead. Eagal Lakes, 12 W. Lorenzen Rd., Tracy. (209) 640-4252. Eagallakes.com.

37th Annual Arts Awards Celebration


The City of Stockton, the Stockton Arts Commission and the Stockton Arts Foundation will host the 37th Annual Arts Awards Celebration with hors d’oeuvres, wine, entertainment and of course, award presentations. The event, located at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium beginning 5:30 p.m., will celebrate and advocate the arts by honoring those active community members who have gone above and beyond, and are recognized as exceptional in their participation, advocacy and support of the arts in Stockton. Tickets are $40 in advance and available at sacrawards2014.eventbrite.com. Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium, 525 N. Center St., Stockton. (209) 937-8827.