Summer Survival Guide: More Than 200 Ways to Enjoy San Joaquin

Summer Survival Guide

Let there be no doubt that we in the San Joaquin County know our part of the valley like we know our wines, restaurants and favorite venues. But it can get a little tedious, remembering each and every extravaganza on this week’s agenda. Luckily, San Joaquin Magazine has composed a cheat sheet on the Central Valley just for you. We’ve done our homework and have uncovered everything extraordinary in upcoming events, weekend retreats and prime experiences.

Follow us as we lift the grape vines up on some amazing destinations around Lodi. Step into Stockton and enjoy the faucet of events turning over every month in and around the city. Dive into the Delta region and all the adventures that await you there, or explore the agricultural opportunities that have sprouted up across the valley. Whether you’re looking to leave your troubles behind on your next trip out or to bring some memories with you back home, San Joaquin Magazine is here to offer only the best show-stopping destinations in this year’s Survival Guide!

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Feeling fidgety from all that fresh air creeping in under your door? Tired of all the movie marathon madness and mind-rotting reruns you’ve had to endure from the comforts of your couch? It’s high time you step out into the sun and remember what San Joaquin really has in store for you! Read on and let us be your guide as you tour what epic escapades await you this sensational summer.

Laser Tag at Zap Zone

Check your corners and stay close to the walls when you’re at Zap Zone, a two-story laser tag complex located in Stockton near Hammer Lane. Ready your weapon and choose your point of entry while fog fills your field of vision. Race up the ramps with your teammates in tow in the short span of time you have to prepare for the oncoming attack. When your time is up take ten for some light refreshments and enjoy the arcade in their lobby. zapszone.com


 
Bring It, BMX Enthusiasts

Grab your bike, your gear and get ready to hit this USA/BMX sanctioned track with other bicycle motocross enthusiasts at Spreckels Park BMX! Prepare yourself for major air and hard turns as you and several others compete for the finish line. While this park is open to the public for all ages and levels of experience, Sundays are reserved for members alone. Care to compete that day? Spreckels BMX offers a one time, one-day membership pass to test your skills against their best. Signups are held between 11 AM and 1, so make sure you arrive early! spreckelsparkbmx.com

 Reach for New Heights with Rock Climbing

Watch your grip when heading to Stonehenge! This rock climbing paradise is an indoor gym that focuses on propelling you higher as you hone your strength, flexibility and balance. Folks of all ages are welcome to test their skill as they put one foot over the other in an effort to continue up and toward their goal at the very top of the wall. Be prepared for a
fun-filled day without the hazardous plunge. Don’t be afraid to bring the party to you with Stonehenge’s portable rock climbing wall, for all of your special event needs! climbstonehenge.com

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 Prepare for a Skydiving Plunge

Fancy a fall from new heights? Then drop on in to Parachute Center! Having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, these professionals will teach you the proper way to plunge straight out of an airplane from a spectacular 13,000 feet! For a little extra, you can request a photo or video taken during your daring descent. Not yet ready for a solo expedition? Dive into the deep blue skies of the Central Valley with an instructor on Parachute Center’s Tandem Jump! parachutecenter.com

 Off-Roading at Carnegie SVRA

With the roar of the engine and 1300 acres worth of ground to cover, Carnegie SVRA is the destination for all your high speed, off-roading needs. An array of tracks and twisting trails come well equipped for anyone ready for a rough ride, be you a bold beginner or a polished professional. Located in the rugged foothills looming beyond Tracy, a short trip down Corral Hollow Road will land you in steep slopes, rocky roadsides and crippling canyons. Reward yourself by revving up that engine and heading on down to Carnegie SVRA! ohv.parks.ca.gov

Airsoft at CQB City!

Push your luck and test your limits when you plow through one of the world’s largest indoor airsoft arenas at CQB City. Take aim from behind a variety of obstacles and stay low as pellets pummel just overhead. Located in Stockton off of 8 Mile Road, CQB City is ready to take your tactical experience to the next level with their weekend public tournaments and Friday zombie runs. Don’t have your gear or looking for upgrades? Stop into their on-site store and stock up on supplies! Reserve your next birthday party or host your private function in their facility for unforgettable fun. cqbcity.com

Oak Park Ice Skating

Slip on a pair of skates and hit the rounded corners of Oak Park Ice Arena! Open year-round, this indoor rink hosts an incredible birthday party venue with rental opportunities for those who don’t yet have blades of their own. Drop in for hockey, figure skating or some practice alongside fellow skaters at your skill level. oakparkicearena.com

LTF Adventures

Learn the curves and contours of some classy cars when you spend a few rounds behind the wheel at LTF Adventures. Whether you want to experience the rush of a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche provided by these professionals, you’ll have six laps to traverse with the help of an instructor at your side. Each track is customized to meet your skill level and to optimize your enjoyment. Reserve the ride of your life today! ltfadventures.com

wine dinePush aside those airline tickets, leave those thoughts of a dreary day-long drive behind and prepare yourself for a little pampering when you pop into one of San Joaquin’s many romantic bed and breakfasts, inns or resorts. With each destination less than an hour’s ride from home, they are the ultimate retreats for your staycation experience. So sit back, prop up a pillow and let San Joaquin Magazine showcase a few pieces of paradise in your very own Central Valley.

 Grand Oaks Inn

Lose yourself in the Central Valley’s majestic rolling hills during your stay at the Grand Oaks Inn. Seated only ten minutes from the lapping waters of Lake Camanche, this Bed & Breakfast offers itself to you with a charming array of antique-crafted rooms. Each is uniquely designed with family heirlooms and your own comforts in mind. Take a dip in the pool or a moment’s pause in the gazebo-enclosed spa. Experience rich history in the on-site museum after a bountiful breakfast comprised of local produce and pomegranate juice grown right on the estate. But why stop there? Ask your hosts about the other hidden treasures tucked away in their corner of San Joaquin County. Grand Oaks Inn, 21941 Buena Vista Rd., Clements, (209) 759-3453, grandoaksinn.com

 Wine & Roses

Wine & Roses has dug its roots deep into the fertile soil of the Central Valley. Nestled only a few blocks from the rippling waters of Lodi Lake, this resort boasts exceptional cuisine from its Towne House Restaurant and features over 70 wines from the Lodi Appellation. Live music is a constant staple to every evening meal taken in the lounge. Enjoying your dinner? Learn the tricks of the trade by following the demonstrations in Wine & Roses’ cooking classes while sampling a complimentary glass of wine.

If you’re looking for a little pampering after your meal, stop on by the Spa at Wine & Roses. Experience the first-hand care and commitment provided by their therapists as they create a massage plan exclusive to your needs. Body treatments, facials and salon services only touch the surface of the selections they have to offer. If you’re planning on staying the night, Wine & Roses supplies 66 exquisitely planned rooms with private balconies or verandas. Select the one that suits your desires or go bold and enjoy all that their suites have to offer for extended stay guests. With access to their fitness center, the pool and gardens, you’ll love your time amongst the Wine & Roses. Wine & Roses, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 334-6988, winerose.com

Wine & Roses Annual Events

Summer

Poolside BBQs

Dad’s Day BBQ

Fall

Decadent Affair

Winter

New Year’s Eve Party

Spring

Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner

 

 Cottages on Armstrong

Fall away from the hum and glum of the city and slip into a countryside lifestyle at The Cottages on Armstrong. Quietly tucked away in the endless vineyards that unfold around Lodi, this retreat offers you not just one, but three unique and inviting cottages to choose from. While retaining their rustic countryside roots, each home is fully equipped with all the modern day amenities you need to make your stay all the more enjoyable. Step outside your cottage and sample your lush surroundings, grab one of the many available bicycles and explore a world of winding trails and wine tasting opportunities. Not feeling very adventurous? The Cottages on Armstrong’s got your back- literally! Let your tensions melt away from the comforts of your home away from home when you set up an appointment for an in-house massage. Cottages on Armstrong, 4386 E. Armstrong Rd., Lodi (209) 369-1360, cottagesonarmstrong.com

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Take a step back in time during your stay with The Inn at Locke House. Heralded as both a historic site and green lodgings, the Neo-Georgian brick farmhouse is the perfect concoction for a wealth of history, friendly faces and vintage rooms. Lounge at your leisure beside the fireplace or soak your troubles away in the comforts of your personal bathroom. Looking for a little space from the other guest rooms? Why not try the Water Tower Suite? Romantically secluded in all the right ways, this cozy corner of the inn will envelop you with radiant sunrises and star-dotted sunsets. Take a walk amongst the gardens while wringing open a bottle of your favorite wine. Settle into one of the parlors and immerse yourself in the 1800’s. Not only will you be receiving a breakfast filled with that day’s delicacies, you’re also welcome to wander on down to the carriageway for a snack when it suits you. The Inn at Locke House, 19960 Elliott Rd., Lockeford, (209) 727-5715

Bella Vino

Bella Vino is the place to go for a city-centered Bed & Breakfast bungalow. Only a stone’s throw from the many events held at Hutchins Street Square and a short walk from downtown Lodi, Bella Vino provides those seeking adventure on foot the perfect opportunity to trek the city’s many local shops, restaurants and wine sampling rooms. Sit back and relax in one of four cottage-inspired suites, adorned with carefully selected vintage furniture and exquisitely painted private bathrooms. Enjoy breakfast provided by your hosts while you gaze out their picturesque bay windows. Stop by in the afternoon and you’ll find yourself settling into Bella Vino’s wine and cheese social, a charming event hosted by the innkeepers themselves! Bella Vino, 235 S. Hutchins St., Lodi (209) 224-8386, lodibandb.com

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Realize what life’s all about when you slide into the Delta waters this season! Whether you’re making waves down the main channel or hitting each swell on your jet ski you’ll be enjoying those hearty summer rays and the restaurants at some of San Joaquin’s best resort rest-stops! Unwrap the joys of the Central Valley waterways this summer with San Joaquin Magazine!

Delta Resorts & Marinas

Windmill Cove Resort & Marina

Have yourself a wild weekend when you wade into the waters at Windmill Cove! Whether you arrive by boat along Stockton’s shipping channel or the backroads off of Highway 4, you’ll be welcomed to step along the resort’s sandy beaches, play a few rounds of volleybal,l or slip a ring around their horseshoe pits. Pull up a chair and enjoy Windmill Cove’s wide selection of sandwiches, salads and specialties up at the restaurant. Reserve one of their cozy cabins, pitch up a tent, or park the camper and catch up on some sleep to continue on your adventures tomorrow. windmillcove.com

Paradise Point Marina

Your troubles are a thing of the past when you point the bow of your boat toward Paradise Point. Privy to some of the best fishing inlets on the Delta, this marina off of 8 Mile Road hosts its own boat launch and tackle and bait store, while providing those with no vessel a variety of rental options. Take out one of their houseboats or slip through those shallows with the help of their power, fishing or pontoon boats! When you’re ready for a little rest ease into the calming Caribbean mood at the Breadfruit Tree Restaurant, featuring culinary pieces representing the chef’s history on the southern islands. sevencrown.com

 River Point Landing Marina & Resort

Boasting as “the premier recreation site on the California Delta”, River Point Landing holds true to its slogan when it comes to planning a picturesque visit to our water channels. Slide your boat straight into one of their many slips and rest well knowing that round-the-clock security is within reach during your stay. Their facility is located in a gated community that connects to March Lane, running directly into I-5 in Stockton. Looking for a storage solution to keep your vessel at the water’s edge? Ask about their dry-storage options! riverpointlanding.com

 

Boat Rental Opportunities

Delta Rental Center

Want to get your feet wet without the hassle of buying a boat? Make the drive down to Sugar Barge Marina & Resort and set your sights on a variety of vessels! From stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to larger pedal, fishing, and patio boats, the Delta Rental Center is ready to set you up for a great weekend getaway on the water! deltarentalcenter.com

Driving Tours: Riding alongside the Wind Surfers

Figured it’s high time to head out of the house, but don’t feel like leaving your car? Take a trip down West Highway 12 out of Lodi and look for the double arches of the Rio Vista Bridge! It’s here you’ll find yourself at the gateway to the wind surfer scene! Dotting the Delta waters along southbound Highway 160, these folks take to the channel and soar through the wind currents. Follow them and soon you’ll find yourself alongside Brannon Island, a state park wind surfer hangout! californiadelta.org/driving-tours

NorCal Wakeboard Camp

Journey a little west of San Joaquin County down Highway 4 and you’ll be racing right into one of the best wakeboarding regions in the Delta waters. Join NorCal Wakeboard Camps as they teach you how to take on the waves while you’re tearing down the river channels. Rush up and into lively wakes as your instructor teaches you the finer points of balance and technique. Though centrally located in Discovery Bay, Norcal Wakeboard Camp goes where the Delta waters flow. norcalwakeboardcamps.com

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Wind Surfing & Water Sports

Wind surfers know where to turn their sails when they’re on their way to breezy waters! Glide on in to Sherman Island and find fast friends, good fun and the Delta Windsurf & Water Sports Company. Located off of Highway 160, these professionals can supply all your water sport needs. Spice things up a bit and surf the river’s current with their standing paddleboards and kiteboards. With the blowing brunt of the bay at your back you’ll be ready for the flight of a lifetime! deltawindsurf.com

Jet Skiing H20 Craft Rentals

Race through the rough channel waves with your Jet Ski from H2o Craft Rentals! Ready and awaiting your call, these experts in the boating field will have you dipping your toes in the water on one of their Yamahas, built to carry you and two other companions. Visit their website today and reserve your ride on the river! h2ocraft.com

Delta Fishing Holes

Various locations along the waterways

The Central Valley’s waterways are rife with fishing opportunity! Frank’s Tract, a flooded island between False River and Bethel Island, fosters fly-fishing for stripers. This area is also great for crappie and bluegill. Whites Slough, off of 8 Mile Road in the Lodi region, hosts a variety of aquatic catches, but is known most prominently for its trophy bass. Take some time to toss out a lure and troll down a few of the merging waterways from Stockton’s shipping channel and check those nibbles on your fishing pole! californiadelta.org

Pedal Boats at Lodi Lake

Prepare to explore every corner and cranny of the lake while riding the waters on a pedal boat! The Headwaters Kayak Shop hosts pedal boats aplenty to take care of your tours across the water. Get a great workout and experience nature without ever dipping your toes! Lodi.gov

 Aquatic Dreams Scuba

With so many wonderful opportunities to explore the waterways and channels around San Joaquin County, how can you not learn a thing or two about safety, swimming and the opportunity for scuba diving? Aquatic Dreams Scuba Center can assist with all three! Try out their snorkeling gear or go for your certified scuba training! Learn your way around CPR or get your certification for Red Cross Life Guard! If you’re just looking for a good time try their pool party packages on for size and make the event you’re hosting a memorable one! aquaticdreams.com

Eagal Lakes

When it comes to year-round fun in all its splendor, Eagal Lakes Private Resort in Tracy has you covered. Members can catch up on their fishing down by the San Joaquin River or take out a canoe onto Bass Lake. Campers are free to pitch a tent in one of many locations around the resort and enjoy a few s’mores by the bonfire. Stop on by the beach volleyball, disc golf, or basketball court and test your mettle! Jog or bike on through the many trails Eagal Lakes has prepared and then dive into some calm waters for a quick cool-down! Host your next function for fond memories or try out their waterside lessons for more fun! eagallakes.com

Lodi Lake Swimming / Kayaking

Why leave the city when you’re looking for some sand? Lodi Lake can provide you with a little beachtime fun when you’re spending some time under the sun! If you’re eager to get out and onto the waves, but don’t feel like going for a swim head on down to the Headwaters Kayak Shop to score an awesome half-day, daylong or weekend deal on a kayak or paddleboard rental. Lodi.gov

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When school’s out and summer’s in, it is high time to scoop up the kids and set out for adventure! But where, you might ask, can you go with a car full of rambunctious cargo? If it’s quality time and high quantities of fun you’re after, we’ve got you covered! Check some of San Joaquin Magazine’s superb selections below and get ready to fill those summertime hours with smiles!

Lodi Skate Park

This skate park is loaded with ramps, grinding opportunities and rails as you gain speed and technique under the hot summer sun. Explore new tricks on their half pipe and spend a few hours more after the sun goes down when the automated street lamps kick on, providing much needed fluorescent to ensure you nail every drop back onto your board. lodi.gov

Micke Grove
Zoo

Step into a wildlife world like no other when you wander into Micke Grove Zoo. Various reptiles, mammals and birds paint an educational scene for you and your family to experience. Roam the paved roads in search of your favorite animal ambassadors or sign up to create an animal treat for your best furry, feathered or scaly friend to enjoy! If you’re looking for something after the heat of the day rolls away try signing up for the “Zoo After Dark” program! Trek the pathways you know and love with flashlight in hand, campfire confections and a guide to lead you into the darkened depths! mgzoo.com

Micke Grove’s

Annual Events

Summer

Father’s Day at the Zoo

Zoo Zoom 5K & Fun Run

Fall

Kritterz & Kidz Golf Classic

HalloWILD

Spring

Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Wild About Wine

Zoo Camp

 

Tracy Skate Park

Tracy sets the stage when its boarders prep for a drop off the angled rails, the curved pyramid and the kickers located across this park. A perfect setup for those stepping fresh into the game and looking to get their feet wet, both skate boarders and skaters alike are welcome to work their way around the bowl, hips and other ramps. northwestskater.com/tracy.html

 

Curt Pernice Skate Park

Rated as number one among many skaters in California and designed by Team Pain, Curt Pernice Skate Park features a dropped bowl setup that runs into several pyramids with access to hips, flats and rails. Open to skateboarding and in-line skaters, this park won’t want to kiss and make up if you fall flat. So get your gear on and give it your best when you take your first plunge. cityofripon.org

 Japanese Garden

Slip into a realm of utter tranquility when you enter into the lush Japanese Garden located on Micke Grove Regional Park grounds. Fashioned by Nagao Sakurai, a landscape architect of the Imperial Palace, it has thrived as a central piece of historical culture for the residence and guests of the Central Valley. Two varieties of Japanese Cherry Trees dot the landscape, accented by ponds filled with Koi. Bridges cascade over these lovely waters, encircling the teahouse that sits near the center of the garden. Prepare to pop out your camera and set the scene for some amazing family photos! sjpa
rks.com

 

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Pixie Woods

Embrace a time when picture books paved the path to fantasy and childhood stories seemed as real as your own two eyes. Pixie Woods calls you back with your own little ones in tow to explore its tranquil waters on the Pixie Queen paddle boat, to roll along the intrepid rails of the Express Train or to ride around and again on their classic carousel. With their many playgrounds, slides and the small water park your kids can rush through to cool down, you’ll find nothinG but big grins and good times. stocktongov.com

Pixie Woods’ Annual Events

Summer

Pixie Woods Wine Tasting

Christmas in July

Walter Banks Kids

Fishing Derby

Father’s Day Celebration

Fall

Halloween Party

Spring

Opening Day

Children & Youth Day

Mother’s Day Celebration

Pixie Woods Birthday Bash

 

Children’s Museum of Stockton

Show your kids a side of this wonderful world they’ve yet to experience by taking them down to the Children’s Museum of Stockton. Let them loose under your careful supervision to explore the miniature metropolis, showcasing many fun places you’ll find around San Joaquin County! Each exhibit is the perfect play area for having fun, making friends and learning valuable information about our world. Take your kids on a tour of the fire truck, helicopter and many other hands on displays for an unforgettable experience. childrensmuseumstockton.org

Stockton Ports

Grab your peanuts, crackerjacks and don’t you dare look back as you head out to see the Stockton Ports in all their fine glory! With summer here it’s time to cheer for our nation’s greatest pastime, something you and your family can enjoy straight from the stands as home runs are shot off and out of the park! So surround yourself with the screams of fellow fans as a stadium of star-crossed baseball enthusiasts support their local favorites at the Banner Island Ball Park. milb.com

Dell’Osso Farms

Acres of adventure await your family when you step through the gates of Dell’Osso Farms! October opens up an array of marvelous attractions that last throughout the month. Make a pit-stop at the petting zoo, ponies and send some pumpkins packing at the pumpkin blaster! Take a trip on the tractor, scarecrow and hay rides or test your strength against a very bullish, bucking pumpkin! If you’re looking for a little more adventure try the rope course on for size, but don’t look down! Tour the carefully crafted corn maze without getting turned around, arranged into a new and impressive pattern each year! When the chills of winter set in come back in December and enjoy Holidays on the Farm. Bringing to you all the joys of a snow day, experience high speeds while sliding down Snow Tube Mountain. Fly through the frigid winter air on the zip line and catch a glimpse of the farm like no one else! Enjoy some ice-skating along the rink and take a commemorative photo with Santa before picking out your Christmas tree. Wrap up your evening by touring the mile long holiday lighting displays from the comforts of your own car. pumpkinmaze.com

 

Dell’Osso’s 5K Mud Run on the farm!

Looking for a little excitement before fall and winter? Bring a spare change of clothes and test your limits in the annual 5K Mud Run! Plow through each obstacle in your path while spectators cheer you on from the sidelines. Set a new best for yourself or take on the whole pack! Top runners receive a trophy and each competitor takes home a commemorative medal and T-Shirt. Those 21 and older will not only have the satisfaction of a job well done, but a free beer at the post race party in the beer garden awaits them!

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There’s no question that San Joaquin has a rich history, but do you know what that history is? How about the many faucets of cultural life that have flourished in our county? Lose yourself and all sense of time as you take a tour of the many museums, galleries and so much more spread out across our fair valley.

 

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Founded on artwork and a daughter’s devotion, The Haggin Museum has continued to shine throughout its vast and wondrous collections. Having undergone numerous renovations for its growing numbers throughout the years in Stockton, Haggin showcases both a bit of history in honor of its county’s roots and temporary exhibits shuffled in and out throughout the year. Stop on by and soak up everything its galleries have to offer! hagginmuseum.org

The Haggin Museum’s Annual Events

Summer: • Summer Art Workshops

Fall: Haggin a la Carte • Tarde de Flore y Canto

Community Ofrenda

Stockton Symphony Season Preview

Winter: Mckee Student Art Exhibition

Family Christmas Party

Spring: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

LACP Spring Card Party

World of Wonders SCIENCE Museum

Revel in the spectacles of science as you visit the World of Wonders Science Museum! When you reach for their doors in downtown Lodi you’ll be treated to station after sensational station of non-stop fun and educational experiences. Test out the Illumination Lab to find out how lighting truly affects us and our world. Spare some time for the hand battery to see how our bodies can complete an electric circuit. Before ending your day trip drop into the WOW Science Store for some cool gadgets the kids will love at home! wowsciencemuseum.org

 

World of Wonders Science Museum’s Annual Events

Summer

Summer of Science Camps

Solar Day

Winter

Edible Science

Bugology

WoW Museum’s Birthday

Spring

Spring Science Camps

Science on the Green

Reptile Roundup

 

Tracy Historical Museum

Take a tour of Tracy’s unique past and discover a little more about the culture of San Joaquin County’s southern border. Currently housed in the town’s old post office, relics of this train town turned agricultural goldmine are ready for your viewing pleasure. tracymuseum.org

Manteca Historical Society & Museum

Learn about the great beginnings of “the family city”. Manteca Historical Society has sewn together the seams of their history for your enjoyment. Find out exactly how this town received its name and tour the exhibits they’ve fostered. Their first new fire engine and a dedication to the native tribes of California are just a couple that will catch your eye. mantecamuseum.org

Double Dip Gallery

What do you get when you cross riveting artwork with rich ice cream? A truly delectable experience! Tony Segale’s Double Dip Gallery is here to satisfy your “palette” in more ways than one when you take up a scoop of ice cream from Gunther’s in Sacramento and tour their amazing array of art. Unravel each painting these amazing local artists have devised while soothing that sweet tooth! doubledipgallery.com

Lodi Community Art Center

Looking to get more involved in the art scene? Check out Lodi Community Art Center to find a welcoming atmosphere for your creative ambitions! Open Wednesday through Sunday at noon and the first Friday of the month after 6 PM for their Lodi Art Hop, browse along many of the member’s masterpieces or ask about how you can feature one of your own! lodiartcenter.org

San Joaquin county Historical SocietyMuseum

AAM accredited and boasting over 50,000 precious artifacts, the San Joaquin Historical Society & Museum is just an easy drive away to Micke Grove Park. It includes eight modern buildings that are used to showcase its exhibits and four incredible structures stemming from our county’s own history. Take a tour in the old blacksmith shop or avoid a scolding in the one-room schoolhouse. Walk along the cottage that belonged to Stockton’s famous founder, Charles Weber, or glance outside his daughter’s old home. sanjoaquinhistory.org

 

San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum’s Annual Events

Summer

Critter Corral Farm Animals

Sparks in the Park Concert

Fall

Festival of Trees

Spring

Legends of California Dinner

& Wine Auction

Harvey Kessel Memorial

 

David Jon Foster Gallery

Watch from behind your wine glass at the Pasos Vineyards Winery as David Jon Foster slips each brushstroke across taut canvas to create another abstract masterpiece. You can find his gallery open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM, but this artist will be hard at work behind his paints on Saturdays from 1 to 5 PM. Enjoy the countryside setting and appealing atmosphere when you pay a visit. davidjonfosterart.com

The Mexican Heritage Center

Music, art and dance are the enriching ways in which the Mexican Heritage Center provides us a view into their beautiful customs. Take a stop in downtown Stockton to look into the events and current galleries they provide. They’re open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 to 5 PM and are more than ready to welcome anyone willing to take a step into their culture. facebook.com/mhcgallery

The Serpentarium

Not one to shy away from a scaly friend? Then you might just fall in love with the assortment of snakes and reptiles hanging out at the Serpentarium! When it comes to critters that scamper, slide and climb across their enclosed homes, these guys win the prize! So stop on by whenever you have a moment to learn all you can about what makes the reptilian world so fascinating! snakemuseum.com

Art Expressions of San Joaquin

A roaming artwork display featuring the very best of our county’s many creative minds, Art Expressions of San Joaquin tours around our Central Valley to spotlight those passionate enough to present their work. Check the calendar on their website to find out just where they’ll spring up from next! If you’re looking to check out their galleries in a more permanent position you can find them showcasing out of downtown Stockton, the Metropolitan Airport and in Lincoln Center. artexpressions.org

LH Horton Jr. Gallery

Located in Delta College, the LH Horton Jr. Gallery treats its guests to workshops, art lectures and many rotating exhibits presenting works of all varying styles. Keep a lookout for projects submitted by both students and masters of the craft as they prepare some of their heartfelt designs. You’ll be delighted as visiting artists from across the country present their creative displays. deltacollege.edu/div/finearts

Hill House Museum

Leap into the Victorian Era during your tour of the Hill House! A historic point of interest in Lodi, the Hill House was first built in the beginning of the 1900s and has many of its furnishings and photos still intact from when the family first lived within its walls. Tour this beautiful Victorian home on Sundays between 1 to 4 PM and relive a little bit of Lodi life at the turn of the century! lodihistory.org

 Reynolds Gallery of UOP

Ponder the plethora of contemporary and traditional artwork on display within the University of the Pacific’s Reynolds Gallery. This museum compels its artists to create collections that display their own unique, cultural perspectives. It’s been known to host amazing creators from across the world and strives to maintain a positive link to its community so that visitors young and old may come and express their love for the fine arts. pacific.edu

Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple

Surround yourself with the ancestral heritage of Southeast Asia and learn the story of the Cambodian Buddha. Stockton’s Cambodian Buddhist Temple is a jewel brought to life by the efforts of the many members, monks and volunteers that have made San Joaquin their home over the course of three decades. Walk the grounds and immerse yourself in the story of the Buddha, interpreted in the many ornately crafted statues across the temple. watdhammararambuddhist.org

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When it comes to rich wine and bold brews, we know how to live it up here in the Central Valley. And if you’re looking for your next weekend extravaganza, we at San Joaquin Magazine have got the low down on all the best venues for you to try on for size. So slip out those wine glasses, take hold of the stem and look out for what this year’s festivities have to offer you.

Summer

 

Stockton Beer Week

Browse through local businesses as you celebrate all that is great about craft brews. Learn how your beer is brewed, enjoy

samplings and more! beerweek.com/stockton

 

Woodbridge Winery Summerfest

Revel in a summer evening celebration with food, wine and music while helping to support the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation. lmhfoundation.org

Fall

 

Sip Savor Lodi

Tour the wine cellars of the Lodi region, enjoy dinner and take part in the grand tasting during this three-day harvest season event! sipsavorlodi.com

Lodi Grape Festival

Make sure to grab your commemorative wine glass while sampling the many local and popular tastes

of Lodi’s finest wineries. grapefestival.com

Lodi Wine Stroll

Participating businesses will fill your evening with tasty treats; discount deals and a variety of wine to fill your glass with during your walk downtown. lodichamber.com

Winter

 Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Wrap your taste buds around over 50 wineries supplying live music, barrel tastings and, of course, the rich pairings of wine and chocolate! lodiwineandchocolate.com

Spring

Lodi Spring Wine Show

Discover something new about the wine industry while you sip and nibble through the many vendors and wineries at this large showcasing! grapefestival.com

Zinfest Wine Festival

Let your worries slip down the river while exploring the taste of 200 different wine selections. Listen to live music and take home a commemorative wine bottle. zinfest.com

Spring Lodi Wine Stroll

Enjoy downtown Lodi, appetizers galore and special sales from select stores while sampling several wine selections along your route. lodichamber.com

fairsandfests

When the seasons change in the Central Valley so does the venue. But, with San Joaquin Magazine’s assistance you’ll never be left out of the loop! Keep our handy go-to guide close throughout the year and never miss out on a single annual event!

Summer

StocktonCon- Check out local rising artists while exploring a wonderland of comics, anime and gaming. Trade specialty cards or purchase hard to find collectibles. Stockton, stocktoncon.com

 Lodi Grape Festival- Support and celebrate the agricultural success of San Joaquin! Catch a few carnival rides, dig in to a variety of vendor delicacies and browse the exhibits while listening to live music. Lodi, grapefestival.com

Taste of the Delta- Grab a ticket and help yourself to incredible cuisine, a variety of wines and show your support for the California Delta Chambers! Lodi, tasteofthedelta.com

Stockton Pride- Enjoy food, live music and fun while showing your support for our LGBT community! Drop by the vendor booths or watch some amazing stage performances. Stockton, stocktonpride.com

 Reggae on the Delta- Settle into a few hours of smooth reggae beats, rich conversation and a menu of Caribbean dishes from the Breadfruit Tree Restaurant. Lodi, breadfruittree.com

Jewish Food Fair- Take a tour of the sanctuary, listen to live music and enjoy munching on some traditional foods at this Temple Israel hosted event. Stockton, templeisraelstockton.com

Juneteenth- Honor and celebrate those who helped to end slavery in our nation by joining in on the activities and lectures featured at this venue. Stockton, visitstockton.org

Delta Fusion- Learn the cultural tales of our region through storytelling like no other! Featuring giant puppets, masked performers, pageantry and more. Stockton, deltafusionstockton.com

SJ International Film Festival- Grab some popcorn and let that seat recline while you enjoy masterful works from veteran directors and rising filmmakers, hosted by the San Joaquin Film Society. Stockton, sjiff.com

Stockton Obon Bazaar- Emerge a little more enlightened after touring the Buddhist temple, sampling the many Japanese staples and taking in all the vendors and stage performances! Stockton, stocktonbuddhisttemple.org

Family Day at the Park- Reach for every book you can and fill your day with the fun, literary activities this event provides! Featuring live music, interactive booths and more. Stockton, familydayatthepark.com

Greek Festival- Visit a little piece of the Mediterranean! Enjoy savory Greek dishes and music, listen to the choir performances and tour the halls of the church. Stockton, gosaintbasil.org

Horse Racing at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds- Prepare to straddle the edge of your seat as the horses sprint across the track and onward toward victory. An adrenaline-pumping event like no other! Stockton, sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com

Lodi Cyclefest- Pop on your helmet and press hard on the pedal to keep up with the competition! This biking event will deliver both good times and family friendly fun. Lodi, deltavelo.com

Lodi Bluegrass Festival- Take in the unique melodies of each performer down by the lake where bluegrass music will intermingle with smiling faces and good fun. Lodi, bluegrassatthelake.com

Fall

Manteca Pumpkin Fair- Over 150 booths and pumpkin related revelries! Hosted by the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, explore the haunted house, carnival and enjoy each stage performance. Manteca, mantecapumpkinfair.org

Stocktoberfest- Jump into a dynamic venue of German food, booze and fun! Stockton’s own Oktoberfest will feature keg lifts, stein holding competitions, and various downtown entertainment! Stockton, downtownstockton.org

Brubeck Festival- Rekindle your love for Jazz and honor the memory of Dave and Iola Brubeck. This festival features rich musical pieces, lectures and more. Stockton, pacific.edu/Brubeck-Home

Stockton is Magnificent- Show your love for the heart of the Central Valley by checking out local artists and performers, visiting the historal showcases and nonprofit and community booths. Stockton, stocktonmagnificent.com

Diwali Celebration- Take part in India’s grandest holiday to enjoy traditional dances, live music and cultural delicacies. Hosted by the Indian Association of San Joaquin County. Stockton, iasjc.org

San Joaquin Potters Guild Fine Arts Festival- A ceramic showcasing like no other! Visit this free festival to talk to the artists and take in the different styles and interpretations of the craft. Stockton, sanjoaquinpottersguild.org

Sandhill Crane Festival- Take one of many different tours across the Lodi region to discover the Sandhill Crane. Visit Hutchins Street Square for the artwork exhibits and other various presentations. Lodi, cranefestival.com

Lighted Boat Parade- Watch lights dazzle across the waterway as boats of all sizes, covered in a variety of displays, float down the channel at the Port of Stockton. Stockton, visitstockton.org

Dell’Osso Farms Annual Pumpkin Maze- Hit the corn maze and never look back! Take to the skies on the zip line, traverse the haunted castle and conquer the aerial ropes course. Lathrop, pumpkinmaze.com

Trick-or-Treat on the Mile- Bring your family out to the Mile and enjoy the shops while the kids don their costumes and do some trick-or-treating! Stockton, stocktonmiraclemile.com

Annual Safe Trick or Treat- Let your little ones follow the guided tours around University of the Pacific’s beautiful campus to collect candy! After, enjoy the carnival setting provided by the clubs and organizations of the school. Stockton, pacific.edu

Hmong New Year Celebration- Head out to the San Joaquin Fairgrounds and dive into the Hmong New Year cheer! Celebrate with traditional dishes, live music and more. Stockton, lfcempowerment.org

Festival of Trees- Feast your eyes on a holiday light show like no other! Enjoy over seven dozen decorated Christmas trees, exhibits and hands on crafts for the family! Lodi, sanjoaquinhistory.org

Winter

Stockton Tamale Festival- Tour tamale paradise, each cooking demo and the custom car, boat and motorcycle show. Take on the carnival rides and dance along with live performances! Stockton, stocktontamalefestival.com

Delicato Family Vineyards Annual Arts Show- Savor the rich bouquet of Delicato’s wines while browsing the art gallery and cast your vote for your favorites! Each piece is up for sale and yours to take home. Manteca, dfvwines.com

Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival- Join the Zion Lutheran Church for their three-concert performance of classical music. Free for all guests. Stockton, zlcstockton.org

Robert T. McKee Student Art Exhibition- Realize the potential of our younger artists at the Haggin Museum showcase! Students from kindergarten to 12th grade feature their artwork. Free admission. Stockton, hagginmuseum.org

Dell’Osso Farms Annual Holidays on the Farm- Dell’Osso brings in the holiday cheer with Christmas trees and light shows, ice skating and pictures with Santa. Tube down the snow slope and catch the Express Train! Lathrop, holidaysonthefarm.com

Lodi Home & Garden Show- Get all the neat tips and tricks for your dream home in one vendor-packed place! Featuring the Lodi Food Truck Wars, an appetizing event all on its own! Lodi, metroexpositions.com

Lodi Parade of Lights- Watch the street lanes of Lodi glow in the chilly evening air as a parade of vehicles, decked in holiday regalia and strung in lights of all colors, come rolling down the road. Lodi, lodichamber.com

Stockton Restaurant Week- Dive into this dine-out extravaganza by visiting your favorite participating food stops and sampling their specially designed menus! Support local restaurants and produce at great discounts. Stockton, stocktonrestaurantweek.com

Chinese New Year Celebration- This free event features an amazing parade, ornate folk dances and many varied performances. Enjoy Taiko drummers, singing, martial art demonstrations and more. Stockton, stocktoncnyc.org

Ripon Almond Blossom Festival- Check out the vendors, carnival and live jams at Ripon’s Almond Blossom Festival. Hit the streets early to grab your seat along the city’s parade route! Ripon, riponchamber.org

Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament- Cast out your line in honor of Bob McMillen and reel in the biggest trout out on the waters at Oak Grove Park. Stockton, sjparks.com

 

Spring

Orchid Festival- Enjoy the vibrant flower arrangements hosted by the San Joaquin Orchid Society. Learn how to maintain these beauties and purchase one of your own. Stockton, sanjoaquinorchidsociety.org

Great Stockton Asparagus Dine-Out- Local restaurants take on locally grown asparagus for a month of mouth-watering bliss! Enjoy uniquely crafted cuisine before the season runs out! Stockton, dineoutstockton.com

Crossroads Street Fair- Food, fun and free admission! Visit the vendor stands, stop by the car show and take time to cruise over to the carnival. Manteca, visitmanteca.org

Cambodian New Year- Forget about admission and parking, this event is free for all! Dance the day away, dine on Cambodian delicacies and bring in the New Year! Stockton, visitstockton.org

 Stockton Earth Day Festival- Show Mother Nature a little love by touring the exhibits, taking time for some yoga, and biking along in the parade! Wrap up the day at the Drum Circle closing! Stockton, livegreensanjoaquin.org

Lodi Street Fair- Browse antiquities, hard to find collectibles and amazing hand crafted accessories while you chow down on good food and have yourself a great time. Lodi,  lodichamber.com

Stockton Sikh Temple Parade- Take part in the festivities of the Sikh Temple and enjoy their annual parade, traditional foods and the many martial art demonstrations. Stockton, stocktongurdwarasahib.org

Cinco De Mayo- Listen to the Mariachi band, move your feet and gather around for good food and great entertainment! Stockton, elconcilio.org

Linden Cherry Festival- There’s nothing sweeter than a freshly plucked cherry at this festival! Enjoy the many vendor booths, food and various live entertainers. Linden, lindenchamber.net

Lodi Annual Spring Art Show- Lodi’s local artists present their skill in the plethora of paintings and other art forms for your springtime viewing experience. Hosted by the Lodi Community Art Center. Lodi, lodiartcenter.org

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