2016 Winners: BEST OF Play

Food Festival

Asparagus Festival

The abundance of asparagus crops in San Joaquin County set the scene for the Asparagus Festival—an extravaganza focused on all things green and garden grown (food, drinks, attractions, and more!) From deep-fried vegetable bundles to strangely flavored, yet tasty ice cream, it’s a must-see, must-taste, must-attend event! Stockton, StocktonAsparagusFestival.net

Wine Event

Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

There’s nothing sweeter than Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, where wine lovers gather to sample the region’s best varietals paired with delicious chocolate treats—think chocolate-covered strawberries, white chocolate sweets, and rich chocolate truffles. A slew of participating wineries make it easy to find new favorites. Lodi, LodiWineAndChocolate.com

Family Friendly Festival

Lodi Grape Festival

The Lodi Grape Festival is a family-friendly affair! The same attractions that draw adults to the annual event make it a must-see for kids, as well. Visit animal exhibits like the Lodi Serpentarium, get an up-close look at Tractor showcases, and test out carnival rides galore. The fun literally never ends (until closing time at least). Lodi, GrapeFestival.com


Jackson Rancheria

The Sierra foothills hold a goldmine of opportunity in its vast cascade of pine trees, much of which can be taken advantage of at Jackson Rancheria, a casino hotel that promises not just a good time on the slots, but events, live music, and state of the art services to look forward to, as well. Jackson, JacksonCasino.com

Public Golf

Swenson Park Golf Course

Book a tee-time at Swenson Park Golf Course, a challenging, par-72 course set alongside 200-year-old Valley Oaks and lakeside landscapes. With offerings for both 18-hole and 9-hole (par-3) games, it’s a good choice for any golfing party, regardless of skill. Stockton, StocktonGolfCourses.com

 Private Golf

Brookside Country Club

Brookside Country Club sets the standard for a perfect day of golf. Sharpen your stroke and watch your ball soar over contoured knolls and unforgiving hazards, while you show the competition how it’s done on this 18-hole championship course. Stockton, BrooksideGolf.net


Hard Luck Tattoo

Why press your luck on any old parlor when you can go to Hard Luck Tattoo for some extraordinary ink from a quality artist? Each piece is crafted on request to ensure your tat meets expectations. From faces to tribal works and all things in between, if you end up regretting your permanent body art, it won’t be the fault of these pros. Lodi, HardLuckTattoo.com