Believe it or not, Easter is upon us! Looking for something for your family to do leading up to or on Sunday, March 31st? Check out the list below for fun, family activities and things to do in the greater Stockton area that will be sure to make this Easter extra special.
Jazz fans rejoice, the 2013 Brubeck Festival is almost here! From March 18th until March 23rd, the city of Stockton will be transformed into a jazz mecca. From film screenings, a jazz street faire, and family events to symposiums, lectures, and live performances, the 2013 Brubeck Festival is going to be a truly special event.
Launched on the University of the Pacific campus in 2001, the Brubeck Festival celebrates the legacy and influence of celebrated jazz pianist Dave Brubeck – a University of the Pacific alumnus. Brubeck, who passed away last year, was one of the most popular and active jazz pianists and composers. He wrote a number of jazz standards over a career that spanned six decades and his most famous piece, "Take 5," revolutionized the jazz art form in the 1960s. In celebration of his contribution to the world of jazz, the Brubeck Festival highlights some of the world’s best jazz musicians and brings them to Stockton to take part in lectures, panel discussions, and special live performances.
The Brubeck Festival is headlined by three concerts featuring some of the world’s jazz-music powerhouses. Tom Harrell plays at San Joaquin Delta College on March 21st, Wynton Marsalis plays at the Bob Hope Theatre on March 22nd, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet play at the University of the Pacific on March 23rd.
After the headliner concerts, head on over to the Take 5 Jazz Club at the Valley Brewing Company on the Miracle Mile for an intimate jazz setting with performances by Brubeck Institute and local musicians.
Take a look at the schedule of events below and be sure to get your tickets to the headliner events soon--we are positive that they will sell out!
It's the beginning of the year--and that means it's officially Crab Feed season! Organizations from all throughout the Stockton area invite you out to enjoy a delicious crab dinner for a very good cause. Check out our list of local crab feeds below and make sure to get your bib and crab crackers ready.
Another year has come and gone and now 2013 is just around the corner. If you're looking for ideas of things to do in Stockton to celebrate the new year, look no further! Have a very safe and happy New Year's Eve celebration and see you in 2013!
For 33 years, Downtown Stockton has welcomed a special holiday tradition that rings in the official start of the holiday season! The Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade, hosted and organized by the Marina West Yacht Club, features a parade of boats and yachts adorned with bright Christmas lights that sail along the California Delta and into the Downtown Stockton Waterfront!
On December 1st, 2012, you and your family are invited to enjoy this free holiday celebration. The lighted boat parade starts at 5:00pm west of Windmill Cove Bar & Grill and should be in Downtown Stockton by 6:00pm. Boats enter downtown and pass the Stockton Marina to Weber Point. They turn around in McLeod lake (near the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel) and return to Buckley Cove. The parade will once again be led by the spectacular Port of Stockton fireboat, "Sunrise". "The Judede," skippered by Commodore Ken Dretzka and First Lady Judy Dretzka, will lead the officers of the Marina West Yacht Club followed by all other registered decorated boats.
You can even become a part of the parade this year while enjoying a cruise and dinner on board Opportunity Cruise's "California Sunset!"Get in the holiday spirit with a three hour Delta cruise that includes hot chocolate and drinks, dinner at Nena's Mexican Restaurant, and be a part of the 33rd Annual Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade! For more information about the cruise, check out our event listing at VisitStockton.org.
Delta Reflections has the reputation of being a great evening for spectators of all ages, so bundle up and be a part of this wonderful family holiday event. The lighted boat parade takes place, rain or shine!
It's that time of year again and there are lot of fun and spooky things to do in the Stockton area to get you and your family truly into the Halloween spirit. Check out our list of things to do below and don't forget to watch out for black cats!
The critically-acclaimed touring production "Dralion" by Cirque du Soleilwill be at the Stockton Arena from October 17th through October 21st! Don't miss this chance to be wowed by the famous Cirque du Soliel!
"Dralion" is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. The name "Dralion" (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. "Dralion" derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.
There are multiple performances beginning October 17th and lasting through the 21st.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 3:30 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 5:00 PM
Tickets range in price for adults, children, seniors, students, and those in the military. Adult tickets range from $35 to $75, children (12 & under) from $28 to $61, and military and seniors and students from $31.50 to $63. A limited number of Premium tickets are also available for all performances. Buy your tickets online at Ticketmaster or you can purchase them at the Stockton Arena box office. For more information about this exciting show, head on over to VisitStockton.org. Enjoy the show!
It's that time of year again...Fall is here, the warmest days are past us (hopefully!), and the Stoctkton Thunder hockey team is ready to hit the ice at the Stockton Arena! It's their 8th season and the Stockton Thunder are eager to make it a great year. Head Coach Matt Thomas and the entire Thunder team are looking to make this the year that they take home the Kelly Cup. Don't miss any of the fun this season at special games like Thunder Goes Pink, Teddy Bear Toss, Hockey With Heart, and much more! Check out the list of upcoming games and events below, and see the full Stockton Thunder season on our events calendar!
On September 29th, the people of Stockton will stand up and throw a celebration of all things good about our city. "Stockton is Magnificent" was started initially by a group of Stocktonians fed up with the negative image placed upon our city in a time of economic hardship. Labeled as the second "Most Miserable City" in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine in 2010 and topping the list in 2009 and 2011, the reputation of Stockton has been battered for the past few years now. "Stockton is Magnificent" is about standing up and recognizing the beauty and rich culture of our city and its people in the face of tough times.
"Stockton is Magnificent is not only a community event; it is a community renaissance focused on bettering the community which we are so proud to be a part of and changing the way our community is viewed."
From 1:00pm to 4:00pm on the Miracle Mile, Stockton residents are invited to attend this free civic-pride celebration complete with live entertainment, exhibitor booths, food, and much more!
We are Stockton and we can make a difference! We are Stockton: Diverse, Strong, Determined, Proud!
It's Labor Day Weekend and the Labor Day holiday, for many, marks the unofficial end of Summer. But wait, there is still plenty of warm weather left! Celebrate the holiday weekend with a cookout with friends and family. We've gathered a nice selection of delicious grilling recipes that are sure to make your mouth water. You can thank us later. Have a happy and safe Labor Day, everyone!
The combination of our beautifully warm summers and Delta breeze make Stockton a great place for kite flying this summer! This popular pastime is calming, fun, and can even be thrilling if you try out some stunt kites! Check out some information below on kite flying that will make you an expert kite-flyer in no time this summer.
Kite-Flying Basics: This website features a nice rundown of all of the different types of kites out there. Who ever knew there were so many?
Wind Tips for Kite-Flying: Find out the optimal conditions for a perfect day of kite-flying. A day with wind in the 4 to 20 mph range is best!
How to Fly A Kite: This website covers all of the important stuff, including launching and landing tips and picking the right place to fly. Be sure to keep clear of trees and powerlines!
Give back to your community this Summer! Volunteering is a great way to feel closer to your community and help to change it for the better. The Love Stockton volunteer day is a great chance to do just that. On September 29th, 2012, volunteers from all of the city will come together to work on various projects all throughout the community. Whether it's helping to repaint a bench, plant flowers, or reading to a child, Love Stockton has a project that will interest you.
Getting involved is easy. Check out LoveStockton.com and take a look at the listed projects. Sign up for the one that means the most to you and show up on September 29th to make Stockton a better place. Show Stockton how much you care!
Swenson Park Golf Course: Since this park opened in 1952, this traditional parkland-style golf course has challenged players with a variety of skill levels. Designed by the popular Northern California golf course architect, Jack Fleming, Swenson Park is known for its beautiful Valley Oaks which come into play on most holes, some of which have been determined to be over two hundred years old. Swenson Park is also known as an easy walking course with lakes coming into play on both golf courses. Swenson Park GC offers both an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, as well as an executive 9-hole par-3 course.
The Reserve at Spanos Park: This course features 360 acres of lakes, wetlands and working farmland. The 18-hole championship course was designed by noted golf course architect Andy Raugust, formerly a member of the Jack Nicklaus design team.
Van Buskirk Park Golf Course: Designed by Larry Norstrom, Van Buskirk Golf Course is a classic and traditional 18-hole championship golf course built on approximately 214 acres. Known for it's easy walkability factor, Van Buskirk GC offers a par-72 layout and plays 6,502 yards from the white tees.
Grab some friends and family and pack a picnic this Summer in Stockton! The weather is warm, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. Pack a nice meal with a cold drink, find some shade, and soak in the sun. Check out our complete guide to picnics in Stockton below:
Picnic in a Stockton Park: Our abundance of trees is one of the things that makes Stockton so special. We have lots of parks full of them! Check out this map of Stockton's parks and community centers to scout out a park for your next picnic. We recommend Victory Park (1201 N Pershing Av), Oak Grove Regional Park (Eight Mile Rd & I5), Grupe Park (5818 Cumberland Pl), and Atherton Park (1978 Quail Lakes Dr).
Don't Forget the Forks!: Package all of the essentials like utensils, spices, napkins, and straws in a unique way. Cut down plain paper bags to accommodate the size of the utensils and staple little premade bags and salt and pepper like the picture above.
Have a great time enjoying the great outdoors...and some delicious food!
Nothing else screams "Summer" more than BBQ! Check out some BBQ events and recipe ideas below that will most definitely satiate your love and desire for sweet, sweet BBQ.
Taste of San Joaquin & the Way Out West BBQ Championship: The Annual Taste of San Joaquin and Way Out West BBQ Championship brings BBQ teams, local restaurants, and thousands of visitors to Downtown Stockton every year since 2008! Happening this Saturday, August 18th, the Fifth Annual Taste of San Joaquin features a wide variety of food at affordable prices, top-flight local entertainment and Way Out West BBQ Competition — a “Food-Network-Style” barbecue cook off. This year there will also be a Chili Cook Off, Food Truck Contest, Classic Car Show, and Kids Activity Area!
Royce Farms BBQ Hot Rod Night: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month you can enjoy delicious Royce Farms BBQ and a hot rod show in one night! Head on out to Royce's with a car full of friends and admire some sweet rides.
Summer is one of the perfect times of the year to curl up in a warm spot by the window with a good book. And with the kids going back to school, it's the perfect time to have a reading party to encourage everyone to have fun with reading. Check out some fun ideas to boost reading in your household.
San Joaquin County Public Libraries: Take your reading party on the road to one of the many fine libraries in this area! Did you know that in our county alone there are 12 libraries and 4 of them are in Stockton? Our local libraries are one of the many strengths of our community and there is always something fun going on! Check out the San Joaquin Library Events Calendar for a calendar of events like preschool storytime, beginning chapter books book club, and "Paws for Reading."
Reading My Way to the Circus: Reading can help send your kids to see the circus for free! Kids ages 2-12 can read their way to the Ringling Bros Circus that is coming to town September 13-16. Visit any of the San Joaquin County library branches and ask! They will hook you up with a reading log (must be signed by parent/guardian; good while supplies last).
Lizards crave the sun, and what better place is there than the Central Valley and Stockton to soak up some rays? Lizards are pretty cool creatures that include geckos, chameleons, bearded dragons, and more. Check out our list of places in the area where you can go to check out some lizards this summer.
Micke Grove Zoo: Home of a wide variety of interesting animals, including two green iguanas like the one picture above, a Madagascar Giant Day Gecko, and a Standing's Day Gecko.
Lodi Serpentarium: This 2-story museum and reptile super store houses one of the largest displays of reptiles in the country. Open for general admission, field trips, and parties, the Serpentarium is a great way to spend an afternoon observing lizards and other reptiles! Admission is $2 per person and they are open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am till 6:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am till 6:00pm.
Maybe it's my competitive spirit and/or greed for fake Monopoly money, but I love game nights!
Whether it's getting out that long forgotten board of Chinese Checkers, getting creative with some Dungeon and Dragons, or contorting your body with Twister, game night is a great chance to spend time with the ones you love and try your best to beat them so you can gloat about it the rest of the week. So, get a group of people together, big or small, and plan a game night this Summer. Check out some ideas for your next game night below.
Minute To Win It Game Night: Why not try this popular NBC tv show at home? If you haven't seen the show, contestants participate in 60 second challenges that use common household objects. Pictured above is the game "Don't Blow the Joker" where you set a deck of cards face down on a bottle with the joker on the bottom of the pile face up. You have one minute to blow all of the cards off, except for the joker. Check out all of the other games with instructions on how to play them on "Minute To Win It" on NBC's official page.
Zaps Zone Laser Tag: Take this game night out of the house and challenge your friends and family to a quick paced game of laser tag at Zaps Zone in Stockton! Zaps Zone is a state-of-the-art multi-level arena covering more than 6,200 sq.ft. of playing area. Zaps Zone is truly "laser tag at it's best." Check out the Monday-Wednesday all you can play for $20 specials!
Exercising those creative, artistic juices is therapeutic, stress-relieving, and just plain fun! For those Summer days when it's too hot outside or you're looking for an indoor activity, making art is perfect for the young and old. Check out our list of art activity ideas and various art events happening around Stockton this week!
Whirlow's Art Show on the Mile!: Enjoy art created by local artists at Whirlow's Tossed & Grilled on the Miracle Mile every 2nd Wednesday of each month (that's tonight, August 8th)! Hobnob with creative people and if you fall in love with someone's work, purchase it for your home! 20% of proceeds go to various charities in the area. Get inspired at this great event.
Summer ArtSplash: Head on to Downtown Stockton this Friday, August 10th, to tour various venues showcasing great local art exhibits. This is the last ArtSplash of the Summer, so don't miss it!
20+ Kids Art Projects: Check out this website that lists more than 20 ideas of art projects for kids that use basic materials such as paper, recyclables, and more.
There is no activity more memorable than the quintessential summer run through the sprinklers. And in this brutal Central Valley heat, playing in the sprinklers is a welcome relief. The weather is heating up this week--get out there and cool off!
Check out the links below for places to cool off in Stockton and DIY ideas!
Weber Point Interactive Water Feature: Stockton is lucky to have a great water feature on Weber Point that is perfect for those hot days. This massively popular interactive water fountain blasts water up for the kiddies and young at heart to run through and cool off. Located at Weber Point, the City of Stockton's website reports that the water fountain is on daily from 10am to 6pm--but make sure to drive by first to see if it's on! The fountain is turned off when events are taking place at Weber Point or for maintenance.
Recycled Soda Bottle Sprinkler: Make your own sprinkler with a recycled soda bottle and a few other items. It's sustainable and, best of all, entertaining!
Be safe and have fun out there. Make sure to bring the SPF!
Nature centers offer an opportunity to learn about the plants, animals, and ecosystem around us that oftentimes we overlook. Take a moment to "smell the roses" and visit a nature center to learn about flaura and fauna and ways we can all work to live sustainable lives.
Oak Grove Nature Center:Nestled towards the entrance of Oak Grove Regional Park off of Eight Mile Road in Stockton, the Oak Grove Nature Center is the place to learn about the native wildlife and people that have called our region home. The Nature Center is open weekends 12 noon to 4 p.m and weekdays by appointment. Inside you'll find live animal exhibits, displays, and Native American artifacts and activities. Be sure to ask the docents at the Nature Center about the two nature trails in Oak Grove Regional Park and about the animals and plants you might see on them. The Yokuts Trial and the longer Miwok Trail are sure to put you at one with nature among the beautiful Valley Oak Trees. The Oak Grove Nature Center is truly a special part of this park and is also home to many events throughout the year, including Nature Talks and Astronomy in the Park. Catch the latest Nature Talk, "Make a Difference: Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species," this Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 7:00pm. Keep an eye out for future meetings of Astronomy in the Park (check out our events calender here) where the Stockton Astronomical Society brings out telescopes to view the night sky and the Nature Center features astronomical activities.
Oftentimes the greatest bargain is worth the hunt! Flea markets are like treasure hunts, you just never know what you may find. Summer is a great time to get out, hunt out some great deals, and enjoy some food at a flea market. Check out some of the flea markets in our area below.
The Market at Delta College: Open every weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 3pm, The Market at Delta College features free admission, free parking, and is open rain or shine! Complete with a food court and a wide selection of new and used products, this flea market is definitely worth a look.
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds Flea Market: "Get your flea on" at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds every Friday from 8am to 3pm. Enjoy lots of produce and vendor food while perusing the huge selling area.
Feeling stressed out in this heat? Blow some bubbles! This summer pastime is relaxing and will keep those kids entertained for hours. Check out these homemade bubble recipes and activities below to help you cross off this classic summer bucket list item.
Homemade Bubble Solution and Blowers: This blog gives you all of the instructions on how to make your own bubble solution at home, complete with cute pipe cleaner bubble wands. Word is that homemade bubble solution is way better than the stuff you buy at the store.
Water Bottle Bubble Fun: Sometimes bubble wands are a little difficult for little ones to hold, or sometimes you just want to create big bubbles! Check out this tutorial on turning water bottles into bubble-making machines.
Bubble Refill Container: If you've got a whole party of people looking to blow bubbles, create this perfect bubble refill container. This is a great idea for birthday parties, too!
Bubble Painting: Try something new! This website shows you how to create works of art while you blow bubbles. Make sure to supervise any young ones when doing this. Hang the works of art in your home to remember summer all year round.
Gazing at the stars is a favorite summer pastime of many. You get to enjoy the great outdoors and ponder the huge expanse of the sky while the stars twinkle down on you. This summer promises to have some great chances to view the stars, check out some events going on in the area and what's in store for the world of astronomy!
Astronomy in the Park: On both Saturday, July 28th and Saturday, August 25th, head on out to Oak Grove Regional Park to join the Stockton Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing. Weather permitting, telescope volunteers will set up their telescopes for the public to use to view the night sky. Each month will feature a different deep sky object, with July focusing on Globular Cluster M3 and August on Ring Nebula M57 & The Dumbbell Nebula M27. Even the kids can enjoy the night with indoor astronomy-themed activities in the Oak Grove Nature Center. Spend a night under the beautiful Valley Oak and learn about astronomy!
Star Gaze in Your Own Backyard: If making some smores and looking at the stars in your own backyard is your plan, print out this free Evening Sky Map for August 2012 created by SkyMaps.com. This PDF maps the summer constellations and lists all of the astronomical events during the month of August.
You may not know it, but it is very possible to "travel the world" without leaving Stockton!Early settlers to Stockton included gold seekers from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Pacific Islands, Mexico and Canada giving modern day Stockton a plethora of cultural events and cuisine.
France:Midtown Crêperie and Cafeserves some of the most delicious and decadent crepes. From French origin, these thin pancakes are filled with everything from strawberries and nutella, to asparagus and avocado. Midtown even serves Beignets, a french pastry that you cannot miss.
Cambodia: The Cambodian Buddhist Temple is a not to be missed landmark of Stockton which brings the cultural history of the Cambodian Buddhist monks. Over 90 colorful and larger than life jewel encrusted statues celebrate the live and the story of the Cambodian Buddha. It even boasts a 50 foot long recumbent Buddha...you have to see it to believe it!
Greece: When we think of Greece, we immediately think food and two Stockton Restaurants come to mind, Yasoo Yani and Papapavlo's. Located in the heart of downtown, Yasoo Yani has a very intimate, hometown feel with excellent gyros and (my favorite) Pastitsio. Papapavlo's is located in Lincoln Center and has a romantic ambiance that makes it perfect for taking your dinner date. We recommend the pita and yogurt sauce.
Cuba: Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisine for a mouthful of flavor.Elsa's Paladar does not disappoint! From the Pork Ribs with Guava Sauce, to the Cuban Sandwhich, right up to the Fried Plantains, your taste buds will enjoy a thoroughly Cuban experience. NOTE: It has been rumored that UOP students can show student id for a free drink with their meal!
Caribbean: Located right on the shore of the Delta, Breadfruit Tree presents an extensive list of dishes from the Caribbean Islands. Try spice filled Peleau and finish it off with Rum Cake. (Would a trip to the Caribbean be complete without rum!?) This year, Breadfruit Tree will celebrate their 20th Reggae on the Delta! From 3:00-10:00 on August 25 enjoy live reggae music on the water.
Latin America: On August 12, the first Latino Festival will be coming to Stockton. Celebrating the arts, food, culture, and dance of Latin America, the festival will be a celebration of a strong Stockton culture.
We have covered four continents already, and we haven't even scraped the surface of what you can experience from around the world right here in Stockton. From our huge variety of Mexican restaurants, to Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and Italian, the list of flavors is endless. There are festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate Stockton's rich array of ethnicities, so get out there and try a few...you won't even need your passport!
There is something about the repetitive motion of playing frisbee that is so fun and soothing--maybe it's knowing that you're working off that second serving of ice cream from yesterday, or maybe it's the memory of childhood, but tossing around a frisbee is the best! Yesterday, the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau headed out to the Rose Garden behind the Haggin Museum in Victory Park and passed out 50 frisbees to kids and adults. There were purple Stockton frisbees everywhere at Victory Park yesterday! Grab your own frisbee and get out and get active this summer!
Last Saturday, I had the unique opportunity to tour the Stockton Rural Cemetery. A walking tour was put on by the San Joaquin Genealogical Society and was led by Del McComb, local historian, author & 4th generation Stocktonian. The group of forty or so folks with a penchant for local history spent about an hour walking and learning about a few of the important people in the history of our city. First off, the cemetery is beautiful. It was first opened in 1861, and is full of large valley oaks and other beautiful trees. Old cemeteries also have some of the most ornate and magnificent tombstones and monuments, of which this cemetery has plenty. It is very well maintained with easy access for vehicles.
Just a few points of interest to note in this blog. As you walk the cemetery, you recognize many names of those early settlers whose names now adorn many of our streets and parks. Names like Sperry, Shippee, Wagner, Davis and many more. One of the more well known tombs belongs to Benjamin Holt. Though, one of the smaller "large" tombs, it is impressive. It is simply marked with the name "Holt."
Tomb of Benjamin Holt, creator of the Catepillar Tractor
There is also a nice grouping of larger tombs, referred to by our tour guide as Millionaires Row. These were the richest of Stockton's founders, and that is shown by the size of their tombs. The hand carved granite behemoths are beautifully crafted and a tribute to the legacy of those buried within. I even spotted the family crypt of the Chamber CEO (Doug Wilhoit) among the row.Millionaires Row and the Wilhoit Woods Douglass crypt.
Though not on our tour, you could not have helped but notice all of the military headstones. Veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and so on. Some are buried with their family plots and others in the veterans area. In the veterans area is another well know landmark, the Reuel Colt Gridley Monumentwhich overlooks hundreds of veteran tombstones. It is one of the taller memorials in the cemetery and a must see.
Veterans area and Reuel Colt Gridley Monument
Visitors to the cemetery are able to walk around freely during the day. Maps are available at the office which is open weekdays and half a day on Saturday, though I do not believe they are labeled, the staff should be able to point you in the right direction. It is also fun to just walk around and explore on your own. We will be working on some sort of historic map guide for the cemetery soon. It is a great place for history buffs who are interested in Stockton-San Joaquin genealogy and history.
I hope you get the chance to go out there and visit. If you do, feel free to share your pics and thoughts.
There are a lot of things that make Stockton, California and the San Joaquin Valley unique--but by far the most exciting and special thing about this area is the California Delta. As The Record recently reported, 78% of Californians don’t know where the Delta is or even what it is. Running between Sacramento and Stockton, the Delta refers to the 1,000 miles of waterways that zigzag and interweave through our very backyards.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and other rivers create a bevy of creeks, sloughs, and streams that all together move the water out to the Pacific Ocean. The result is thriving wildlife (including the great blue heron!), gorgeous views, and some of the best boating waterways in the country. If you live here and haven’t experienced the fun of the Delta, get out and soak up the Summer sun in the beautiful Delta!
Downtown Stockton Marina: Rent a kayak from the Stockton Marina and explore the California Delta! Kayak rentals are available from 8:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days a week at the Marina. $10.00 per hour or $25.00 for all day. Call ahead to make a reservation at (209) 462-4200.
Paradise Point Marina: This full-service marina at the heart of the California Delta features an extensive selection of houseboats, ski boats, patio boats and V-hull fishing boats all for rental. Plan a vacation on the Delta with your family or closest friends! Houseboats are wildly popular on the Delta and Paradise Point Marina's fleet of houseboats are perfect!
Sunset Sweets: Yes, this may be an amazing place to enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream, brownie, Hawaiian shaved ice, or smoothie--but once you've enjoyed your sweet treat it's time to hit the Delta! Check out their selection of rental watercraft. Sunset Sweets rents out stand up paddle boards, hydro bikes, kayaks (and even regular bikes for you landlovers!) at an hourly and daily rate. Located at Tower Park Marina next to Rosa's and the KOA, there is lots to do at this great Marina.
Caribbean Night Dinner Cruise: This Saturday, July 28th 2012, sail out on the Delta with Stockton Yacht Charter's Island Girl V and enjoy a Caribbean Dinner Cruise! Complete with delicious Caribbean food, music, and an island atmosphere, this will be a great event out on the Delta.
Discover why the Delta is such a cherished part of Stockton, California! Check out our "On the Water" page on our website for a list of Delta and Waterfront businesses sure to make your day on the Delta a great one.
Summertime in Stockton means fresh fruits and veggies, and we are blessed to have a lot of it!
Stockton is uniquely placed within the heart of the greatest garden in the world, the California Central Valley. And thanks to this location there is an abundance of farmer's markets in our area that bring fresh produce straight from the farm to your plate! Check out all of the markets in the area and support the hard-working farmers of our area that help to feed the entire world while working on your Stockton Summer Bucket List!
Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors swimming, playing in the sun, and relaxing by the beach. But it is also a time when we have a lot of long free nights with family and friends and sometimes, you just need to escape the heat! For these times, we suggest some Stockton Summer bowling.
Pacific Avenue Bowl, located at 5929 Pacific Avenue, is open as late (or maybe we should say early) as 1am so you are sure to be able to find a time that works for you. Open since 1958, this is a summer staple that shouldn't be missed. They offer group rates, lane rentals, and cosmic bowling on Fridays. Now, Pacific Avenue Bowl boasts a Jitter Jolt serving up an "out of this world coffee experience". Think you can bowl a perfect 300 and earn your place on the Wall of Glory?
West Lane Bowl, located at 3900 West Lane, has a ProShop, Sports Bar, Coffee Shop, and Dinner on the Run menu. Think you are the top bowler in your group of friends? Put the theory to the test here. With very reasonable prices, it is already a bargain...and we found their Sizzling Family Summer Package Special! It gets you up to 8 games of bowling, 4 sets of shoe rentals, 1 large pizza and 1 pitcher of soda...for $34.95! On top of that, they are offering a $10 off printable coupon. Now that is a deal you can't beat!
For those of you who want to turn bowling into an outdoor sport, we found this idea. Make your own bowling alley outside with a soccer ball, pop bottles, water, and glow sticks (if you want it to be crazy cosmic night time bowling).
As a parting phrase, bowling is fun in your SPARE time. ;)
It may be hot in California's central valley, but running and jogging are very popular in this area! All throughout the year there are lots of chances to join walks and runs that benefit a great cause and give you an excuse to get moving. Why not join the fun this summer?
Run For Blood 5K Run/Walk: Get out those tennis shoes and start training, because the 2012 Run For Blood in Stockton is coming up on Saturday, August 4th. If you're a fan of running, make sure to register for this great event. Sponsored by Delta Blood Bank, the Run for Blood benefits the Dameron Hospital Foundation to help provide the funds necessary for updating medical equipment and facilities at Dameron Hospital and to support the hospital endeavor to promote a healthier community. You don't have to be an avid runner to participate, walking a 5K is totally okay, too! For information on registering, check out our Run For Blood event listing.
Jogging at Victory Park: On any given day, you're bound to see Stocktonians of all ages walking and jogging around Victory Park, otherwise known as one of the best jogging spots in Stockton. Why not map out your own 5K at Victory Park? Start slow and set goals for yourself, you'll be an official runner in no time!
Humans are naturally social beings. So go get out and meet some new people! There are lots of chances this weekend in Stockton to work on that Summer Bucket List and check off a box while trying a new activity.
Free Yoga in Victory Park: Enjoy fitness and the beautiful outdoors? Meet like-minded individuals for a free Yoga class in Victory park this Saturday morning. Every Saturday until November 3rd (weather permitting), meet under the trees near the water fountain across from the Victory Park Rose Garden at 9:00 am. The universal practice of Yoga can provide a positive impact on individuals, communities and our region. Bring your mat or large towel and a positive attitude! Namaste.
Port City Roller Girls Roller Derby Bout: If you're the type of person who likes hard-hitting action, check out Stockton's very own Port City Roller Derby girls as they take on the South Bay Derby Mizfitz this Saturday, July 14th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Join the spirited crowd of this wildly popular sport and cheer on Stockton's very own derby girls.
Banana Music Festival: Music festivals are naturally a great spot to meet other people who just love to get together and enjoy great live entertainment. Check out this free music festival on Saturday, July 14th from 4:00pm until 9:30pm for a lineup of local bands. All of the proceeds go to the Jocelyn Mancebo Memorial Fund in support of brain cancer research. Food will be available for purchase. Enjoy some music, delicious food, support a cause, and mingle with local music lovers.
On a warm Summer day, the team of the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau journeyed out to northeast Stockton to visit some of the wonderful attractions off of Highway 88. We spent the day as tourists in our own home city and were surprised to learn so much about a rural, more rustic side of Stockton that many people aren't familiar with. We began our day at Jack Tone Ranch.
Jack Tone Ranch is the oldest family-owned, continuously operated horse ranch in the great golden state of California. The Tones have been a Californian horse-loving family since 1849 and they are world-famous for their Arabian horses descended from the Fabulous Fadjur. Beautiful, talented Fadjur descendants are available for sale, at stud or for lease out at the ranch. Lessons are also offered. Although the ranch is not open every day to the public, visitors are always welcome at Jack Tone Ranch by appointment. Every year in June the ranch also opens up for one day to the public for their annual Horse Management Course and Open Barn. Guests can stroll through the barns and meet all of the beautiful horses for free!
Our gracious host, Kathleen Tone-Hammer, showed us around the historic buildings and barns of the Ranch. She also told us some history of the family and the Fabulous Fadjur. We were greeted by horses every where we went!
We had a wonderful time seeing this little-known, tucked away ranch that is full of so much California and San Joaquin horsing history. If you can make a trip out during their Open Barn day or make an appointment, it's definitely worth it if you are a horse-fan. See the pictures below for the rest of our visit.
Thanks to Kathleen and her grand daughters for the wonderful tour. After Jack Tone Ranch, we ventured over to one of the oldest and most popular fruit markets on Highway 88, The Fruit Bowl. Family operated since 1947, The Fruit Bowl is a farm market and bake shop that continues to provide the freshest and the best of local produce, baked goods, nuts, jams, local honey and local olive oils. Open every day of the week, The Fruit Bowl is the favorite of many Stocktonians looking to support local farmers and agriculture.
Owner Ralph Lucchetti gave us a tour of the surrounding orchards and talked to us a little about the many varieties of fruit that they grow. From 55 varieties of peaches to special hybrid fruits like pluots (plums and apricots) and pecotums (peach/apricot/plum), there is always something new and delicious at The Fruit Bowl.
We even got a glimpse of the original Fruit Bowl stand that was used back in the 40s and 50s. Ralph talked to us about their upcoming special event on July 28th, their "Taste and Tour at the Fruit Bowl." For $20, guests can enjoy an evening under the trees while sampling food products and wine from local producers including Lodi Olive Oil, Oak Ridge Winery, Gary's Apiaries, Cattle Call Creek and Bellindora. Guests will also learn exciting new ways to incorporate fruit and vegetables into their summertime menus while sampling appetizers, salads, and desserts.
Afterwards we cooled off with a delicious lunch and dessert from The Fruit Bowl Bake Shop. The Bake shop includes a wide assortment of baked goods, pie, sandwiches, quiches, and best of all--gelato!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at The Fruit Bowl and thank the Lucchetti family for their hospitality and kindness. It was a great day to explore our local agriculture.
We ended the day off as any day should end--with wine at Sorelle Winery! Stockton's one and only winery, Sorelle is a boutique winery that focuses on Italian varietals. Their first wine harvest was in 2009 and since then has won two gold medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (January 2011) for its Sangiovese and Primitivo.
We met with Kim Scott, one of the owners of Sorelle Winery. She took us on a tour of the grounds and told us a little about the history of their winery.
Located on the grounds of Sorelle Winery is the historic Dodge House. Built in 1866 by Jonathan Holt Dodge, this grand house was surrounded by vineyards and stayed in the Dodge family until the 1920s. The grounds and house were purchased in 2007 and became the home of Sorelle Winery.
We finished our day off with a sample of Sorelle's wines. The beautiful tasting room was a welcome cool spot on this hot day. Sorelle Winery's tasting room hours are Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. They also offer tastings by appointment outside of our normal business hours, as well as special events throughout the year. The beautiful grounds are perfect for weddings, reunions, and other events.
We had a wonderful time and thank Kim and the whole Sorelle Winery family for having us!
Why not take your own trip through the attractions of Stockton on Highway 88? Set a day to go out and discover a side of Stockton that you've never seen before!
If you've got kids at home enjoying Summer vacation, it's a given that you've probably heard the sentence, "I'm BORED" about a hundred times by now. Why not make the day a little more exciting with a treasure hunt? Here a few ideas that will be sure to spice up any Summer day.
Geocaching: Ever heard of geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location by fellow treasure hunting enthusiasts. This wildly popular hobby has made its way to Stockton! The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache and a spirit of adventure. Just enter your zip code and start finding treasure all around you--just make sure to leave it for the next treasure seeker!
Rainbow Trail Treasure Hunt: This is great idea where each color of yarn leads to a different treasure. Perfect for parties or if you've got a larger group of kids, wrap the yarn around trees and other objects. This will definitely keep the kids preoccupied for a few minutes :)
Pirate Treasure Nature Scavenger Hunt: This hunt turns the ordinary leaf into a pirate's eye patch as the little ones search for the buried treasure (make sure to find something fun for them to unearth--check out the dollar store for cheap, fun treasures!) This site even has a a link to print out this hunt map for free!
Nature Scavenger Hunt: Here's another free printable hunt that can be done in any park in the Stockton area.
Changing Faces Theater Company presents "Treasure Island": And, because we think it goes perfect with today's bucket list item, watch the swashbuckling story of "Treasure Island" come to life on the stage. Presented by Changing Faces Theater Company, "Treasure Island" features a show, dinner, marketplace, and winetasting. Performance dates run Wednesday, July 11th to Friday, July 13th and Thursday, July 19th to Saturday, July 21st.
Things are heating up here in Stockton, it's supposed to hit 104 degrees this week! While you're trying to keep cool, why not work on that Stockton Summer Bucket List and make some of your very own popsicles? Check out a selection of delicious recipes below. You'll make someone's day when you surprise them with such a sweet, cold treat!
Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles: This delectable flavor combination will most definitely make a delicious popsicle. You can always substitute cherries, blueberries, or peaches instead of raspberries too.
Rainbow Popsicles: Make these eye-popping summer treats in Dixie cups if you don't have a popsicle mold handy!
Oreo Popsicles: If you're more of a chocolate lover, these popsicles will definitely make your day. The best part is that you'll have plenty of Oreos left over to shamefully snack on.
US Flag Pops: Made of strawberries, yogurt, and blueberries, these patriotic popsicles would last about...five minutes at my house.
Nutella Fudgesicles: These popsicles were made on the very cool Zoku Popsicle Maker, but we're pretty sure you can jimmy the recipe to work in your freezer. Nothing better than a fudgesicle!
Strawberry Coconut Popsicle: Lastly, cool down with this fruity treat. The website also features cute free printable popsicle toppers to put on the popsicle sticks.
We consider bucket list item "feed the ducks" much the same as the old saying, "stop and smell the roses." It is such a simple summertime activity that can be so enjoyable! So we took some time this afternoon to stop by Victory Park and give it a try ourselves!
Victory Park is a very popular year round Stockton destination. With the Haggin Museum at its center, lush green lawns, numerous picnic areas and events such as concerts in the park, it alone is a must stop shop for summer fun. And for this particular bucket list item, it has a two ponds with an excellent population of ducks quacking away just waiting for you! Here is what we learned on our duck feeding excursion...
1. Ducks aren't huge fans of tortillas...we tried. They seem to be partial to bread.
2. In the afternoon, the park is bustling with people. This makes for excellent sightseeing, socializing, and picnics. However, it also makes the ducks very well fed and slightly apathetic towards what you are throwing them (which may explain their aversion to my tortilla). So if you want to get the most out of your duck feeding experience, we recommend visiting in the morning before they are full!
3. Ducks are goofy and make for excellent entertainment for kids. School is out and this is a great way to spend the day with your kids. They will love throwing food to the ducks, watching them swim around, laughing at them puff up their feathers, and waddling around the park.
Now even though these are technically bird feeders and not duck feeders, we thought we would share some bird feeder crafts for you to do at home this summer! The firstmakes a bird feeder from an old slinkyand coat hanger.
This bird feeder is a little more work, but would be a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
So whether you choose to head out to one of Stockton's great parks in search of ducks to feed, or you choose to make your bird feeder at home, we are glad you are taking time to enjoy the little joys of summer!
Nothing is quite as exciting as the twinkling, flashing lights and loud booms of a fireworks display. It's definitely difficult to hold in those "oohs" and "ahhs" while you stare up at the summer night sky. Kick your summer into high gear by doing one of the most summery things you can do--go see fireworks!
Stockton Family 4th of July Fireworks on the Waterfront. Celebrate the Fourth of July in style in Downtown Stockton! This Wednesday head on out to Banner Island Ballpark for a full day of fun events including a youth baseball clinic, Legends of Baseball Vintage ShowdownBaseball Game featuring former MLB players, live music, and of course a spectacular fireworks display. This whole day of fun only costs $5 for admission. Or, view the fireworks from the beautiful courtyard at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel where you'll enjoy a BBQ buffet, live music, and even take a dip in the pool. Buffet and hotel fun is yours for $25 for each adult, $12 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are free. Fireworks are privately funded by a partnership between the Stockton Ports, the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, and the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau. No city funds are being used :)
Stockton Fireworks Stands. If you're looking to stay home and enjoy some BBQ in your own backyard, why not support local non-profits by stocking up on your very own safe and sane fireworks for this Fourth of July? All proceeds benefit local non-profits and with stands all across the city, there are plenty of chances to help out a great cause. Remember to please only use safe and sane fireworks and exercise caution around the young ones!
Have a fantastic and safe Fourth of July, everyone!
Nothing else screams summer more than a parade--the people, sounds, food, and fun all equal a perfect summer experience. And you're in luck because there are a few parades coming up that give you just the chance to mark off your Stockton Summer Bucket List!
DeltaFusion Parade and Celebration. This Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Victory Park don't miss a celebration of the diverse natural and cultural heritage of Stockton, California and the San Joaquin County Delta region. Now in it's second year, DeltaFusion is a parade and celebration that uses giant puppets, masks, music, and pageantry to tell the story of our rich and diverse wildlife, culture, and community. All of the puppets and costumes are made by local artists and volunteers!
Miracle Mile 4th of July Parade. Show your American spirit this 4th of July at the Miracle Mile from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Enjoy entertainment, food, and a fabulous parade organized by the Coalition of Stockton Veteran's Organization for the Miracle Mile Merchant. There's nothing more American than enjoying a parade and supporting those who have served our country! If you want to get even more in the spirit and participate in the parade, contact Bob Appler at (209) 817-6699.
I love ice cream. As a mid morning snack, as an afternoon pick me up, watching tv, as a midnight treat....anytime, anywhere, I am ready for ice cream. But for those of you who don't have quite as big of an obsession as I do, you still can't deny that on a hot summer day, ice cream is the perfect dessert to cool off with. And in Stockton, we know how to do ice cream!
Gleason's Ice Cream. This homemade ice cream is churned into a thick fluffy consistency so decadent you would think you were eating cheesecake. It is home of the (unofficially) best banana split in Stockton and (officially) the Stockton Asparagus Festival Asparagus Ice Cream-though you can only get that at the Festival in April.
The Creamery.With plenty of food options, make sure to leave room for dessert here. Choose from one of 35 milkshake flavors made with their homemade ice cream. Named the Best of San Joaquin ice cream, this is a ice cream shop you don't want to miss. From the Elvis Presley Sunday (Vanilla ice cream with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Peanut Butter topping and sliced bananas) to their S'mores Sunday (Vanilla ice cream with Hershey's chocolate, marshmallow topping, graham crackers, and a cherry) we are sure you will find something to crave.
Yogurt My Way. So technically this is frozen yogurt, but it is just as rich, creamy and delicious as any soft serve ice cream, plus you make your own Sunday, so it is exactly what you are wanting! The flavors rotate so there are plenty of opportunities to try something new. The toppings bar has everything from marshmallow fluff, to dinosaur sprinkles, to brownie pieces. Pricing is by weight of your treat so this is a great place if you want just a little....or a lot! Yogurt My Way has a location in Lincoln Center and their Miracle Mile location has Children's Time every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm making it a great place to take the kids for some frozen yogurt and entertainment!
With many of us having extra free time during the summer, we thought you might like some recipes to make your own ice cream! With months to go until the Asparagus Festival, you might want to try your own version of Asparagus Ice Cream....White Asparagus Dark Chocolate. Yum!
And for those of you who want something a little healthier (it is swimsuit whether after all!) we have a little known fact...you can make ice cream out of nothing but bananas! Frozen bananas whipped in a blender or food processor for a long time come out the consistency of ice cream. Add peanut butter, Nutella, almond extract, or just about anything else if you want to dress it up a bit!
Very few things top being outside on a summer evening enjoying the great weather and good music. Right now, Stockton summer concerts are in full swing and there is something for everyone!
Concerts in the Park at Victory Park has been bringing Stockton live music for 61 years! Every Wednesday from June 6-August 22 at 6 pm, pack your picnic and grab your blanket. With Swing, Big Band, Rock and even an ABBA tribute band, everyone can find something they will enjoy. Tomorrows band, RB/X will be playing 50's and 60's tunes. Plus, this family friendly event is free!
Victory Park is also home of the Haggin Museum, so if you want to make a day of it, spend your afternoon learning about Stockton's history and enjoying their beautiful works of art.
Groovin' at the Grove summer concert series at Jessie's Grove Winery is just a short drive from Stockton. Spend the evening with live music from bands like Whiskey Dawn while sipping on some of California's premier wines.
LIVE! At Lincoln Centergives you even more than an outdoor concert. Their Re-Cycle Family Bike Night & Go Green Fair on July 20 features raffles, eco-friendly products, face painting, and, of course, live music! The Summit Band will be entertaining while you enjoy the shopping, eating and activities of Lincoln Center. They will also have a 30 foot Fun Slide reminiscent of the Astro Slide of Lincoln Center in the 1950's.
That's right folks, time to tackle a classic summer activity-making lemonade. But being in Stockton, we have the excellent luck of having a huge number of farmers' markets, roadside fruit stands, and all around phenomenal produce at our fingertips. And so here are a few recipes for that summer staple made with an extra special Stockton twist...
Lavender Lemonade with lavender fromLavender Hollow Farm. Open Friday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, you can stop by and enjoy any number of activities while you pick up one of their 40 varieties of lavender.
Peach Lemonade with one of 55 varieties of peaches from the Fruit Bowl. We have said it once and will say it again, the Fruit Bowl is a wonderful place to pick up fresh fruit-you can see them bringing it in right off the trees! Closed Christmas through March, this is one thing that can definitely only be experienced during your summer.
It may seem simple, but a Lemonade Stand can make a huge difference.Kids for Cure held their 5th Annual Kids for a Cure Lemonade Stand last October. Their mission says "We strive to help those in our community diagnosed with breast cancer, as our loved ones have been. With just little things, like lemonade and some baked goods, we can all change the world." Their lemonade stand made enough to donate over $14k to the St. Joseph's Foundation for use in the Cancer Center Patient Navigator Program.
Nice motto for summer...with just the little things, we can all change the world. Now get making that lemonade, Stockton!
Time to put that first check on our bucket list, going camping this weekend! Camping brings the fun of s'mores, campfire ghost stories, sleeping out under the stars, and the joy of nature. There are tons of excellent parks around Stockton to go camping in, or you can head to Stockton REI's Great American Backyard Campout. This planned campout is meant to connect kids with nature for their health and happiness. Head out Saturday, June 23 toOak Grove Regional Park for tons of camping activities....for free! Sign up quick though, spaces go quickly!
For those of us who don't want to leave the amenities of home for the Great American Backyard Campout (or missed the deadline to sign up!), the event encourages you to pitch a tent in your yard, on an apartment balcony, or even in the living room! Really, who didn't love making tents in your living room as a kid?! Need a little inspiration? Check out this blog post we found for5 Tips for Indoor Camping....even indoor s'mores! We will let you know soon how our Camping adventure went!
Is your dad a BBQ master? Here is your chance to prove once and for all that he cooks the best ribs in town! If Dad wants to participate in the cook off, you need to plan ahead as spaces for cooks are limited. Otherwise you can come together and enjoy prizes, music, games, food and entertainment.
The Stockton Ports are at home at Banner Island Ballpark for 7:05 games tonight through Saturday. Catch up on some quality time while relaxing in the stands with classic baseball eats like beer, hotdogs and fries, or a new stadium treat, fried peanut butter and jelly! Friday’s promotions include Presidential Seat Cushion Giveaway & Post-Game Fireworks and Saturdays game will have an appearance by Jose Canseco & A's Jersey Auction presented by Humana.
Want to have an action packed night? Take dad to “NASCAR Whelen All American Series" Whelen Night at Stockton 99 Speedway! Sit in the front rows to get right up in the action, or enjoy the no drinking, no smoking family section. Grandstand opens at 4 pm and the green flag drops at 6. Races usually last until around 10 so you can take your Dad out for 4 hours of entertainment for just $15 a person!
Stockton’s very own Sorelle Winery Presents Flip Flopping BBQ Fun, Live Music and Cigars. With live music, appetizers, BBQ, wine and premium cigars, this event is sure to hit the spot with many of your family members! Sorelle, meaning sisters in Italian, has a great history and the servers in the tasting room are very happy to chat and share with you during your visit. You do need to RSVP for the event. If you can’t make this event, you can always stop by for a tasting Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm & Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm or by appointment.
Just a short drive from Stockton is Wine and Roses in Lodi. They will be hosting a Father’s Day BBQ with Barbecue, Draft Beer Tastings, Kids Games, Tropical Birds on Display and a Johnny Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner. Again, this event requires a little advanced prep work as reservations are required. If you want to have your own lunch with Dad, tickets for just the tribute show are available.
It may be cheesy, but our #100 reason to smile in Stockton, California is YOU. Yes, you. It's the people and community of Stockton that are worth celebrating. It's your spirit, dedication, humor, strength, and sense of fun that make living and playing in Stockton truly sweet. Keep working hard and playing hard, Stockton!
The Love Stockton volunteerism program, once known as "Serve Our Stockton," began back in 2009 when the Mayor of the City of Stockton's called for volunteers to come together to make real change in our community. Since then, Love Stockton has gained a dedicated following of volunteers who organize fix-it days, graffiti removal, food drives, and much more in and around Stockton. Love Stockton needs you! September 29th, 2012 is the official Love Stockton service day of the year. How will you pledge to help?
Find out how you can Love Stockton! Be sure to mark your calendar for the city-wide volunteer and service day on September 29th, 2012!
For years, bird enthusiasts have flocked to the Stockton Constructed Wetlands. Located at the Stockton Wastewater Treatment Tertiary Facility, the city of Stockton has turned part of this wastewater treatment plant into a wetland and birdwatching mecca for local bird species--the Audubon Society recently recorded over 7,300 birds representing 55 species! The public is welcome to come out, just make an appointment a week in advance. Don't forget to bring some binoculars!
Check out the city of Stockton's page on the Stockton Constructed Wetlands to make your appointment for Stockton birdwatching today! The Stockton Constructed Wetlands are located at 2500 Navy Drive in Stockton, California.
Gian's Delicatessen on Stockton's Miracle Mile is a great place to grab a delicious freshly-made sandwich, potato salad, focaccia, Italian beverage, and much more! Gian's also offers a variety of Italian goods to purchase such as pasta, pesto, candy, olive oil, and tiramisu (you know you want to take some home!). Grab a bite to eat and stock up on all of the good stuff.
The oldest NASCAR track west of the Mississippi and named one of the top 10 NASCAR Short Tracks for the last three years, the new Stockton 99 Speedway brings the excitement of racing and NASCAR home! The 1/4 mile Stockton 99 Speedway plays host to a range of events such as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, K&N Pro Series West, bike and stunt shows, swap meets, and much more. Treat the family to a night out at the track and catch all of the racing action!
Catch all of the fun at the Stockton 99 Speedway! Follow the link for much more information and the racing schedule.
As we plunge into summer with this Memorial Day holiday weekend, why not try a few things in Stockton that you might have forgotten about during those not so sunny months? Here are five things we think your weekend shouldn’t be without…
1. Kayak on the Delta Call the Stockton Marina to make a reservation then head down to the water! Rentals are $10 an hour or $25 for the whole day. (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Kayaking is a great way to get exercise because it builds strength in the core, arms and legs. Plus, you are out on the water so you can soak up some rays!
2.Visit The Fruit Bowl Located at 8767 Waterloo Rd in Stockton and open daily7am-6pm, The Fruit Bowl is in it’s 65th season! With homemade pies, pastries, salads, paninis, salsas and fresh out of the orchard fruits, they have something delicious for every palate. Stop in for some fresh produce and take in the beautiful sights and smells.
3.Relax in Oak Grove Regional Park This 180-acre park is perfect for an outdoor afternoon. Bring the treats you picked up at The Fruit Bowl and spread out on the lawn for a lazy day picnic. You can get out on the lake by renting paddleboats and aquacycles. Explore the Nature Center or the trails. If you want to plan an even bigger celebratory event, they also have rental facilities available.
4. Cool off with Gleason’s Ice Cream This great little mom and pop ice cream shop not only dishes out banana splits that have been described as “stupid good”, but they are also the makers of our favorite Asparagus Ice Cream! While you can’t get the Asparagus Ice Cream year round, a scoop of any flavor of this hand-made ice cream is worth the trip to Gleason’s.
5. Run Around Pixie Woods Entertain the kids (or bring out your own inner child) with a trip to Pixie Woods! A Stockton staple since 1954, Pixie Woods has entertained more than 1 million guests! Just open for the season at the beginning of May, there is no better time to take a ride on the train or pick out your horse on the carousel. Plus, this family outing is a great deal with unlimited ride packages retailing at only $8!
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, get out in Stockton and Celebrate!
The Downtown Stockton Alliance's Downtown Ambassadors make us smile! Experts in Downtown Stockton, the Ambassadors are fountains of knowledge on where to eat, park, or what to do in the downtown area. They even host guided tours about the rich history of our downtown! Don't be shy, when you see one of the Ambassadors in Downtown Stockton (they wear green t-shirts now!), be sure to say hello and ask them whatever burning question you may have.
Looking for authentic Cuban food...in Stockton? Elsa's Paladar on Alpine has you covered. With a menu sporting ribs, BBQ chicken, Cuban sandwiches, black beans and rice, paella, salads, fried plantains, bread pudding, and flan, Elsa's is a foodie paradise. And thanks to Cuban-born owner and operator Domingo Santiuste Zayas, this Cuban food paradise is in Stockton! This wildly popular restaurant is the perfect place to grab a lunch or enjoy an evening with friends over some great food.
What are you waiting for? Check out Elsa's Paladar in Stockton,California located on 2219 West Alpine Avenue.
If you're driving on Interstate 5, you may see a glimpse of the beautiful 18-acre oak forest known as Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. This park is full of great things to do and features including Oak Grove Lake which is stocked with seasonal Catfish and Trout, paddleboats and aqua cycles available for rent (weekends only April through October), the Oak Grove Nature Center, two nature trails, rental facilities, outdoor picnic shelters, an 18-hole disc golf course, and children's playgrounds. Oak Grove Regional Park is also the home to many events in the area including Astronomy in the Park, Nature Talks, and fishing derbies including the Annual Catfish Fishing Derby. Oak Grove is the perfect place to bask in the beauty of the valley Oak tree and the warm California sun!
The San Joaquin County Fair has long been a loved tradition of Stocktonians--where else can you get deep fried food, horse races, carnival rides, live music, livestock and agriculture competitions, and arts and craft exhibitions all in one spot!? The fair has moved to September 20th-30th this year. What do you love about going out to the fair?
A Stockton dining tradition since 1976, Angelina's Spaghetti House is serving up delicious Italian dishes right in the heart of Stockton. This family-owned restaurant serves up a wide array of pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers, steak, veal, spumoni, Angelina's Famous Dolcé, Chocolate Suicide Cake, and much more! The warm and inviting atmosphere, great food, and historic Stockton photos throughout the restaurant will make you feel at home and keep you coming back again and again!
Joe's Pomodoro Pizza Cafe is a big favorite in Stockton because not only are they serving up some truly delicious pizza, but they also have ribs, buffalo wings, calzones, strombolis, and great sandwiches like Philly cheese steaks and gyros on the menu. Joe's features a casual atmosphere with televisions to watch the big game and a game area to keep the kids entertained. Joe's Pomodoro Pizza Cafe can satisfy all of your needs, especially your tummy!
Stockton is home to some incredibly talented musicians and artists--and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players does us proud! These four gentlemen "effortlessly blend Americana, Bluegrass, and Soul music to create a unique, fresh, & energetic sound." Snap Jackson and the Players frequent area Bluegrass Festivals and are a hometown favorite at venues like the Blackwater Cafe.
If you're in the mood for "finger licking good" homemade Soul Food, Catfish N Ribs in Stockton is calling! With a menu featuring baby back ribs, brisket, catfish, frog legs, mean greens, mac-n-cheese, hush puppies, peach cobbler, and sweet potato pie, you'll find yourself wanting to try the whole menu. Are you hungry yet?
Check out the official Catfish N Ribs website for store hours, full menu, and more! Catfish N Ribs is located on 1101 E March Lane, Suite G in Stockton, California.
In 1946, John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area and today Kinder's BBQ boasts 15 locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Kinder's Meats Deli & BBQ in Stockton offers an old-school meat market, where a butcher will custom-cut your meat. Sink your teeth into one of their high quality sandwiches, including their Famous Ball-Tip Sandwich (which you can also enjoy at any Stockton Port's baseball game!). And to top it all off you can browse their line of BBQ sauces and marinades so you can bring the Kinder's goodness home.
Kinder's Meats & Deli is located on the Miracle Mile in Stockton at 1740 Pacific Avenue. Their Famous Ball-Tip Sandwich is the feature picture and the Kinder's BBQ Beef Sandwich is pictured on the bottom left picture (and yes, that's tender beef stuffed in a fresh sourdough roll with onions and shredded cheese!)
From sushi to Teppan Yaki, Domo Japanese Grill & Bar in Stockton's Lincoln Center is delicious! Saddle up to one of the large, gas powered teppan tables and watch as Domo's skilled chefs prepare your food and even juggle utensils or prepare a flaming onion volcano. You get dinner and a show at Domo!
The Dear Stockton Project is an ongoing photography project that allows individuals to express a simple, positive message about Stockton. Dear Stockton is all about "demonstrating your love for the city of Stockton and documenting your commitment to that message through the medium of photography." Conceived and organized by Benjamin Saffold in 2011, "Dear Stockton" is a beautiful, collaborative project that truly celebrates the energy, love, and commitment present within the Stockton community.
It's that time of year again to celebrate Mom and let her know how much you appreciate her. If you're still looking for something to do or want to try something new this year, check out our list of local Mother's Day events below! Also listed are events happening on Sunday that Mom might like!
Tandoori Nites in Stockton is serving up some truly delicious and memorable Indian food that is sure to wake up your tastebuds! Known for their crispy naan, tandoori chicken, curry, chicken tikka masala, and mango shakes for dessert, Tandoori Nites is widely known in our area for great Indian cuisine. And if you're a fan of spice, Tandoori will definitely deliver!
If you're a golfer, Stockton is definitely the spot for you. There is a long list of pubic and private golf courses, links, and clubs in the area with a variety of layouts that challenge and entertain players of all abilities. And many of these courses now offer the ability to book tee times online. Come on golfers, where is your favorite place to golf in and around Stockton?
Tucked away off of Brookside Drive, Mezzo Enoteca offers Stockton residents and visitors a truly delicious and excellent dining experience. Chef Richard Hyman prepares authentic, multi-regional Italian & Mediterranean cuisine set in a modern and casual environment. Specializing in home made pasta's, local seasonal produce and the freshest ingredients, Mezzo also sports a full bar with happy hour and an impressive wine list. (Fun fact: Chef Richard Hyman just won the 2012 Stockton Asparagus Festival's "Chef of the Feast" competition last weekend!) Have you ever been to Mezzo?
Stockton is uniquely placed within the heart of the greatest garden in the world, the California Central Valley. And thanks to this location there is an abundance of farmer's markets in our area that bring fresh produce straight from the farm to your plate! Check out all of the markets in the area and support the hard-working farmers of our area that help to feed the entire world.
Ave on the Mile in the heart of Stockton's Miracle Mile is the perfect place to enjoy an after-work drink or catch up with friends over some truly yummy food. This chic, upscale bar and bistro has also become a popular venue for nightlife and evening entertainment in Stockton. Stop by and enjoy Ave on the Mile!
When you've strolled through the Haggin Museum and seen some beautiful art and learned the local history, it's time to check out the Haggin Museum Store. Here you'll find unique gift items, books, posters, notecards, and other merchandise inspired by the museum's collections and temporary exhibitions, and all purchases support the museum and its programs. Make sure to check out the Haggin Museum Store around Christmas, it's a must-see!
The Haggin Museum Store is located on the bottom floor of the Haggin Museum--be sure to stop by!