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Stockton, California Annual Events and Festivals

No matter when you visit, take time to experience one of our many cultural, family-friendly and diverse Stockton festivals. Celebrate history, the arts, and good food and wine at one of our renowned Stockton festivals. Get into the “Spear-It” at annual Asparagus Festival, where you’ll find lively music, decorative crafts, and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations. Celebrate Stockton’s waterfront heritage  during the Christmas season’s Lighted Boat Parade. Enjoy cultural festivals and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, and Cambodian New Year. And if you’re a wine lover, have a barrel of fun at the fall Lodi Grape Festival. There are always plenty of art walks, farm shows, and farmer’s markets  to keep you busy as well.  View our printable Stockton Annual Events Guide.

January

Delicato Vineyards Annual Arts Show, Manteca
Over three hundred entries of artwork from the area and beyond displayed.  
888.599.4637 | www.dfvwines.com

Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival, Stockton
Three concert classical music festival celebrating chamber music. 
209.477.0257  | www.zlcstockton.org

San Joaquin International Film Festival, Stockton
This annual international film festival brings new and award-winning films of master directors and emerging talents from around the World and America to Stockton. Featuring guest artists onstage, premieres, and programs for diverse audiences.  
www.sjiff.com

Stockton Restaurant Week
January 17-26, 2014  •   Discover your new favorite restaurant during this week of local cuisine.  Three course, fixed priced menus available at over 20 local restaurants!
209.938.1555  www.stocktonrestaurantweek.com

February

Wine & Chocolate Weekend, Lodi
Around Valentine’s Day in Lodi Wine Country.  The area’s finest wines are paired with decadent chocolate concoctions, making for a deliciously and  possibly romantic experience!
209.367.4727   | www.lodiwine.com

Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
Always the last weekend of February, and the first festival of the season, the Ripon Chamber of Commerce presents a carnival, fun run, and well known community parade.
209.599.7519  | www.riponchamber.org

March

Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament, Stockton
Named after the late S.J. County parks employee and avid fisherman Bob McMillen, thsi rainbow trout tournament features a series of competitions in various age groups. Held every first Saturday of March at Oak Grove Regional Park.
209.953.8800  www.sjparks.com

Chinese New Year Celebration, Stockton
Entertainment includes parade, tai chi demonstrations, folk dance performances, an award winning lion dance troupe, magicians, jugglers, Peking opera, and more. 
www.stocktoncnyc.org

The Brubeck Festival, University of the Pacific in Stockton
Annual jazz music festival celebrating the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck. 
209.946.3196  |  Official Website

Robert T. McKee Student Art Exhibition, Stockton
The longest-running student art competition in the United States features the work of student artists from the public and private schools of San Joaquin County with awards to winners in grades K to 12. 
209.940.6300    |  www.hagginmuseum.org

Lodi Spring Wine Show
The Spring Wine Show at the Grape Festival Grounds is perhaps the largest wine show of the year, with thousands of visitors tasting the offerings of area wineries.
209.369.2771  | www.grapefestival.com

April

Stockton Sikh Temple Parade
This annual parade begins and ends at the nation's oldest Sikh temple, Stockton Gurdwara Sahib. Features music, dignitaries of the faith, free food, and martial-arts demonstrations.
209.938.1555  www. stocktongurdwarasahib.org

Orchid Fest, Stockton
San Joaquin Orchid Society’s flower show featuring orchid displays, educational exhibits and orchids for sale. 
www.visitstockton.org

The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine out
Local restaurants showcase dishes prepared with our favorite spear during the week-long Great Stockton Asparagus Dine out. 
209.938.1555   | www.DineOutStockton.com

Cambodian New Year, Stockton
A multi-day celebration featuring food, music, and various types of popular Cambodian folk dances. 
209.938.1555 www.visitstockton.org

Stockton Asparagus Festival
April 25-27, 2014. Celebrating its 29th year! The Stockton Asparagus Festival is a three-day, multi-event, food, and entertainment festival, which celebrates asparagus.  Enjoy over 100 arts and craft vendors and 100 more specialty food and product vendors. Home to the world famous Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Championship.  Largest food festival in the Central Valley and California’s largest charitable festival! Get into the spear-it of spring at this Sunset Magazine “Best of the West” Food Fest.
209.644.3740  | Stockton Asparagus Festival Visitor Info

Stockton Earth Day Festival
Celebrate spring and the environment at Victory Park with music, food and informational booths. 
209.479.1944  | www.livegreensanjoaquin.org

May

Cinco De Mayo, Stockton
Weber Point is the site of this celebration of Mexican-American culture. 
209.644.2600   | www.elconcilio.org

Lodi Street Faire
First Sunday in May. The largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction.  Over 700 vendors and exhibitors in 10 square blocks with their creations and collectibles.
209.367.7840  www.lodichamber.com

Linden Cherry Festival
Presented by the Linden Chamber of Commerce, this sweet celebration of the local cherry harvest comes complete with food, live entertainment, vendors and children’s activities. 
209.547.3046  | www.lindenchamber.net

Zinfest Wine Festival, Lodi
The area’s finest vintages are featured at this Lodi Lake event as well as a dozen regional restaurants, live music, cooking school, seminars, marketplace featuring arts, crafts and specialty merchandise, and the on-site wine store. 
209.367.4727  |  www.zinfest.com

June

Fishing Derby For Kids, Stockton
Young anglers fish for free while competing for prizes. 
209.953.8800   | www.sjparks.com

Jewish Food Fair, Stockton
Temple Israel hosts this celebration of Jewish culture with brunch, a bake shop, great food, music, games and tours. 
209.477.9306  | www.templeisraelstockton.com

Juneteenth, Stockton
A family event celebrating the freedom of African Americans through song, games and food. 
www.visitstockton.org

DeltaFusion, Stockton
The DeltaFusion parade and pageant uses giant puppets, masks and music, to tell the story of the people of the Delta region and their connections with the land and water. Free event.
209.946.2051  |  www. deltafusionstockton.com

July

Taste of the Delta, Stockton
The “Taste” showcases fine restaurants and wineries of the California Delta region, making for a delicious afternoon on the Delta. 
916.777.4041 www.tasteofthedelta.com

Stockton Obon Bazaar
The Stockton Buddhist Temple sponsors this annual Japanese cultural bazaar featuring music, traditional dance, tea ceremonies, karate and judo demonstrations and more.
209.466.6701 www.stocktonbuddhisttemple.org

4th of July Parade, Stockton
Come out for the Annual 4th of July Parade, a great family friendly event. 
209.938.1555 www.visitstockton.org

August

Stockton Beer Week
August 22-31, 2014  •   City wide craft beer celebration featuring locally owned breweries, bars, pubs and restaurants hosting specialty beer tastings, beer dinners and more.
209.938-1555  |  www.stocktonbeerweek.com

Stockton-Con
Experience popular culture (comics, card games, video games, cards, anime, manga, science fiction, toys, television and movies) in this annual convention and help raise funds for local charities and organizations.
www.stocktoncon.com

Filipino Barrio Fiesta,  Stockton
San Joaquin County’s leading celebration of Filipino culture includes Filipino music and entertainment, food, a health fair and more. 
www.filipinoplaza.org

Reggae on the Delta, Stockton
Caribbean rhythms such as Reggae, Soca, zouk, Ragga will rock your evening, while you enjoy Caribbean food and drinks, a limbo contest and silent auction.
209.952.7361  | www.breadfruittree.com

Stockton Pride Festival
Celebrating the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, this annual event includes great food, live music, dancing, and much more.
209.466.7572  www.stocktonpride.weebly.com

September

Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair
Celebrating the grape harvest with four days of name entertainment, wine tasting, grape murals, food and carnival. The musical headliners are sure to rock your world! 
209.369.2771  |  www.grapefestival.com

Family Day at the Park, Stockton
A full day literacy and book fair with lots of fun and educational activities for the entire community. 
209.957.7277  | www.familydayatthepark.com

Stockton Community Pow Wow
American Indians from all over the West come together for a weekend of cultural celebrations, traditional food and arts and crafts. 
www.visitstockton.org

Greek Festival, Stockton
Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church presents fine Greek cuisine and pastries to the tune of authentic Greek music and dancing, tours of the church with choir performances and plenty of games. 
209.478.7564  |  www.gosaintbasil.org

Tracy Dry Bean Festival
This San Joaquin County favorite features plenty of beans, along with arts, crafts, music and more. 
209.835.2131  | www.tracybeanfestival.com

Stockton Black Family Day
This event features gospel music, job and health fairs, children’s activities, crafts and food vendors. 
209.482.0505  | www.stocktonblackfamilyday.org

Horse Racing at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton
Featuring grandstand horse racing.
209.466.5041 www.sanjoaquinfair.com

October 

Lodi Street Faire
First Sunday in October. The fall edition of the largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction.  Over 700 vendors and exhibitors line 10 square blocks with their creations and collectibles the first Sunday in October.
209.367.7840  | www.lodichamber.com

Stockton is Magnificent, Victiry Park, Stockton
Celebrate Stockton in this annual event featuring live music, entertainment, non-profit booths, history exhibit, and a big group photo. 
209.938.1555  |  www.stocktonmagnificent.com

Manteca Pumpkin Fair
The finest in pumpkin-flavored foods, music, crafts and more. 
209. 823.6121  www.manteca.org

Stocktoberfest
Downtown Stockton celebration of the German Oktoberfest festival complete with German food, traditional & local entertainment and plenty of beer. 
209.464.5246  | www.downtownstockton.org

Dell'Osso Farms Annual Pumpkin Maze  (September - October)}
The area’s largest pumpkin maze and family farm! Kiddie land, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor train, hay rides, picnic area and food court.
209.982.0833 |  www.pumpkinmaze.com

Pioneer Farmfest, Lodi
Experience pioneer farm life with hands-on activities -- woodworking, leather tooling, hand laundry, butter making, blacksmithing, gold panning, tin punching, gardening, rope making and roping. Farm animals and antique farm equipment displayed. 
209.331.2055  | www.sanjoaquinhistory.org

Trick or Treat on the Mile, Stockton
Goblins and Ghouls flood the Mile, as businesses open their doors to trick or treating. 
209.948.MILE  www.stocktonmiraclemile.com

Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat, Stockton
Pacific's largest community service activity is designed to provide a safe environment for families to enjoy trick-or-treating, and it’s back for it’s 15th year! 
209.946.2285   | www.pacific.edu

November

Sandhill Crane Festival, Lodi
Every November nearly 8,000 Sandhill Cranes winter in Lodi.  This fest has over 60 wildlife tours going out in all directions to view this true spectacle of nature.
800.581.6150  | www.cranefestival.com

San Joaquin Potters Guild Annual Fine Arts Festival, Stockton
Ceramic show featuring over 20 local ceramic artists plus other art forms.
www.sanjoaquinpottersguild.org

Thanksgiving Run and Walk Against Hunger, Stockton
Join 4,000 runners and walkers, burn calories, have a great time on the scenic Stockton waterfront, and help raise money for holiday nutrition programs of the Emergency Food Bank. 
209.464.7369  | www.runagainsthunger.org

Trout Bout, Stockton
Youth and adult anglers compete for the largest trout in the lake. 
209.331.7400   | www.sjparks.com

Diwali Celebration, Stockton
Indian cultural event featuring lights, dancing and traditional treats. 
www.iasjc.org

San Joaquin Kennel Club Dog Show, Stockton
Dog show featuring over 3,000 of the top dogs from all over the country judged on confirmation, obedience and a rally event, all completely free to the public. 
www.sanjoaquinkc.org

Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration, Stockton
Celebrating Stockton’s Hmong culture with sporting events, all types of folkloric, colorful, traditional outfits, a variety of merchant booths, delicious traditional Hmong food, on-stage cultural performances, live bands, and music. 
209.466.0721  | www.lfcempowerment.org

December

Stockton’s "A Starlight Night" and Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Always the first Saturday of December.  Great shopping and dining awaits at shopping centers throughout Stockton. The day ends with the official tree lighting at Weber Point and then the famous Lighted Boat Parade as it makes it way into Downtown Stockton.
209.477.7653  |  www.visitstockton.org

Dell'Osso Farms Annual Holidays on the Farm (November - January)
Santa Claus & his reindeer will be staying at the farm and all kids, young and old, are invited to pick their favorite tree, make a wreath or ornament & take a magical drive through the lights!  Snow tube mountain!
209.982.0833 | www.holidaysonthefarm.com

Festival of Trees, Lodi
Even Scrooge would get in the holiday spirit by gazing at the more than 70 unique and beautifully decorated Christmas trees at this San Joaquin County Historical Museum classic. 
209.331.2055  |  www.sanjoaquinhistory.org



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