Pull out your calendar! Here are some of the best things you need to do in Stockton, California with the whole family this May!
May flowers in bloom and this is the month to enjoy the outdoors with annual festivals and sporting events, there is an abundance of family fun in Stockton this time of the year. Get out and enjoy these great activities taking place, but don’t forget to treat Mom on May 12 for Mother’s Day! Use these Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day and find some unique ideas Mom is sure to love.
Here is our guide to the best things to do in Stockton, CA in May:
Find out what is in season as local farmers’ market associations begin to pull open their tents throughout San Joaquin County. While some markets are listed year-round, more and more, begin to open in May to align with new seasonal harvest. This blog indicates the growing season in San Joaquin Country and May is the perfect time to enjoy a bounty of harvest from apricots to blueberries and cherries to strawberries which coincide with the openings of new farmers’ markets. Here’s what markets you should visit in the coming weeks.
Pixie Woods Children’s Park will open its gates for 2019 season on May 4th! The amusement park for the young in age and the young at heart has been placing smiles on faces since 1954. Stay in tune with the little ones on a ride on the vintage carousel or take an excursion down the lagoon on the Pixie Queen Paddle Boat—there are plenty of attractions for the enjoyment of families to experience together at Pixie Woods! Save the date: Kids are admitted free of charge during the 30th annual Children and Youth Day on May 18th.
Added bonus: Buy one shaved ice from the Yum Yum House Concession Stand and get the second FREE when you use the Stockton Savings Pass—get deals directly on your smart phone!
El Concilio’s Cinco de Mayo Family Festival held on the first Sunday in May offers an opportunity to experience the Mexican culture through family-friendly activities at Weber Point Event Center. But plan to arrive early, thousands come from around the region to watch the Cinco de Mayo Parade which features amazing floats from local community organizations, event sponsors, and authentic Mexican dancers and performers. Learn more.
Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, is stepping up to the plate in hosting the top college baseball teams in the country for the sixth straight year. Cheer on college baseball teams as they compete in the CCAA Championship games between May 8-11. This is a great opportunity for families and diehard college baseball fans alike to support their favorite baseball teams as they compete for the qualifier for NCAA Division II Baseball West Regional. Click here to see which schools will be competing this year.
Take the whole family to the Ducky Derby Race benefiting Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin. At least 10,000 derby ducks will race in McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton on May 11 and the top finishing ducks will win prizes for their duck adopters! You can adopt a ducks prior to the race by clicking here. In addition to the derby race on the waterfront, the event will feature a lively array of entertainment, vendors, police youth activities, and hands-on activities for children and their parents. Learn more.
The month of May’s Full Moon is called the "Full Flower Moon" mostly due to the emerging flower blossoms during this time of the year. Join Downtown Stockton Alliance, along with many bicycle organizations, as they take the streets on May 18 for a fun and casual ride around downtown. Riders meet at Janet Leigh Plaza and then end at Cancun Restaurant for an opportunity to meet and mingle with likeminded bike enthusiasts. Learn more.
The West Coast Conference Baseball Championship held in Banner Island Ballpark takes place May 23-25. The Championship will consists of four schools competing and by the end of the match, the leading school will earn an automatic bid to proceed to the NCAA Post Season. Learn more.
Added Bonus: Got kids who love baseball or play in the little league? WCC is hosting a free kid’s clinic where children ages 6-12 years old have an opportunity to learn from college players.
Stockton is excited to be part of the second largest cycling event in the world! Prepare to take the morning off on May 14 as Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling road race, comes to downtown Stockton for the second consecutive year. Next to the Stockton Arena, on Arena Road, will serve as the start location for the men’s bicycle Stage 3 Start. The race will begin at approximately 10am---rolling road closures are expected from 10am to 10:45am, so arrive early for the best viewing spot! Learn more.
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