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Your Guide to the Best Annual Events in Stockton, California

Check out these annual recurring events taking place in Stockton, California!

Here are some of the largest and best annual events to mark on your calendar, from exotic cultural celebrations to diverse food fairs, put these can’t miss events on your list.

Festivals are arranged by event occurrence:

1. Stockton Restaurant Week - January

Bring a hearty appetite for 10 days of culinary excitement. Each January, during California Restaurant Month, Visit Stockton coordinates Stockton Restaurant Week, a promotion that highlights great deals on the best meals in town. Local eateries prepare special 2 and 3 course pre-fixe menus for food lovers at fantastic prices. Special events include theme nights, guest chefs, and delicious vegan/vegetarian delights. You won't want to miss it. Learn more.

2. Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration - March

Prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rat during the Stockton Chinese New Year Celebration! Held on the first Sunday in March, the annual celebration is considered to be one of the largest in San Joaquin County celebrating Chinese customs, traditions, and activities in downtown city streets. Learn more.

3. Cambodian New Year Celebration - April

This cultural event boasts a variety of traditional Cambodian practices and spiritual activities at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple. The three-day celebration is held annually in April and features an array of authentic Cambodian cuisine, unique performances, traditional dances on stage, and an abundance of local arts and crafts. Learn more.

4. San Joaquin Asparagus Festival - April

Note: The 2021 San Joaquin Asparagus Festival has been cancelled. Information on the 2022 event is TBA.

One of the most anticipated events in Stockton, California is held annually in April. The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival is recognized as the largest event celebrating the asparagus spear on the West Coast. For one full weekend, festival-goers can indulge in almost every creative type of asparagus dish, from burritos and corn dogs to ice cream and pasta. Held at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds. Learn more.

5. StocktonCon - August

StocktonCon is the largest two-day pop culture celebration in Stockton, California for fans of comic books, superhero movies, anime, and in general, all things geek! The convention held in August in both the Stockton Arena and University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. It attracts fans from around the region, many of whom will be coming to revel in the costumes and explore pop culture in an entirely unique way. Learn more.

6. Stockton Beer Week and Stockton Brew Fest - August

The Annual Stockton Brew Fest is an outdoor food and music festival, held under shade trees at the Waterloo Gun & Bocce Club. It kicks off Stockton Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of craft beer that brings beer related events to bars, pubs, and restaurants across the city. Beer lovers from around the region are invited to enjoy Stockton Brew Fest for unlimited tastings of the best local beer in the state. Nearly 100 brews from over 30 breweries are offered. The outdoor festival happens in the late afternoon and has plenty of room for breweries, games, delicious food options, and multiple musical acts. Learn more.

7. Greek Festival - September

If you’re a food connoisseur, this is the perfect festival to wrap up summer while in Stockton, California. The Annual St. Basil’s Greek Festival is held the second weekend in September and has been celebrating its customs and traditions on the Church’s grounds for nearly 6 decades! The festival highlights an array of authentic cuisine and treats made with love from recipes passed from generation to generation. Learn more.

8. Stockton Arts Week and the Collide Arts Festival - October

Stockton Arts Week is a ten-day celebration dedicated to the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Stockton, California. The celebration is held each October at various galleries, storefronts, and other venues throughout the city. You will get a chance to explore plenty of music, visual arts, performances, and art exhibits back-to-back for ten days. Don't miss the FREE finale event, the Collide Arts Festival, produced by the City of Stockton. Learn more.

9. Lighted Boat Parade - December

The Annual Lighted Boat Parade is a favorite Downtown Stockton tradition. Held on the first Saturday in December, watch as dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats parade along the scenic Historic Downtown Waterfront. Be sure to locate your favorite viewing spot, as festively decorated boats and yachts arrive promptly at 6 pm! Note: this fantastic event coincides with the City of Stockton's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Annual Holiday Stockmarket, making this a fantastic holiday combo. Learn more.

Need more recommendations throughout the year? Visit our comprehensive list of annual events in the Stockton, California region. You can also message us 7 days a week for assistance on shopping, dining, and things to do in Stockton, California.

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