This is no surprise to those who are proud to call Stockton home. Edging out Oakland, Sacramento, and New York City, Stockton offers a melting pot of intriguing cultures that stretches to the four corners of the city. Whether it is delicious food, welcoming shops, creative artists, or the numerous events celebrated in the city, resilient Stockton is home to inventive dreamers of all different backgrounds.
Below are a few examples of why the city earned this honorable distinction. It is also a sample list of how you can experience the colorful community of Stockton, California.
1. MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES
Stockton is proud to provide places that focus on the true stories of immigrants to our region.
- The Mexican cultural stories reside proudly at the Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery in Downtown Stockton. This spot provides generations of Mexican Americans a connection to the traditions of their ancestors as well as a resource for those interested in learning more.
Local tip: Don't miss the Dia de los Muertos Street Fiesta held each October.
- Inside the historic Newberry building, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Museum showcases the contributions that Filipino Americans have made to this nation, dating back to 1587. Stockton is proud to be the national home to this significant collection of historical items and stories. Additionally, the Little Manila Rising organization has led the preservation of the Little Manila Historic Site in Stockton.
- Stockton is also home to the Wat Dhammararam Cambodian Buddhist Temple, which houses over 90 colorful and larger than life jewel-encrusted statues that celebrate the life of the Cambodian Buddha. Free and open to the public during daylight hours, this display is the largest of its kind in California, featuring a spectacular 50-foot long recumbent Buddha.