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8 Things You Need to Do in Stockton, California this August

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We have the top things to do in Stockton, California as summer comes to a close! August is the last chance for festivals and events before the school year starts.

Summer is peaking here in Stockton, California! Bittersweet August is your last chance to revel in the simple pleasures of summer. Enjoy the city’s many outdoor and open-air activities to make the most of the warm summer days. In order by date in which they occur, here are our top 8 things to do in Stockton this August.

August Events in Stockton, California:

1. Japanese Food Festival & Obon Odori

The Japanese Food Festival & Obon Odori at the Stockton Buddhist Temple is held annually covering the first full weekend in August. This annual cultural bazaar features playful games for the kids, fun raffles prizes, intriguing taiko drumming, and of course, you cannot for the traditional Japanese food such as udon, sushi, and teriyaki chicken. Learn more.


2. Concerts in the Park

No summer in Stockton is complete without at least one or two trips to a summer concert in the park! Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a free, lively musical line up at either Swenson Park or Victory ParkSounds of Swenson Concert Series is held on the second Thursday through September, while Victory Park concerts are held every Wednesdays through August 21.


3. Movies at the Point

Bring out the popcorn on Friday, August 10! Movies at the Point will feature Despicable Me 3 under the relaxed starlite sky at Weber Point Event Center. Gather the whole family, bring a blanket, pack a picnic dinner, and don't forget the snacks! Learn more.



On Saturday, August 17, you get to eat, drink, shop, socialize, and enjoy everything Stockton has to offer! The Stockmarket at the Stockton Marina, combines Stockton's most eclectic mix of local makers, selling the city’s best by-hand, artisan goods and gourmet food, alongside talented local bands. Learn more.


5. Annual Filipino Barrio Fiesta

The not to be missed annual Stockton Filipino Barrio Fiesta will be held at the Filipino Plaza in downtown Stockton on Saturday, August 10. This fiesta commemorates the historical Stockton Filipino culture and features a wide array of cultural dances, a fashion show, martial arts demostrations, and there is plenty of authentic and traditional dishes to indulge.  Learn more.


6. Lincoln Center LIVE! Classic Car Show

Lincoln Center's annual Classic Car Show offers immeasurable, free family fun on Friday, August 17. You will see more than 200 classic, custom, and muscle cars while listening to live local talent on the main stage. While you are there, amplify your night to a bountiful selection of top-rated restaurants for tasty bites and cocktails! Learn more.


7. StocktonCon

Viewed as the Central Valley’s largest annual pop culture convention, StocktonCon will be held August 3-4 at both the Stockton Arena and University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. The two-day fan convention features an abundance of big-name comic book artists, film and television writers, along with panel discussions, and attendees come decked out in their favorite characters.  Learn more.


8. Stockton Pride Festival

For over 6 years, the San Joaquin Pride Center has been educating the community through a daylong Pride Festival. The celebration on Saturday, August 24, will feature a stage with LGBTQ musicians, spoken word artists, and other performers, alongside food vendors, a family zone, and arts & crafts. The engaging gathering at Weber Point celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equality. Learn more.



Need more recommendations throughout Stockton? You can text us 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm at (877) 778-6258 and you'll receive a live response from a member of our team. Discover something to do in Stockton every day of the year by checking out our events calendar today! Also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram - and be sure to use #VisitStockton during your visit!

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