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Columbia State Historic Park
Parrots Ferry Road & Washington Street
ColumbiaCA 95310
(209) 588-9128

Ages: 3 and up

Columbia State Historic Park — once a bustling, brawling gold rush town — sits at an elevation of 2,100 feet amongst the oaks of the Sierra Nevada foothills.  In the mid 1800's, the town of Columbia was one of the largest cities in California, attracting people from other US states as well as other countries with promises of gold.  In fact, between 1850 and the early 1900s, as much as $150 million in gold was mined in Columbia.

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Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
1201 River Road
RiponCA 95366
(209) 599-7519

Ages: 2 and up

The San Joaquin Valley is synonymous with California's finest stone fruit growers, and the small, historic town of Ripon celebrates that with its annual Almond Blossom Festival.  The festival, which takes place during the last weekend of February, is a four-day family affair and is a classic country fair type event. 

The annual spaghetti feed and the pancake breakfasts benefit the local community's charity clubs and associations; the...

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4th of July Parade & Street Festival — Turlock
W. Main Street & S. Golden State Boulevard
TurlockCA 95380
(209) 585-9508

Ages: 1 and up

Downtown Turlock hosts the annual 4th of July Parade & Street Festival on Thursday, July 4th.  The parade starts on Main Street travels through downtown Turlock to the fairgrounds.  Stay downtown for an old-fashioned street fair atmosphere, or follow the parade to the fairgrounds. Once at the fairgrounds, visitors will be delighted by the Fenders & Fireworks family-friendly car show going on all afternoon.  There will be various ... more»
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California Admission Day Parade @ Columbia State Historic Park
Parrots Ferry Road & Washington Street
ColumbiaCA 95310
(209) 588-9128

Ages: 3 and up

Columbia State Historic Park — once a bustling, brawling gold rush town — is an authentic, living mid-nineteenth century history lesson for visitors.

Celebrate the day California became a state at Columbia's California Admission Day Parade.  The Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #258, hosts the parade which will run down Main Street.  Other family-friendly events will be taking place during the day, too!

The parade is held annual...

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Dickens Faire
15th Street & I Street
ModestoCA 95354
(209) 577-5344

Ages: 0 and up

December 1
9am

Put on your holiday sweaters, some comfortable shoes, and don't forget the camera! 

Head down to the Dickens Faire at the McHenry Mansion (15th Street, between I and J Streets), which will be decked out in its Victorian-era holiday splendor.  Costumed carolers greet holiday revelers, stories of Christmases past will be shared with enraptured audiences, and children may decorate gingerbread houses, make ornaments, and cr...

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Earth Day at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
YosemiteCA 95389
(209) 372-4386

Ages: 2 and up

Celebrate Earth Day in Yosemite!  The organized activities take place during the weekend and on Earth Day, April 22.

Weekend events typically include an Earth Day Village Celebration, which details how the Park's partners are keeping Yosemite clean and preserved for generations to come.  Before and after the Celebration, park interpreters, staff, and guides lead hikes, easy strolls and even bicycle rides.  Each evening, entertainment ...

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Earth Day in the Park
Needham & Sycamore Streets
ModestoCA 95354
(209) 577-5495

Ages: 3 and up

The City of Modesto and local area sponsors invite residents to come to the annual Earth Day in the Park Festival.

"Green" education is the focus: learn how to further reduce your carbon footprint at the Earth Day event.  Take the first step at reducing emissions by biking to the park, and your bike may be locked up at the pool area free of charge.

Local companies and vendors offer information, samples, goodies and more.

Festival fo...

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Green on the Stream
1200 Tioga Drive
ModestoCA 95354

Ages: 2 and up

Join the Tuolumne River Trust in welcoming the 3rd annual Paddle to the Sea participants into Modesto, May 21, 2011 at the Tuolumne River Regional Park.  Paddle to the Sea is a month long paddle-a-thon from Yosemite National Park through the Central Valley and to the San Francisco Bay.  Green on the Stream is a festival which celebrates Paddle to the Sea and the Tuolumne River Trust's work.  All of the funds raised go to: save the ...

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Harvest Festifall @ Columbia State Historic Park
Parrots Ferry Road & Washington Street
ColumbiaCA 95310
(209) 588-9128

Ages: 3 and up

Celebrate the harvest season at Columbia State Historic Park!  This annual festival is held in early October.

Nearly fifty vendors, decked out in 1850s clothing, will have handmade items like pottery, jewelry, and furniture for sale; demonstrate skills like weaving, spinning, and face painting; and entertain visitors with music, horses and dancing.

 

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Modesto Certified Farmers Market Egg Hunt
16th Street, between H and I Streets
ModestoCA 95354
(209) 605-8536

Ages: 0 and up

The Modesto Certified Farmers Market is opening just in time for Easter this year — the market will be open on Saturdays beginning March 30, then resuming its regular Thursday & Saturday morning schedule in May.

March 30: EASTER EGG HUNT & PRIZE DRAWINGS! Register to play by 9am.

Support local farms, small neighborhood businesses and enjoy starting off the morning with a stroll down the Market's lane!  Tons of fresh vegetables, fruits...

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