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Guide to Flavor & Fun VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

Photo by David H. Collier

Annual Fairs & Festivals • Dining • Shopping • Arts & Entertainment • Maps • Lodging

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The Official 2020 Guide to Flavor and Fun is a publication of Visit Stockton. PO Box 2336 Stockton, CA 95201

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Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (see pg. 48) Photo By: David H. Collier (@davidhcollier)

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San Joaquin County Fairgrounds 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206


Welcome, Visitors! Welcome, Visitors!

Whether you are here on business, visiting friends or family, or just passing through, we encourage you to discover the adventures waiting for you in Stockton, California. Our city has grown from a community of rich agricultural roots to an urban destination stocked full of arts, culture, fine dining, shopping, sports, recreation, and family activities. With approximately 320,000 residents, Stockton is a microcosm of America and our diversity is our greatest asset. We are 41% Hispanic/Latino, 37% White, 21% Asian, and 12% Black. Foreign-born individuals comprise 26% of the population and 45% of households speak a language other than English. We have the oldest Sikh temple in North America and at one point had the largest Filipino population outside of the Philippines. It is an exciting time to be in Stockton. Our downtown is home to many new restaurants and businesses. Our waterfront offers amenities from exciting Stockton Kings NBA G-League Basketball to Ports Baseball. We are experiencing a renaissance in art and culture from our historic Little Manila District to our famous Haggin Museum which features key 19th and early 20th century American and European artists. We value the impact of tourism on our local and regional economy and thank you for making Stockton your destination. Be sure to stop by the Visit Stockton Office to get expert recommendations on dining, shopping, and other not-to-miss local attractions during your stay. We look forward to providing you a wide variety of positive experiences during your trip and hope you visit again in the future. Travel safely!

Mayor Michael D. Tubbs, CTA

Stockton named the 4th largest city in CA. Became a major transportation and commercial center.

Captain Charles Weber founded Stockton.






​City of Stockton officially incorporated on July 23, 1850. 300,000 people poured into CA for the California Gold Rush.

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Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce founded to promote city and attract new residents.




Since the 1940’s, there have been major commercial and residential developments in Stockton. Industrial growth has been accompanied by residential developments. Stockton supports very active and world-renowned talent including a civic theater, symphony, opera, and chorale groups. The Haggin Museum, our local museum, is rich in collections and

Average Temperatures by Season (in °F): Winter 58° Spring 74° Summer 91° Fall 78°

exhibits that tell the stories of local and California history. The museum also owns important works by late 19th and early 20th century artists and completed a $2.5 million renovation in the fall of 2017. Stockton

Population: 311,178 (2018)

has been culturally and ethnically diverse since its

Source: United States Census Bureau

beginning as a muddy-street gold-rush camp. This diverse community includes a large Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, and Filipino population. Today’s diversity is reflected in Stockton street names, architecture, and in the faces and heritage of its citizens. Throughout the year, multi-cultural festivals reflect that diversity in the microcosm that Stockton has become for the world.


Source: United States Census Bureau

We are the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast. The Port of Stockton has maintained strong trade relationships with 27 countries in 2018. Over 2,000,000 tons of American products are exported annually. Exports include: bulk steel products, dry bulk & liquid fertilizers, bulk sulfur, and bulk cement. Source: The Port of Stockton




College of the Pacific, California’s first chartered institution of higher education founded in 1851, moved to Stockton from San Jose.


Date Founded: 1849

Incorporation Date: July 23, 1850

Named for: Commodore Robert F. Stockton. Our city was the first community in California to have an English name; until then all names had been Spanish or Native American in origin. Other names: Port City, Tuleburg, Brick City, Fat City, Gas City, Mudville, Stocktown

All-America City 1999, 2004, 2015, 2017, 2018

Benjamin Holt, owner of Holt Manufacturing Co., invented the Caterpillar.

Demographics (2018) Latin/Hispanic: 42.2% Asian: 21.7% Caucasian: 43.9% African-American: 11.5% Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander: 0.8% Native American & Alaskan Native: 0.6% Two or More Races: 9.7%

Port of Stockton opened as the first inland seaport in California.



Duraflame fire log was invented in Stockton.

San Joaquin Delta College constructed.


1979 Stockton / San Joaquin

Convention and Visitors Bureau established.

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VisitStockton.org hosts the region’s largest community events calendar. Submit yours! VisitStockton.us/submit


T-shirts, mugs, postcards, books: we’re your one-stop shop for Stockton swag. Stop by the Visit Stockton office or shop online at StocktonSouvenirs.com


Experience the city’s unique offerings with Stockton Arts Week, Stockton Beer Week, Stockton Brew Fest, Feast at the Fox, and Stockton Restaurant Week.


This mobile coupon book for locals and visitors offers discounts on food and fun throughout the city. Free for business to join and free for customers to access, this economic driver benefits the community and improves the quality of life in Stockton. StocktonSavingsPass.com

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Ensure each and every visitor has the best experience possible by earning the nationallyrecognized Certified Tourism Ambassador designation! StocktonAmbassadors.com


Looking to bring a meeting, sporting event, or conference to Stockton? Let us assist you in event & lodging coordination. We also provide dining discounts, visitor resources, incentives and more!


Whether it’s a family reunion, wedding, or just a weekend with friends, we have everything you need to welcome and engage visitors: visitor guides, farm maps, dining options, and more.

Visit our downtown office!

125 Bridge Place, 2nd Fl., Downtown Stockton. We have visitor guides, souvenirs, trip planning skills and more!


Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador™ and you'll be a Stockton expert that helps make a difference in your community! Travel and tourism are big business in Stockton. Positive visitor experiences generate more visits and spending, which equals a positive economic impact that we all enjoy. Join this dynamic national certification program to ensure each and every visitor has the best experience possible. 2019 CTA Bus Tour

Enjoy the many benefits of being certified: • Increased knowledge of Stockton history, attractions, dining, and more • A nationally recognized credential and boost to your resume • Valuable customer service skills • Networking opportunities • Be the “first to know” about Stockton news/events • Exclusive events, rewards,and incentives

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Downtown Stockton is a unique gem in California’s Central Valley. It is home to annual events, sports, eclectic dining, and a waterfront that is second to none. Located at the intersection of I-5 and Highway 4, Downtown Stockton is the government headquarters for San Joaquin County and employs more than 15,000 workers. It is also home to the largest inland seaport on the West Coast, making Downtown Stockton a hub for transportation and manufacturing. As the heart of the agricultural Central Valley, Downtown Stockton influences the production and distribution of our nation’s food supply. Downtown Stockton also seamlessly blends historical and modern architecture, and is surrounded by a gorgeous waterfront and Marina. The old and new are truly in harmony in Downtown Stockton; a vibrant and rising district that has something for everyone. Downtown Stockton is dotted with several attractions and hosts hundreds of events throughout the year, making it an exciting spot for sports fans, music lovers, foodies, and families. In 2018 alone, Downtown Stockton saw a wide variety of events including Tim Allen, Roger Daultrey, the Dancing with the Stars tour, Jo Koy, the Annual Lighted Boat Parade, the free Weber Point “Movies at the Point,” and much, much more. Downtown Stockton also features a growing list of specialty shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and service centers — all within short walking distances of each other. Park your car in one of the many metered surface street parking spots using the Park Mobile App on your smart phone: us.parkmobile.com. There are also many multi-story parking garages for your convenience. Downtown Stockton is also home to the San Joaquin Regional

Take a virtual tour of Downtown Stockton! visitstockton.us/ downtownvirtualtour

Transit District’s main bus station and the Downtown Transit Center, which also hosts the local Greyhound line. If the train is more your style, the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) and Amtrak San Joaquins also both have convenient locations in Downtown Stockton. Learn more about these Downtown transportation options by turning to page 67. For more information on Downtown Stockton, please contact the Downtown Stockton Alliance by visiting downtownstockton.org or by calling 209.464.5246.


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segment of our diverse American population. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am5pm. 337 E. Weber Ave., 209.932.9037

Downtown Waterfront

DOWNTOWN STOCKTON Stockton (Banner Island) Ballpark stocktonports.com The ballpark in Downtown Stockton is home to the Stockton Ports—a minor league, Advanced A baseball team and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. This scenic ballpark sits on Downtown Stockton’s Waterfront, making baseball season a unique and lively time in Stockton. Check out the grassy “Home Run Hill” area at the ballpark—it’s a great place to bring a blanket, watch the game, and maybe even catch a home run! 404 W. Fremont St., 209.644.1900 Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre stocktonlive.com Built in 1930, the historic Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre in Downtown Stockton was one of the first Fox Theaters in the Central Valley. Today its 2,042 seats are host to year-round live theatre, musicals, concerts, family events, classic cinema, and comedy. 242 E. Main St., 209.373.1400 Children’s Museum of Stockton childrensmuseumstockton.org The Museum features handson, play-based exhibits that will enhance a child’s understanding of how the world works. It is an educational experience from the moment young visitors step through the door. Open 12 | Downtown

Wednesday through Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 402 W. Weber Ave., 209.465.4386 Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery mexicanheritagecenter.org The Mexican Heritage Center is an arts and culture mecca in the Downtown area. The center features a gallery and local art exhibits, as well as events that celebrate and engage the community in Mexican culture. An annual Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit is among its yearly events. Gallery and Coffee Shop open Monday thru Friday 7am4pm. 111 S. Sutter St. Filipino American National Historical Society Museum fanhsmuseum.com The Filipino American National Historical Society Museum is dedicated to sharing the story of Filipino American contributions to the United States. Learn about the significant impact of this Downtown Stockton

Regal Stockton City Center & IMAX regmovies.com With 16 screens (including IMAX), you’re sure to find something to watch at this movie theater! Located in Janet Leigh Plaza, and featuring king-size recliners, this cinema is complemented by plenty of nearby dining and nightlife. 222 N. El Dorado St., 844.462.7342 Stockton Arena stocktonlive.com Each year, the Stockton Arena is host to a variety of top entertainment, from Casting Crowns to the Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Various concerts, WWE shows, Disney on Ice performances, and much more come to the Stockton Arena too. Stockton Arena is also home to professional hockey and basketball! 248 W. Fremont St., 209.373.1400 Stockton Marina & Joan Darrah Promenade stocktondtmarina.com The Stockton Marina has over 1,300 linear feet of guest docks and 60 permanent berths. It is located within walking distance of the Stockton Arena, Stockton (Banner Island) Ballpark, Regal City Centre Cinemas, Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre, lots of dining, and more. Now featuring kayak and water bike rentals! See page 63 for more information on the Delta. 445 W. Weber Ave., 209.462.4200 Weber Point Events Center stocktongov.com Enjoy this star Downtown attraction’s colorful children’s play area or simply stroll the promenade and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Delta. It is located near DeCarli Waterfront Square, McLeod Lake Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Park Hours Vary. 221 N. Center St., 209.937.8119


Don’t wait for your next visit, start exploring Stockton right now!


125 Bridge Pl., 2nd Fl. in Downtown Stockton 877.778.6258 • visitstockton.org VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

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Communities in and around Stockton have rich histories and culturally diverse populations that have flourished throughout the years. As a result, our annual fairs and festivals are never lacking—you’re bound to find something that you’ll enjoy! Read on for a list of San Joaquin County annual events by month. Be sure to look at all months as some events happen over multiple months, but are listed only during the month they begin.



Stockton Restaurant Week

Delicato Vineyards Annual Arts Show

Jan. 17-26, 2020 and Jan. 15-24, 2021

Foodies rejoice! Discover new restaurants and visit long-time favorites during this annual event highlighting the best of local Stockton cuisine. Fixedprice specialty menus are available at locations all over the city! Stockton Restaurant Week is held in January as part of California Restaurant Month. 209.938.1555, stocktonrestaurantweek.com Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival Jan. 12, 19 & 31

Three-concert classical music festival in Stockton celebrating the best talent in the area. 209.477.0259, zlcstockton.org StocktonCon Winter Jan. 19

Pop-culture is abundant at this Comic-Con style event in Stockton! Experience popular culture in its various forms: comics, card games, video games, anime, manga, science fiction, toys, television, and movies. stocktoncon.com


Hundreds of pieces from the area and beyond are highlighted during this annual event. 209.824.3500, dfvtastingroom.com

art exhibition in the country takes place here in Stockton! Features the unique works of student artists from the public and private schools of San Joaquin County with awards given to winners in grades K to 12. 209.940.6300, hagginmuseum.org

Wine and Chocolate Weekend


Feb. 1-21, Manteca

Feb. 8-9, Lodi

Lodi Wine Country’s finest wines are paired with decadent chocolate concoctions, making for a delicious, and possibly romantic, experience! 209.367.4727, lodiwineandchocolate.com Almond Blossom Festival Feb. 20-23, Ripon

Always the last weekend of February and the first food festival of the season, this festival features a carnival, fun run, and well-known community parade. 209.599.7519, riponchamber.org 89th Annual McKee Student Art Contest & Exhibition Feb. 20-Mar. 29

Chinese New Year Celebration Mar. 1

This free festival includes an outdoor parade with live performances and marching bands in Downtown Stockton. Also features an indoor festival with food and vendors. stocktoncnyc.org Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament Mar. 7

2,500lbs of Rainbow Trout are stocked for this annual tournament at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. 209.953.8800, sjparks.com Continues on next page


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Asparagus Festival

Feast at the Fox

Jewish Food Fair


Earth Day Festival

Linden Cherry Festival

Stockton Sikh Temple Parade This annual parade begins and ends at the nation’s oldest Sikh temple, Stockton Gurdwara Sahib. Features music, dignitaries of the faith, free food, and martial-arts demonstrations. stocktongurdwarasahib.org

Celebrate the environment at Stockton’s Victory Park with live music, informational booths, food, and earth-friendly fun. 209.938.1555, earthdaystockton.com

This sweet celebration of the local cherry harvest comes complete with food, live entertainment, vendors, and activities. 209.547.3046, lindenchamber.net

Crossroads Street Faire Apr. 4-5, Manteca

Find fantastic gifts and more at the annual Crossroads Street Faire. Featuring live music, food, activities for the kids, lots of shopping, and more. visitmanteca.net/mcsf Lodi Wine & Food Festival

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May 16, Linden


Lodi Street Fair May 3, Lodi

The largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction. Find over 500 vendors and exhibitors in 10 square blocks with their creations and collectibles. 209.367.7840, lodichamber.com Cinco De Mayo Family Festival May 3

Catfish Derby Jun. 6

2,000lbs of catfish are stocked for this annual tournament at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. 209.953.8800, sjparks.com Jewish Food Fair Jun. 7

Enjoy wine tasting from more than 40 wineries, great food, music, and much more! 209.369.2771, grapefestival.com

Stockton’s Weber Point is the site of this celebration of Mexican-American culture featuring a family festival, music, parade, and more. 209.644.2600, elconcilio.org

Always the first Sunday in June, Temple Israel hosts this celebration of Jewish culture with brunch, a bake shop, great food, games, and tours. 209.477.9306, templeisraelstockton.com

San Joaquin Asparagus Festival

Feast At The Fox

Concerts In The Park

A Farm to Table Dining Experience on Main Street in Downtown Stockton! Featuring an extraordinary five-course menu created by local chefs using ingredients harvested from farmer’s fields in San Joaquin County or sourced within 30 minutes of Stockton. 209.938.1555, feastatthefox. com

Grab a lawn chair, bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy the 65th year of this free twelve-concert concert series at Stockton’s Victory Park! 209.938.1555, visitstockton.org

Apr. 4, Lodi

Apr. 17-19

Offering all things food and fun, the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival is a local favorite. Bring family and friends to enjoy Asparagus Alley, live entertainment, and much more! 916.370.3647, sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net Cambodian New Year Apr. 18-19

This annual free event features music, dancing, vendors selling delicious food, and the celebration of the Cambodian New Year in Stockton. 209.938.1555, visitstockton.org

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May 8, Downtown Stockton

Zinfest Wine Festival May 15-17, Lodi

Sip, swirl and savor from a selection of 200 handcrafted wines from over 40 Lodi wineries at this Lodi Lake event. 209.365.0621, zinfest.com

Wednesdays, Jun. 3 thru Aug. 19

Movies at the Point

Jun. 12, Jul. 10, Aug. 14, Sep. 11, Oct. 9

Bring snacks, lawn chairs, blankets, and the family out to Weber Point the second Friday of each month (June-October) for a FREE outdoor movie under the stars. visitstockton.us/ moviesatthepoint


Miracle Mile En Blanc Dinner Jun. 13

This outdoor dining experience features cuisine from around the world paired with great music, drinks, and guests dressed head-to-toe in white. Seating is limited. 209.623.1144, stocktonmiraclemile.com San Joaquin County Fair Jun. 18-21

The San Joaquin County Fair features live music, agricultural exhibits, rides, games, and more! 209.466.5041, sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com/fair Lincoln Center Wine Stroll Jun. 19

Sip local wines and stroll through Stockton’s local Lincoln Center shopping and dining destination. 209.477.4868, lincolncentershops.com


AUGUST Stockton Pride Festival This vibrant and growing event celebrates the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Come out to enjoy the food, festival atmosphere, and free entertainment. 209.800.1500, stocktonpride.com Stockton Buddhist Temple Japanese Food Festival & Bon Odori Aug. 1-2

The Stockton Buddhist Temple sponsors this annual Japanese cultural bazaar featuring music, traditional dance, tea ceremonies, karate, judo demonstrations, and more. 209.466.6701, stocktonbuddhisttemple.org Stockton Beer Week Aug. 7-16

This citywide craft beer celebration features locally-

owned breweries, bars, pubs, and restaurants hosting tons of events. Last year featured taptakeovers, a beer festival, a beer run, and much more! 209.938.1555, stocktonbeerweek.com Stockton Brew Fest Aug. 8

The official kick-off to Stockton Beer Week is an outdoor food, music, and beer festival. Sample the best brews from over 30 breweries, listen to local bands, and satisfy your appetite for delicious food truck grub. 209.938-1555, stocktonbrewfest.com Taste of the Delta Aug. 8

The “Taste” showcases fine restaurants and wineries of the California Delta region, making for a delicious afternoon on the Delta. 916.777.4041, tasteofthedelta.com

Downtown Stockton 4th of July Celebration Jul. 4

Come out for the 4th of July celebration in Downtown Stockton—a great familyfriendly event. 209.938.1555, visitstockton.org Lincoln Center Dueling Pianos Jul. 19

Be part of the show during this all-request, dueling pianos event on the Brickwalk at Lincoln Center. Drinks and food are plentiful and audience participation is a must! 209.477.4868, lincolncentershops.com Stockton Brew Fest

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Saint Basil’s Greek Festival

Pop-culture is abundant at this Comic-Con style event in Stockton! Experience popular culture in its various forms: comics, card games, video games, anime, manga, science fiction, toys, television, and movies. stocktoncon.com

Enjoy fine Greek cuisine and pastries to the tune of authentic Greek music and dancing, tours of the church with choir performances, and plenty of games. 209.478.7564, gosaintbasil.org

Aug. 15-16

Lincoln Center Summerfest Aug. 21

Enjoy a night of live music, great food, and kids activities at this annual Lincoln Center event. 209.477.4868, lincolncentershops.com

SEPTEMBER Stockton Community Labor Day Pow Wow All are welcome to experience this Pacific campus and community gathering where indigenous peoples of the West share their songs, dances, drums, arts, crafts, foods, and more. 209.946.2285, pacific.edu Black Family Day This event features gospel music, job and health fairs, children’s activities, crafts, and food vendors. 833.420.9233, stocktonblackfamilyday.com Stockton Jazz festival This day-long outdoor music festival at Weber Point in Downtown Stockton includes a long lineup of jazz musicians for you to dance to. 408.515.4420, smaent.com

Sep. 11-13

Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair Sep. 17-20

Celebrate the grape harvest with four days of entertainment, wine tasting, grape murals, food, and a carnival. The musical headliners are sure to rock your world! 209.369.2771, grapefestival.com Family Day at the Park Sep. 19

A full day literacy and book fair with lots of fun and educational activities for the entire community, brought to you by The Record newspaper. 209.957.7277, familydayatthepark.com Miracle Mile Car Show and Concert Sep. 26

There are many sights and sounds at this energizing event as you walk up and down The Mile. Meet car owners and make new friends as you pop in and out of shops and restaurants. Fun for all ages. 209.623.1144, stocktonmiraclemile.com

OCTOBER Dell’osso Farms Annual Pumpkin Maze Oct. 3-31, Lathrop

The area’s largest pumpkin maze and family farm! Enjoy

Stockton Community Labor Day Pow Wow

the pumpkin patch, kiddie land, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor train, hay rides, picnic area, and haunted house. 209.982.0833, pumpkinmaze.com Manteca Pumpkin Fair Oct. 3-4

The finest in pumpkin-flavored foods, music, crafts, and more. 209.823.6121, mantecapumpkinfair.org Lodi Street Faire Oct. 4

The fall edition of the largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction. Over 500 vendors and exhibitors line 10 square blocks with their creations and collectibles the first Sunday in October. 209.367.7840, lodichamber.com 20 | Fairs & Festivals


Die de los Muertos Street Festival Oct. 31

This annual festival held outside the Mexican Heritage Center in Downtown Stockton is full of vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes. Various performances along with local vendors make this growing event a must-see. 209.969.9306, mexicanheritagecenter.org Halloween on the Miracle Mile Oct. 31

Goblins and ghouls flood the Mile as businesses open their doors to trick-or-treaters 209.623.1144, stocktonmiraclemile.com

Dia De Los Muertos Street Fiesta Stockton Arts Week Oct. 9-18

A week full of arts related activities and learning opportunities hosted across the city of Stockton. This celebration highlights the vast number of working artists, arts organizations and arts venues in the city and gives people an opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy a variety of new arts experiences. 209.938.1555, stocktonartsweek.com Collide Arts Festival Oct. 17

Free and open to the public, the City of Stockton produces this arts festival as a finale to Stockton Arts Week. See demonstrations and performances, take part in hands-on workshops, eat great

food, and purchase pieces by local artisans. It is a great family event! 209.938.1555, visitstockton.us/collide Pacific Homecoming And Parent & Family Weekend Oct. 9-10

This annual celebration welcomes the public, alumni, friends and family to celebrate homecoming at California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Featuring events, classes, dinners, and more. 866.575.7229, pacific.edu Annual Main Street Day Faire Oct. 19, Ripon

This annual faire features a car show, antique faire, health fair, fire department pancake breakfast, live music, arts, crafts, and entertainment, and more. 209.599.7519, riponchamber.org

Hmong New Year Celebration

NOVEMBER Fine Arts Festival Sponsored by the San Joaquin Potters Guild. This multi-art and ceramic show features over 40 local artists, plus other art forms. sanjoaquinpottersguild.org Diwali Celebration Indian cultural event featuring lights, dancing, and traditional treats. iasjc.org Sandhill Crane Festival Nov. 6-8, Lodi

Headquartered at Hutchins Street Square, this fest has over 60 wildlife tours going out in all directions. The near 8,000 Sandhill Cranes that migrate to Lodi during the winter are a true spectacle of nature. 800.581.6150, cranefestival.com Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration Nov. 16-17

Collide Arts Festival VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

Celebrating Stockton’s Hmong culture with sporting events, merchant booths, delicious traditional food, cultural performances, live bands, and music. 209.466.0721, lfcempowerment.org Fairs & Festivals | 21

- STOCKED FULL OF CHEER Your guide to the best holiday family fun in Stockton! visitstockton.us/holiday

Festive things to do in Stockton during December. visitstockton.us/december

San Joaquin Kennel Club Dog Show Nov. 29-30

Featuring over 3,000 of the top dogs from all over the country judged on confirmation, obedience and,a rally event, all completely free to the public. sanjoaquinkc.org Thanksgiving Run and Walk Against Hunger Trout Bout Nov. 21

Youth and adult anglers compete to catch the largest trout in Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. 209.953.8800, sjparks.com Hospice of San Joaquin Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 24

A community lighting ceremony full of live singing and holiday entertainment. All are welcomed to buy and dedicate a light to memorialize a loved one no longer with us and to support the Hospice of San Joaquin’s programs. 209.957.3888, hospicesj.org

DECEMBER City Of Stockton Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Annual Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 5, Downtown Stockton

Always the first Saturday of December, spectators are treated to an official tree lighting in Downtown Stockton’s Weber Point followed by the famous Lighted Boat Parade. 209.938.1555, visitstockton.org Holiday Stockmarket

Dec. 5, Downtown Stockton

An outdoor curated marketplace featuring the Central Valley’s best makers,

vintage, music, and street food. Shop, sip & snack, and socialize! 209.610.0482, stockmarketca.com Festival Of Trees Dec. 5-6

Gaze at more than 70 unique, beautifully decorated Christmas trees at this San Joaquin County Historical Museum classic featuring craft making, entertainment, food, photos with Santa, and more! 209.331.2055, sanjoaquinhistory.org Dell’osso Farms Annual Holidays On The Farm Dec. 12 – Jan. 2, Lathrop

Santa Claus and his reindeer will be staying at the farm and kids of all ages are invited to pick their favorite tree, tube through the snow, and take a magical drive through the lights! And don’t forget about snow-tube mountain! 209.982.0833, holidaysonthefarm.com

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thanksgiving Run and Walk Against Hunger Nov. 26

Join 4,000 runners and walkers, burn calories, have a great time on the scenic Stockton Waterfront, and help raise money for holiday nutrition programs for the Emergency Food Bank. 209.464.7369, runagainsthunger.org Miracle Mile Holiday Sip & Shop Nov. 28

This wine-stroll and shopping event kicks off the holiday season at the Miracle Mile. Meet Santa, get some great deals, drink local wine, and watch the tree lighting. 209.623.1144, stocktonmiraclemile.com

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Something Old and Something New Friday, March 6 at 7:00 pm Sunday, March 8 at 3:30 pm

This is My Country Friday, May 8 at 7:00 pm Saturday, May 9 at 3:30 pm

Visit us online for information about our 2020-2021 concert season. www.stocktonchorale.org • office@stocktonchorale.org • 209-951-6494 • P.O. Box 7711, Stocton, CA 95267


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Drinks, dancing, and live music are just a few things one can find on a night out in Stockton. Whether it is drinks with friends, date night, or a desire to hear some of the best bands around, the following venues are some of the best places to check out. Call ahead for information on drink specials and performances.

AVE ON THE MILE AVE is a chic, upscale lounge, setting the new tradition in nightlife and evening entertainment. Sip delicious cocktails while enjoying appetizers, salads, and dinners. Stay and enjoy Latin Night, or dance the night away with a local DJ. 209.462.5283, 2333 Pacific Ave



Stockton's very own saloon bar/grill serves up the finest whisky this side of the Mississippi! Whisky Barrel features lunch, dinner, a shuffleboard court, music, and a great bar sporting a wide selection of whiskys and whiskies. Enjoy local DJs and special events throughout the year. 209.992.0232, 151 W. Alder St.

PARADISE Paradise Nightclub is Stockton's only gay bar and dance club. Many nights feature drink specials and DJs spinning tunes. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including the official Stockton Pride Festival after-party! 209.477.4724, 10114 Lower Sacramento Rd.

TAKE 5 JAZZ AT VALLEY BREW valleybrew.com

The Take 5 Jazz Club hosts an eclectic mix of musical performances from local artists you won’t want to miss. From piano soloists to horn ensembles, there’s a great range of talent to choose from throughout the week. Admission may vary by season. 209.464.2739, 157 W Adams St. 24 | Nightlife



Live Music

Stockton’s music scene is thriving, and this list of live music alternatives to

just “going out,” will help you be part of the excitement. With plenty of cool venues and a huge variety of music genres to choose from, we assure you that you’ll find a beat that fits.


facebook.com/blackwater209 Located in the Yosemite Street Village neighborhood, this small venue has an intimate vibe. 209.451.1507, 912 N. Yosemite St.

castirontradingco.com Local singer/songwriters love the pub menu that often features unique vegan and vegetarian options. 209.227.8585, 114 N San Joaquin St.


Pizza, live music, a pool table, and arcade games in Downtown Stockton— need we say more? 209.910.9477, 19 N. California St.


stocktonlive.com From big-name musicians to ridiculously fun tribute bands, this venue hosts them all. 209.373.1400, 242 E Main St.


garlicbrothersonline.com Colorful lights surround the stage at this waterfront restaurant that has epic sunset views. 209.474.6585, 6629 Embarcadero Dr.

TAPS BARREL HOUSE & WHIRLOWS MILE WINE COMPANY milewinecompany.com The stage sits in the middle of the room so there are no bad seats at this wine bar/ restaurant. 209.465.9463, 2113 Pacific Ave.

whirlows.com Grab a beer and stay for the music at this combo restaurant/tap house on the Miracle Mile! 209.466.3683, 1924 Pacific Ave.

Find information on these live music venues and more on our website!


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Love food AND great deals? This page features restaurants across the city who offer discounts on our free mobile coupon book—the Stockton Savings Pass. Sign up for free at StocktonSavingsPass.com and start exploring today!

OUR STOCKTON SAVINGS PASS RESTAURANTS: America Waffles 1540 E. March Ln., Ste. B5 209.951.1175 Ave on the Mile aveonthemile.com 2333 Pacific Ave., 209.462.5283 Cast Iron Trading Co. 114 N. San Joaquin St., 209.227.8585 Chuck’s Hamburgers chuckshamburgers.com 5939 Pacific Ave., 209.473.9977 The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., 209.952.1111 El Frutal el-frutal.top-cafes.com 1101 E March Ln, 209.476.1285 Elkhorn Grill elkhornbanquet.com 1050 Elkhorn Dr., 209.477.2200 Empresso Coffeehouse empressocoffeehouse.com 1231 W. March Ln, 209.851.3903 22 N. San Joaquin St, 209.851.8285 222 N. El Dorado Street, 209.451.0788 Fat City Brew & BBQ fatcitybrewbbq.com 1740 Pacific Ave., 209.323.4920

Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant finnpub.com 6002 Pacific Ave., 209.951.4782

Squeeze Burger squeezeburger.com 856 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., 209.473.2222

Go Falafel go-falafel.business.site 236 W Alpine Ave., 209.546.7555

Subway Participating locations: stocktonsavingspass.com

In Season Market & Nursery inseason.store 215 E. Alpine Ave., 209.949.2499

Swagat Indian Cuisine swagatindianstockton.com 2233 Grand Canal Blvd., Ste. 205 209.478.4724

Midgley’s Public House midgleyspublichouse.com 296 Lincoln Center, 209.474.7700 Mile Wine Company milewinecompany.com 2113 Pacific Ave., 209.465.9463 Nothing Bundt Cakes nothingbundtcakes.com 128 Lincoln Center, 209.957.2253 Red Orchids Restaurant 126 E. Market St., 209.467.8140 Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard ritasofstockton.com 2829 W. March Ln., Ste. C-4, 209.222.3532 Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies robeks.com 222 N. El Dorado St., Ste. B2, 209.242.0203

Taps Barrel House Whirlows.com 1924 Pacific Ave., 209.466.3683 Thai Thai 222 N. El Dorado St., 209.464.2999 University Plaza Waterfront Hotel -Delta Bistro & Lounge


110 W. Fremont St. 209.323.3131

Whirlows Tossed & Grilled Whirlows.com 1924 Pacific Ave., 209.466.3683 Whisky Barrel Restaurant & Bar whiskybarrelstockton.com 151 W. Alder St., 209.938.9192 Yum Yum House at Pixie Woods Amusement Park pixiewoods.org 3121 Monte Diablo Ave. 209.937.7354

The following pages feature restaurants that have The Best of San Joaquin Magazine 2019 designation as well as participating Stockton Restaurant Week and Stockton Beer Week locations. VISITSTOCKTON.ORG


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Fat City Brew & BBQ Peking Restaurant pekingstockton.com 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 209.957.0617 Yen Du Restaurant yendurestaurant.com 702 Porter Ave., 209.951.3748

COFFEE Terra Coffee terracoffee.com 111 S. Sutter St., 209.643.2326

CREPERIE Midtown Creperie And Cafe midtowncreperie.com 2319 Pacific Ave., 209.941.9070


Accent Bar & Grill @ the Reserve 6301 Eight Mile Rd., 209.477.4653 The Downtowner thedowntowner.net 440 N Sutter St., 209.910.9714 Garlic Brothers garlicbrothersonline.com 6629 Embarcadero Dr. 209.474.6585 Heritage Dining & Provisions heritagediningandprovisions.com 4343 N. Ashley Ln., 209.931.0323 The Kitchen at Stonebrier thekitchenatsb.com 4780 Wes Ln., 209.932.9322 Market Tavern markettavernstk.com 236 Lincoln Center, 209.932.8001 Mile Wine Company milewinecompany.com 2113 Pacific Ave., 209.465.9463

BAKERY & SWEETS Dream Ice Cream 5052 West Ln., Ste. 4h 209.888.5450 House of Ice Cream Houseoficecream.net 947 N. El Dorado St. 209.490.6871 M & W Dutch American Bakery 4343 Pacific Ave., Ste. A6 209.473.3828 Sweetbot Cafe 5634 N. Pershing Ave. 209.457.0894 28 | Dining

Tigers Yogurt 4343 Pacific Ave., Ste. A2 209.952.6042



Genova Bakery genovabakery.com 749 N. Sierra Nevada St. 209.466.6145

Deliberation Room 19 N. California St., 209.910.9477 Valley Brewing Company valleybrew.com 157 W. Adams St., 209.464.2739

BARBEQUE The Waterloo thewaterloo.com 10447 E. Waterloo Rd. 209.931.4019

BURGERS Flip’s Burgers 2503 Waterloo Rd., 209.943.5477 Manny’s California Fresh 1612 Pacific Ave., 209.463.6415

CAMBODIAN Bayon Restaurant 2233 Grand Canal Blvd #119 209.956.5686 Cambodian Restaurant 8046 N. West Ln., Ste. 103 209.952.8030

CHINESE Dave Wong’s Restaurant davewongsrestaurant.com 2828 W. March Ln., 209.951.4152 Dynasty dynastyfamilyca.com 848 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. 209.478.1818

Blackwater Cafe 912 N. Yosemite St., 209.451.1507

Gian’s Deli giansdeli.com 2112 Pacific Ave., 209.469.0108 Podesto’s Market & Deli podestosmarket.com 104 Lincoln Center, 209.951.0234 Yosemite Meat Market yosemitemeatdeli.business.site 915 N. Yosemite St., 209.466.7357

FILIPINO Best Lumpia bestlumpiastockton.com 9305 Thornton Rd., Ste. j 209.952.8300 Papa Urb’s Grill papaurbsgrill.com 331 E. Weber Ave., 209.227.8144

FOOD TRUCKS A Moveable Feast moradaeats.com 209.642-1877 Midgley’s Public Truck midgleyspublichouse.com 209.474.7700

INDIAN Tandoori Nites thetandoorinites.com 8102 Kelley Dr., Ste. b 209.952.2200


The best Italian restaurant in the valley. Featuring a seasonal menu based on fresh, local ingredients. Happy Hour 4:00-6:00 Fashionably Early Dinners 5:00–5:30 3 Courses/$20 (209) 473-7300 3499 Brookside Road Suite A www.mezzostockton.com Hours: Lunch: 11:30 — 2:30 Tuesday — Friday Bar 4:00, Dinner 5:00 –9:00 Tuesday — Saturday


BEERS ON TAP (209) 323-4920 • 1740 N PACIFIC AVE., STOCKTON, CA 95204 • fatcitybrewbbq.com VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

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Yujin Ramen 3202 Pacific Ave., 209.395.0188

SEAFOOD Bud’s Seafood Grille budsseafood.com 314 Lincoln Center, 209.956.0270

STEAK Garlic Brothers

ITALIAN Angelina’s Spaghetti House angelinas.com 1563 E. Fremont St. 209.948.6609

Casa Flores Downtown 201 E. Weber Ave., 209.462.2272 La Palma Mexican Cuisine lapalmaonthemile.com 2301 Pacific Ave., 209.941.4179

De Vega Brothers devegabrothers.com 5757 Pacific Ave., Ste. 209.323.4339

Nena’s Mexican Restaurant nenasmexicanRestaurant.com 445 W Weber Ave. #120 209.547.0217

Devinci’s devincisdeli.com (two Locations) 4555 N. Pershing Ave. Ste. 21, 209.957.2750 7925 Thornton Rd., 209.474.1156

Octavio’s Octaviosrestaurant.com (formerly Casa Flores Marina) 3201 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. 209.451.1116

Mezzo mezzostockton.com 3499 Brookside Rd. 209.473.7300

JAPANESE Cocoro Japanese Bistro Cocorobistro.com 2105 Pacific Ave., 209.941.6053 Misaki Sushi & Bar misakisushibar.com 222 N. El Dorado St., Ste. m 209.547.1288

KOREAN Seoul Soon Dubu 2041 Pacific Ave., 209.462.8989

MEDITERRANEAN/ GREEK Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar Papapavlos.com 501 Lincoln Center, 209.477.6133

MEXICAN/LATIN El Frutal 1101 E March Ln, 209.476.1285 Casa Flores Brookside 3499 Brookside Rd. #c 209.474.2272 30 | Dining

Taqueria El Grullense 2205 Waterloo Rd., 209.943.1375 Tio Pepe’s - The Original 329 Lincoln Center, 209.957.6431

PIZZA David’s Pizza davidspizza.org 1744 W. Hammer Ln. 209.477.2677

El Rancho Inn - Steak And Lobster House 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., 209.467.1529 Prime Table primetablestk.com 357 Lincoln Center, 209.808.5999

THAI Green Papaya Restaurant 7840 N West Ln., 209.981.8733 Siamese Street Restaurant siamese-stk.com 3236 Pacific Ave., 209.466.0130 Thai Me Up 2125 Pacific Ave., 209.981.9040

VIETNAMESE Mama’s Pho & Sandwiches 8014 Lower Sacramento Rd., Ste. e, 209.473.7154 Pho Saigon Bay 5756 Pacific Ave., Ste. 14 209.477.5972 Pho Lucky 8032 N. El Dorado St. 209.472.9301

David’s Pizza - Lincoln Center davidspizzalincolncenter.com 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. 209.957.2850 Michael’s New York Style Pizza michaelspizzacafe.com 2300 W. Alpine Ave. 209.462.6668

POKE Poke Salad pokesaladus.com 1213 W. March Ln., 209.323.4027 Superfish Poké & Tea 5052 West Lane, 209.507.6329

RAMEN Tokyo Ramen 5620 N. Pershing Ave. 209.955.1988

Misaki Sushi & Bar

HOTEL DINING Hilton Stockton - Canal Street Grill And Sports Bar Stockton.hilton.com 2323 Grand Canal Blvd. 209.957.9090 University Plaza Waterfront Hotel -Delta Bistro & Lounge universityplazawaterfronthotel.com 110 W. Fremont St. 209.323.3131



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Where Should I






Is the thought of ‘too many options’ overwhelming to you? Or maybe you just like quizzes. Either way, have fun! We’ve made the tough decisions for you and selected five out of the many restaurants we love in Stockton for you to choose from. Take this quiz and pick your perfect meal!


MIMOSAS GOURMET mimosasgourmet.com 30 El Dorado St. 209.910.0156


WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET? BOB’S AT THE MARINA bobsatthemarina.com 6639 Embarcadero Dr. 209.957.3279



MARKET TAVERN markettavernstk.com 236 Lincoln Center 209.932.8001








ARROYO’S arroyoscafe.com 2381 W March Ln. 209.472.1661

NAH, I’D LIKE A TABLE TO MYSELF SHI RA SONI 3249 W Hammer Ln. 209.473.2525


Although we’ve selected five restaurants here, there are TONS more to love in Stockton. There is a world of flavors for you to choose from at every turn. For an in-depth list of restaurants, check out our website.




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Love fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts? Home-made pies? How about great drives through some of the most beautiful orchards and farmland anywhere? You’ve arrived in California’s Central Valley, also referred to as “The Greatest Garden in the World” and the “Nation’s Salad Bowl” where fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy products are produced, packaged, and shipped all over the world. Stockton and San Joaquin County have a long history of great agricultural operations. Some of our top crops include: almonds, apples, cherries, tomatoes, walnuts, and wine grapes. We are also famous for our blueberries, nectarines, and peaches! We encourage you to take a drive through our countryside and stop at the small roadside farm stands. In addition to the freshest local produce you can find, many have homemade baked goods, offer wine tasting, and even make a great lunch! Learn more at SanJoaquinFarms.com. One of our favorite farm stands is The Fruit Bowl, owned and operated by the Lucchetti Family for over 70 years. Their farm market and bake shop is open April through December and provides the best fresh and local produce, fresh pies baked from scratch, nuts, jellies, jams, local honey, and olive oils. They also grow and sell over 55 varieties of peaches throughout the year. Find them at 8767 E. Waterloo Rd., Stockton, 209.931.1196, thefruitbowl.com For an eclectic experience, head over to InSeason Market and Nursery. Open year-round, this urban farm is also a local market, coffee shop, and nursery. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, it features locally made products like soaps alongside locally sourced foods like honeys, jams, and olive oils. This urban oasis is a must-see destination thanks to the quality of services and products it offers, the variety of workshops and classes it holds, and the ever-enchanting environment it creates. 215 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, 209.949.2499, inseason.store 34 | Locally Grown


A fantastic example of a u-pick farm, experiences available throughout the county can be found at Burge Road Farms. For a few weeks every spring, the family opens their micro farm to guests and invite them to harvest delicious cherries, straight from the trees. Branches hang low enough that kids have the ability to share in the fun too! 3000 Burge Rd., Stockton 209.817.1650 or burgeroadfarm.com

Check out this video for a helpful tip to keep your cherries fresh after picking! VISITSTOCKTON.US/UPICKCHERRIES Organically and sustainably produced olive oil can be found at The Coldani Family farm under the Calivirgin label. One of the most awarded olive oil brands in the nation, Calivirgin’s infused olive oils are made by crushing in the herbs and flavors while omitting preservatives and additives. This labor intensive process is just one way the family sets themselves apart. Stop by for a tour, a tasting, and learn about what goes into bringing this valuable crop from the farm to the table. 13950 Thornton Rd., Lodi 209.210.3162


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Bruno’s Peppers - brunosmarketplace.com

Trail Coffee Roasters - trailcoffeeroasters.com


Terra Coffee - terracoffee.com

From coffee roasting to the creation of rubs and sauces, San Joaquin County has delicious options around every corner. Did you know that two well-known companies call us home? Diamond of California and Bruno Pepper Company are great examples of world-class brands succeeding at business and positively impacting our local economy.

Diamond of California - diamondnuts.com

Robs Smokin’ Rub (& BBQ Sauce) robssmokinrub.com

Get your San Joaquin County Farm Guide for an extensive list and map of the best stops in the area.




Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or just browsing for yourself, Stockton offers an abundance of great shopping. From malls and shopping centers to quaint pedestrian-friendly districts, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. You will also find no shortage of farmers’ markets, flea markets, fruit stands, and antique shops all around the city!

MALLS & SHOPPING CENTERS Lincoln Center lincolncentershops.com Lincoln Center, Stockton’s premier shopping and dining destination, is home to more than 80 unique merchants. Choose from twenty-eight amazing restaurants and eateries featuring a variety of cuisines, fashions for the entire family, gifts and collectibles, grocery and specialty stores, home interiors, jewelry, shoes and accessories, spas and salons, professional services, and an escape room all in one convenient location. Visit their website to find out about

current special events, concerts, sales, and more! Benjamin Holt Dr. & Pacific Ave., 209.477.4868 Miracle Mile stocktonmiraclemile.com The Miracle Mile is a perennial local favorite featuring shopping, dining, entertainment, and arts in a pedestrian-friendly district. With specialty shops and boutiques, outdoor cafes, bistros, coffeehouses, fine dining, and a vibrant nightlife, there’s always something for neighbors and visitors alike. Pacific Ave. between Alpine Ave. and Harding Way; and Harding Way between Lincoln and El Dorado Streets. 209.623.1144


Park West Place visitstockton.us/parkwest Stockton’s newest shopping area is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at Eight Mile Road. You’re sure to find what you need with over 55 shops, services, and eateries to choose from. Featuring: Target; Kohl’s; Lowe’s; Old Navy, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Ashley Home Furniture; Famous Footwear; Lane Bryant; Cost Plus World Market; and much more! I-5 and Eight Mile Rd. at Trinity Pkwy., 209.938.1555

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Miracle Mile Sherwood Mall sherwoodmall.com With over 70 stores and restaurants, Sherwood Mall invites you to dine with friends in The Patio Food Court or shop ‘til you drop! Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ULTA, Best Buy, Home Goods, Macaroni Grill, Starbucks and Skyzone are all at this one-stop shop, along with many more! Southeast corner of Pacific Ave. at Robinhood Dr., 209.952.6277 StoneCreek Village shopstonecreekvillage.com Stonecreek Village brings together your favorite stores and restaurants in a beautiful open-air village. The refreshing water fountains and close

Lincoln Center parking make getting together with friends a delight. Shopping: J.Jill, Blackbird Boutique, Lane Bryant, and Regalo Bello. Dining: Boudin SF, BJ’s Brewhouse, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Rubio’s, Peet’s Coffee, and DeVega Brothers. Also fun, Shades of Color Paint art studio. Go online for current special events such as concerts, sales, and more! Pacific Ave. and Robinhood Dr., 209.915.0191 Weberstown Mall weberstownmall.com Over 70 stores, shops, and restaurants, including: Sears, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Barnes & Noble, Chipotle, and many more! Pacific Ave. and March Ln., 209.477.0245

Park West Place College Square visitstockton.us/collegesquare Including Hobby Lobby, Office Depot, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Empresso Coffee House, Poke Salad and more. Northeast corner of Pershing Ave. and March Ln.

ANTIQUES (top 3 on yelp)

Hubba Hubba Antiques 2026 Pacific Ave., 209.460.0339 Treasure Trove Antiques 234 W. Harding Way, 209.547.0433 Buckeye Appliance & Antiques 714 W. Fremont St., 209.464.9643

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Stockton is a city on the rise, a city of opportunity, hope and passion. Check out recommendations from the people who know it best... Chloe, 8 & Logan, 9

China Palace, and Sam’s Cafe. (Dining; pgs. 27-32)

What are your favorite places to have fun? Chloe: Swenson Park Golf Course. I like to play golf. (pg. 59)

We have many food fairs and cultural festivals. Which one stands out to you? Mom (Leanne): We all like going to the Chinese New Year Celebration in Downtown Stockton. Logan: The Asparagus Festival!! (pg. 16)


Logan: I go to Sky Zone (trampoline park), Zap Zone (laser tag), and I like bowling. (Family Fun; pgs. 50–53) Do you have any restaurants where you like to eat with your family? Logan: I like Octavio’s Mexican Restaurant,

Describe your hometown in three words: Chloe: Nice – Peaceful – Calm

Logan: Cool – Awesome – Wild

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Newlyweds, Avid Disc Golfers, Stockton Certified Tourism Ambassadors (pg. x) What is one of your favorite places to take friends and family when they visit? We highly recommend the Haggin Museum. There is so much to experience from the moment you walk in the door. (pg. 47) What is something that surprises people when you talk to them about Stockton? The most unique thing about Stockton that people don’t expect has to be the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple and the larger-than-life statues they have created. (pg. 48) Do you have any recommendations for datenight dining adventures? We recommend the Korean Street Tacos and Deviled Eggs at Mile Wine. We also

love Market Tavern and their fantastic vegan options. (Dining; pgs. 27–32) What about brunch? Cast Iron Trading Co. is our go-to brunch location and we sometimes go there after work too—the craft beer selection is top notch and their pub menu is eclectic. (pg. 27)

What does #StocktonTrue mean to you? Stocktonians are invested; they have a commitment to the community. It is an amazing place to live - a positive vibe is easy to find. We try to spread the message of unity—building the city up and sharing the love because this is our hometown.

”Stocktonians are invested; they have a commitment to the community.”


—Laura & John

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Family Man, Musician, Director of Jazz Studies at University of the Pacific What are three mustsee events/attractions in Stockton? • A Thursday night Jazz Concert at Take 5 Jazz at the Brew! (pg. 24) • Any University of the Pacific athletic event (pg. 55) • A Stockton Symphony performance. (pg. 48) If someone only had two hours in Stockton what would you recommend they do? Visit the Haggin Museum. The recent renovations are phenomenal and the gift shop is eclectic. (pg. 47) 44 | Time to Fly

”...as you attend more of these events, you realize how big our artist community is.” —Darien

What are your top recommendations on restaurants? • Market Tavern: The Kurobuta Pork Chop is AMAZING! (pg. 28)

What do you think it means to be #StocktonTrue? Supporting and Experiencing the diversity that makes Stockton unique!

• Papapavlo’s: Order The Lamb Chops (Oh baby!) (pg. 30) • Michael’s Pizza: Made the right way! (pg. 30) • Midgley’s Public House: Get an Old Fashioned! (pg. 27) 2020 OFFICIAL VISIT STOCKTON VISITORS GUIDE

Sheri, 34 & Ben 37

High School Sweethearts, Parents, Working Professionals What is your favorite part about sharing Stockton with friends/family? Born and raised in Stockton, we both have families that immigrated to this city and started a solid foundation for our growing family. The diverse culture, scenic locations, local restaurants, concerts, and sporting events provide a welcoming and fun environment to raise our children in. Discovery Martial Arts, Children’s Museum of Stockton (pg. 50), Stockton

Sailing Club (pg. 63) , and Lincoln Center Events (pg. 39) are some of our favorite family oriented locations. Where do you take people when they come for a visit? We enjoy spending time with our out of town visitors at the (Stockton) Ports (baseball) Stadium (pgs. 12 & 57),

Stockton Symphony Concerts (pg. 48), nature walks at Oak Grove Regional Park(pg. 50) , and the Haggin Museum (pg. 47). We love all that Stockton has to offer. Oh, and Empresso (pg. 27) We can’t live without that coffee shop!

other. It was easy for me to make it my home because the artistic community feels like a family.

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Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer How would you describe the art scene in Stockton? Stockton has a very rich and diverse artistic community. (Arts & Entertainment; pgs. 47–48) We are consistently hosting several events involving visual arts, fine

arts, music, and much more. Whether it’s a spoken word poetry open mic, a gallery art show, or a jazz concert on the Mile (pg. 39), we have something for everybody. And as you attend more of these events, you realize how big our artist community is and how every artist here is excited to celebrate and support each


If someone only has a day to experience Stockton, what do you recommend? I’d say grab some good grub at one of my many favorite spots along the Miracle Mile (pg. 39). And if you have the opportunity to catch a show at the Bob Hope Theatre (pg. 12) or a sports game at our Stockton Arena, Ballpark (pg. 12), or even University of the Pacific (pg. 54), you’ll have a wonderful time!

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Since the early days of Stockton’s history, the arts have played a prominent role in providing a wide variety of artistic and cultural activities. Stockton is extremely proud of the Stockton Symphony, which is one of the preeminent performing arts organizations in San Joaquin County. Following the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Stockton Symphony is the third oldest continuously performing orchestra in California. We are also fortunate to have our own Stockton Civic Theatre, which has delighted audiences for over a half a century. Our renovated historic Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre is host to world-class concerts, classic film viewings, comedy shows, and much more. The live entertainment list goes on with Stockton Chorale, Stockton Opera, San Joaquin Delta College Drama Department, University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Friends of Chamber Music, and Pacific Opera Theatre — all featuring various performances throughout the year! Stockton is also home to the Haggin Museum, which offers a unique collection of historical paintings, artifacts, and traveling exhibits; definitely a must-see for visitors! Just up the road from the Haggin, in Micke Grove Regional Park, is the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Local artwork can also be viewed at any of the various art galleries throughout Stockton, including: Mexican Heritage Center, Goodwin Gallery, University of the Pacific’s Reynolds Gallery, and San Joaquin Delta College’s LH Horton Jr. Gallery. Visit StocktonArtsWeek.com for a list of special events created by local artists and arts organizations each October. (Pg. 21)

Take a sneak peek of the Haggin Museum! visitstockton.us/ haggintour VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

GALLERIES LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College gallery.deltacollege.edu 5151 Pacific Ave., Shima 144 209.954.5507 Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific pacific.edu Open during the academic year. 1071 Mendocino Ave., 209.946.2241 Stockton Art League/ Goodwin Gallery stocktonartleague.org 1902 Pacific Ave., 209.466.6604


Filipino American National Historical Society fanhsmuseum.com The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Museum reflects the many contributions that Filipino Americans have made towards the history of our country. Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. 337 E. Weber Ave., 209.932.9037 The Haggin Museum hagginmuseum.org The Haggin Museum is an art and history museum that has been referred to by Sunset magazine as, “One of the undersung gems of California.” Its art collection features works by such noted 19th-century painters as Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, and WilliamAdolphe Bouguereau; as well


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as many other American and European artists, such as J.C. Leyendecker. The museum features an extensive local history exhibit and gift shop. Hours: Wednesday thru Friday 1:30-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm, 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1:30-9pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 1201 N. Pershing Ave., 209.940.6300 San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum sanjoaquinhistory.org This museum reveals the fascinating history of our region, from the Yokuts and Miwok to Captain Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area), to the development to modern agriculture. Hours: Summer: Wednesday thru Sunday 10am-4pm. Winter: 11am-4pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, 209.953.3460 Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dharmararam) visitstockton.org Visitors are welcome daily during daylight hours. Over 90 colorful and larger than life jewel encrusted statues celebrate the life and story of the Cambodian Buddha, including the 50 foot long recumbent Buddha. You have to see it to believe it! Admission is free, donations accepted. 3732 Carpenter Rd., (East of Highway 99/South of Mariposa Road), 209.938.1555

PERFORMING ARTS Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre stocktonlive.com Built in 1930, the historic Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre in Downtown Stockton was one of the first California Fox theaters in the Central Valley. Today its 2,042 seats are host to yearround live theatre, musicals, concerts, family events, classic cinema, and comedy. 242 E. Main St., 209.373.1400 Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific pacific.edu/music Enjoy orchestra, chamber, band, choral, and jazz performances 48 | Arts and Entertainment

along with fully staged productions by the Pacific Opera Theatre. Faye Spanos Concert Hall, 3511 Pacific Ave., 209.946.2415 Delta Center for the Arts deltacollege.edu San Joaquin Delta College presents a variety of performances in Warren Atherton Auditorium and Tillie Lewis Theatre. 5151 Pacific Ave., 209.954.5110 Friends of Chamber Music chambermusicfriends.org Friends of Chamber Music produces five high-quality chamber music concerts each year at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, performed by internationally recognized professional musicians. 209.956.2868 Kudos Children’s Theatre kudosct.com Productions created for and by kids! Fun for the whole family. Featuring multiple performances a year. 1943 W. Lucille Ave., 209.507.6996 Stockton Chorale stocktonchorale.org Stockton Chorale collaborates with Stockton Opera, Stockton Symphony, and the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and produces four concerts each year. 209.951.6494

Underwood! Various concerts, WWE shows, Disney on Ice performances, and much more come to the Stockton Arena as well. It is also home to Stockton’s very own professional Stockton Heat hockey team and Stockton Kings basketball team! 248 W. Fremont St., 209.373.1400 Stockton Civic Theatre sctlivetheatre.com For more than 60 years, the Stockton Civic Theatre has entertained audiences with world-class performances of Broadway’s favorite musicals and plays. SCT offers five shows each year, including familyfriendly and children’s theatre productions. 2312 Rose Marie Ln., 209.473.2424 Showbiz Theatre Company showbiztheatre.org Showbiz Theatre Company on the Miracle Mile is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality theatre arts education and professional entertainment to Stockton and surrounding communities. 1744 Pacific Ave., 209.938.0447

Stockton Symphony Association stocktonsymphony.org Stockton Symphony is one of the preeminent performing arts organizations in San Joaquin County and the third oldest orchestra in California. Featuring a POPS and Classics series. 4629 Quail Lakes Dr., 209.951.0196 Stockton Arena stocktonlive.com The beautiful waterfront Stockton Arena opened in 2005 and has been a tremendous addition to Downtown Stockton. Each year, the arena is host to a variety of entertainment, from Monster Trucks to Carrie 2020 OFFICIAL VISIT STOCKTON VISITORS GUIDE

V I S I T H AG G I N M U S E U M Our art collection includes breathtaking American landscapes, French Impressionism, the largest public collection of illustrator J.C. Lyendecker originals and much more. Our history exhibits include special displays, historical treasures and immersive turn-of-the-lastcentury rooms that let visitors walk through the past. Throughout the year Haggin hosts a number of changing exhibitions, highlighting both history and art. Plan your visit today−because at Haggin there’s something for everyone.

SELECT MUSEUM EVENTS 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS Experience Haggin at night with live music, panel discussions, special guests and wine. Always interesting, these special evenings are a great time for visitors to come together celebrating arts & culture. $8 • Adults 18+ $7 • Seniors 65+ $5 • Students & Youth 10-17 Free for Members, Children under 10 w/Adult, 1st Saturday of each month

Saturday & Sunday | 12 - 5 pm Wednesday - Friday | 1:30 - 5 pm 1st & 3rd Thursdays | 1:30 - 9 pm

1201 N Pershing Ave, Stockton • HAGGINMUSEUM.ORG • 209.940.6300

Family Fun


Stockton offers a variety of attractions that are sure to please the whole family. Whether you and the kids want to explore Micke Grove Zoo or you prefer the fast-paced action of the Stockton 99 Speedway, you’ll find something for everyone!


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Oak Grove Regional Park And Nature Center sjparks.com This 80-acre park is situated in a beautiful oak forest with a 10-acre stocked lake, picnic area, paddle boats in the summer, and a disc golf course. Nature Center is open on weekends and features displays on native peoples and local wildlife. 4520 W. Eight Mile Rd., 209.953.8800

Children’s Museum of Stockton childrensmuseumstockton.org The Children’s Museum features hands-on, play-based exhibits that will enhance a child’s understanding of how the world works. It is an educational experience from the moment young visitors step through the door! Open Wednesday thru Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 402 W. Weber Ave., 209.465.4386

Micke Grove Regional park And Zoo sjparks.com This 258-acre oak tree park features Micke Grove Zoo, the Japanese Garden (a favorite wedding spot), and Koi pond. Rental facilities with outdoor picnic shelters and indoor facilities are available. You will also find Fun Town Amusement Park, offering fun-filled rides, delicious treats, and party packages; the San Joaquin County Historical Museum; softball fields, a disc golf course, and playgrounds. 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, 209.331.7400 50 | Family Fun


Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park At Tower Park towerparkresort.com Located on the central California coast along the meandering byways of the California Delta, Tower Park offers something for everyone. Stay in their cabins or campsites and enjoy live music and dancing on weekends, new minigolf course, resort pool with water slide, kid’s water play toys and spa, all new children’s playground and pet playground, movies under the stars, swimming pool and hot tub, banquet and meeting facilities, and boat rentals, golf cart rentals, and more! 14900 W. Highway 12, Lodi, 209.369.1041

Oak Park Ice Arena stocktonlive.com The Oak Park Ice Arena offers public skating, skating school, and birthday party facilities. The ice surface is 85’x200’ and the arena features seating for 350 and a full-service pro-shop. 3545 Alvarado Ave., 209.937.7433

Pixie Woods Amusement Park stocktongov.com/pixiewoods Open May thru October. Head over to Stockton’s own fairyland for the “young in age and the young at heart.” Take a ride on the merry-go-round or board the Pixie Express Train traveling through Indian Territory, but be on the lookout for pirates! This beautiful park-like setting is sure to please visitors of all ages. 3121 Monte Diablo Ave., 209.937.7366

Pacific Ave Bowl pacificbowl.com Pacific Ave Bowl provides a fun, safe, and friendly bowling experience for people of all ages! 5939 Pacific Ave., 209.477.0267


Looking for a great cycling route in Stockton? Want to take the bike out for a short or long ride? Check out our list of our most popular Stockton Bike Routes: STOCKTONBIKEROUTES.COM

Watch this video to find out why you should visit the Children’s Museum of Stockton! visitstockton.us/childrensmuseumtour Family Fun | 51

FAMILY FRIENDLY ART EXPERIENCES Call ahead for details. Stockton Art Lab stocktonartlab.com 2001 Pacific Ave. 209.948.3075 CQB City cqbcity.com Looking for a unique experience? CQB City boasts “the world’s largest indoor airsoft arena” and is used as a law enforcement training center. Book them out for private parties or show up during public hours to engage with other adrenaline seeking players. 3200 E. Eight Mile Rd., 925.457.4832 The Excape Adventure theexcape.com The Excape Adventure is a hands-on puzzle game in which participants are locked in a room with other players to find clues to escape in one hour. 1019 E. March Ln., Ste. C, 209.565.4242 Limitless Escape Games limitlessescapegames.com Try something different with Limitless Escape Games. Choose a room theme and see if you can escape in less than an hour. Pull off million-dollar bank heists, solve unforgettable murder mysteries, or escape unworldly beasts. 280 Lincoln Center, 209.323.5429 The Serpentarium snakemuseum.com The two-story museum in Lodi is home to the largest display of reptiles in Northern California. Over 50 different breeds of snakes and other reptiles reside at the Serpentarium, including: bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons, mantella and horned frogs, emperor scorpions, and tarantulas. 2379 Maggio Circle, Lodi, 209.369.7737. A smaller collection resides in Stockton at 1117 W. March Ln., 209.477.5401.

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Shades of Color Paint shadesofcolor.net 5759 Pacific Ave. #B135 209.594.0198 Sky Zone skyzone.com/stockton Jump into Sky Zone, an allwalled trampoline playing court! Sky Zone features an array of fun, fit, and low-impact activities ranging from Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, and SkyRobics fitness classes to birthday parties! 5358 Pacific Ave., 209.888.0900 Stockton 99 Speedway stockton99.com The Stockton 99 Speedway is an official NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track. Race fans will enjoy these divisions: Western Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Basically 4 Cylinders, MMRA Mini Cups, and West Coast Enduro Series. 4105 N. Wilson Way, 209.466.9999 Stockton Dirt Track stocktondirttrack.com Located at the San Jaoquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California offering dirt track events such as King of the West and World of Outlaws 410 winged sprint cars, AMA Pro Racing motorcycles, IMCA modifieds, & tractor pulls. 1658 S. Airport Way, 209.466.9999 Stockton Indoor Sports Complex siscsports.com Stockton Indoor Sports Complex offers roller hockey, roller skating, indoor soccer, roller derby, volleyball, birthday parties, rink rentals, private parties, and much more! 3251 N. Ad Art Rd., 209.931.8300 University Park Discovery Trail & World Peace Rose Garden universityparkstockton.com Located on the Stockton campus of California State

Millie’s Art Korner artkorner.com 229 E. Alpine Ave. 209.939.9931​ University Stanislaus, University Park has a Discovery Trail which is comprised of a lovely onemile walk with several stops highlighting art, architecture, nature, and history. One of the stops is the University Park World Peace Rose Garden which features over 245 roses and a Peace Plaza with plaques with inspirational messages of peace from local school children. Admission is free and University Park is open sunrise to sunset. 612 E. Magnolia St., 209.473.6201 West Lane Bowl westlanebowl.com Whether you’re throwing a party, hosting an event, starting a league, or just stopping by to prove who the all-time master bowler of the universe is - they’ve got you covered. They offer happy hour specials, family packages, and have a full coffee shop, restaurant, bar and diner. 3900 West Ln., 209.466.3317 World Of Wonders Science Museum wowsciencemuseum.org The whole family can learn about energy, electricity, magnetism, optics, and more at the World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum in historic downtown Lodi, where handson exhibits stimulate discovery for all ages. 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, 209.368.0969 Zap Zone zapszone.com Go play laser-tag in a stateof-the-art two-story arena covering more than 6,200 sq. ft. of playing area. They also have an arcade, 5 party rooms, 3 jumpers, and a dining area. 1578 Hammertown Dr., 209.478.9277


pIXIE WOODS creating memories for generations

3121 Monte Diablo Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203 FOR MORE INFORMATION (209) 937-7354


Adventure awaits at the Children’s Museum of Stockton! Featuring over 40 interactive exhibits, an art studio, and more. ADMISSION:

Adults and Children 1 year and older - $6 Children under the age of 1 are FREE

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 12pm-5pm Closed Monday and Tuesday

childrensmuseumstockton.org 402 W. Weber Ave., in Downtown Stockton - 209.465.4386 VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC University of the Pacific, commonly referred to

buildings, has been used as the set of many

simply as “Pacific,” is a private university that

films throughout the years—you may have

became California’s first chartered institution

seen it in Indiana Jones, Flubber, or All The

of higher education in San Jose in 1851, later

King’s Men—and makes for a beautiful place

opening its doors in the heart of Stockton in

to tie the knot! The tall building with the

1924. Nearly 7,000 students enroll at Pacific

stained-glass windows that can be seen from

every year and become part of their historic

afar is the Robert E. Burns Tower, the location

culture. The picturesque campus, with its

of university information. A tour of Pacific is

tree-lined walkways and classic brick-faced

definitely a must!

3601 Pacific Ave., 209.946.2285, pacific.edu University of the Pacific Athletics pacifictigers.com, 209.946.2472 Home of the Pacific Tigers! Featuring NCAA baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo. Holt-Atherton Special Collections University Library, 3601 Pacific Ave. 209.946.2404 The mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide California and American history collections, as well as the university archives. The John Muir Papers is among the most notable. Pacific welcomes the general public to use its unique resources. Janet Leigh Theatre 840 Atchley Way, 209.946.2285 This on-campus movie theatre features weekly films during the school year as well as special talks and screenings. Conservatory of Music pacific.edu/music Concert Hall, 3511 Pacific Ave., 209.946.2415 With its talented students, skilled and dedicated faculty, distinguished

visitors, and a diverse range of high quality performances (130 each year), the Conservatory of Music is well worth a visit. Reynolds Gallery 1071 Mendocino Ave., 209.946.2241 The Reynolds Gallery is a premier space dedicated to the exhibition of art; located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center. The gallery hosts artists and scholars in a series of exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Take a tour of the campus! visitstockton.us/uopvirtualtour

Follow Pacific on social media, and tag them in your photos! #UOPacific | @PacificTigers @UniversityOfThePacific





Events and ticket information

go.Pacific.edu/MusicEvents 209.946.2415





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FULL OF SPORTS Stockton is home to exciting sports all year long! Cheer on the Stockton Ports, the longtime local minor league baseball team, and be a part of the action at the beautiful Stockton (Banner Island) Ballpark. The Stockton Heat, an AHL hockey team and fastgrowing local favorite, has made its home right next door to the ballpark at the Stockton Arena, which opened in 2005. The G-League Stockton Kings basketball team joined the ranks of professional teams in 2018 and also plays their games at the Stockton Arena. Be a part of the action and have fun with these teams that bring thousands of fans to Downtown Stockton each season. Catch even more exciting, fast-paced games hosted by University of the Pacific Athletics and San Joaquin Delta College Athletics. Interested in bringing your sporting event to Stockton? See page 61 for details.

Stockton Ports stocktonports.com April through September watch the Stockton Ports, a minor league, Advanced A baseball team and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, at the Stockton (Banner Island) Ballpark. This scenic ballpark sits on Downtown Stockton’s waterfront, making baseball season a unique and lively time in Stockton! Check out the grassy “Home Run Hill” area inside the ballpark—it’s a great place to bring a blanket and watch the game. You might even catch at home run ball! 404 W. Fremont St., 209.644.1900 Stockton Heat stocktonheat.com October through April you can enjoy exciting live-action ice hockey from Stockton’s very own AHL hockey team, the Stockton Heat! Affiliated with the Calgary Flames, you can catch their games at the Stockton Arena, located on the waterfront in Downtown Stockton. 248 W. Fremont St., 209.373.1500 Stockton Kings stocktonkings.com November through March there are plenty of edge-of-yourseat basketball thrills to be had at the Stockton Arena thanks to the Stockton Kings. As the newest professional sports team in Stockton, and the G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, the team brings excitement, community engagement, and a high-level of play to the city. 248 W. Fremont St., 888.KNGS.209


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Delta College Mustangs deltacollege.edu/athletics From basketball and soccer to water polo and baseball, the Delta College Mustang’s games and matches held throughout the year are sure to please any sports fan. If football is your favorite, they have that too! 5151 Pacific Ave., 209.954.5176 Pacific Tigers pacifictigers.com Join the Orange Army and cheer on all your favorite Pacific Tigers! Featuring NCAA basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, water polo, baseball, swimming, tennis, and golf. 3601 Pacific Ave., 209.946.2472


Find out how the Delta Windjammers giving back to the Stockton community, elevating the sport of disc golf, and promoting sports tourism in Stockton. visitstockton.us/sportspromo Delta Windjammers windjammers.club Stockton’s local disc golf club, the Delta Windjammers bring professional play to the city. Local disc golf courses include Oak Grove Regional Park, Micke Grove Regional Park, and Swenson Golf Course. Check out local tournaments and get some pointers from these experts. 2502 Beverly Pl.

Port City Roller Girls portcityrollergirls.net Stockton’s only all-women flat track derby team! Their high-energy, fast-paced bouts are scheduled March through November at the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex. 888.993.3729


Rental Space Available

Dining Available




# of Holes/Par

GOLF COURSES Swenson Park Golf Course stocktongolfcourses.com 6803 Alexandria Pl. 209.937.7360

A championship 18-hole course, which opened in 1952. This 72 par course combines smooth, true putting surfaces with quality shot-making, playability, and walkability. The facility also includes a 9-Hole course, driving range, two putting greens, and a practice bunker.

18/72 9/54



Brookside Country Club brooksidegolf.net 3603 Saint Andrews Dr.209.956.6200

Brookside offers a full service golf shop and an extensive member-only practice facility with a two-tiered driving range, expansive putting green, and chipping green. For golfers looking to upgrade their game, they offer private lessons and group clinics.




Ekhorn Golf Club elkhorngc.com 1050 Elkhorn Dr. 209.474.3900

Named for the Tule Elk, Elkhorn Golf Club is a club for avid golfers. This golf club has an active calendar of social events and rental space available, along with its challenging golf course and year-round tournament program. You’re sure to have a great time on and off the course.




Micke Grove Golf Links mickegrove.com 11401 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi 209.369.4410

A links style golf course with large Bent Grass greens, eight lakes, and forty-two sand bunkers to challenge players. Situated among a cluster of vineyards, Micke Grove’s layout is highlighted by the signature 5th hole: a 179 yard, par 3 carry over water.



Oakmoore Golf Course oakmooregolfcourse.com 3737 N. Wilson Way 775.772.9936

Large bunkered greens, three lakes, century old valley oaks, hundreds of mature Monterey Pines, redwoods, and ornamental trees contribute to the challenge and the beauty of this well laid-out 69-acre course. The clubhouse facility provides an opportunity to combine a meeting or social event with a day of golf.



The Reserve at Spanos Park reserveatspanospark.com 6301 W. Eight Mile Rd. 209.477.4653

With Mt. Diablo as a backdrop, it showcases the splendor of incredible sunrises and sunsets, leaving an indelible mark on visitors. The Reserve is secluded from the many distractions of everyday life, offering a refuge for golfers and some lucky wildlife.



Stockton Golf & Country Club stocktongolfcc.com 3800 W. Country Club Blvd. 209.466.4313

A prestigious private club that overlooks the San Joaquin River and the main channel of the Port of Stockton. With a long list of amenities, members enjoy all that the clubhouse offers, including the manicured greens of a championship 18-hole golf course.




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Meetings & Conferences

Our goal at Visit Stockton is









meeting or conference as easy for you as possible. We encourage you to explore the resources we have to offer. You can submit your RFP online, via mail, or fax and our group services team will

contact you immediately. An event facilities guide is available online at visitstockton.us/eventfacilities.

MEETING INCENTIVE PROGRAM Ask us how you can receive up to $5,000 towards your new Stockton meeting or conference. Call for details.


• Distribution of your RFP to hotels and available meeting sites for a quick and easy response to your specific needs • Complete information given to you on Stockton facilities, including: meeting rooms, banquet space, and exhibit space • Arrangement of site inspections and tours— upon request • Pre-convention publicity assistance, including slides, photos, and printed materials • Information on local catering • Suggestions/assistance related to speakers, tours, spouse programs, children’s activities, and group dining • Media list and publicity assistance during your meeting • Referrals to Charter transportation services within the Stockton area • Creation of welcome letter and banners • Coupons for special deals at local businesses

MATERIALS AVAILABLE • Official Visit Stockton Guide and map • Bags, pens, and other giveaways available to eligible groups.

MEETING SPACES There are a variety of meeting spaces in Stockton to meet your needs! Two examples of meetings spaces are listed below—please contact us directly with your needs so we can find the right fit for your meeting or conference.

STOCKTON ARENA The beautiful waterfront Stockton Arena opened in 2005 and has been a tremendous addition to Downtown Stockton. Besides hosting a variety of live entertainment events and being home to a hockey team, the Stockton Arena has meeting space available for meetings of any size; 6,00033,000 square foot spaces are available.

STOCKTON CIVIC MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM Opened in 1925, this historic building is located in the heart of Downtown Stockton, near the waterfront. The stately building features over 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a stage with proscenium arch, large kitchen, lobby area and smaller side rooms.

For more information, contact us at:

877.778.6258 or visitorinfo@visitstockton.org


Meeting Planner GUIDE!

If you are interested in bringing your next sporting event to Stockton, you can look forward to great service, fine facilities, and lots of great places to stay and play!

RECENT/UPCOMING EVENTS: • California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Championship • AMGEN Tour of California Cycling Event • West Coast Conference Baseball • West Coast Conference Golf Championship

Contact Tim Pasisz for more info. 209.938.1556 / tim@visitstockton.org

• 2019 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships • 2020 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championships • 2020 USTA Baton Twirling Championships


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1,000 Miles of Fun On The California Delta

Your Guide To Food & Fun On The Delta


Featuring Regional, Community and Neighborhood Parks


Zoo • Japanese Garden • Museum Rental Facilities • Disc Golf Nature Center & More


(209) 953-8800 • www.sjparks.com

Eight Mile Rd. @ I-5, Stockton

11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi

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The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that runs from Sacramento to Stockton encompasses over 1,000 miles of waterways where fishing, bird watching, and recreational water sports are amongst the favorite pastimes of locals and visitors alike. Also making its home on the Delta is the Port of Stockton, which hosts freighters from all over the world and acts as a gateway to the Central Valley and all of California. Numerous marinas, recreational parks, RV parks, restaurants, and much more can be found along the length of the Delta. There’s something for everyone! Delta Chamber& Visitors Bureau californiadelta.org The California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau is an organization of chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus, businesses, and boosters along the Delta. They are your source for maps, guides, and Delta information. 916.777.4041 Downtown Stockton Marina & Promenade stocktondtmarina.com The marina has over 1,300 linear feet of guest docks and 60 permanent berths. It is located within walking distance of the Stockton Arena, Stockton (Banner Island) Ballpark, the downtown cinemaplex, Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre, and more! 445 W. Weber Ave., 209.462.4200.


a public boat launch located at the west end of March Lane. Please call for hours of service and boat launch fees. 4911 Buckley Cove Way, 209.937.8206 Bullfrog Landing Marina Featuring a general store, snack bar, picnic facilities, bait, and tackle. 17251 Bacon Island Rd., 209.465.9610 Five Star Marina 5starmarina.net Located east of the Port of Stockton, Five Star provides inside and dry storage with valet launch service for your vessel. 345 N. Yosemite St., 209.471.0534 King Island Resort kingislandresort.com Featuring 296 in-water open and covered slips to 55’, 24hour boat launch ramp, fuel

Buckley Cove Boat Launch stocktongov.com Buckley Cove Boat Launch is VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

dock with gas and propane, general store, bait and tackle, clean restrooms and showers, laundry facility, picnic areas with tables, and more. Enjoy boating, fishing, water-skiing, wildlife viewing, and more! 11530 W. Eight Mile Rd., 209.477.5364 Ladd’s Stockton Marina Featuring a convenience store, electricity on dock, fishing tackle, boat repair, ice, vending, laundry, restrooms, showers, snack bar, and boat launch. 4911 Buckley Cove Way, 209.477.9521 Louis Park Boat Launch Louis Park Boat Launch is a public boat launch located at the west end of Monte Diablo Avenue. Please call for hours of service and boat launch fees. 3499 Monte Diablo Ave. 209.937.8206

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Available at the Visit Stockton Office and many favorite stops along the water, this guide has all the fun (and useful) details you need to make your experience on the delta memorable. Find more info online at CALIFORNIADELTA.ORG Morelli Park Boat Launch This four-lane boat launch featuring a picnic area, dry storage, and public restrooms is located in Downtown Stockton. 1025 W. Weber Ave. 209.462.4200 Paradise Point Marina paradisemarina.com This full-service marina features an extensive rental selection of houseboats, ski boats, patio boats and v-hull fishing boats, ski equipment rental packages, as well as a grocery and tackle store, and complete marina services. Call ahead for rental details and availability. 8095 Rio Blanco Rd., 209.952.1000 Riverpoint Landing Marina & Resort riverpointlanding.com You will find relaxation, adventure, and excitement with recreational boating, RV camping and other activities to make the perfect getaway. 4950 Buckley Cove Way, 209.951.4144

Tiki Lagoon Resort and Marina tikilagoon.com Tiki Lagun is a full service resort that offers pump out, laundry facilities, clean restrooms, hot showers, general store, restuarant, full hookup RV park, tent camping, fuel, propane, ice, bait and tackle, RV supplies, camping supplies, fishing and visitor info, 200 covered boat slips, and so much more! 12988 W. McDonald Rd., 209.941.8975

Turner Cut Resort turnercutresort.com Featuring easy campground access, launching, docking, gas, and a restaurant that all make

this family-owned marina a charming retreat. 12888 Neugebauer Rd., 209.465.4129 Village West Marina villagewestmarina.com In addition to direct access for boating and fishing enthusiasts, Village West Marina features over 650 covered boat berths and 50 open slips, guest and gas docks, two of the Delta’s finest restaurants (Bob’s at the Marina & Garlic Brothers), a service and detail facility, a yacht sales office, clean showers, heated and cooled restrooms, laundry facilities and a Stop & Shop Convenience Store! 6649 Embarcadero Dr. 209.951.1551 Windmill Cove Resort & Marina windmillcove.com Whether you are looking for a place to gas up, something to eat or drink, or a place to camp for a few nights, Windmill Cove has it all! Featuring a restaurant, marina, RV park, cabins, camping, and special events. 7600 Windmill Cove Rd., 209.948.6995 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Tower Park towerparkresort.com The Premier Marina on the Delta provides an exclusive getaway bringing together RV and tent camping, cabins, and lodges with boat enthusiasts alike. Be sure to check out Tower Park Grille for 2 full bars and delicious meals. In 2018 Jellystone added an 18-hole mini golf course. Go online for details on special events and holiday celebrations. 14900 W. Highway 12, Lodi 209.369.1041

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For schedules, fares and tickets,visit acerail.com or call 1-800-411-RAIL (7245).





Some restrictions apply. Amtrak policies, fares, schedules and rates are subject to change without notice. Amtrak and San Joaquins are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.


Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) flystockton.com Serviced by Allegiant Airlines: Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, and San Diego. Now featuring twice daily flights via United Airlines to/from LAX! 5000 S. Airport Way, 209.468.4700 Oakland International Airport (OAK) Approximately 65 miles west of Stockton. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) Approximately 50 miles north of Stockton on I-5. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Approximately 80 miles west of Stockton.

RENTAL CARS Avis avis.com 211 E. March Ln., 209.478.4747 Enterprise Rent A Car enterprise.com 320 N. Hunter St. 3003 Auto Center Circle 5000 S. Airport Way 855.266.9289 Hertz hertz.com 2991 Auto Center Circle 502 N. Hunter St.

San Jose International Airport (SJC) Approximately 75 miles southwest of Stockton.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION San Joaquin RTD sanjoaquinrtd.com The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) provides affordable public transit services in the Stockton Metropolitan Area. New in 2019—Van GO! is an on-demand service available throughout the county. 209.943.1111 or 1.800.469.8674 Greyhound greyhound.com Greyhound provides service to Stockton. The buses run out of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District hub in Downtown Stockton.

5000 S. Airport Way (inside Stockton Metropolitan Airport) 800.654.3131

BUSES, LIMOS, & TAXIS Xclusive limousine xclusivelimo.com 209.651.5466 Aurora Limousine auroralimousine.net 800.847.1601


Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) acerail.com ACE serves the San Joaquin, Tri-Valley, Santa Clara, and surrounding areas with passenger rail service to work, attractions and much more! 949 E. Channel St. 1.800.411.RAIL (7245) Amtrak San Joaquin amtrak.com Amtrak’s Stockton Station is located in Downtown Stockton and serves the San Joaquins line including Bakersfield, Sacramento and Oakland. 735 S. San Joaquin St., 949 E. Channel St. 1.800.USA.RAIL

Lyft lyft.com/cities/stockton-ca Storer Coachways storercoachways.com 800.621.3383 Uber uber.com/sacramento Yellow Cab stocktontaxicabs.com 209.203.0372

Delta Charter Bus deltacharterbus.com 888.241.8543


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University Plaza Waterfront Hotel universityplazawaterfronthotel.com 110 W. Fremont St., 209.944.1140



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La Quinta Inn 625.lq.com 2710 W. March Ln., 209.952.7800



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Brevia Inn breviainn.com

1625 French Camp Turnpike, 209.938.0999



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Hilton Stockton stockton.hilton.com 2323 Grand Canal Boulevard, 209.957.9090

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Best Western Plus Heritage Inn bestwesternstockton.com 111 E. March Ln., 209.474.3301


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From full-service hotels with all of the bells and whistles, to budget-friendly lodging, you will find what you are looking for in Stockton! All of our Stockton lodging properties are eager to provide you with the best experience during your Stockton visit. We hope our pillows are comfy enough to make you feel at home!

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Extended Stay America extendedstayamerica.com 2844 West March Ln., 209.472.7588


Courtyard by Marriott marriott.com/hotels/travel/sckst 3252 W. March Ln., 209.472.9700


Motel 6 - Stockton North motel6.com 6717 Plymouth Rd., 209.951.8120


American Inn (formally Days Inn) 550 W. Charter Way, 209.948.0321


Motel 6 - Charter Way West motel6.com 817 Navy Dr., 209.946.0923


Holiday Inn Express holidayinnexpress.com/sestockton 5045 Kingsley Rd., 209.946.1234


Red Roof Inn redroof.com 1707 W. Fremont St., 209.466.7777


Alhambra Motel 1565 S. El Dorado Street 209.466.5481 Budget Inn 1075 N. Wilson Way 209.466.6856 Budget Motel 1501 S. El Dorado Street 209.942.2191 Capri Motel 1140 N. Wilson Way 209.462.2663 Cosmos Hotel 343 S. San Joaquin Street 209.948.5003

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Residence Inn by Marriott marriott.com/hotels/travel/sckri 3240 W. March Ln., 209.472.9800

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Budget Inn & Suites hotelstockton.net 3473 W. Hammer Ln., 209.473.2000

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Motel 6 - March Lane motel6.com 2654 W. March Ln., 209.478.4300


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Crest Motel 639 N. Wilson Way 209.466.2431

Stockton Motor Inn 1333 E. Charter Way 209.464.9881

Executive Lodge Inn 339 S. Wilson Way 209.466.2951

Stockton Travelers Motel 631 N. Center Street 209.466.8554

Ivy Motel 9172 Thornton Road 209.475.0730

Sunset Motel 1305 S. Wilson Way 209.941.4952

Paradise Motel 1558 S. El Dorado Street 209.464.9595 Stockton City Motel 1022 S. Wilson Way 209.946.9149 2020 OFFICIAL VISIT STOCKTON VISITORS GUIDE

- $1.5 million renovation completed in 2019 - Located at Highway 99 and Arch Road - Full hot breakfast buffet daily - Free wired and wireless internet - Free parking - Refrigerators and microwaves in every room - Indoor swimming pool and spa - 24-hour Fitness Center - 24-hour Business Center - Meeting space for up to 50 persons

Let us help you reach your potential. Whether your educational goal is an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s degree, or a juris doctor, we can make your goals attainable. Humphreys University has served the Stockton & Modesto communities for over 122 years. We are a non-profit and WSCUC-accredited institution.

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Being a next-door neighbor to Lodi Wine Country, California’s leader in premium varietal wines, it only makes sense that Stockton’s wine options are growing. Below you will find information on Stockton, followed by Lodi wine related points of interest on the map opposite. Lodi is the top producer of consumer favorites like Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. A “must-see” stop is the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, where you will enjoy exhibits on wines and vines, sample from a selection of over 200 wines, and pick up a hard copy of the Lodi Wine Country map and guide. As you’re venturing throughout Lodi Wine Country, you’ll discover there are over 80 wineries to choose from and numerous festivals and special events to tantalize your wine palate. Cheers!

Gnekow (“nee-ko”) Family Winery gnekowwinery.com Take a short drive from Downtown Stockton and enjoy Gnekow Family Winery. Applying old and new world winemaking techniques, this family and their team have been creating wines that are fun and exciting for 20 years. Their tasting room and gift shop are open daily 11am-5pm. 17347 E. Gawne Rd., Collegeville, 209.463.0697 Mile Wine Co. milewinecompany.com The quintessential wine bar and restaurant, Mile Wine Company offers an exceptional selection of distinctive and eclectic fine wines from around the world, artisan cheese, charcuterie, winemaker dinners, a monthly wine club, live music, and more. Offbeat wines, craft beer, great food, and music await. 2133 Pacific Ave., 209.465.9463 Sorelle Winery sorellewinery.com Sorelle Winery was established in 2007 as a family owned and operated boutique winery focusing on Italian varietals. The historic grounds that the winery calls home include the Dodge House. The scenic grounds and friendly family owners make for the perfect place to host any event or simply enjoy a picnic and some wine. As the only winery with a Stockton address, Sorelle has quickly become a local favorite! 9599 N. Hwy 88, 209.931.4350 Wine Wizards winewizardsstockton.com This small, European style bistro and wine bar has been a favorite in Stockton for over 30 years. In addition to fine wine, they offer fresh made soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche, specialty teas and coffees, along with hand selected cheese. Weekly dinner specials are delicious and the wine selection is divine. Call ahead for hours and tasting options. 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite 3, 209.957.7711 72 | LoCa Wine







DOWNTOWN LODI To get your copy of the Lodi Wine Trail Map & Guide contact: Lodi Wine & Visitor Center Open daily 10am-5pm 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi 209.365.0621

For a full list of wineries:



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visitlodi.com Located just 12 miles north of Stockton on Highway 99 or Interstate 5, Lodi is California’s hottest new wine country with over 80 wineries. In addition to its Wine Trail, Lodi showcases a variety of attractions from the scientific (World of Wonders Science Museum) to the historic (San Joaquin County Historical Museum and the Hill House Museum) to the artistic (Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Center) to the recreational (Lodi Lake Park) to the wild (Lodi Parachute Center) to the just plain fun (a year-round schedule of festivals and events). Visitors can also head downtown where boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and wineries abound. There’s more magic to Lodi than what is in your glass!


visittuolumne.com Tuolumne County has plenty to offer, including: hiking, biking, fishing, river rafting, camping, gold panning, skiing, and sightseeing. The towns of Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Twain Harte, and Groveland have much to offer in the ways of arts, festivals, theater, shopping, and entertainment.


visitmanteca.net Just one hour from San Francisco, Sacramento, and Napa Valley, and 1.5 hours from Yosemite National Park, Manteca is the perfect location for your Northern California holiday. Enjoy a glass of wine at Delicato Vineyards, the fourth largest family-run winery in the world, or take a tour to see the beautiful downtown murals. No trip to Manteca would be complete without a stop at Bass Pro Shops; this 120,000 squarefoot store is a marvel and one of America’s most unique outdoor sporting goods stores. If adventure is more what you are looking for, stop by the Big League Dreams Sports Park or try your skills at the BMX Track. While in Manteca, be sure to check out these many special events: Kiwanis Pumpkin Festival, Crossroads Street Faire, and many more.


yosemitethisyear.com Yosemite National Park, which is 120 miles southeast of Stockton, is one of the natural wonders of the world and one of the oldest national parks in the United States. Its stunning mountain peaks and amazing waterfalls are a treasure for all to see. The park features 700 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Guided tours are available for both groups and individual travelers. 2020 OFFICIAL VISIT STOCKTON VISITORS GUIDE


touramador.com A host of activities await you in Amador County. The rolling foothills are dotted with quaint communities offering shopping, antiquing, and cultural events, answering the call of those looking for a slower-paced experience.


calgold.org Enjoy the Gold Rush communities of Jackson, Sutter Creek, Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Angels Camp, and more. Historic Old West towns offer unique shopping experiences and family fun. You’ll also find unique caverns and friendly casinos.


gocalaveras.com Home of the California Gold Rush and Celebrated Jumping Frog! Mark Twain made Northern California’s Calaveras County famous worldwide when he wrote of the “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865. The treasures of this enchanting Gold Country area in California continue to enrich the lives of all who visit Calaveras County.

18 acres of exploration and discovery in beautiful Micke Grove Regional Park 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi 95240 FOR HOURS & INFORMATION

SanJoaquinHistory.org or 209-331-2055 VISITSTOCKTON.ORG

NEIGHBORING REGIONS HOW FAR FROM STOCKTON? Manteca........................................................................14 miles Lodi......................................................................................15 miles Jackson..........................................................................46 miles Sacramento..............................................................48 miles San Francisco..........................................................83 miles Yosemite.......................................................................122 miles Monterey......................................................................146 miles Lake Tahoe..................................................................147 miles Redding..........................................................................209 miles Bakersfield..................................................................234 miles Los Angeles................................................................337 miles

Bass Pro Shops basspro.com/Manteca More than just a store, this is an experience! With tons of departments from outdoor supplies and apparel to NASCAR, a Tracker Marine Boat Center, general store and fudge shop, archery range, aquarium, and arcade and shooting gallery, you’re bound to find something to please the whole family! 1356 Bass Pro Dr., Manteca (18 Miles south of Stockton), 209.825.8400 Caswell Memorial State Park This small state park is located along the Stanislaus River near the town of Ripon. It protects one of the last remaining oak-riparian woodlands that once flourished throughout the Central Valley. Activities include camping, fishing, swimming in the river, trail hiking, and wildlife viewing. 2800 S. Austin Rd, Ripon (17.5 miles south of Stockton), 209.599.3810

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet & Ice Cream Shop ghirardelli.com The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products. Enjoy a vast variety of their goodies, along with their popular ice cream sundaes, right here in the Central Valley! 11980 S. Harlan Rd., Lathrop (11 miles south of Stockton), 209.982.9304 Holidays on the Farm at Dell’Osso Farms holidaysonthefarm.com Come see Santa Claus and visit the snow mountain, ice skating, holiday train, and more! Open December thru the beginning of January. 501 S. Manthey Rd., Lathrop (9 Miles south of Stockton), 209.982.0833 Skydive California skydivecal.com Skydive California is home to some of the top talent in the skydiving world and is a premier member of the United States Parachutist Association. You are part of the community the

minute you step in the door, whether it be as an experienced world record holder, a first time tandem student, or a spectator who just wants to check out the action! 25001 Kasson Rd., Tracy, (18 Miles south of Stockton), 209.835.7474 Pumpkin Maze at Dell’Osso Farms pumpkinmaze.com The area’s largest corn maze and family farm! Kiddie land, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor train, hay rides, picnic area, and food court. Open late September thru October. 501 S. Manthey Rd., Lathrop (9 Miles south of Stockton), 209.982.0833 Parachute Center parachutecenter.com The Parachute Center offers a full choice of training programs for the first-timer, as well as advanced training and team training for your continuing skydiving needs and activities. 23597 N. Hwy 99, Acampo (18 miles north of Stockton), 209.369.1128


Group Tour

Planning Assistance

Our central location and diversity of attractions has made Stockton a prime place to bring your group via bus tours. Groups have long found that Stockton offers great single or multiple day options to meet the need of any planner or operator. Many use Stockton as a home base and stay in one of our many fine hotels while exploring Northern California during the day. We offer many group-friendly properties, which have exceptional access and rates!

The team at Visit Stockton is happy to assist in customizing your itinerary to meet the needs

of your group. Step-on guides are available and many Stockton attractions are of little or no cost to you!

Recent groups that visited Stockton have enjoyed:

Special docent-led tours of the Haggin Museum

Gazing at the craftsmanship of the statues at the Cambodian Buddhist Temple

Cruising the waters of the San Joaquin Delta

Shopping and antiquing on the Miracle Mile

Shopping for fresh produce at farmers’ markets

Wine tasting at local wineries

... and so much more!


877.778.6258 or visitorinfo@visitstockton.org

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We have created the ideal itinerary for food lovers—and who doesn’t love food? There is plenty to choose from so please understand this is just a sampling. Everything from comfort food to fine dining, burgers to Asian cuisine are offered here in Stockton. As you walk through this city you sense the local appreciation for diverse dining. Each trip to Stockton is inevitably a foodie trip, so enjoy our guide and make the most of your stay.

DAY 1: You cannot come to Stockton without visiting Chuck’s Hamburgers, located inside Pacific Avenue Bowl. This oldfashioned diner has been a Stockton


Pro Move: First Saturday of each

month the museum offers free admission. They also have events the 1st and 3rd Thursdays for families.

institution since 1960, and was featured

Well digested and ready for more, move

on California’s Gold with Huell Houser!

up the street and enjoy dinner at Market

The portion sizes are crazy huge, big

Tavern, for a truly unique “farm-to-

enough to share, so bring a hearty

fork” dining experience. This restaurant,

appetite to enjoy the giant pancakes and

situated in Lincoln Center, is stocked

crispy French toast platters.

full of farm-fresh ingredients and boasts

Added bonus: Get 15% off your entire bill with the Stockton Savings Pass! Following breakfast, hit the lanes for some bowling fun. Bowling makes for a

wood-fired pizzas, all natural steaks, and signature craft cocktails.


Pro Move: This restaurant is bursting

at the seams with hungry people, so be prepared to wait, or book a table online.

perfect indoor activity when the weather is unpleasant, and you will burn off those delicious breakfast calories!

DAY 2: Whether you prefer exotic ingredients,

Head over to the Haggin Museum—to

fresh fruits, vegetables, or seafood, the

see as well as an extensive local history

Downtown Stockton Asian Farmers’

section. A recent $2.5 million renovation

Market is where you can find it all.

allows guests to see the phenomenal

Opened in 1979, this popular market draws

collection of 19th and 20th Century

thousands of people (and foodies alike)

American and European art collections in

from around the region, and is considered

a new light. The museum is home to the

one of California’s oldest and most

largest public display of JC Leyendecker

successful markets today. Straight from

work in the world. You would know

the farms to your table—that is how we do

him best from his Saturday Evening

things here in Stockton, California!

Post covers. Other notable pieces from Bierstadt, Bouguereau, and Renoir are also on display.



Pro Move: Visiting early is highly

recommended. Items can sell out quick!

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DAY 3:

To continue your appreciation of authentic

If you are visiting in the summer, rent a kayak

Asian flavors, a visit to Green Papaya

or water bike from the Downtown Stockton

Restaurant should be on your list. Green

Marina, located inside the historic Waterfront

Papaya Food Truck opened a Thai restaurant in

Warehouse, and then explore the beautiful

an unassuming strip mall. The food truck was

Stockton deepwater channel and Delta. The

featured on Food Network’s "Diners, Drive Ins,

office opens daily at 9am, so you should start

and Dives!" and is popular among locals.

to feel hungry after an hour session.


Pro Move: Take your food to go and enjoy a

picnic at the University Park World Peace Rose


Pro Move: Make it a morning on the water,

and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Garden. Read on for more details... Take a moment to digest your wonderful meal by immersing yourself in a sea of blooming beauty at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden. This rose garden is a showstopper from May through September, and you may see the bees at work with their cross-pollination. The garden is situated inside University Park and it truly is a fragrant site. Trust us when we say you will need the walk before your next stop—on to dessert! Now that you’ve worked up an ample appetite it’s time to chow down at one of the city’s most popular brunch spots, Midtown Creperie & Cafe on Stockton’s Miracle Mile. Request a table out on the side patio. They have turned their alleyway between buildings into a cute bistro hideaway. The mural alone is worth the wait.

There are plenty of parlors to find great-tasting ice cream across the city. Best of all, ice cream can taste good anytime of the year. Between University Park and your next destination, the closest stops include Gleason’s Ice Cream and House of Ice Cream. Both will fulfill your craving for quality and flavor.


Pro Move: Tag your Insta-worthy ice cream

photos with #visitstockton for a chance to be featured.


Take a quick detour and check out the up-andcoming Yosemite Street Village neighborhood. Delicious food, a great coffee shop, and a colorful umbrella art installation make this place Instagram worthy. 80 | Daytrip to Stockton


Pro Move: Try the beignets with gravy. It is

the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Walk off your brunch with a stroll around the Miracle Mile. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the many specialty shops and boutiques. Make a day of it and see all the locally owned and operated restaurants, galleries, and vibrant nightlife.


Pro Move: Enjoy some delicious coffee

from House of Shaw while you explore The Mile.

This itinerary is just a sample, there are other attractions and activities that can be substituted based on your preferences and time of the year. You can always call or message us seven days a week for additional recommendations on shopping, dining, and things to do in Stockton. 2020 OFFICIAL VISIT STOCKTON VISITORS GUIDE

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Download the Token Transit app to buy bus passes on your phone. Learn more at sjRTD.com

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