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Things to do in and around Stockton in August

Stockton’s Haggin Museum is an art and local history venue. In addition to their must-see collection of original artworks by J. C. Leyendecker, check out their seasonal exhibitions and live music events. Photo courtesy of Visit Stockton.

Pacific’s move-in weekend is just around the corner, August 20-21. While we have many exciting events on campus prepared for new and returning Tigers, save some time to explore Stockton’s diverse community. Check out unusual home-made contraptions competing in the annual Bathtub Boat Race or stroll down the elegant hallways of the Haggin Museum filled with classic and contemporary art. Whether you enjoy sport events, live music or cultural festivals, there is always something exciting to do in Stockton!

If you’re looking for sports and recreation 

  • August 28: Unique, creative and bizarre water-floating contraptions will compete in the annual Bathtub Boat Race at Louis Park. 
  • Baseball: Stockton Ports are a Minor League Baseball team of the California League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They will play at the waterfront Banner Island Ballpark on August 2-7, 16-21, and 30-31.  
  • Car races and dirt trucks: Get an adrenaline kick at Stockton 99 Speedway
  • Golf: From public to private, explore Stockton’s golf courses
  • Kayaking or paddle boarding: If you’d like to explore California Delta from the water, several local businesses offer rentals. 
  • Ice skating: Oak Park Ice Arena is the Valley’s premiere ice skating rink. 
  • Exploring: Micke Grove Regional Park is the perfect place for a picnic on a lake or a leisurely stroll through a Japanese Garden. You can also visit the zoo, a mini amusement park or learn about regional history at San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. 

If you prefer arts, food and culture 

  • San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum’s featured exhibit through August 7 is “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History.” Starting on August 21, new showcase “Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers” will feature vivid photography of Northern California plantsman and naturalist John Whittlesey. 
  • Haggin Museum features photography of award-winning artist and author Jonas Kulikauskas. His exhibit “Yosemite People” brings to livethe complex and nuanced relationships between people and Yosemite National Park’s natural wonders. 
  • August 6: Stockton Soul Food Festival at Weber Point Event Center 
  • August 13-14: California Garlic Festival at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds 
  • August 13-14: StocktonCon, an annual celebration of all things pop-culture at the Stockton Arena. 
  • August 14: Bob Hope Theatre, a vintage movie palace, presents the Academy Award-winning movie “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy. 

If live entertainment is what you need 

  • On Fridays, Lincoln Center turns into a summer concert venue for their popular series Music on the Brickwalk
  • August 4: Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan duo deliver a heartfelt and humorous set of deeply engaging songs at the Haggin Museum
  • August 5: Victoria Miguel and Ana Victoria, a mother-daughter duet, perform at the iconic Bob Hope Theatre
  • August 13: The Classic Car Show and rock ‘n roll music at the Stockton Sailing Club 
  • August 18: Misner & Smith Duet’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of modern American rock and folk. They deliver a unique combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency and diverse songwriting at the Haggin Museum
  • August 27: Stockton Jazz Festival at Weber Point Event Center 

Check our local farmer’s markets and street fairs 

August 4: Main Street Market in Downtown Stockton 

August 18: Stockton Cruise Night on the Miracle Mile 



Fridays & Saturdays 



New events are always added to the Stockton event calendar. Go to the Visit Stockton website to learn more. 

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