Country star Granger Smith brings his music and comedic alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. to the Turlock Community Theatre. The singer of the new hit “Backroad Song” has been recording since age 19. Now 37, the Texas native has released seven studio albums. His new album “Remington,” released earlier this year, landed at No. 3 on the Billboard Country charts.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
Sunday Afternoons at CBS
The Sunday Afternoons at CBS concert series celebrates its 25th anniversary. The six-part season opens with the blues and bluegrass group Dirty Cello this Sunday. The show will be followed by a Gala Celebration Dinner. The rest of the lineup will be Clive Carroll, Oct. 30; California Zephyr, Nov. 13; Patty Castillo Davis, Jan. 22; Grace Lieberman & Friends, Feb. 12; and Genticorum, March 19.
WHEN: Show 3 p.m., gala dinner 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
WHERE: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: Single tickets $25 general, $20 seniors/students, $10 for children; series tickets $85 adults, $75 seniors/students
Wild Planet Day
Get in touch with your scientific side at the Great Valley Museum’s sixth annual Wild Planet Day. The family science festival is a fundraiser for the museum and offers hand-on activities and up-close demonstrations. The Northern California Bat Alliance is bringing live bats to the event. Planetarium star shows will be offered for $5 per person.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
WHERE: Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
TICKETS: $8 per person, $20 families up to six members, children 4 and under free
The immersive art, music and culture festival known as the Symbiosis Gathering continues at Woodward Reservoir. The event offers multiple stages of music, art installations, dance areas, workshops and more. This will be the third year the overnight camping event will unfurl at the Oakdale reservoir, bringing thousands of revelers with it.
WHEN: Box office opens 9 a.m. and closes at 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24, and closes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
WHERE: Woodward Reservoir, 14528 26 Mile Road, Oakdale
Fiddle & Bango Contest
Do not adjust your spell check. The Fiddle & Bango Contest (yes, bango) is back. The 34th annual event at Columbia State Historic Park will bring together more than 40 musicians to compete for prizes in banjo, vocal, guitar, mandolin and song categories. The name “bango” came from a misspelling when the event was started and stuck. The festivities will also include a chili cook-off.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
WHERE: Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St.
TICKETS: Free admission; chili $5
Bloomingcamp Ranch Harvest Festival
Join thousands as they celebrate the annual Harvest Festival at Bloomingcamp Ranch. The event features arts and crafts vendors and food sellers onsite. Festivities include music, kids activities, hay rides, demonstrations and more. On Sunday the event will include a Ride or Drive Out Alzheimer’s Poker Run with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25
WHERE: Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 Highway 120, Oakdale
TICKETS: Free; poker run $25 per driver
Ironstone Concours d’Elegance
Ironstone Vineyards celebrates its 20th annual Concours d’Elegance. The show features more than 300 antique and classic cars, trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats. Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars” will appear as special guest. The event raises funds for the nonprofit Ironstone Foundation and will benefit area FFA and 4-H youth agriculture programs.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
WHERE: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
TICKETS: $20 adult, $35 couple/family of four, free children 14 and under