Pride in the Park
MoPride’s annual Pride in the Park is moving from Graceada Park to John Thurman Field this year. The LGBTQ pride event will feature live entertainment, a beer garden, kids zone and vendor booths. There will be music by local artists and drag performances, including an appearance by Delta Work from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” MoPride opened the Central Valley Pride Center in the past year in downtown Modesto.
WHEN: 1-8 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive, Modesto
TICKETS: $5 general, free kids 10 and under
“The Miss Firecracker Contest”
Center Stage Conservatory presents “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley. The Southern story spins a tale of a young woman named Carnelle Scott competing in her small Mississippi town’s annual Miss Firecracker Contest. The show is directed by Prospect Theater Project veteran David Barbaree and stars Renata Navarro as Carnelle.
WHEN: Opens 8 p.m. Friday, June 16; runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through July 2
WHERE: Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto
TICKETS: $10-$15 (June 29 Pay What You Will night)
Modesto Beer Festival
Brush up on your drinking songs because the first-ever Modesto Beer Festival is here. The event will feature home brewers from across the region. It also will have samplings from area microbreweries. The festival is sponsored by the the American Outlaws Modesto Chapter, a nonprofit club that supports the U.S. National Soccer Team. Proceeds will help sponsor soccer teams in the Modesto Youth Soccer Association and the Stanislaus Youth Soccer League.
WHEN: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto
TICKETS: $20, includes tasting cups and drinks
Modesto’s annual Juneteenth celebrations stretch across this weekend. The day, which has evolved into a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery, will kick off with a talent show Friday evening. The winners will then perform at the all-day festival Saturday, which also includes activities for children, food, bands, DJs, vendors, gospel singers, cultural performances, educational exhibits, a black business expo and community resource information.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 16, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: King-Kennedy Memorial Center at Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive
John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris
Heartland rocker John Mellencamp brings country roots singer Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash, along for his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour. Mellencamp is known for hits including “Small Town,” “Jack & Diane” and “Pink Houses.” His more recent work has taken a roots and country tinge, and he has not been afraid to get political in his music, either.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
Graffiti Summer rolls along with two events this Saturday. First, go Back to Graffiti for the 24th annual car show at the Fruit Yard. The event will include the car show, raffle prizes, music, vendors and more. Then get ready to belt it out at the “Grease” singalong screening at the State Theatre. Relive the glory with the pack from Rydell High in the 1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John classic.
WHEN: Back to Graffiti 9 a.m. and “Grease” singalong 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd; State Theatre, 1307 J St.
TICKETS: Back to Graffiti free, Grease $5