MERCED FAIR —July 15-20. Enjoy the 117th annual Merced County Fair with headliners Rooney and Terri Clark. Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 722-1506.
X-FEST —July 19. Downtown Modesto's annual outdoor Xclamation Festival street party returns. 524-1400.
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL —July 19. The Fireside Foundation brings the California International Animation Festival back with a day of screenings, forums and more focused on animation. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 537-5221.
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STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR —July 25-Aug. 3. Annual county fair features headliners Clay Walker, Bowling for Soup, Little Big Town, the Doobie Brothers, Raven-Symoné, The Beach Boys and The Temptations, all free with admission. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. 668-1333. www.stancofair.com.
"MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS" —July 13-27. Set in the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's fair, this musical follows the four Smith daughters as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Presented by Modesto Performing Arts at Modesto High School, First and H streets. 524-5654.
"DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF" —July 18-Aug. 10. Having slept with Othello's entire encampment, Desdemona revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. 549-9341 or www.prospecttheater project.org.
MOBAND —Modesto Band of Stanislaus County. July 3, 10, 17 and 24. Graceada Park, Modesto.
LEON RUSSELL —July 18. The country and rock music icon known for his collaborations with Joe Cocker and others comes to Modesto. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS AND BUDDY GUY —July 27. Part of the Ironstone Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series. Ironstone Amphitheatre, Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. 728-1251
OFF THE AIR —July 25. Featuring Travis Vick, Silver Darling and Chris Doud. Deva Cafe, 1202 J St., Modesto. 572-3382
DOWNTOWN MODESTO THIRD THURSDAY ART WALK —July 17, Held at Chartreuse Muse, Mistlin Gallery, the State Theatre and other businesses and galleries. 529-3369.
MISTLIN GALLERY —July 21-Aug. 13, "Spicy," featuring Jeho Bitancor. 1015 J St., Modesto. 529-3369.
PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY AT THE CAMERA CENTER —July 14-Aug. 15: Guest Artist Show (Open). 13th and J streets, Modesto. 402-6092
"WEST SIDE STORY" —July 20. The Modesto Film Society brings the classic musical to the big screen. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.