1 Open air
Enjoy a hands-on look at aircraft at the 12th annual Open Cockpit Day at Castle Air Museum. The museum opens aircraft for display and entry during the fund-raiser. Planes that can be boarded include B-52 and B-29 bombers. Planes with open cockpits include the A-4 and SR-71, known as "The Blackbird." All of the museum's planes are out on the grounds, with some 20 to 25 open for display. The event also includes demonstrations of the museum's new water canon, as well as helicopter rides. Food vendors on site.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater
TICKETS: $12 adults, $10 seniors and children ages 12-17, $6 children ages 6-11, free for age 5 and under and active-duty military (family rate $35 for two adults, two seniors or youth)
2 Horse show
The Mid-Valley Appaloosa Horse Show features horses from all over the West Coast. See some 50 to 70 horses in various classes. The event has been going for more than 40 years, sponsored by the Mid-Valley Appaloosa Horse Club.
WHEN: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
WHERE: Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
3 Chinese dance
The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company of San Francisco performs "Silk Cascade," a program that blends dances from southern China with contemporary ribbon dancing and an intimate suite set to the music of Gustav Mahler.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
4 Q music
Doc's Q'In Pit Stop celebrates its purchase by namesake Derek "Doc" Taylor and raises money for community mentor programs with a day of music and food. The event is headlined by The Cartel Band, a Stockton-based old-school funk group. The band has played with Betty Wright, KC and the Sunshine Band and The De Barge Family.
WHEN: 2-9 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Doc's Q'In Pit Stop, 421 Maze Blvd., Modesto
5 Car show
See the horsepower at the Central Valley Knights car show at Regal Cinemas in Modesto. Enjoy music, awards, vendors and a raffle. The event drew more than 100 cars last year in a variety of makes and models.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Regal Cinemas Stadium 10, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: $25 entry, free to public
6 Jazzy times
Area jazz promoter John Griswold comes out of brief retirement to present a new jazz series starting Saturday. First up is the CD-release party for world jazz band Native Vibe. The group's new disc, "Across the Globe," is produced by Modesto businessman Steve Sandvick, recorded in Africa, Costa Rica and Los Angeles. Native Vibe combines African rhythms with Cuban and Latin melodies. The event includes a wine tasting; dinner is optional.
WHEN: 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Saturday
WHERE: Jacob's Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: $35 show and wine tasting, $50 VIP seating show and wine tasting