Center Stage Kids
Center Stage Kids present the musical variety show “H is for Hero” on Sunday. The musical theater program was founded seven years ago by Dawn Peterson and is open to area students ages 5 to 18. The production will feature 115 students celebrating heroes – real-life and imaginary – through song, dance and stories. The locally produced and written show will feature the students performing Broadway and pop musical theater numbers.
Patterson Apricot Fiesta
Bite into the fun at the 44th annual Patterson Apricot Fiesta this weekend. The popular festival includes a parade, fireworks, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths, an apricot-pie-eating contest and more. There will also be live music and the Miss Patterson Pageant.
“Whose Line Is it Anyway?” comics Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their all-impov show to the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. The duo uses games and audience interaction to craft a new spur-of-the-moment show each night. They’ve toured together for 11 years, and can be seen on the new reboot of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” on the CW.
Diggins Tent Town
Columbia State Historic Park presents the annual Diggins Tent Town 1852. The living history event, sponsored by Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park, will have more than 160 costumed volunteers re-enact life in an 1850s mining camp. There will be period dress, food, entertainment and stories of the early miners struggling to strike it rich.
Pick and Gather Festival
Enjoy organic farming at its best at the 10th annual Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms and Merced River Fair. The festivities include organic berry- and fruit-picking, arts and crafts, river activities and three stages of live music. The event will also feature the second annual Merced River Benefit Pow Wow both days with dancing, drums, storytellers and crafts. Overnight camping on Saturday is $15. Performers include Funstrummers Ukulele Band, Victoria Boyington and the Silly String Band, the Poorhouse Millionaires and many more.
John Muir Festival
The fifth annual All Things Muir Festival will celebrate the famed naturalist and Sierra Club founder this weekend. The event, which helps raise fund for the John Muir Geotourism Center, features speakers, films, a craft fair, nature walks, live music, youth activities and more. Muir’s great-great-grandson Robert Hanna kicks off the event and will speak tonight at a fundraiser. Tickets to the fundraiser in Coulterville are $50 and the Horseshoe Bend events Saturday are $10.