Grapes & Hops Festival
Raise a glass to the 14th annual Grapes & Hops Festival. The annual fundraiser for the Modesto East Rotary Club will feature wine tasting, microbrews, hors d’oeuvres and music. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Modesto Film Society
The Modesto Film Society returns with its new season of classic and contemporary films at the State Theatre. The season will open this weekend with the 1942 classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Guests are encourage to dress as the characters and in period. The film group presents 22 films in its Classic and Cinema Club series this season.
National Day of the Cowboy
Saddle up for the ninth annual National Day of the American Cowboy with shooting, quick draw, ranch rodeo and other Western activities. The event organized by the Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum will celebrate the lifestyle of the American cowboy. New this year is the quick-draw challenge with the reigning world champion, Oakdale High graduate Jon Rivera, competing against Dan Qualls, a three-time world champion who is also an Oakdale High alumnus.
Prospect Theater Project Festival
Catch the final weekend of the second annual Prospect Theater Project’s Short, Ten Minute and One-Act Festival. The event showcases one play of each length, by local playwrights and directors. This year, the festival is staging the one-act play “A True Fairy Tale,” written and directed by Sean Trew; the 10-minute play “Reflections,” written and directed by Bryan Hurd; and the short play “Migrant Mother,” written by Ken White and directed by Laura Dickinson-Turner.
Battle of the Bands
The “Just Say No” Battle of the Bands will promote drug awareness while also showcasing local talent. The Elks, Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, parents and community leaders have partnered on the event. About a half dozen bands, with members ranging in age from teens to 20s, will compete, with cash prizes for the winning groups. The public is invited to attend and there also will be food and speakers.