Next week’s official arrival of fall will be ushered in with a weekend of diverse festivals celebrating everything from Mediterranean food to the cooking of chili and the good old American harvest.
Also finishing up this weekend is the nine-day, seventh annual Modesto Architecture Festival with exhibits, tours, workshops and more. And California State University, Stanislaus, invites the community to campus for a child-geared event.
Here’s a look at what’s happening across the region today and Sunday:
49er Festival, Chili & Salsa Cook-Off – Today: Kids activities, parade, live entertainment, auctions, chili and salsa tastings, and more. Also, annual chili cook-off competition. Breakfast at 7 a.m.; festival closes at 5 p.m. Downtown Groveland. www.49erfestival.blogspot.com.
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Mesopotamian Food Festival – Today-Sunday: Mediterranean food including kebabs and shawarma, live entertainment, games for children, exhibits, folkloric dancing and more. Free. 2 to 9 p.m. today, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church, 3005 Sixth St., Ceres. (209) 541-1660.
Greek Food Festival – Today-Sunday: Greek dinner, homemade pastries, church tours, agora (marketplace), live entertainment. Noon to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $14 pre-sale, $17 at the door; ages 12 and under $8.50. (209) 522-7694.
Hughson Harvest Festival – Today-Sunday: Chili cook-off, vendors, food, arts and crafts, farmers market, carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides. There will be alumni baseball and football games, a street dance, a car show, farm equipment on display and a reptile exhibit and show. Sunday includes Walk for Love. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. www.hughsonharvestfestival.com.
Modesto Architecture Festival – Today-Sunday: Celebrating the historic and famed architecture of the city. Waking and biking tours, exhibits, workshops, speakers, video presentation and more. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Free. Modesto Architecture Festival Center, 1009 J St. www.modestoarchfest.com.
Stanfest – Sunday: The Associated Students at California State University, Stanislaus, invite the community to a campus carnival featuring games, bounce houses, face painting and other youth activities. There will be food concessions available at the event geared to ages 2-12. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Quad (center of campus) at California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. Free. (209) 667-3815.