Ready for return of Modesto Porchfest? Jumping frogs? Chocolate? Here’s where to be

Porchfest music

Porch parties will be set up throughout the La Loma, College and downtown Modesto neighborhoods for the annual Modesto Porchfest. Homeowners hosting local bands on porch, patio and driveway stages and invite the public to sit on their lawns and driveways.

WHEN: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19

WHERE: Various locations


ONLINE: www.modestoporchfest.com

Leslie Ann Larson and Mario Labrador prepare for Central West Ballet’s production of Secret Garden that will be May 18th and 19th at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, Calif. The two are pictured May 1, 2019 at Central West Ballet. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

“Secret Garden”

Central West Ballet presents “The Secret Garden,” the classic story based on a 1911 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and set in Victorian England. he story centers on Mary, a spoiled, suddenly orphaned child who moves in with her widowed uncle at his manor in England and learns of a forbidden secret garden. Finding and tending the garden transforms Mary’s life.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19

WHERE: Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $20-$55

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Columbia Diggins

Diggins Tent Town 1852 is Columbia State Historic Park’s annual living history event with 150 costumed volunteers. Visitors can experience the events and environment of an 1850s mining camp re-created in detail with period-accurate clothing, food and entertainment.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, May 16-19

WHERE: Columbia State Historic Park

TICKETS: $10, $2 ages 4 through 12, free ages 3 and under

ONLINE: www.parks.ca.gov/Columbia.

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A frog soon to compete in jumping is pictured Friday afternoon (05-20-16) at the 2016 Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, Calif. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

Jumping Frog Jubilee

The annual Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee returns this weekend with food, exhibits, entertainment, rodeo, destruction derby, livestock, arena events, vendor booths.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, May 17-19

WHERE: Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp

TICKETS: $11-$14

ONLINE: www.frogtown.org.

Micheal Mogollon, left and Alex Leo Landeros perform bike tricks during the Modesto Family Cycling Festival in Modesto, Calif., Saturday, May 12, 2018. Andy Alfaro aalfaro@modbee.com

Cycling festival

Downtown Modesto’s Family Cycling Festival & Criterium returns on Saturday, May 18, and features free children’s bike helmets, bounce houses, rock climbing, vendor booths, BMX bike demos, races and more.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18

WHERE: I Street, between 10th and 12th streets


ONLINE: www.modestoareaexpress.com.

Chocolate fest

Enjoy all things chocolate at annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival. The event includes arts and crafts, Chocolate Avenue, food, vendors and more.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18-19

WHERE: Wood Park, Highways 120 and 108, Oakdale

TICKETS: $4 advance, $5-$6 at the gate; free ages 12 and under

ONLINE: www.oakdalechamber.com

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