Stanislaus County Fair
The Stanislaus County Fair starts its 10-day run with a jam-packed lineup of free nightly concerts. Opening night will feature “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten. Then the rest of the week will have classic rockers Night Ranger, Mexican singer Noel Torres, soul band The Commodores, country act Parmalee, R&B legend Chaka Khan and country crooner Dwight Yoakam.
WHEN: Opens 5 p.m. Friday, July 8; runs 5 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday July 8-17 (concerts start at 8:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
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TICKETS: $12 general; $5 seniors and children 7-12; free children 6 and under (free admission until 3 p.m. Sundays)
Gallo Center Repertory Theatre and Sankofa Theatre Company are joining forces to bring the true stories of wrongly convicted death row inmates to the stage in “The Exonerated.” The play showcases the lives of six people who were convicted of murder only to be later cleared of the charges. A discussion with a former chaplain at San Quentin State Prison follows.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9
WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
Prospect World Premiere
Prospect Theatre Project returns to its exploration of new works by current playwrights with its World Premiere showcase. The summer program features an original play that has been workshopped, refined and finally performed. The production will be a new play called “The Orchard,” adapted from the work of Anton Chekhov by playwright Nick Zagone.
WHEN: Opens 8 p.m. Friday, July 8; shows 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through July 24
WHERE: Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto
TICKETS: $20 general, $10 students
Bastille Day Celebration
Downtown Modesto’s State Theatre gets its Francophile on with its Bastille Day Celebration & Mon Petit French Film Fest. The French-themed event will include the screenings of the films “Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse” (My Golden Days) and “Arnaud Fait Son 2e” (Paris, Love, Cut), live French classic music and complimentary fresh-made crepes.
WHEN: Crepes 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., films begin 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
Yosemite Music Festival
The Yosemite Music Festival, formerly called the Carter Ranch Music Festival, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Playing the two days of music and camping will be Little Fuller Band, the Americans, Green Machine, A La Lune, Tarantula and the Turtle Doves, and more. There will be children’s activities from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9
WHERE: Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa
TICKETS: Weekend passes are $40 general, $20 ages 13-17, free ages 12 and under; Saturday only $20
Mother Lode Fair
The Gold Country tradition returns. The Mother Lode Fair brings back the fun with an agricultural expo and midway rides as well as demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls. Catch live music from the California Cowboys, Cottonwood Creek, Dossi on the Rocks, Dusty Roads Band, Toree McGee, Jackson Michaelson and others.
WHEN: Noon to to midnight Friday-Saturday, July 8-9; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 10
WHERE: Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
TICKETS: $10 admission, $5 age 6-12, free age 5 and under; $20 for carnival wristband