Comedy superstar Kevin Hart is brings his What Now? tour to the Stockton Arena. The stand-up has sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden and venues around the world. He is also a prolific comic actor and starred in films like “The Wedding Ringer,” “Get Hard” and the new “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne Johnson, currently in theaters.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2
WHERE: Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St.
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Music at the GMC
The Music at the GMC concert series presents back-to-back shows this weekend, presented by Modesto Unplugged and ModestoView. Friday will be Americana duo Famous October, a singer-songwriter duo touring from Switzerland. Saturday brings California-based alt-country, Americana act Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29-30
WHERE: Gottschalk Music Center, 133 Burney St., Modesto
TICKETS: $15 general admission; kids 12 and under free
Blues and Bones Festival
Live music and hot barbecue come together at the annual Blues and Bones Festival. The sixth annual event will feature live music by Chris Cain, Dennis Jones Band, Mike Hammar and the Nails, Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood, John Clifton, Ben Rice Trio and more. Festivities also include a barbecue contest and barbecue for sale from vendors.
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 29, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30
WHERE: Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp
TICKETS: $15 Friday; $25 Saturday
Grapes & Hops Festival
Join the Modesto Metro Rotary for its Grapes & Hops Festival. The event will feature beer and wine tastings as well as music and appetizers in the gardens of the McHenry Mansion. The Modesto Metro Rotary service club was formed by the merger of Modesto North Rotary and Modesto East Rotary.
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 30
WHERE: McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto
TICKETS: $30 advance, $35 door
N.Y. Film Critics Series
The N.Y. Film Critics Series returns to the State Theatre with a screening of the film “Five Nights in Maine.” The film stars “Selma” star David Oyelowo and Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest as a grieving widower and his mother-in-law. The series, which previews first-run films in independent theaters, includes an on-screen Q&A session with film cast and crew.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
National Night Out
Neighbors around the city will take part in the annual National Night Out, an event encouraging crime prevention and drug awareness. Block parties, socials and more will be held in neighborhoods throughout the city. Maddux Youth Center also will sponsor a free event with guest speakers, music, entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments.
WHEN: Maddux 4-7 p.m. and citywide 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2
WHERE: César E. Chávez Park, 619 Sierra Drive, Modesto; citywide