6 Things To Do This Week in the Modesto region

Rapper T-Pain headlines the X-Fest lineup Saturday at the fairgrounds in Stockton.
Rapper T-Pain headlines the X-Fest lineup Saturday at the fairgrounds in Stockton. Associated Press file


Xclamation Festival, X-Fest for short, moves for the first time to Stockton. Now in its 17th year, the Central Valley outdoor music festival brings the party to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Headlining will be rappers T-Pain and Sage the Gemini as well as rock acts Suicidal Tendencies and The Expendables. The 21-and-over festival will feature more than 150 bands playing on 24 stages across the grounds.

WHEN: 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20

WHERE: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton

TICKETS: General $20 advance, $30 gate; express $30 advance, $40 gate

ONLINE: www.xfest209.com

Family Movie Night

The city of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department brings back its popular Family Movie Night program. The free community screenings start with the film “Minions” on Friday. The rest of the six-week Friday night series will show the movies “Inside Out,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Norm of the North,” “Zootopia” and “The Good Dinosaur.” All films will start at dusk.

WHEN: Dusk, Friday, Aug. 19

WHERE: Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, 401 Needham St., Modesto


CALL: 209-577-5344

ONLINE: www.modestogov.com


The fifth annual StocktonCon brings a pop culture smorgasbord to the Stockton Arena. The convention brings together lovers of sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, comics and more. Celebrity guests include WWE star and “Magic Mike” actor Kevin Nash, “Star Trek” veteran Michael Dorn, “The Walking Dead” actors Vincent M. Ward and Lew Temple and 1980s movie scream queen Adrienne Barbeau.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21

WHERE: Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St.

TICKETS: Advance $13 one-day, $18 two-day; door $15 one-day, $22 two-day; kids 12 and under free

CALL: 209-373-1400

ONLINE: www.stocktoncon.com

Pokémon Double Feature

Pokémon fans, players and anime lovers are invited to a special double feature Saturday at the State. The downtown theater will screen two films from the Pokémon franchise, 2002’s “4Ever” and 2003’s “Heroes.” The venue also happens to be a “Pokémon Go” gym, for players of the popular smartphone game.

WHEN: 3 p.m. “4Ever,” 5 p.m. “Heroes” Saturday, Aug. 20

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $5 one film, $7 two films

CALL: 209-527-4697

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

Na’an Stop

Boulder, Colo.-based band Na’an Stop (pronounced Non Stop) brings its high-energy blend of sounds to downtown Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts. The group plays a mix of reggae, rock, hip-hop, dub and ska. The five-man band also features Modesto native David Halvorson Jr. on vocals and trumpet.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

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

TICKETS: $12-$20

CALL: 209-338-2100

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

Celebration of Hope

Memorial Medical Center sponsors an evening of music and hope. The awareness and support program will feature concert pianist and cancer survivor Matthew Zachary, who is also the CEO of nonprofit group Stupid Cancer. Also performing will be Modesto singer and cancer survivor Joe Rykert, who has performed with Townsend Opera and Modesto Performing Arts, along with Noel LaRosa and Joseph Rykert.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25

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


CALL: 209-569-7789

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org