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What do ‘Star Wars,’ chocolate and frogs have in common? Modesto, we’ll fill you in

See the 2018 Modesto May The Fourth Star Wars Day

Hundreds showed up to enjoy the May The Fourth Star Wars Day in downtown Modesto. The festivities included live music, cosplayers, a custom-made TIE-fighter and more in honor of native son George Lucas’ creation.
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Hundreds showed up to enjoy the May The Fourth Star Wars Day in downtown Modesto. The festivities included live music, cosplayers, a custom-made TIE-fighter and more in honor of native son George Lucas’ creation.

If you can’t find something to do on a weekend in May, you’re not really trying.

The Modesto and Mother Lode regions are packed with festivals and fairs to keep the boredom at bay with a celebration variety that includes “Star Wars,” tacos, beer, Jewish culture, bicycling, chocolate and — yes — even frogs.

Here’s a look at some of the events planned for May:

Age with Movement Celebration – May 3: Walks, aerobics, tai chi, music, demonstrations and more usher in Older Americans Month. There will be community booths, a pet parade, Bingo and more from 8 a.m.-noon. East La Loma Park, 2001 Edgebrook Drive, Modesto. Free. www.healthyagingassociation.org.

Star Wars Day – May 4: Mark Modesto native George Lucas’ phenom film “Star Wars” with lightsaber battles and live music from the Lodge Pole Pickers. 3 p.m. Tenth Street Plaza, downtown Modesto.

Cinco de Mayo Parade – May 4: South Modesto Businesses United presents this annual parade on Crows Landing Road, spanning from Olivero Road to Glenn Avenue with floats featuring local businesses, youth groups, horses and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 209-604-4167.

Ceres Street Faire – May 4-5: Live entertainment, a car and truck show, food booths, crafts and collectibles, exhibits and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Ceres. Free. www.ceresstreetfaire.org.

Mariposa Butterfly Festival – May 4-5: The annual event features skydivers, butterfly releases, a parade, children’s activities, art, entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Mariposa, Highway 140 at Highway 149. www.mariposabutterflyfestival.net.

Modesto Taco Fest — May 4: Taco trucks and restaurants join to make street and gourmet tacos. Luchalibre wrestling, Chihauhau races, beer and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 11th Street, Modesto. $10 advance. modestotacofest.com.

Cafe Shalom – May 5: 50th annual celebration of Jewish food and culture with food, music, bake sale, gift shop. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $12-$18. www.cbsmodesto.org.

Central Valley Brewfest — May 11: More than 40 breweries will serve up craft beers. Games, wine tent for first hour of event. Noon-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway. $40 advance, $45 at the door. Designated driver ticket $20. www.cvbrewfest.com.

Mother Lode Roundup – May 11-12: Parade and rodeos sponsored by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse. Parade Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Sonora. Saturday and Sunday rodeo at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds beginning at 2 p.m. Rodeo tickets are $7-$18. www.motherloderoundup.com.

Diggins Tent Town 1852 — May 16-19: Columbia State Historic Park annual living history event with 150 costumed volunteers. Visitors experience an 1850s mining camp re-created with period clothing, food and entertainment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $10, $2 ages 4 through 12, free ages 3 and under. www.parks.ca.gov/Columbia.

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee – May 16-19: Annual jumping frog competition and county fair with food, exhibits, entertainment, rodeo, destruction derby, livestock, arena events, vendor booths. Festival hours 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. $11-$14. www.frogtown.org.

Family Cycling Festival & Criterium – May 18: Downtown Modesto’s cycling fest features free children’s bike helmets, bounce houses, rock climbing, vendor booths, BMX bike demos, races and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. I Street, between 10th and 12th streets. Free. www.modestoareaexpress.com.

Twain Harte A La Carte — May 18: Sip wine and enjoy gourmet food at Soroptimist International of Twain Harte’s annual event. Silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, Best of Twain Harte Market, live music. 5-7 p.m. Meadow Plaza, Twain Harte. $40. www.twainhartesoroptimist.org.

Oakdale Chocolate Festival – May 18-19: Enjoy all things chocolate at this annual festival with arts and crafts, Chocolate Avenue, food, vendors and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wood Park, Highways 120 and 108, Oakdale. Tickets $4 advance, $5-$6 at the gate; free ages 12 and under. www.oakdalechamber.com.

Modesto Porchfest — May 19: Porch parties will be set up throughout the LaLoma, College and downtown neighborhoods with homeowners hosting local bands on porch, patio and driveway stages. Noon-5 p.m. Free. www.modestoporchfest.com.

Mariposa Art, Wine & Wheels – May 25: Food, wine tasting, car show, art show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mariposa County Courthouse lawn, 5088 Bullion St., Mariposa. www.mariposarotary.org.

Spring Peddlers Faire – May 25-26: Stroll through the Mother Lode community of Arnold for antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items, food, vintage jewelry and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Downtown Arnold. www.gocalaveras.com.

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