Women the focus at two downtown Modesto events

Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Karmen Buttler will perform at the Northern California Women’s Music Festival on Saturday.
Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Karmen Buttler will perform at the Northern California Women’s Music Festival on Saturday. Northern California Women’s Music Festival

Women of Modesto, prepare to be extolled.

From early morning into late night, all things female will be celebrated next weekend in downtown – in song, in poetry, with pampering, at workshops, with speakers and more.

Two events – the Modesto Women’s Expo and the Northern California Women’s Music Festival – will take place Saturday. Women can start their morning at the expo, then they can make their way to the music event to be entertained by a host of female performers in song and in poetry.

The expo begins with a breakfast featuring Shari Fitzpatrick, founder of Shari’s Berries, an author and motivational speaker, who will talk about how she built a multimillion-dollar company and how others can do the same.

“Queen for a Day” tickets are $60 to attend the breakfast, which includes a book signing and chocolate samples from Fitzpatrick, as well as the festival (expo-only tickets sold separately). The breakfast is scheduled from 9-10:45 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on L Street in downtown Modesto.

The rest of the expo begins at 11 a.m. at the hotel-adjacent Modesto Centre Plaza and will feature more motivational and informational speakers, a fashion show and a lot of pampering, according to a press release, with food, health and fitness information, cosmetic enhancement tips, travel info, demonstrations and samples, shopping, workshops, tastings, day spa services and more.

Keynote speaker at the expo is Joan Rosenberg, a psychologist, clinician, trainer and consultant. Other speakers also will offer presentations throughout the day.

A fashion show from Vintage Faire Mall will feature apparel from stores such as Chico’s, Styles For Less and ANGL, as well as Dominic Coleman and Toni & Guy.

The Modesto Women’s Expo will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Modesto Center Plaza, 1000 L St. Tickets are $15. For more information and to preregister, see

As the expo ends, the music fest begins at Prospect Theater Project. It will feature about 20 female musicians from across the region while also highlighting art and poetry by local women.

Billed as a celebration of women in music, art, literature, poetry and business, the festival was created by a “committee of like-minded women” as a platform for women in Northern California to celebrate what it means to be a woman, according to a press release. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local women’s charities.

Musicians will come from Sacramento and San Francisco and will be joined by those from Modesto, Ceres and Turlock. Performers include Deborah Lee Yates, Francesca Bavaro, Karmen Buttler, Marirose Powell, Mattéa Overstreet, Patty Castillo Davis, Raylene Kemp, The House of Orange, Funstrummers Ukulele Band and more.

Vendors also will be on hand.

The Northern California Women’s Music Festival will run from 5-11:30 p.m. at Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. Tickets are $10.

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