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Stockton Community Pow Wow

September 4-6, Stockton
The Stockton Pow Wow Committee in conjunction with the Pacific Native American Student Association will hold the Annual Pow Wow at the University of the Pacific this year. Come enjoy food, arts and crafts, live dancing, and drums. Free. 10 a.m. University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 933-7425,

Chris Isaak at Ironstone Vineyards

Chris IsaakSeptember 6, Murphys
Chris Isaak’s career has been quite rewarding—he’s released nine albums and now his tenth album recently released, titled, Mr. Lucky. The disc features 14 tracks filled with the glorious, the bad, and the ugly of romantic love, and is said to take fans on a rollercoaster ride of love. See the man live in the vineyards at Ironstone Amphitheater. $45-$225. 7 p.m. Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheater, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, (209) 728-1251

Art Adventures of Japan

September 12, Stockton
Come and enjoy a family event, experience a Japanese art workshop, create, and participate in an activity relating to Japan. The Japan-themed art activity, planned for a group of 25 children, will be for ages 5 to 12. Reservations are needed. More than 50 Japanese woodblock prints will be on display at the museum through September 20. Adults $5, children $2.50. 1:30-3 p.m. Haggin Museum, Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6315,

BBQ, Bocce, and You

September 12, Acampo
Harvest is in full swing and Woodbridge Winery is in the partying mood. The winery is celebrating with a tri-tip barbeque with all the fixin’s. Groove to Dixieland music by Barkin’ Dawg Jazz Band, and have a glass of the winemaker’s selection wines. They will teach all guests to play bocce. Free for wine club members, $20 for non-club members. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Woodbridge Winery, 5950 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, (209) 368-5306,

Wine on the Waterfront

September 12, Stockton
The twenty-sixth installment of this much anticipated celebration of food and wine will again take place along Stockton’s waterfront and in the historic Waterfront Warehouse. The oldest charity tasting event in the area, this year benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters, will feature offerings from over 100 wineries, restaurants, and caterers. Local art will be displayed, and new this year will be an amateur beer and wine making competition. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 6-9 p.m. Waterfront Warehouse, 445 W. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 464-7644,

Tracy Dry Bean Festival

September 12-13, Tracy
The Dry Bean Festival will mark its twenty-third festival this year. The event will host over 150 food and vendor booths featuring ethnic food, cultural, and business exhibits. Some highlights include a cooking and eating contest, tasty treats, over 60 varieties of beans, an arm wrestling contest, kids crafts area, and a family fun zone with rides. Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Tracy, W. Tenth St., Tracy, (209) 835-2131,

Lodi Grape Festival

September 17-20, Lodi
The Lodi Grape Festival promotes the agriculture of San Joaquin County. A fun family-oriented event, the festival is intended to enlighten and educate through entertainment and exhibitions. Various non-profit groups will attend in order to raise funds for charitable projects. Join the fun, experience the rides, and give back to the community. Adults $8, kids 6 to 12 $4. Lodi Fairgrounds, 413 E. Lockford St., Lodi, (209) 369-2771,

Raider Nation Pirate Night with the Ports

August 22, Stockton
Raider Nation will take over Banner Island Ballpark for Pirate Night with a special appearance by the Raiderettes. Attendees are encouraged to come to the game in their pirate attire, for pirate-themed games, film clips, food, and post-game fireworks. 7 p.m. $5-$10. Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 644-1900,

Live! At Lincoln Center

September 18, Stockton
The Bootieshakers, a Sacramento-based ‘70s disco band, will be supplying the tunes for this wine walk at Lincoln Center. Other musical treats while you shop and dine include Jessie Hendricks, a classical guitarist, Bill Ericksen, contemporary keyboard music, and the Garden Gnomes, with popular music from the ‘90s to today. A kids zone with a bounce house, clown, balloon artists, and a family-friendly band will also be here. Free. 6-9 p.m. Lincoln Center, Benjamin Holt and Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 477-4868,

Stockton Restaurant Week

September 20-26, Stockton
Have you ever wanted to devote an entire week to enjoy the decadent food choices Stockton has to offer? Look no further, Stockton restaurant week is here. All week, food lovers can enjoy special prix fixe (fixed price) menus at participating restaurants throughout Stockton, for the chance to try Stockton’s best restaurants at a more affordable price. Lunch specials and three course dinners will be offered. $9.95-$25 per person. Various locations in Stockton,

Taste of Lodi

September 27, Lodi
One of the most celebrated food and wine events in the San Joaquin Valley is back again. The event will feature 38 award-winning wines from Lodi, as well a selection of food from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers. There will be an opportunity to participate in seminars, chef demonstrations, and listen to plenty of live music. $40-$50. 1-5 p.m. Wine and Roses, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 365-1195,


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