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What’s New To See and Do in California This Summer?

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It’s no secret that, with its diverse natural landscapes, iconic urban hubs and all imaginable types of attractions, California quite literally has something that appeals to everyone. Along with its idyllic year-round weather, this probably explains its standing as the most-visited state in the U.S.

With the summer travel season in full swing, The Golden State stands ready to re-welcome visitors with a wealth of new offerings, from new hotel openings and culinary concepts to exciting exhibitions, enriching historical tours and enchanting animal encounters spread throughout the state.

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‘This is what we do best.’ Merced County Fair opens to big crowd after 2-year hiatus

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The smiles, screams, laughs and the smell of fair food was back as the Merced County Fair opened it’s gates for the first time since 2019 on Wednesday evening.

After being dark for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fair officials are expecting big crowds during the fair’s five-day run from Wednesday through Sunday..

“We are so excited to be back after two years,” said Merced County Fair CEO Teresa Burrola. “This is what we do best, which is get a fair up and running. Having been dark (for two years) it’s a great reward.”

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Canceled twice, company finally brings huge Broadway hit to Modesto’s Gallo Center

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After having to cancel the show twice, a Modesto theater company finally gets its chance to present “A Chorus Line.”

Modesto Performing Arts offers the hit Broadway show June 18-26 at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

“This show has literally been three years in the making,” MPA’s General Director Paul Tischer said in a press release. “It was originally scheduled for 2020. The show was fully cast, but just as we were starting rehearsals the Covid virus hit and everything had to be (canceled). So we rescheduled it for 2021, but that too had to be canceled. So now, fingers crossed, it is set for this June 2022.”

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Wondering about MoBand? It promises to heat things up this year in Modesto

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Classic rock will kick off what’s been deemed a “Hot, Hot, Hot!” season for MoBand.

The Modesto Band of Stanislaus County, known in the community as MoBand, starts its six-concert season June 9 at Mancini Bowl in Modesto’s Graceada Park.

“I think this is going to be a really exciting season,” band Director George Gardner said. “I’ve got … some really good songs lined up for the concerts this year.”

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Rev up for a return of Modesto’s monthlong summer celebration. When, where to be

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Modesto’s annual summer celebration gets back to where it belongs this year.

Graffiti Summer returns to June with a month of events planned for car lovers and fans of Modesto native George Lucas’ film homage to his hometown teen years, 1973’s “American Graffiti.”

Two stars from the film are set to appear at separate events.

Last year’s events were held in August, pushed because of the pandemic, which canceled completely the 2020 celebration.

The move to August didn’t appear to deter from the event, according to Todd Aaronson, CEO of the Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau, which markets the summer celebration.

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Canceled since COVID, popular music fest returns to Modesto; more events planned for May

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Festivals and events will spring up across the Modesto area in May.

Among them will be the return of the popular Modesto Porchfest, which has not been held since the pandemic hit.

During Porchfest, local bands perform outside at host neighborhood homes while people gather to listen, many roaming on foot or by bike.

And just before May begins, there’s another festival set for taco lovers.

Here’s a look at just some of the larger events happening in the Modesto and Mother Lode regions.

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Disney says character hugs and other interactions will return soon at US sites

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(CNN) — Of the many safety measures that Disney Parks had to set up to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic, requiring guests to keep a six-foot distance from the costumed characters must have been one of the hardest. At least emotionally.

For kids (or kids at heart), running into the waiting arms of Mickey Mouse and other beloved characters had been such an impulsive and quintessential part of the experience. Hanging back can be tough.

But finally, hugs are back on the horizon at US Disney properties.

As early as April 18, Disney "will start reintroducing traditional character greetings at Disneyland (in California) and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as aboard Disney Cruise Line and at Aulani Resort in Hawaii," according to a new post on Thursday on the official Disney Parks blog.

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Big names in music to play Fruit Yard in Modesto. See when, who are planned so far

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You’ll hear plenty of country in the country at Modesto’s Fruit Yard Amphitheatre this season.

Five performers, all from the country music scene, have been announced for the rural venue.

The first show is set for April 8, a concert by the band Midland. Tickets are on sale now for all of the shows. A performance by Lee Brice already has sold out.

More events are expected to be added for the season, according to an email from the venue’s marketing firm.

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PHOTOS: The Ultimate Guide to the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

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The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is starting today, March 4th, and continuing through April 26th! Ever since Disney released the menus for this year’s festival, we’ve been looking forward to checking out the new eats and drinks and, now that the event is in full swing, we’re taking you along with us to explore everything that the festival has to offer this year!

Come along with us for the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

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Why is Modesto councilman advocating downtown as home for roller skating rink?

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Modesto Councilman Chris Ricci says he has an easy and relatively inexpensive way to draw more people downtown: The city could make it the home of a permanent outdoor roller skating rink.

He said the city could consider converting part of the parking lot at Modesto Centre Plaza for the rink. Part of the parking lot at the Modesto Library or other downtown parking lots also could be contenders, Ricci said.

“Skating creates community, and it’s a spectator sport,” the councilman said. “Ideally, it would be similar to the ice skating rink” that operates seasonally in the Centre Plaza parking lot and draws thousands to downtown over the holidays.

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