Festivals set for September in Modesto CA, Mother Lode area

Fruit drinks are served during the 2017 Edible Extravaganza.  The event returns in September.

Fruit drinks are served during the 2017 Edible Extravaganza. The event returns in September.


Fall? Sure, summer has its hold on the Central Valley, but autumn is just around the corner.

Come September, there will be plenty of festivals to celebrate the upcoming season. Community, cultural, food and other events are planned throughout the month in the Modesto and Mother Lode regions.

Here’s a look at just some of what’s planned:

NEWMAN FALL FESTIVAL — Sept. 2-4: Parade, children’s activities, booths, carnival and more. The carnival opens at 3 pm Friday, 9 am Saturday and Sunday. The parade on Sunday begins at 11 am along Main Street. The festival is at Pioneer Park, 1250 Tulare St., Newman. Free. newmanfallfestival.org.

ASSYRIAN FESTIVAL — Sept. 3-4: Food, cultural exhibits, live music, Assyrian dance groups, a kids zone and carnival rides. Noon to 10 pm Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $2. www.cvassyrianfestival.com.

SIERRA NEVADA ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Sept. 3-4: More than 50 booths featuring handcrafted items, specialty food and antiques. In addition, the Ebbetts Pass Volunteer Fire Department will sell local ales. 10 am to 5 pm Bristol’s Ranch House Café parking lot, 961 Highway 4, Arnold. Free. www.brotherspromotions.com.

DENAIR FARM AND FAMILY FESTIVAL – Sept. 10: Food and craft vendors, entertainment, farm equipment show and more. 9 am to 3 pm Classic and antique tractor parade begins at 9 am on Main Street. Downtown Denair. Free. www.denairfestival.com.

MODESTO BACON FESTIVAL – Sept. 10: Bacon dishes, vendors, cornhole tournament, face painters and other kids activities, DJs and live music. Craft cocktails, beer and a full bar. 11 am to 8 pm I Street from 11th to 12th streets, Modesto. $15 presale. www.modestobaconfest.com.

ACORN FESTIVAL – Sept. 10-11: The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians holds its annual celebration with traditional dancers, native arts and crafts and more, including an intertribal powwow, barbecue dinner and Indian tacos. It begins at 10 am both days. Tuolumne Rancheria, 19595 Mi-Wu St., Tuolumne. Free. mewuk.com.

49ER FESTIVAL – Sept. 17: Parade on Main Street, vendors, live music, Old West reenactments and other activities. The annual chili cook-off competition and tasting also are planned. 9 am to 5 pm Mary Laveroni Community Park, Groveland. www.49erfestival.org.

GREEK FOOD FESTI-GO — Sept. 17-18: Takeout event features a Greek dinner and homemade pastries. Noon to 7 pm Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm Sunday. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $18 advance by Sept. 7, $20 at the window. www.goannunciation.org.

IRONSTONE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE – Sept. 23-24: This annual event features more than 300 antique and classic cars, as well as other vehicles. 9 am to 4 pm Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. $25-$45, free under age 14. 209-269-6950. ironstoneconcours.com.

BLUES AND BONES FESTIVAL – Sept. 24: Annual music festival and barbecue competition. The event features live music by Eric Gales, Tia Carroll, The Blues Cartel featuring Jeramy Norris and the Kyle Rowland Blues Band. 11 am Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp. $39.99-$59.99. bluesandbones.com.

FIDDLE & BANGO CONTEST AND CHILI COOK-OFF – Sept. 24: The “Bango” misspelling dates back to when this annual event began. Musicians compete for prizes in fiddle, banjo, vocal, guitar, mandolin and song categories. 10:30 am to 4 pm Columbia State Historic Park. Free. 209-536-1672.

COYOTEFEST – Sept. 24-25: There will be a car show, vendors, coyote howl contests, live music and entertainment in Coulterville Park. A parade starts at 9:30 am Saturday. Sunday will feature a motorcycle show in the park, vendors and live music. 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm Sunday. Downtown Coulterville. Free. coyotefest.org.

EDIBLE EXTRAVAGANZA – Sept. 29: The Center for Human Services annual fundraising event will feature 30 of the region’s restaurants, breweries, vintners, bakeries and local growers. Bands will perform. 6 to 9 pm Venue 833, 833 10th St., Modesto. $60 advance, $65 door. www.edibleextravaganza.com.

JURASSIC FESTIVAL – Sept. 30: Great Valley Museum will unveil its new dinosaur in the Great Valley Nature lab. There will be dig pits to locate (but not remove) fossil replicas, and other activities. Brontoburgers and pterodactyl tea will be available for purchase. 5 to 7 pm At 4 pm, dinosaur expert Tara Lepore will offer an all-ages talk on why people are fascinated by dinosaurs. It will be in Sierra Hall Room 132 on the West Modesto Junior College campus. At 7:30 pm, Lepore will give a similar presentation geared to ages from junior high and up. Festival at Great Valley Museum, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free. www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/maps.php.

Fruit drinks are served during the 2017 Edible Extravaganza. The event returns in September. Andy Alfaro aalfaro@modbee.com

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