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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 8:15 am

Looking for something to do on a weekend in the Lodi area? Beginning in spring and running nearly year round, chances are there’s something happening in or around the city.

Spring

Lodi Spring Wine Show

March 30-31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lodi Grape Festival’s Grape Pavillion. Wine tasting, music, food, wine seminars, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. 209-369-2771.

Stockton Asparagus Festival

April 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Stockton. Celebrate asparagus at this annual event, enjoy music, crafts, food-eating contests and entertainment. 209-644-3755.

Lodi’s School Street Stroll

In April in Downtown Lodi, wineries and Downtown merchants offer an an evening of food, wine  and entertainment. 

Zinfest

Mid-May at Lodi Lake. Cooking demos, live entertainment, wine seminars and wine games. 209-367-4727.

Cherry Festival

May at Linden Elementary School campus. Food, live entertainment and more. 209-547-3046.

Oakdale Chocolate Festival

May 19, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and May 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Oakdale. Chocolate tasting, arts and crafts booths, food, entertainment and children’s activities. 209-847-2244.

Galt Strawberry Festival

May in Galt. Arts and crafts, strawberry products, fun run and live entertainment. 209-745-2529.

Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee

In May at various Sacramento locations, including Old Sacramento. Regional and national jazz musicians convene at this annual event. Food vendors abound.  916-372-5277.

Summer

Obon Festival

June 25-26 at the Buddhist Church of Lodi. Two-day event includes Japanese food, music, Taiko drums, bazaar and more. 209-368-5589.

Brentwood Corn Festival

July 8-10  at Brentwood Blvd. and San Creek Road. Carnival rides, petting zoo, entertainment, and food. 925-634-3344

The Garlic Festival

July 29-31 in Gilroy. Food, live music, arts and crafts and cook-offs. 408-842-1625

Fall

Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair

Sept. 15-18: Food, rides, exhibits and live entertainment. 209-369-2771.

Greek Festival

Sept. 9-11 from noon to 8p.m. at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Stockton. Greek cuisine and pastries, music, dancing and games. 209-478-7564.

Artisan Masters Lodi Wine & Art Auction

In October Wine tasting, a five- course winemaker dinner, art, and live music. 209-333-5550 

Oktoberfests in Lodi and Galt

• American Legion Building in Lodi. German music, traditional dancers, bratwurst and chicken schnitzeland beer. 209-333-6709.

• Downtown Galt. Traditional German dancers, German beer, bratwurst, food and craft booths. 209-745-2529.

Our Lady of Fatima Celebration

October 14-17 in Thornton. Parades, dancing, Catholic masses, food and bullfighting. 209-794-2661.

Winter

Wine and Chocolate Weekend

Valentine’s Day weekend at wineries in and around Lodi. Wine tasting, food samples and contests. 209-367-4727.

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