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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:00 am

Year Round

First Friday Art Hop

www.lodiartcenter.org/lodi-art-hop

On the first Friday of each month, visit local businesses and art galleries in Downtown Lodi to enjoy art, hors d’oeuvres, wine and conversation.

Lodi Wine Strolls

www.lodichamber.chambermaster.com/events

Every spring and fall, wine enthusiasts take to the streets of Downtown to stroll through the boutiques and shops and taste great wines. Each wine stroll has its own theme, with the fall wine stroll typically adopting Halloween festivities, while the spring wine stroll varies.

Lodi Street Faire

www.lodichamber.com/events/streetfaire

This biannual event brings thousands to the streets of Downtown to shop at more than 500 vendors selling antiques, arts and crafts, commercial items and lots of delicious food. The Street Faire returns each May and October.

Food Truck Mania

Food trucks selling delicacies from gyros, tacos and pad thai to bacon-themed everything descend on Hutchins Street Square on the fourth Sunday of every month. A similar event is held in Old Town Galt on the first Saturday of every month.

SUMMER

Cruise Nights at A&W Root Beer

www.awrootbeer.com/events.php

Thursdays: Visit the very first A&W Root Beer on during the summer for cruise nights where locals bring their classic cars and hot rods in a mini-show in the parking lot. The End of Season Car Show ends the cruise night season with a bang in October, blocking off part of Lodi Avenue.

Downtown Lodi Farmers Market

www.lodichamber.com/events/farmers-market

Thursdays: Throughout the summer, locals enjoy the return of the Downtown Lodi Farmers Market every summer. Vendors selling local produce, flowers and other products line School Street starting in the afternoon and into the evening.

JUNE

Lodi CycleFest and 5K

www.deltavelo.com/lodi_cyclefest

Sunday, June 5, 2016: Hundreds of cycling competitors race around Downtown Lodi at high speeds in this free event for spectators. Hosted by Michael David Winery and its cycling team.

Lodi Craft Brew Festival

www.lodicraftbeerfestival.com

Saturday, June 18, 2016: Hosted by the Lodi Tokay Rotary Club, the second annual Lodi Craft Beer Festival brings more than 50 brewers from Northern California to share more than 100 varieties of beer to taste at Lodi Lake Park.

Cajun and Blues Festival

www.cajunbluesfestival.net

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016: Enjoy a family-friendly weekend of Zydeco, Cajun and Blues music as well as Bayou cuisine including fresh crawfish. Located just outside of Lodi along Highway 12, the festival returns to E2 Family Winery.

Obon Bazaar

www.lodibuddhist.org

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016: Lodi’s Japanese American community celebrates their annual Obon Bazaar with Japanese tradition dancing, food and special performances. This summer festival is held at the Buddhist Church of Lodi.

August

Lodi Blues and Brews Festival

www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com/Events

Lodi loves the blues during the summer, so celebrate with a cold class of craft beer and listen to several live bands at this festival at Hutchins Street Square.

September

Lodi Field and Fair Day

www.fieldandfairday.com

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016: A Labor Day Lodi tradition, Lodians send off a large hot-air balloon from Hutchins Street Square early in the morning and spend the rest of the day enjoying a pancake breakfast and other activities for the whole family.

Lodi Grape Festival

www.grapefestival.com

Thursday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016: One of Lodi’s oldest festivals, celebrating the grape harvest, the Lodi Grape Festival brings carnival rides and games, food, exhibitions of art and grape murals and of course, wine tasting.

October

Lodi Oktoberfest

www.lodioktoberfest.com

You’ll come for the beer and German-Dakota dishes and stay for the German band and Oktoberfest games at this festival.

November

Sandhill Crane Festival

www.cranefestival.com

Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016: Watch one of nature’s spectacles as hundreds of sandhill cranes make their migratory return to the Delta’s rich wetlands. The festival is held in November with registration and tours beginning at Hutchins Street Square.

December

Parade of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016: The annual Parade of Lights is a Lodi tradition filling the streets of Downtown on the first Thursday of December with colorful floats decorated with lights. As per tradition, the parade always begin at 6:17 p.m.

Festival of Trees

www.sanjoaquinhistory.org

Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016: Enjoy more than 60 uniquely decorated Christmas trees at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Park. Partake in pioneer-related activities and entertainment for this old-fashioned Christmas celebration.

Zoo Lights

www.mgzoo.com

Throughout December: Celebrate the wonder of the holidays at Micke Grove Zoo. The zoo will open up after dark with lots of beautiful holiday lights among the animal enclosures and activities, games and crafts for the family.

January

Lodi Home and Garden Show

www.metroexpositions.com/the-lodi-home-garden-show

Friday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017: Homeowners interested in learning about home improvement can pick up a few tips and talk to vendors at the annual Lodi Home and Garden Show at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds every January.

February

Wine and Chocolate Weekend

www.lodiwineandchocolate.com

Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017: Spend a weekend enjoying all that Lodi wines have to offer, along with delicious chocolate pairings, at this popular wine-tasting event at more than 50 local wineries and tasting rooms.

April

Spring Art Show

www.lodiartcenter.org

One of the largest, free, juried art shows in Northern California, the Lodi Community Art Center’s Spring Art show brings local talent hoping to take first place in the show. Art is displayed in the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery every April.

Lodi Lake Paddlefest

www.headwaterskayak.com

Hosted by Headwaters Kayak Shop, Lodi Lake fills with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and canoes in this newer festival that lets the public enjoy boating on the lake, live music and other fun activities.

Lodi Beer Festival

www.grapefestival.com/p/featured-events/293

Held at the Grape Festival Grounds, the Lodi Beer Festival brings together more than 30 breweries, which provide several beers for tasting, food and entertainment.

Lodi Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, April 1, 2017: Formerly known as the Spring Wine Show, the Lodi Wine and Food Festival features wine tasting and a bounty of food from several local restaurants and caterers as well as wine pairing, olive oil tasting and music. It is held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.

May

ZinFest

www.zinfest.com

Lodi celebrates its popular Zinfandels with ZinFest every May, a large festival of wine, live music and the Vintner’s Regatta competition — where winemakers make boats out of wine barrels and take them out onto the lake for a race.

Festa Italiana

www.festa-italiana.com

Come celebrate everything Italian, with local Italian food and performances. Also visit Il Mercato where you can purchase pottery, jewelry, clothing and handmade goods. The Festa is held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.

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