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Things to Do Around Our Modesto Campus

At our campus in Modesto, California, students benefit from a wide variety of things to do before or after class. From the historic downtown area to engaging festivals and events, there’s always something going on in Modesto! Check out a couple of our top must-see recommendations around campus. 

Cultural Hotspots 

Downtown Modesto is home to multiple cultural attractions, making for a perfect way to spend a day. 

Gallo Center for the Arts: Since 2007, the Gallo Center for the Arts has been host to countless artistic productions ranging from stage plays to concerts and more. With two performance venues, including the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, you’ll discover a packed calendar of events to enjoy. 

The State Theater: Travel back in time to see a show in this historic, 80-year-old theater. The State Theater shows not only indie films and cult classics, but also opens its stage to comedians, speakers, and other engaging performers. No matter the show, you’ll be captivated by this venue’s classic charm. 

Seasonal Festivals 

Throughout the year, you can enjoy a wide array of rotating festivals and activities just off campus. 

Graffiti Summer: Modesto is the birthplace of George Lucas, the renowned director and creator of Star Wars. Before he explored a galaxy far, far away, he directed a film called American Graffiti, which was inspired by his upbringing in Modesto. The Graffiti Summer festival takes place every June and celebrates the 1960s setting of the film, bringing in vintage cars, music, menu items, and more. 

Modesto Certified Farmers Market: This farmers market has been a Modesto staple for over 40 years, bringing together a bounty of fresh local crops and unique vendors. Running select Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year, this free and open to the public event also includes kids crafts, giveaways, and holiday themes as the seasons change. 

Top Restaurants 

Grab a bite in between classes or to celebrate passing your most recent class! 

Wildfire Public House: Looking for something unique? Try Wildfire, a pub environment with standout dishes such as bacon pickle pizza or lamb lollipops. With over 20 beers on tap in addition to a wide variety of cocktails, there’s something for everyone to raise a glass at this lively establishment. 

The Secret Garden: Brunch is elevated to a whole new level at The Secret Garden, a modern yet inviting lounge where friends can gather over eggs and mimosas. In addition to the tasty menu offerings, diners will enjoy the Instagrammable live garden wall bearing the establishment’s name. 

Mike’s Grillhouse: American dining is taken to a whole new level at this local favorite. Dig into menu favorites such as the chicken marsala, crab cakes, or pot roast sandwich, each bursting with flavor. From savory appetizers to sweet desserts, you won’t be disappointed after visiting Mike’s.