Upcoming Downtown Events

Celebration of Lights Holiday Parade!

Santa Sled Float

Modesto’s iconic Celebration of Lights Holiday Parade returns on Saturday, December 4th. Join the festivities beginning at 5:30pm and enjoy this year’s theme of “Hometown Traditions”.

Interested in being in the parade?  Float registration is now open through 4:30pm, Friday, November 12. Registration is first come, first serve.

For more information or to submit a float application, please visit the City of Modesto’s website or email Customer Service.


Art Walk: Third Thursday of the Month

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The Downtown Modesto Art Walk is a year round event held on the third Thursday of each month from 5pm-8pm. The Art Walk is a FREE casual event featuring a diverse range of artwork. You will have the opportunity to listen to local musicians, enjoy food and beverage from one of your favorite downtown restaurants as well as viewing artwork for purchase at local art galleries and shops. Participating businesses/galleries will be marked with yellow balloons outside (see map).

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Small Business Saturday

Mark your calendars for November 27, 2021! We will showcase our downtown businesses on Small Business Saturday with some really cool activities. Keep an eye out for updates on this special day. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving by supporting small businesses across the country.


Downtown Dining Information

For your convenience, we are providing the following link with dining options for downtown Modesto eateries.

Please be sure to call first since posted information is subject to change.
Please remember that you may also support these local businesses by using your RAD Card, purchasing a gift card and/or gift certificate.

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