Upcoming Events

SHOP SMALL FIRST at Pink Friday, November 18th

Downtown Modesto’s small business community is collaborating on November 18th for a fun and special day of shopping. “Pink Friday” is a national shopping event that drives awareness of supporting small businesses first.  The event occurs one week prior to “Black Friday,” and the other big shopping days, which focus largely on big-box stores and national brands.

Jumpstart your holiday shopping and experience a day of shopping unlike anything you’ve ever seen in downtown Modesto! Pink Friday Modesto will feature:

  • Nine boutiques, shops and galleries
  • Selfie stations to take fun photos of yourself, your friends and/or family
  • “Pink” drink specials at participating downtown restaurants and lounges.
  • $200 prize drawing for those who spend $50 or more at participating boutiques

Boutiques will offer a variety of discounts, giveaways, and activities, including:

  • In-store discounts as much as 75% off
  • Goodie bags and/or giveaways
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Prize Drawing – Shoppers who spend $50 or more at participating shops on November 18th can enter to win $200.
  • Free pink wristbands that shoppers can redeem at participating restaurants and lounges for drink specials.

For a list and map of boutiques, selfie stations and drink specials, visit or check out “Pink Friday Modesto” on Instagram or Facebook.

Celebration of Lights Parade

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Head downtown for the biggest community event of the year, the City of Modesto’s annual holiday parade. Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on I and 14th Streets.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of this amazing event. Visit the volunteer page for more information on how to get involved.

Traffic and parking in downtown Modesto will be heavily impacted for the parade.  Please watch for “No Parking” Signs and plan extra time to get to your destination.  Road closures will begin as early as 1:00 PM and will remain closed until approximately 8:00 PM. For a map of the road closures, please see the attached document.

Interactive route map here.

Off the Air Downtown Concert Series – SHOWS ADDED!

A new concert series has launched in downtown Modesto. Artists play at two venues: Greens on Tenth Street and Deva Cafe. Ticket information can be found on their Instagram (offtheairmusic).

12.02.2022 / Greens on Tenth

  • Glad Neil
  • Best Move
  • G Curtis Walls

1.20.2023 / Greens on Tenth

  • French Cassettes
  • Travis Vick
  • Awahnichi

Spirit of Giving Run December 10th

Be Part of Something Big This December!

The Modesto Spirit of Giving 5k Run and Walk gives back to the community! The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department’s Leisure Bucks program offers financial assistance to low-income children, seniors and individuals with disabilities, giving them access to recreational activities city-wide. Since 2007, the recent economic crisis has stripped funding for this program. The Leisure Bucks program is now privately supported, relying solely on the contributions of citizens and fundraising events such as the Modesto Spirit of Giving.

Additionally, every year the Modesto Spirit of Giving partners with a nonprofit in the city of Modesto to raise money for a great cause. This year, Modesto Gospel Mission will benefit from a portion of the run/walk proceeds, as well as the canned food drive. This organization has been providing a place of safety, nutritious meals, hot showers, and warm beds for thousands every year since 1948. Modesto Gospel Mission also distributes clothing and offers programs designed to address the root causes of homelessness (physical, spiritual, emotional, social, educational, vocational, and financial). Modesto Gospel Mission receives NO government funding and is not a United Way agency.

Find out more about registering or volunteering here.

Art Walk 3rd Thursdays

2022 Art Walks:

December 15

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 most recent printable map).

Visit the Art Walk website.

Looking for Something Fun to Do? 

There’s so much to do in downtown Modesto, whether you’re looking for a great meal, a movie, a boutique, or a fun place to have a drink with friends. Click here for the downtown directory.

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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