Music, Art, & Museums

Concerts in the Park (Graceada Park, Modesto)
MoBand is managed by a group of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their time and talent during the year to create a successful concert season each summer. The Modesto Band of Stanislaus County is one of the oldest, continuously performing bands in the United States. This wonderful band, composed weekly of approximately 130 volunteer musicians (250 over the entire summer), performs free concerts each summer on six consecutive Thursday evenings beginning in June.

Gallo Center for the Arts (Modesto)
The mission of the Gallo Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national and international cultural activities illuminate, educate and entertain. Be sure to check out their website!

McHenry Museum and McHenry Mansion
The museum is home to immersive exhibits that paint a picture of Stanislaus County’s history from the past two centuries. In addition, history talks and other events provide an opportunity for guests to socialize, learn, and enjoy the museum. The mansion was built by Robert and Matilda McHenry, the McHenry Mansion was designed by Jeremiah Robinson, a Stockton architect. Mr. Robinson was also the contractor responsible for the Stanislaus County Courthouse. A fantastic place to visit!
The Mistlin Gallery (Modesto)
Mistlin Gallery is the downtown Modesto space run by Central California Art Association, a nonprofit organization that provides a venue for regional artists to show and sell art, for the community to take art classes, and participate in the local arts scene. They teach art in local schools and provide a space for cancer patients and survivors to participate in art therapy.  
1015 J St., Modesto

Modesto Symphony Orchestra (Modesto)
The Modesto Symphony strives to enrich and enhance the community by bringing music of the highest artistic caliber and fostering lifelong music education and appreciation. MSO performs five classics concerts and three pops concerts at the Gallo Center for the Arts and produces two community favorites, Picnic at the Pops at the E. & J. Gallo Winery and the Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. 

Oakdale Cowboy Museum (Oakdale)
The museum is a fascinating introduction to cowboy culture in general and immersion into the local culture in particular. Very convenient location, in the old railroad depot in the center of town. And no need to travel to Laramie, WY, a must-visit!
355 E. F St., Oakdale 

The State Theatre (Modesto)
The State Theatre enriches our community by offering exceptional cultural, educational, film, and performance-based experiences. The historic State Theatre completed renovation in 2005 under new ownership, a nonprofit corporation. The renovation project became a glorious tribute to the community. BEST popcorn in town!
1307 J St., Modesto

Clarence Smit Museum (Ripon)
Tons of history on display; be sure to visit – you will learn a lot! 
430 W. Main St., Ripon
Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Escalon Historical Museum
This Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad caboose is located in Escalon's Main Street Park and owned by the Escalon Historical Society. The caboose sits very near the spot where the Santa Fe depot was erected as one of the new town's first buildings in the late 1890s. The first train passed through Escalon in 1896. 
1630 Main St., Escalon
Museum Hours: Wednesday 12:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 pm or by request 

Riverbank Historic Museum
The museum was built as a Carnegie Library in 1921. A new library was opened in the 1970s. The building became a museum in 1994 when the Riverbank Historical Society was formed to operate and care for the museum. The building was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places in February of 1996 and is the only building with this distinction in Riverbank.
3237 Santa Fe St. (behind City Hall) Riverbank

Fun Fact:
Herb Henry was born in Oakdale and grew up in Riverbank, where his father owned a grocery store. He attended Oakdale High School and graduated in 1964. He attended college at CSU, Stanislaus, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Business. Herb traveled, sang, and played piano for The Premiers, a Southern Gospel Group, from 1965-1973. He later served as Minister of Music in churches both in California and Texas. In 2010, Herb was awarded “Southern Gospel Promoter of the Year.” The Herb Henry Family of Modesto has come to be recognized as California’s “First Family of Gospel Music.” Since 1986 they have joyfully presented the Gospel in song. Their personal appearances have taken them from small country churches to large arena and concert halls.

Fun Fact:
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) was founded in 1931. In its early years, the MSO featured its members as soloists and performed concerts in churches, high schools, and colleges. As the orchestra matured, professional soloists and community choruses performed with the MSO. The 1970s through 1990s were a period of transition as the MSO became a fully professional orchestra in 1977.