Earth Day Festival in Modesto CA canceled due to COVID-19

A bee mobile hangs in the Kindergarten of the La Loma Indigenous Garden during the first Modesto Pollinator Festival in 2019.

A bee mobile hangs in the Kindergarten of the La Loma Indigenous Garden during the first Modesto Pollinator Festival in 2019.

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While there will be opportunities in April to get out and about in the Modesto area, one of the city’s biggest community events won’t be one of them.

Earth Day in the Park, usually held at Graceada Park in Modesto, was canceled again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Diana Ruiz-Del Re, communications and media relations manager. from the city.

This is the third year that the festival will not take place due to the pandemic.

“As you know, this event is one of Modesto’s favorites,” Ruiz-Del Re said in an email. “It’s usually a kids event with lots of booths with information for parents, community members.”

But because planning has to start months in advance, the decision to hold the event is “usually made in December,” she said.

The number of coronavirus cases remained high at that time, she said in a phone call.

Canceled for the same reason this year is the Cesar E. Chavez Family Day celebration, according to Ruiz-Del Re.

But Earth Day will be marked with a drive-through recycling event on April 23 at O’Brien’s Market,, in Roseburg Square. Organized by the City of Modesto, it will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with conservation kiosks set up from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There will be paper shredding, acceptance of CRV bottles, cans, plastic and scrap, and electronic waste. A $10 donation is required and O’Brien’s will match the amount, with all proceeds going to The Awesome Spot Playground. The Awesome Spot is an inclusive playground that will be built at Beyer Community Park.

Despite the cancellations of Earth Day and Chavez Family Day, there are festivals and events to enjoy this month. Here is an overview of what is planned:

PORTUGUESE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FESTIVAL — April 9-10: A Portuguese Fraternal Society of America fundraiser for the Carlos Vieira Foundation’s Race for Autism campaign. There will be traditional Portuguese dancing, music and food. The festival will begin with a Portuguese parade, followed by activities such as performances, wine and cheese tasting, cultural exhibition, carnival rides and craft vendors. A bloodless Portuguese bullfight will take place on Sunday. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to midnight. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free; bullfight on Sunday $15.

MODESTO POLLINATOR FESTIVAL — April 9: Participants learn how to identify native and non-native bees and how to build a pollinator garden. There will be kids’ activities, exhibits, food trucks, face painting, lemonade, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. La Loma Native Garden, 1805 Encina Ave., Modesto. Free.

MODESTO GARDEN CLUB SPRING TOUR — April 23: Five homes and gardens will be open for viewing in Modesto, along with the club’s demonstration garden. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25. For locations and tickets, see

STANISLAUS ARTIST OPEN STUDIO TOUR — April 23-24: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tour, featuring 41 artists from Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale. Meet local artists where they create their work, with studio tours, demonstrations, and artwork to view and sell. Business cards are available from the Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St., Modesto and Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Self-guided and self-guided tour hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See

SPRING WINE WEEKEND — April 23-24: Explore the Calaveras wine region and taste wine in 27 tasting rooms. There will be live music and other events. Advance tickets required, $40-$60, and include a commemorative wine glass. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HUGHSON FRUIT & NUT FESTIVAL — April 30-May 1: Vendors, crafts and shows on both days. There will be a truck show on April 30 and a classic car show on May 1. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 1. Downtown Hughson. Free.

A bee mobile hangs in the children’s garden of the La Loma Indigenous Garden during the first Modesto Pollinator Festival in 2019. Deke Farrow [email protected]

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