Turlock is full of fantastic things to see and do! We are a unique community that attracts thousands of visitors each year to explore its world-famous landmarks such as Hilmar Cheese and MedicAlert Foundation. Additionally there is a variety of wonderful day-trip ideas for you to explore while visiting the friendly community of Turlock. Also, available for purchase at the Visitors Bureau is the “South Side Stroll” an audio tour of Turlock and surrounding areas.
Beekman & Beekman
(209) 667-5812 and on weekends call
The Tasting Room at (209) 669-6323
5236 Geer Rd, Hughson
Visit Beekman & Beekman, a five-generation-old farm/apiary on Geer Road, just outside of Turlock. Taste the unique flavors of pure varietal honeys and the wine that premium honey can create. Open February-December, the tasting room’s hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. It is closed on holidays.
California State University Stanislaus
One University Cir., Turlock
CSU Stanislaus contributes to the artistic and cultural life of the region by presenting a number of live theatre, musical and fine arts events throughout the year. Purchase music and theatre tickets online at Box Office. The University Gallery is open Noon - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.
Carnegie Arts Center
250 North Broadway St., Turlock
In 2005, a devastating fire forced the closure of the Carnegie Arts Center. Re-built and expanded by the City of Turlock, this state-of-the-art facility now hosts museum-quality exhibitions such as Ansel Adams CALIFORNIA and Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, drawing visitors locally and throughout California. As a community arts center, the Carnegie is also grounded in the local community where works by area artists are exhibited continuously. In addition to galleries, the Carnegie boasts a fully equipped loft for performing arts presentations as well as classrooms and outdoor spaces. Its offerings are wide ranging-- dance, theater, painting, drawing and photography.
Castle Air Museum
5050 Santa Fe Dr, Atwater
Castle Air Museums is one of the largest aviation museums on the West Coast, Castle Air Museum features more than 55 military airplanes, ranging from World War II bombers to an SR-71 Blackbird. Stop by the gift shop and indoor museum. The museum is open daily, except select holidays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; October 1-March 31 winter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Denair Gaslight Community Conservatory
3908 S Gratton Rd., Denair
Presents a wide variety of community based theatrical entertainment and education. Home of Starmites and Sparks which are organizations that teaches kids 3 to 18 the fundamentals of theater and dance.
First Street Gallery
226 North First St., Turlock
Established as a small gallery, First Street Gallery focused on providing quality custom framing, and has grown to offer an extensive collection of artwork from a wide variety of artists and publishers.
Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I St., Modesto
The mission of the Gallo Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life in the Central Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national and international cultural activities illuminate, educate and entertain. The Gallo Center for the Arts will celebrate the diversity of the Central Valley by offering an array of affordable cultural opportunities designed to appeal, and be accessible, to all.
Hilmar Cheese Company
(209) 656-1196, www.hilmarcheese.com
9001 Lander Ave, Turlock
Just a few miles south of Turlock is Hilmar Cheese Company. Learn how cheese is made and taste free samples! An “edutaining” movie and hands-on exhibits help you learn about dairy farming, cheese and whey processing, and you can dress like a cheesemaker! The Visitor Center features a gift shop, ice cream, espresso counter, and a café. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (except major holidays); admission is free. Free self-guided tours are available anytime. Guided visits are offered Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Summer tours include an ice cream activity.
Historic Downtown Turlock
300 E Main St., Turlock
Downtown Turlock is the place to shop! The historic downtown area offers something for everyone. Antique shops, home furnishings and décor, cafés and clothiers coupled with a charming pedestrian atmosphere makes downtown Turlock a true “Main Street” experience
Pageo Lavender Farm
11573 Golf Link Rd., Turlock
Located just south of Turlock on Golf Link Road, Pageo is a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee or ice-cold lavender lemonade while enjoying fresh lavender scone. For more substantial refreshments, call 24 hours in advance for lavender boxed lunches. The gift shop carries unique specialty soaps and lotions, lavender, yarrow and various herbs. The farm is pesticide-free and eco-friendly using reclaimed wood and metal in many of the handmade gifts. Open Lavender Season: May-July, Thursday & Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1, Sunday 10-4. Off Season: August-Mid October, Thursday & Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-4. Open for three weeks in December for holiday shopping.
Regal Cinemas Turlock Stadium 14
2323 W Main St., Turlock
First-run motion pictures are shown on 14 separate screens, located at 2323 West Main Street just west of the intersection with Highway 99.
2323 Colorado Ave., Turlock
Founded in 1956, here in Turlock, MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and system to relay vital medical information to emergency responders on behalf o its members so they receive faster and safer treatment. Currently, not open to the public.
Stanislaus County Fair
900 N Broadway St., Turlock
In addition to awarding more than 30,000 ribbons each year, the Stanislaus County Fair is an award-winning fair itself. In fact, in January 2012, the Western Fairs Association presented the Stanislaus County Fair with four first place awards for Community Outreach Program, Social Media Campaign, Best Featured Exhibit, and Our Best New Idea This Year, Marketing.
The fair opens in mid-July on a Friday for a 10-day run. More than 230,000 visitors will pass through our turnstiles for award-winning fun at the largest family-centered event in Stanislaus County. Stroll through our tree-shaded grounds where you’ll find:
• Nightly celebrity concerts included with fair admission!
• Entertainment on four stages!
• More than 1,750 animals!
• A “zone” especially for kids!
• More than 35 exhilarating carnival rides!
• And more!
To receive future fair concert announcements by text message, text the word “FAIR” to 99299. Fair enthusiasts can also follow how the 2013 fair on Facebook or Twitter.
605 H St., Modesto
Townsend Opera is celebrating its 28th season of presenting opera and musical theater productions to the greater Modesto community and Stanislaus County. It is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 by Erik Buck Townsend, and has grown to a regular subscription series, a holiday opera, year-round outreach and education programs, and other concerts and events.
Turlock Community Theatre
1574 E Canal Dr., Turlock
Throughout the year, Turlock Community Theatre offers high-quality entertainment, featuring performers from the U.S. and around the world. Comfortable seating in a historical landmark theatre, excellent acoustics and sightlines, high production values, and thrilling performances by outstanding entertainers combine to create an enchanting and pleasurable theatre-going experience for all who enjoy the special magic and allure of live entertainment.
Turlock Farmers Market
The Turlock Certified Farmers’ Market operates every Friday from May through October. The Turlock Farmers' Market is your source for delicious seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients, and unique hand-crafted items. This season will kick off on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 and will run through the summer until October 25th, 2013. Once again we will feature 4 night markets: June 7th, July 5th, September 6th, and October 25th.
Turlock Film Commission
115 S Golden State Blvd., Turlock
In 2011 the Turlock Film Commission was launched to aide film makers and helps optimize the amount of production required to produce a film in Turlock and the surrounding areas.
Turlock Historical Museum
108 S Center St., Turlock
Located in the heart of historical downtown Turlock, this unique museum is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free.
22600 Lake Road, La Grange
Nestled in the rolling foothills of eastern Stanislaus County, Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is an ideal place for day- or week-long outings. Open all year and featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley.
900 N Broadway St., Turlock
Live via satellite, up to 13 tracks per day are broadcast at the Turlock Turf Club, featuring horse racing from selected county fairs every June-October. In addition, the Turlock Turf Club broadcasts races year-round from famous tracks around the International, Calder and Ellis Park.
Turlock Poker Room
2321 W Main St., Turlock
The Central Valley’s largest satellite to the World Series of Poker, the Turlock Poker Room is “The Biggest Little Card Room in California.” Fourteen tables are in action with Ultimate Hold ‘em, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, and Omaha. With a Las Vegas-style atmosphere, it’s a great venue for beginning, intermediate and professional players. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free classes for beginners every Thursday & Friday from 7pm – 9pm. The Turlock Poker Room is conveniently located off Hwy. 99 at 2321 W. Main St.