Downtown Stockton California (CA)
Taste of San Joaquin

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Girls Day Out

9-5 and Then Some, Surviving the Daily Grind

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The Great Big Read, April 30, 11 am - 2 pm

Janet Leigh Plaza will be taken over with a wide-range of events and activities to promote not only reading, but writing and the performing arts all in a fun and playful environment.

Full Moon Riders, May - October, 6 pm - 8 pm

Casula bicycle rides through the historic Downtown Stockton on the day of a full moon.

Waterfront Fridays, May - October, 3 pm - 7 pm

Every Friday afternoon, Brick & Mortar space on the first floor of historic B & M Building will transform to a well-curated specialty food and craft event with pop-up vendors, music and live performances.

- Apply to vend at the Waterfront Fridays (submit to DSA Special Events Manager)

Stockton in the Shade, October

With questions, call 209-888-8624


Order a “Love Boat” to go from Misaki Sushi and an ice cream cone from Cold Stone and watch the boats sail in to the marina from the tip of Weber Point.

Grab a burger and fries from Moo Moo's and watch a movie.

Enjoy a margarita and a combo plate at Casa Flores or Cancun Restaurant and see a show at the Bob Hope Theater.

Stop at the University Plaza for a quick bite then see a Stockton Heat Hockey or Stockton Ports Baseball game.

A unique way to spend a Sunday afternoon is to relax aboard the Opportunity Cruise's 80-passenger "California Sunset." The boat is perfect for private groups from 20-50 people for buffet dining, and for up to 40 people for formal dining. Sail into the sunset and anjoy a beautiful scenery of the San Joaquin Delta.



Start mid-morning with a chocolate mocha or herbal tea from the world’s tiniest and tallest coffee shop – the Red's Café and hop across the street for a little shopping inside The Corthouse Plaza. The Glam Dollz Boutique has a great selection of high-heels and pumps, and Bella's Fashions sell a variety of fun accessories. Jump one block over to Weber Avenue and grab a healthy lunch of Acai Berry Bowl at Juice It Up! or veggie lumpia at Papa Urb's Grill. Then head over to Janet Leigh Plaza just a couple blocks away.

Stroll across the plaza and buy a candle or a last minute gift at Pier 159, where they have EVERYTHING and then catch a movie in 3-D or IMAX at the Cinema.


Working 9-5 and then some, Surviving the daily grind

To get a pre-work boost and to catch up on emails, stop in at Starbucks Coffee or Freedom Coffee, both have Wi-Fi free. Click here to see a map of all downtown wireless hot spots. If you’re planning a last minute meeting and need a rental space, click here for a full directory. For a quick lunch, grab a slice cafeteria style at Alfalfa’s Pizza and Deli for less than $5. They make killer sandwiches too. Or, go for a $6 foot long right around the corner at Subway.

For an upscale waterfront business lunch, take your clients to the University Plaza's Delta Lounge. If you need to order in for your team, click here for a full restaurant directory. If you’re meeting friends after work and need a change of scenery, head over to Chitiva’s Waterfront Bar and Grill or to Nena's Mexican Restaurant for a margarita or hide out in a local watering hole at Davoli’s Avenue Inn or Weber Inn.

Before the weekend, don't forget to pick up a pound or so of freshly roasted coffee beans at Jesus Mountain Coffee Co. at 224 E. Miner Avenue (behind Huddle, cooperative work space).



Downtown Stockton is chockfull of fabulous ethnic eateries for the foodie to enjoy!

Thai: For excellent Pad Thai, try Royal Siam 2.

Greek: For great house made spanakopita and baklava, try Yasoo Yani or try a gyro plate at the Kabob and Gyro House.

Mexican: Downtown has many excellent Mexican restaurants but our Facebook followers have voted Xochimilco Café their favorite. Xochimilco is open late, most weekends until at least 1 am.

Chinese: One of the oldest standing restaurants in Stockton, On Lock Sam has excellent duck!

Pizza by the Slice: Alfalfa’s Pizza and Deli has several toppings to choose from and always fresh pizza for grabs.

BBQ: Friday's Farmers Market is the place to get mouth watering, fresh off the grill BBQ in downtown.

Sushi: Try Misaki for fresh cuts of sashimi and sushi.



Kick off the day with fresh fruit or a fresh squeezed juice at Edible Arrangements on Hunter Street or at the Juice It Up! on Weber Avenue. If you biked down, the best place to lock your bike is at the Cinema Plaza across from the Cold Stone Creamery. Or, if you need a caffeine boost to start the day, bike racks are also located outside Freedom Coffee which has juice, muffins, and free WiFi.

Get your heart rate up at the In-Shape Health Club on their cardio equipment or resistance equipment, or stretch at a group yoga class. If you’d prefer to exercise outside, walk the new Joan Darrah Promenade to Downtown Stockton Marina, launch a pole with the fishermen who are pulling in bass, and end at Weber Point to play soccer, run through the fountains or monkey around in the kids play area.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, launch a kayak or a hydro-bike from a dock at the Marina (209-462-4200) and see if you can spot the sea otters who live in the boat slips. Or, if you’d like to watch someone else do the work, take in a Stockton Ports Baseball Game at Banner Island Ballpark or a Stockton Heat Hockey game at the Stockton Arena.

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