Attractions

In 2006, Lodi celebrated its 100th birthday. With its age comes a rich heritage that we are eager to share with visitors. Visit the San Joaquin Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park and step straight into the 1900s. You can have a seat in the old schoolhouse, view an ancient printing press and learn about Lodi in the first stages of its incorporation. Pay a visit to Hill House Museum, the Veteran's Memorial Plaza, or take a tour of the nine murals painted by the world-renowned Walldog sign painters, who painted the larger-than-life historical art pieces during a three-day birthday celebration. Experience Lodi, past and present, and join us as we look toward a vibrant future!

Attractions

San Joaquin County
Historical Museum

11793 N. Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 331-2055

Located in beautiful Micke Grove Park, the museum has 15 acres and over 40,000 square feet of exhibit and work space. Collections have grown from a few hundred to over 50,000 items representative of the development of San Joaquin County agriculture and history. Pan for gold; visit the blacksmith shop or Calaveras Schoolhouse; view the antique tool or tractor collection; take a walk along the Sunshine Trail. Many rotating exhibits including local Indian culture, early agriculture, transportation, bay and grain tree crops; government, early settlement, and home-life exhibits. Great for all ages! Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am - 3pm. $2 adults/$1 children. Modest fee for park entrance.

Hill House Museum

826 S. Church St.
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 369-6073

This turn-of-the-century Victorian is a must-see for history buffs and geneology enthusiasts. Built and owned by George and Mary Hill, an early Lodi family, the Hill House is filled with many of the original family furnishings and artifacts. A docent will take you on a tour of this historical home while entertaining you with stories of the life and times of the Hill family. Museum hours are Sunday from 1-4pm (no tours start after 4pm). Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Special tours by appointment.

Lodi All Veteran's Plaza Memorial

221 W. Pine St.
Lodi, CA 95240

Dedicated on May 22, 2002, the area between Lodi City Hall and Carnegie Forum has been transformed into a state-of-the-art living tribute to our nation's veterans: past, present and future. The plaza incorporates various artistic elements, representing service and sacrifice to our country. The 21.5-foot stainless steel obelisk honors courage and graces the plaza entrance. As you enter the plaza, 13 granite stones are engraved with poetry from historic figures to local artists. An eternal flame (representing valor and sacrifice) is nested in the center of a 16-foot-high curved granite wall, which serves as a backdrop for a beautiful waterfall.

A 16-ton, hand-hewed solid granite sphere characterizing unity and global service appears to be floating in a blue cobalt pool that symbolizes healing. The effect is dramatic and breathtaking, and is a must-see on any trip to Lodi.

Chocoholics Divine Desserts

18819 E. Hwy. 88
Clements, CA 95227
(209) 759-3320

Chocoholic's factory and visitor center is located in the 1917 historic IOOF Lodge in the heart of Clements. Free self-guided chocolate factory tours are available seven days a week. Guided tours and dessert packages are also available. Handmade chocolates, delicious ice cream, gourmet coffee, fresh baked goods, wine tasting and unique gifts are all part of this total "Chocolate Experience!" Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00-6:00 and Sunday 10:00-6:00.

Great Valley Serpentarium

2379 Maggio Circle Unit C
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 369-7737

If you are feeling courageous, head over to the Lodi Serpentarium, where you will find over 50 different breeds of snakes and other reptiles. The Serpentarium has exotic reptiles, including bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons, mantella and horned frogs, emperor scorpions, and tarantulas. You can learn about the snake breeding process and even hold one for a picture =if you dare! Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11a.m.-6p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free.

Micke Grove Zoo and Park

11793 N. Micke Grove Rd.
Lodi, CA 95240
331-7270
www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/parks

This 258-acre oak tree park has plenty of amenities, such as: Micke Grove Zoo featuring exotic and endangered species; the Japanese Garden with cherry blossom trees, tea pavilion and koi pond; Funderwoods Amusement Park offering fun-filled rides and delicious treats; the San Joaquin Historical Museum; outdoor picnic shelters; indoor facilities for events; softball fields and a children's play area. Park Hours: Daily (except Christmas) from 8am to sunset; Zoo Hours: Open Daily 10am-5pm. Summer weekends until 6pm; Japanese Garden: Weekdays 9am-2pm, weekends until 1:30 pm; minimal cost for entrance to park and zoo.

Phillips Farms

4580 W. Hwy. 12
Lodi, Ca 95242

Located on Highway 12 West of Lodi, Phillips Farm is a treat for every member of the family, young and old. This working farm has much to see and do, and every Lodian passes through it at least once for pumpkins, homemade jam and bread or just to visit the animals. Visit www.lodivineyards.com or call 209-368-7384.

Festivals & Events

January-February
No matter what time of year, there are always plenty of places to go, things to do and lots of ways to enjoy Lodi and its people.

In January, there are many key events recognizing accomplishments of our people and celebrating their successes — such as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Celebration, a fun event that honors a worthy Lodi citizen for his/her contribution to our community. Visit www.lodichamber.com for more information on this event.

Because of Lodi's proximity to the Pacific Ocean, many Lodi not-for-profits have crab feeds as fundraisers for their organizations. If you want an evening full of great food for a great cause, go to the Community Calendar page at www.lodichamber.com .

Around Valentine's Day, visitors can enjoy the Wine & Chocolate Weekend. The area's finest wines are paired with decadent chocolate creations, making for a deliciously romantic experience! Visit www.lodiwine.com for dates and information.

March-April-May
Springtime brings beautiful weather and a myriad of wine tasting events to Lodi. The Spring Wine Show at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds is perhaps the largest wine show of the year, with several thousand visitors tasting the offerings of dozens of area wineries. Visit www.grapefestival.com or call (209) 369-2771.

For an event that allows you to enjoy the outdoors as you taste all the best that Lodi has to offer, come to historic downtown Lodi for the School Street Wine Stroll. This affair brings award-winning wine, food, first-class shopping and entertainment together in a unique open-air event. Over 25 local wineries will take up residence in the unique shops of Lodi's historic district. Each participating business is paired with a winery for the evening. Merchants provide delicious hors d'oeuvres and offer special sales while the winery pours a tasting of their label to strolling visitors, wine lovers and shoppers. Street entertainers, friendly faces, and the ideal valley weather make this a perfect evening out. Event held in April and October. www.lodichamber.com or call (209) 367-7840 x100 for tickets and information.

Zinfest is another popular wine tasting event that takes place in May. Featuring over 40 local wineries, a dozen regional restaurants, live music throughout the day, vendors and an on-site wine store, this event continues to draw wine lovers to its lovely lakeside location. For tickets and information visit www.zinfest.com or call (209) 367-4727.

Held in April of each year, the Legends of California Wine Auction and Dinner is a celebration of leadership/service in California agriculture — especially the grape and wine industry. The event consists of an auction featuring truly world-class wines and dining and entertainment packages. The auction is preceded by a dinner of original foods, paired with featured wines and prepared by the finest chefs and caterers in Northern California. The event benefits the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum and the Micke Grove Zoological Society and has achieved statewide recognition as a not-to-be-missed occasion. For information call (209) 331-2055 .

The Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation holds a very special "hometown" event that is typical of Lodi's ability to care for its own. During mid-May each year, the Foundation takes to the streets and hundreds of people "Walk For the Health of It!" This fundraiser is successful, and is equally successful for raising fun for all who participate. Call 339-7582 for more information, or visit www.lodihealth.org.

The Lodi Street Faire is the largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction. Over 700 vendors and exhibitors line 12 downtown city blocks with their creations and collectibles the first Sunday in May. Visit www.lodichamber.com or call (209) 367-7840.

In late May, join us for Art on The Square, an outdoor art event that showcases the collections of local artists on the lawn of Hutchins Street Square. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians as you shop all kinds of fine art and handcrafted items. Call (209) 333-6782 or visit www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com .

June-July-August
Every Thursday evening there's "a happening" at the downtown Lodi Farmer's Market. There are all kinds of offerings, including delicious locally grown fruits and vegetables and food vendors. Visit http://home.downtownlodi.com or call (209) 369-8052 for more information.

Because summer days are so invitingly perfect here in Lodi, food and wine outdoors is easily found at many events. Another great event is the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation's Summer Fest, held each year during the second week of July at the beautiful Woodbridge Winery of Robert Mondavi. Casual elegance is the de riqueur of fare under the shade of tall valley oaks and cedars. Visit www.lodihealth.org or call (209) 339-7582 for more information.

Concerts in the parks, plays and celebrations of all kinds happen all through the summer. The 4th of July is an evening that makes all Lodians proud. The City and local clubs put together a spectacular fireworks show over picturesque Lodi Lake. The aerial pyrotechnics reflected from the water's surface silhouette thousands of families sitting around the lake. The day is filled with celebration and various events of homespun fun, beginning with the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast — a Lodi tradition. Call (209) 368-4626 .

September-October
Harvest time in Lodi is a busy time, and fall is a season of festivals and fairs. As the harvest is completed, members of the community coordinate the Grape Festival at the fairgrounds. The Fair has all the trappings of an old-time country fair — right down to Blue Ribbon quilts, pickles and pies. The fun is oozing out from grape stomp contests to incredible billboard-size murals made from grapes! Of course, there is wine to taste and great food to eat and a carnival for the kids. Visit www.grapefestival.com or call (209) 369-2771.

The Lodi Street Faire is the largest antique and craft fair for a hundred miles in any direction. Over 700 vendors and exhibitors line 12 downtown city blocks with their creations and collectibles the first Sunday in October. Visit www.lodichamber.com or call (209) 367-7840.

A Taste of Lodi is held on the picture-perfect grounds of Wine & Roses Hotel and Restaurant. Built in 1906, the location is, without a doubt, one of Lodi's most cherished destinations. The winding drive serves as a guide to tasters as it twists through displays of gourmet food offerings, chef demonstrations, jazz music and the finest wines in California. Visit www.tasteoflodi.com. More information is also available at (800) 798-1810.

November-December
The Sandhill Crane Festival is headquartered at Hutchins Street Square early in November. The fest has over 60 wildlife tours going out in all directions. The 6,000 - 8,000 Sandhill Cranes that winter in Lodi are a true spectacle of nature. Each crane stands at approximately five feet, and has a wingspan of seven feet. Every evening, the birds do their "fly-in" at sunset. The sky fills with sorties of these graceful flyers, and the orange harvest sunset provides a colorful backdrop. The Festival has many offerings, including an art show, workshops, storytelling, nature tours, music and dance and hands-on exhibits. Call (800) 581-6150 or visit www.lodichamber.com .

In December, the holiday-decorated downtown area plays host to The Parade of Lights. More than 80 lighted floats make their way through twinkling tree-lined streets, and 40,000 friends and neighbors wave at one another in the glow of the town's Christmas spirit. It is one of the events that truly makes Lodi someplace special. Visit downtownlodi.com or call (209) 369-8052 for more information.

You won't want to miss First Sip, a winter wine event where you can see the wineries decked out in their holiday splendor. At this passport event, visitors can enjoy wine tasting and light appetizers while browsing gourmet food items, unique wine accessories and receiving special discounts. For more information call (209) 367-4727 or visit www.lodiwine.com .

The Annual Festival of Trees at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum is held the first Saturday and Sunday in December. During the event, the Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park is transformed into a wonderland of holiday cheer. More than 60 exquisitely decorated trees, many with heirloom ornaments, are arranged throughout the Museum. Adding to this festive setting will be Santa and Mrs. Claus, wandering carolers and entertainers, wood carvers, weavers and other artisans demonstrating their crafts and selling their wares. For more information call (209) 331-2055.

As you can see from this sampling of events, there is a lot to see and do in Lodi. To find scheduled times, locations and other information for these and other Lodi events, you can contact the Lodi Conference & Visitor's Bureau at (800) 798-1810 or go to www.visitlodi.com , or lodichamber.com and click on Events Calendar.

Arts & Culture

Lodi has a reputation of being a small, quiet, agricultural community tucked into the dusty Central Valley, but as you explore Lodi for yourself, you will discover the diverse range of cultural activities Lodi has to offer. Lodi is experiencing a cultural renaissance and is making a name for itself as a first-class destination to experience wine, food, and the arts in the Valley.

Lodi is home to the renowned Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre at Hutchins Street Square, which hosts concerts and theater performances throughout the year. This theater is a gem in the valley and draws lovers of the arts from miles around.

Lovers or the arts will find great pleasure in exploring Lodi's wide- ranging art scene. From Fine art galleries to folk art displays and Art Hops to mural tours, Lodi has it all. Visit Lodi and experience the renaissance for yourself!

Art Scene

First Friday Art Hop
Lodiarts.org
Thomas Theatre Gallery and Various Locations
125 S. Hutchins St.
333-5511
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Lodi Arts Commission on the first Friday of each month for an evening celebrating the Arts. View art, meet the artists, sample wines and hors d'oeuvres.

Enjoy an evening out in Downtown Lodi! First Friday Galleries and shops welcome the community to experience art and culture in Lodi. From street theater and gallery openings to coffee house concerts, First Friday in Lodi is a must do for visitor and locals alike.

Walldog Mural Self-Guided Tour
Pick up a map of the nine beautiful murals painted during Lodi's Centennial Celebration in 2006 and take a walk through time in Historic Downtown Lodi! Maps available at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, 35 S. School St; or the Conference and Visitors Bureau, 115 S School St., Suite 9.

Local Art Galleries
Visit one of our Art Galleries to view the works of talented local artists.

Knowlton Gallery
115 S. School St. #14, Lodi
368-5123
www.knowltongallery.com

Graves Country Gallery
15 N. Cherokee Ln., Lodi
368-5740
www.gravescountry.com

Musical & Theatrical Performances

Night Time Live
It's all about Jazz. The first three months of the year, every other Friday night, Marlo Kerner Productions presents a smorgasbord sampling of the many flavors of Jazz. The art form is vibrant and the concert series reflects its breadth of rhythms and styles. Where: Hutchins Street Square, in the heart of Lodi. Call the box office for show dates and times. 333-5550.

Hutchins Street Square Presents
Call the box office at the Square for what's on the stage. For big name entertainers, top bands and performances of all kinds, check the Square for year-round entertainment choices. 333-5550.

Lodi Community Concert Association
The concert series features international touring artists coming to Lodi from dates at the Met, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe. The season generally runs from October through April. All performances are at Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Theatre. Call for a list of upcoming concert dates and times. 368-9737.

St. John's Performing Arts Guild
This performing arts minded group of local citizens put together a season of varied performances: opera, choral repertoire, classical chamber music and an outstanding young cellist encompass the spring concert season. All concerts are held at the architecturally stunning St. John's Episcopal Church in Lodi. For concert dates and times call 369-3381.

Hutchins Street Square Community Events

The following events happen EVERY year here at Hutchins Street Square. More events will always happen, but the following events are always scheduled to happen here each year. 333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com

Monthly

First Friday Art Hop
6 to 8:30 p.m.
A program of the Lodi Arts Commission. An art exhibit and reception that changes each month. The receptions occur on the First Friday of EVERY month unless that Friday falls on a major holiday. Receptions feature an art exhibit, live entertainment, food and drink. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Local Arts Project Grants
Application Deadline: January 25
Facilitated by the Lodi Arts Commission, this program seeks applications from local arts agencies looking for support for artistic programming. Through these grants, the City of Lodi intends to support activities that promote the creative development of children and families within this community. Activities funded must support the mission, vision, principles and goals of the Division of Arts & Culture and the Lodi Arts Commission.

Night Time Live Jazz Concert Series
January - March
(every other Friday night)
Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Project Fund, this annual concert series features the best selection of jazz artists from traditional to zydeco. Concerts are held cabaret-style in Kirst Hall, with a la carte dinner and drinks available at an extra charge.

February

Night Time Live Jazz Concert Series
January - March
(every other Friday night)
Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Project Fund, this annual concert series features the best selection of jazz artists from traditional to zydeco. Concerts are held cabaret-style in Kirst Hall, with a la carte dinner and drinks available at an extra charge.

March

Night Time Live Jazz Concert Series
January - March
(every other Friday night, 7:30 p.m.)
Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Commission and the Lodi Arts Project Fund, this annual concert series features the best selection of jazz artists from traditional to zydeco. Concerts are held cabaret-style in Kirst Hall, with a la carte dinner and drinks available at an extra charge.

Celebrate the Arts Weekend
1st or 2nd weekend of April
Presented by the Lodi Unified School District, this all-weekend event celebrates all the arts and creative endeavors of the entire school district. A large, visual arts exhibit and musical and theatrical presentations by students are featured. Free admission.

May

Lodi Arts Commission/Lodi City Council Joint Meeting 7 to 9 p.m.Each year, the Arts Commission meets with the City Council to review accomplishments of prior year and outline goals for coming year.

June

Art on the Square Festival
First Saturday & Sunday in June Presented by the Lodi Arts Commission. This art, music and wine festival features nearly 100 fine artists, musicians and other performers from around Northern California. Lodi wineries pour their wines as attendees enjoy live entertainment and peruse the fine art booths. Admission to the event is free and net proceeds help fund local arts programming throughout the year.

July

Celebrate America
July 3 - 6 to 8 p.m.
Presented by Hutchins Street Square in the West Park. Live concerts and patriotic entertainment on the Omega Nu Stage; community brings own picnic dinners. Admission is free and open to the public.

August

Children's Summer Theatre
Various performances in August A program of the City's Division of Arts & Culture. Local youth attend workshops and plan and perform a play for the community. Workshop fees and performance tickets are kept low to accommodate community participation.

October

Annual Arts Open House
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Presented by the City's Division of Arts & Culture, this event provides the community with an opportunity to come meet and interact with arts instructors and leaders from local arts agencies. Arts demonstrations (dance, music, theatre and the visual arts), as well as food and drink are featured. Free admission.

November

Sandhill Crane Festival
First weekend in November Presented by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, this event serves to educate attendees about the creatures with which we share our environment and celebrates the 6,000-8,000 Sandhill Cranes who winter in Lodi each year. Exhibits, workshops, tours, and more.

December

Holiday Fundraising Event
First Saturday in December Presented by the Hutchins Street Square Foundation, this event always draws a crowd and monies raised go toward building improvements and payment of construction debt. Call for more information.

Grant Writing Workshop
2nd week of December
Presented by the City's Division of Arts & Culture, this workshop is free and open to the public. Workshop focuses on applying for a Local Arts Project Grant (deadline in late January).