Turlock was founded in 1871 as a railroad town with the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, it became a city in 1908. It has many different cultures and groups living in that area and is an agricultural area. There are farms, museums and theaters that are all part of the appeal of this city.
Seasonal daytime activities:
1. Lavender Farm
Pageo Lavender Farm is a working farm that grows lavender used in its handmade products such as bath salts, lotions and soaps. They grow two types of lavender: Grosso and Loddon Blue; the lavender blooms every year in June. There is a gift shop as well as lunches available for order.
Pageo Lavender Farm
Address: 11573 Golf Road, Turlock, CA
Open Hours Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Website: Pageo Lavender Farm
2. Petting zoo
Visitors can take a photo with an alpaca, see the miniature horses and learn everything there is to know about llamas and alpacas. Spinning, knitting and needle felting demonstrations are available and guests can see how products like scarves and sweaters are made from the wool of an alpaca. Ranch tours are available and the store is open by appointment.
Macidos Mini Acre
Address: 11175 Golf Rd, Turlock, CA
Website: Macidos Mini Acre
3. Historical Museum
Turlock Historical Society Museum was built in the California Mission style architecture by Albert Chatom in 1910. The building has served as many businesses through the years. It became a museum in 1999 when it was deeded to the Turlock Historical Society who renovated the building which was completed in the winter of 2002.
Turlock Historical Museum
Address: 108 S. Center Street, Turlock, CA
Open Hours Tuesday and Thursday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Website: Turlock Historical Museum
4. Pumpkin patches
RAM Farms grows more than 60 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds with fancy whimsical names like “Fairy Tale,” “Cinderella,” “Long Island Cheese” and “Jarrahdale.“ Visitors can take a photo, play pumpkin bowling or go in the haunted shed.
Address: 716 N. Daubenberger Rd,Turlock, CA
Open Hours: September to October daily noon to dusk, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Website: RAM Farms
Donnelly Park is a 16-hectare (40-acre) park that covers 2.6 square kilometers (one square mile). In the middle is a 4-hectare (10-acre) storm basin usually filled with geese and ducks. The park includes a basketball court, restrooms, picnic tables and a playground. It’s also a dog-friendly park.
Address: 600 Pedras Road, Turlock, CA
Website: Donnelly Park
6. Farmers' market
The farmers’ market features fresh produce, baked goods and local artisans. They want visitors and locals to always keep things local. It opened in 2010 and moved to its current location and hours in 2015.The market’s goal is to provide a family friendly marketplace which offers the freshest foods and products from around the area.
Turlock Farmers Market
Address: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds,Turlock, CA
Open Hours April to October Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Website: Turlock Farmers Market
7. Community Theater
Turlock Community Theatre opened in 1925, first known as Turlock High School Auditorium it had a diverse range of entertainment and community events for over 60 years. Designed by California architect William Henry Weeks, standing in downtown Turlock until 1979 when it was damaged by fire. It was then restored in 1986 by a restoration committee and the Theatre proudly gained formal recognition as a historical landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. The 14-year restoration was completed in 1999 and given its current name.
The theater has hosted a variety of activities, including popular headlining entertainers, symphony and chamber music, big band music, dance including ballet, ethnic, modern and jazz, children’s productions, comedy and even choral performances.The Turlock Community Theatre is a professional performing arts theater that presents nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. It is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the region. The theater offers high-quality entertainment in comfortable seating in this landmark theater. The theater itself has great acoustics, good views of the stage and high production quality.
Turlock Community Theater
Address: 1574 E. Canal Dr, Turlock, CA
Website: Turlock Community Theater
8. Painting and wine
Rembrandt & Rose strives to give the best in hospitality, creating a relaxed environment open to all skill levels, good music and something to take home and treasure. They host five to six public events a month, ranging from animals to landscapes to flowers. The rest of the month is made up of private events. Visitors just bring their drink of choice as the studio is still acquiring their liquor license The following is provided: glasses for your beverage, an apron to protect clothes, a blank canvas, paint brushes, paint and instruction.
Rembrandt & Rose
Address: 223 S. Golden State Ave, Suite 15, Turlock, CA
Open Time Classes between 2 and 3 hours
Website: Rembrandt & Rose
9. Carnegie Arts Center
The Carnegie Arts Center, previously Carnegie Libary, was built by Andrew Carnegie until 1968. It then became the arts center in 1979. A fire damaged the building so the foundation remodeled it and reopened in 2011. Its mission is bringing the diverse community and regional audiences together to experience and celebrate art. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more.
Carnegie Arts Center
Address: 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA
Open Hours Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rates Admission varies by exhibits, free on the first Friday of each month, students free with student ID
Website: Carnegie Arts Center
Be entertained year round in Turlock
Turlock is a great place to bring the family to experience all that this lively community has to offer and be entertained by the talent of the town.
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