Beyond the University

Looking for something to do off campus? Just check out the following links to learn all you need to know.

Please note that these links are off-site and are not the responsibility of Stanislaus State. The University does not endorse any of the following organizations and any content they may contain. They have been linked simply because they provide useful information.

City & Visitors Information

City of Turlock

In the heart of California'€™s Central Valley, Turlock is the second largest city in Stanislaus County, with a population which has grown steadily from 13,992 in 1970 to over 69,000 today. Home of California State University Stanislaus, Turlock provides an unusual opportunity to combine a quality learning environment with relaxed rural living.

Turlock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Located at the "heart" of California's Central Valley and centered among some of California's most popular tourist destinations, Turlock is an ideal place to visit. Whether you are interested in cultural activities or experiencing Turlock's rich and diverse agricultural heritage, this is the place for you. Plan to visit us soon; you will enjoy our hometown environment and friendly community.

Historic Downtown Turlock

Looking for great restaurants? Want a hair style that’s ‘a cut above’?  Looking for that perfect outfit for your next date or interview? Or are you simply interested in hanging out in a fun and festive atmosphere? Downtown Turlock is waiting for YOU! Located just a few minutes south of Stanislaus State, Downtown Turlock has more unique restaurants and boutiques than the big box centers.

City of Modesto

A community proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities, and multicultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world's richest soil.

Downtown Modesto

See a film...see a show...dine in style...grab a quick bite... have a coffee...have dessert in the park...listen to

Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau

Modesto'€™s central location puts you within a short drive of the ocean, mountains and some of the nations most renowned parks. Day trip options from Modesto include San Francisco, Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park among many others.


Carnegie Arts Center

If you are interested in experiencing Turlock's local art scene, the Carnegie Arts Center is the place to be! The center has a gallery with art exhibitions available for viewing Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Fridays 10am – 8pm, and Sundays 12 – 4pm. Located at 250 N. Broadway in scenic Downtown Turlock.
Call 632-5761.

Gallo Center for the Arts

Beginning in 2007, the Gallo Center is an outstanding community asset, setting a new standard for all arts, education and entertainment in the Central Valley. Regional artists and performers will produce shows of a style, size and quality never deemed possible in the past.

Modesto Symphony

When the Modesto Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert in 1931, Modesto had a population of 17,000 and was the smallest town in the United States to have a symphony orchestra.

Signature Turlock Stadium 14

First run motion pictures on 14 separate screens, located at 2323 West Main Street just west of the intersection with Highway 99.
Call 664-3620.

Stanislaus County Fairgrounds

In addition to the annual county fair each summer, the fairgrounds is a venue for a wide array of activities and events during the entire year ranging from horse shows, to swap meets and music concerts.

State Theatre

Opened on December 25, 1934, is now a recognized Landmark Preservation Site by the City of Modesto. This beautiful Art Deco Style Theater now plays host to a variety of live concerts and productions, as well as cutting edge independent films.

Townsend Opera Players

Music is a universal language. Across cultures and centuries, music has always been a central part of the human experience, uplifting mind and heart. Music nourishes the soul. At Townsend Opera Players, our mission is to feed the soul.

Turlock Community Theatre

A professional performing arts theatre, which presents nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the region. The Theatre supports local and regional arts organizations and offers rich opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the performing arts.

Sports & Parks

Donnelly Park

Pedras Rd & Dels Lane, Turlock CA
Donnelly Park, which was opened to the public in 1974, is the City of Turlock'€™s premier community park. Donnelly Park is a 40-acre site, covering one square mile and includes a 10-acre man-made storm basin. Many people walk or jog around the park daily as part of their exercise regimen.

Graceada Park

Needham Street & Sycamore Avenue, Modesto CA
Modesto's oldest city park, developed in 1907, Graceada was designed by John McClaren, the designer of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It was also one of the first projects of the Women's Improvement Club (WIC), established in 1906 with the intent of developing community parks, planting trees along the streets, paving streets and establishing a library.

Modesto Nuts

601 Neece Drive, Modesto CA

Pedretti Park

N. Tegner Road & W. Tuolumne Road, Turlock CA
Built in 1977 as a community project, Pedretti Sports Complex offers a host of recreational and sports facilities. This facility includes four softball fields, a hardball field, batting cages, three grass volleyball courts, a concession stand, covered bleachers, drinking fountains, picnic areas, a large covered picnic area, which can be reserved for special events, a fully accessible tot playground area, hundreds of shade trees and two parking lots. Pedretti Sports Complex has a reputation as being one of the best maintained City owned and operated softball complexes in the State. The Complex is very popular for league and tournament play for boys and girls of all ages.

Turlock Regional Sports Complex

Terralinda Drive, Turlock CA
The City of Turlock '€œkicked off'€ the opening of its new Sports Complex on September 7, 2002. The 14 soccer fields are completed and being used by Turlock Youth Soccer Association. Eventually, there will be two three-acre neighborhood parks, one on each side of the Complex which will have playground structures, picnic tables and barbeques, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits and many trees and benches for relaxing. There will be a bike path between the Complex and Pitman High School that will connect the neighborhood parks on the east and west sides of the Complex.