In efforts to stay safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. However, this doesn’t mean you have to sit at home bored out of your mind during your free time! Today, we decided to compile a list of ways you can enjoy yourself from the comforts of your home- from following tutorials to participating in virtual events, there’s something for everyone!
This year, our Full Moon Riders (FMR) event is going virtual! Normally, Full Moon Riders are monthly group bike rides that take place between the months of April and October. The rides typically begin at the Janet Leigh Plaza and end at a downtown restaurant. This year, we will be hosting one virtual FMR bike ride, which means you can bike the predetermined route at your own pace during the month of September! Follow the route, snap pictures along the way (more details to come), send them in to us, and you’ll receive a free FMR face mask and a $20 meal voucher (valid at select downtown eateries)! Additional details will be on our Facebook page soon.
Are you an artist or cosplayer? Are you a fan of all things pop culture? Then make sure to check out this year’s virtual StocktonCon! The event took place August 15th-16th, but all of the livestreams are still available on their Facebook page. Enjoy art tutorials from professional artists and various panels: supreme pro wrestling, cosplay, voice acting panels, and more. Next year’s StocktonCon will take place at the Stockton Area on August 14-15th, so there’s plenty of time to prepare that new cosplay!
Talk to Downtown
Every second Wednesday of the month, the Downtown Stockton Alliance hosts our Talk to Downtown Facebook Livestream. Our goal is to connect you to city, county, and other organizations to answer any questions you may have about our local community. Getting the your questions to us is easy- just leave a comment during the livestream or send an email to our Marketing Director, Jessica, prior to the livestream! This month, our featured guest was Stockton’s City Manager, Harry Black. If you missed the live, you can watch it (and all of our other previous Talk to Downtown livestreams) on our Youtube Channel.
Stockton Strong Marketplace
The Stockmarket is a curated marketplace that features some of the best local crafts, art, and street food. It’s been postponed, but you can still support local artists and makers from home by shopping online at the Stockton Strong Marketplace! Here you’ll find unique earrings to add to your jewelry box, seasoning spice blends to flavor your next meal, aromatic candles to gracefully light up the dark corners of your room, and much more. Happy shopping!
DSA Takeout Challenge
Win a FREE DSA water bottle just for supporting our downtown eateries! It’s a win-win situation for all sides- you get free swag, AND you get to enjoy eating at delicious downtown restaurants. American food, Mexican food, Japanese food, Asian food… so many options, you may struggle to choose! Learn more about the challenge here.
Learn Something New
Advanced Entrepreneurship Online Program
Are you a business owner facing some business challenges? Then this FREE upcoming workshop, hosted by Centro Community Partners, is for you! The best part? You’ll receive over 30 hours of training, coaching, and guidance right from home. All you need is a smartphone or computer, and the dedication to making your business the best it can be! Register before August 27th to reserve your spot.
Show Your Hair Some Love
Just because we’re staying inside doesn’t mean we shouldn’t show some love to our hair! Natural Do, a natural hair care salon catering to individuals with kinky, curly, and wavy hair posts hair tips and tutorials on their Facebook page. The videos feature Valonne Smith, founder and CEO of Natural Do. Her passion and knowledge make following the videos a breeze, so grab your brush and mirror and get started! If you’re up for some reading, Valonne’s E-Book, Girl, Get Your Hair Back Too! The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Hair Healthier, Fuller, and Longer is also available for purchase.
Become a Plant Enthusiast
Plant lovers rejoice! FarOut Foliage, a new plant shop specializing in rare and unique plants, is opening downtown on Monday, August 24th! Netzel Huffhines, plant enthusiast (she has a personal collection of over 300 plants!) and owner, is excited to share her passion and knowledge of plants with anyone who may be interested in becoming a plant parent (or is already one!). Check out her Instagram page to see some of her gorgeous plants and to learn some plant care tips.
Read our Blog
Looking for some light reading? With over 100 blogs on our website (and counting!), you’ll have a lot to choose from! From community member spotlights, local business highlights, and more, keep yourself entertained and learn something new about downtown.
For the Kids
Children’s Museum of Stockton shares Fun Activities to Do at Home
Although the Children’s Museum of Stockton is closed to the public, the learning and fun continues online! Visit the museum’s website and Facebook page to find fun activities for the kiddos- and hey, you can join in, too (besides, do you really trust your kids with that food coloring?)! Partake in crafting popsicle stick pencils, paper roll apple cores, and many other creations that inspire imagination and creativity.
Reading (and Crafting) is Fun!
Drop by the San Joaquin County Public Library’s Facebook page for lively story times, interesting D.I.Y. craft ideas, and fun book recommendations. Perfect for the little ones, and guaranteed to keep their attention! If there’s a book calling your name and you’d like to borrow it from the library, check out their website for more information about their curbside service.
Bonus: Every Thursday, the library also hosts a Chavez Spanish Club over Zoom. If you’ve ever wanted to learn Spanish, now’s the perfect time!
Now that you’ve got some (virtual) plans added to your calendar, we’ve got one reminder for you: have fun!