My First Time in an American Movie Theater

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By Alvin Cho

I recently had the pleasure of watching “Kung Fu Panda 4” at the Regal Stockton City Center, conveniently located just a short 3-minute walk from my house in Downtown Stockton. The proximity alone made the experience incredibly convenient and hassle-free.

Upon entering the theater, I was pleasantly surprised by the cozy and inviting atmosphere. The interior was well-maintained, and the layout made it easy to navigate. What stood out the most were the seats—they were exceptionally comfortable. I could easily recline and stretch out my legs, which added to the overall enjoyment of the movie.

The screening I attended was scheduled for 6 p.m., a perfect time slot for unwinding after a day’s work. Despite the theater being smaller than some of the larger multiplexes, the intimate setting actually enhanced the viewing experience. It felt more personal and less crowded, allowing me to immerse myself fully in the film.

Before the movie started, I had a chance to explore the amenities. There was a game arcade and a snack bar offering a variety of treats. I opted for a bag of Cheetos and a drink. The convenience of having snacks available right there was a definite plus!

After the movie, my friends and I were quite hungry; thankfully, there were several Downtown Stockton restaurants nearby offering a variety of dining options. This proximity to dining choices added another layer of convenience to the overall outing.

In conclusion, my experience at Downtown’s Regal Stockton City Center – located at 222 N. El Dorado Street – was positive and enjoyable. The combination of convenience, comfortable seating, and a cozy atmosphere made it a great place to catch a movie. I recommend this theater for your next movie outing!

Click Here to See What’s Playing Now at Regal Stockton City Center

The Most Anticipated Event of the Year, StocktonCon!

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By Zachary Hulsey

This weekend, visit StocktonCon, presented by Utility Telecom, where you’ll find a huge variety of comics, games, collectibles, anything anime, costume contests, and maybe even meet some great actors from your favorite TV show! The two-day event takes place at the newly named Adventist Health Arena in Downtown Stockton. The doors will be open to the public on July 13th and 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the best part is, kids under 12 are free to enter StocktonCon with a paid adult!

Let’s not forget about our food and drinks now. At StocktonCon, you’ll find many different types of treats, ranging from fresh hotdogs to delicious cotton candy!

Looking for trading cards, artwork, action figures, and other comic memorabilia? This family event has hundreds of small vendor businesses that I know you will absolutely love.

Stockton’s Annual Pop-Culture Convention is aimed at bringing the community together for a two-day festival of anime, comics, and creative costumes! So, get your family and friends together and gear up for one of the most anticipated events of the year, StocktonCon!

If you’re looking to attend StocktonCon for one day, buy the one-day ticket for $15 plus fees, and you’ll be able to attend on Saturday or Sunday. If you’re looking to attend both days, buy the 2-day ticket, which is $20 plus fees. And remember, kids under 12 are free if accompanied by a paid adult!

Enjoy a full weekend of comics and fun!

Buy Tickets Here

Click Here for Parking Information

Independence Day In Downtown!

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By Zachary Hulsey

There’s no better way to celebrate our national Independence Day than in downtown Stockton with your beloved family and friends, located at our Weber Point Event Center for the annual 4th of July parade and festival.

Hosted by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County, this perfect day of festivities and fun will begin with an annual 4th of July parade show in the morning at 11:00 a.m. At 12:00 p.m., the gates of the Weber Point Event Center will open up, where you’ll find a mix of diverse food trucks, creative vendors, a special guest, live band music, constant entertainment, and various other family-friendly activities!

Photo by Shaun Chatrath
Photo by Shaun Chatrath

Then later on in the evening, at 9:30 p.m., the amazing firework show will begin and last for approximately 20 minutes. This event is the perfect time to engage with your diverse local community for an entire day of fun, festivities, and the best entertainment activities!

Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to celebrate our national independence here in downtown Stockton with your family and friends! The weekend after the 4th of July festival only gets better.

The Fourth of July weekend is full of many creative and fun things to do here in downtown Stockton. On Saturday, July 6th, the Stockton Ports have a ball game against the San Jose Giants. From 7:05 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you can attend this game to cheer on the Stockton Ports! Lots of food and drinks will be available at this game; there will also be a great view of the downtown Court House and the Waterfront.

Later the next day, Coach’s Lounge in downtown has open-mic smooth jazz music with the Sizzle Band. If you love jazz, head on over to the Coach’s Lounge from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7th.

Main Street Market 🎶

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🍔 Happening June 11th at 242 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA! 🍻

By Alvin Cho

Hello!

I’m Alvin, the new intern at DSA from Korea. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the Main Street Market, which has become a cultural staple in our downtown area. This market – held outside the Bob Hope Theater and hosted by the Downtown Stockton Alliance, Parents By Choice, and ASM Global – is incredibly popular among both locals and visitors. Its charm can be divided into three main attractions: lively bands, delicious food, and various business promotions.

Lively Bands

The first thing that captures your attention at the Main Street Market is the live music. Several local bands take the stage to perform a wide range of musical genres. From jazz and blues to rock and pop, you can enjoy music that suits your taste. The passionate performances of the bands and the enthusiastic responses from the audience create a vibrant atmosphere. Walking around the market while listening to the music can make all your daily stress melt away.

Delicious Food

Another major attraction of the Main Street Market is the delicious food. The market is dotted with a variety of food trucks and stalls, offering a diverse array of cuisines. From fresh, locally-made dishes to street food from around the world, the wide selection can make it hard to decide what to eat. The handmade beverages and desserts available here are particularly worth trying. Sharing tasty food with friends and family while having a great time makes the Main Street Market a paradise for food lovers. This year, the market also features a beer garden, serving refreshing drinks from 4:30 – 7:30 PM.

Business Promotions

Main Street Market is more than just a marketplace. It’s also a platform for various businesses to promote their products and services. Numerous small business owners seize the opportunity to showcase their brands and directly interact with customers. There are product demonstrations, special discounts, and various activities aimed at business promotion. This not only helps in selling products but also builds trust with customers and contributes to the local economy.

Dates

Main Street Market is happening TONIGHT, June 11th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM (featuring music by Nick Elwood)!

Come on Out!

Main Street Market goes beyond being just a place to buy and sell goods. It’s a special space where the local community comes together. With lively music, delicious food, and various businesses coming together, it offers visitors an unforgettable experience. If you’re ever downtown, I highly recommend visiting! You’re sure to fall in love with the charm of the Main Street Market.

This has been Alvin, the intern from Korea. I’ll be back with more interesting and informative news next time.

Thank you!

Main Street Market 2024

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Looking for amazing local eats, vendors, and great live music performances? Main Street Market is your go-to event.

April 9th (Music performance by Bananafish (Cover Rock))

May 14th (Music performance by Touch of Magic (Latin))

June 11th (Music performance by Nick Elwood (Cover rock))

My First Stockton Kings Game

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By Alvin Cho

On April 4th, I went to see a Stockton Kings play-off game against the Santa Cruz Warriors, that started at 7:00 PM. There was plenty of parking nearby, so it was easy to park in Fremont East Lot, which has a clear view of the freshly updated Stockton Kings crosswalk mural.

As soon as I entered the Adventist Health Area, the home of the Stockton Kings, I was given a free T-shirt with the Stockton Kings logo on it. The arena was a bit smaller than a regular NBA arena, but thanks to that, I could see the players and the game closer. The person I was with said that you can buy seats right next to the court at an affordable price.

Various performances for the audience were held during the game; during a few of them, the audience could participate directly on the court to win prizes. The best performers were the athletic Stockton Kings dancers.

The end of the game was the most exciting, with everyone yelling and cheering for the home team’s victory. Fortunately, the Kings took the win, 112-109! They are officially moving forward in the G-League play-offs.

For those who find the price of attending NBA games burdensome, or who are eager for a close-up view of competitive basketball players, coming to Stockton’s Adventist Health Arena is a great option. The next Kings play-off game is happening this Sunday, April 7th, @ 6:00 PM. Be sure to buy your tickets below! To learn more about the Stockton Kings, check out our recent Talk to Downtown interview with Aaron Morales, VP – Business Operations, Stockton Kings.

For April 7th Kings Tickets: https://gleague.nba.com/game/2042300311?view=pre-game

For 2024-2025 Season Stockton Kings Tickets: https://stockton.gleague.nba.com/season-ticket-memberships

Stockton Kings website: https://stockton.gleague.nba.com

DSA’s Stockton Kings business listing: https://www.downtownstockton.org/businesses/stockton-kings

Downtown Stockton Parking Guide

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By Shaun Chatrath

Downtown Stockton General Parking Information

Downtown Stockton is made up of 3 types of parking options: MONTHLY LOTS, DAILY LOTS, AND HOURLY SPACES.

HOURLY SPACES, also known as STREET PARKING, are along the curbsides throughout downtown and can be paid at the parking meter nearest to the space.

You may also use the ParkMobile Parking App to pay for these meters.

NOTE: Payment is only required for hourly street spaces and curbsides in downtown Stockton on Monday – Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.

STREET PARKING IN DOWNTOWN STOCKTON IS FREE ON.

Downtown Stockton Parking Lots

Downtown Stockton has 7 garages/lots open to the public to use for daily parking. This does not include the arena and ballpark lots that are open only during events at these specific venues.

Various businesses such as the movie theater, validate parking. So, we recommend asking the business that you are visiting if they do so. The lots that are open to the public are below:

Coy Parking Garage

Stewart-Eberhardt Parking Garage

Lot F

Lot J

Lot K

Lot L

Lot O

Downtown Stockton Parking Map

Below is a map of all the lots in Downtown Stockton, with each public parking lot marked with a RED DOT:

Downtown Stockton Parking Cost

Cost varies per lot and event. For example, Fourth of July parade parking might be slightly higher than your average cost on another day.

Most parking lots range between:

$1.50 – $3.00 for hourly parking

$5.00 – $12.00 for daily parking

$10.00 – $25.00 for special event parking

Card, cash, and the ParkMobile Parking App are all accepted as payment. However, we recommend having 2 out 3 of the options ready to pay on the rare chance the payment system is down.

Downtown Stockton Parking Recommendations

Regal Cinema and nearby restaurants/shops – Coy Garage and Stewart-Eberhardt Parking Garage

Bob Hope Theatre, Courthouse Plaza, and nearby – Lot F

RTD, Cort Tower, and nearby restaurants/shops – Lot J

Trail Coffee, The Razr, and nearby restaurants/shops – Lot K

Businesses and locations with onsite parking lots:

7-Eleven
BAC Community Bank
Bank of Stockton (301 E Miner Ave)
Chase Bank
Children’s Museum of Stockton
Dutch Bros
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Filipino Plaza

McDonald’s
PNC Bank
Robert J. Cabral Ace Train Station
Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
Sonic Drive-In
Starbucks
Stockton Marina
Stockton Police Department

Studio 6 Suites Stockton, CA – Waterfront
Sunshine Hawaiian BBQ
The Store Bar
University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
Valley Strong Credit Union
Waterfront Warehouse
Weber Tech.
Wells Fargo Bank

Arena, Ballpark, Civic Center, and Weber Point

Adventist Health Arena – Arena Garage and Fremont East Lot

Banner Island Ballpark – North Lot and West Lot

Stockton Memorial Civic Center – Civic Center Lot

Weber Point Events Center – Coy Garage and Stewart-Eberhardt Parking Garage

Downtown Stockton Parking Links

ParkMobile Parking App | Find & Pay for Parking | On-street & Reservation

Talk to Downtown Episode 1 – Understanding Downtown Parking with Tina McCarty!

City of Stockton parking webpage

Stockton Ports: A Preview of the Upcoming 2024 Season

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By Shaun Chatrath

As the Stockton Ports gear up for the highly anticipated 2024 baseball season, fans and players alike are bubbling with excitement and anticipation. The team has been hard at work during the off-season, refining their skills and building upon their strengths in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead.

Fans can expect to see thrilling matchups, dazzling plays, and unforgettable moments as the team vies for victory in every game they play. The coaching staff has been diligently strategizing and fine-tuning their game plans to ensure that the Ports are well-equipped to take on their opponents. From intense infield drills to batting practice sessions, every effort is being made to ensure that the team is in top form for the upcoming season.

Even the playing field at Banner Island Ballpark has been renovated to guarantee peak performance.

To ensure that fans in attendance have the best game day experience possible, the Ports are continuing various promotions and giveaways from last year and having special themed nights.

Stockton Ports General Manager Jordan Feneck has stated “We are ecstatic that the 2024 season is filled with a variety of different promotions, theme nights, and giveaways, making it one of our most jam-packed promotional calendars to date. We currently have 17 giveaways, 14 firework shows, and 4 specialty jersey nights listed, and we can’t wait to see our stands filled with residents of Stockton and surrounding communities. We could not do this without our fans, which is why we pride our organization in our ability to provide affordable, family fun in the great city of Stockton.”

To view a calendar of the Stockton Ports promotions and nights, please look below.

As the Stockton Ports embark on their journey toward another exciting season of baseball don’t forget to follow them on social media (@stocktonports). Get ready to cheer, celebrate, and support your favorite players as they chase their dreams and strive for greatness on the baseball diamond. Stockton Ports fans, get ready for an unforgettable season ahead!

To learn more about the Stockton Ports, check out our Talk to Downtown interview with Jordan.

Stockton Ports home venue: Banner Island Ballpark

Adventist Health Arena address: 404 West Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95203

Parking is available in the Banner Island Ballpark’s two parking lots: located in front and to the side of the ballpark. Parking lots accept credit cards, ATM, and cash payments.

Tickets available at the Banner Island Ballpark box office or through mlb.tickets.com

WANT TO WIN STOCKTON PORTS TICKETS? Follow the Downtown Stockton Alliance on social media for a chance to receive single-game Stockton Ports tickets throughout the season.

Stockton Kings: A Preview of the Remaining 23/24 Season

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By Shaun Chatrath

Are you looking for a fun event for the whole family? The Stockton Kings is your answer.

Since relocating to Stockton in 2018 from Reno, the Stockton Kings have brought fast-paced energy to the newly named Adventist Health Arena while offering a platform for up-and-coming players to showcase their talents. In addition, the Stockton Kings actively engage with the local community through various outreach programs and events, aiming to make a positive impact beyond the basketball court. Through initiatives such as youth basketball camps, school visits, and charitable activities, the team has sought to connect with fans and contribute to the growth and well-being of Stockton and its surrounding areas.

As a G League team, the Stockton Kings serve as a developmental affiliate for the Sacramento Kings, allowing young players to gain experience and hone their skills in a professional environment. This partnership helps in nurturing talent and preparing players for potential future opportunities in the NBA. As a result of this partnership, Stockton Kings attendees can see NBA-level basketball players at a budget-friendly price.

  1. What are some of the promotions the Stockton Kings are running this season?
    • The Stockton Kings will continue to host a variety of theme nights throughout the season.
    • The Stockton Kings will celebrate Black History Night (2/10), Mental Health Awareness Night presented by CalHope (3/1), Hispanic Heritage Night (3/8), AAPI Night presented by Stockton Honda (3/10), Dunkson’s Birthday presented by First 5 California (3/17), Women’s Empowerment Night presented by Jamba (3/21) and Fan Appreciation Night presented by Red Hawk (3/23).
    • Additionally, the team will host a 209 Night showing the pride of our area (2/9), Education Day with local students (2/28) and Marvel Night (3/2).
    • The Stockton Kings will also host a Kings Collide game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento (3/7).
    • A full list of promos can be found at StocktonKings.com/Promotions.
  2. What are some of the things you are excited about for this current Stockton Kings season?
    • We are thrilled to welcome fans to each of our games as we celebrate 5-years in Stockton!
    • We are pleased to partner with KMAX31 to broadcast all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home games during the season.
    • We are proud to be a part of the 209 community and look forward to continuing to make an impact on and off the court.
    • We are excited about our new Head Coach Lindsey Harding.
    • We have added to our fan engagement online via sweepstakes, with a new sweepstakes each month. Also, we have our full-season sweepstakes, Courtside Kings, where fans can enter to win two free courtside seats to a Stockton Kings home game. 
    • The season, we are excited to host a Stockton Kings game at Golden 1 Center: March 7 competition against the Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico at 11 a.m. ahead of the Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs game. The game will feature exciting entertainment from the Kings Breakers on March 7 and at select concessions, there will be a special $5 hot dog, popcorn, and beer option available.  
  3. What are the team’s main goals for this season?
    • We look forward to welcoming fans to family-friendly games.
    • Off the court, our goal is to further encourage healthy living in our community and help build a culture of health and wellness throughout the region.
  4. Going to the opening home game the other day, I noticed that the walkway behind Section 118 to 124 had a popup team store and NBA 2k league game, are there plans to add even more to that walkway for attendees?
    • We are committed to creating the best fan experience and continue to explore activations that will add to the game day!
    • We will continue to enhance our Kid Zone on the Fan Deck to include games and activities. Additionally, the merchandise kiosks will remain open throughout the season. 

Stockton Kings home venue: Adventist Health Arena

Adventist Health Arena address: 248 West Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95203

Parking is available at the Adventist Health Arena Garage located next to the arena. In addition, there are surface spaces available along Fremont Street. Surface lots and the parking garage accept credit cards, ATM, and cash payments.

Tickets available at the Adventist Health Arena box office or through Ticketmaster.com

WANT TO WIN STOCKTON KINGS TICKET! Follow the Downtown Stockton Alliance on social media for a chance to receive single game Stockton Kings tickets throughout the season.

The Stockton Lantern Festival: A Central Valley Wonderland

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By Shaun Chatrath

There’s a magical event taking place at Banner Island Ballpark in Downtown Stockton, California this year. The Stockton Lantern Festival is a celebration of culture, art, and storytelling that illuminates the city and creates an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Each display at the ballpark is hand-crafted by lantern artisans using the ancient technique of Chinese lantern merged with the technological evolution of LED lighting.

Walking through the Lantern Festival, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Koda, a fearless adventurer as he journeys through a magical forest in Caballococha, Peru. Each sculpture and light fixture is strategically placed within Banner Island Ballpark’s playfield to further the story of Koda’s quest. Some of these art displays include butterflies, owls, and even a smoke-breathing dragon. In addition, live stage acts including a wide range of musical talent, dance, and acrobatics complement the visual experience of the Magic Forest.

“This was all about creating a safe, fun and family friendly event that would welcome the Stockton community and beyond” said Jason Perry, General Manager ASM Global.  “From the moment one walks into the ballpark we want them to feel transformed to a magical place that is filled with bright lights, interactive lanterns and something awing at each turn.  It is all about new traditions being made, life long memories that we can share for years to come.”

Moreover, for those looking for delicious specialty meals and drinks at the festival various Peruvian-inspired dishes are available for sale at each food stand around the Ballparks concession stands. These dishes include Peru Tacos made with seasoned ground chicken, tomatoes potatoes, green olives, jack cheese, and onion cilantro mix all on a flour tortilla. Top this dish off with delicious fruit spears covered in Tajin and Chamoy and you have yourself a recipe for an immersive experience. Don’t forget to also keep an eye out for souvenirs ranging from miniature art displays to festival merchandise available for sale around the ballpark.

The Stockton Lantern Festival is an extraordinary celebration that blends artistry, culture, and community spirit into a dazzling display of light. From the captivating lantern displays to the immersive cultural experiences, this festival offers a little something for everyone. So, mark your calendars and prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the Stockton Lantern Festival. It’s an event that will leave you feeling inspired, connected, and in awe of the power of illumination and artistic expression.

Tickets:

Children ages 2-12 start at $19

Adults start at $23

Special Discounts:

Military/Veterans: Save $5 with Valid ID with Proof of Service at Box Office.

Students: Save $3 at the gate on Wednesday’s only with your student ID at Box Office.

Groups: A $3 per ticket discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 209-373-1400 or email [email protected] to purchase.

Ticket Locations:

Adventist Health Arena Box Office – 248 W Fremont St. on the North Side of the building.

Monday 11am- 2pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11am- 2pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 11am- 2pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Stockton Ballpark Box Office – 404 W Fremont St.

11/25 – 1/14: 2pm to 9pm

Online Tickets are available at stocktonlive.com.

Festival hours/times:

5PM to 10PM daily, last ticket sold at 9PM. Please give yourself around 1 hour and a half to enjoy the phenomenal view.

Acrobatic Stage Performance Times:

Mon to Thurs – 5:30, 7pm and 8:30pm

Fri-Sun- 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm

Location: Stockton Ballpark, 404 West Fremont, Stockton, Ca 95203

Parking: City Lots $15

Wheelchair Access: Yes. Please take note that the event is on grass and dirt.

Website Links / Sources:

http://www.stocktonlive.com

https://www.downtownstockton.org/businesses/banner-island-ballpark

www.visitstockton.org/events/stockton-lantern-festival