It should be a beautiful weekend to get out and enjoy the community, and here are five ways to do just that.

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Lodi Grape Festival

For 79 years, this charming festival has celebrate the grape harvest in Lodi. This small-town fair is big on charm with music, food, carnival rides, wine tasting and more.

What: Lodi Grape Festival

When: noon to midnight, today, Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi.

Admission: free-$9




Stockmarket, that fun and funky gathering of vendors selling locally made and vintage goods, street food, craft beer and music, has moved to the Miracle Mile.

What: The Stockmarket.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Miracle Mile between Castle Street and Pine Avenue.

Admission: $1.



Family Day at the Park

Encourage a lifelong love of reading. The Record’s literacy and book fair features storytelling, arts and crafts, live music, a used book sale, mascot parade and more.

What: Record’s Family Day in the Park

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 612 E. Magnolia St., Stockton.

Admission: Free



Zoo Zoom

This family friendly fun run and 5K on a paved road through Micke Grove Regional Park also features games, crafts, an award ceremony and a pancake breakfast.

What: Zoo Zoom

When: 6:30 a.m. Sunday, check in and race day registration. 8 a.m. fun run followed by 5K.

Where: Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi.

Registration: $20-$35

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Sunday Sundaes

Catherine Lagorio, a local author, shares the mostly true tale of her rescue dog when she reads her book “Dropped Off Dog,” followed by ice cream sundaes.

What: Sunday Sundaes

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education, Kensington and Dave Brubeck Way, Stockton.

Admission: Free