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The top five best Stockton day trips of 2013 are an assortment of Northern California locations with several accompanying local getaway slideshows to choose from. The best day trips list begins in the All-American City of Stockton, then heads over to Murphys, and finally, ends in San Jose. Just as the collection of local getaways are diverse, so are the things-to-do whether one participates in the latest pop culture, tours an old town wine country, or enjoys a musical comedy show.

Stockton-Con at Stockton Arena
Stockton-Con at Stockton Arena Christina Rivas-Louie

Stockton-Con at Stockton Arena

The Second Annual Stockton-Con on August 4 was buzzing with excitement throughout the Stockton Arena including the main floor and surrounding walkways. The main floor was divided into three areas within the arena: Artist Alley which included 94 booths; Exhibitors were listed as 116 participants, and the very popular Fun Deck offered 36 spaces of meet and greets with celebrities and cosplay. See more photos here.

Pop culture fans had many activities to view or participate in: Pro Wrestling Bushido; the Figure Drawing Panel; Results of the Tony DeZuniga Memorial Art Contest; Costume Contest; Al’s Comics Panel; Live Auction; Costuming Panel; Magic, Yu Gi Oh!, HeroClix, and video game tournaments.

One of the goals of Stockton-Con 2013 is to raise awareness and funds in conjunction with United Way and St. Mary's. As a result of this goal, a donation truck was on-site to accept new and gently used clothes from Stockton-Con fans that could in-turn receive a $4.00 discount voucher valid toward the $10.00 general admission. In addition to clothing donations, half of each dollar raised by admission, vendor registration, and 100% of the live auction are earmarked for the United Way of San Joaquin County and St. Mary’s Dining Room.

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Stockton Arena
Stockton Arena Christina Rivas-Louie

Stockton Arena

Earlier this year, Pollstar Magazine announced the top 200 venue worldwide list of 2012 and based on all tickets sold to non-competitive events and Stockton Arena made the top 200 list.

Ranked at #61 on a national level and ranked at #113 on the international list, SMG General Manager, Mike Cera said of ranking, “We are proud to be recognized as a Top 200 Venue in the World." "This recognition showcases to the entertainment industry that Stockton is a viable and successful market for entertainment."

Stockton Arena opened in December 2005 and is the home to several sports teams such as East Coast Hockey League’s Stockton Thunder, American Indoor Football Team’s California Eagles, Arena Football’s Stockton Lightning, Indoor Football Team’s Stockton Wolves, and Indoor Soccer Team’s Stockton Cougars.

In addition to being a winter sports venue, Stockton Arena also hosts concerts that seat between 8,600 and 12,000 people based on configuration. Twenty-four luxury suites and a Club Level with 344 Club Seats are also available.

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Murphys Main Street
Murphys Main Street Christina Rivas-Louie

Murphys Main Street

Recognized among vintners as the ‘other’ wine country, Murphys made the list of best Stockton day trips for its accessibility to over 23 tasting rooms plus various shops, restaurants, and several inns along the historic Main Street. See more photos here.

Frog’s Tooth Winery
A charming name with multi-award winning wines and a welcoming staff await visitors in this modern tasting room. The winery is in its 6th year and makes over 4,500 cases of wine per year.

Lavender Ridge Winery
Murphys only artisan cheese market offers flavorsome parings with a large selection of wines in addition to shelves of organic lavender bath essentials.

Lila and Sage Bakery
Winner of Cupcake Wars on The Food Network last July 2012, Lila and Sage Bakery on Murphys Main Street offers a variety of cupcakes, cakes, classes, and catering for any occasion. 

Tanner Winery
Picnic tables with large umbrellas, chocolate pairings, and a good amount of wine for tasting make a pleasant setting for visitors to this family owned winery.

Val du Vino Winery
The Valley of Wine presents 32 different varieties of wine and it is the only winery with a vineyard on-site as well as the only working winery that harvests, crushes, ferments, and ages barrels of wine.

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Murphys Wine Country
Murphys Wine Country Christina Rivas-Louie

Murphys Wine Country

Napa or Sonoma valley may quickly come to mind when one thinks of California’s wine country, however, there is another region in the state that is not only synonymous with wine-making, but it is also located in Calaveras county--merely an hour’s drive east of Stockton—known as the historical mining town of Murphys. See more photos here

As the wine tasting capitol of the Sierra, Murphys invites tourists to visit the area throughout the year especially at events such as: the Jumping Frog Jubilee wine competition in May; Passport Weekend in June; Grape Stomp in October; Winegrape and Gourmet in November; and the Holiday Festival of Wines in December.

More information about Murphys wine country is available at

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Menopause the Musical
Menopause the Musical Christina Rivas-Louie

Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical is a theatrical musical comedy where an ensemble cast of four multi-talented women vividly bring to life creator Jeanie Linders’ Menopause the Musical. Back in February of this year, the off Broadway musical brought the show to San Jose at the Montgomery Theatre. See more photos here

Menopause the Musical illustrates a field trip of sorts where four women—a professional, a soap star, an earth mother, and an Iowa housewife—meet for the first time while shopping at Bloomy’s (Bloomingdale’s) and discover they each have a wittiness and song to share about menopause.

As 2013 comes to an end, Menopause the Musical continues to be rated 4.7 stars out of 5 stars on, a global event ticketing agent. Tickets are still available for the musical and the performances can be seen at select locations nationwide.

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